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Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of YEHOWAH by the mouth of Jeremiyeh, might be fulfilled, YEHOWAH stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout his kingdom; also in writing, saying,
2 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘YEHOWAH, Elohim of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has charged me to repair His house in Jerusalem, which is in Yehudah.
3 ‘Who is there among you of all His people? May your Elohim be with you; let them go up to Jerusalem, which is in Yehudah, and repair the house of YEHOWAH, the Elohim of Israel; He is the Elohim Who is in Jerusalem.
4 And whosoever remains in any place where they sojourn, let them of that place support them with silver and gold, and with goods, and with cattle, besides the freewill offering for the house of Elohim that is in Jerusalem.'”
5 Then rose up the chiefs of the fathers of Yehudah and Benyehmin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirit Elohim had stirred up to go up to repair the house of YEHOWAH, which is in Jerusalem.
6 And all that went about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver; with gold, with goods, with cattle, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of YEHOWAH, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put in the house of his elohim;
8 even those did Cyrus, king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Yehudah.
9 And this is the number of them: Thirty chargers of gold, one thousand chargers of silver, and twenty nine knives,
10 thirty basins of gold, thirty basins of silver, four hundred ten other vessels, and one thousand other articles.
11 All the vessels of gold and silver were five thousand four hundred. All did Sheshbazzar bring up with them from exile, who were brought up from captivity in Babylon unto Jerusalem.
Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon; and came again unto Jerusalem and Yehudah, each one unto their city.
2 These came with Zerubbabel, Yehoshuah, Nehemiyeh, Seraiyeh, Reelaiyeh, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel:
3 The sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred seventy two;
4 the sons of Shephatiyeh, three hundred seventy two;
5 the sons of Arah, seven hundred seventy five;
6 the sons of Pahath-moab of the sons of Yehoshuah and Yehab, two thousand eight hundred twelve;
7 the sons of Elam, twelve hundred fifty four;
8 the sons of Zattu, nine hundred forty five;
9 the sons of Zaccai, seven hundred sixty;
10 the sons of Bani, six hundred forty two;
11 the sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty three;
12 the sons of Azgad, twelve hundred twenty two;
13 the sons of Adonikam, six hundred sixty six;
14 the sons of Bigvai, two thousand fifty six;
15 the sons of Adin, four hundred fifty four;
16 the sons of Ater of Hezekiyeh, ninety eight;
17 the sons of Bezai, three hundred twenty three;
18 the sons of Jorah, one hundred twelve;
19 the sons of Hashum, two hundred twenty three;
20 the sons of Gibbar, ninety five;
21 the men of Bethlehem, one hundred twenty three;
22 the men of Netophah, fifty six;
23 the men of Anathoth, one hundred twenty eight;
24 the sons of Azmaveth, forty two;
25 the sons of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah and Beeroth, seven hundred forty three;
26 the sons of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty one;
27 the men of Michmas, one hundred twenty two;
28 the men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty three;
29 the sons of Nebo, fifty two;
30 the sons of Magbish, one hundred fifty six;
31 the sons of the other Elam, twelve hundred fifty four;
32 the sons of Harim, three hundred twenty;
33 the sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono, seven hundred twenty five;
34 the men of Jericho, three hundred forty five;
35 the sons of Senaah, three thousand six hundred thirty.
36 The priests; the sons of Jedaiyeh of the house of Yehoshuah, nine hundred seventy three;
37 the sons of Immer, one thousand fifty two;
38 the sons of Pashhur, twelve hundred forty seven;
39 the sons of Harim, one thousand seventeen.
40 The Levites: the sons of Yehoshuah and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviyah, seventy four.
41 The singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred twenty eight.
42 The sons of the porters: The sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, in all, one hundred thirty nine.
43 The temple servants: The sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,
44 the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon,
45 the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub,
46 the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shalmai, the sons of Hanan,
47 the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reayeh,
48 the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons of Gazzam,
49 the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of Besai,
50 the sons of Asnah, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim,
51 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,
52 the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,
53 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,
54 the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha.
55 The sons of Solomon’s servants: The sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda,
56 the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
57 the sons of Shephatiyeh, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Ami;
58 all the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were, three hundred ninety two.
59 And these came up from Telmelah, Telharsha, Cherub, Addan and Immer, but they could not show their father’s house, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel.
60 The sons of Delaiyeh, the sons of Tobiyeh, the sons of Nekoda, six hundred fifty two.
61 Of the sons of the priests: The sons of Habaiyeh, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and he was called by their name.
62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found. Therefore, as polluted, they were put out from the priesthood.
63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat from the most holy things, until there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.
64 The whole congregation numbered forty two thousand three hundred sixty,
65 besides their servants and their handmaids, of which there were seven thousand three hundred thirty seven; and among them two hundred singing men and women.
66 Their horses were seven hundred thirty six; their mules, two hundred forty five;
67 their camels, four hundred thirty five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred twenty.
68 And some of the chiefs of the fathers, when they came to the house of YEHOWAH, which is in Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of Elohim to repair its foundation.
69 And they gave after their ability unto the treasury for the work sixty one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pounds of silver, and one hundred priestly garments.
70 So the priests and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.
And when the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one body to Jerusalem.
2 Then Yehoshuah the son of Yehozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, rose up 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 pedestal, yet fearing the people of the lands, and they offered burnt offerings on it to YEHOWAH; burnt offerings morning and evening.
4 They kept also the Feast of Booths, as it is written, and the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of each day required;
5 and afterward the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons; and for all the set feasts of YEHOWAH that were consecrated; and from everyone who willingly offered a freewill offering unto YEHOWAH.
6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings unto YEHOWAH, but the foundation of the temple of YEHOWAH was not laid.
7 And they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and food, drink and oil unto them of Sidon and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar wood from Lebanon to the sea at Joppa, according to the grant they had from Cyrus king of Persia.
8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of Elohim at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Yehoshuah the son of Yehozadak and the remainder of their brethren, the priests and the Levites, and all that came out of captivity to Jerusalem, appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to begin and oversee the work of the house of YEHOWAH.
9 Then stood Yehoshuah with his sons and brethren, together with Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Yehudah, to set forward the workmen in the house of Elohim; with the sons of Henadad and their sons, and their brethren the Levites.
10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of YEHOWAH, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise YEHOWAH after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
11 And they sang by course in praising and giving thanks unto YEHOWAH, saying, “Because He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever upon Israel.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised YEHOWAH, because the foundation of the house of YEHOWAH was laid.
12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, ancient men that 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 joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.
Now when the adversaries of Yehudah and Benyehmin heard that the children of the captivity were repairing the temple unto YEHOWAH Elohim of Israel,
2 they came to Zerubbabel, and the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, “Let us build with you, for we seek your Elohim, as you do, and we sacrifice unto Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.”
3 But Zerubbabel and Yehoshuah 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 unto our Elohim; but we ourselves together will build unto YEHOWAH 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 Yehudah, and terrified 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 an accusation against the inhabitants of Yehudah 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 Syrian, and interpreted from the Syrian.
8 And Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes as well.
9 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the Dinaites, the Apharsathcites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites and the Elamites,
10 and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over and set in the cities of Samaria, and in the rest of this side of the river, at that time.
11 And this is the copy of the letter that they sent to him, “To: King Artaxerxes. From: Your servants, the men on this side of the river, at this time.
12 Be it known unto the king that the Yehudi that came up from you to us, have come to Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and have joined the foundations.
13 And be it known to the king, that if this city is built and the walls are set up, they will not pay toll nor tribute, and so you will damage the revenue of the kings.
14 Now because we are employed in service to the palace, and it is not proper for us to see the king’s dishonor, therefore we have sent to inform the king,
15 that a search may be made in the book of records of your fathers. And you will find in the book of the records that this city is a rebellious city and hurtful to kings and provinces, and that they make sedition within the same of olden time; for which cause this city was destroyed.
16 We certify to the king that if that city is rebuilt, and the walls of it are set up, by this means you shall have no portion on this side of the river.”
17 Then the king sent an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and in the rest beyond the River: “Peace. Thus,
18 the letter which you sent to us has been distinctly 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 been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all that is beyond the river; and toll, tribute and custom were paid unto them.
21 Give commandment now, to cause these men to cease, that this city be not rebuilt, until commandment be given from me.
22 Take heed now that you do not fail to do this, for why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?”
23 Now 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 Yehudi and made them cease by force and by power.
24 Then work on the house of Elah in Jerusalem ceased, and it was ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Then the prophets; Haggai the prophet and Zechariyeh the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Yehudi that were in Yehudah and Jerusalem in the Name of the Elah of Israel, unto them.
2Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Yehoshuah the son of Yehozadak, and began to rebuild the house of Elah, which is in Jerusalem; and with them the prophets of Elah helping them.
3 At the same time Tatnai, the governor on this side of the river, and Shethar-boznai and their companions, came to them and said unto them, “Who has commanded you to rebuild this house, and to build up this wall?”
4 Then they asked in this manner, “What are the names of the men who are rebuilding this building?”
5 But the eye of Elah was upon the elders of the Yehudi, and they could not stop them, until the matter came to Darius, and then a written reply returned concerning this matter.
6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side of the river, and Shethar-bozenai and his companions, the Apharsachites, who are on this side of the river, sent to Darius the king.
7 They sent a letter to him, in which it was written thus: “To Darius the king, all peace.
8 Be it known to the king that we went into the province of Yehudah, to the house of the great Elah, which is being built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work is going on with speed, and prospers in their hands.
9 Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, ‘Who commanded you to build this house, and to build up these walls?’
10 We asked their names also, to certify unto you, that we might write the names of the men that are chief of them.
11 And they answered us, saying, ‘We are servants of the Elah of heaven and earth, and we rebuild the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and set up.
12 But after that our fathers had provoked the Elah of heaven to wrath, and He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house and carried the people away into Babylon.
13 But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus made a decree to rebuild this house of Elah.
14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of Elah, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, these did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one named Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor.
15 And he said to him, “Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of Elah be rebuilt in its place.
16 Then came this Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of Elah in Jerusalem; and since that time, even until now, it is being rebuilt, and it is not yet completed.
17 Now therefore, if it be good to the king, let there be search made in the king’s treasure house, which is there in Babylon, whether it be that a decree was made by Cyrus the king to rebuild this house of Elah at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.”
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the books, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.
2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and thereon was a record thus written,
3 “In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king made a decree, ‘Concerning the house of Elah at Jerusalem, let the house be rebuilt; the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations of it be strongly laid, the height of it sixty cubits, and the width of it sixty cubits,
4 with three rows of great stones and one row of new timbers. And let the expenses be given out of the king’s house.
5 And also let the gold and silver vessels of the house of Elah, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple, which is at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought again unto the temple, which is at Jerusalem; and after, to deposit them in the house of Elah.’
6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-bozenai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river; be far from there.
7 Let the work of this house of Elah alone; let the governor of the Yehudi and the elders of the Yehudi rebuild this house of Elah on its site
8 Moreover, I make a decree as to what you are to do for the elders of Yehudah, for the rebuilding of this house of Elah; that of the king’s goods, of the tribute beyond the river, without delay, the expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.
9 And that whatever they have need of, both bulls, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings to the Elah of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and oil, according to the appointment of the priests, which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail,
10 that they may offer sweet savors unto the Elah of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his sons.
11 Also I have made a decree that whosoever shall alter this word, let the timber be pulled down from their house, and being set up, let them be hanged thereon; and let their house be made a dunghill for this.
12 And the Elah who has caused His Name to dwell there destroy any king or people that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of Elah, which is in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have made a decree; let it be done with speed.”
13 Then Tatnai, governor on this side of the river, Shethar-bozenai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so speedily did.
14 And the elders of the Yehudi built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariyeh the son of Iddo. And they built and finished according to the commandment of the Elah of Israel, and the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar; in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius the king.
16 And 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 Elah with joy,
17 and offered at the dedication of this house of Elah 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 Elah, 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 pure, and killed the Passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
21 And the children of Israel who had come again out of captivity, and all those who had separated themselves from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek YEHOWAH Elohim of Israel, did eat.
22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for YEHOWAH had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of Elohim; the Elohim of Israel.
Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiyeh, son of Azariyeh, son of Hilkiyeh,
2 son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub,
3 son of Amariyeh, son of Azariyeh, son of Meraioth,
4 son of Zerahiyeh, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki,
5 son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the chief priest;
6 this Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was already a scribe in the law of Moses, which YEHOWAH Elohim of Israel had given, and the king granted him all his requests, because the hand of YEHOWAH his Elohim was upon him.
7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto 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 on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon, and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of Elohim upon him.
10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of YEHOWAH, and to do it, and to teach in Israel His statutes and judgments.
11 Now this is the copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe; a scribe of the words of the commandments of YEHOWAH and of His statutes to Israel,
12 “Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the Elah of heaven, perfect peace at this time.
13 I make a decree, that all the people of Israel, and His priests and Levites in my realm, who are minded of their own freewill, to go up to Jerusalem with you.
14 Forasmuch as you are sent of the king, and of his seven counselors, to inquire concerning Yehudah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your Elah, which is in your hand,
15 and to bring the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered unto the Elah 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 freewill offering of the people, and of the priests; offering willingly for the house of their Elah, which is in Jerusalem,
17 that you may buy speedily with this money, bulls, rams, lambs, with their meatless offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your Elah, which is in Jerusalem.
18 And whatever shall seem good to you, and to your brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your Elah.
19 The vessels also, which are given to you for the service of the house of your Elah, deliver before the Elah of Jerusalem,
20 and whatsoever more shall be needed for the house of your Elah, which you may have occasion to bestow, so bestow it out of the king’s treasure house.
21 And I, even I, Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the Elah of heaven shall require of you, it be done speedily,
22 up to one hundred talents of silver, one hundred measures of wheat, one hundred baths of wine, and to one hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescription.
23 Whatever is commanded by the Elah of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the Elah of heaven. For why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?
24 Also we certify to you, that it shall be unlawful to impose toll, tribute, tax or custom upon any priest, Levite, singer, porter, Nethinim or minister of this house of Elah.
25 And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your Elah, which is in your hand, set magistrates and judges, which are to judge all the people that are beyond the river; all such as know the laws of your Elah, and teach them that know not.
26 And whosoever will not do the law of your Elah, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon them, whether unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.”
27 Blessed be YEHOWAH, the Elohim of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of YEHOWAH, which is in Jerusalem,
28 and has extended lovingkindness unto me before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of YEHOWAH my Elohim was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.
Now these are the chief men of their fathers’ households, and the genealogy of them that 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 Shecaniyeh who was of the sons of Parosh, Zechariyeh; and with him one hundred fifty males who were reckoned by genealogy;
4 of the sons of Pahath-moab, Elyehenai the son of Zerahiyeh and with him two hundred males;
5 of the sons of Shecaniyeh, the son of Jahaziel and with him three hundred males;
6 and of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Yehnathan and with him fifty males;
7 and of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiyeh the son of Athaliyeh and with him seventy males;
8 and of the sons of Shephatiyeh, Zebadiyeh the son of Michael and with him eighty males;
9 of the sons of Yehab, Obadiyeh the son of Jehiel and with him two hundred eighteen males;
10 and of the sons of Bani, Shelomith, the son of Josiphiyeh and with him one hundred sixty males;
11 and of the sons of Bebai, Zechariyeh the son of Bebai and with him twenty eight males;
12 and of the sons of Azgad, Yehanan the son of Hakkatan and with him one hundred ten males;
13 and of the sons of Adonikam, the last ones, these being their names: Eliphelet, Jeuel and Shemaiyeh, and with him sixty males;
14 and of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud, and with them seventy males.
15 And I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava, and there we dwelt in tents for three days. And as I looked upon the people and the priests, I found there were none of the sons of Levi.
16 So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiyeh, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariyeh and Meshullam, chief men, and for Yehoiarib and Elnathan, men of understanding.
17 I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief man at the place Casiphia, and I told them what to say to Iddo, and to his brethren, the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto 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; Sherebiyeh, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen men;
19 and Hashabiyeh and Jeshaiyeh of the sons of Merari, with his brethren and their sons, twenty men;
20 and two hundred twenty of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites; all of them were expressed by name.
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river at Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our Elohim, to seek from Him a righteous journey for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
22 For I was ashamed to require of the king soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on the way, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our Elohim is upon all them for good that seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all them that forsake Him.”
23 So we fasted and sought our Elohim for this, and He was entreated of us.
24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests: Sherebiyeh, Hashabiyeh, and with them ten of their brethren,
25 and I weighed out to them the silver, the gold and the vessels; the offering for the house of our Elohim, which the king and his counselors, and his princes, and all Israel present had offered.
26 I even weighed into their hands six hundred fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels one hundred talents, and one hundred talents of gold;
27 also twenty gold bowls worth one thousand drams, and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
28 And I said to them, “You are holy to YEHOWAH, and the vessels are holy also, and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto YEHOWAH Elohim of your fathers.
29 Watch and keep them until you weigh them before the chief priests and the Levites and the chiefs of the fathers of Israel at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of YEHOWAH.”
30 So the priests and the Levites took the weight of the silver, and of the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our Elohim.
31 Then we departed from the river at Ahava on the twelfth of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem. And the hand of our Elohim was over us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and as such that lay in wait by the way.
32 And we came to Jerusalem and abode there three days.
33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our Elohim by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriyeh the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas, and with them were Yehozabad the son of Yehoshuah and Noadiyeh the son of Binnui; Levites,
34 by number and by weight by each one, and all the weight was written at that time.
35 And the children of those that had been carried away, which had come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the Elohim of Israel: Twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety six rams, seventy seven lambs, twelve male goats for a sin offering; all as a burnt offering to YEHOWAH.
36 And they delivered the king’s commandments 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.
Now 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 land according to their abominations; 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 as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been chief in this transgression.”
3 And when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my coat, and plucked off hair from my head and my beard, and sat down astonished.
4 Then were gathered to me everyone who trembled at the words of the Elohim of Israel, because of the transgression of the exiles, and I sat astonished until the evening offering.
5 And at the evening offering I rose up from my heaviness, and having torn my garment and my coat, I fell upon my knees and stretched out my hands to YEHOWAH my Elohim,
6 and I said, “O my Elohim, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my Elohim, for our iniquities are increased over our heads, and our sin is grown even to the heavens.
7 Since the days of our fathers we have been in great sin, and on account of 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, and to a spoil, and to shame of face, as it is this day.
8 And now for a short time, grace has been shown from YEHOWAH our Elohim to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our Elohim may enlighten our eyes and give us a little reviving in our bondage,
9 for we are in bondage. Yet our Elohim has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving; to raise up the house of our Elohim, and to repair the desolation of it, and to give us a wall in Yehudah and 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 which you go to possess is an unclean land with the impurity of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from end to end with their filthiness.
12 Now therefore, give not your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons, nor seek their peace or wealth forever, 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 our great sins, seeing that You our Elohim have punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us deliverance such as this,
14 shall we again break Your commandments and make marriages 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 escape?
15 O YEHOWAH Elohim of Israel, You are righteous, for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day. Behold, we are before You in our sin, for we cannot stand before You because of this.”
Now as Ezra prayed, and as he made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of Elohim, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children, for the people wept much.
2 And Shecaniyeh the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have trespassed against our Elohim, and have taken strange 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 the children born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our Elohim, and let it be done according to the law.
4 Rise up, for this matter belongs to you, but we also will be with you; be of good courage and do.”
5 Then Ezra rose up and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, swear that they would do according to this word. And they swore.
6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of Elohim, and went into the chamber of Yehohanan the son of Eliashib. And when he went there, he ate no bread, nor drank water, for he mourned, because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.
7 And they made proclamation throughout Yehudah and Jerusalem, unto all the children of captivity, that they should gather themselves together in Jerusalem,
8 and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all their possessions should be forfeited and themselves separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.
9 Then all the men of Yehudah and Benyehmin gathered themselves together in Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month on the twentieth of the month, and all the people sat in the broad place before the house of Elohim, trembling because of the matter, and for the great rain.
10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the sin of Israel.
11 Now therefore, make confession to YEHOWAH Elohim of your fathers, and do His will, and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange 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 the time of much rain, and we are not able to stand outside; neither is this work of one day or two, for we are many that have transgressed in this thing.
14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them who have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our Elohim for this matter be turned from us.”
15 Only Yehnathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziyeh the son of Tikveh stood against this, with Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helping them.
16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of the fathers, and all of them by 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 that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.
18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives; of the sons of Yehoshuah the son of Yehozadak, and his brethren: Maaseiyeh, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliyeh.
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 sin.
20 And of the sons of Immer there were Hanani and Zebadiyeh.
21 And of the sons of Harim: Maaseiyeh, Eliyeh, Shemaiyeh, Jehiel and Uzziyeh.
22 And of the sons of Pashhur: Elyehenai, Maaseiyeh, Ishmael, Nethanel, Yehozabad and Elasah.
23 Of Levites were Yehozabad, Shimei, Kelah (that is, Kelita), Pethahiyeh, Yehudah and Eliezer.
24 Of the singers also; Eliashib; and of the porters: Shallum, Telem and Uri.
25 And of Israel, of the sons of Parosh there were Ramiyeh, Jeziyeh, Malchiyeh, Miamin, Eleazar, Malchiyeh and Benayeh;
26 and of the sons of Elam: Mattaniyeh, Zechariyeh, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth and Eliyeh;
27 and of the sons of Zattu: Elyehenai, Eliashib, Mattaniyeh, Jeremoth, Zabad and Aziza;
28 and of the sons of Bebai: Yehohanan, Hananiyeh, Zabbai and Athlai;
29 and of the sons of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch and Adaiyeh, Jashub, Sheal and Jeremoth;
30 and of the sons of Pahath-moab: Adna, Chelal, Benayeh, Maaseiyeh, Mattaniyeh, Bezaleel, Binnui and Manasseh;
31 and of the sons of Harim: Eliezer, Ishiyeh, Malchiyeh, Shemaiyeh, Simeon,
32 Benyehmin, Malluch and Shemariyeh;
33 of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattathayeh, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh and Shimei;
34 of the sons of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel,
35 Benayeh, Bedeiyeh, Chelluh,
36 Vaniyeh, Meremoth, Eliashib,
37 Mattaniyeh, Mattenai, Jaasau,
38 Bani, Binnui, Shimei,
39 Shelemiyeh, Nathan, Adaiyeh,
40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
41 Azarael, Shelemiyeh, Shemariyeh,
42 Shallum, Amariyeh and Yehoseph.
43 Of the sons of Nebo there were Jeiel, Mattithiyeh, Zabad, Zebina, Iddo, Yehel and Benayeh.
44 All these had taken strange wives, and some of these wives had children.
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