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5. 17. 1 Erd. 6. 23.

Tatnai's letter to Darius.

Chap. v. vj.

Darius his decree.
Refore, and with them were the prophets of God helping 15 And said unto him, Take these vessels,

go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusa- Christ 520.

3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, lem, and let the house of God be builded in his 519. governor on this side the river, and Shethar- place. boznai, and their companions, and said thus unto 16 Then came the fame Sheshbazzar, and them, Who hath commanded you to build this laid the foundation of the house of God which is house, and to make up this wall?

in Jerusalem. And since that time even until dy. 10. 4d Then said we unto them after this manner, now, hath it been in building, and yet is not + Chald. What are the names of the men + that make this finished.

17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, 5 But e the eye of their God was upon the let there be search made in the kings treasure- « Chap. elders of the Jews, that they could not cause house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: so that a decree was made of Cyrus the king, to and then they returned answer by letter concern- build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the ing this matter.

king send his pleasure to us concerning this 519.

69 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, go- matter.
vernor on this side the river, and Shethar-

C H A P. VI.
Chap. boznai, fand his companions the Apharlachites, i Darius finding the decree of Cyrus, maketh a new

which were on this side the river, sent unto Da decree for the advancement of the building. 13 By
rius the king:

the help of the enemies, and the directions of the
+ Chald. 7 They Tent a letter unto him, + wherein prophets the temple is finished. 16 The feaft of the
in the midst

dedication is kept, and the pasover.
was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all

Hen Darius the king made a decree, 'and 519. 8 Be it known unto the king, that we went

search was

made in the house of the a Chap. into the province of Judea, to the house of + rolls, where the treasures were + laid up in Chald. the great God, which is builded with + great Babylon.

+ Chalde

2 And there was found at || Achmetha, in the books. rolling hories of stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this

work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their palace that is in the province of the Medes, a + Chald. hands.

roll, and therein was a record thus written:

defcend. 9

Then asked we those elders, and said unto 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, the fame Lor: them thus, Who commended you to build this Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the or, in s house, and to make up these walls?

house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be coffer.
10 We asked their names allo, to certifie builded, the place where they offered facrifices,
thee, that we might write the names of the men and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid,
that were the chief of them.

the height thereof threescore cubits, and the
11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, breadth thereof threescore cubits:
We are the servants of the God of heaven and

b With three rows of great stones, and a row by

King. earth, and build the house that was builded these of new timber : and let the expences be given

many years ago, which a great king of Israel out of the kings house. g 1 King. builded, 6 and set up.

5 And also let the golden and Gilver vessels e Chap. 12 But h after that our fathers had provoked of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar 7,8. & 36.16,17. the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusai . King. into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king lem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, 24:3. of Babylon the Chaldean, who destroyed this and + brought again to the temple which is at Chald,

house, and carried the people away into Ba- Jerusalem, everyone to his place, and place them 80. bylon.

in the house of God. 536. 13 But in the first

year of k Cyrus the king of 6 Now therefore Tatnai, governor beyond a Chap * Chap. Babylon, the same king Cyrus made a decree to the river, Shethar-boznai

, and + your compa- * *. build this house of God.

nions the Apharlachites, which are beyond the their fo-
14. And the vessels also of gold and silver of river, be ye far from thence :
1:7, 8.& the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took 7 Let the work of this house of God alone, let

out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and the governor of the Jews, and the elders of the
brought them into the temple of Babylon, those Jews, build this house of God in his place.

did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Ba 8 Moreover, t I make a decree, what ye shall + Chald. m. Hag. 1. bylon, and they were delivered unto one, m whose do to the elders of these Jews, for the building core is

name was Shelhbazzar, whom he had made of this house of God: that of the kings goods, made. Il governor:

even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith


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Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. be given unto thefe men, that they be 21 And the children of Israel, which were Before Chrift

come again out of captivity, and all fuch as had

Christ not + hindred? 519 9 And that which they have need of, both separated themselves unto them from the filthiness 515: + Chald.


bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the ofthe heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God cease. burnt-offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, of Israel, did eat,

salt, wine, and oyl, according to the appointment 22 And kept the feast ofunleavened bread seven
of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be days with joy: for the LORD had made them, 2 King,
given thein day by day without fail;

joyful, and turned the heart P of the king of 27: 29. 10 e That they may offer facrifices + of sweet Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands

favours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the in the work of the house of God, the God of Chald. life of the king, and of his sons.

Israel. of reft. 1 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever

CHAP. VII. shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down 1 Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. 11 The gracious the Chalda from his house, and being set up, + let him be commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra. 27 Ezra de foro ed hanged thereon, f and let his house be made a blesseth Ged for his favour. dunghil for this.


Tow a after these things, in the reign of 457:
12 And the God that hath caused his name b Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the 1 Érd.
to dwell there, destroy all kings and people fon of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of a
that shall put totheir hand, to alter and destroy Hilkiah,
this house of God which is at Jerusalem : I 2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok,
Darius have made a decree, let it be done with the son of Ahitub,

3. The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah,
13 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the son of Meraioth,
the river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions, 4 The son of Zerahiah, the fon of Uzzi,
according to that which Darius the king had the son of Bukki,
fent, so they did speedily.

5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, s Chap

14 & And the elders of the Jews builded, and the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief they prospered through the prophecying of priest: Haggai the prophet,and Zechariah the son of Iddo; 6 This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he and they builded and finished it, according to the wasd a ready scribe in the law of Mofes, which 21. commandment of the God of Israel, and accord- the LORD God of Israel had given : and the king

ing to the t commandment of h Cyrus, and granted himy all his request, e according to the cherrega 6 Chap. Darius, and k Artaxerxes king of Persia. hand of the LORD his God upon him.

15 And this house was finilhed on the third 7 And there went up some of the children of Chap. Veil. z. day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and a see 515. year of the reign of Darius the king.

the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims Chap.8. i Chap.

16 g And the children of Israel, the priests unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes b Chap. Chald. and the Levites, and the rest of the children the king. the Consor of the captivity, kept the dedication of this 8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, portation. house of God with joy,

which was in the seventh year of the king. 17

And m offered at the dedication of this 9 For upon the first day of the firit month 457. 2 Chron. house of God, an hundred bullocks, two hun- t began be to go up from Babylon, and on the + Heb.

dred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a fin- first day of the fifth month came he te Jerula- foundation offering for all Israel, twelve he-goats, according lem, according to the good hand of his God of the

going up to the number ofthe tribes of Israel.

18 And they set the priests in their divisions, 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek

and the Levites in their courses, for the service the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach Chaleco of God, which is at Jerufalen ; t n as it is writ- in Israel Itatutes and judgments. all'ording ten in the book of Moses.

11 Now this is the copy of the letter that Dan.2.37. 19 And the children of the captivity kept the the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, 10r, T. 3.6. & passover, upon the fourteenth day of the first the scribe, even a fcribe of the words of the origin, month.

commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes perfect

Scribe of 20 For the priests and the Levites were pu- to Ifrael.

The lap of rified together, all them were pure, and killed 12 Artaxerxes i king of kings, I unto Ezra the God of the pallover for all the children of the capti- the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of pea vity, and for their bretbren the priests and for heaven, perfect peace, k and at such a time.

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Before of Israel, and of his priests, and Levites in my

26 And whosoever will not do the law of Before Chrift

realm, which are minded of their own free will thy God, and the law of the king, let judg- Chrift 457. to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

ment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be 457. + Chald.

14 Forasmuch as thou art sent + of the unto death, or to banishment, or to confisca- + Chald. from be

king, and of his seven counsellers, to enquire tion of goods, or to imprisonment.
concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to 27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fa-
the law of thy God which is in thine hand : thers, ñ which hath put such a thing as this in 6. 22.

* Chap
15 And to carry the silver and gold, which the kings heart, to beautifie the house of the
the king and his counsellers have freely offered Lord which is in Jerusalem :
unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in 28 And hath extended mercy unto me, Chap.

before the king, and his counsellers, and before m Chap. 16 m And all the silver and gold that thou all the kings mighty princes : and I was canst find in all the province of Babylon, with strengthned as P the hand of the Lord my God See

Chap. so the free-will-offering of the people, and of the was upon me, and I gathered together out of 5. priests, offering willingly, for the house of their Israel, chief men to go up with me. God, which is in Jerusalem:

CHA P. VIII. 17 That thou mayst buy speedily with this

I The companions of Ezra, who returned from Ba. money, bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat

bylon : 15 He sendeth to Iddo for ministers for
offerings, and their drink-offerings, and offer the temple : 21 He keepeth a fast: 24. He com-
them upon the altar of the house of your God mitteth the treasures to the custody of the priests.
which is in Jerusalem.

31 From Ahava they come to Jerusalem. 33 The
18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, treasure is weighed in the temple. 36 The com-
and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the mission is delivered.
silver and gold, that do after the will of your T hand his the genealogy of them that

Hese a are now of 457

19 The vessels also that are given thee, for went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of
the service of the house of thy God, thosé de- Artaxerxes the king,
liver thou before the God of Jerusalem.

2 Of the fons of Phinehas; Gershom: of
20 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the fons of Ithamar ; Daniel : of the sons of
the house of thy God, which thou shalt have David; Hattush.
occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the kings 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons

of Pharosh ; Zechariah: and with him were < Chap.
21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do, reckoned by genealogy of the males, an hundred
make a decree to all the treasurers which are and fifty.
beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab ; Elihoenai
priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred
shall require of you, it be done speedily;

22 Únto an hundred talents of silver, and 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah ; the son of
to an hundred + measures of wheat, and to Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males.
an hundred bath of wine, and to an hundred 6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of
baths of oyl, and salt without prescribing how Jonathan, and with him fifty males.

7 And of the fons of Elam; Jeshaiah the
4 Heb.
what foever

23 + Whatsoever is commanded by the God son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males.
of heaven, let it be diligently done, for the 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah
house of the God of heaven : for why should the son of Michael, and with him fourscore
there be wrath against the realm of the king and males.
his fons ?

9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of
24 Also we certifie you that touching any Jehiel, and with him two hundred and
of the priests and Levires, fingers, porters, eighteen males.
Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it 10 And of the fons of Shelomith; the son of
shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and three-

Icore males.
25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of 11 And of the fons of Bebai; Zechariah the
thy God, that is in thine hand, fet magistrates and son of Bebai,and with him twenty and eight males.
judges, which may judge all the people that are 12 And of the sons of Azgad'; Johanan, 4 the 10th
beyond the river, all such as know the laws of son of Hakkatan, and with him, an hundred and son.
thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.


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Ezra proclaimeth a fast.

Ezra. The treasures weighed to the priests. 13 And of the last sons of Adonikam whose hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver Before Christ names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel

, and Shemaiah, vessels

an hundred talents, and of gold an hun- Chrift 4-57. and with them three core males.

dred talents :

457. 14 Of the fons also of Bigvai ; Uthai, and 27, Also twenty basons of gold, of a thouOr, | Zabbud, and with them seventy males. fand drams, and two vessels of + fine copper,

+ Heb. 15 And I gathered them together to the t precious as gold.

Shining river that runnerh to Ahava ; and there

28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy uncobras. pisched.

we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, the Lord, the vessels are holy also, and the desirable.
and the priests, and found there none of the filver, and the gold are a free-will-offering unto
fons of Levi.

the LORD God of your fathers.
16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for 29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh
Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, them before the chief of the priests, and the
and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel at Je-
Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also rufalem, in the chambers of the house of the
for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of under- LORD.

30 So took the priests and the Levites, the
17 Ånd I sent them with commandment weight of the silver and the gold, and the vessels,
unto Iddo the chief, at the place Caliphia, and to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of
+ I told them what they should say unto Iddo,

our God.
and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place 31 , Then we departed from the river of
Caliphia, that they should bring unto us mi- Ahava, on the twelfth day of the first month,
nisters for the house ofour God.

to go unto Jerusalem; and h the hand of our 5.6,2%.
18 And by the good hand of our God upon God was upon us, and he delivered us from
us, they brought us a man of understanding, of the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait
the fons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son by the way.
of Israel, and Sherebiah, with his sons and his 32 And we i came to Jerusalem, and abode i Neh. 23
brethren, eighteen;

there three days.
19 And Hafhabiah, and with him Jelhaiah 33. Now on the fourth day was the silver
of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, and the gold, and the vessels weighed in the
twenty ;

house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the
Allo of the Nethinims, whom Davidson of Uriah the priest, and with him was
and the princes had appointed for the service of Eleazar the son of Phinehas, and with them was
the Levites, two hundred and twenty Ne- Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the fon
thinimas : all of them were expressed by name. of Binnui, Levites :

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the 34 By number and by weight of every one, • Lev. 16. river Ahava, that we might e afflict our selves and all the weight was written at that time.

before our God, to seek of him a right way 35 Also the children of those that had been
for us, and for our little ones, and for all our

which were come out of the


tivity, k offered burnt-offerings unto the God So

22 For f I was ashamed to require of the of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety 17.
king a band of soldiers and horsemen, to help and fix rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve
us against the enemy in the way: because we he-goats for a lin-offering : all this was a burnt-
had Ipoken unto the king, saying, The hand offering unto the Lord.
of our God is upon all them for good, that 36 And they delivered the kings commissions
feek him, but his power and his wrath is against unto the kings lieutenants, and to the governors
all them that forsake him.

on this side the river, and they furthered the
23 So we fasted and besought our God for people and the house of God.
this, and he was intreated of us.

24 Then I separated twelve of the chief i Ezra mourneth for the affinity of the people with
of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of strangers : 5 He prayeth unto God with confeffion
their brethren with them,

of sins.
! Chap.

Ow a when al. 7.15, 16.


princes came to me, saying, The people the house of our God, which the king, and his of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites have counsellers, and his lords, and all Israel there not separated themselves from the people of the present, had offered.

lands, doing according totheir abominations,etion 26 I eren weiched unto the band, lix of the Climmm, : Fittit ha si


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Chap. x.

His reformation. Before, the Jebulites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the good of the land, and leave it for an inheri- Before

Christ Christ the Egyptians, and the Amorites.

tanceto your children for ever. 457.

457: 2 For they have taken of their daughters for 13 And after all that is come upon us for our themselves, and for their fons : so that the holy evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that feed have mingled themselves with the people of thou our God k + haft punished us less than those lands : yea, the hand of the princes and rulers our iniquities deserve, and hast given us fuch I Heb. hath been chief in this trespass.

deliverance as this:
3 And when I heard this thing, • I rent my 14 Should we again break thy command-nea:homem
garment and my mantle, and pluckt off the ments, and join in affinity with the people of iniquirico.
hair of my head, and of my beard, and far down these abominations? wouldīt not thou be angry

with us till thou hadft consumed us, so that there
4 Then were assembled unto me every one should be no remnant nor escaping?
• Chap

that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, 15 O LORD God of Israel, thou art right-
because of the transgression of those that had eous, for we remain yet escaped, as it is this
been carried away, and I sat astonied until the day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses:
evening facrifice.

for we cannot stand before thee, because of this.
5 f And at the evening facrifice, I arose up

from my heaviness, and having rent my gar I Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange
ment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and marriages. 6 Ezra mourning, assembleth the
spreadout my hands unto the LORD my God, people. 9 The people at the exhortation of Ezra,

6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and repent and promise amendment. The care to per-
blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for formit. 18 The names of them which had married

our iniquities are increased over our head, and strange wives..
7 Since the days

of our fathers, bave we been Now when Ezra had prayed, and when a Ecas. .
in a great trespals unto this day, and for our himself down before the house of God, there
iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests assembled unto him out of Israel, a very great
been delivered into the hand of the kings of the congregation of men, and women, and children :
lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, for the people t wept very sore.

+ Heb. and to confusion of face, as it is this day.

2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of you 8 And now for a + little space grace hath the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, meepingo

been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave We have trespaffed against our God, and have

us a remnant to escape, and to give us || a nail taken strange wives, of the people of the land:
in his holy place, that our God may lighten yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this
our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our thing.


Now therefore let us make a covenant For we were bond-men, yet our God with our God, t to put away all the wives, and to him

hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but 8 hath such as are born of them, according to the foreka
Meh.g. extended mercy unto us in the sight of the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble 6. Chapo
3 Chap
. kings of Persia, to give us a reviving to set up at the commandment of our God, and let it Deut. 7:

the house of our God, ant to repair the de- be done according to the law.
to set up. folations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah 4 Arise : for this matter belongeth unto thee;
and in Jerusalem.

we also will be with thee: be of good courage,
10 And now, O our God, what shall we and do it.
say after this ? for we have forsaken thy com 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests,

the Levites, and all Ifrael d to swear, that d Neh.s.
11 Which thou hast commanded + by thy they should do according to this word: And
servants the prophets, saying, The land unto they sware.
ye go to possess it, is an unclean land

6. Then Ezra rose up from before the Ecr. with the filthiness of the people of the lands, house of God, and went into the chamber Hebe with their abominations, which have filled of Johanan the son of Eliashib : and when month to it + from one end to another, with their un- he came thither, he did eat month: as cleanness. 2 Kings

drink water : for he mourned because of the 12 Now therefore "give not your daughters transgression of them that had been carried

unto their fons, neither take their daughters away. Deut. 7. 3. unto your fons, i nor seek their

7. And they made proclamation troughout wealth for ever : thar ye may be Itrong, and eat Judah and Jerusalem, unto all the children of

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