Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

EZRA


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]

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Ezra 1

1Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia so that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing, saying, 2Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he has charged me to build a house for him at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 4And who ever remains in any place where he sojourns, let the men of his place help him with silver and with gold and with goods and with animals, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.

5Then the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin rose up and the priests and the Levites, with all those whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem. 6And all those who were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods and with animals and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered. 7Also Cyrus the king brought out the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought out of Jerusalem and had put them in the house of his gods; 8Even those Cyrus king of Persia brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer and numbered them to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. 9And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, twenty nine knives, 10Thirty basins of gold, four hundred ten silver basins of a second sort, and a thousand. other vessels 11All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar brought up with them of the captivity who were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

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Chapter 2

1Now these are the children of the province who went up out of 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, every one to his city; 2Who came with Zerubbabel: Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel: 3The children of Parosh, two thousand one hundred seventy two. 4The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy two. 5The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy five. 6The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Joshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred twelve. 7The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty four. 8The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty five. 9The children of Zaccai, seven hundred sixty. 10The children of Bani, six hundred forty two. 11The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty three. 12The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty two. 13The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty six. 14The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty six. 15The children of Adin, four hundred fifty four. 16The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety eight. 17The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty three. 18The children of Jorah, one hundred twelve. 19The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty three. 20The children of Gibbar, ninety five. 21The children of Bethlehem, one hundred twenty three. 22The men of Netophah, fifty six. 23The men of Anathoth, one hundred twenty eight. 24The children of Azmaveth, forty two. 25The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah and Beeroth, seven hundred forty three. 26The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty one. 27The men of Michmas, one hundred twenty two. 28The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty three. 29The children of Nebo, fifty two. 30The children of Magbish, one hundred fifty six. 31The children of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty four. 32The children of Harim, three hundred twenty. 33The children of Lod, Hadid and Ono, seven hundred twenty five. 34The children of Jericho, three hundred forty five. 35The children of Senaah, three thousand six hundred thirty.

36The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Joshua, nine hundred seventy three. 37The children of Immer, one thousand fifty two. 38The children of Pashur, one thousand two hundred forty seven. 39The children of Harim, one thousand seventeen. 40The Levites: the children of Joshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy four. 41The singers: the children of Asaph, pne hundred twenty eight. 42The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all one hundred thirty nine. 43The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth, 44The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of Padon, 45The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub, 46The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children of Hanan, 47The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah, 48The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam, 49The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of Besai, 50The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children of Nephusim, 51The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, 52The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha, 53The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah, 54The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha. 55The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda, 56The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel, 57The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami. 58All the Nethinims and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety two. 59And these were they who went up from Telmelah, Telharsa, Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not show their father's house and their seed, whether they were of Israel: 60The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty two. 61And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called after their name: 62These sought their register among those who were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore they were put from the priesthood as polluted. 63And 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.

64The whole congregation together was forty two thousand three hundred sixty, 65Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women. 66Their horses were seven hundred thirty six; their mules, two hundred forty five; 67Their camels, four hundred thirty five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred twenty. 68And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place: 69They gave after their ability to the treasure of the work sixty one thousand drams of gold and five thousand pounds of silver and one hundred priests' garments. 70So the priests and the Levites and some of the people and the singers and the porters and the Nethinims, dwelled in their cities and all Israel in their cities.

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Chapter 3

1And when the seventh month was come and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. 2Then Joshua the son of Jozadak stood up and his brothers the priests and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brothers and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. 3And they set the altar on its bases; for fear was on them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening. 4They 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; 5And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated and of every one who willingly offered a freewill offering to the LORD. 6From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid. 7They gave money also to the masons and to the carpenters; and meat and drink and oil, to them of Sidon and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

8Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jozadak and the remnant of their brothers the priests and the Levites and all they who were come out of the captivity to Jerusalem began to set forward the work of the house of the LORD and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward. 9Then Joshua 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 God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brothers the Levites. 10And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals to praise the LORD after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks to the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy toward Israel endures for ever. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. 12But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient 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: 13So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout and the noise was heard far off.

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Chapter 4

1Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity built the temple to the LORD God of Israel; 2Then they came to Zerubbabel and to the chief of the fathers and said to them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as you do; and we sacrifice to him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, who brought us up here. 3But Zerubbabel and Joshua 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 God; but we ourselves together will build to the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us. 4Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah and troubled them in building, 5And 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.

6And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation to him against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. 7And 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 tongue and interpreted in the Syrian tongue. 8Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort: 9Then Rehum the chancellor wrote and Shimshai the scribe and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites, 10And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest that are on this side the river and at such a time. 11This is the copy of the letter that they sent to him, even to Artaxerxes the king; Your servants the men on this side the river and at such a time. 12Be it known to the king, that the Jews who came up from you to us are come to Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city and have set up its walls and joined the foundations. 13Be it known now 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 you shall damage the revenue of the kings. 14Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace and it was not fitting for us to see the king's dishonor, therefore we have sent and certified the king; 15That search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: and you shall 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. 16We certify the king that, if this city is built again and its walls set up, by this means you shall have no portion on this side the river.

17Then the king sent an answer to Rehum the chancellor and 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. 18The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me. 19And 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. 20There 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. 21Now give commandment to cause these men to cease and that this city not be built, until another commandment shall be given from me. 22Take heed now that you do not fail to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? 23Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews and made them cease by force and power. 24Then the work of the house of God who is at Jerusalem ceased. So it ceased to the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

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Chapter 5

1Then 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 God of Israel, even to them. 2Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and the prophets of God were with them helping them.

3At the same time Tatnai, governor on this side the river came to them and Shetharboznai, and their companions and said thus to them, Who has commanded you to build this house and to make up this wall? 4Then we said to them after this manner, What are the names of the men who make this building? 5But the eye of their God was on 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. 6The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river and Shetharboznai and his companions the Apharsachites, who were on this side the river, sent to Darius the king: 7They sent a letter to him, in which was written thus; to Darius the king, all peace. 8Be it known to the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is built with great stones and timber is laid in the walls and this work goes on fast and prospers in their hands. 9Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, Who commanded you to build this house and to make up these walls? 10We asked their names also, to certify you, that we might write the names of the men who were the chief of them. 11And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth and build the house that was built these many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and set up. 12But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to anger, 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. 13But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. 14And also the vessels of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those Cyrus the king took out of the temple of Babylon and they were delivered to one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; 15And said to him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem and let the house of God be built in its place. 16Then the same Sheshbazzar came, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now it has been in building and yet it is not finished. 17Now therefore, if it seems good to the king, let a search be 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 God at Jerusalem and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

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Chapter 6

1Then Darius the king made a decree and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. 2And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll and in it was a record thus written: 3In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be built, the place where they offered sacrifices and let its foundations be strongly laid; its height sixty cubits, and its breadth sixty cubits; 4With three rows of great stones and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house: 5And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple which was at Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought again to the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place and place them in the house of God. 6Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai and your companions the Apharsachites, who are beyond the river, get far from there: 7Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in its place. 8Also I make a decree of what you shall do to the elders of these Jews for building this house of God: that expenses be given quickly to these men, of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, so that they are not hindered. 9And that which they have need of, both young bullocks and rams and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine and oil, according to the appointment of the priests who are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: 10So that they may offer sacrifices of sweet savors to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and of his sons. 11Also I have made a decree, that who ever shall alter this word, let a timber be pulled down from his house and being set up, let him be hanged on it; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. 12And the God who has caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, who shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.

13Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily. 14And 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 God of Israel and according to the commandment of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia. 15And 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. 16And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, 17And offered at the dedication of this house of God a hundred bullocks, 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. 18And they set the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses. 19And the children of the captivity kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. 20For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity and for their brothers the priests and for themselves. 21And the children of Israel, who were come again out of captivity and all such as had separated themselves to them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, ate, 22And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful and turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

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Chapter 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, 2The son 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 the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God on him. 7And some of the children of Israel and of the priests and the Levites and the singers and the porters and the Nethinims went up, to 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 on 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 God on him. 10For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD and to do it and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

11Now 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 the LORD and of his statutes to Israel. 12Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace and at such a time. 13I make a decree, that all those of the people of Israel and of theit priests and Levites, in my realm, who are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with you. 14Forasmuch as you are sent by the king and by his seven counselors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God which is in your hand; 15And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem, 16And all the silver and gold that you can 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: 17That you may speedily buy with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings and offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem. 18And what ever shall seem good to you and to your brothers, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God. 19The vessels also that are given you for the service of the house of your God, deliver those before the God of Jerusalem. 20And what ever more shall be needful for the house of your God, which you shall have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house. 21And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers who are beyond the river, that what ever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, let it be done speedily, 22To 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. 23What ever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be anger against the realm of the king and his sons? 24Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, on them. 25And you, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, 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 God; and teach them who do not know them. 26And whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily on him, whether it is to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

27Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem: 28And 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 the LORD my God was on me and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

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Chapter 8

1These now are the chief of their fathers and this is the genealogy of them who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. 2Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush. 3Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males one hundred fifty. 4Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah and with him two hundred males. 5Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel and with him three hundred males. 6Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan and with him fifty males. 7And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah and with him seventy males. 8And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael and with him eighty males. 9Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel and with him two hundred eighteen males. 10And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah and with him one hundred sixty males. 11And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai and with him twenty eight males. 12And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan and with him one hundred ten males. 13And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel and Shemaiah and with them sixty males. 14Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai and Zabbud and with them seventy males. 15And I gathered them together to 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. 16Then I sent for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah and for Elnathan and for Jarib and for Elnathan and for Nathan and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib and for Elnathan, men of understanding. 17And 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 God. 18And by the good hand of our God on us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brothers, eighteen; 19And Hashabiah and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their sons, twenty; 20Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

21Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us and for our little ones and for all our substance. 22For 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 God is for good on all those who seek him; but his power and his anger is against all those who forsake him. 23So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

24Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah and ten of their brothers with them, 25And weighed the silver and the gold to them and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king and his counselors and his lords and all Israel there present, had offered: 26I even weighed to their hand six hundred fifty talents of silver and silver vessels a hundred talents, and a hundred talents of gold; 27Also twenty basins of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold. 28And I said to them, you are holy to the LORD; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD God of your fathers. 29Watch and keep them, until you weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Levites and chief of the fathers of Israel, in the chambers of the house of the LORD at Jerusalem. 30So the priests and the Levites took the weight of the silver and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.

31Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was on us and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and from such as lay in wait by the way. 32And we came to Jerusalem and abode there three days. 33Now on the fourth day the silver and the gold and the vessels was weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Joshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites; 34By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time. 35Also the children of those who had been carried away, who were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety six rams, seventy seven lambs, twelve male goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering to the LORD. 36And they delivered the king's commissions to the king's lieutenants and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people and the house of God.

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Chapter 9

1Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. 2For they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons: so that the holy seed has mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yes, the hand of the princes and rulers has been chief in this trespass. 3And when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my mantle and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard and sat down astonished. 4Then every one who trembled at the words of the God of Israel were assembled to me, because of the transgression of those who had been carried away; and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice.

5And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having torn my garment and my mantle, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God, 6And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head and our trespass is grown up to the heavens. 7Since the days of our fathers we have been in a great trespass to this day; and for our iniquities and our kings, and our priests, we have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity and to a spoil and to confusion of face, as it is this day. 8And now for a little space grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes and give us a little reviving in our bondage. 9For we were bondmen; yet our God 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 God and to repair its desolations and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. 10And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken your commandments, 11Which 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. 12Now therefore do not give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever. 13And after all that is come on us for our evil deeds and for our great trespass, seeing that you our God have punished us less than our iniquities deserve and have given us such deliverance as this; 14Should we again break your commandments and join in affinity with the people in these abominations? would you not be angry with us till you had consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? 15O LORD God of Israel, you are righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before you in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before you because of this.

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Chapter 10

1Now when Ezra had prayed and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled to him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. 2And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said to Ezra, We have trespassed against our God and have taken foreign wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. 3Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. 4Arise; for this matter belongs to you: we also will be with you: be of good courage and do it. 5Then Ezra arose and made the chief priests, the Levites and all Israel swear that they should do according to this word. And they swore.

6Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came there, he did not eat bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of those who had been carried away. 7And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together to Jerusalem; 8And 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. 9Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together to Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter and for the great rain. 10And Ezra the priest stood up, and said to them, you have transgressed and have taken foreign wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. 11Now therefore make a confession to the LORD God of your fathers and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land and from the foreign wives. 12Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As you have said, so we must do. 13But the people are many and it is a time of much rain and we are not able to stand outside, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many who have transgressed in this thing. 14Let our rulers of all the congregatio nown stand and let all them 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 anger of our God for this matter is turned from us.

15Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them. 16And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers and all of them by their names, were separated and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter. 17And they made an end with all the men who had taken foreign wives by the first day of the first month. 18And among the sons of the priests there were found those who had taken foreign wives: namely, of the sons of Joshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers; Maaseiah and Eliezer and Jarib and Gedaliah. 19And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass. 20And of the sons of Immer; Hanani and Zebadiah. 21And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah and Shemaiah and Jehiel and Uzziah. 22And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad and Elasah. 23Also of the Levites; Jozabad and Shimei and Kelaiah, (the same is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah and Eliezer. 24Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum and Telem and Uri. 25Also of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah and Jeziah and Malchiah and Miamin and Eleazar and Malchijah and Benaiah. 26And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah and Jehiel and Abdi and Jeremoth and Eliah. 27And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah and Jeremoth and Zabad and Aziza. 28Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai. 29And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch and Adaiah, Jashub and Sheal and Ramoth. 30And of the sons of Pahathmoab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel and Binnui and Manasseh. 31And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah. 33Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei. 34Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram and Uel, 35Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh, 36Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 37Mattaniah, Mattenai and Jaasau, 38And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei, 39And Shelemiah and Nathan and Adaiah, 40Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 41Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah, 42Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph. 43Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau and Joel, Benaiah. 44All these had taken foreign wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

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