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 1st ESDRAS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE 1611

1st Esdras

The First Book of Esdras
{1:1} And Josias held the feast of the passover in
Jerusalem unto his Lord, and offered the passover the
fourteenth day of the first month;
{1:2} Having set the priests according to their daily
courses, being arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the
Lord.
{1:3} And he spake unto the Levites, the holy ministers of
Israel, that they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to
set the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon
the son of David had built:
{1:4} And said, Ye shall no more bear the ark upon your
shoulders: now therefore serve the Lord your God, and
minister unto his people Israel, and prepare you after your
families and kindreds,
{1:5} According as David the king of Israel prescribed,
and according to the magnificence of Solomon his son: and
standing in the temple according to the several dignity of
the families of you the Levites, who minister in the presence
of your brethren the children of Israel,
{1:6} Offer the passover in order, and make ready the
sacrifices for your brethren, and keep the passover
according to the commandment of the Lord, which was
given unto Moses.
{1:7} And unto the people that was found there Josias
gave thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand
calves: these things were given of the king’s allowance,
according as he promised, to the people, to the priests, and
to the Levites.
{1:8} And Helkias, Zacharias, and Syelus, the governors
of the temple, gave to the priests for the passover two
thousand and six hundred sheep, and three hundred calves.
{1:9} And Jeconias, and Samaias, and Nathanael his
brother, and Assabias, and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over
thousands, gave to the Levites for the passover five
thousand sheep, and seven hundred calves.
{1:10} And when these things were done, the priests and
Levites, having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely
order according to the kindreds,
{1:11} And according to the several dignities of the
fathers, before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is
written in the book of Moses: and thus did they in the
morning.
{1:12} And they roasted the passover with fire, as
appertaineth: as for the sacrifices, they sod them in brass
pots and pans with a good savour,
{1:13} And set them before all the people: and afterward
they prepared for themselves, and for the priests their
brethren, the sons of Aaron.
{1:14} For the priests offered the fat until night: and the
Levites prepared for themselves, and the priests their
brethren, the sons of Aaron.
{1:15} The holy singers also, the sons of Asaph, were in
their order, according to the appointment of David, to wit,
Asaph, Zacharias, and Jeduthun, who was of the king’s
retinue.
{1:16} Moreover the porters were at every gate; it was not
lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: for their
brethren the Levites prepared for them.
{1:17} Thus were the things that belonged to the
sacrifices of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they
might hold the passover,
{1:18} And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord,
according to the commandment of king Josias.
{1:19} So the children of Israel which were present held
the passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread seven
days.
{1:20} And such a passover was not kept in Israel since
the time of the prophet Samuel.
{1:21} Yea, all the kings of Israel held not such a
passover as Josias, and the priests, and the Levites, and the
Jews, held with all Israel that were found dwelling at
Jerusalem.
{1:22} In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias was
this passover kept.
{1:23} And the works or Josias were upright before his
Lord with an heart full of godliness.
{1:24} As for the things that came to pass in his time,
they were written in former times, concerning those that
sinned, and did wickedly against the Lord above all people
and kingdoms, and how they grieved him exceedingly, so
that the words of the Lord rose up against Israel.
{1:25} Now after all these acts of Josias it came to pass,
that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at
Carchamis upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.
{1:26} But the king of Egypt sent to him, saying, What
have I to do with thee, O king of Judea?
{1:27} I am not sent out from the Lord God against thee;
for my war is upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is with me,
yea, the Lord is with me hasting me forward: depart from
me, and be not against the Lord.
{1:28} Howbeit Josias did not turn back his chariot from
him, but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the
words of the prophet Jeremy spoken by the mouth of the
Lord:
{1:29} But joined battle with him in the plain of Magiddo,
and the princes came against king Josias.
{1:30} Then said the king unto his servants, Carry me
away out of the battle; for I am very weak. And
immediately his servants took him away out of the battle.
{1:31} Then gat he up upon his second chariot; and being
brought back to Jerusalem died, and was buried in his
father’s sepulchre.
{1:32} And in all Jewry they mourned for Josias, yea,
Jeremy the prophet lamented for Josias, and the chief men
with the women made lamentation for him unto this day:
and this was given out for an ordinance to be done
continually in all the nation of Israel.
{1:33} These things are written in the book of the stories
of the kings of Judah, and every one of the acts that Josias
did, and his glory, and his understanding in the law of the
Lord, and the things that he had done before, and the things
now recited, are reported in the book of the kings of Israel
and Judea.
{1:34} And the people took Joachaz the son of Josias, and
made him king instead of Josias his father, when he was
twenty and three years old.
{1:35} And he reigned in Judea and in Jerusalem three
months: and then the king of Egypt deposed him from
reigning in Jerusalem.
{1:36} And he set a tax upon the land of an hundred
talents of silver and one talent of gold.
{1:37} The king of Egypt also made king Joacim his
brother king of Judea and Jerusalem.
{1:38} And he bound Joacim and the nobles: but Zaraces
his brother he apprehended, and brought him out of Egypt.
{1:39} Five and twenty years old was Joacim when he
was made king in the land of Judea and Jerusalem; and he
did evil before the Lord.
{1:40} Wherefore against him Nabuchodonosor the king
of Babylon came up, and bound him with a chain of brass,
and carried him into Babylon.
{1:41} Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of
the Lord, and carried them away, and set them in his own
temple at Babylon.
{1:42} But those things that are recorded of him, and of
his uncleaness and impiety, are written in the chronicles of
the kings.
{1:43} And Joacim his son reigned in his stead: he was
made king being eighteen years old;
{1:44} And reigned but three months and ten days in
Jerusalem; and did evil before the Lord.
{1:45} So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused
him to be brought into Babylon with the holy vessels of the
Lord;
{1:46} And made Zedechias king of Judea and Jerusalem,
when he was one and twenty years old; and he reigned
eleven years:
{1:47} And he did evil also in the sight of the Lord, and
cared not for the words that were spoken unto him by the
prophet Jeremy from the mouth of the Lord.
{1:48} And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made
him to swear by the name of the Lord, he forswore himself,
and rebelled; and hardening his neck, his heart, he
transgressed the laws of the Lord God of Israel.
{1:49} The governors also of the people and of the priests
did many things against the laws, and passed all the
pollutions of all nations, and defiled the temple of the Lord,
which was sanctified in Jerusalem.
{1:50} Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his
messenger to call them back, because he spared them and
his tabernacle also.
{1:51} But they had his messengers in derision; and, look,
when the Lord spake unto them, they made a sport of his
prophets:
{1:52} So far forth, that he, being wroth with his people
for their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the
Chaldees to come up against them;
{1:53} Who slew their young men with the sword, yea,
even within the compass of their holy temple, and spared
neither young man nor maid, old man nor child, among
them; for he delivered all into their hands.
{1:54} And they took all the holy vessels of the Lord,
both great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God, and
the king’s treasures, and carried them away into Babylon.
{1:55} As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it, and
brake down the walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon her
towers:
{1:56} And as for her glorious things, they never ceased
till they had consumed and brought them all to nought: and
the people that were not slain with the sword he carried unto
Babylon:
{1:57} Who became servants to him and his children, till
the Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken
by the mouth of Jeremy:
{1:58} Until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole
time of her desolation shall she rest, until the full term of
seventy years.
{2:1} In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that
the word of the Lord might be accomplished, that he had
promised by the mouth of Jeremy;
{2:2} The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of
the Persians, and he made proclamation through all his
kingdom, and also by writing,
{2:3} Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians; The
Lord of Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of
the whole world,
{2:4} And commanded me to build him an house at
Jerusalem in Jewry.
{2:5} If therefore there be any of you that are of his
people, let the Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let him
go up to Jerusalem that is in Judea, and build the house of
the Lord of Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in
Jerusalem.
{2:6} Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them
help him, those, I say, that are his neighbours, with gold,
and with silver,
{2:7} With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other
things, which have been set forth by vow, for the temple of
the Lord at Jerusalem.
{2:8} Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the
tribe of Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites,
and all they whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and
to build an house for the Lord at Jerusalem,
{2:9} And they that dwelt round about them, and helped
them in all things with silver and gold, with horses and
cattle, and with very many free gifts of a great number
whose minds were stirred up thereto.
{2:10} King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels,
which Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem,
and had set up in his temple of idols.
{2:11} Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought
them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:
{2:12} And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the
governor of Judea.
{2:13} And this was the number of them; A thousand
golden cups, and a thousand of silver, censers of silver
twenty nine, vials of gold thirty, and of silver two thousand
four hundred and ten, and a thousand other vessels.
{2:14} So all the vessels of gold and of silver, which were
carried away, were five thousand four hundred threescore
and nine.
{2:15} These were brought back by Sanabassar, together
with them of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.
{2:16} But in the time of Artexerxes king of the Persians
Belemus, and Mithridates, and Tabellius, and Rathumus,
and Beeltethmus, and Semellius the secretary, with others
that were in commission with them, dwelling in Samaria
and other places, wrote unto him against them that dwelt in
Judea and Jerusalem these letters following;
{2:17} To king Artexerxes our lord, Thy servants,
Rathumus the storywriter, and Semellius the scribe, and the
rest of their council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and
Phenice.
{2:18} Be it now known to the lord king, that the Jews
that are up from you to us, being come into Jerusalem, that
rebellious and wicked city, do build the marketplaces, and
repair the walls of it and do lay the foundation of the temple.
{2:19} Now if this city and the walls thereof be made up
again, they will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebel
against kings.
{2:20} And forasmuch as the things pertaining to the
temple are now in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such
a matter,
{2:21} But to speak unto our lord the king, to the intent
that, if it be thy pleasure it may be sought out in the books
of thy fathers:
{2:22} And thou shalt find in the chronicles what is
written concerning these things, and shalt understand that
that city was rebellious, troubling both kings and cities:
{2:23} And that the Jews were rebellious, and raised
always wars therein; for the which cause even this city was
made desolate.
{2:24} Wherefore now we do declare unto thee, O lord
the king, that if this city be built again, and the walls thereof
set up anew, thou shalt from henceforth have no passage
into Celosyria and Phenice.
{2:25} Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the
storywriter, to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and to
the rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria
and Syria and Phenice, after this manner;
{2:26} I have read the epistle which ye have sent unto me:
therefore I commanded to make diligent search, and it hath
been found that that city was from the beginning practising
against kings;
{2:27} And the men therein were given to rebellion and
war: and that mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem,
who reigned and exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice.
{2:28} Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those
men from building the city, and heed to be taken that there
be no more done in it;
{2:29} And that those wicked workers proceed no further
to the annoyance of kings,
{2:30} Then king Artexerxes his letters being read,
Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were
in commission with them, removing in haste toward
Jerusalem with a troop of horsemen and a multitude of
people in battle array, 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 when Darius reigned, he made a great feast
unto all his subjects, and unto all his household, and unto all
the princes of Media and Persia,
{3:2} And to all the governors and captains and
lieutenants that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia,
of an hundred twenty and seven provinces.
{3:3} And when they had eaten and drunken, and being
satisfied were gone home, then Darius the king went into
his bedchamber, and slept, and soon after awaked.
{3:4} Then three young men, that were of the guard that
kept the king’s body, spake one to another;
{3:5} Let every one of us speak a sentence: he that shall
overcome, and whose sentence shall seem wiser than the
others, unto him shall the king Darius give great gifts, and
great things in token of victory:
{3:6} As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to
sleep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and an
headtire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck:
{3:7} And he shall sit next to Darius because of his
wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin.
{3:8} And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it,
and laid it under king Darius his pillow;
{3:9} And said that, when the king is risen, some will
give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the
three princes of Persia shall judge that his sentence is the
wisest, to him shall the victory be given, as was appointed.
{3:10} The first wrote, Wine is the strongest.
{3:11} The second wrote, The king is strongest.
{3:12} The third wrote, Women are strongest: but above
all things Truth beareth away the victory.
{3:13} Now when the king was risen up, they took their
writings, and delivered them unto him, and so he read them:
{3:14} And sending forth he called all the princes of
Persia and Media, and the governors, and the captains, and
the lieutenants, and the chief officers;
{3:15} And sat him down in the royal seat of judgment;
and the writings were read before them.
{3:16} And he said, Call the young men, and they shall
declare their own sentences. So they were called, and came
in.
{3:17} And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind
concerning the writings. Then began the first, who had
spoken of the strength of wine;
{3:18} And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong
is wine! it causeth all men to err that drink it:
{3:19} It maketh the mind of the king and of the
fatherless child to be all one; of the bondman and of the
freeman, of the poor man and of the rich:
{3:20} It turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth,
so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt:
{3:21} And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man
remembereth neither king nor governor; and it maketh to
speak all things by talents:
{3:22} And when they are in their cups, they forget their
love both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out
swords:
{3:23} But when they are from the wine, they remember
not what they have done.
{3:24} O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth
to do thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace.
{4:1} Then the second, that had spoken of the strength of
the king, began to say,
{4:2} O ye men, do not men excel in strength that bear
rule over sea and land and all things in them?
{4:3} But yet the king is more mighty: for he is lord of all
these things, and hath dominion over them; and whatsoever
he commandeth them they do.
{4:4} If he bid them make war the one against the other,
they do it: if he send them out against the enemies, they go,
and break down mountains walls and towers.
{4:5} They slay and are slain, and transgress not the
king’s commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all
to the king, as well the spoil, as all things else.
{4:6} Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not
to do with wars, but use husbundry, when they have reaped
again that which they had sown, they bring it to the king,
and compel one another to pay tribute unto the king.
{4:7} And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill,
they kill; if he command to spare, they spare;
{4:8} If he command to smite, they smite; if he command
to make desolate, they make desolate; if he command to
build, they build;
{4:9} If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he
command to plant, they plant.
{4:10} So all his people and his armies obey him:
furthermore he lieth down, he eateth and drinketh, and
taketh his rest:
{4:11} And these keep watch round about him, neither
may any one depart, and do his own business, neither
disobey they him in any thing.
{4:12} O ye men, how should not the king be mightiest,
when in such sort he is obeyed? And he held his tongue.
{4:13} Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of
the truth, (this was Zorobabel) began to speak.
{4:14} O ye men, it is not the great king, nor the
multitude of men, neither is it wine, that excelleth; who is it
then that ruleth them, or hath the lordship over them? are
they not women?
{4:15} Women have borne the king and all the people that
bear rule by sea and land.
{4:16} Even of them came they: and they nourished them
up that planted the vineyards, from whence the wine cometh.
{4:17} These also make garments for men; these bring
glory unto men; and without women cannot men be.
{4:18} Yea, and if men have gathered together gold and
silver, or any other goodly thing, do they not love a woman
which is comely in favour and beauty?
{4:19} And letting all those things go, do they not gape,
and even with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and
have not all men more desire unto her than unto silver or
gold, or any goodly thing whatsoever?
{4:20} A man leaveth his own father that brought him up,
and his own country, and cleaveth unto his wife.
{4:21} He sticketh not to spend his life with his wife. and
remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country.
{4:22} By this also ye must know that women have
dominion over you: do ye not labour and toil, and give and
bring all to the woman?
{4:23} Yea, a man taketh his sword, and goeth his way to
rob and to steal, to sail upon the sea and upon rivers;
{4:24} And looketh upon a lion, and goeth in the
darkness; and when he hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he
bringeth it to his love.
{4:25} Wherefore a man loveth his wife better than father
or mother.
{4:26} Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits
for women, and become servants for their sakes.
{4:27} Many also have perished, have erred, and sinned,
for women.
{4:28} And now do ye not believe me? is not the king
great in his power? do not all regions fear to touch him?
{4:29} Yet did I see him and Apame the king’s
concubine, the daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at
the right hand of the king,
{4:30} And taking the crown from the king’s head, and
setting it upon her own head; she also struck the king with
her left hand.
{4:31} And yet for all this the king gaped and gazed upon
her with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed
also: but if she took any displeasure at him, the king was
fain to flatter, that she might be reconciled to him again.
{4:32} O ye men, how can it be but women should be
strong, seeing they do thus?
{4:33} Then the king and the princes looked one upon
another: so he began to speak of the truth.
{4:34} O ye men, are not women strong? great is the
earth, high is the heaven, swift is the sun in his course, for
he compasseth the heavens round about, and fetcheth his
course again to his own place in one day.
{4:35} Is he not great that maketh these things? therefore
great is the truth, and stronger than all things.
{4:36} All the earth crieth upon the truth, and the heaven
blesseth it: all works shake and tremble at it, and with it is
no unrighteous thing.
{4:37} Wine is wicked, the king is wicked, women are
wicked, all the children of men are wicked, and such are all
their wicked works; and there is no truth in them; in their
unrighteousness also they shall perish.
{4:38} As for the truth, it endureth, and is alwaYs strong;
it liveth and conquereth for evermore.
{4:39} With her there is no accepting of persons or
rewards; but she doeth the things that are just, and refraineth
from all unjust and wicked things; and all men do well like
of her works.
{4:40} Neither in her judgment is any unrighteousness;
and she is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of all
ages. Blessed be the God of truth.
{4:41} And with that he held his peace. And all the people
then shouted, and said, Great is Truth, and mighty above all
things.
{4:42} Then said the king unto him, Ask what thou wilt
more than is appointed in the writing, and we will give it
thee, because thou art found wisest; and thou shalt sit next
me, and shalt be called my cousin.
{4:43} Then said he unto the king, Remember thy vow,
which thou hast vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when
thou camest to thy kingdom,
{4:44} And to send away all the vessels that were taken
away out of Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he
vowed to destroy Babylon, and to send them again thither.
{4:45} Thou also hast vowed to build up the temple,
which the Edomites burned when Judea was made desolate
by the Chaldees.
{4:46} And now, O lord the king, this is that which I
require, and which I desire of thee, and this is the princely
liberality proceeding from thyself: I desire therefore that
thou make good the vow, the performance whereof with
thine own mouth thou hast vowed to the King of heaven.
{4:47} Then Darius the king stood up, and kissed him,
and wrote letters for him unto all the treasurers and
lieutenants and captains and governors, that they should
safely convey on their way both him, and all those that go
up with him to build Jerusalem.
{4:48} He wrote letters also unto the lieutenants that were
in Celosyria and Phenice, and unto them in Libanus, that
they should bring cedar wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem,
and that they should build the city with him.
{4:49} Moreover he wrote for all the Jews that went out
of his realm up into Jewry, concerning their freedom, that
no officer, no ruler, no lieutenant, nor treasurer, should
forcibly enter into their doors;
{4:50} And that all the country which they hold should be
free without tribute; and that the Edomites should give over
the villages of the Jews which then they held:
{4:51} Yea, that there should be yearly given twenty
talents to the building of the temple, until the time that it
were built;
{4:52} And other ten talents yearly, to maintain the burnt
offerings upon the altar every day, as they had a
commandment to offer seventeen:
{4:53} And that all they that went from Babylon to build
the city should have free liberty, as well they as their
posterity, and all the priests that went away.
{4:54} He wrote also concerning. the charges, and the
priests’ vestments wherein they minister;
{4:55} And likewise for the charges of the Levites, to be
given them until the day that the house were finished, and
Jerusalem builded up.
{4:56} And he commanded to give to all that kept the city
pensions and wages.
{4:57} He sent away also all the vessels from Babylon,
that Cyrus had set apart; and all that Cyrus had given in
commandment, the same charged he also to be done, and
sent unto Jerusalem.
{4:58} Now when this young man was gone forth, he
lifted up his face to heaven toward Jerusalem, and praised
the King of heaven,
{4:59} And said, From thee cometh victory, from thee
cometh wisdom, and thine is the glory, and I am thy servant.
{4:60} Blessed art thou, who hast given me wisdom: for
to thee I give thanks, O Lord of our fathers.
{4:61} And so he took the letters, and went out, and came
unto Babylon, and told it all his brethren.
{4:62} And they praised the God of their fathers, because
he had given them freedom and liberty
{4:63} To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the temple
which is called by his name: and they feasted with
instruments of musick and gladness seven days.
{5:1} After this were the principal men of the families
chosen according to their tribes, to go up with their wives
and sons and daughters, with their menservants and
maidservants, and their cattle.
{5:2} And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen,
till they had brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and
with musical [instruments] tabrets and flutes.
{5:3} And all their brethren played, and he made them go
up together with them.
{5:4} And these are the names of the men which went up,
according to their families among their tribes, after their
several heads.
{5:5} The priests, the sons of Phinees the son of Aaron:
Jesus the son of Josedec, the son of Saraias, and Joacim the
son of Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, of the house of
David, out of the kindred of Phares, of the tribe of Judah;
{5:6} Who spake wise sentences before Darius the king of
Persia in the second year of his reign, in the month Nisan,
which is the first month.
{5:7} And these are they of Jewry that came up from the
captivity, where they dwelt as strangers, whom
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away unto
Babylon.
{5:8} And they returned unto Jerusalem, and to the other
parts of Jewry, every man to his own city, who came with
Zorobabel, with Jesus, Nehemias, and Zacharias, and
Reesaias, Enenius, Mardocheus. Beelsarus, Aspharasus,
Reelius, Roimus, and Baana, their guides.
{5:9} The number of them of the nation, and their
governors, sons of Phoros, two thousand an hundred
seventy and two; the sons of Saphat, four hundred seventy
and two:
{5:10} The sons of Ares, seven hundred fifty and six:
{5:11} The sons of Phaath Moab, two thousand eight
hundred and twelve:
{5:12} The sons of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty
and four: the sons of Zathul, nine hundred forty and five:
the sons of Corbe, seven hundred and five: the sons of Bani,
six hundred forty and eight:
{5:13} The sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three:
the sons of Sadas, three thousand two hundred twenty and
two:
{5:14} The sons of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and
seven: the sons of Bagoi, two thousand sixty and six: the
sons of Adin, four hundred fifty and four:
{5:15} The sons of Aterezias, ninety and two: the sons of
Ceilan and Azetas threescore and seven: the sons of Azuran,
four hundred thirty and two:
{5:16} The sons of Ananias, an hundred and one: the sons
of Arom, thirty two: and the sons of Bassa, three hundred
twenty and three: the sons of Azephurith, an hundred and
two:
{5:17} The sons of Meterus, three thousand and five: the
sons of Bethlomon, an hundred twenty and three:
{5:18} They of Netophah, fifty and five: they of
Anathoth, an hundred fifty and eight: they of Bethsamos,
forty and two:
{5:19} They of Kiriathiarius, twenty and five: they of
Caphira and Beroth, seven hundred forty and three: they of
Pira, seven hundred:
{5:20} They of Chadias and Ammidoi, four hundred
twenty and two: they of Cirama and Gabdes, six hundred
twenty and one:
{5:21} They of Macalon, an hundred twenty and two:
they of Betolius, fifty and two: the sons of Nephis, an
hundred fifty and six:
{5:22} The sons of Calamolalus and Onus, seven hundred
twenty and five: the sons of Jerechus, two hundred forty and
five:
{5:23} The sons of Annas, three thousand three hundred
and thirty.
{5:24} The priests: the sons of Jeddu, the son of Jesus
among the sons of Sanasib, nine hundred seventy and two:
the sons of Meruth, a thousand fifty and two:
{5:25} The sons of Phassaron, a thousand forty and seven:
the sons of Carme, a thousand and seventeen.
{5:26} The Levites: the sons of Jessue, and Cadmiel, and
Banuas, and Sudias, seventy and four.
{5:27} The holy singers: the sons of Asaph, an hundred
twenty and eight.
{5:28} The porters: the sons of Salum, the sons of Jatal,
the sons of Talmon, the sons of Dacobi, the sons of Teta,
the sons of Sami, in all an hundred thirty and nine.
{5:29} The servants of the temple: the sons of Esau, the
sons of Asipha, the sons of Tabaoth, the sons of Ceras, the
sons of Sud, the sons of Phaleas, the sons of Labana, the
sons of Graba,
{5:30} The sons of Acua, the sons of Uta, the sons of
Cetab, the sons of Agaba, the sons of Subai, the sons of
Anan, the sons of Cathua, the sons of Geddur,
{5:31} The sons of Airus, the sons of Daisan, the sons of
Noeba, the sons of Chaseba, the sons of Gazera, the sons of
Azia, the sons of Phinees, the sons of Azare, the sons of
Bastai, the sons of Asana, the sons of Meani, the sons of
Naphisi, the sons of Acub, the sons of Acipha, the sons of
Assur, the sons of Pharacim, the sons of Basaloth,
{5:32} The sons of Meeda, the sons of Coutha, the sons of
Charea, the sons of Charcus, the sons of Aserer, the sons of
Thomoi, the sons of Nasith, the sons of Atipha.
{5:33} The sons of the servants of Solomon: the sons of
Azaphion, the sons of Pharira, the sons of Jeeli, the sons of
Lozon, the sons of Israel, the sons of Sapheth,
{5:34} The sons of Hagia, the sons of Pharacareth, the
sons of Sabi, the sons of Sarothie, the sons of Masias, the
sons of Gar, the sons of Addus, the sons of Suba, the sons of
Apherra, the sons of Barodis, the sons of Sabat, the sons of
Allom.
{5:35} All the ministers of the temple, and the sons of the
servants of Solomon, were three hundred seventy and two.
{5:36} These came up from Thermeleth and Thelersas,
Charaathalar leading them, and Aalar;
{5:37} Neither could they shew their families, nor their
stock, how they were of Israel: the sons of Ladan, the son of
Ban, the sons of Necodan, six hundred fifty and two.
{5:38} And of the priests that usurped the office of the
priesthood, and were not found: the sons of Obdia, the sons
of Accoz, the sons of Addus, who married Augia one of the
daughters of Barzelus, and was named after his name.
{5:39} And when the description of the kindred of these
men was sought in the register, and was not found, they
were removed from executing the office of the priesthood:
{5:40} For unto them said Nehemias and Atharias, that
they should not be partakers of the holy things, till there
arose up an high priest clothed with doctrine and truth.
{5:41} So of Israel, from them of twelve years old and
upward, they were all in number forty thousand, beside
menservants and womenservants two thousand three
hundred and sixty.
{5:42} Their menservants and handmaids were seven
thousand three hundred forty and seven: the singing men
and singing women, two hundred forty and five:
{5:43} Four hundred thirty and five camels, seven
thousand thirty and six horses, two hundred forty and five
mules, five thousand five hundred twenty and five beasts
used to the yoke.
{5:44} And certain of the chief of their families, when
they came to the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed
to set up the house again in his own place according to their
ability,
{5:45} And to give into the holy treasury of the works a
thousand pounds of gold, five thousand of silver, and an
hundred priestly vestments.
{5:46} And so dwelt the priests and the Levites and the
people in Jerusalem, and in the country, the singers also and
the porters; and all Israel in their villages.
{5:47} But when the seventh month was at hand, and
when the children of Israel were every man in his own
place, they came all together with one consent into the open
place of the first gate which is toward the east.
{5:48} Then stood up Jesus the son of Josedec, and his
brethren the priests and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and
his brethren, and made ready the altar of the God of Israel,
{5:49} To offer burnt sacrifices upon it, according as it is
expressly commanded in the book of Moses the man of God.
{5:50} And there were gathered unto them out of the
other nations of the land, and they erected the altar upon his
own place, because all the nations of the land were at
enmity with them, and oppressed them; and they offered
sacrifices according to the time, and burnt offerings to the
Lord both morning and evening.
{5:51} Also they held the feast of tabernacles, as it is
commanded in the law, and offered sacrifices daily, as was
meet:
{5:52} And after that, the continual oblations, and the
sacrifice of the sabbaths, and of the new moons, and of all
holy feasts.
{5:53} And all they that had made any vow to God began
to offer sacrifices to God from the first day of the seventh
month, although the temple of the Lord was not yet built.
{5:54} And they gave unto the masons and carpenters
money, meat, and drink, with cheerfulness.
{5:55} Unto them of Zidon also and Tyre they gave carrs,
that they should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which
should be brought by floats to the haven of Joppa, according
as it was commanded them by Cyrus king of the Persians.
{5:56} And in the second year and second month after his
coming to the temple of God at Jerusalem began Zorobabel
the son of Salathiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their
brethren, and the priests, and the Levites, and all they that
were come unto Jerusalem out of the captivity:
{5:57} And they laid the foundation of the house of God
in the first day of the second month, in the second year after
they were come to Jewry and Jerusalem.
{5:58} And they appointed the Levites from twenty years
old over the works of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus, and his
sons and brethren, and Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of
Madiabun, with the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with
their sons and brethren, all Levites, with one accord setters
forward of the business, labouring to advance the works in
the house of God. So the workmen built the temple of the
Lord.
{5:59} And the priests stood arrayed in their vestments
with musical instruments and trumpets; and the Levites the
sons of Asaph had cymbals,
{5:60} Singing songs of thanksgiving, and praising the
Lord, according as David the king of Israel had ordained.
{5:61} And they sung with loud voices songs to the praise
of the Lord, because his mercy and glory is for ever in all
Israel.
{5:62} And all the people sounded trumpets, and shouted
with a loud voice, singing songs of thanksgiving unto the
Lord for the rearing up of the house of the Lord.
{5:63} Also of the priests and Levites, and of the chief of
their families, the ancients who had seen the former house
came to the building of this with weeping and great crying.
{5:64} But many with trumpets and joy shouted with loud
voice,
{5:65} Insomuch that the trumpets might not be heard for
the weeping of the people: yet the multitude sounded
marvellously, so that it was heard afar off.
{5:66} Wherefore when the enemies of the tribe of Judah
and Benjamin heard it, they came to know what that noise
of trumpets should mean.
{5:67} And they perceived that they that were of the
captivity did build the temple unto the Lord God of Israel.
{5:68} So they went to Zorobabel and Jesus, and to the
chief of the families, and said unto them, We will build
together with you.
{5:69} For we likewise, as ye, do obey your Lord, and do
sacrifice unto him from the days of Azbazareth the king of
the Assyrians, who brought us hither.
{5:70} Then Zorobabel and Jesus and the chief of the
families of Israel said unto them, It is not for us and you to
build together an house unto the Lord our God.
{5:71} We ourselves alone will build unto the Lord of
Israel, according as Cyrus the king of the Persians hath
commanded us.
{5:72} But the heathen of the land lying heavy upon the
inhabitants of Judea, and holding them strait, hindered their
building;
{5:73} And by their secret plots, and popular persuasions
and commotions, they hindered the finishing of the building
all the time that king Cyrus lived: so they were hindered
from building for the space of two years, until the reign of
Darius.
{6:1} Now in the second year of the reign of Darius
Aggeus and Zacharias the son of Addo, the prophets,
prophesied unto the Jews in Jewry and Jerusalem in the
name of the Lord God of Israel, which was upon them.
{6:2} Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salatiel, and
Jesus the son of Josedec, and began to build the house of the
Lord at Jerusalem, the prophets of the Lord being with
them, and helping them.
{6:3} At the same time came unto them Sisinnes the
governor of Syria and Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his
companions, and said unto them,
{6:4} By whose appointment do ye build this house and
this roof, and perform all the other things? and who are the
workmen that perform these things?
{6:5} Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour,
because the Lord had visited the captivity;
{6:6} And they were not hindered from building, until
such time as signification was given unto Darius concerning
them, and an answer received.
{6:7} The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, governor of
Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their
companions, rulers in Syria and Phenice, wrote and sent
unto Darius; To king Darius, greeting:
{6:8} Let all things be known unto our lord the king, that
being come into the country of Judea, and entered into the
city of Jerusalem we found in the city of Jerusalem the
ancients of the Jews that were of the captivity
{6:9} Building an house unto the Lord, great and new, of
hewn and costly stones, and the timber already laid upon the
walls.
{6:10} And those works are done with great speed, and
the work goeth on prosperously in their hands, and with all
glory and diligence is it made.
{6:11} Then asked we these elders, saying, By whose
commandment build ye this house, and lay the foundations
of these works?
{6:12} Therefore to the intent that we might give
knowledge unto thee by writing, we demanded of them who
were the chief doers, and we required of them the names in
writing of their principal men.
{6:13} So they gave us this answer, We are the servants
of the Lord which made heaven and earth.
{6:14} And as for this house, it was builded many years
ago by a king of Israel great and strong, and was finished.
{6:15} But when our fathers provoked God unto wrath,
and sinned against the Lord of Israel which is in heaven, he
gave them over into the power of Nabuchodonosor king of
Babylon, of the Chaldees;
{6:16} Who pulled down the house, and burned it, and
carried away the people captives unto Babylon.
{6:17} But in the first year that king Cyrus reigned over
the country of Babylon Cyrus the king wrote to build up this
house.
{6:18} And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, that
Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at
Jerusalem, and had set them in his own temple those Cyrus
the king brought forth again out of the temple at Babylon,
and they were delivered to Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus
the ruler,
{6:19} With commandment that he should carry away the
same vessels, and put them in the temple at Jerusalem; and
that the temple of the Lord should be built in his place.
{6:20} Then the same Sanabassarus, being come hither,
laid the foundations of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem;
and from that time to this being still a building, it is not yet
fully ended.
{6:21} Now therefore, if it seem good unto the king, let
search be made among the records of king Cyrus:
{6:22} And if it be found that the building of the house of
the Lord at Jerusalem hath been done with the consent of
king Cyrus, and if our lord the king be so minded, let him
signify unto us thereof.
{6:23} Then commanded king Darius to seek among the
records at Babylon: and so at Ecbatane the palace, which is
in the country of Media, there was found a roll wherein
these things were recorded.
{6:24} In the first year of the reign of Cyrus king Cyrus
commanded that the house of the Lord at Jerusalem should
be built again, where they do sacrifice with continual fire:
{6:25} Whose height shall be sixty cubits and the breadth
sixty cubits, with three rows of hewn stones, and one row of
new wood of that country; and the expences thereof to be
given out of the house of king Cyrus:
{6:26} And that the holy vessels of the house of the Lord,
both of gold and silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out of
the house at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, should be
restored to the house at Jerusalem, and be set in the place
where they were before.
{6:27} And also he commanded that Sisinnes the
governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and their
companions, and those which were appointed rulers in Syria
and Phenice, should be careful not to meddle with the place,
but suffer Zorobabel, the servant of the Lord, and governor
of Judea, and the elders of the Jews, to build the house of
the Lord in that place.
{6:28} I have commanded also to have it built up whole
again; and that they look diligently to help those that be of
the captivity of the Jews, till the house of the Lord be
finished:
{6:29} And out of the tribute of Celosyria and Phenice a
portion carefully to be given these men for the sacrifices of
the Lord, that is, to Zorobabel the governor, for bullocks,
and rams, and lambs;
{6:30} And also corn, salt, wine, and oil, and that
continually every year without further question, according
as the priests that be in Jerusalem shall signify to be daily
spent:
{6:31} That offerings may be made to the most high God
for the king and for his children, and that they may pray for
their lives.
{6:32} And he commanded that whosoever should
transgress, yea, or make light of any thing afore spoken or
written, out of his own house should a tree be taken, and he
thereon be hanged, and all his goods seized for the king.
{6:33} The Lord therefore, whose name is there called
upon, utterly destroy every king and nation, that stretcheth
out his hand to hinder or endamage that house of the Lord in
Jerusalem.
{6:34} I Darius the king have ordained that according
unto these things it be done with diligence.
{7:1} Then Sisinnes the governor of Celosyria and
Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions
following the commandments of king Darius,
{7:2} Did very carefully oversee the holy works, assisting
the ancients of the Jews and governors of the temple.
{7:3} And so the holy works prospered, when Aggeus and
Zacharias the prophets prophesied.
{7:4} And they finished these things by the
commandment of the Lord God of Israel, and with the
consent of Cyrus, Darius, and Artexerxes, kings of Persia.
{7:5} And thus was the holy house finished in the three
and twentieth day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of
Darius king of the Persians
{7:6} And the children of Israel, the priests, and the
Levites, and others that were of the captivity, that were
added unto them, did according to the things written in the
book of Moses.
{7:7} And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they
offered an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four
hundred lambs;
{7:8} And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according
to the number of the chief of the tribes of Israel.
{7:9} The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in
their vestments, according to their kindreds, in the service
of the Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses:
and the porters at every gate.
{7:10} And the children of Israel that were of the
captivity held the passover the fourteenth day of the first
month, after that the priests and the Levites were sanctified.
{7:11} They that were of the captivity were not all
sanctified together: but the Levites were all sanctified
together.
{7:12} And so they offered the passover for all them of
the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for
themselves.
{7:13} And the children of Israel that came out of the
captivity did eat, even all they that had separated themselves
from the abominations of the people of the land, and sought
the Lord.
{7:14} And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven
days, making merry before the Lord,
{7:15} For that he had turned the counsel of the king of
Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the works
of the Lord God of Israel.
{8:1} And after these things, when Artexerxes the king of
the Persians reigned came Esdras the son of Saraias, the son
of Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of Salum,
{8:2} The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the son of
Amarias, the son of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, the son of
Zaraias, the son of Savias, the son of Boccas, the son of
Abisum, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of
Aaron the chief priest.
{8:3} This Esdras went up from Babylon, as a scribe,
being very ready in the law of Moses, that was given by the
God of Israel.
{8:4} And the king did him honour: for he found grace in
his sight in all his requests.
{8:5} There went up with him also certain of the children
of Israel, of the priest of the Levites, of the holy singers,
porters, and ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem,
{8:6} In the seventh year of the reign of Artexerxes, in the
fifth month, this was the king’s seventh year; for they went
from Babylon in the first day of the first month, and came to
Jerusalem, according to the prosperous journey which the
Lord gave them.
{8:7} For Esdras had very great skill, so that he omitted
nothing of the law and commandments of the Lord, but
taught all Israel the ordinances and judgments.
{8:8} Now the copy of the commission, which was
written from Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the
priest and reader of the law of the Lord, is this that
followeth;
{8:9} King Artexerxes unto Esdras the priest and reader
of the law of the Lord sendeth greeting:
{8:10} Having determined to deal graciously, I have
given order, that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the
priests and Levites being within our realm, as are willing
and desirous should go with thee unto Jerusalem.
{8:11} As many therefore as have a mind thereunto, let
them depart with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me
and my seven friends the counsellors;
{8:12} That they may look unto the affairs of Judea and
Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is in the law of the Lord;
{8:13} And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Israel to
Jerusalem, which I and my friends have vowed, and all the
gold and silver that in the country of Babylon can be found,
to the Lord in Jerusalem,
{8:14} With that also which is given of the people for the
temple of the Lord their God at Jerusalem: and that silver
and gold may be collected for bullocks, rams, and lambs,
and things thereunto appertaining;
{8:15} To the end that they may offer sacrifices unto the
Lord upon the altar of the Lord their God, which is in
Jerusalem.
{8:16} And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will do with
the silver and gold, that do, according to the will of thy God.
{8:17} And the holy vessels of the Lord, which are given
thee for the use of the temple of thy God, which is in
Jerusalem, thou shalt set before thy God in Jerusalem.
{8:18} And whatsoever thing else thou shalt remember
for the use of the temple of thy God, thou shalt give it out of
the king’s treasury.
{8:19} And I king Artexerxes have also commanded the
keepers of the treasures in Syria and Phenice, that
whatsoever Esdras the priest and the reader of the law of the
most high God shall send for, they should give it him with
speed,
{8:20} To the sum of an hundred talents of silver,
likewise also of wheat even to an hundred cors, and an
hundred pieces of wine, and other things in abundance.
{8:21} Let all things be performed after the law of God
diligently unto the most high God, that wrath come not
upon the kingdom of the king and his sons.
{8:22} I command you also, that ye require no tax, nor
any other imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or
holy singers, or porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any
that have doings in this temple, and that no man have
authority to impose any thing upon them.
{8:23} And thou, Esdras, according to the wisdom of God
ordain judges and justices, that they may judge in all Syria
and Phenice all those that know the law of thy God; and
those that know it not thou shalt teach.
{8:24} And whosoever shall transgress the law of thy
God, and of the king, shall be punished diligently, whether
it be by death, or other punishment, by penalty of money, or
by imprisonment.
{8:25} Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be the only
Lord God of my fathers, who hath put these things into the
heart of the king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem:
{8:26} And hath honoured me in the sight of the king, and
his counsellors, and all his friends and nobles.
{8:27} Therefore was I encouraged by the help of the
Lord my God, and gathered together men of Israel to go up
with me.
{8:28} And these are the chief according to their families
and several dignities, that went up with me from Babylon in
the reign of king Artexerxes:
{8:29} Of the sons of Phinees, Gerson: of the sons of
Ithamar, Gamael: of the sons of David, Lettus the son of
Sechenias:
{8:30} Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias; and with him
were counted an hundred and fifty men:
{8:31} Of the sons of Pahath Moab, Eliaonias, the son of
Zaraias, and with him two hundred men:
{8:32} Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias the son of
Jezelus, and with him three hundred men: of the sons of
Adin, Obeth the son of Jonathan, and with him two hundred
and fifty men:
{8:33} Of the sons of Elam, Josias son of Gotholias, and
with him seventy men:
{8:34} Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias son of Michael,
and with him threescore and ten men:
{8:35} Of the sons of Joab, Abadias son of Jezelus, and
with him two hundred and twelve men:
{8:36} Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth son of Josaphias,
and with him an hundred and threescore men:
{8:37} Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias son of Bebai, and
with him twenty and eight men:
{8:38} Of the sons of Astath, Johannes son of Acatan, and
with him an hundred and ten men:
{8:39} Of the sons of Adonikam the last, and these are the
names of them, Eliphalet, Jewel, and Samaias, and with
them seventy men:
{8:40} Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the son of Istalcurus,
and with him seventy men.
{8:41} And these I gathered together to the river called
Theras, where we pitched our tents three days: and then I
surveyed them.
{8:42} But when I had found there none of the priests and
Levites,
{8:43} Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman,
{8:44} And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribas, and
Nathan, Eunatan, Zacharias, and Mosollamon, principal
men and learned.
{8:45} And I bade them that they should go unto Saddeus
the captain, who was in the place of the treasury:
{8:46} And commanded them that they should speak unto
Daddeus, and to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that
place, to send us such men as might execute the priests’
office in the house of the Lord.
{8:47} And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought
unto us skilful men of the sons of Moli the son of Levi, the
son of Israel, Asebebia, and his sons, and his brethren, who
were eighteen.
{8:48} And Asebia, and Annus, and Osaias his brother, of
the sons of Channuneus, and their sons, were twenty men.
{8:49} And of the servants of the temple whom David had
ordained, and the principal men for the service of the
Levites to wit, the servants of the temple two hundred and
twenty, the catalogue of whose names were shewed.
{8:50} And there I vowed a fast unto the young men
before our Lord, to desire of him a prosperous journey both
for us and them that were with us, for our children, and for
the cattle:
{8:51} For I was ashamed to ask the king footmen, and
horsemen, and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries.
{8:52} For we had said unto the king, that the power of
the Lord our God should be with them that seek him, to
support them in all ways.
{8:53} And again we besought our Lord as touching these
things, and found him favourable unto us.
{8:54} Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,
Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren with
them:
{8:55} And I weighed them the gold, and the silver, and
the holy vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king,
and his council, and the princes, and all Israel, had given.
{8:56} And when I had weighed it, I delivered unto them
six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels of
an hundred talents, and an hundred talents of gold,
{8:57} And twenty golden vessels, and twelve vessels of
brass, even of fine brass, glittering like gold.
{8:58} And I said unto them, Both ye are holy unto the
Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver is
a vow unto the Lord, the Lord of our fathers.
{8:59} Watch ye, and keep them till ye deliver them to the
chief of the priests and Levites, and to the principal men of
the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the
house of our God.
{8:60} So the priests and the Levites, who had received
the silver and the gold and the vessels, brought them unto
Jerusalem, into the temple of the Lord.
{8:61} And from the river Theras we departed the twelfth
day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty
hand of our Lord, which was with us: and from the
beginning of our journey the Lord delivered us from every
enemy, and so we came to Jerusalem.
{8:62} And when we had been there three days, the gold
and silver that was weighed was delivered in the house of
our Lord on the fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the son
of Iri.
{8:63} And with him was Eleazar the son of Phinees, and
with them were Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth the son
of Sabban, Levites: all was delivered them by number and
weight.
{8:64} And all the weight of them was written up the
same hour.
{8:65} Moreover they that were come out of the captivity
offered sacrifice unto the Lord God of Israel, even twelve
bullocks for all Israel, fourscore and sixteen rams,
{8:66} Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for a peace
offering, twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.
{8:67} And they delivered the king’s commandments
unto the king’s stewards’ and to the governors of Celosyria
and Phenice; and they honoured the people and the temple
of God.
{8:68} Now when these things were done, the rulers came
unto me, and said,
{8:69} The nation of Israel, the princes, the priests and
Levites, have not put away from them the strange people of
the land, nor the pollutions of the Gentiles to wit, of the
Canaanites, Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites,
Egyptians, and Edomites.
{8:70} For both they and their sons have married with
their daughters, and the holy seed is mixed with the strange
people of the land; and from the beginning of this matter the
rulers and the great men have been partakers of this iniquity.
{8:71} And as soon as I had heard these things, I rent my
clothes, and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair from
off my head and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy.
{8:72} So all they that were then moved at the word of the
Lord God of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned for
the iniquity: but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening
sacrifice.
{8:73} Then rising up from the fast with my clothes and
the holy garment rent, and bowing my knees, and stretching
forth my hands unto the Lord,
{8:74} I said, O Lord, I am confounded and ashamed
before thy face;
{8:75} For our sins are multiplied above our heads, and
our ignorances have reached up unto heaven.
{8:76} For ever since the time of our fathers we have
been and are in great sin, even unto this day.
{8:77} And for our sins and our fathers’ we with our
brethren and our kings and our priests were given up unto
the kings of the earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for
a prey with shame, unto this day.
{8:78} And now in some measure hath mercy been
shewed unto us from thee, O Lord, that there should be left
us a root and a name in the place of thy sanctuary;
{8:79} And to discover unto us a light in the house of the
Lord our God, and to give us food in the time of our
servitude.
{8:80} Yea, when we were in bondage, we were not
forsaken of our Lord; but he made us gracious before the
kings of Persia, so that they gave us food;
{8:81} Yea, and honoured the temple of our Lord, and
raised up the desolate Sion, that they have given us a sure
abiding in Jewry and Jerusalem.
{8:82} And now, O Lord, what shall we say, having these
things? for we have transgressed thy commandments, which
thou gavest by the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying,
{8:83} That the land, which ye enter into to possess as an
heritage, is a land polluted with the pollutions of the
strangers of the land, and they have filled it with their
uncleanness.
{8:84} Therefore now shall ye not join your daughters
unto their sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto
your sons.
{8:85} Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with
them, that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the
land, and that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto
your children for evermore.
{8:86} And all that is befallen is done unto us for our
wicked works and great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst make
our sins light,
{8:87} And didst give unto us such a root: but we have
turned back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle
ourselves with the uncleanness of the nations of the land.
{8:88} Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us,
till thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?
{8:89} O Lord of Israel, thou art true: for we are left a
root this day.
{8:90} Behold, now are we before thee in our iniquities,
for we cannot stand any longer by reason of these things
before thee.
{8:91} And as Esdras in his prayer made his confession,
weeping, and lying flat upon the ground before the temple,
there gathered unto him from Jerusalem a very great
multitude of men and women and children: for there was
great weeping among the multitude.
{8:92} Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus, one of the sons
of Israel, called out, and said, O Esdras, we have sinned
against the Lord God, we have married strange women of
the nations of the land, and now is all Israel aloft.
{8:93} Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put
away all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen,
with their children,
{8:94} Like as thou hast decreed, and as many as do obey
the law of the Lord.
{8:95} Arise and put in execution: for to thee doth this
matter appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.
{8:96} So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of
the priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these things;
and so they sware.
{9:1} Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple
went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,
{9:2} And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink
water, mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude.
{9:3} And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and
Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they
should be gathered together at Jerusalem:
{9:4} And that whosoever met not there within two or
three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed,
their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and
himself cast out from them that were of the captivity.
{9:5} And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah
and Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth
day of the ninth month.
{9:6} And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad
court of the temple because of the present foul weather.
{9:7} So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have
transgressed the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to
increase the sins of Israel.
{9:8} And now by confessing give glory unto the Lord
God of our fathers,
{9:9} And do his will, and separate yourselves from the
heathen of the land, and from the strange women.
{9:10} Then cried the whole multitude, and said with a
loud voice, Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do.
{9:11} But forasmuch as the people are many, and it is
foul weather, so that we cannot stand without, and this is
not a work of a day or two, seeing our sin in these things is
spread far:
{9:12} Therefore let the rulers of the multitude stay, and
let all them of our habitations that have strange wives come
at the time appointed,
{9:13} And with them the rulers and judges of every
place, till we turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for
this matter.
{9:14} Then Jonathan the son of Azael and Ezechias the
son of Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them:
and Mosollam and Levis and Sabbatheus helped them.
{9:15} And they that were of the captivity did according
to all these things.
{9:16} And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal
men of their families, all by name: and in the first day of the
tenth month they sat together to examine the matter.
{9:17} So their cause that held strange wives was brought
to an end in the first day of the first month.
{9:18} And of the priests that were come together, and
had strange wives, there were found:
{9:19} Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, and his
brethren; Matthelas and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joadanus.
{9:20} And they gave their hands to put away their wives
and to offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors.
{9:21} And of the sons of Emmer; Ananias, and Zabdeus,
and Eanes, and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias.
{9:22} And of the sons of Phaisur; Elionas, Massias
Israel, and Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas.
{9:23} And of the Levites; Jozabad, and Semis, and
Colius, who was called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and
Jonas.
{9:24} Of the holy singers; Eleazurus, Bacchurus.
{9:25} Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes.
{9:26} Of them of Israel, of the sons of Phoros; Hiermas,
and Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and
Asibias, and Baanias.
{9:27} Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias, Zacharias, and
Hierielus, and Hieremoth, and Aedias.
{9:28} And of the sons of Zamoth; Eliadas, Elisimus,
Othonias, Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus.
{9:29} Of the sons of Babai; Johannes, and Ananias and
Josabad, and Amatheis.
{9:30} Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus,
Jasubus, Jasael, and Hieremoth.
{9:31} And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and Moosias,
Lacunus, and Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus,
and Manasseas.
{9:32} And of the sons of Annas; Elionas and Aseas, and
Melchias, and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus.
{9:33} And of the sons of Asom; Altaneus, and Matthias,
and Baanaia, Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei.
{9:34} And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis,
Omaerus, Juel, Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion,
and Enasibus, and Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali,
Samis, Selemias, Nathanias: and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis,
Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zambis, Josephus.
{9:35} And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias,
Edes, Juel, Banaias.
{9:36} All these had taken strange wives, and they put
them away with their children.
{9:37} And the priests and Levites, and they that were of
Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first
day of the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in
their habitations.
{9:38} And the whole multitude came together with one
accord into the broad place of the holy porch toward the
east:
{9:39} And they spake unto Esdras the priest and reader,
that he would bring the law of Moses, that was given of the
Lord God of Israel.
{9:40} So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the
whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests,
to hear law in the first day of the seventh month.
{9:41} And he read in the broad court before the holy
porch from morning unto midday, before both men and
women; and the multitude gave heed unto the law.
{9:42} And Esdras the priest and reader of the law stood
up upon a pulpit of wood, which was made for that purpose.
{9:43} And there stood up by him Mattathias, Sammus,
Ananias, Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the right
hand:
{9:44} And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, Misael,
Melchias, Lothasubus, and Nabarias.
{9:45} Then took Esdras the book of the law before the
multitude: for he sat honourably in the first place in the
sight of them all.
{9:46} And when he opened the law, they stood all
straight up. So Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the
God of hosts, Almighty.
{9:47} And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up
their hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord.
{9:48} Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus,
Sabateas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Asrias, and
Joazabdus, and Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law
of the Lord, making them withal to understand it.
{9:49} Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest.
and reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude,
even to all, saying,
{9:50} This day is holy unto the Lord; (for they all wept
when they heard the law:)
{9:51} Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and
send part to them that have nothing;
{9:52} For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not
sorrowful; for the Lord will bring you to honour.
{9:53} So the Levites published all things to the people,
saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful.
{9:54} Then went they their way, every one to eat and
drink, and make merry, and to give part to them that had
nothing, and to make great cheer;
{9:55} Because they understood the words wherein they
were instructed, and for the which they had been assembled
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