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yrus king of Persia, that he made a pro- lind of heaven given me ; ar.d be liath char clamation throughout all his kingdom, and ged me to build him an livuse in Jerusalein, put it also in writing, saying,

which is in Judah : wlio is there among you 23 Thus sailli Cyrus king of Persia, All of all his people ? the LORD his God be wiib the kingdoms of the earth balli the LORD him, and let inm go up.


Tunto Jerusa em and Judah, every one unto NO his city:

Persia, (that the word of the Lord by 2 Which came with Zeruhlabel : Jeshua, the mouth of Jeremiah miglit be fulfilled.) Nehemialı. Seraiani, Reelaiah, Mordecai, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Relum, Baanah of Persia, that he made a proclamation The number of the men of the people of is throughout all his kingdom, and put it also rael: in writing, saving,

3 The children of Parosh, two tliousand 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The an hundred seventy and two. Lord God of heaveu hath given me all the 4 The children of Shephariah, three hun kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged dred seventy and two. me to build him an house at Jerusalem, 5 The children of Aralı, seven hundred which is in Sudah :

seventy and five. 3 \Vho is there among you of all liis people: 6 Tlie children of Pahath-moah, of them his God be with him, and let him go up to children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand Jerusalem, which is in Judalı, and build the leigli liundred and twelve. house of the LORD God of Israel (he is the 7 The children of Elam, a thousand twe God) which is in Jerusalem.

hundred filty and four. 4 And whosoever remaineth in any place 8 The children of Zatlu, nine hundred where he sojourneth, let the men of his place forty and five. help him with silver, and with gold, and with 9 The children of Zaccai, seven hundrec goods, and with beasts, besides the free-will- and thireescore. offering for the house of God that is in Je- 10 The children of Bani, six bundred forty rusalein.

and two. 5 1 Then rose up the chief of the fathers! 11 The children of Bebai, six hundred of Judaii and Benjamin, and the priests, and ıwenty and three. the Levites, with all them whose spirit God 12 The children of Azgad, a thousand wr tiad raised, to go up to build the house of the tundred twenty and ivo. LOR) which is in Jerusalem.

13 The children of Adonikam, six hua. 6 And all they that were about them dred sixiv and six. Etrengthened their lands with vessels of sil- 14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand ver, with gold, with gonds, and with beasts fifty and six. ond with precious things, besides all tict was 15 The children of Adin, four hundred filwillingly offered.

ty and tour. 71 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the 16 The children of Aler of Hezekiah, vessels of the house of the LORI), wbich Ne- ninely and ciglit. buchadnezzar had brought fortlı out of Je- 17. The children of Bezai, three liurdred rusalem, and bad put them in the house of Twenty and three. his gods ;

18 The children of Jerah, an hundred and 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia twelve. bring forth by the land of Milliredath the 19 The children of Hlas:um, !wo ljupdrco treasurer, and numbered them into Shesh-ewenty and three. bazzar lile prince of Judalı.

20 Flie children of Gibhar, ninely and five 9 And this is the number of them : thirty 21 The children of Bethlehem, an hun chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of sil-Idred twenty and three. ver, nine and twenty knives.

• The men of Neropliali, fifty and six, 10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a 23 The men of Anathoil, an bundren second sori four hundred and !cn, and oilier twenty and eight. vessels a thousand.

2:1 The children of Azmavelli, forty anr IL All the vessels of gol! and of silver were two. five thousand and four liudred. All these 5 The children of Kirjailı-arim, Che, hi did Sheslihnzzar bring np with them of the ralı. and Beervih, seven bundred and forty captivity that were broughie up from Baby- and three. luu unto Jerusale!n.

26 The children of Ramah and Gaba, sir CHAP. II.

lundred twenty and on". Nadhere are the cluildren of the pro- 27 The men of Miclimas, an undred

vince that went up out of the captivity, twenty and two. or those which had been carried away, u nom 28 The men of Beiii-el and Ai, two ica Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had dred twenty and three. carried away unto Babylon, and came again 29 The childreu of Nebo, fifty and two

five ;

T'l:e children of Magbish, an hundred from Tel-melah, Tel-larsa, (heru!., Selan, fifty and sir.

ond Iminer ; but they coud nol slew their 31 The children of the other Elam, a tlou- father's house, and deir seed, whether they sand two jundred fifty and four.

were of Israel: 3? The childrou of Harim, liree hundred 60 The children of Delaiali, the coildren and twenty:

of Tobian, the cliilitren of Nekoda, six lmp. 33 The children of Lod, I adid, and Ono, dred filly and iww. veven hundred t'venty and five.

61 1 Ånd of the children of vie priests: the 31 The children of'Jericho, three bundred children of Halaialı, the children of koz. the fety and five

children of Barzillai ; (wliich took a wiief 35 The children or Senaal, three thousand the daughters of Barzillai ilie Gileadire, and and six landred and thirty.

was called after their name :) 31; 1 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, 62 These sought their register among

those of the lioure of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy that were reckoned ly genealogy, builtliny and three.

were not found ; therefore were they, as pol 37 The childrer of Immer, a thousand luled, put from the priesthood. fills and two.

63 And ille Tirsiatlia said unto tbelli, thiar 3.3 The children of Pashur, a thousand two they should not cai of the most livly things hundred forty and seven

till there stood up a priest with Urim and 39 The children of Larim, a thousand and with Thummim. seventeen.

61 | The whole congregation together was 409 The Levitrs: the children of Jeshua, forty and two thousand iliree hundred und and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodavialı, threescore, sevenly and four.

65 Besides their to van'e and their maids, 41 The singers: the children of Asaph, an of whom there rrere seven thousand three lundred twenty and eiglil.

hundred thirty and seven ; and there were 4. The children of ille porters : the chil- among them iwo hundred singing-men and dren of Shallum, the children of Ater, the singing-women. children of Talmon, the cl:ildren of Akkub, 61; Their horses were seven hundred thirty the children of Harita, the children of Sho- and six ; their mules, iwo lundred furty and bai, in all an mundred thirty and nine.

43 | The Netbinims: tlie children of Zi- 67 Their camels, four liundred thirty and ba, tlie children of Hasupha, the children of five; their asses, six thousand seven liundred l'abnaoth,

and twenty: 44 The children of Keros, the children of 68 11 And some of the chief of the fathers, Sialia, the children of Padon,

when they came to the house of thie LORD 45 The children of Lebanah, thu children wliich is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the of Hagabah, the children of Akkun, house of Ged, to set it up in his place :

46 The children of Hagab, the children of 69 They gave after their ability, unto the halmai, the cuildren of Hanan,

treasure of the work, theescore and one 17 The children of Giddel, the children of thousand drams of gold, and five thousand Galar, the children of Reaialı,

pounds of silver, and one hundred priests 48 The children of Rezin, the children of garments. Nekola, the children of Gazzain,

70 So the priests, and the Levites, and 19 The children of Ozza, the children of some of the peopie, and the singers, and the Paseah, the children of Besai,

porters, and the Netliniis, dwell in there 50 The children of Asnalı, the children of cities, and ail Israel in their cities. Mehuvim, the children of Nephusim,

CII AP. III. 51 The children of Bakbuk, the children A and the children of Israei were in the

ND wlien the seventh month has coine, of Hakuphia, the children of Harlur,

02. The children of Bazlutlı, the children cities, the people gathered themselves loge. o: Melvida, the children of Darsha, ther as one ma: 19 Jerusalem.

53 The children of Barkos, the children of 2 Then stood un Jeshua tlie son of Jozadak, Sisera, ile children of Thamalı,

and his brethren ile priests, and Zerul.rube 54 The children of Neziah, the children of tlie son of Sirpaliel, and his brethren, 21:0) lielipia.

builded the allar of the God o. Israri, to offer F' The children of Solomon's servants : burnt-offerings thereon, as il is written in the children o? Sotai, the children of Suphe- the law of Moses, the man of Godi. retii. the children of Peruda,

3 And they set the altar upon his hinsis ;(for öti The children of Jaalat, the ciuildren of fear was upon tnem oecause of the people of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

those countries ;) and they offered burnt-of 57 The children of Shephaliah, the chil-ferings thereon unto the conv, even burnt. dren of Hauil, the children of Pochereth or offerings morning and evening: Zebaim, the children of Amni.

4! They kept also the least of tabernacles, 58 All the Nelliinims, and the children of as it is written, and offered the daily bueuil Solomon's servauls, were three hundred nine- offerings by number, according to the cus. ty and tuo.

lom, as the duty or every day required; 50 And these ibere they whic! went up! 5 And afterward ojfered the coulinua) burnt-offering, both of t!ie new moons, and tuild an house unto our God; but up our of all the set feasts of the Lord that were selves together will build unto the LORI consecrated, and of every one that willingly God of Israel, as king. Cyrus the king of ofered a free-will-offering unto the LORD. Persia hath coinmanded us.

6 From the first day of the seventh month 4 Then the people of we land weakened Degan they to offer burnt-offerings un!o the the hands of the people of Judal, and irou LORD : but the foundation of the temple of bled them in building; the Lord was not yel laid.

5 And hired counsellors against thein, ic 7.1 They gave inoney also imio the ina- frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus sons, and to the carpenters ; and meat, and king of Persia, even until the reign of drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to Darius king of Persia. them of Tyre, to bring cedar-trees from Le- 6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the banon lo lhe sea of Joppa, according to the beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia. an accusation against the inliabitants of 3u

8. Now, in the second year of their dali and Jerusalem. coining unto the house of God at Jerusalem, 7 1 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote in the second month, began Zerubbahel the Bislılaın, Mitbredath, Tabeel, and the rest of son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Ju- their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of zadak, and the remanant of their brethren the Persia ; and the writing of the letter was priests and the Levites, and all they that written in the Syrian longue, and interpretivere come out of the captivity unto Jerusa- ed in the Syrian tongue. em; and appcinted the Levites, from twen- 8 Rehuin the chancellor, and Slimsliai «y years old and upward, to set forward the the scribe, wrote a letter against Jerusalem work of the house of the LORD.

10 Artaxerxes the king in this sort : 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his 9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and prethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their Judah, together, to set forward the work men companions; the Dinaites, the Apbarsailin the liouse of God; the sons of Henadad, clites, the Tarpelites, the Apbarsites, the with their sons and their brethren the Le-Archeviles, the Babylonians, the Susan. vites.

chiles, the Debavites.und the Elamiles, 10 And when the builders laid the founda- 10 And the rest of the nations wloin the sion of the temple of the Lori), they set the great and noble Asnapper brought over, and priests in their apparel with urumpels, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest the Levites, the sons of Asaph, witl: cym-thal ure or this side the river, and at such a bals, to praise the LORD, alier the ordinance time. of David king of Israel.

11 I This is the copy of the letter that 1! And tlicy sang logether by course, in they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; the king : Thy servants the men on this side because lie is good, for bis mercy endure!h the river, and at such a time. for ever loward Israel. And all the people 12 Be it known unto the king, that the shouted with a great shout, when they prais-Jews, which came up from thiet to us, are ed the LORD, because the foundation of the come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious house of the LORD was laid.

and :he bad city, and have set up the walls 12 But many of the priests and Levites, thereof, and joined the foundations. and chief of the fall:ers, who were ancient 13 Be it known now unto the king, that it men, that had seen the first house, when the this city be builded, and the walls set up foundation of this house was laid before their again, then will they not pay toll, tribule, eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many and custom, and so thou shalt endamayeihe slipuied aloud for joy:

revenue of the kings. 13 So that the people could not discern 14 Now, because we ilave maintenance the noise of the shout of joy from the noise from the king's palace, and it was not meet of the weeping of the people: for the people for us to sce the king's dislionour, therefore shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was have we sent and certified the king, beard afar off.

15 Tivat search may be made in the CHAP. IV.

book of the records of thy fathers : sv sha! Benjamin heard that the children of the kuow, that liis city is a rebellious city, and capið vily builded the temple unto the LORD burtful unto kings and provinces, and wat Gud of Israel;

they have nioved sedition within the same % Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to or old time; for which cause was this city the chief of the fathers, and said unto thein, destroved. Let us build with you : for we seek your God, 16 We certify the king, that if this city be as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since builded again, and the walls thereof sei up, the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, by this means thou shall have no portion of whicle brought us up lither.

Niis side thie river. 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the 17! Then sent the king an answer unto rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said Relum tive chanceller, and lu Shinishai the unto them, Ye liave nothing to do will us to scribe, and w the rest of their companions

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Biet dwell in Samaria, andi unto the rest be- build this liouse, and to make up these walls good the river, Peace, and at such a time. 10 We asked their naines also, to certify

18 The letter whichi ye sent unto us liath thee, that we might write the names of the then plainly read before me.

men that were the chief of them. 19 And I commanded, and search hath 11 And thus they returned as answer, say. been made, ani it is found, that this city of ing. We are the servants of the God of hea. old tune liauli maile insurrection against ven and earth, and build the house thai was king, and that rebellion and sedition have builded enese many years ago, which a great bren' made therein.

king of Israel builded and set up. 20 There have been miglity kings also 12 But after that our fathers has provoked over Jerusalem, which liave ruled over all the God of heaven wito wratlı, he gave them comories beyond the river; and loll, tribute, into the land of Nebuchadnezzar the king of and enstom, was paid unto thein.

Babylon, the Chaldear., who destroyed this 21. Give ye now commandinent to cause house, and carried the peuple away uhlo these men to cease, and that this city be not Babylou. puilled, until another commandment shall 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king be given froin me.

o! Babylon, the same king Cyrus made a de+ Take lieed now that ye fail not to do cree to build this house of God. this: why should dainage grow to the burt 14 And the vessels also o! gold and silver of the kings?

of the house of God, which Net.uchadnezzar 23 ! Now, when the copy of king Arta-took out of the temple that was in Jerusa. seryes' letter was read before Rebum, and lein, and brought them into the teinple of Shishai the scribe, and their companions, Babylon, those did Cyrus the king lake out they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the of the temple of Babylon, and ihey were Jews, and inade them to cease by furce and delivered unto one, wiose name was 'Shesh

bazzar, wliom lie had made governor; 24 Then ceased the work of the house of 15 And said unto him, l'ake these vessels, God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased un-go, carry them into the temple that is in Je to the second vear of the reign of Darius rusalem, and let the house of God be builded king of Persia.

in his place. CHAP. V.

16 Then came the same Slieshbazzar, and THEN the prophets, Haggai the prophet, laid the foundation of the house of God sied unto the Jews that were in Judah and even until now hath it been in building, and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, yet it is not finished. cen unto them.

17 Now therefore, is it seem good to the 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of king, let there te search made in the king's Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, treasure house, which is there at Babylon, and began to build the house of God which whether it be so, that a decree was made of is at Jerusalem : and with them were the Cyrus the king to build this house of God al prophets of God helping them.

Jerrsalem, and le! the king send his pleasure 3 | At the same time came to them Tatnai, to us concerning this matter. governor on this side the river, and Shethar

CHAP. VI. boznai, and their companions, and said thus THEN Darius the king macle a decree and build this house, and to make up this wall? where the trrasures were laid up in Babylon.

4 Then said we unto them afier this man- ? And there was found at Aclinetha, in the ner, What are the names of the men that palace that is in the province of the Medes, a make this building?

rull, and therein wus a recond thus wrillen: 5 But the eye of their God was upon the 3 In the first vear of Cyrus the king, the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause same Cyrus the king made a decree concern. thein to cease, till the matter came to Dari- ing the house of God at Jerusaiem, Let the us: and then they returned answer by 12:- house be builded, the piace where they of ter concerning this matter.

lered sacrifices, and let the foundations 6 11 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof governor on this side the river, and Shethar- tireescore cubiis, and the breadth there of 507nai, and his companions the Apharsach- threescore cubits; 1924, which were on this side the river, sent 4 With three rows of great stones, and a ID'O Darius the king :

row of new timler: and let the experces be 7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was given out of the king's house. written ihus : Unto Darius the king, all peace. 5 And also let the golden and silver ressels

8 Be it known unto the king, that we went of the i. use of God, which Nebuchadnezzar into the province of Judea, to the house of the took forth out of the temple which is at Je. great God, which is builded with great stones, rusalem, and brought unto Bahylon, be reand timber is laid in the walls, and this work stored, and bronglit again un'o the temple gueb fast on, and prospereth in their hands, which is at Jerusalem, every one 10 liis place,

9 Then asked we those elders, and said and place them in the honse of God. into them thos, Who commanded you to o Now therefore. Tainai, governor beyond

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die river, Shethar-hoznai, and you: compa- 21. And the clildren of Israel which were Rions the Apharsachites, which are beyond come again out of captivity, and all such as the river, be ye far from thence :

bad separated themselves unto them from 7 Lelite work of this house of God alone; the filthiness of the heathen of the land, 10 let the governor of the Jews, and the elders of seek the Lord God of Israel, did eat, the Jews, build this house of God in his place. 2? And kept the least of unleavened bread

8 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall seven days with joy: for the Lord had made do to the elders of these Jews, for the build-them joyful, and turned the heart of the king ing of this house of God; that of the king's of Assyria unto them, lo strengthen their gods, even of the tribute beyond the river, hands in the work of the house of God, the Litl.with expences be given into these men, God of Israel. tinat they be not hindered.


N young bullocks, and rams, and iambs, for the Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son burnt-offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of sall, wine, and oil, according to the appoint- Hilkialı, meni of the priests which are al Jerusalem, 2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, let it he given them day by day without fail; the son of Ahilub,

10 That they may offer sacrifices of swecil 3 The son of Anarialı, the son of Azariah, savours unto vie (ind of heaven, and pray for the son of Meraioth, the life of the king, and of his sons,

4 The son of Zerahialı, the son of Uzzi, 11 Also I have made a decree, that whoso- the son of Bulili, ever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled 5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phineliis, down from his house, and, being set up, let the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chiel him he lianged thereon; and let his house be priest : made a dung hill for this.

6 This Ezra went up from Babylo.: , and 1! And the God that bath caused iis name he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, to dwe!! there, destroy all kings and people which the LORD God of Israel had given : that shall put to their hand to alter and to and the king granted him all his request, acdestroy this house of God wineli is at Jerusa-cording to the liand of the Lord his God up iem. Í Darius liave made a decree; let it be on him. done will speed.

7 And there went op some of the cluldren 13 | Then Taunai, governor on this side of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, the river, Slechar-boznai, and their compa- and the singers, and the porters, and the nions, arcording to that which Darius the Netlinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh king had sent, so they did speedily. year of Artaxerxes the king.

Ti And the elders of the Jews builded, and 8 And he came to Jerusalem in the filib they prospered through the prophesying of month, which cas in the seventh year of the Plagrai the prophee, and Zechariali the son king. of fuelo : and they builded, and finished it, 9 For upon the first day of the first month according to the commandment of the God began he io go up from Babylon, and on the of Israel, and according to the cominand- first day of the fifth month came he to Jeru. ment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes salem, according to the good hand of his king of Persia.

God upon him. 13 And this house was finished on the third 10 F or Ezra had prepared his heart to seek day of the month Adar, which was in the the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

36.1 And the children of Israel, the priests, 19 Now this is the copy of the leuer that and the Levites, and the rest of the children the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, of the captivity, kept the dedication of this the scribe, eren a scribe of the words of the bouse of God with joy,

commandments of the Lord, and of his sta 17 And offereu ai tlie dedication of this lutes to Israel. house of God an hundred bullocks, two hun- 12 Artaxerxes, king of king, Unlo Era dred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin- the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of offering for all Israel, twelve ho-goats, accord- heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. ing to the number of the tribes of Israel. 13 I make a decree, that all they of the

18 And they set the priests in their divi people of Israel, and of his priests and Lesions, and the Leviles in their courses, for the vites, in my realm, which are minded of their service of God wlrich is at Jerusalem; as in own free will to go up to Jerusalem, go with is written in the book of Moses.

thee. 19 And the children of the captivity kept 14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, the passover upon the sourteenuhi day of the and of his seven counsellors, to enquire confirst month.

cerning Judab and Jerusalem, according to 20 For the priests and the Levites were the law of thy God which is in thine hand; purified together, all of them were pure, and 15 And to carry the silver and gold, which killed the passover for all the children of the the king and his counscllors have freely of captivity, and for their brethren the priests, fered unto the God of Israel, whose habitaand for themselves.

tion is in Jerusalepi.

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