7 1Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia,
Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,
of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
3the son of Amariah, the
son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
4the son of Zerahiah, the son of
Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
5the son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son
of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest;
6this Ezra went up from
Babylon: and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which Jehovah, the
God of Israel, had given; and the king granted him all his request, according
to the hand of Jehovah his God upon him.
7And there went up some of the
children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and
the porters, and the Nethinim, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of
Artaxerxes the king.
8And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which
was in the seventh year of the king.
9For upon the first day of
the first month began he to go up from Babylon; and on the first day
of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his
God upon him.
10For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of Jehovah,
and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.
is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest,
the scribe, even the scribe of the words of the commandments of Jehovah, and
of his statutes to Israel:
12Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the
priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect and so forth.
13I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and their
priests and the Levites, in my realm, that are minded of their own free will
to go to Jerusalem, go with thee.
14Forasmuch as thou art sent of the
king and his seven counsellors, to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem,
according to the law of thy God which is in thy hand,
15and to carry the
silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto
the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem,
16and all the silver
and gold that thou shalt find in all the province of Babylon, with the
freewill-offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for
the house of their God which is in Jerusalem;
17therefore thou shalt with
all diligence buy with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their
meal-offerings and their drink-offerings, and shalt offer them upon the altar
of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.
18And whatsoever shall
seem good to thee and to thy brethren to do with the rest of the silver and
the gold, that do ye after the will of your God.
19And the vessels that
are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, deliver thou before
the God of Jerusalem.
20And whatsoever more shall be needful for the
house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of
the king's treasure-house.
21And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a
decree to all the treasurers that are beyond the River, that whatsoever Ezra
the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you,
it be done with all diligence,
22unto a hundred talents of silver, and to
a hundred measures of wheat, and to a hundred baths of wine, and to a hundred
baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
commanded by the God of heaven, let it be done exactly for the house of the
God of heaven; for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king
and his sons?
24Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and
Levites, the singers, porters, Nethinim, or servants of this house of God, it
shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll, upon them.
thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God that is in thy hand, appoint
magistrates and judges, who may judge all the people that are beyond the
River, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye him that knoweth
26And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of
the king, let judgment be executed upon him with all diligence, whether it be
unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to
27Blessed be Jehovah, the God of our fathers, who hath put
such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of Jehovah
which is in Jerusalem;
28and hath extended lovingkindness unto me before
the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And
I was strengthened according to the hand of Jehovah my God upon me, and I
gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.