ND Josias held the feast of the
passover in Jerusalem unto his Lord, and offered the passover the
fourteenth day of the first month;
Having set the priests according to their daily courses, being
arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the Lord.
And he spake unto the Levites, the holy ministers of Israel, that
they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to set the holy ark of
the Lord in the house that king. Solomon the son of David had
And said, Ye shall no more bear the ark upon your shoulders: now
therefore serve the Lord your God, and minister unto his people
Israel, and prepare you after your families and kindreds,
According as David the king of Israel prescribed, and according to
the magnificence of Solomon his son: and standing in the temple
according to the several dignity of the families of you the
Levites, who minister in the presence of your brethren the children
Offer the passover in order, and make ready the sacrifices for your
brethren, and keep the passover according to the commandment of the
Lord, which was given unto Moses.
And unto the people that was found there Josias gave thirty
thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves: these things
were given of the king's allowance, according as he promised,
to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites.
And Helkias, Zacharias, and Syelus, the governors of the temple,
gave to the priests for the passover two thousand and six hundred
sheep, and three hundred calves.
And Jeconias, and Samaias, and Nathanael his brother, and Assabias,
and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over thousands, gave to the Levites
for the passover five thousand sheep, and seven hundred calves.
10 And when these things were done, the priests and Levites,
having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely order according
to the kindreds,
11 And according to the several dignities of the fathers,
before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the
book of Moses: and thus did they in the morning.
12 And they roasted the passover with fire, as appertaineth:
as for the sacrifices, they sod them in brass pots and pans with a
13 And set them before all the people: and afterward they
prepared for themselves, and for the priests their brethren, the
sons of Aaron.
14 For the priests offered the fat until night: and the
Levites prepared for themselves, and the priests their brethren,
the sons of Aaron.
15 The holy singers also, the sons of Asaph, were in their
order, according to the appointment of David, to wit, Asaph,
Zacharias, and Jeduthun, who was of the king's retinue.
16 Moreover the porters were at every gate; it was not
lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: for their brethren
the Levites prepared for them.
17 Thus were the things that belonged to the sacrifices of
the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might hold the
18 And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord,
according to the commandment of king Josias.
19 So the children of Israel which were present held the
passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread seven days.
20 And such a passover was not kept in Israel since the time
of the prophet Samuel.
21 Yea, all the kings of Israel held not such a passover as
Josias, and the priests, and the Levites, and the Jews, held with
all Israel that were found dwelling at Jerusalem.
22 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias was this
23 And the works of Josias were upright before his Lord with
an heart full of godliness,
24 As for the things that came to pass in his time, they
were written in former times, concerning those that sinned, and did
wickedly against the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how
they grieved him exceedingly, so that the words of the Lord rose up
25 Now after all these acts of Josias it came to pass, that
Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at Carchamis upon
Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.
26 But the king of Egypt sent to him, saying, What have I to
do with thee, O king of Judea?
27 I am not sent out from the Lord God against thee; for my
war is upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is with me, yea, the Lord
is with me hasting me forward: depart from me, and be not against
28 Howbeit Josias did not turn back his chariot from him,
but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the words of the
prophet Jeremy spoken by the mouth of the Lord:
29 But joined battle with him in the plain of Magiddo, and
the princes came against king Josias.
30 Then said the king unto his servants, Carry me away out
of the battle; for I am very weak. And immediately his servants
took him away out of the battle.
31 Then gat he up upon his second chariot; and being brought
back to Jerusalem died, and was buried in his father's
32 And in all Jewry they mourned for Josias, yea, Jeremy the
prophet lamented for Josias, and the chief men with the women made
lamentation for him unto this day: and this was given out for an
ordinance to be done continually in all the nation of Israel.
33 These things are written in the book of the stories of
the kings of Judah, and every one of the acts that Josias did, and
his glory, and his understanding in the law of the Lord, and the
things that he had done before, and the things now recited, are
reported in the book of the kings of Israel and Judea.
34 And the people took Joachaz the son of Josias, and made
him king instead of Josias his father, when he was twenty and three
35 And he reigned in Judea and in Jerusalem three months:
and then the king of Egypt deposed him from reigning in
36 And he set a tax upon the land of an hundred talents of
silver and one talent of gold.
37 The king of Egypt also made king Joacim his brother king
of Judea and Jerusalem.
38 And he bound Joacim and the nobles: but Zaraces his
brother he apprehended, and brought him out of Egypt.
39 Five and twenty years old was Joacim when he was made
king in the land of Judea and Jerusalem; and he did evil before the
40 Wherefore against him Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon
came up, and bound him with a chain of brass, and carried him unto
41 Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of the Lord,
and carried them away, and set them in his own temple at
42 But those things that are recorded of him, and of his
uncleanness and impiety, are written in the chronicles of the
43 And Joacim his son reigned in his stead: he was made king
being eighteen years old;
44 And reigned but three months and ten days in Jerusalem;
and did evil before the Lord.
45 So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be
brought into Babylon with the holy vessels of the Lord;
46 And made Zedechias king of Judea and Jerusalem, when he
was one and twenty years old; and he reigned eleven years:
47 And he did evil also in the sight of the Lord, and cared
not for the words that were spoken unto him by the prophet Jeremy
from the mouth of the Lord.
48 And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear
by the name of the Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled; and
hardening his neck, and his heart, he transgressed the laws of the
Lord God of Israel.
49 The governors also of the people and of the priests did
many things against the laws, and passed all the pollutions of all
nations, and defiled the temple of the Lord, which was sanctified
50 Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his
messenger to call them back, because he spared them and his
51 But they had his messengers in derision; and, look, when
the Lord spake unto them, they made a sport of his prophets:
52 So far forth, that he, being wroth with his people for
their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the Chaldees to
come up against them;
53 Who slew their young men with the sword, yea, even within
the compass of their holy temple, and spared neither young man nor
maid, old man nor child, among them; for he delivered all into
54 And they took all the holy vessels of the Lord, both
great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God, and the
king's treasures, and carried them away into Babylon.
55 As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it, and brake
down the walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon her towers:
56 And as for her glorious things, they never ceased till
they had consumed and brought them all to nought: and the people
that were not slain with the sword he carried unto Babylon:
57 Who became servants to him and his children, till the
Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken by the
mouth of Jeremy:
58 Until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole time
of her desolation shall she rest, until the full term of seventy
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N the first year of Cyrus king of the
Persians, that the word of the Lord might be accomplished, that he
had promised by the mouth of Jeremy;
The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the Persians,
and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and also by
Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians; The Lord of Israel,
the most high Lord, hath made me king of the whole world,
And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
If therefore there be any of you that are of his people, let the
Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem
that is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord of Israel: for he
is the Lord that dwelleth in Jerusalem.
Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them help him,
(those, I say, that are his neighbours,) with gold, and with
With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things, which
have been set forth by vow, for the temple of the Lord at
Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the tribe of
Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all they
whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and to build an house for
the Lord at Jerusalem,
And they that dwelt round about them, and helped them in all things
with silver and gold, with horses and cattle, and with very many
free gifts of a great number whose minds were stirred up
10 King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels, which
Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem, and had set up in
his temple of idols.
11 Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought them
forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:
12 And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the governor
13 And this was the number of them; A thousand golden cups,
and a thousand of silver, censers of silver twenty nine, vials of
gold thirty, and of silver two thousand four hundred and ten, and a
thousand other vessels.
14 So all the vessels of gold and of silver, which were
carried away, were five thousand four hundred threescore and
15 These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them
of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.
16 But in the time of Artaxerxes king of the Persians,
Belemus, and Mithridates, and Tabellius, and Rathumus, and
Beeltethmus, and Semellius the secretary, with others that were in
commission with them, dwelling in Samaria and other places, wrote
unto him against them that dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem these
17 To king Artaxerxes our lord, Thy servants, Rathumus the
storywriter, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest of their
council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and Phenice.
18 Be it now known to the lord the king, that the Jews that
are come up from you to us, being come into Jerusalem (that
rebellious and wicked city,) do build the marketplaces, and repair
the walls of it, and do lay the foundation of the temple.
19 Now if this city and the walls thereof be made up again,
they will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebel against
20 And forasmuch as the things pertaining to the temple are
now in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such a matter,
21 But to speak unto our lord the king, to the intent that,
if it be thy pleasure, it may be sought out in the books of thy
22 And thou shalt find in the chronicles what is written
concerning these things, and shalt understand that that city was
rebellious, troubling both kings and cities:
23 And that the Jews were rebellious, and raised always wars
therein; for the which cause even this city was made desolate.
24 Wherefore now we do declare unto thee, O lord the king,
that if this city be, built again, and the walls thereof set up
anew, thou shalt from henceforth have no passage into Celosyria and
25 Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the
storywriter, to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and to the
rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria and Syria and
Phenice, after this manner;
26 I have read the epistle which ye have sent into me:
therefore I commanded to make diligent search, and it hath been
found that that city was from the beginning practising against
27 And the men therein were given to rebellion and war: and
that mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and
exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice.
28 Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those men from
building the city, and heed to be taken that there be no more done
29 And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the
annoyance of kings.
30 Then king Artaxerxes his letters being read, Rathumus,
and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were in commission with
them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop of horsemen
and a multitude of people in battle array, began to hinder the
builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until
the second year of the reign of Darius king of the Persians.
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OW when Darius reigned, he made a
great feast unto all his subjects and unto all his household, and
unto all the princes of Media and Persia,
And to all the governors and captains and lieutenants that were
under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty and seven
And when they had eaten and drunken, and being satisfied were gone
home, then Darius the king went into his bedchamber, and slept, and
soon after awaked.
Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the
king's body, spake one to another;
Let every one of us speak a sentence: he that shall overcome, and
whose sentence shall seem wiser than the others, unto him shall the
king Darius give great gifts, and great things in token of
As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to sleep upon
gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and an headtire of fine
linen, and a chain about his neck:
And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and shall be
called Darius his cousin.
And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it under
king Darius his pillow;
And said that, when the king is risen, some will give him the
writings; and of whose side the king and the three princes of
Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him shall
the victory be given, as was appointed.
10 The first wrote, Wine is the strongest.
11 The second wrote, The king is strongest.
12 The third wrote, Women are strongest: but above all
things Truth beareth away the Victory.
13 Now when the king was risen up, they took their writings,
and delivered them unto him, and so he read them:
14 And sending forth he called all the princes of Persia and
Media, and the governors, and the captains, and the lieutenants,
and the chief officers;
15 And sat him down in the royal seat of judgment; an the
writings were read before them.
16 And he said, Call the young men, and they shall declare
their own sentences. So they were called, and came in.
17 And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind
concerning the writings. Then began the first, who had spoken of
the strength of wine;
18 And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong is wine!
it causeth all men to err that drink it:
19 It maketh the mind of the king and of the fatherless
child to be all one; of the bondman and of the freeman, of the poor
man and of the rich:
20 It turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so
that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt:
21 And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man remembereth
neither king nor governor; and it maketh to speak all things by
22 And when they are in their cups, they forget their love
both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out
23 But when they are from the wine, they remember not what
they have done.
24 O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth to do
thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace.
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HEN the second, that had spoken of
the strength of the king, began to say,
O Ye men, do not men excel in strength, that bear rule over sea and
land, and all things in them?
But yet the king is more mighty: for he is lord of all these
things, and hath dominion over them; and whatsoever he commandeth
them they do.
If he bid them make war the one against the other, they do it: if
he send them out against the enemies, they go, and break down
mountains, walls, and towers.
They slay and are slain, and transgress not the king's
commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all to the king,
as well the spoil, as all things else.
Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do with
wars, but use husbandry, when they have reaped again that which
they had sown, they bring it to the king, and compel one another to
pay tribute unto the king.
And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill, they kill; if he
command to spare, they spare;
If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make desolate,
they make desolate; if he command to build, they build;
If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to plant,
10 So all his people and his armies obey him: furthermore he
lieth down, he eateth and drinketh, and taketh his rest:
11 And these keep [watch] round about him, neither may any
one depart, and do his own business, neither disobey they him in
12 O ye men, how should not the king be mightiest, when in
such sort he is obeyed? And he held his tongue.
13 Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of the
truth, (this was Zorobabel) began to speak.
14 O ye men, it is not the great king, nor the multitude of
men, neither is it wine, that excelleth; who is it then that ruleth
them, or hath the lordship over them: are they not women:
15 Women have borne the king and all the people that bear
rule by sea and land.
16 Even of them came they: and they nourished them up that
planted the vineyards, from whence the wine cometh.
17 These also make garments for men; these bring glory unto
men; and without women cannot men be.
18 Yea, and if men have gathered together gold and silver,
or any other goodly thing, do they not love a woman which is comely
in favour and beauty:
19 And letting all those things go, do they not gape, and
even with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and have not all
men more desire unto her than unto silver or gold, or any goodly
20 A man leaveth his own father that brought him up, and his
own country, and cleaveth unto his wife.
21 He sticketh not to spend his life with his wife, and
remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country.
22 By this also ye must know that women have dominion over
you: do ye not labour and toil, and give and bring all to the
23 Yea, a man taketh his sword, and goeth his way to rob and
to steal, to sail upon the sea and upon rivers;
24 And looketh upon a lion, and goeth in the darkness; and
when he hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he bringeth it to his
25 Wherefore a man loveth his wife better than father or
26 Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits for
women, and become servants for their sakes.
27 Many also have perished, have erred, and sinned, for
28 And now do ye not believe me? is not the king great in
his power: do not all regions fear to touch him?
29 Yet did I see him and Apame the king's concubine, the
daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at the right hand of
30 And taking the crown from the king's head, and
setting it upon her own head; she also struck the king with her
31 And yet for all this the king gaped and gazed upon her
with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed also: but if
she took any displeasure at him, the king was fain to flatter, that
she might be reconciled to him again.
32 O ye men, how can it be but women should be strong,
seeing they do thus?
33 Then the king and the princes looked one upon another: so
he began to speak of the truth.
34 O ye men, are not women strong? great is the earth, high
is the heaven, swift is the sun in his course, for he compasseth
the heavens round about, and fetcheth his course again to his own
place in one day.
35 Is he not great that maketh these things? therefore great
is the truth, and stronger than all things.
36 All the earth calleth upon the truth, and the heaven
blesseth it: all works shake and tremble at it, and with it is no
37 Wine is wicked, the king is wicked, women are wicked, all
the children of men are wicked, and such are all their wicked
works; and there is no truth in them; in their unrighteousness also
they shall perish.
38 As for the truth, it endureth, and is always strong; it
liveth and conquereth for evermore.
39 With her there is no accepting of persons or rewards; but
she doeth the things that are just, and refraineth from all unjust
and wicked things; and all men do well like of her works.
40 Neither in her judgment is any unrighteousness; and she
is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of all ages. Blessed
be the God of truth.
41 And with that he held his peace. And all the people then
shouted, and said, Great is Truth, and mighty above all things.
42 Then said the king unto him, Ask what thou wilt more than
is appointed in the writing, and we will give it thee, because thou
art found wisest; and thou shalt sit next me, and shalt be called
43 Then said he unto the king, Remember thy vow, which thou
hast vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when thou camest to thy
44 And to send away all the vessels that were taken away out
of Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he vowed to destroy
Babylon, and to send them again thither.
45 Thou also hast vowed to build up the temple, which the
Edomites burned when Judea was made desolate by the Chaldees.
46 And now, O lord the king, this is that which I require,
and which I desire of thee, and this is the princely liberality
proceeding from thyself: I desire therefore that thou make good the
vow, the performance whereof with thine own mouth thou hast vowed
to the King of heaven.
47 Then Darius the king stood up, and kissed him, and wrote
letters for him unto all the treasurers and lieutenants and
captains and governors, that they should safely convey on their way
both him, and all those that go up with him to build Jerusalem.
48 He wrote letters also unto the lieutenants that were in
Celosyria and Phenice, and unto them in Libanus, that they should
bring cedar wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem, and that they should
build the city with him.
49 Moreover he wrote for all the Jews that went out of his
realm up into Jewry, concerning their freedom, that no officer, no
ruler, no lieutenant, nor treasurer, should forcibly enter into
50 And that all the country which they hold should be free
without tribute; and that the Edomites should give over the
villages of the Jews which then they held:
51 Yea, that there should be yearly given twenty talents to
the building of the temple, until the time that it were built;
52 And other ten talents yearly, to maintain the burnt
offerings upon the altar every day, (as they had a commandment to
53 And that all they that went from Babylon to build the
city should have free liberty, as well they as their posterity, and
all the priests that went away.
54 He wrote also concerning the charges, and the
priests' vestments wherein they minister;
55 And likewise for the charges of the Levites, to be given
them until the day that the house were finished, and Jerusalem
56 And he commanded to give to all that kept the city
pensions and wages.
57 He sent away also all the vessels from Babylon, that
Cyrus had set apart; and all that Cyrus had given in commandment,
the same charged he also to be done, and sent unto Jerusalem.
58 Now when this young man was gone forth, he lifted up his
face to heaven toward Jerusalem, and praised the King of
59 And said, From thee cometh victory, from thee cometh
wisdom, and thine is the glory, and I am thy servant.
60 Blessed art thou, who hast given me wisdom: for to thee I
give thanks, O Lord of our fathers.
61 And so he took the letters, and went out, and came unto
Babylon, and told it all his brethren.
62 And they praised the God of their fathers, because he had
given them freedom and liberty.
63 To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the temple which is
called by his name: and they feasted with instruments of musick and
gladness seven days.
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FTER this were the principal men of
the families chosen according to their tribes, to go up with their
wives and sons and daughters, with their menservants and
maidservants, and their cattle.
And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen, till they had
brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and with musical
[instruments], tabrets and flutes.
And all their brethren played, and he made them go up together with
And these are the names of the men which went up, according to
their families among their tribes, after their several heads.
The priests, the sons of Phinees the son of Aaron: Jesus the son of
Josedec, the son of Saraias, and Joacim the son of Zorobabel, the
son of Salathiel of the house of David, out of the kindred of
Phares of the tribe of Judah;
Who spake wise sentences before Darius the king of Persia in the
second year of his reign, in the month Nisan, which is the first
And these are they of Jewry that came up from the captivity, where
they dwelt as strangers, whom Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon
had carried away unto Babylon.
And they returned unto Jerusalem, and to the other parts of Jewry,
every man to his own city, who came with Zorobabel, with Jesus,
Nehemias, and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Enenius, Mardocheus,
Beelsarus, Aspharasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana, their
The number of them of the nation, and their governors, sons of
Phoros, two thousand an hundred seventy and two; the sons of
Saphat, four hundred seventy and two:
10 The sons of Ares, seven hundred fifty and six:
11 The sons of Phaath Moab, two thousand eight hundred and
12 The sons of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four:
the sons of Zathui, nine hundred forty and five: the sons of Corbe,
seven hundred and five: the sons of Bani, six hundred forty and
13 The sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three: the sons
of Sadas, three thousand two hundred twenty and two:
14 The sons of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and seven: the
sons of Bagoi, two thousand sixty and six: the sons of Adin, four
hundred fifty and four:
15 The sons of Aterezias, ninety and two: the sons of Ceilan
and Azetas, threescore and seven: the sons of Azuran, four hundred
thirty and two:
16 The sons of Ananias, an hundred and one: the sons of
Arom, thirty two: and the sons of Bassa, three hundred twenty and
three: the sons of Azephurith, an hundred and two:
17 The sons of Meterus, three thousand and five: the sons of
Bethlomon, an hundred twenty and three:
18 They of Netophah, fifty and five: they of Anathoth, an
hundred fifty and eight: they of Bethsamos, forty and two:
19 They of Kiriathiarius, twenty and five: they of Caphira
and Beroth, seven hundred forty and three: they of Pira, seven
20 They of Chadias and Ammidioi, four hundred twenty and
two: they of Cirama and Gabdes, six hundred twenty and one:
21 They of Macalon, an hundred twenty and two: they of
Betolius, fifty and two: the sons of Nephis, an hundred fifty and
22 The sons of Calamolalus and Onus, seven hundred twenty
and five: the sons of Jerechus, two hundred forty and five:
23 The sons of Annaas, three thousand three hundred and
24 The priests: the sons of Jeddu, the son of Jesus, among
the sons of Sanasib, nine hundred seventy and two: the sons of
Meruth, a thousand fifty and two:
25 The sons of Phassaron, a thousand forty and seven: the
sons of Carme, a thousand and seventeen.
26 The Levites: the sons of Jessue, and Cadmiel, and Banuas,
and Sudias, seventy and four.
27 The holy singers: the sons of Asaph, an hundred twenty
28 The porters: the sons of Salum, the sons of Jatal, the
sons of Talmon, the sons of Dacobi, the sons of Teta, the sons of
Sami, in all an hundred thirty and nine.
29 The servants of the temple: the sons of Esau, the sons of
Asipha, the sons of Tabaoth, the sons of Ceras, the sons of Sud,
the sons of Phaleas, the sons of Labana, the sons of Graba,
30 The sons of Acua, the sons of Uta, the sons of Cetab, the
sons of Agaba, the sons of Subai, the sons of Anan, the sons of
Cathua, the sons of Geddur,
31 The sons of Airus, the sons of Daisan, the sons of Noeba,
the sons of Chaseba, the sons of Gazera the sons of Azia, the sons
of Phinees, the sons of Azara, the sons of Bastai, the sons of
Asana, the sons of Meani, the sons of Naphisi, the sons of Acub,
the sons of Acipha, the sons of Assur, the sons of Pharacim, the
sons of Basaloth,
32 The sons of Meeda, the sons of Coutha, the sons of
Charea, the sons of Charcus, the sons of Aserer, the sons of
Thomoi, the sons of Nasith, the sons of Atipha.
33 The sons of the servants of Solomon: the sons of
Azaphion, the sons of Pharira, the sons of Jeeli, the sons of
Lozon, the sons of Isdael, the sons of Sapheth,
34 The sons of Hagia, the sons of Phacareth, the sons of
Sabi the sons of Sarothie, the sons of Masias, the sons of Gar, the
sons of Addus, the sons of Suba, the sons of Apherra, the sons of
Barodis, the sons of Sabat, the sons of Allom.
35 All the ministers of the temple, and the sons of the
servants of Solomon, were three hundred seventy and two.
36 These came up from Thermeleth and Thelersas, Charaathalar
leading them, and Aalar;
37 Neither could they shew their families, nor their stock,
how they were of Israel: the sons of Ladan, the son of Ban, the
sons of Necodan, six hundred fifty and two.
38 And of the priests that usurped the office of the
priesthood, and were not found: the sons of Obdia, the sons of
Accoz, the sons of Addus, who married Augia one of the daughters of
Berzelus, and was named after his name.
39 And when the description of the kindred of these men was
sought in the register, and was not found, they were removed from
executing the office of the priesthood:
40 For unto them said Nehemias and Atharias, that they
should not be partakers of the holy things, till there arose up an
high priest clothed with doctrine and truth.
41 So of Israel, from them of twelve years old and upward,
they were all in number forty thousand, beside menservants and
womenservants two thousand three hundred and sixty.
42 Their menservants and handmaids were seven thousand three
hundred forty and seven: the singing men and singing women, two
hundred forty and five:
43 Four hundred thirty and five camels, seven thousand
thirty and six horses, two hundred forty and five mules, five
thousand five hundred twenty and five beasts used to the yoke.
44 And certain of the chief of their families, when they
came to the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed to set up the
house again in his own place according to their ability,
45 And to give into the holy treasury of the works a
thousand pounds of gold, five thousand of silver, and an hundred
46 And so dwelt the priests and the Levites and the people
in Jerusalem, and in the country, the singers also and the porters;
and all Israel in their villages.
47 But when the seventh month was at hand, and when the
children of Israel were every man in his own place, they came all
together with one consent into the open place of the first gate
which is toward the east.
48 Then stood up Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren
the priests, and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and his brethren,
and made ready the altar of the God of Israel,
49 To offer burnt sacrifices upon it, according as it is
expressly commanded in the book of Moses the man of God.
50 And there were gathered unto them out of the other
nations of the land, and they erected the altar upon his own place,
because all the nations of the land were at enmity with them, and
oppressed them; and they offered sacrifices according to the time,
and burnt offerings to the Lord both morning and evening,
51 Also they held the feast of tabernacles, as it is
commanded in the law, and offered sacrifices daily, as was
52 And after that, the continual oblations, and the
sacrifice of the sabbaths, and of the new moons, and of all holy
53 And all they that had made any vow to God began to offer
sacrifices to God from the first day of the seventh month, although
the temple of the Lord was not yet built.
54 And they gave unto the masons and carpenters money, meat,
and drink, with cheerfulness.
55 Unto them of Sidon also and Tyre they gave carrs, that
they should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which should be brought
by floats to the haven of Joppe, according as it was commanded them
by Cyrus king of the Persians.
56 And in the second year and second month after his coming
to the temple of God at Jerusalem began Zorobabel the son of
Salathiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their brethren, and
the priests, and the Levites, and all they that were come unto
Jerusalem out of the captivity:
57 And they laid the foundation of the house of God in the
first day of the second month, in the second year after they were
come to Jewry and Jerusalem.
58 And they appointed the Levites from twenty years old over
the works of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus, and his sons and
brethren, and Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of Madiabun, with
the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with their sons and brethren,
all Levites, with one accord setters forward of the business,
labouring to advance the works in the house of God. So the workmen
built the temple of the Lord.
59 And the priests stood arrayed in their vestments with
musical instruments and trumpets; and the Levites the sons of Asaph
60 Singing songs of thanksgiving, and praising the Lord,
according as David the king of Israel had ordained.
61 And they sung with loud voices songs to the praise of the
Lord, because his mercy and glory is for ever in all Israel.
62 And all the people sounded trumpets, and shouted with a
loud voice, singing songs of thanksgiving unto the Lord for the
rearing up of the house of the Lord.
63 Also of the priests and Levites, and of the chief of
their families, the ancients who had seen the former house came to
the building of this with weeping and great crying.
64 But many with trumpets and joy shouted with loud
65 Insomuch that the trumpets might not be heard for the
weeping of the people: yet the multitude sounded marvellously, so
that it was heard afar off.
66 Wherefore when the enemies of the tribe of Judah and
Benjamin heard it, they came to know what that noise of trumpets
67 And they perceived that they that were of the captivity
did build the temple unto the Lord God of Israel.
68 So they went to Zorobabel and Jesus, and to the chief of
the families, and said unto them, We will build together with
69 For we likewise, as ye, do obey your Lord, and do
sacrifice unto him from the days of Azbazareth the king of the
Assyrians, who brought us hither.
70 Then Zorobabel and Jesus and the chief of the families of
Israel said unto them, It is not for us and you to build together
an house unto the Lord our God.
71 We ourselves alone will build unto the Lord of Israel,
according as Cyrus the king of the Persians hath commanded us.
72 But the heathen of the land lying heavy upon the
inhabitants of Judea, and holding them strait, hindered their
73 And by their secret plots, and popular persuasions and
commotions, they hindered the finishing of the building all the
time that king Cyrus lived: so they were hindered from building for
the space of two years, until the reign of Darius.
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OW in the second year of the reign of
Darius, Aggeus and Zacharias the son of Addo, the prophets,
prophesied unto the Jews in Jewry and Jerusalem in the name of the
Lord God of Israel, which was upon them.
Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Jesus the son of
Josedec, and began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the
prophets of the Lord being with them, and helping them.
At the same time came unto them Sisinnes the governor of Syria and
Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his companions, and said unto
By whose appointment do ye build this house and this roof, and
perform all the other things? and who are the workmen that perform
Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour, because the
Lord had visited the captivity;
And they were not hindered from building, until such time as
signification was given unto Darius concerning them, and an answer
The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, governor of Syria and
Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions, rulers in Syria
and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To king Darius,
Let all things be known unto our lord the king, that being come
into the country of Judea, and entered into the city of Jerusalem,
we found in the city of Jerusalem the ancients of the Jews that
were of the captivity,
Building an house unto the Lord, great and new, of hewn and costly
stones, and the timber already laid upon the walls.
10 And those works are done with great speed, and the work
goeth on prosperously in their hands, and with all glory and
diligence is it made.
11 Then asked we these elders, saying, By whose commandment
build ye this house, and lay the foundations of these works?
12 Therefore to the intent that we might give knowledge unto
thee by writing, we demanded of them who were the chief doers, and
we required of them the names in writing of their principal
13 So they gave us this answer, We are the servants of the
Lord which made heaven and earth.
14 And as for this house, it was builded many years ago by a
king of Israel great and strong, and was finished.
15 But when our fathers provoked God unto wrath, and sinned
against the Lord of Israel which is in heaven, he gave them over
into the power of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, of the
16 Who pulled down the house, and burned it, and carried
away the people captives unto Babylon.
17 But in the first year that king Cyrus reigned over the
country of Babylon, Cyrus the king wrote to build up this
18 And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, that
Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at Jerusalem, and
had set them in his own temple, those Cyrus the king brought forth
again out of the temple at Babylon, and they were delivered to
Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus the ruler,
19 With commandment that he should carry away the same
vessels, and put them in the temple at Jerusalem; and that the
temple of the Lord should be built in his place.
20 Then the same Sanabassarus, being come hither, laid the
foundations of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem; and from that
time to this being still a building, it is not yet fully ended.
21 Now therefore, if it seem good unto the king, let search
be made among the records of king Cyrus:
22 And if it be found that the building of the house of the
Lord at Jerusalem hath been done with the consent of king Cyrus,
and if our lord the king be so minded, let him signify unto us
23 Then commanded king Darius to seek among the records at
Babylon: and so at Ecbatana the palace, which is in the country of
Media, were was found a roll wherein these things were
24 In the first year of the reign of Cyrus, king Cyrus
commanded that the house of the Lord at Jerusalem should be built
again, where they do sacrifice with continual fire:
25 Whose height shall be sixty cubits, and the breadth sixty
cubits, with three rows of hewn stones, and one row of new wood of
that country; and the expenses thereof to be given out of the house
of king Cyrus:
26 And that the holy vessels of the house of the Lord, both
of gold and silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out of the house at
Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, should be restored to the house
at Jerusalem, and be set in the place where they were before.
27 And also he commanded that Sisinnes the governor of Syria
and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and their companions, and those
which were appointed rulers in Syria and Phenice, should be careful
not to meddle with the place, but suffer Zorobabel, the servant of
the Lord, and governor of Judea, and the elders of the Jews, to
build the house of the Lord in that place.
28 I have commanded also to have it built up whole again;
and that they look diligently to help those that be of the
captivity of the Jews, till the house of the Lord be finished:
29 And out of the tribute of Celosyria and Phenice a portion
carefully to be given these men for the sacrifices of the Lord,
that is, to Zorobabel the governor, for bullocks, and rams, and
30 And also corn, salt, wine, and oil, and that continually
every year without further question, according as the priests that
be in Jerusalem shall signify to be daily spent:
31 That offerings may be made to the most high God for the
king and for his children, and that they may pray for their
32 And he commanded that whosoever should transgress, yea,
or make light of any thing afore spoken or written, out of his own
house should a tree be taken, and he thereon be hanged, and all his
goods seized for the king.
33 The Lord therefore, whose name is there called upon,
utterly destroy every king and nation, that stretcheth out his hand
to hinder or endamage that house of the Lord in Jerusalem.
34 I Darius the king have ordained that according unto these
things it be done with diligence.
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HEN Sisinnes the governor of
Celosyria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions,
following the commandments of king Darius,
Did very carefully oversee the holy works, assisting the ancients
of the Jews and governors of the temple.
And so the holy works prospered, when Aggeus and Zacharias the
And they finished these things by the commandment of the Lord God
of Israel, and with the consent of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes,
kings of Persia.
And thus was the holy house finished in the three and twentieth day
of the month Adar, in the sixth year of Darius king of the
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and
others that were of the captivity, that were added unto them, did
according to the things written in the book of Moses.
And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they offered an
hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs;
And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the number
of the chief of the tribes of Israel.
The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in their vestments,
according to their kindreds, in the services of the Lord God of
Israel, according to the book of Moses: and the porters at every
10 And the children of Israel that were of the captivity
held the passover the fourteenth day of the first month, after that
the priests and the Levites were sanctified.
11 They that were of the captivity were not all sanctified
together: but the Levites were all sanctified together.
12 And so they offered the passover for all them of the
captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for
13 And the children of Israel that came out of the captivity
did eat, even all they that had separated themselves from the
abominations of the people of the land, and sought the Lord.
14 And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days,
making merry before the Lord,
15 For that he had turned the counsel of the king of Assyria
toward them, to strengthen their hands in the works of the Lord God
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ND after these things, when
Artaxerxes the king of the Persians reigned, came Esdras the son of
Saraias, the son of Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of
The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the son of Amarias, the son
of Ezias, the son of Memeroth, the son of Zaraias, the son of
Savias, the son of Boccas, the son of Abisum, the son of Phinees,
the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest.
This Esdras went up from Babylon, as a scribe, being very ready in
the law of Moses, that was given by the God of Israel.
And the king did him honour: for he found grace in his sight in all
There went up with him also certain of the children of Israel, of
the priests, of the Levites, of the holy singers, porters, and
ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem,
In the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes, in the fifth month,
this was the king's seventh year; for they went from Babylon in
the first day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem, according
to the prosperous journey which the Lord gave them.
For Esdras had very great skill, so that he omitted nothing of the
law and commandments of the Lord, but taught all Israel the
ordinances and judgments.
Now the copy of the commission, which was written from Artaxerxes
the king, and came to Esdras the priest and reader of the law of
the Lord, is this that followeth;
King Artaxerxes unto Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the
Lord sendeth greeting:
10 Having determined to deal graciously, I have given order,
that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the priests and
Levites, being within our realm, as are willing and desirous,
should go with thee unto Jerusalem.
11 As many therefore as have a mind thereunto, let them
depart with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me and my seven
friends the counsellers;
12 That they may look unto the affairs of Judea and
Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is in the law of the Lord;
13 And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Israel to Jerusalem,
which I and my friends have vowed, and all the gold and silver that
in the country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in
14 With that also which is given of the people for the
temple of the Lord their God at Jerusalem: and that silver and gold
may be collected for bullocks, rams, and lambs, and things
15 To the end that they may offer sacrifices unto the Lord
upon the altar of the Lord their God, which is in Jerusalem.
16 And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will do with the
silver and gold, that do, according to the will of thy God.
17 And the holy vessels of the Lord, which are given thee
for the use of the temple of thy God, which is in Jerusalem, thou
shalt set before thy God in Jerusalem.
18 And whatsoever thing else thou shalt remember for the use
of the temple of thy God, thou shalt give it out of the king's
19 And I king Artaxerxes have also commanded the keepers of
the treasures in Syria and Phenice, that whatsoever Esdras the
priest and the reader of the law of the most high God shall send
for, they should give it him with speed,
20 To the sum of an hundred talents of silver, likewise also
of wheat even to an hundred cors, and an hundred pieces of wine,
and other things in abundance.
21 Let all things be performed after the law of God
diligently unto the most high God, that wrath come not upon the
kingdom of the king and his sons.
22 I command you also, that ye require no tax, nor any other
imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or holy singers, or
porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any that have doings in
this temple, and that no man have authority to impose any thing
23 And thou, Esdras, according to the wisdom of God ordain
judges and justices, that they may judge in all Syria and Phenice
all those that know the law of thy God; and those that know it not
thou shalt teach.
24 And whosoever stall transgress the law of thy God, and of
the king, shall be punished diligently, whether it be by death, or
other punishment, by penalty of money, or by imprisonment.
25 Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be the only Lord God
of my fathers, who hath put these things into the heart of the
king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem:
26 And hath honoured me in the sight of the king, and his
counsellers, and all his friends and nobles.
27 Therefore was I encouraged by the help of the Lord my
God, and gathered together men of Israel to go up with me.
28 And these are the chief according to their families and
several dignities, that went up with me from Babylon in the reign
of king Artaxerxes:
29 Of the sons of Phinees, Gerson: of the sons of Ithamar,
Gamael: of the sons of David, Lettus the son of Sechenias:
30 Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias; and with him were
counted an hundred and fifty men:
31 Of the sons of Phaath Moab, Eliaonias, the son of
Zaraias, and with him two hundred men:
32 Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias the son of Jezelus, and
with him three hundred men: of the sons of Adin, Obeth the son of
Jonathan, and with him two hundred and fifty men:
33 Of the sons of Elam, Josias son of Gotholias, and with
him seventy men:
34 Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias son of Michael, and
with him threescore and ten men:
35 Of the sons of Joab, Abadias son of Jezelus, and with him
two hundred and twelve men:
36 Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth son of Josaphias, and
with him an hundred and threescore men:
37 Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias son of Bebai, and with him
twenty and eight men:
38 Of the sons of Astath, Johannes son of Acatan, and with
him an hundred and ten men:
39 Of the sons of Adonikam, the last, and these are the
names of them, Eliphalet, Jeuel, and Samaias, and with them seventy
40 Of the sons of Bagoi, Uthi the son of Istalcurus, and
with him seventy men.
41 And these I gathered together to the river called Theras,
where we pitched our tents three days: and then I surveyed
42 But when I had found there none of the priests and
43 Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman,
44 And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribus, and Nathan,
Eunatan, Zacharias, and Mosollamon, principal men and learned.
45 And I bade them that they should go unto Saddeus the
captain, who was in the place of the treasury:
46 And commanded them that they should speak unto Saddeus,
and to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that place, to send
us such men as might execute the priests' office in the house
of the Lord.
47 And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought unto us
skillful men of the sons of Moli, the son of Levi, the son of
Israel, Asebebia, and his sons, and his brethren, who were
48 And Asebia, and Annuus, and Osaias his brother, of the
sons of Channuneus, and their sons, were twenty men.
49 And of the servants of the temple whom David had ordained
and the principal men for the service of the Levites, to wit, the
servants of the temple, two hundred and twenty, the catalogue of
whose names were shewed.
50 And there I vowed a fast unto the young men before our
Lord, to desire of him a prosperous journey both for us and them
that were with us, for our children, and for the cattle:
51 For I was ashamed to ask the king footmen, and horsemen,
and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries.
52 For we had said unto the king, that the power of the Lord
our God should be with them that seek him, to support them in all
53 And again we besought our Lord as touching these things,
and found him favourable unto us.
54 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,
Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren with
55 And I weighed them the gold, and the silver, and the holy
vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king, and his council,
and the princes, and all Israel, had given.
56 And when I had weighed it, I delivered unto them six
hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels of an
hundred talents, and an hundred talents of gold,
57 And twenty golden vessels, and twelve vessels of brass,
even of fine brass, glittering like gold.
58 And I said unto them, Both ye are holy unto the Lord, and
the vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver is a vow unto the
Lord, the Lord of our fathers.
59 Watch ye, and keep them till ye deliver them to the chief
of the priests and Levites, and to the principal men of the
families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the house of
60 So the priests and the Levites, who had received the
silver and the gold and the vessels, brought them unto Jerusalem,
into the temple of the Lord.
61 And from the river Theras we departed the twelfth day of
the first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our
Lord, which was with us: and from the beginning of our journey the
Lord delivered us from every enemy, and so we came to
62 And when we had been there three days, the gold and
silver that was weighed was delivered in the house of our Lord on
the fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the son of Iri.
63 And with him was Eleazar the son of Phinees, and with
them were Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth the son of Sabban,
Levites: all was delivered them by number and weight.
64 And all the weight of them was written up the same
65 Moreover they that were come out of the captivity offered
sacrifice unto the Lord God of Israel, even twelve bullocks for all
Israel, fourscore and sixteen rams,
66 Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for a peace offering,
twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.
67 And they delivered the king's commandments unto the
king's stewards, and to the governors of Celosyria and Phenice;
and they honoured the people and the temple of God.
68 Now when these things were done, the rulers came unto me,
69 The nation of Israel, the princes, the priests and
Levites, have not put away from them the strange people of the
land, nor the pollutions of the Gentiles, to wit, of the
Canaanites, Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites,
Egyptians, and Edomites.
70 For both they and their sons have married with their
daughters, and the holy seed is mixed with the strange people of
the land; and from the beginning of this matter the rulers and the
great men have been partakers of this iniquity.
71 And as soon as I had heard these things, I rent my
clothes, and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair from off my
head and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy.
72 So all they that were then moved at the word of the Lord
God of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned for the iniquity:
but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening sacrifice.
73 Then rising up from the fast with my clothes and the holy
garment rent, and bowing my knees, and stretching forth my hands
unto the Lord,
74 I said, O Lord, I am confounded and ashamed before thy
75 For our sins are multiplied above our heads, and our
ignorances have reached up unto heaven.
76 For ever since the time of our fathers we have been and
are in great sin, even unto this day.
77 And for our sins and our fathers' we with our
brethren and our kings and our priests were given up unto the kings
of the earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for a prey with
shame, unto this day.
78 And now in some measure hath mercy been shewed unto us
from thee, O Lord that there should be left us a root and a name in
the place of thy sanctuary;
79 And to discover unto us a light in the house of the Lord
our God, and to give us food in the time of our servitude.
80 Yea, when we were in bondage, we were not forsaken of our
Lord; but he made us gracious before the kings of Persia, so that
they gave us food;
81 Yea, and honoured the temple of our Lord, and raised up
the desolate Sion, that they have given us a sure abiding in Jewry
82 And now, O Lord, what shall we say, having these things?
for we have transgressed thy commandments, which thou gavest by the
hand of thy servants the prophets, saying,
83 That the land, which ye enter into to possess as an
heritage, is a land polluted with the pollutions of the strangers
of the land, and they have filled it with their uncleanness.
84 Therefore now shall ye not join your daughters unto their
sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto your sons.
85 Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with them,
that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the land, and
that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children
86 And all that is befallen is done unto us for our wicked
works and great sins: for thou, O Lord, didst make our sins
87 And didst give unto us such a root: but we have turned
back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle ourselves with the
uncleanness of the nations of the land.
88 Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us, till
thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?
89 O Lord of Israel, thou art true: for we are left a root
90 Behold, now are we before thee in our iniquities, for we
cannot stand any longer by reason of these things before thee.
91 And as Esdras in his prayer made his confession, weeping,
and lying flat upon the ground before the temple, there gathered
unto him from Jerusalem a very great multitude of men and women and
children: for there was great weeping among the multitude.
92 Then Jeconias the son of Jeelus, one of the sons of
Israel, called out, and said, O Esdras, we have sinned against the
Lord God, we have married strange women of the nations of the land,
and now is all Israel aloft.
93 Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put away
all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen, with their
94 Like as thou hast decreed, and as many as do obey the law
of the Lord.
95 Arise, and put in execution: for to thee doth this matter
appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.
96 So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of the
priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these things; and so
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HEN Esdras rising from the court of
the temple went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,
And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water, mourning
for the great iniquities of the multitude.
And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them
that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered together
And that whosoever met not there within two or three days,
according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle
should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out
from them that were of the captivity.
And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin
gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the ninth
And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the
temple because of the present foul weather.
So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, ye have transgressed the
law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins of
And now by confessing give glory into the Lord God of our
And do his will, and separate yourselves from the heathen of the
land, and from the strange women,
10 Then cried the whole multitude, and said with a loud
voice, Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do.
11 But forasmuch as the people are many, and it is foul
weather, so that we cannot stand without, and this is not a work of
a day or two, seeing our sin in these things is spread far:
12 Therefore let the rulers of the multitude stay, and let
all them of our habitations that have strange wives come at the
13 And with them the rulers and judges of every place, till
we turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for this matter.
14 Then Jonathan the son of Azael and Ezechias the son of
Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them: and Mosollam and
Levis and Sabbatheus helped them.
15 And they that were of the captivity did according to all
16 And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal men of
their families, all by name: and in the first day of the tenth
month they sat together to examine the matter.
17 So their cause that held strange wives was brought to an
end in the first day of the first month.
18 And of the priests that were come together, and had
strange wives, there were found;
19 Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, and his
brethren; Matthelas, and Eleazar, and Joribus, and Joadanus.
20 And they gave their hands to put away their wives, and to
offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors.
21 And of the sons of Emmer; Ananias, and Zabdeus, and
Eanes, and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias.
22 And of the sons of Phaisur; Elionas, Masias, Ismael, and
Nathanael, and Ocidelus, and Talsas.
23 And of the Levites; Josabad, and Semis, and Colius, who
was called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and Jonas.
24 Of the holy singers; Eleazurus, Bacchurus.
25 Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes.
26 Of them of Israel, of the sons of Phoros; Hiermas, and
Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and Asibias, and
27 Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias, Zacharias, and Hierielus,
and Hieremoth, and Aedias.
28 And of the sons of Zamoth; Eliadas, Elisimus, Othonias,
Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus.
29 Of the sons of Bebai; Johannes, and Ananias, and Josabad,
30 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus,
Jasael, and Hieremoth.
31 And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, an Moosias, Lacunas,
and Naidus, and Matthanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and
32 And of the sons of Annas; Elionas, and Aseas, and
Melchias, and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus.
33 And of the sons of Asom; Altaneus, and Matthias, and
Bannaia, Eliphalet, and Manasseas, and Semei.
34 And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus,
Jeuel, Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion and Enasibus, and
Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Samis, Selemias, Nathanias:
and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zambis,
35 And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes,
36 All these had taken strange wives, and they put them away
with their children.
37 And the priests and Levites, and they that were of
Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first day of
the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their
38 And the whole multitude came together with one accord
into the broad place of the holy porch toward the east:
39 And they spake unto Esdras the priest and reader, that he
would bring the law of Moses, that was given of the Lord God of
40 So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole
multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear the
law in the first day of the seventh month.
41 And he read in the broad court before the holy porch from
morning unto midday, before both men and women; and all the
multitude gave heed unto the law.
42 And Esdras the priest and reader of the law stood up upon
a pulpit of wood, which was made for that purpose.
43 And there stood up by him Mattathias, Sammus, Ananias,
Azarias, Urias, Ezechias, Balasamus, upon the right hand:
44 And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias,
Lothasubus, and Nabarias.
45 Then took Esdras the book of the law before the
multitude: for he sat honourably in the first place in the sight of
46 And when he opened the law, they stood all straight up.
So Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the God of hosts,
47 And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up their
hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord.
48 Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas,
Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Azarias, and Joazabdus, and Ananias,
Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making them withal
to understand it.
49 Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest and
reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude, even to all,
50 This day is holy unto the Lord; (for they all wept when
they heard the law:)
51 Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send
part to them that have nothing;
52 For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not sorrowful;
for the Lord will bring you to honour.
53 So the Levites published all things to the people,
saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful.
54 Then went they their way, every one to eat and drink, and
make merry, and to give part to them that had nothing, and to make
55 Because they understood the words wherein they were
instructed, and for the which they had been assembled.