1:1: Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,
that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled,
the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he
made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also
in writing, saying,
1:2: Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God
of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he
hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in
1:3: Who is there among you of all his people? his
God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah,
and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,)
which is in Jerusalem.
1:4: And whosoever remaineth in any place where he
sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and
with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill
offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
1:5: Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah
and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them
whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the
LORD which is in Jerusalem.
1:6: And all they that were about them strengthened
their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and
with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly
1:7: Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels
of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth
out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;
1:8: Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth
by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto
Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
1:9: And this is the number of them: thirty chargers
of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,
1:10: Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second
sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
1:11: All the vessels of gold and of silver were
five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring
up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon
2:1: Now these are the children of the province that
went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried
away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away
unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one
unto his city;
2:2: Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah,
Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel:
2:3: The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred
seventy and two.
2:4: The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy
2:5: The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy
2:6: The children of Pahath-moab, of the children
of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.
2:7: The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred
fifty and four.
2:8: The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and
2:9: The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.
2:10: The children of Bani, six hundred forty and
2:11: The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and
2:12: The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred
twenty and two.
2:13: The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty
2:14: The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty
2:15: The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and
2:16: The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and
2:17: The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty
2:18: The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve.
2:19: The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty
2:20: The children of Gibbar, ninety and five.
2:21: The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty
2:22: The men of Netophah, fifty and six.
2:23: The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and
2:24: The children of Azmaveth, forty and two.
2:25: The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephirah, and
Beeroth, seven hundred and forty and three.
2:26: The children of Ramah and Geba, six hundred
twenty and one.
2:27: The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two.
2:28: The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty
2:29: The children of Nebo, fifty and two.
2:30: The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and
2:31: The children of the other Elam, a thousand
two hundred fifty and four.
2:32: The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
2:33: The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven
hundred twenty and five.
2:34: The children of Jericho, three hundred forty
2:35: The children of Senaah, three thousand and
six hundred and thirty.
2:36: The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the
house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.
2:37: The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and
2:38: The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred
forty and seven.
2:39: The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
2:40: The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel,
of the children of Hodaviah, seventy and four.
2:41: The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred
twenty and eight.
2:42: The children of the porters: the children of
Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children
of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all
an hundred thirty and nine.
2:43: The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children
of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
2:44: The children of Keros, the children of Siaha,
the children of Padon,
2:45: The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah,
the children of Akkub,
2:46: The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai,
the children of Hanan,
2:47: The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
the children of Reaiah,
2:48: The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,
the children of Gazzam,
2:49: The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah,
the children of Besai,
2:50: The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim,
the children of Nephusim,
2:51: The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha,
the children of Harhur,
2:52: The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida,
the children of Harsha,
2:53: The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera,
the children of Thamah,
2:54: The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
2:55: The children of Solomon's servants: the children
of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,
2:56: The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon,
the children of Giddel,
2:57: The children of Shephatiah, the children of
Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.
2:58: All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's
servants, were three hundred ninety and two.
2:59: And these were they which went up from Tel-melah,
Tel-harsa, Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their
father's house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:
2:60: The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah,
the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two.
2:61: And of the children of the priests: the children
of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which
took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was
called after their name:
2:62: These sought their register among those that
were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore
were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.
2:63: And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they
should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a
priest with Urim and with Thummim.
2:64: The whole congregation together was forty and
two thousand three hundred and threescore,
2:65: Beside their servants and their maids, of whom
there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and
there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women.
2:66: Their horses were seven hundred thirty and
six; their mules, two hundred forty and five;
2:67: Their camels, four hundred thirty and five;
their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
2:68: And some of the chief of the fathers, when
they came to the house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered
freely for the house of God to set it up in his place:
2:69: They gave after their ability unto the treasure
of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five
thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.
2:70: So the priests, and the Levites, and some of
the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims,
dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.
3:1: And when the seventh month was come, and the
children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves
together as one man to Jerusalem.
3:2: Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and
his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel,
and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel,
to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law
of Moses the man of God.
3:3: And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear
was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they
offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings
morning and evening.
3:4: They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as
it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number,
according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;
3:5: And afterward offered the continual burnt offering,
both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that
were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill
offering unto the LORD.
3:6: From the first day of the seventh month began
they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation
of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.
3:7: They gave money also unto the masons, and to
the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon,
and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the
sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king
3:8: Now in the second year of their coming unto
the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel
the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant
of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that
were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the
Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the
work of the house of the LORD.
3:9: Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren,
Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward
the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their
sons and their brethren the Levites.
3:10: And when the builders laid the foundation of
the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel
with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals,
to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
3:11: And they sang together by course in praising
and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy
endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with
a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation
of the house of the LORD was laid.
3:12: But many of the priests and Levites and chief
of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first
house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their
eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
3:13: So that the people could not discern the noise
of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people:
for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard
4:1: Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin
heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto
the LORD God of Israel;
4:2: Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief
of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for
we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since
the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.
4:3: But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of
the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing
to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves
together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus
the king of Persia hath commanded us.
4:4: Then the people of the land weakened the hands
of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,
4:5: And hired counsellers against them, to frustrate
their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until
the reign of Darius king of Persia.
4:6: And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning
of his reign, wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants
of Judah and Jerusalem.
4:7: And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam,
Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes
king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the
Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.
4:8: Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe
wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this
4:9: Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai
the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the
Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites,
the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,
4:10: And the rest of the nations whom the great
and noble Asnappar brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria,
and the rest that are on this side the river, and at such a time.
4:11: This is the copy of the letter that they sent
unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men
on this side the river, and at such a time.
4:12: Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which
came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the
rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof,
and joined the foundations.
4:13: Be it known now unto the king, that, if this
city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not
pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the
revenue of the kings.
4:14: Now because we have maintenance from the king's
palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour,
therefore have we sent and certified the king;
4:15: That search may be made in the book of the
records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the
records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful
unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within
the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.
4:16: We certify the king that, if this city be builded
again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt
have no portion on this side the river.
4:17: Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the
chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their
companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the
river, Peace, and at such a time.
4:18: The letter which ye sent unto us hath been
plainly read before me.
4:19: And I commanded, and search hath been made,
and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection
against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made
4:20: There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem,
which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll,
tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.
4:21: Give ye now commandment to cause these men
to cease, and that this city be not builded, until another commandment
shall be given from me.
4:22: Take heed now that ye fail not to do this:
why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
4:23: Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter
was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions,
they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them
to cease by force and power.
4:24: Then ceased the work of the house of God which
is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign
of Darius king of Persia.
5:1: Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah
the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and
Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.
5:2: Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel,
and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of
God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of
God helping them.
5:3: At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor
on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions,
and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this
house, and to make up this wall?
5:4: Then said we unto them after this manner, What
are the names of the men that make this building?
5:5: But the eye of their God was upon the elders
of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the
matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter
concerning this matter.
5:6: The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor
on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions
the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto
Darius the king:
5:7: They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written
thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace.
5:8: Be it known unto the king, that we went into
the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is
builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and
this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.
5:9: Then asked we those elders, and said unto them
thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these
5:10: We asked their names also, to certify thee,
that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of
5:11: And thus they returned us answer, saying, We
are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the
house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king
of Israel builded and set up.
5:12: But after that our fathers had provoked the
God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar
the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and
carried the people away into Babylon.
5:13: But in the first year of Cyrus the king of
Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house
5:14: And the vessels also of gold and silver of
the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple
that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon,
those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and
they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom
he had made governor;
5:15: And said unto him, Take these vessels, go,
carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house
of God be builded in his place.
5:16: Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the
foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since
that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it
is not finished.
5:17: Now therefore, if it seem good to the king,
let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is
there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of
Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let
the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
6:1: Then Darius the king made a decree, and search
was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid
up in Babylon.
6:2: And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace
that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was
a record thus written:
6:3: In the first year of Cyrus the king the same
Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem,
Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices,
and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof
threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits;
6:4: With three rows of great stones, and a row of
new timber: and let the expences be given out of the king's house:
6:5: And also let the golden and silver vessels of
the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple
which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored,
and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every
one to his place, and place them in the house of God.
6:6: Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river,
Shethar-boznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are
beyond the river, be ye far from thence:
6:7: Let the work of this house of God alone; let
the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this
house of God in his place.
6:8: Moreover I made a decree what ye shall do to
the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God:
that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river,
forthwith expences be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.
6:9: And that which they have need of, both young
bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the
God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment
of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day
by day without fail:
6:10: That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours
unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and
of his sons.
6:11: Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall
alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and
being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be
made a dunghill for this.
6:12: And the God that hath caused his name to dwell
there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand
to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem.
I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.
6:13: Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river,
Shethar-boznai, and their companions, according to that which
Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily.
6:14: And the elders of the Jews builded, and they
prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah
the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according
to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the
commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
6:15: And this house was finished on the third day
of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of
Darius the king.
6:16: And the children of Israel, the priests, and
the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept
the dedication of this house of God with joy,
6:17: And offered at the dedication of this house
of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs;
and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according
to the number of the tribes of Israel.
6:18: And they set the priests in their divisions,
and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which
is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.
6:19: And the children of the captivity kept the
passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month.
6:20: For the priests and the Levites were purified
together, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all
the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests,
and for themselves.
6:21: And the children of Israel, which were come
again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves
unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek
the LORD God of Israel, did eat,
6:22: And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven
days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the
heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands
in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
7:1: Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes
king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the
son of Hilkiah,
7:2: The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son
7:3: The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the
son of Meraioth,
7:4: The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son
7:5: The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the
son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest:
7:6: This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a
ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel
had given: and the king granted him all his request, according
to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.
7:7: And there went up some of the children of Israel,
and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the
porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year
of Artaxerxes the king.
7:8: And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month,
which was in the seventh year of the king.
7:9: For upon the first day of the first month began
he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month
came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon
7:10: For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the
law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes
7:11: Now this is the copy of the letter that the
king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a
scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his
statutes to Israel.
7:12: Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest,
a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at
such a time.
7:13: I make a decree, that all they of the people
of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which
are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with
7:14: Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and
of his seven counsellers, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem,
according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;
7:15: And to carry the silver and gold, which the
king and his counsellers have freely offered unto the God of Israel,
whose habitation is in Jerusalem,
7:16: And all the silver and gold that thou canst
find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering
of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the
house of their God which is in Jerusalem:
7:17: That thou mayest buy speedily with this money
bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink
offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your
God which is in Jerusalem.
7:18: And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and
to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold,
that do after the will of your God.
7:19: The vessels also that are given thee for the
service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the
God of Jerusalem.
7:20: And whatsoever more shall be needful for the
house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow
it out of the king's treasure house.
7:21: And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make
a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that
whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of
heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,
7:22: Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an
hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and
to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
7:23: Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven,
let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven:
for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and
7:24: Also we certify you, that touching any of the
priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers
of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute,
or custom, upon them.
7:25: And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God,
that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge
all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the
laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.
7:26: And whosoever will not do the law of thy God,
and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon
him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation
of goods, or to imprisonment.
7:27: Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which
hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify
the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem:
7:28: And hath extended mercy unto me before the
king, and his counsellers, and before all the king's mighty princes.
And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon
me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with
8:1: These are now the chief of their fathers, and
this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon,
in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.
8:2: Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons
of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush.
8:3: Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh;
Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males
an hundred and fifty.
8:4: Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai the son
of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred males.
8:5: Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel,
and with him three hundred males.
8:6: Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan,
and with him fifty males.
8:7: And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of
Athaliah, and with him seventy males.
8:8: And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the
son of Michael, and with him fourscore males.
8:9: Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel,
and with him two hundred and eighteen males.
8:10: And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah,
and with him an hundred and threescore males.
8:11: And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son
of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight males.
8:12: And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of
Hakkatan, and with him an hundred and ten males.
8:13: And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names
are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore
8:14: Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud,
and with them seventy males.
8:15: And I gathered them together to the river that
runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and
I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of
the sons of Levi.
8:16: Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah,
and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan,
and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib,
and for Elnathan, men of understanding.
8:17: And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo
the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should
say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place
Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house
of our God.
8:18: And by the good hand of our God upon us they
brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son
of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his
8:19: And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the
sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty;
8:20: Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes
had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and
twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.
8:21: Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river
of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek
of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all
8:22: For I was ashamed to require of the king a
band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in
the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand
of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power
and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
8:23: So we fasted and besought our God for this:
and he was intreated of us.
8:24: Then I separated twelve of the chief of the
priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with
8:25: And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold,
and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which
the king, and his counsellers, and his lords, and all Israel there
present, had offered:
8:26: I even weighed unto their hand six hundred
and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents,
and of gold an hundred talents;
8:27: Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams;
and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
8:28: And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the
LORD; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are
a freewill offering unto the LORD God of your fathers.
8:29: Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them
before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of
the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house
of the LORD.
8:30: So took the priests and the Levites the weight
of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to
Jerusalem unto the house of our God.
8:31: Then we departed from the river of Ahava on
the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and
the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the
hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.
8:32: And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three
8:33: Now on the fourth day was the silver and the
gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand
of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar
the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua,
and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;
8:34: By number and by weight of every one: and all
the weight was written at that time.
8:35: Also the children of those that had been carried
away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings
unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety
and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin
offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.
8:36: And they delivered the king's commissions unto
the king's lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the
river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God.
9:1: Now when these things were done, the princes
came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and
the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of
the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites,
the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
9:2: For they have taken of their daughters for themselves,
and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves
with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and
rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
9:3: And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment
and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard,
and sat down astonied.
9:4: Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled
at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression
of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until
the evening sacrifice.
9:5: And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from
my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell
upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God.
9:6: And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to
lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased
over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.
9:7: Since the days of our fathers have we been in
a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we,
our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the
kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil,
and to confusion of face, as it is this day.
9:8: And now for a little space grace hath been shewed
from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to
give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our
eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
9:9: For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken
us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight
of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house
of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give
us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
9:10: And now, O our God, what shall we say after
this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,
9:11: Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the
prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is
an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands,
with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to
another with their uncleanness.
9:12: Now therefore give not your daughters unto
their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek
their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and
eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your
children for ever.
9:13: And after all that is come upon us for our
evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God
hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given
us such deliverance as this;
9:14: Should we again break thy commandments, and
join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest
not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that
there should be no remnant nor escaping?
9:15: O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for
we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before
thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because
10:1: Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed,
weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there
assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of
men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.
10:2: And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the
sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed
against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of
the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.
10:3: Now therefore let us make a covenant with our
God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according
to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment
of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
10:4: Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee:
we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.
10:5: Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests,
the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according
to this word. And they sware.
10:6: Then Ezra rose up from before the house of
God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib:
and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water:
for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been
10:7: And they made proclamation throughout Judah
and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they
should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;
10:8: And that whosoever would not come within three
days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders,
all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from
the congregation of those that had been carried away.
10:9: Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered
themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was
the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the
people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because
of this matter, and for the great rain.
10:10: And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto
them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase
the trespass of Israel.
10:11: Now therefore make confession unto the LORD
God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves
from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.
10:12: Then all the congregation answered and said
with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.
NT SIZE=2>10:13: But the people are many, and it is a time
of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is
this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed
in this thing.
10:14: Let now our rulers of all the congregation
stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our
cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every
city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God
for this matter be turned from us.
10:15: Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah
the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam
and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.
10:16: And the children of the captivity did so.
And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after
the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were
separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to
examine the matter.
10:17: And they made an end with all the men that
had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.
10:18: And among the sons of the priests there were
found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua
the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and
Jarib, and Gedaliah.
10:19: And they gave their hands that they would
put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of
the flock for their trespass.
10:20: And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.
10:21: And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah,
and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah.
10:22: And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah,
Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
10:23: Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei,
and Kelaiah, (the same is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.
10:24: Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the
porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.
10:25: Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh;
Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and
Malchijah, and Benaiah.
10:26: And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah,
and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.
10:27: And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib,
Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.
10:28: Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah,
Zabbai, and Athlai.
10:29: And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch,
and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.
10:30: And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adna, and
Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and
10:31: And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah,
Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,
10:32: Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.
10:33: Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah,
Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.
10:34: Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,
10:35: Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,
10:36: Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,
10:37: Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
10:38: And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,
10:39: And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,
10:40: Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
10:41: Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,
10:42: Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.
10:43: Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad,
Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah.
10:44: All these had taken strange wives: and some
of them had wives by whom they had children.