1 Esdras


|1|1| Josiah kept the passover to his Lord in Jerusalem; he killed
the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month,|
|1|2|having placed the priests according to their divisions, arrayed in
their garments, in the temple of the Lord.|
|1|3|And he told the Levites, the temple servants of Israel, that they
should sanctify themselves to the Lord and put the holy ark of the Lord in the
house which Solomon the king, the son of David, had built;|
|1|4|and he said, You need no longer carry it upon your shoulders. Now
worship the Lord your God and serve his people Israel; and prepare yourselves by
your families and kindred,|
|1|5|in accordance with the directions of David king of Israel and the
magnificence of Solomon his son. Stand in order in the temple according to the
groupings of the fathers' houses of you Levites, who minister before your
brethren the people of Israel,|
|1|6|and kill the passover lamb and prepare the sacrifices for your
brethren, and keep the passover according to the commandment of the Lord which
was given to Moses.|
|1|7|And Josiah gave to the people who were present thirty thousand
lambs and kids, and three thousand calves; these were given from the king's
possessions, as he promised, to the people and the priests and Levites.|
|1|8|And Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the chief officers of the
temple, gave to the priests for the passover two thousand six hundred sheep and
three hundred calves.|
|1|9|And Jeconiah and Shemaiah and Nethanel his brother, and Hashabiah
and Ochiel and Joram, captains over thousands, gave the Levites for the passover
five thousand sheep and seven hundred calves.|
|1|10|And this is what took place. The priests and the Levites, properly
arrayed and having the unleavened bread, stood according to kindred|
|1|11|and the grouping of the fathers' houses, before the people, to
make the offering to the Lord as it is written in the book of Moses; this they
did in the morning.|
|1|12|They roasted the passover lamb with fire, as required; and they
boiled the sacrifices in brass pots and caldrons, with a pleasing odor,|
|1|13|and carried them to all the people. Afterward they prepared the
passover for themselves and for their brethren the priests, the sons of Aaron,|
|1|14|because the priests were offering the fat until night; so the
Levites prepared it for themselves and for their brethren the priests, the sons
of Aaron.|
|1|15|And the temple singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their place
according to the arrangement made by David, and also Asaph, Zechariah, and
Eddinus, who represented the king.|
|1|16|The gatekeepers were at each gate; no one needed to depart from
his duties, for their brethren the Levites prepared the passover for them.|
|1|17|So the things that had to do with the sacrifices to the Lord were
accomplished that day: the passover was kept|
|1|18|and the sacrifices were offered on the altar of the Lord,
according to the command of King Josiah.|
|1|19|And the people of Israel who were present at that time kept the
passover and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.|
|1|20|No passover like it had been kept in Israel since the times of
Samuel the prophet;|
|1|21|none of the kings of Israel had kept such a passover as was kept
by Josiah and the priests and Levites and the men of Judah and all of Israel who
were dwelling in Jerusalem.|
|1|22|In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this passover was
|1|23|And the deeds of Josiah were upright in the sight of the Lord, for
his heart was full of godliness.|
|1|24|The events of his reign have been recorded in the past, concerning
those who sinned and acted wickedly toward the Lord beyond any other people or
kingdom, and how they grieved the Lord deeply, so that the words of the Lord
rose up against Israel.|
|1|25|After all these acts of Josiah, it happened that Pharaoh, king of
Egypt, went to make war at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out
against him.|
|1|26|And the king of Egypt sent word to him saying, What have we to do
with each other, king of Judea?|
|1|27|I was not sent against you by the Lord God, for my war is at the
Euphrates. And now the Lord is with me! The Lord is with me, urging me on! Stand
aside, and do not oppose the Lord.|
|1|28|But Josiah did not turn back to his chariot, but tried to fight
with him, and did not heed the words of Jeremiah the prophet from the mouth of
the Lord.|
|1|29|He joined battle with him in the plain of Megiddo, and the
commanders came down against King Josiah.|
|1|30|And the king said to his servants, Take me away from the battle,
for I am very weak. And immediately his servants took him out of the line of
|1|31|And he got into his second chariot; and after he was brought back
to Jerusalem he died, and was buried in the tomb of his fathers.|
|1|32|And in all Judea they mourned for Josiah. Jeremiah the prophet
lamented for Josiah, and the principal men, with the women, have made
lamentation for him to this day; it was ordained that this should always be done
throughout the whole nation of Israel.|
|1|33|These things are written in the book of the histories of the kings
of Judea; and every one of the acts of Josiah, and his splendor, and his
understanding of the law of the Lord, and the things that he had done before and
these that are now told, are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and
|1|34|And the men of the nation took Jeconiah the son of Josiah, who was
twenty-three years old, and made him king in succession to Josiah his father.|
|1|35|And he reigned three months in Judah and Jerusalem. Then the king
of Egypt deposed him from reigning in Jerusalem,|
|1|36|and fined the nation a hundred talents of silver and a talent of
|1|37|And the king of Egypt made Jehoiakim his brother king of Judea and
|1|38|Jehoiakim put the nobles in prison, and seized his brother Zarius
and brought him up out of Egypt.|
|1|39|Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign in
Judea and Jerusalem, and he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.|
|1|40|And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound
him with a chain of brass and took him away to Babylon.|
|1|41|Nebuchadnezzar also took some holy vessels of the Lord, and
carried them away, and stored them in his temple in Babylon.|
|1|42|But the things that are reported about Jehoiakim and his
uncleanness and impiety are written in the chronicles of the kings.|
|1|43|Jehoiachin his son became king in his stead; when he was made king
he was eighteen years old,|
|1|44|and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did what
was evil in the sight of the Lord.|
|1|45|So after a year Nebuchadnezzar sent and removed him to Babylon,
with the holy vessels of the Lord,|
|1|46|and made Zedekiah king of Judea and Jerusalem. Zedekiah was
twenty-one years old, and he reigned eleven years.|
|1|47|He also did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not
heed the words that were spoken by Jeremiah the prophet from the mouth of the
|1|48|And though King Nebuchadnezzar had made him swear by the name of
the Lord, he broke his oath and rebelled; and he stiffened his neck and hardened
his heart and transgressed the laws of the Lord, the God of Israel.|
|1|49|Even the leaders of the people and of the priests committed many
acts of sacrilege and lawlessness beyond all the unclean deeds of all the
nations, and polluted the temple of the Lord which had been hallowed in
|1|50|So the God of their fathers sent by his messenger to call them
back, because he would have spared them and his dwelling place.|
|1|51|But they mocked his messengers, and whenever the Lord spoke, they
scoffed at his prophets,|
|1|52|until in his anger against his people because of their ungodly
acts he gave command to bring against them the kings of the Chaldeans.|
|1|53|These slew their young men with the sword around their holy
temple, and did not spare young man or virgin, old man or child, for he gave
them all into their hands.|
|1|54|And all the holy vessels of the Lord, great and small, and the
treasure chests of the Lord, and the royal stores, they took and carried away to
|1|55|And they burned the house of the Lord and broke down the walls of
Jerusalem and burned their towers with fire,|
|1|56|and utterly destroyed all its glorious things. The survivors he
led away to Babylon with the sword,|
|1|57|and they were servants to him and to his sons until the Persians
began to reign, in fulfilment of the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah:|
|1|58|Until the land has enjoyed its sabbaths, it shall keep sabbath all
the time of its desolation until the completion of seventy years.|
|2|1|In the first year of Cyrus as king of the Persians, that the word
of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished,|
|2|2|the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of the Persians, and he
made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:|
|2|3|Thus says Cyrus king of the Persians: The Lord of Israel, the Lord
Most High, has made me king of the world,|
|2|4|and he has commanded me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is
in Judea.|
|2|5|If any one of you, therefore, is of his people, may his Lord be with
him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judea, and build the house of
the Lord of Israel -- he is the Lord who dwells in Jerusalem,|
|2|6|and let each man, wherever he may live, be helped by the men of his
place with gold and silver,|
|2|7|with gifts and with horses and cattle, besides the other things added
as votive offerings for the temple of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.|
|2|8|Then arose the heads of families of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin,
and the priests and the Levites, and all whose spirit the Lord had stirred to go
up to build the house in Jerusalem for the Lord;|
|2|9|and their neighbors helped them with everything, with silver and
gold, with horses and cattle, and with a very great number of votive offerings
from many whose hearts were stirred.|
|2|10|Cyrus the king also brought out the holy vessels of the Lord which
Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and stored in his temple of
|2|11|When Cyrus king of the Perians brought these out, he gave them to
Mithridates his treasurer,|
|2|12|and by him they were given to Sheshbazzar the governor of Judea.|
|2|13|The number of these was: a thousand gold cups, a thousand silver
cups, twenty-nine silver censers, thirty gold bowls, two thousand four hundred
and ten silver bowls, and a thousand other vessels.|
|2|14|All the vessels were handed over, gold and silver, five thousand
four hundred and sixty-nine,|
|2|15|and they were carried back by Sheshbazzar with the returning exiles
from Babylon to Jerusalem.|
|2|16|But in the time of Artaxerxes king of the Persians, Bishlam,
Mithridates, Tabeel, Rehum, Beltethmus, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of
their associates, living in Samaria and other places, wrote him the following
letter, against those who were living in Judea and Jerusalem:|
|2|17|To King Artaxerxes our lord, Your servants Rehum the recorder and
Shimshai the scribe and the other judges of their council in Coelesyria and
|2|18|Now be it known to our lord the king that the Jews who came up from
you to us have gone to Jerusalem and are building that rebellious and wicked
city, repairing its market places and walls and laying the foundations for a
|2|19|Now if this city is built and the walls finished, they will not only
refuse to pay tribute but will even resist kings.|
|2|20|And since the building of the temple is now going on, we think it
best not to neglect such a matter,|
|2|21|but to speak to our lord the king, in order that, if it seems good
to you, search may be made in the records of your fathers.|
|2|22|You will find in the chronicles what has been written about them,
and will learn that this city was rebellious, troubling both kings and other
|2|23|and that the Jews were rebels and kept setting up blockades in it
from of old. That is why this city was laid waste.|
|2|24|Therefore we now make known to you, O lord and king, that if this
city is built and its walls finished, you will no longer have access to
Coelesyria and Phoenicia.|
|2|25|Then the king, in reply to Rehum the recorder and Beltethmus and
Shimshai the scribe and the others associated with them and living in Samaria
and Syria and Phoenicia, wrote as follows:|
|2|26|I have read the letter which you sent me. So I ordered search to be
made, and it has been found that this city from of old has fought against kings,|
|2|27|and that the men in it were given to rebellion and war, and that
mighty and cruel kings ruled in Jerusalem and exacted tribute from Coelesyria
and Phoenicia.|
|2|28|Therefore I have now issued orders to prevent these men from
building the city and to take care that nothing more be done|
|2|29|and that such wicked proceedings go no further to the annoyance of
|2|30|Then, when the letter from King Artaxerxes was read, Rehum and
Shimshai the scribe and their associates went in haste to Jerusalem, with
horsemen and a multitude in battle array, and began to hinder the builders. And
the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until the second year of the
reign of Darius king of the Persians.|
|3|1|Now King Darius gave a great banquet for all that were under him
and all that were born in his house and all the nobles of Media and Persia|
|3|2|and all the satraps and generals and governors that were under him in
the hundred and twenty-seven satrapies from India to Ethiopia.|
|3|3|They ate and drank, and when they were satisfied they departed; and
Darius the king went to his bedroom, and went to sleep, and then awoke.|
|3|4|Then the three young men of the bodyguard, who kept guard over the
person of the king, said to one another,|
|3|5|Let each of us state what one thing is strongest; and to him whose
statement seems wisest, Darius the king will give rich gifts and great honors of
|3|6|He shall be clothed in purple, and drink from gold cups, and sleep on
a gold bed, and have a chariot with gold bridles, and a turban of fine linen,
and a necklace about his neck;|
|3|7|and because of his wisdom he shall sit next to Darius and shall be
called kinsman of Darius.|
|3|8|Then each wrote his own statement, and they sealed them and put them
under the pillow of Darius the king,|
|3|9|and said, When the king wakes, they will give him the writing; and to
the one whose statement the king and the three nobles of Persia judge to be
wisest the victory shall be given according to what is written.|
|3|10|The first wrote, Wine is strongest.|
|3|11|The second wrote, The king is strongest.|
|3|12|The third wrote, Women are strongest, but truth is victor over all
|3|13|When the king awoke, they took the writing and gave it to him, and
he read it.|
|3|14|Then he sent and summoned all the nobles of Persia and Media and the
satraps and generals and governors and prefects,|
|3|15|and he took his seat in the council chamber, and the writing was
read in their presence.|
|3|16|And he said, Call the young men, and they shall explain their
statements. So they were summoned, and came in.|
|3|17|And they said to them, Explain to us what you have written.|
Then the first, who had spoken of the strength of wine, began and said:|
|3|18|Gentlemen, how is wine the strongest? It leads astray the minds of
all who drink it.|
|3|19|It makes equal the mind of the king and the orphan, of the slave and
the free, of the poor and the rich.|
|3|20|It turns every thought to feasting and mirth, and forgets all sorrow
and debt.|
|3|21|It makes all hearts feel rich, forgets kings and satraps, and makes
every one talk in millions.|
|3|22|When men drink they forget to be friendly with friends and brothers,
and before long they draw their swords.|
|3|23|And when they recover from the wine, they do not remember what they
have done.|
|3|24|Gentlemen, is not wine the strongest, since it forces men to do
these things? When he had said this, he stopped speaking.|
|4|1|Then the second, who had spoken of the strength of the king, began to
|4|2|Gentlemen, are not men strongest, who rule over land and sea and all
that is in them?|
|4|3|But the king is stronger; he is their lord and master, and whatever
he says to them they obey.|
|4|4|If he tells them to make war on one another, they do it; and if he
sends them out against the enemy, they go, and conquer mountains, walls, and
|4|5|They kill and are killed, and do not disobey the king's command; if
they win the victory, they bring everything to the king -- whatever spoil they
take and everything else.|
|4|6|Likewise those who do not serve in the army or make war but till the
soil, whenever they sow, reap the harvest and bring some to the king; and they
compel one another to pay taxes to the king.|
|4|7|And yet he is only one man! If he tells them to kill, they kill; if
he tells them to release, they release;|
|4|8|if he tells them to attack, they attack; if he tells them to lay
waste, they lay waste; if he tells them to build, they build;|
|4|9|if he tells them to cut down, they cut down; if he tells them to
plant, they plant.|
|4|10|All his people and his armies obey him. Moreover, he reclines, he
eats and drinks and sleeps,|
|4|11|but they keep watch around him and no one may go away to attend to
his own affairs, nor do they disobey him.|
|4|12|Gentlemen, why is not the king the strongest, since he is to be
obeyed in this fashion? And he stopped speaking.|
|4|13|Then the third, that is Zerubbabel, who had spoken of women and
truth, began to speak:|
|4|14|Gentlemen, is not the king great, and are not men many, and is not
wine strong? Who then is their master, or who is their lord? Is it not women?|
|4|15|Women gave birth to the king and to every people that rules over sea
and land.|
|4|16|From women they came; and women brought up the very men who plant
the vineyards from which comes wine.|
|4|17|Women make men's clothes; they bring men glory; men cannot exist
without women.|
|4|18|If men gather gold and silver or any other beautiful thing, and then
see a woman lovely in appearance and beauty,|
|4|19|they let all those things go, and gape at her, and with open mouths
stare at her, and all prefer her to gold or silver or any other beautiful thing.|
|4|20|A man leaves his own father, who brought him up, and his own
country, and cleaves to his wife.|
|4|21|With his wife he ends his days, with no thought of his father or his
mother or his country.|
|4|22|Hence you must realize that women rule over you!|
Do you not labor and toil, and bring everything and give it to women?|
|4|23|A man takes his sword, and goes out to travel and rob and steal and
to sail the sea and rivers;|
|4|24|he faces lions, and he walks in darkness, and when he steals and
robs and plunders, he brings it back to the woman he loves.|
|4|25|A man loves his wife more than his father or his mother.|
|4|26|Many men have lost their minds because of women, and have become
slaves because of them.|
|4|27|Many have perished, or stumbled, or sinned, because of women.|
|4|28|And now do you not believe me?|
Is not the king great in his power? Do not all lands fear to touch him?|
|4|29|Yet I have seen him with Apame, the king's concubine, the daughter
of the illustrious Bartacus; she would sit at the king's right hand|
|4|30|and take the crown from the king's head and put it on her own, and
slap the king with her left hand.|
|4|31|At this the king would gaze at her with mouth agape. If she smiles
at him, he laughs; if she loses her temper with him, he flatters her, that she
may be reconciled to him.|
|4|32|Gentlemen, why are not women strong, since they do such things?|
|4|33|Then the king and the nobles looked at one another; and he began to
speak about truth:|
|4|34|Gentlemen, are not women strong? The earth is vast, and heaven is
high, and the sun is swift in its course, for it makes the circuit of the
heavens and returns to its place in one day.|
|4|35|Is he not great who does these things? But truth is great, and
stronger than all things.|
|4|36|The whole earth calls upon truth, and heaven blesses her. All God's
works quake and tremble, and with him there is nothing unrighteous.|
|4|37|Wine is unrighteous, the king is unrighteous, women are unrighteous,
all the sons of men are unrighteous, all their works are unrighteous, and all
such things. There is no truth in them and in their unrighteousness they will
|4|38|But truth endures and is strong for ever, and lives and prevails for
ever and ever.|
|4|39|With her there is no partiality or preference, but she does what is
righteous instead of anything that is unrighteous or wicked. All men approve her
|4|40|and there is nothing unrighteous in her judgment. To her belongs the
strength and the kingship and the power and the majesty of all the ages. Blessed
be the God of truth!|
|4|41|He ceased speaking; then all the people shouted, and said, Great is
truth, and strongest of all!|
|4|42|Then the king said to him, Ask what you wish, even beyond what is
written, and we will give it to you, for you have been found to be the wisest.
And you shall sit next to me, and be called my kinsman.|
|4|43|Then he said to the king, Remember the vow which you made to build
Jerusalem, in the day when you became king,|
|4|44|and to send back all the vessels that were taken from Jerusalem,
which Cyrus set apart when he began to destroy Babylon, and vowed to send them
back there.|
|4|45|You also vowed to build the temple, which the Edomites burned when
Judea was laid waste by the Chaldeans.|
|4|46|And now, O lord the king, this is what I ask and request of you, and
this befits your greatness. I pray therefore that you fulfil the vow whose
fulfilment you vowed to the King of heaven with your own lips.|
|4|47|Then Darius the king rose, and kissed him, and wrote letters for him
to all the treasurers and governors and generals and satraps, that they should
give escort to him and all who were going up with him to build Jerusalem.|
|4|48|And he wrote letters to all the governors in Coelesyria and
Phoenicia and to those in Lebanon, to bring cedar timber from Lebanon to
Jerusalem, and to help him build the city.|
|4|49|And he wrote for all the Jews who were going up from his kingdom to
Judea, in the interest of their freedom, that no officer or satrap or governor
or treasurer should forcibly enter their doors;|
|4|50|that all the country which they would occupy should be theirs
without tribute; that the Idumeans should give up the villages of the Jews which
they held;|
|4|51|that twenty talents a year should be given for the building of the
temple until it was completed,|
|4|52|and an additional ten talents a year for burnt offerings to be
offered on the altar every day, in accordance with the commandment to make
seventeen offerings;|
|4|53|and that all who came from Babylonia to build the city should have
their freedom, they and their children and all the priests who came.|
|4|54|He wrote also concerning their support and the priests' garments in
which they were to minister.|
|4|55|He wrote that the support for the Levites should be provided until
the day when the temple should be finished and Jerusalem built.|
|4|56|He wrote that land and wages should be provided for all who guarded
the city.|
|4|57|And he sent back from Babylon all the vessels which Cyrus had set
apart; everything that Cyrus had ordered to be done, he also commanded to be
done and to be sent to Jerusalem.|
|4|58|When the young man went out, he lifted up his face to heaven toward
Jerusalem, and praised the King of heaven, saying,|
|4|59|From thee is the victory; from thee is wisdom, and thine is the
glory. I am thy servant.|
|4|60|Blessed art thou, who hast given me wisdom; I give thee thanks, O
Lord of our fathers.|
|4|61|So he took the letters, and went to Babylon and told this to all his
|4|62|And they praised the God of their fathers, because he had given them
release and permission|
|4|63|to go up and build Jerusalem and the temple which is called by his
name; and they feasted, with music and rejoicing, for seven days.|
|5|1|After this the heads of fathers' houses were chosen to go up,
according to their tribes, with their wives and sons and daughters, and their
menservants and maidservants, and their cattle.|
|5|2|And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen to take them back to
Jerusalem in safety, with the music of drums and flutes;|
|5|3|and all their brethren were making merry. And he made them go up with
|5|4|These are the names of the men who went up, according to their
fathers' houses in the tribes, over their groups:|
|5|5|the priests, the sons of Phinehas, son of Aaron; Jeshua the son of
Jozadak, son of Seraiah, and Joakim the son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, of
the house of David, of the lineage of Phares, of the tribe of Judah,|
|5|6|who spoke wise words before Darius the king of the Persians, in the
second year of his reign, in the month of Nisan, the first month.|
|5|7|These are the men of Judea who came up out of their sojourn in
captivity, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon|
|5|8|and who returned to Jerusalem and the rest of Judea, each to his own
town. They came with Zerubbabel and Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Resaiah, Bigvai,
Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Reeliah, Rehum, and Baanah, their leaders.|
|5|9|The number of the men of the nation and their leaders: the sons of
Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two. The sons of Shephatiah, four
hundred and seventy-two.|
|5|10|The sons of Arah, seven hundred and fifty-six.|
|5|11|The sons of Pahathmoab, of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand
eight hundred and twelve.|
|5|12|The sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four. The sons
of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five. The sons of Chorbe, seven hundred and
five. The sons of Bani, six hundred and forty-eight.|
|5|13|The sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three. The sons of Azgad,
one thousand three hundred and twenty-two.|
|5|14|The sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven. The sons of
Bigvai, two thousand and sixty-six. The sons of Adin, four hundred and
|5|15|The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, ninety-two. The sons of Kilan
and Azetas, sixty-seven. The sons of Azaru, four hundred and thirty-two.|
|5|16|The sons of Annias, one hundred and one. The sons of Arom. The sons
of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-three. The sons of Jorah, one hundred and
|5|17|The sons of Baiterus, three thousand and five. The sons of
Bethlehem, one hundred and twenty-three.|
|5|18|The men of Netophah, fifty-five. The men of Anathoth, one hundred
and fifty-eight. The men of Bethasmoth, forty-two.|
|5|19|The men of Kiriatharim, twenty-five. The men of Chephirah and
Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.|
|5|20|The Chadiasans and Ammidians, four hundred and twenty-two. The men
of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.|
|5|21|The men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two. The men of Bethel,
fifty-two. The sons of Magbish, one hundred and fifty-six.|
|5|22|The sons of the other Elam and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five.
The sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.|
|5|23|The sons of Senaah, three thousand three hundred and thirty.|
|5|24|The priests: the sons of Jedaiah the son of Jeshua, of the sons of
Anasib, nine hundred and seventy-two. The sons of Immer, one thousand and
|5|25|The sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven. The
sons of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.|
|5|26|The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel and Bannas and Sudias,
|5|27|The temple singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred and twenty-eight.|
|5|28|The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of
Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, in all one
hundred and thirty-nine.|
|5|29|The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons
of Tabbaoth, the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon, the sons
of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah,|
|5|30|the sons of Akkub, the sons of Uthai, the sons of Ketab, the sons of
Hagab, the sons of Shamlai, the sons of Hana, the sons of Cathua, the sons of
|5|31|The sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons
of Chezib, the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of
Hasrah, the sons of Besai, the sons of Asnah, the sons of the Meunites, the sons
of Nephisim, the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Asur, the sons
of Pharakim, the sons of Bazluth,|
|5|32|the sons of Mehida, the sons of Cutha, the sons of Charea, the sons
of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah, the sons of Neziah, the sons
of Hatipha.|
|5|33|The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Hassophereth, the sons
of Peruda, the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Lozon, the sons of Giddel, the sons
of Shephatiah,|
|5|34|the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of
Sarothie, the sons of Masiah, the sons of Gas, the sons of Addus, the sons of
Subas, the sons of Apherra, the sons of Barodis, the sons of Shaphat, the sons
of Ami.|
|5|35|All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were
three hundred and seventy-two.|
|5|36|The following are those who came up from Telmelah and Telharsha,
under the leadership of Cherub, Addan, and Immer,|
|5|37|though they could not prove by their fathers' houses or lineage that
they belonged to Israel: the sons of Delaiah the son of Tobiah, the sons of
Nekoda, six hundred and fifty-two.|
|5|38|Of the priests the following had assumed the priesthood but were not
found registered: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Jaddus
who had married Agia, one of the daughters of Barzillai, and was called by his
|5|39|And when the genealogy of these men was sought in the register and
was not found, they were excluded from serving as priests.|
|5|40|And Nehemiah and Attharias told them not to share in the holy things
until a high priest should appear wearing Urim and Thummim.|
|5|41|All those of Israel, twelve or more years of age, besides
menservants and maidservants, were forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty;|
|5|42|their menservants and maidservants were seven thousand three hundred
and thirty-seven; there were two hundred and forty-five musicians and singers.|
|5|43|There were four hundred and thirty-five camels, and seven thousand
and thirty-six horses, two hundred and forty-five mules, and five thousand five
hundred and twenty-five asses.|
|5|44|Some of the heads of families, when they came to the temple of God
which is in Jerusalem, vowed that they would erect the house on its site, to the
best of their ability,|
|5|45|and that they would give to the sacred treasury for the work a
thousand minas of gold, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priests'
|5|46|The priests, the Levites, and some of the people settled in
Jerusalem and its vicinity; and the temple singers, the gatekeepers, and all
Israel in their towns.|
|5|47|When the seventh month came, and the sons of Israel were each in his
own home, they gathered as one man in the square before the first gate toward
the east.|
|5|48|Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests, and
Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, with his kinsmen, took their places and
prepared the altar of the God of Israel,|
|5|49|to offer burnt offerings upon it, in accordance with the directions
in the book of Moses the man of God.|
|5|50|And some joined them from the other peoples of the land. And they
erected the altar in its place, for all the peoples of the land were hostile to
them and were stronger than they; and they offered sacrifices at the proper
times and burnt offerings to the Lord morning and evening.|
|5|51|They kept the feast of booths, as it is commanded in the law, and
offered the proper sacrifices every day,|
|5|52|and thereafter the continual offerings and sacrifices on sabbaths
and at new moons and at all the consecrated feasts.|
|5|53|And all who had made any vow to God began to offer sacrifices to
God, from the new moon of the seventh month, though the temple of God was not
yet built.|
|5|54|And they gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food and
|5|55|and carts to the Sidonians and the Tyrians, to bring cedar logs from
Lebanon and convey them in rafts to the harbor of Joppa, according to the decree
which they had in writing from Cyrus king of the Persians.|
|5|56|In the second year after their coming to the temple of God in
Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the
son of Jozadak made a beginning, together with their brethren and the Levitical
priests and all who had come to Jerusalem from the captivity;|
|5|57|and they laid the foundation of the temple of God on the new moon of
the second month in the second year after they came to Judea and Jerusalem.|
|5|58|And they appointed the Levites who were twenty or more years of age
to have charge of the work of the Lord. And Jeshua arose, and his sons and
brethren and Kadmiel his brother and the sons of Jeshua Emadabun and the sons of
Joda son of Iliadun, with their sons and brethren, all the Levites, as one man
pressing forward the work on the house of God.|
So the builders built the temple of the Lord.|
|5|59|And the priests stood arrayed in their garments, with musical
instruments and trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals,|
|5|60|praising the Lord and blessing him, according to the directions of
David king of Israel;|
|5|61|and they sang hymns, giving thanks to the Lord, because his goodness
and his glory are for ever upon all Israel.|
|5|62|And all the people sounded trumpets and shouted with a great shout,
praising the Lord for the erection of the house of the Lord.|
|5|63|Some of the Levitical priests and heads of fathers' houses, old men
who had seen the former house, came to the building of this one with outcries
and loud weeping,|
|5|64|while many came with trumpets and a joyful noise,|
|5|65|so that the people could not hear the trumpets because of the
weeping of the people.|
For the multitude sounded the trumpets loudly, so that the sound was heard afar;|
|5|66|and when the enemies of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin heard it,
they came to find out what the sound of the trumpets meant.|
|5|67|And they learned that those who had returned from captivity were
building the temple for the Lord God of Israel.|
|5|68|So they approached Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the heads of the
fathers' houses and said to them, We will build with you.|
|5|69|For we obey your Lord just as you do and we have been sacrificing to
him ever since the days of Esarhaddon king of the Assyrians, who brought us
|5|70|But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the heads of the fathers' houses in
Israel said to them, You have nothing to do with us in building the house for
the Lord our God,|
|5|71|for we alone will build it for the Lord of Israel, as Cyrus the king
of the Persians has commanded us.|
|5|72|But the peoples of the land pressed hard upon those in Judea, cut
off their supplies, and hindered their building;|
|5|73|and by plots and demagoguery and uprisings they prevented the
completion of the building as long as King Cyrus lived. And they were kept from
building for two years, until the reign of Darius.|
|6|1|Now in the second year of the reign of Darius, the prophets Haggai
and Zechariah the son of Iddo prophesied to the Jews who were in Judea and
Jerusalem, they prophesied to them in the name of the Lord God of Israel.|
|6|2|Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak
arose and began to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, with the
help of the prophets of the Lord who were with them.|
|6|3|At the same time Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phoenicia and
Sathrabuzanes and their associates came to them and said,|
|6|4|By whose order are you building this house and this roof and
finishing all the other things? And who are the builders that are finishing
these things?|
|6|5|Yet the elders of the Jews were dealt with kindly, for the providence
of the Lord was over the captives;|
|6|6|and they were not prevented from building until word could be sent to
Darius concerning them and a report made.|
|6|7|A copy of the letter which Sisinnes the governor of Syria and
Phoenicia, and Sathrabuzanes, and their associates the local rulers in Syria and
Phoenicia, wrote and sent to Darius:|
|6|8|To King Darius, greeting. Let it be fully known to our lord the king
that, when we went to the country of Judea and entered the city of Jerusalem, we
found the elders of the Jews, who had been in captivity,|
|6|9|building in the city of Jerusalem a great new house for the Lord, of
hewn stone, with costly timber laid in the walls.|
|6|10|These operations are going on rapidly, and the work is prospering in
their hands and being completed with all splendor and care.|
|6|11|Then we asked these elders, `At whose command are you building this
house and laying the foundations of this structure?'|
|6|12|And in order that we might inform you in writing who the leaders
are, we questioned them and asked them for a list of the names of those who are
at their head.|
|6|13|They answered us, `We are the servants of the Lord who created the
heaven and the earth.|
|6|14|And the house was built many years ago by a king of Israel who was
great and strong, and it was finished.|
|6|15|But when our fathers sinned against the Lord of Israel who is in
heaven, and provoked him, he gave them over into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon, king of the Chaldeans;|
|6|16|and they pulled down the house, and burned it, and carried the
people away captive to Babylon.|
|6|17|But in the first year that Cyrus reigned over the country of
Babylonia, King Cyrus wrote that this house should be rebuilt.|
|6|18|And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, which Nebuchadnezzar had
taken out of the house in Jerusalem and stored in his own temple, these Cyrus
the king took out again from the temple in Babylon, and they were delivered to
Zerubbabel and Sheshbazzar the governor|
|6|19|with the command that he should take all these vessels back and put
them in the temple at Jerusalem, and that this temple of the Lord should be
rebuilt on its site.|
|6|20|Then this Sheshbazzar, after coming here, laid the foundations of
the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, and although it has been in process
of construction from that time until now, it has not yet reached completion.'|
|6|21|Now therefore, if it seems wise, O king, let search be made in the
royal archives of our lord the king that are in Babylon;|
|6|22|and if it is found that the building of the house of the Lord in
Jerusalem was done with the consent of King Cyrus, and if it is approved by our
lord the king, let him send us directions concerning these things.|
|6|23|Then Darius commanded that search be made in the royal archives that
were deposited in Babylon. And in Ecbatana, the fortress which is in the country
of Media, a scroll was found in which this was recorded:|
|6|24|In the first year of the reign of Cyrus, King Cyrus ordered the
building of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, where they sacrifice with
perpetual fire;|
|6|25|its height to be sixty cubits and its breadth sixty cubits, with
three courses of hewn stone and one course of new native timber; the cost to be
paid from the treasury of Cyrus the king;|
|6|26|and that the holy vessels of the house of the Lord, both of gold and
of silver, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the house in Jerusalem and carried
away to Babylon, should be restored to the house in Jerusalem, to be placed
where they had been.|
|6|27|So Darius commanded Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phoenicia,
and Sathrabuzanes, and their associates, and those who were appointed as local
rulers in Syria and Phoenicia, to keep away from the place, and to permit
Zerubbabel, the servant of the Lord and governor of Judea, and the elders of the
Jews to build this house of the Lord on its site.|
|6|28|And I command that it be built completely, and that full effort be
made to help the men who have returned from the captivity of Judea, until the
house of the Lord is finished;|
|6|29|and that out of the tribute of Coelesyria and Phoenicia a portion be
scrupulously given to these men, that is, to Zerubbabel the governor, for
sacrifices to the Lord, for bulls and rams and lambs,|
|6|30|and likewise wheat and salt and wine and oil, regularly every year,
without quibbling, for daily use as the priests in Jerusalem may indicate,|
|6|31|in order that libations may be made to the Most High God for the
king and his children, and prayers be offered for their life.|
|6|32|And he commanded that if any should transgress or nullify any of the
things herein written, a beam should be taken out of his house and he should be
hanged upon it, and his property should be forfeited to the king.|
|6|33|Therefore may the Lord, whose name is there called upon, destroy
every king and nation that shall stretch out their hands to hinder or damage
that house of the Lord in Jerusalem.|
|6|34|I, King Darius, have decreed that it be done with all diligence as
here prescribed.|
|7|1|Then Sisinnes the governor of Coelesyria and Phoenicia, and
Sathrabuzanes, and their associates, following the orders of King Darius,|
|7|2|supervised the holy work with very great care, assisting the elders
of the Jews and the chief officers of the temple.|
|7|3|And the holy work prospered, while the prophets Haggai and Zechariah
|7|4|and they completed it by the command of the Lord God of Israel. So
with the consent of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of the Persians,|
|7|5|the holy house was finished by the twenty-third day of the month of
Adar, in the sixth year of King Darius.|
|7|6|And the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of
those from the captivity who joined them, did according to what was written in
the book of Moses.|
|7|7|They offered at the dedication of the temple of the Lord one hundred
bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs,|
|7|8|and twelve he-goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the
number of the twelve leaders of the tribes of Israel;|
|7|9|and the priests and the Levites stood arrayed in their garments,
according to kindred, for the services of the Lord God of Israel in accordance
with the book of Moses; and the gatekeepers were at each gate.|
|7|10|The people of Israel who came from the captivity kept the passover
on the fourteenth day of the first month, after the priests and the Levites were
purified together.|
|7|11|Not all of the returned captives were purified, but the Levites were
all purified together,|
|7|12|and they sacrificed the passover lamb for all the returned captives
and for their brethren the priests and for themselves.|
|7|13|And the people of Israel who came from the captivity ate it, all
those who had separated themselves from the abominations of the peoples of the
land and sought the Lord.|
|7|14|And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days, rejoicing
before the Lord,|
|7|15|Because he had changed the will of the king of the Assyrians
concerning them, to strengthen their hands for the service of the Lord God of
|8|1|After these things, when Artaxerxes the king of the Persians was
reigning, Ezra came, the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah, son of
|8|2|son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, son of Amariah, son of Uzzi, son of
Bukki, son of Abishua, son of Phineas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the chief
|8|3|This Ezra came up from Babylon as a scribe skilled in the law of
Moses, which was given by the God of Israel;|
|8|4|and the king showed him honor, for he found favor before the king in
all his requests.|
|8|5|There came up with him to Jerusalem some of the people of Israel and
some of the priests and Levites and temple singers and gatekeepers and temple
|8|6|in the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes, in the fifth month
(this was the king's seventh year); for they left Babylon on the new moon of the
first month and arrived in Jerusalem on the new moon of the fifth month, by the
prosperous journey which the Lord gave them.|
|8|7|For Ezra possessed great knowledge, so that he omitted nothing from
the law of the Lord or the commandments, but taught all Israel all the
ordinances and judgments.|
|8|8|The following is a copy of the written commission from Artaxerxes the
king which was delivered to Ezra the priest and reader of the law of the Lord:|
|8|9|King Artaxerxes to Ezra the priest and reader of the law of the Lord,
|8|10|In accordance with my gracious decision, I have given orders that
those of the Jewish nation and of the priests and Levites and others in our
realm, who freely choose to do so, may go with you to Jerusalem.|
|8|11|Let as many as are so disposed, therefore, depart with you as I and
the seven friends who are my counselors have decided,|
|8|12|in order to look into matters in Judea and Jerusalem, in accordance
with what is in the law of the Lord,|
|8|13|and to carry to Jerusalem the gifts for the Lord of Israel which I
and my friends have vowed, and to collect for the Lord in Jerusalem all the gold
and silver that may be found in the country of Babylonia,|
|8|14|together with what is given by the nation for the temple of their
Lord which is in Jerusalem, both gold and silver for bulls and rams and lambs
and what goes with them,|
|8|15|so as to offer sacrifices upon the altar of their Lord which is in
|8|16|And whatever you and your brethren are minded to do with the gold
and silver, perform it in accordance with the will of your God;|
|8|17|and deliver the holy vessels of the Lord which are given you for the
use of the temple of your God which is in Jerusalem.|
|8|18|And whatever else occurs to you as necessary for the temple of your
God, you may provide out of the royal treasury.|
|8|19|And I, Artaxerxes the king, have commanded the treasurers of Syria
and Phoenicia that whatever Ezra the priest and reader of the law of the Most
High God sends for, they shall take care to give him,|
|8|20|up to a hundred talents of silver, and likewise up to a hundred cors
of wheat, a hundred baths of wine, and salt in abundance.|
|8|21|Let all things prescribed in the law of God be scrupulously
fulfilled for the Most High God, so that wrath may not come upon the kingdom of
the king and his sons.|
|8|22|You are also informed that no tribute or any other tax is to be laid
on any of the priests or Levites or temple singers or gatekeepers or temple
servants or persons employed in this temple, and that no one has authority to
impose any tax upon them.|
|8|23|And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of God, appoint judges and
justices to judge all those who know the law of your God, throughout all Syria
and Phoenicia; and those who do not know it you shall teach.|
|8|24|And all who transgress the law of your God or the law of the kingdom
shall be strictly punished, whether by death or some other punishment, either
fine or imprisonment.|
|8|25|Blessed be the Lord alone, who put this into the heart of the king,
to glorify his house which is in Jerusalem,|
|8|26|and who honored me in the sight of the king and his counselors and
all his friends and nobles.|
|8|27|I was encouraged by the help of the Lord my God, and I gathered men
from Israel to go up with me.|
|8|28|These are the principal men, according to their fathers' houses and
their groups, who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the
|8|29|Of the sons of Phineas, Gershom. Of the sons of Ithamar, Gamael. Of
the sons of David, Hattush the son of Shecaniah.|
|8|30|Of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah, and with him a hundred and fifty
men enrolled.|
|8|31|Of the sons of Pahathmoab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with
him two hundred men.|
|8|32|Of the sons of Zattu, Shecaniah the son of Jahaziel, and with him
three hundred men. Of the sons of Adin, Obed the son of Jonathan, and with him
two hundred and fifty men.|
|8|33|Of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Gotholiah, and with him
seventy men.|
|8|34|Of the sons of Shephatiah, Zeraiah the son of Michael, and with him
seventy men,|
|8|35|Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two
hundred and twelve men.|
|8|36|Of the sons of Bani, Shelomith the son of Josiphiah, and with him a
hundred and sixty men.|
|8|37|Of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him
twenty-eight men.|
|8|38|Of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him a
hundred and ten men.|
|8|39|Of the sons of Adonikam, the last ones, their names being Eliphelet,
Jeuel, and Shemaiah, and with them seventy men.|
|8|40|Of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai the son of Istalcurus, and with him
seventy men.|
|8|41|I assembled them at the river called Theras, and we encamped there
three days, and I inspected them.|
|8|42|When I found there none of the sons of the priests or of the
|8|43|I sent word to Eliezar, Iduel, Maasmas,|
|8|44|Elnathan, Shemaiah, Jarib, Nathan, Elnathan, Zechariah, and
Meshullam, who were leaders and men of understanding;|
|8|45|and I told them to go to Iddo, who was the leading man at the place
of the treasury,|
|8|46|and ordered them to tell Iddo and his brethren and the treasurers at
that place to send us men to serve as priests in the house of our Lord.|
|8|47|And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought us competent men of
the sons of Mahli the son of Levi, son of Israel, namely Sherebiah with his sons
and kinsmen, eighteen;|
|8|48|also Hashabiah and Annunus and Jeshaiah his brother, of the sons of
Hananiah, and their sons, twenty men;|
|8|49|and of the temple servants, whom David and the leaders had given for
the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty temple servants; the list of
all their names was reported.|
|8|50|There I proclaimed a fast for the young men before our Lord, to seek
from him a prosperous journey for ourselves and for our children and the cattle
that were with us.|
|8|51|For I was ashamed to ask the king for foot soldiers and horsemen and
an escort to keep us safe from our adversaries;|
|8|52|for we had said to the king, The power of our Lord will be with
those who seek him, and will support them in every way.|
|8|53|And again we prayed to our Lord about these things, and we found him
very merciful.|
|8|54|Then I set apart twelve of the leaders of the priests, Sherebiah and
Hashabiah, and ten of their kinsmen with them;|
|8|55|and I weighed out to them the silver and the gold and the holy
vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king himself and his counselors and
the nobles and all Israel had given.|
|8|56|I weighed and gave to them six hundred and fifty talents of silver,
and silver vessels worth a hundred talents, and a hundred talents of gold,|
|8|57|and twenty golden bowls, and twelve bronze vessels of fine bronze
that glittered like gold.|
|8|58|And I said to them, You are holy to the Lord, and the vessels are
holy, and the silver and the gold are vowed to the Lord, the Lord of our
|8|59|Be watchful and on guard until you deliver them to the leaders of
the priests and the Levites, and to the heads of the fathers' houses of Israel,
in Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of our Lord.|
|8|60|So the priests and the Levites who took the silver and the gold and
the vessels which had been in Jerusalem carried them to the temple of the Lord.|
|8|61|We departed from the river Theras on the twelfth day of the first
month; and we arrived in Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our Lord which was upon
us; he delivered us from every enemy on the way, and so we came to Jerusalem.|
|8|62|When we had been there three days, the silver and the gold were
weighed and delivered in the house of our Lord to Meremoth the priest, son of
|8|63|and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas, and with them were
Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Moeth the son of Binnui, the Levites.|
|8|64|The whole was counted and weighed, and the weight of everything was
recorded at that very time.|
|8|65|And those who had come back from captivity offered sacrifices to the
Lord, the God of Israel, twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams,|
|8|66|seventy-two lambs, and as a thank offering twelve he-goats -- all as
a sacrifice to the Lord.|
|8|67|And they delivered the king's orders to the royal stewards and to
the governors of Coelesyria and Phoenicia; and these officials honored the
people and the temple of the Lord.|
|8|68|After these things had been done, the principal men came to me and
|8|69|The people of Israel and the leaders and the priests and the Levites
have not put away from themselves the alien peoples of the land and their
pollutions, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the
Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Edomites.|
|8|70|For they and their sons have married the daughters of these people,
and the holy race has been mixed with the alien peoples of the land; and from
the beginning of this matter the leaders and the nobles have been sharing in
this iniquity.|
|8|71|As soon as I heard these things I rent my garments and my holy
mantle, and pulled out hair from my head and beard, and sat down in anxiety and
|8|72|And all who were ever moved at the word of the Lord of Israel
gathered round me, as I mourned over this iniquity, and I sat grief-stricken
until the evening sacrifice.|
|8|73|Then I rose from my fast, with my garments and my holy mantle rent,
and kneeling down and stretching forth my hands to the Lord|
|8|74|I said, O Lord, I am ashamed and confounded before thy face.|
|8|75|For our sins have risen higher than our heads, and our mistakes have
mounted up to heaven|
|8|76|from the times of our fathers, and we are in great sin to this day.|
|8|77|And because of our sins and the sins of our fathers we with our
brethren and our kings and our priests were given over to the kings of the
earth, to the sword and captivity and plundering, in shame until this day.|
|8|78|And now in some measure mercy has come to us from thee, O Lord, to
leave to us a root and a name in thy holy place,|
|8|79|and to uncover a light for us in the house of the Lord our God, and
to give us food in the time of our servitude.|
|8|80|Even in our bondage we were not forsaken by our Lord, but he brought
us into favor with the kings of the Persians, so that they have given us food|
|8|81|and glorified the temple of our Lord, and raised Zion from
desolation, to give us a stronghold in Judea and Jerusalem.|
|8|82|And now, O Lord, what shall we say, when we have these things? For
we have transgressed thy commandments, which thou didst give by thy servants the
prophets, saying,|
|8|83|`The land which you are entering to take possession of it is a land
polluted with the pollution of the aliens of the land, and they have filled it
with their uncleanness.|
|8|84|Therefore do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons, and
do not take their daughters for your sons;|
|8|85|and do not seek ever to have peace with them, in order that you may
be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it for an inheritance to
your children for ever.'|
|8|86|And all that has happened to us has come about because of our evil
deeds and our great sins. For thou, O Lord, didst lift the burden of our sins|
|8|87|and give us such a root as this; but we turned back again to
transgress thy law by mixing with the uncleanness of the peoples of the land.|
|8|88|Wast thou not angry enough with us to destroy us without leaving a
root or seed or name?|
|8|89|O Lord of Israel, thou art true; for we are left as a root to this
|8|90|Behold, we are now before thee in our iniquities; for we can no
longer stand in thy presence because of these things.|
|8|91|While Ezra was praying and making his confession, weeping and lying
upon the ground before the temple, there gathered about him a very great throng
from Jerusalem, men and women and youths; for there was great weeping among the
|8|92|Then Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the men of Israel, called
out, and said to Ezra, We have sinned against the Lord, and have married foreign
women from the peoples of the land; but even now there is hope for Israel.|
|8|93|Let us take an oath to the Lord about this, that we will put away
all our foreign wives, with their children,|
|8|94|as seems good to you and to all who obey the law of the Lord.|
|8|95|Arise and take action, for it is your task, and we are with you to
take strong measures.|
|8|96|Then Ezra arose and had the leaders of the priests and Levites of
all Israel take oath that they would do this. And they took the oath.|
|9|1|Then Ezra rose and went from the court of the temple to the chamber
of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib,|
|9|2|and spent the night there; and he did not eat bread or drink water,
for he was mourning over the great iniquities of the multitude.|
|9|3|And a proclamation was made throughout Judea and Jerusalem to all who
had returned from the captivity that they should assemble at Jerusalem,|
|9|4|and that if any did not meet there within two or three days, in
accordance with the decision of the ruling elders, their cattle should be seized
for sacrifice and the men themselves expelled from the multitude of those who
had returned from the captivity.|
|9|5|Then the men of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin assembled at
Jerusalem within three days; this was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of
the month.|
|9|6|And all the multitude sat in the open square before the temple,
shivering because of the bad weather that prevailed.|
|9|7|Then Ezra rose and said to them, You have broken the law and married
foreign women, and so have increased the sin of Israel.|
|9|8|Now then make confession and give glory to the Lord the God of our
|9|9|and do his will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and
from your foreign wives.|
|9|10|Then all the multitude shouted and said with a loud voice, We will
do as you have said.|
|9|11|But the multitude is great and it is winter, and we are not able to
stand in the open air. This is not a work we can do in one day or two, for we
have sinned too much in these things.|
|9|12|so let the leaders of the multitude stay, and let all those in our
settlements who have foreign wives come at the time appointed,|
|9|13|with the elders and judges of each place, until we are freed from
the wrath of the Lord over this matter.|
|9|14|Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvah undertook
the matter on these terms, and Meshullam and Levi and Shabbethai served with
them as judges.|
|9|15|And those who had returned from the captivity acted in accordance
with all this.|
|9|16|Ezra the priest chose for himself the leading men of their fathers'
houses, all of them by name; and on the new moon of the tenth month they began
their sessions to investigate the matter.|
|9|17|And the cases of the men who had foreign wives were brought to an
end by the new moon of the first month.|
|9|18|Of the priests those who were brought in and found to have foreign
wives were:|
|9|19|of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren, Maaseiah,
Eliezar, Jarib, and Jodan.|
|9|20|They pledged themselves to put away their wives, and to give rams in
expiation of their error.|
|9|21|Of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah and Maaseiah and Shemaiah
and Jehiel and Azariah.|
|9|22|Of the sons of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, and Nathanael,
and Gedaliah, and Elasah.|
|9|23|And of the Levites: Jozabad and Shimei and Kelaiah, who was Kelita,
and Pethahiah and Judah and Jonah.|
|9|24|Of the temple singers: Eliashib and Zaccur.|
|9|25|Of the gatekeepers: Shallum and Telem.|
|9|26|Of Israel: of the sons of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malchijah, Mijamin,
and Eleazar, and Asibias, and Benaiah.|
|9|27|Of the sons of Elam: Mattaniah and Zechariah, Jehiel and Abdi, and
Jeremoth and Elijah.|
|9|28|Of the sons of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Othoniah, Jeremoth, and
Zabad and Zerdaiah.|
|9|29|Of the sons of Bebai: Jehohanan and Hananiah and Zabbai and Emathis.|
|9|30|Of the sons of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal
and Jeremoth.|
|9|31|Of the sons of Addi: Naathus and Moossias, Laccunus and Naidus, and
Bescaspasmys and Sesthel, and Belnuus and Manasseas.|
|9|32|Of the sons of Annan, Elionas and Asaias and Melchias and Sabbaias
and Simon Chosamaeus.|
|9|33|Of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai and Mattattah and Zabad and
Eliphelet and Manasseh and Shimei.|
|9|34|Of the sons of Bani: Jeremai, Maadai, Amram, Joel, Mamdai and
Bedeiah and Vaniah, Carabasion and Eliashib and Machnadebai, Eliasis, Binnui,
Elialis, Shimei, Shelemiah, Nethaniah. Of the sons of Ezora: Shashai, Azarel,
Azael, Shemaiah, Amariah, Joseph.|
|9|35|Of the sons of Nebo: Mattithiah, Zabad, Iddo, Joel, Benaiah.|
|9|36|All these had married foreign women, and they put them away with
their children.|
|9|37|The priests and the Levites and the men of Israel settled in
Jerusalem and in the country. On the new moon of the seventh month, when the
sons of Israel were in their settlements,|
|9|38|the whole multitude gathered with one accord into the open square
before the east gate of the temple;|
|9|39|and they told Ezra the chief priest and reader to bring the law of
Moses which had been given by the Lord God of Israel.|
|9|40|So Ezra the chief priest brought the law, for all the multitude, men
and women, and all the priests to hear the law, on the new moon of the seventh
|9|41|And he read aloud in the open square before the gate of the temple
from early morning until midday, in the presence of both men and women; and all
the multitude gave attention to the law.|
|9|42|Ezra the priest and reader of the law stood on the wooden platform
which had been prepared;|
|9|43|and beside him stood Mattathiah, Shema, Anaiah, Azariah, Uriah,
Hezekiah, and Baalsamus on his right hand,|
|9|44|and on his left Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Lothasubus, Nabariah,
and Zechariah.|
|9|45|Then Ezra took up the book of the law in the sight of the multitude,
for he had the place of honor in the presence of all.|
|9|46|And when he opened the law, they all stood erect. And Ezra blessed
the Lord God Most High, the God of hosts, the Almighty;|
|9|47|and all the multitude answered, Amen. And they lifted up their
hands, and fell to the ground and worshiped the Lord.|
|9|48|Jeshua and Anniuth and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah,
Maaseiah and Kelita, Azariah and Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, taught
the law of the Lord, at the same time explaining what was read.|
|9|49|Then Attharates said to Ezra the chief priest and reader, and to the
Levites who were teaching the multitude, and to all,|
|9|50|This day is holy to the Lord -- now they were all weeping as they
heard the law --|
|9|51|so go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet, and send portions
to those who have none;|
|9|52|for the day is holy to the Lord; and do not be sorrowful, for the
Lord will exalt you.|
|9|53|And the Levites commanded all the people, saying, This day is holy;
do not be sorrowful.|
|9|54|Then they all went their way, to eat and drink and enjoy themselves,
and to give portions to those who had none, and to make great rejoicing;|
|9|55|because they were inspired by the words which they had been taught.
And they came together.|