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