2:1And 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 to Babylon, and who came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one to his city,
2:2who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Saraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
2:3The children of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two.
2:4The children of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two.
2:5The children of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five.
2:6The children of Pahath-Moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.
2:7The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four.
2:8The children of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five.
2:9The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty.
2:10The children of Bani, six hundred and forty-two.
2:11The children of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three.
2:12The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred and twenty-two.
2:13The children of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six.
2:14The children of Bigvai, two thousand and fifty-six.
2:15The children of Adin, four hundred and fifty-four.
2:16The children of Ater of the family of Hezekiah, ninety-eight.
2:17The children of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-three.
2:18The children of Jorah, a hundred and twelve.
2:19The children of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three.
2:20The children of Gibbar, ninety-five.
2:21The children of Bethlehem, a hundred and twenty-three.
2:22The men of Netophah, fifty-six.
2:23The men of Anathoth, a hundred and twenty-eight.
2:24The children of Azmaveth, forty-two.
2:25The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.
2:26The children of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.
2:27The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty-two.
2:28The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred and twenty-three.
2:29The children of Nebo, fifty-two.
2:30The children of Magbish, a hundred and fifty-six.
2:31The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four.
2:32The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
2:33The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five.
2:34The children of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.
2:35The children of Senaah, three thousand six hundred and thirty.
2:36The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three.
2:37The children of Immer, a thousand and fifty-two.
2:38The children of Pashhur, a thousand two hundred and forty-seven.
2:39The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
2:40The Levites: the children of Jeshua and of Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy-four.
2:41The singers: the children of Asaph, a hundred and twenty-eight.
2:42The children of the doorkeepers: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all a hundred and thirty-nine.
2:43The Nethinim: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
2:44the children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of Padon,
2:45the children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub,
2:46the children of Hagab, the children of Shamlai, the children of Hanan,
2:47the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,
2:48the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,
2:49the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah, the children of Besai,
2:51the children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,
2:52the children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,
2:53the children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,
2:54the children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
2:55The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,
2:56the children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,
2:57the children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-Hazzebaim, the children of Ami.
2:58All the Nethinim and the children of Solomon's servants, three hundred and ninety-two.
2:59And these are they that went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub-Addan, Immer; but they could not shew their fathers' house, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel.
2:60The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobijah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred and fifty-two.
2:61And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name.
2:62These sought their genealogical register, but they were not found; therefore were they, as polluted, removed from the priesthood.
2:64The whole congregation together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
2:65besides their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred singing men and singing women.
2:66Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six; their mules two hundred and forty-five;
2:67their camels four hundred and thirty-five; the asses six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
2:68And some of the chief fathers, when they came to the house of Jehovah which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in its place.
2:69They gave after their ability to the treasure of the work sixty-one thousand darics of gold, and five thousand pounds of silver, and one hundred priests' coats.
2:70And the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the doorkeepers, and the Nethinim dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.
3:1And when the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem.
3:2Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer up burnt-offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
3:3And they set the altar on its base; for fear was upon them because of the people of the countries; and they offered up burnt-offerings on it to Jehovah, the morning and evening burnt-offerings.
3:4And they held the feast of tabernacles as it is written, and offered daily burnt-offerings by number, according to the ordinance, as the duty of every day required;
3:5and afterwards the continual burnt-offering, and those of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of Jehovah that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a voluntary offering to Jehovah.
3:6From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer up burnt-offerings to Jehovah. But the foundation of the temple of Jehovah was not yet laid.
3:7And they gave money to the masons and to the carpenters; and meat and drink and oil to the Zidonians and to the Tyrians, to bring cedar-trees from Lebanon to the sea at Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.
3:8And in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that had come out of the captivity to Jerusalem; and they appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to superintend the work of the house of Jehovah.
3:9And Jeshua stood up, his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, as one man, to superintend the workmen in the house of God; also the sons of Henadad, their sons and their brethren, the Levites.
3:10And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of Jehovah, they set the priests in their apparel, with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise Jehovah according to the directions of David king of Israel.
3:11And they sang alternately together in praising and giving thanks to Jehovah: For he is good, for his loving-kindness endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout to the praise of Jehovah, because the foundation of the house of Jehovah was laid.
3:12But many of the priests and Levites and chief fathers, the ancient men that had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice, when the foundation of this house was laid in their sight; and many shouted aloud for joy.
3:13And 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 great shout, and the noise was heard afar off.
4:1And the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were building the temple to Jehovah the God of Israel;
4:2and they came to Zerubbabel and to the chief fathers, and said to them, We would build with you; for we seek your God, as ye; and we have sacrificed to him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up hither.
4:3But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the chief fathers of Israel said to them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build a house to our God, but we alone will build to Jehovah the God of Israel, as king Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.
4:4And the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building;
4:5and they hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
4:6And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
4:7And in the days of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in Aramaic, and interpreted in Aramaic.
4:8Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king after this sort:
4:9Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites,
4:11This is the copy of the letter that they sent to him: To Artaxerxes the king: Thy servants the men on this side the river, and so forth.
4:12Be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from thee unto us have come to Jerusalem; they are building the rebellious and the bad city, and they complete the walls and join up the foundations.
4:13Be it known therefore unto the king, that, if this city be built and the walls be completed, they will not pay tribute, tax, and toll, and in the end it will bring damage to the kings.
4:14Now, since we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not right for us to see the king's injury, therefore have we sent and informed the king;
4:15that search may be made in the book of the annals of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the annals and know that this city is a rebellious city, which has done damage to kings and provinces, and that they have raised sedition within the same of old time, for which cause this city was destroyed.
4:16We inform the king that if this city be built and its walls be completed, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
4:17The king sent an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and the other places beyond the river: Peace, and so forth.
4:18The letter that ye sent to us has been read before me distinctly.
4:19And I gave orders, and search has been made, and it has been found that this city of old time has made insurrection against the kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been raised therein.
4:20And there have been mighty kings over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all beyond the river; and tribute, tax, and toll were paid to them.
4:21Now give order to make these men to cease, and that this city be not built, until the order shall be given from me;
4:22and take heed that ye fail not to do this: why should harm grow to the damage of the kings?
4:23As soon as the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them cease by force and power.
5:1Now the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem; in the name of the God of Israel did they prophesy to them.
5:2Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God, who helped them.
5:3At that time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and said thus to them: Who gave you orders to build this house and to complete this wall?
5:4And they said to them after this manner: What are the names of the men that build this building?
5:5But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease till the matter came to Darius; and then they returned answer by letter concerning it.
5:6The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, who were on this side the river, sent to Darius the king.
5:7They sent a report to him in which was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace!
5:8Be it known to the king that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work is being carried on with diligence, and prospers in their hand.
5:9Then asked we those elders: thus we said to them, Who gave you orders to build this house and to complete this wall?
5:10We asked their names also, to inform thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.
5:11And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of the heavens and the earth, and build the house that was built these many years ago; and a great king of Israel built and completed it.
5:12But after that our fathers had provoked the God of the heavens to wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, and he destroyed this house, and carried the people away unto Babylon.
5:13But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, king Cyrus gave orders to build this house of God.
5:14And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was at Jerusalem and brought into the temple of Babylon, those did king Cyrus take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one Sheshbazzar by name, whom he had appointed governor.
5:15And he said to him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is at Jerusalem, and let the house of God be built in its place.
5:16Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and since that time even until now has it been in building, and it is not completed.
5:17And now, if it seem good to the king, let search be made in the king's treasure-house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that orders were given by king Cyrus to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
6:1Then king Darius gave orders, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.
6:3In the first year of king Cyrus, king Cyrus made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: Let the house be built for a place where they offer sacrifices, and let its foundations be solidly laid; its height sixty cubits, its breadth sixty cubits,
6:4with three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber; and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:
6:5and also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that is at Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought again to the temple that is at Jerusalem, in their place; and thou shalt put them in the house of God.
6:6Therefore Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, who are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:
6:7let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in its place.
6:8Moreover, I give orders what ye shall do to these elders of the Jews, for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, of the tribute beyond the river, expenses be diligently given to these men, that they be not hindered.
6:9And that which they have need of, both young bullocks and rams and lambs, for the burnt-offerings to the God of the heavens, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests that are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail;
6:10that they may present sweet odours to the God of the heavens, and pray for the life of the king and of his sons.
6:11Also I have given order that whosoever shall alter this rescript, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon, and let his house be made a dunghill for this.
6:12And the God that has caused his name to dwell there overthrow every king and people that shall put forth their hand to alter or to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have given this order; let it be done diligently.
6:13Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions, because of that which king Darius had sent, did so diligently.
6:14And the elders of the Jews built; and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and completed it according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
6:15And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of king Darius.
6:16And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy;
6:17and they presented at the dedication of this house of God a hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve he-goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
6:18And they set the priests in their classes, and the Levites in their divisions, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem: as it is written in the book of Moses.
6:19And the children of the captivity held the passover upon the fourteenth of the first month.
6:20For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves as one man: they were all pure; and they killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
6:21And the children of Israel that were come back out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves to them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek Jehovah the God of Israel, did eat;
6:22and they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy; for Jehovah had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.