First Book of Esdras (Author Esdras)

1:1¤ In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremias might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of the Persians: and he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and in writing also, saying:

1:2Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians: The Lord the God of heaven hath given to me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he hath charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judea.

1:3Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with him. Let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord the God of Israel: he is the God that is in Jerusalem.

1:4And let all the rest in all places wheresoever they dwell, help him every man from his place, with silver and gold, and goods, and cattle, besides that which they offer freely to the temple of God, which is in Jerusalem.

1:5Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Juda and Benjamin, and the priests, and Levites, and every one whose spirit God had raised up, to go up to build the temple of the Lord, which was in Jerusalem.

1:6And all they that were round about, helped their hands with vessels of silver, and gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with furniture, besides what they had offered on their own accord.

1:7And king Cyrus brought forth the vessels of the temple of the Lord, which Nabuchodonosor had taken from Jerusalem, and had put them in the temple of his god.

1:8Now Cyrus king of Persia brought them forth by the hand of Mithridates the son of Gazabar, and numbered them to Sassabasar the prince of Juda.

1:9And this is the number of them: thirty bowls of gold, a thousand bowls of silver, nine and twenty knives, thirty cups of gold,

1:10Silver cups of a second sort, four hundred and ten: other vessels a thousand.

1:11All the vessels of gold and silver, five thousand four hundred: all these Sassabasar brought with them that came up from the captivity of Babylon to Jerusalem.

2:1¤ Now these are the children of the province, that went out of the captivity, which Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Juda, every man to his city.

2:2Who came with Zorobabel, Josue, Nehemia, Saraia, Rahelaia, Mardochai, Belsan, Mesphar, Beguai, Rehum, Baana. The number of the men of the people of Israel:

2:3The children of Pharos two thousand one hundred seventy-two.

2:4The children of Sephatia, three hundred seventy-two.

2:5The children of Area, seven hundred seventy-five.

2:6The children of Phahath Moab, of the children of Josue: Joab, Two thousand eight hundred twelve.

2:7The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty-four.

2:8The children of Zethua, nine hundred forty-five.

2:9The children of Zachai, seven hundred sixty.

2:10The children of Bani, six hundred forty-two.

2:11The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty-three.

2:12The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty-two.

2:13The children of Adonicam, six hundred sixty-six.

2:14The children of Beguai, two thousand fifty-six.

2:15The children of Adin, four hundred fifty-four.

2:16The children of Ather, who were of Ezechias, ninety-eight.

2:17The children of Besai, three hundred and twenty-three.

2:18The children of Jora, a hundred and twelve.

2:19The children of Hasum, two hundred twenty-three.

2:20The children of Gebbar, ninety-five.

2:21The children of Bethlehem, a hundred twenty-three.

2:22The men of Netupha, fifty-six.

2:23The men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty-eight.

2:24The children of Azmaveth, forty-two.

2:25The children of Cariathiarim, Cephira, and Beroth, seven hundred forty-three.

2:26The children of Rama and Gabaa, six hundred twenty-one.

2:27The men of Machmas, a hundred twenty-two.

2:28The men of Bethel and Hai, two hundred twenty-three.

2:29The children of Nebo, fifty-two.

2:30The children of Megbis, a hundred fifty-six.

2:31The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty-four.

2:32The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

2:33The children of Lod, Hadid and Ono, seven hundred twenty-five.

2:34The children of Jericho, three hundred forty-five.

2:35The children of Senaa, three thousand six hundred thirty.

2:36The priests: the children of Jadaia of the house of Josue, nine hundred seventy-three.

2:37The children of Emmer, a thousand fifty-two.

2:38The children of Pheshur, a thousand two hundred forty-seven.

2:39The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

2:40The Levites: the children of Josue and of Cedmihel, the children of Odovia, seventy-four.

2:41The singing men: the children of Asaph, a hundred twenty-eight.

2:42The children of the porters: the children of Sellum, the children of Ater, the children of Telmon, the children of Accub, the children of Hatita, the children of Sobai: in all a hundred thirty-nine.

2:43The Nathinites: the children of Siha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

2:44The children of Ceros, the children of Sia, the children of Phadon,

2:45The children of Lebana, the children of Hegaba, the children of Accub,

2:46The children of Hagab, the children of Semlai, the children of Hanan,

2:47The children of Gaddel, the children of Gaher, the children of Raaia,

2:48The children of Rasin, the children of Necoda, the children of Gazam,

2:49The children of Asa, the children of Phasea, the children of Besee,

2:50The children of Asena, the children of Munim, the children of Nephusim,

2:51The children of Bacbuc, the children of Hacupha, the children of Harhur,

2:52The children of Besluth, the children of Mahida, the children of Harsa,

2:53The children of Bercos, the children of Sisara, the children of Thema,

2:54The children of Nasia, the children of Hatipha,

2:55The children of the servants of Solomon, the children of Sotai, the children of Sopheret, the children of Pharuda,

2:56The children of Jala, the children of Dercon, the children of Geddel,

2:57The children of Saphatia, the children of Hatil, the children of Phochereth, which were of Asebaim, the children of Ami,

2:58All the Nathinites, and the children of the servants of Solomon, three hundred ninety-two.

2:59And these are they that came up from Thelmela, Thelharsa, Cherub, and Adon, and Emer. And they could not shew the house of their fathers and their seed, whether they were of Israel.

2:60The children of Dalaia, the children of Tobia, the children of Necoda, six hundred fifty-two.

2:61And of the children of the priests: the children of Hobia, the children of Accos, the children of Berzellai, who took a wife of the daughters of Berzellai, the Galaadite, and was called by their name:

2:62These sought the writing of their genealogy, and found it not, and they were cast out of the priesthood.

2:63And Athersatha said to them, that they should not eat of the holy of holies, till there arose a priest learned and perfect.

2:64All the multitudes as one man, were forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty:

2:65Besides their menservants, and womenservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven: and among them singing men, and singing women two hundred.

2:66Their horses seven hundred thirty-six, their mules two hundred forty-five,

2:67Their camels four hundred thirty-five, their asses six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

2:68And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the temple of the Lord, which is in Jerusalem, offered freely to the house of the Lord to build it in its place.

2:69According to their ability, they gave towards the expenses of the work, sixty-one thousand solids of gold, five thousand pounds of silver, and a hundred garments for the priests.

2:70So the priests and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singing men, and the porters, and the Nathinites dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

3:1¤ And now the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in their cities: and the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

3:2And Josue the son of Josedec rose up, and his brethren the priests, and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and his brethren, and they built the altar of the God of Israel that they might offer holocausts upon it, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.

3:3And they set the altar of God upon its bases, while the people of the lands round about put them in fear, and they offered upon it a holocaust to the Lord morning and evening.

3:4And they kept the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the holocaust every day orderly according to the commandment, the duty of the day in its day.

3:5And afterwards the continual holocaust, both on the new moons, and on all the solemnities of the Lord, that were consecrated, and on all in which a freewill offering was made to the Lord.

3:6From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer holocausts to the Lord: but the temple of God was not yet founded.

3:7And they gave money to hewers of stones and to masons: and meat and drink, and oil to the Sidonians and Tyrians, to bring cedar trees from Libanus to the sea of Joppe, according to the orders which Cyrus king of the Persians had given them.

3:8And in the second year of their coming to the temple of God in Jerusalem, the second month, Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Josue the son of Josedec, and the rest of their brethren the priests, and the Levites, and all that were come from the captivity to Jerusalem began, and they appointed Levites from twenty years old and upward, to hasten forward the work of the Lord.

3:9Then Josue and his sons and his brethren, Cedmihel, and his sons, and the children of Juda, as one man, stood to hasten them that did the work in the temple of God: the sons of Henadad, and their sons, and their brethren the Levites.

3:10And when the masons laid the foundations of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their ornaments with trumpets: and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise God by the hands of David king of Israel.

3:11And they sung together hymns, and praise to the Lord: because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever towards Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, praising the Lord, because the foundations of the temple of the Lord were laid.

3:12But many of the priests and the Levites, and the chief of the fathers and the ancients that had seen the former temple; when they had the foundation of this temple before their eyes, wept with a loud voice: and many shouting for joy, lifted up their voice.

3:13So that one could not distinguish the voice of the shout of joy, from the noise of the weeping of the people: for one with another the people shouted with a loud shout, and the voice was heard afar off.

4:1¤ Now the enemies of Juda and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were building a temple to the Lord the God of Israel.

4:2And they came to Zorobabel, and the chief of the fathers, and said to them: Let us build with you, for we seek your God as ye do: behold we have sacrificed to him, since the days of Asor Haddan king of Assyria, who brought us hither.

4:3But Zorobabel, and Josue, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel said to them: You have nothing to do with us to build a house to our God, but we ourselves alone will build to the Lord our God, as Cyrus king of the Persians hath commanded us.

4:4Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of Juda, and troubled them in building.

4:5And they hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their design all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of the Persians.

4:6And in the reign of Assuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Juda and Jerusalem.

4:7And in the days of Artaxerxes, Beselam, Mithridates, and Thabeel, and the rest that were in the council wrote to Artaxerxes king of the Persians: and the letter of accusation was written in Syrian, and was read in the Syrian tongue.

4:8Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe wrote a letter from Jerusalem to king Artaxerxes, in this manner:

4:9Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe and the rest of their counsellors, the Dinites, and the Apharsathacites, the Therphalites, the Apharsites, the Erchuites, the Babylonians, the Susanechites, the Dievites, and the Elamites,

4:10And the rest of the nations, whom the great and glorious Asenaphar brought over: and made to dwell in the cities of Samaria and in the rest of the countries of this side of the river in peace.

4:11(This is the copy of the letter, which they sent to him:) To Artaxerxes the king, thy servants, the men that are on this side of the river, send greeting.

4:12Be it known to the king, that the Jews, who came up from thee to us, are come to Jerusalem a rebellious and wicked city, which they are building, setting up the ramparts thereof and repairing the walls.

4:13And now be it known to the king, that if this city be built up, and the walls thereof repaired, they will not pay tribute nor toll, nor yearly revenues, and this loss will fall upon the kings.

4:14But we remembering the salt that we have eaten in the palace, and because we count it a crime to see the king wronged, have therefore sent and certified the king,

4:15That search may be made in the books of the histories of thy fathers, and thou shalt find written in the records: and shalt know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to the kings and provinces, and that wars were raised therein of old time: for which cause also the city was destroyed.

4:16We certify the king, that if this city be built, and the walls thereof repaired, thou shalt have no possession on this side of the river.

4:17The king sent word to Reum Beelteem and Samsai the scribe, and to the rest that were in their council, inhabitants of Samaria, and to the rest beyond the river, sending greeting and peace.

4:18The accusation, which you have sent to us, hath been plainly read before me,

4:19And I commanded: and search hath been made, and it is found, that this city of old time hath rebelled against kings, and seditions and wars have been raised therein.

4:20For there have been powerful kings in Jerusalem, who have had dominion over all the country that is beyond the river: and have received tribute, and toll and revenues.

4:21Now therefore hear the sentence: Hinder those men, that this city be not built, till further orders be given by me.

4:22See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.

4:23Now the copy of the edict of king Artaxerxes was read before Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe, and their counsellors: and they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and hindered them with arm and power.

4:24Then the work of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem was interrupted, and ceased till the second year of the reign of Darius king of the Persians.

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