Ezra 7

CHAPTER 7

Ezra the Scribe Teaches the Law

And after these things, in the kingdom of Artaxerxes king of the Persians, there ascended Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah, son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth, son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki, son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the [2priest 1foremost]. This Ezra ascended from out of Babylon; and he [2scribe 1was a quick] in the law of Moses, which [4gave 1the  lord 2God 3of Israel]. And [3gave 4to him 1the 2king]; for the hand of the  lord his God was upon him in all things which he sought. And there ascended some from the sons of Israel, and from the priests, and from the Levites, and the singers, and the gatekeepers, and the Nethinim, to Jerusalem, in [2year 1the seventh] of Artaxerxes the king. And they came to Jerusalem in the [2month 1fifth], this was the [2year 1seventh] of the king. For on day one of the [2month 1first] he founded the expedition from Babylon. And during the first day of the [2month 1fifth] he came into Jerusalem, for the hand of his God was good upon him. 10 For Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the  lord, and to do and to teach in Israel the orders and judgments. 11 And this is the copy of the edict which [4gave 1Artaxerxes 2the 3king] to Ezra the priest, to the scribe of the scroll of the words of the commandments of the  lord, and his orders unto Israel.

The Decree from Artaxerxes

12 Artaxerxes king of kings, to Ezra the priest, scribe of the law of the God of heaven. Let [5be initiated, 1the matter 2and 3the 4answer]. 13 From me was rendered a decree, that all the ones willing in my kingdom from the people of Israel, and priests, and Levites, to go to Jerusalem -- with you let them go! 14 In so far as from in front of the king, and [2seven 3counselors 1of his], one should be sent to look about over Judea and Jerusalem, and in the law of their God in your hand, 15 to carry away even [4for 5the 6house 7of the  lord 1silver 2and 3gold], which the king and the counselors were willing to give to the God of Israel, to the one [2in 3Jerusalem 1inhabiting]. 16 And all the silver and gold, whatever you should find in every place of Babylon, let it be offered with a voluntary offering of the people, and the priests, of the ones willing to give for the house of God, the one in Jerusalem. 17 And every one going [2this 3readily 1you arrange] by this scroll -- calves, rams, lambs, and their sacrifice offerings, and their libation offerings! And you shall offer them upon the altar of the house of your God, of the one in Jerusalem. 18 And if anything [2with 3you 4and 5your brethren 1should seem good] with the rest of the silver and gold to do, as it pleases your God, you do it! 19 And the items, the ones given to you for the ministration of the house of God, you deliver before God in Jerusalem! 20 And for the rest of the need of the house of your God, what ever should be apparent to you to give, you shall give from [3houses 2treasury 1the king's]. 21 I Artaxerxes the king established a decree to all the treasuries, to the ones on the other side of the river, that all what ever he should ask of you (Ezra the priest and scribe of the law of the God of heaven) readily let it become so! 22 Unto [3of silver 2talents 1a hundred], and unto [3of wheat 2cors 1a hundred], and unto [3of wine 2baths 1a hundred], and unto [3of olive oil 2baths 1a hundred], and salt of which the amount is not recorded. 23 All what is in the decree of the God of the heaven, let it become in the house of the God of the heaven! Take heed lest any make an attempt against the house of the God of the heaven! lest at any time [2should happen 1anger] upon the kingdom of the king, and his sons. 24 And to you, let it be made known in respect to all the priests, and to the Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Nethinim, and ministers of the house of God! that this tribute, and toll, and impost, [2do not have 1you] authority to assign upon them. 25 And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of God, the wisdom in your hand, ordain scribes and judges! that they might judge all the people, the people on the other side of the river, to all the ones knowing the laws of your God. And to the ones not knowing you shall make it known. 26 And all who ever might not be observing the law of God and the law of the king diligently, judgment will be taken upon him, whether for death, whether to root him out, or to instruct, or to penalize the subsistence, or for prison to lock up. 27 Blessed be the  lord God of our fathers, who put it in the heart of the king thus, to glorify the house of the  lord, the one in Jerusalem. 28 And upon me [2leaned 1mercy] in the eyes of the king, and his counselors, and all the rulers of the king of the mighty ones. And I was strengthened by the [2hand 3of the  lord 4my God 1good] upon me, and I gathered from Israel rulers to ascend with me.
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