1 And Josias held the feast of the passover in Jerusalem unto
his Lord, and offered the passover the fourteenth day of the
2 Having set the priests according to their daily courses, being
arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the Lord.
3 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 built:
4 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,
5 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 of Israel,
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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
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 passover,
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 or 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 against Israel.
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 sepulchre.
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
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 Jerusalem.
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 into
41 Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of the Lord, and
carried them away, and set them in his own temple at Babylon.
42 But those things that are recorded of him, and of his
uncleaness 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, 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 in Jerusalem.
50 Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his messenger
to call them back, because he spared them and his tabernacle
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
1 In 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;
2 The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the
Persians, and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and
also by writing,
3 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians; The Lord of
Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of the whole
4 And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
5 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.
6 Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them help him,
those, I say, that are his neighbours, with gold, and with
7 With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things,
which have been set forth by vow, for the temple of the Lord at
8 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,
9 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
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 of
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 nine.
15 These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them of
the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.
16 But in the time of Artexerxes 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 letters
17 To king Artexerxes 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 king, that the Jews that are 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 unto me therefore
I commanded to make diligent search, and it hath been found that
that city was from the beginning practising against kings;
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 in it;
29 And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the
annoyance of kings,
30 Then king Artexerxes 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
1 Now 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,
2 And to all the governors and captains and lieutenants that
were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty
and seven provinces.
3 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.
4 Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the
king's body, spake one to another;
5 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 victory:
6 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:
7 And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and
shall be called Darius his cousin.
8 And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it
under king Darius his pillow;
9 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; and 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 swords:
23 But when they are from the wine, they remember not what they
24 O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth to do
thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace.
1 Then the second, that had spoken of the strength of the king,
began to say,
2 O ye men, do not men excel in strength that bear rule over sea
and land and all things in them?
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do
with wars, but use husbundry, 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.
7 And yet he is but one man if he command to kill, they kill; if
he command to spare, they spare;
8 If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make
desolate, they make desolate; if he command to build, they
9 If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to
plant, they 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 any
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 woman?
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 love.
25 Wherefore a man loveth his wife better than father or mother.
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 women.
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 left hand.
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 crieth 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 my cousin.
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
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 offer
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
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 heaven,
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.
1 After 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
2 And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen, till they had
brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and with musical
[instruments] tabrets and flutes.
3 And all their brethren played, and he made them go up together
4 And these are the names of the men which went up, according to
their families among their tribes, after their several heads.
5 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;
6 Who spake wise sentences before Darius the king of Persia in
the second year of his reign, in the month Nisan, which is the
7 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.
8 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,
9 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 Zathul, 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 Ammidoi, 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 six:
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 Annas, three thousand three hundred and thirty.
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 and
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 Azare, 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 Israel, the sons of Sapheth,
34 The sons of Hagia, the sons of Pharacareth, 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
Barzelus, 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 priestly
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 meet:
52 And after that, the continual oblations, and the sacrifice of
the sabbaths, and of the new moons, and of all holy feasts.
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 Zidon also and Tyre they gave carrs, that they
should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which should be brought
by floats to the haven of Joppa, 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 had
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 voice,
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 should
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 you.
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 building;
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.
1 Now 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.
2 Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salatiel, 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
3 At the same time came unto them Sisinnes the governor of Syria
and Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his companions, and said
4 By whose appointment do ye build this house and this roof, and
perform all the other things? and who are the workmen that
perform these things?
5 Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour, because
the Lord had visited the captivity;
6 And they were not hindered from building, until such time as
signification was given unto Darius concerning them, and an
7 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,
8 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
9 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 house.
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 Ecbatane the palace, which is in the country
of Media, there 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 expences 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
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 lives.
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.
1 Then Sisinnes the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, and
Sathrabuzanes, with their companions following the commandments
of king Darius,
2 Did very carefully oversee the holy works, assisting the
ancients of the Jews and governors of the temple.
3 And so the holy works prospered, when Aggeus and Zacharias the
4 And they finished these things by the commandment of the Lord
God of Israel, and with the consent of Cyrus, Darius, and
Artexerxes, kings of Persia.
5 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 Persians
6 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.
7 And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they offered
an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four hundred lambs;
8 And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the
number of the chief of the tribes of Israel.
9 The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in their
vestments, according to their kindreds, in the service of the
Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses and the
porters at every gate.
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 of Israel.
1 And after these things, when Artexerxes the king of the
Persians reigned came Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of
Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of Salum,
2 The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the son of Amarias, the
son of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, 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.
3 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.
4 And the king did him honour for he found grace in his sight in
all his requests.
5 There went up with him also certain of the children of Israel,
of the priest of the Levites, of the holy singers, porters, and
ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem,
6 In the seventh year of the reign of Artexerxes, 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
7 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.
8 Now the copy of the commission, which was written from
Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the priest and reader of
the law of the Lord, is this that followeth;
9 King Artexerxes 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 counsellors;
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 thereunto
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 Artexerxes 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 upon them.
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 shall 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
counsellors, 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 Artexerxes:
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 Pahath 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
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, Jewel, and Samaias, and with them seventy men:
40 Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the son of Istalcurus, and with him
41 And these I gathered together to the river called Theras,
where we pitched our tents three days and then I surveyed them.
42 But when I had found there none of the priests and Levites,
43 Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman,
44 And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribas, 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 Daddeus, 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
47 And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought unto us
skilful 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 Annus, 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 them:
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 our God.
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 hour.
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, and
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,
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 face;
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 for
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 light,
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 this
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 Jechonias 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
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 they
1 Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the
chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,
2 And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water,
mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude.
3 And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all
them that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered
together at Jerusalem:
4 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.
5 And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and
Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the
6 And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the
temple because of the present foul weather.
7 So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed
the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins
8 And now by confessing give glory unto the Lord God of our
9 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 time
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, Massias Israel, and
Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas.
23 And of the Levites; Jozabad, 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 Babai; Johannes, and Ananias and Josabad, and
30 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus,
Jasael, and Hieremoth.
31 And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and
Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and Manasseas.
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 Baanaia,
Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei.
34 And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel,
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, Josephus.
35 And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel,
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 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 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, Ezecias, 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 them all.
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, Asrias, 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
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 great cheer;
55 Because they understood the words wherein they were
instructed, and for the which they had been assembled.