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              CHAPTER 1                      lus, the governors of the temple,
 1 And Josias held the feast of the          gave to the priests for the passover
passover in Jerusalem unto his Lord,         two thousand and six hundred sheep,
and offered the passover the fou r-          and three hundred calves.
teenth day of the first month;                9 And Jeconias, and Samaias, and
 2 Having set the priests according          Nathanael his brother, and Assabias,
to their daily courses, being arrayed        and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over
in long garments, in the temple of           thousands, gave to the Levites for
the Lord.                                    the passover five thousand sheep,
 3 And he spake unto the Levites, the        and seven hundred calves.
holy ministers of Israel, that they           10 And when these things were
should hallow themselves unto the            done, the priests and Levites, having
Lord, to set the holy ark of the Lord        the unleavened bread, stood in very
in the house that king Solomon the           comely order according to the ki n-
son of David had built:                      dreds,
 4 And said, Ye shall no more bear            11 And according to the several
the ark upon your shoulders: now             dignities of the fathers, before the
therefore serve the Lord your God,           people, to offer to the Lord, as it is
and minister unto his people Israel,         written in the book of Moses: and
and prepare you after your families          thus did they in the morning.
and kindreds,                                 12 And they roasted the passover
 5 According as David the king of            with fire, as appertaineth: as for the
Israel prescribed, and according to          sacrifices, they sod them in brass
the magnificence of Solomon his              pots and pans with a good savour,
son: and standing in the temple a c-          13 And set them before all the
cording to the several dignity of the        people: and afterward they prepared
families of you the Levites, who mi-         for themselves, and for the pri ests
nister in the presence of your bret h-       their brethren, the sons of Aaron.
ren the children of Israel,                   14 For the priests offered the fat u n-
 6 Offer the passover in order, and          til night: and the Levites prepared
make ready the sacrifices for your           for themselves, and the priests their
brethren, and keep the passover a c-         brethren, the sons of Aaron.
cording to the commandment of the             15 The holy singers also, the sons
Lord, which was given unto Moses.            of Asaph, were in their order, a c-
 7 And unto the people that was              cording to the appointment of David,
found there Josias gave thirty tho u-        to wit, Asaph, Zacharias, and Jed u-
sand lambs and kids, and three tho u-        thun, who was of the king's retinue.
sand calves: these things were given          16 Moreover the porters were at
of the king's allowance, according as        every gate; it was not lawful for any
he promised, to the people, to the           to go from his ordinary service: for
priests, and to the Levites.                 their brethren the Levites prepared
 8 And Helkias, Zacharias, and Sye-          for them.

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 17 Thus were the things that be-            not against the Lord.
longed to the sacrifices of the Lord          28 Howbeit Josias did not turn back
accomplished in that day, that they          his chariot from him, but u ndertook
might hold the passover,                     to fight with him, not regarding the
 18 And offer sacrifices upon the al-        words of the prophet Jeremy spoken
tar of the Lord, according to the            by the mouth of the Lord:
commandment of king Josias.                   29 But joined battle with him in the
 19 So the children of Israel which          plain of Magiddo, and the princes
were present held the passover at            came against king Josias.
that time, and the feast of sweet             30 Then said the king unto his ser-
bread seven days.                            vants, Carry me away out of the ba t-
 20 And such a passover was not              tle; for I am very weak. And imm e-
kept in Israel since the time of the         diately his servants took him away
prophet Samuel.                              out of the battle.
 21 Yea, all the kings of Israel held         31 Then gat he up upon his second
not such a passover as Josias, and           chariot; and being brought back to
the priests, and the Levites, and the        Jerusalem died, and was buried in
Jews, held with all Israel that were         his father's sepulchre.
found dwelling at Jerusalem.                  32 And in all Jewry they mourned
 22 In the eighteenth year of the            for Josias, yea, Jeremy the prophet
reign of Josias was this passover            lamented for Josias, and the chief
kept.                                        men with the women made lament a-
 23 And the works or Josias were             tion for him unto this day: and this
upright before his Lord with an heart        was given out for an ordinance to be
full of godliness.                           done continually in all the nation of
 24 As for the things that came to           Israel.
pass in his time, they were written in        33 These things are written in the
former times, concerning those that          book of the stories of the kings of
sinned, and did wickedly against the         Judah, and every one of the acts that
Lord above all people and kingdoms,          Josias did, and his glory, and his u n-
and how they grieved him excee-              derstanding in the law of the Lord,
dingly, so that the words of the Lo rd       and the things that he had done b e-
rose up against Israel.                      fore, and the things now recited, are
 25 Now after all these acts of Josias       reported in the book of the kings of
it came to pass, that Pharaoh the            Israel and Judea.
king of Egypt came to raise war at            34 And the people took Joachaz the
Carchamis upon Euphrates: and J o-           son of Josias, and made him king in-
sias went out against him.                   stead of Josias his father, when he
 26 But the king of Egypt sent to            was twenty and three years old.
him, saying, What have I to do with           35 And he reigned in Judea and in
thee, O king of Judea?                       Jerusalem three months: and then the
 27 I am not sent out from the Lord          king of Egypt deposed him from
God against thee; for my war is upon         reigning in Jerusalem.
Euphrates: and now the Lord is with           36 And he set a tax upon the land of
me, yea, the Lord is with me hasting         an hundred talents of silver and one
me forward: depart from me, and be           talent of gold.

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 37 The king of Egypt also made              neck, his heart, he transgressed the
king Joacim his brother king of J u-         laws of the Lord God of Israel.
dea and Jerusalem.                            49 The governors also of the people
 38 And he bound Joacim and the              and of the priests did many things
nobles: but Zaraces his brother he           against the laws, and passed all the
apprehended, and brought him out of          pollutions of all nations, and defiled
Egypt.                                       the temple of the Lord, which was
 39 Five and twenty years old was            sanctified in Jerusalem.
Joacim when he was made king in               50 Nevertheless the God of their fa-
the land of Judea and Jerusalem; and         thers sent by his messenger to call
he did evil before the Lord.                 them back, because he spared them
 40 Wherefore against him Nabucho-           and his tabernacle also.
donosor the king of Bab ylon came             51 But they had his messengers in
up, and bound him with a chain of            derision; and, look, when the Lord
brass, and carried him into Babylon.         spake unto them, they made a sport
 41 Nabuchodonosor also took of the          of his prophets:
holy vessels of the Lord, and carried         52 So far forth, that he, being wroth
them away, and set them in his own           with his people for their great u n-
temple at Babylon.                           godliness, commanded the kings of
 42 But those things that are record-        the Chaldees to come up against
ed of him, and of his uncleaness and         them;
impiety, are written in the chronicles        53 Who slew their young men with
of the kings.                                the sword, yea, even within the co m-
 43 And Joacim his son reigned in            pass of their holy temple, and spared
his stead: he was made king being            neither young man nor maid, old
eighteen years old;                          man nor child, among them; for he
 44 And reigned but three months             delivered all into their hands.
and ten days in Jerusalem; and did            54 And they took all the holy ves-
evil before the Lord.                        sels of the Lord, both great and
 45 So after a year Nabuchodonosor           small, with the vessels of the ark of
sent and caused him to be brought            God, and the king's treasures, and
into Babylon with the holy vessels of        carried them away into Babylon.
the Lord;                                     55 As for the house of the Lord,
 46 And made Zedechias king of J u-          they burnt it, and brake down the
dea and Jerusalem, when he was one           walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon
and twenty years old; and he reigned         her towers:
eleven years:                                 56 And as for her glorious things,
 47 And he did evil also in the sight        they never ceased till they had con-
of the Lord, and cared not for the           sumed and brought them all to
words that were spoken unto him by           nought: and the people that were not
the prophet Jeremy from the mouth            slain with the sword he carried unto
of the Lord.                                 Babylon:
 48 And after that king Nabuchodo-            57 Who became servants to him and
nosor had made him to swear by the           his children, till the Persians
name of the Lord, he forswore him-           reigned, to fulfil the word of the
self, and rebelled; and hardening his        Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy:

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 58 Until the land had enjoyed her           cattle, and with very many free gifts
sabbaths, the whole time of her des o-       of a great number whose minds were
lation shall she rest, until the full        stirred up thereto.
term of seventy years.                        10 King Cyrus also brought forth
                                             the holy vessels, which Nabuch odo-
             CHAPTER 2                       nosor had carried away from J erusa-
 1 In the first year of Cyrus king of        lem, and had set up in his temple of
the Persians, that the word of the           idols.
Lord might be accomplished, that he           11 Now when Cyrus king of the Per-
had promised by the mouth of Jere-           sians had brought them forth, he d e-
my;                                          livered them to Mithridates his trea-
 2 The Lord raised up the spirit of          surer:
Cyrus the king of the Persians, and           12 And by him they were delivered
he made proclamation through all his         to Sanabassar the governor of Judea.
kingdom, and also by writing,                 13 And this was the number of
 3 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of          them; A thousand golden cups, and a
the Persians; The Lord of Israel, the        thousand of silver, censers of si lver
most high Lord, hath made me king            twenty nine, vials of gold thirty, and
of the whole world,                          of silver two thousand four hundred
 4 And commanded me to build him             and ten, and a thousand other ves-
an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.              sels.
 5 If therefore there be any of you           14 So all the vessels of gold and of
that are of his people, let the Lord,        silver, which were carried away,
even his Lord, be with him, and let          were five thousand four hundred
him go up to Jerusalem that is in Ju-        threescore and nine.
dea, and build the house of the Lord          15 These were brought back by S a-
of Israel: for he is the Lord that           nabassar, together with them of the
dwelleth in Jerusalem.                       captivity, from Babylon to Jerusa-
 6 Whosoever then dwell in the plac-         lem.
es about, let them help him, those, I         16 But in the time of Artexerxes
say, that are his neighbours, with           king of the Persians Belemus, and
gold, and with silver,                       Mithridates, and Tabellius, and R a-
 7 With gifts, with horses, and with         thumus, and Beeltethmus, and S e-
cattle, and other things, which have         mellius the secretary, with others
been set forth by vow, for the temple        that were in commission with them,
of the Lord at Jerusalem.                    dwelling in Samaria and other plac-
 8 Then the chief of the families of         es, wrote unto him against them that
Judea and of the tribe of Benjamin           dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem these
stood up; the priests also, and the          letters following;
Levites, and all they whose mind the          17 To king Artexerxes our lord, Thy
Lord had moved to go up, and to              servants, Rathumus the stor ywriter,
build an house for the Lord at Jer u-        and Semellius the scribe, and the rest
salem,                                       of their council, and the judges that
 9 And they that dwelt round about           are in Celosyria and Phenice.
them, and helped them in all things           18 Be it now known to the lord
with silver and gold, with horses and        king, that the Jews that are up from

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you to us, being come into Jerus a-           kings and fierce were in J erusalem,
lem, that rebellious and wicked city,         who reigned and exacted tributes in
do build the marketplaces, and r epair        Celosyria and Phenice.
the walls of it and do lay the found a-        28 Now therefore I have com-
tion of the temple.                           manded to hinder those men from
 19 Now if this city and the walls            building the city, and heed to be tak-
thereof be made up again, they will           en that there be no more done in it;
not only refuse to give tribute, but           29 And that those wicked workers
also rebel against kings.                     proceed no further to the anno yance
 20 And forasmuch as the things per-          of kings,
taining to the temple are now in               30 Then king Artexerxes his letters
hand, we think it meet not to n eglect        being read, Rathumus, and Semellius
such a matter,                                the scribe, and the rest that wer e in
 21 But to speak unto our lord the            commission with them, removing in
king, to the intent that, if it be thy        haste toward Jerusalem with a troop
pleasure it may be sought out in the          of horsemen and a multitude of
books of thy fathers:                         people in battle array, began to hind-
 22 And thou shalt find in the chro n-        er the builders; and the building of
icles what is written concerning              the temple in Jerusalem ceased until
these things, and shalt understand            the second year of the reign of D a-
that that city was rebellious, trou b-        rius king of the Persians.
ling both kings and cities:
 23 And that the Jews were rebel-                          CHAPTER 3
lious, and raised always wars ther e-          1 Now when Darius reigned, he
in; for the which cause even this city        made a great feast unto all his su b-
was made desolate.                            jects, and unto all his household, and
 24 Wherefore now we do declare               unto all the princes of Media and
unto thee, O lord the king, that i f          Persia,
this city be built again, and the walls        2 And to all the governors and cap-
thereof set up anew, thou shalt from          tains and lieutenants that were under
henceforth have no passage into C e-          him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an
losyria and Phenice.                          hundred twenty and seven provinces.
 25 Then the king wrote back again             3 And when they had eaten and
to Rathumus the storywriter, to Bee l-        drunken, and being satisfied were
tethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and         gone home, then Darius the king
to the rest that were in commission,          went into his bedchamber, and slept,
and dwellers in Samaria and Syria             and soon after awaked.
and Phenice, after this manner;                4 Then three young men, that were
 26 I have read the epistle which ye          of the guard that kept the king's
have sent unto me: therefore I co m-          body, spake one to another;
manded to make diligent search, and            5 Let every one of us speak a sen-
it hath been found that that city was         tence: he that shall overcome, and
from     the    beginning    practising       whose sentence shall seem wiser
against kings;                                than the others, unto him shall the
 27 And the men therein were given            king Darius give great gifts, and
to rebellion and war: and that mighty         great things in token of victory:

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 6 As, to be clothed in purple, to            exceeding strong is wine! it causeth
drink in gold, and to sleep upon              all men to err that drink it:
gold, and a chariot with bridles of            19 It maketh the mind of the king
gold, and an headtire of fine linen,          and of the fatherless child to be all
and a chain about his neck:                   one; of the bondman and of the
 7 And he shall sit next to Darius b e-       freeman, of the poor man and of the
cause of his wisdom, and shall be             rich:
called Darius his cousin.                      20 It turneth also every thought into
 8 And then every one wrote his sen-          jollity and mirth, so that a man r e-
tence, sealed it, and laid it u nder          membereth neither sorrow nor debt:
king Darius his pillow;                        21 And it maketh every heart rich,
 9 And said that, when the king is            so that a man remembereth neither
risen, some will give him the wri t-          king nor governor; and it maketh to
ings; and of whose side the king and          speak all things by talents:
the three princes of Persia shall              22 And when they are in their cups,
judge that his sentence is the wisest,        they forget their love both to friends
to him shall the victory be given, as         and brethren, and a little after draw
was appointed.                                out swords:
 10 The first wrote, Wine is the               23 But when they are from the wine,
strongest.                                    they remember not what they have
 11 The second wrote, The king is             done.
strongest.                                     24 O ye men, is not wine the
 12 The third wrote, Women are                strongest, that enforceth to do thus?
strongest: but above all things Truth         And when he had so spoken, he held
beareth away the victory.                     his peace.
 13 Now when the king was risen up,
they took their writings, and del i-                        CHAPTER 4
vered them unto him, and so he read            1 Then the second, that had spoken
them:                                         of the strength of the king, b egan to
 14 And sending forth he called all           say,
the princes of Persia and Media, and           2 O ye men, do not men excel in
the governors, and the captains, and          strength that bear rule over sea and
the lieutenants, and the chief offic-         land and all things in them?
ers;                                           3 But yet the king is more mighty:
 15 And sat him down in the royal             for he is lord of all these things, and
seat of judgment; and the writings            hath dominion over them; and wha t-
were read before them.                        soever he commandeth them they do.
 16 And he said, Call the young men,           4 If he bid them make war the one
and they shall declare their own se n-        against the other, they do it: if he
tences. So they were called, and              send them out against the enemies,
came in.                                      they go, and break down mou ntains
 17 And he said unto them, Declare            walls and towers.
unto us your mind concerning the               5 They slay and are slain, and
writings. Then began the first, who           transgress not the king's command-
had spoken of the strength of wine;           ment: if they get the victory, they
 18 And he said thus, O ye men, how           bring all to the king, as well the

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spoil, as all things else.                     17 These also make garments for
 6 Likewise for those that are no             men; these bring glory unto men; and
soldiers, and have not to do with             without women cannot men be.
wars, but use husbundry, when they             18 Yea, and if men have gathered
have reaped again that which they             together gold and silver, or any other
had sown, they bring it to the king,          goodly thing, do they not love a
and compel one another to pay tri-            woman which is comely in favour
bute unto the king.                           and beauty?
 7 And yet he is but one man: if he            19 And letting all those things go,
command to kill, they kill; if he             do they not gape, and even with open
command to spare, they spare;                 mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and
 8 If he command to smite, they               have not all men more desire unto
smite; if he command to make des o-           her than unto silver or gold, or any
late, they make desolate; if he com-          goodly thing whatsoever?
mand to build, they build;                     20 A man leaveth his own father
 9 If he command to cut down, they            that brought him up, and his own
cut down; if he command to plant,             country, and cleaveth unto his wife.
they plant.                                    21 He sticketh not to spend his life
 10 So all his people and his armies          with his wife. and remembereth nei-
obey him: furthermore he lieth down,          ther father, nor mother, nor country.
he eateth and drinketh, and taketh             22 By this also ye must know that
his rest:                                     women have dominion over you: do
 11 And these keep watch round                ye not labour and toil, and give and
about him, neither may any one de-            bring all to the woman?
part, and do his own business, nei-            23 Yea, a man taketh his sword, and
ther disobey they him in any thing.           goeth his way to rob and to steal, to
 12 O ye men, how should not the              sail upon the sea and upon rivers;
king be mightiest, when in such sort           24 And looketh upon a lion, and
he is obeyed? And he held his ton-            goeth in the darkness; and when he
gue.                                          hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he
 13 Then the third, who had spoken            bringeth it to his love.
of women, and of the truth, (this was          25 Wherefore a man loveth his wife
Zorobabel) began to speak.                    better than father or mother.
 14 O ye men, it is not the great              26 Yea, many there be that have run
king, nor the multitude of men, ne i-         out of their wits for women, and b e-
ther is it wine, that excelleth; who is       come servants for their sakes.
it then that ruleth them, or hath the          27 Many also have perished, have
lordship over them? are they not              erred, and sinned, for women.
women?                                         28 And now do ye not believe me?
 15 Women have borne the king and             is not the king great in his power? do
all the people that bear rule by sea          not all regions fear to touch him?
and land.                                      29 Yet did I see him and Apame the
 16 Even of them came they: and               king's concubine, the daughter of the
they nourished them up that planted           admirable Bartacus, sitting at the
the vineyards, from whence the wine           right hand of the king,
cometh.                                        30 And taking the crown from the

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king's head, and setting it upon her          unrighteousness; and she is the
own head; she also struck the king            strength, kingdom, power, and m a-
with her left hand.                           jesty, of all ages. Blessed be the God
 31 And yet for all this the king             of truth.
gaped and gazed upon her with open             41 And with that he held his peace.
mouth: if she laughed upon him, he            And all the people then shouted, and
laughed also: but if she took any             said, Great is Truth, and mighty
displeasure at him, the king was fain         above all things.
to flatter, that she might be reco n-          42 Then said the king unto him, Ask
ciled to him again.                           what thou wilt more than is ap-
 32 O ye men, how can it be but               pointed in the writing, and we will
women should be strong, seeing they           give it thee, because thou art found
do thus?                                      wisest; and thou shalt sit next me,
 33 Then the king and the princes             and shalt be called my cousin.
looked one upon another: so he b e-            43 Then said he unto the king, R e-
gan to speak of the truth.                    member thy vow, which thou hast
 34 O ye men, are not women                   vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day
strong? great is the earth, high is the       when thou camest to thy kingdom,
heaven, swift is the sun in his                44 And to send away all the vessels
course, for he compasseth the hea-            that were taken away out of Jerus a-
vens round about, and fetcheth his            lem, which Cyrus set apart, when he
course again to his own place in one          vowed to destroy Babylon, and to
day.                                          send them again thither.
 35 Is he not great that maketh these          45 Thou also hast vowed to build up
things? therefore great is the truth,         the temple, which the Edomites
and stronger than all things.                 burned when Judea was made des o-
 36 All the earth crieth upon the             late by the Chaldees.
truth, and the heaven blesseth it: all         46 And now, O lord the king, this is
works shake and tremble at it, and            that which I require, and which I de-
with it is no unrighteous thing.              sire of thee, and this is the princely
 37 Wine is wicked, the king is               liberality proceeding from thyself: I
wicked, women are wicked, all the             desire therefore that thou make good
children of men are wicked, and such          the vow, the performance whereof
are all their wicked works; and there         with thine own mouth thou hast
is no truth in them; in their unrigh-         vowed to the King of heaven.
teousness also they shall perish.              47 Then Darius the king stood up,
 38 As for the truth, it endureth, and        and kissed him, and wrote letters for
is always strong; it liveth and co n-         him unto all the treasurers and lie u-
quereth for evermore.                         tenants and captains and governors,
 39 With her there is no accepting of         that they should safely convey on
persons or rewards; but she doeth the         their way both him, and all those
things that are just, and refraineth          that go up with him to build Jerus a-
from all unjust and wicked things;            lem.
and all men do well like of her                48 He wrote letters also unto t he
works.                                        lieutenants that were in Celosyria
 40 Neither in her judgment is any            and Phenice, and unto them in Lib a-

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nus, that they should bring cedar            heaven     toward     Jerusalem,  and
wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem,            praised the King of heaven,
and that they should build the city           59 And said, From thee cometh vi c-
with him.                                    tory, from thee cometh wisdom, and
 49 Moreover he wrote for all the            thine is the glory, and I am thy se r-
Jews that went out of his realm up           vant.
into Jewry, concerning their free-            60 Blessed art thou, who hast given
dom, that no officer, no ruler, no           me wisdom: for to thee I give
lieutenant, nor treasurer, should            thanks, O Lord of our fathers.
forcibly enter into their doors;              61 And so he took the letters, and
 50 And that all the country which           went out, and came unto Babylon,
they hold should be free without tri-        and told it all his brethren.
bute; and that the Edomites should            62 And they praised the God of
give over the villages of the Jews           their fathers, because he had given
which then they held:                        them freedom and liberty
 51 Yea, that there should be yearly          63 To go up, and to build Jerusalem,
given twenty talents to the building         and the temple which is called by his
of the temple, until the time that it        name: and they feasted with instr u-
were built;                                  ments of musick and gladness seven
 52 And other ten talents yearly, to         days.
maintain the burnt offerings upon the
altar every day, as they had a com-                         CHAPTER 5
mandment to offer seventeen:                  1 After this were the principal men
 53 And that all they that went from         of the families chosen according to
Babylon to build the city should             their tribes, to go up with their wives
have free liberty, as well they as           and sons and daughters, with their
their posterity, and all the priests         menservants and maidservants, and
that went away.                              their cattle.
 54 He wrote also concerning. the             2 And Darius sent with them a tho u-
charges, and the priests' vestments          sand horsemen, till they had brought
wherein they minister;                       them back to Jerusalem safely, and
 55 And likewise for the charges of          with musical instruments tabrets and
the Levites, to be given them until          flutes.
the day that the house were finished,         3 And all their brethren played, and
and Jerusalem builded up.                    he made them go up together with
 56 And he commanded to give to all          them.
that kept the city pensions and wa g-         4 And these are the names of the
es.                                          men which went up, according to
 57 He sent away also all the vessels        their families among their tribes, a f-
from Babylon, that Cyrus had set             ter their several heads.
apart; and all that Cyrus had given in        5 The priests, the sons of Phinees
commandment, the same charged he             the son of Aaron: Jesus the son of
also to be done, and sent unto Jer u-        Josedec, the son of Saraias, and Jo a-
salem.                                       cim the son of Zorobabel, the son of
 58 Now when this young man was              Salathiel, of the house of David, out
gone forth, he lifted up his face to         of the kindred of Phares, of the tribe

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of Judah;                                     Azuran, four hundred thirty and two:
 6 Who spake wise sentences before             16 The sons of Ananias, an hundred
Darius the king of Persia in the              and one: the sons of Arom, thirty
second year of his reign, in the              two: and the sons of Bassa, three
month Nisan, which is the first               hundred twenty and three: the sons
month.                                        of Azephurith, an hundred and two:
 7 And these are they of Jewry that            17 The sons of Meterus, three tho u-
came up from the captivity, where             sand and five: the sons of Bethlo-
they dwelt as strangers, whom Nab u-          mon, an hundred twenty and three:
chodonosor the king of Bab ylon had            18 They of Netophah, fifty and five:
carried away unto Bab ylon.                   they of Anathoth, an hundred fifty
 8 And they returned unto Jerus alem,         and eight: they of Bethsamos, forty
and to the other parts of Jewry, every        and two:
man to his own city, who came with             19 They of Kiriathiarius, twenty and
Zorobabel, with Jesus, Nehemias,              five: they of Caphira and Beroth,
and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Ene-             seven hundred forty and three: they
nius, Mardocheus. Beelsarus, Aspha-           of Pira, seven hundred:
rasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana,             20 They of Chadias and Ammidoi,
their guides.                                 four hundred twenty and two: they of
 9 The number of them of the nation,          Cirama and Gabdes, six hundred
and their governors, sons of Phoros,          twenty and one:
two thousand an hundred seventy                21 They of Macalon, an hundred
and two; the sons of Saphat, four             twenty and two: they of Betolius, fi f-
hundred seventy and two:                      ty and two: the sons of Nephis, an
 10 The sons of Ares, seven hundred           hundred fifty and six:
fifty and six:                                 22 The sons of Calamolalus and
 11 The sons of Phaath Moab, two              Onus, seven hundred twenty and
thousand eight hundred and twelve:            five: the sons of Jerechus, two hu n-
 12 The sons of Elam, a thousand              dred forty and five:
two hundred fifty and four: the sons           23 The sons of Annas, three thou-
of Zathul, nine hundred forty and             sand three hundred and thirty.
five: the sons of Corbe, seven hun-            24 The priests: the sons of Jeddu,
dred and five: the sons of Bani, six          the son of Jesus among the sons of
hundred forty and eight:                      Sanasib, nine hundred seventy and
 13 The sons of Bebai, six hundred            two: the sons of Meruth, a tho usand
twenty and three: the sons of S adas,         fifty and two:
three thousand two hundred twenty              25 The sons of Phassaron, a thou-
and two:                                      sand forty and seven: the sons of
 14 The sons of Adonikam, six hun-            Carme, a thousand and seventeen.
dred sixty and seven: the sons of Ba-          26 The Levites: the sons of Jessue,
goi, two thousand sixty and six: the          and Cadmiel, and Banuas, and S u-
sons of Adin, four hundred fifty and          dias, seventy and four.
four:                                          27 The holy singers: the sons of
 15 The sons of Aterezias, ninety and         Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.
two: the sons of Ceilan and Azetas             28 The porters: the sons of Salum,
threescore and seven: the sons of             the sons of Jatal, the sons of Ta lmon,

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the sons of Dacobi, the sons of Teta,          and Thelersas, Charaathalar leading
the sons of Sami, in all an hundred            them, and Aalar;
thirty and nine.                                37 Neither could they shew their
 29 The servants of the temple: the            families, nor their stock, how they
sons of Esau, the sons of Asipha, the          were of Israel: the sons of Ladan, the
sons of Tabaoth, the sons of Ceras,            son of Ban, the sons of Necodan, six
the sons of Sud, the sons of Phaleas,          hundred fifty and two.
the sons of Labana, the sons of Gr a-           38 And of the priests that usurped
ba,                                            the office of the priesthood, and
 30 The sons of Acua, the sons of              were not found: the sons of Obdia,
Uta, the sons of Cetab, the sons of            the sons of Accoz, the sons of Ad-
Agaba, the sons of Subai, the sons of          dus, who married Augia one of the
Anan, the sons of Cathua, the sons of          daughters of Barzelus, and was
Geddur,                                        named after his name.
 31 The sons of Airus, the sons of              39 And when the description of the
Daisan, the sons of Noeba, the sons            kindred of these men was sought in
of Chaseba, the sons of Gazera, the            the register, and was not found, they
sons of Azia, the sons of Phinees, the         were removed from executing the o f-
sons of Azare, the sons of Bastai, the         fice of the priesthood:
sons of Asana, the sons of Meani, the           40 For unto them said Nehemias and
sons of Naphisi, the sons of Acub,             Atharias, that they should not be pa r-
the sons of Acipha, the sons of A s-           takers of the holy things, till there
sur, the sons of Pharacim, the sons            arose up an high priest clothed with
of Basaloth,                                   doctrine and truth.
 32 The sons of Meeda, the sons of              41 So of Israel, from them of twelve
Coutha, the sons of Charea, the sons           years old and upward, they were all
of Charcus, the sons of Aserer, the            in number forty thousand, beside
sons of Thomoi, the sons of Nasith,            menservants and womenservants two
the sons of Atipha.                            thousand three hundred and sixty.
 33 The sons of the servants of S o-            42 Their menservants and handma-
lomon: the sons of Azaphion, the               ids were seven thousand three hu n-
sons of Pharira, the sons of Jeeli, the        dred forty and seven: the sin ging
sons of Lozon, the sons of Israel, the         men and singing women, two hu n-
sons of Sapheth,                               dred forty and five:
 34 The sons of Hagia, the sons of              43 Four hundred thirty and five ca-
Pharacareth, the sons of Sabi, the             mels, seven thousand thirty and six
sons of Sarothie, the sons of M asias,         horses, two hundred forty and five
the sons of Gar, the sons of Addus,            mules, five thousand five hundred
the sons of Suba, the sons of Aphe r-          twenty and five beasts used to the
ra, the sons of Barodis, the sons of           yoke.
Sabat, the sons of Allom.                       44 And certain of the chief of their
 35 All the ministers of the temple,           families, when they came to the te m-
and the sons of the servants of S o-           ple of God that is in Jerusalem,
lomon, were three hundred seventy              vowed to set up the house again in
and two.                                       his own place according to their
 36 These came up from Thermeleth              ability,

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 45 And to give into the holy trea-            the Lord was not yet built.
sury of the works a thousand pounds             54 And they gave unto the masons
of gold, five thousand of silver, and          and carpenters money, meat, and
an hundred priestly vestments.                 drink, with cheerfulness.
 46 And so dwelt the priests and the            55 Unto them of Zidon also and
Levites and the people in Jerusalem,           Tyre they gave carrs, that they
and in the country, the singers also           should bring cedar trees from Liba-
and the porters; and all Israel in             nus, which should be brought by
their villages.                                floats to the haven of Joppa, accord-
 47 But when the seventh month was             ing as it was commanded them by
at hand, and when the children of              Cyrus king of the Persians.
Israel were every man in his own                56 And in the second year and
place, they came all together with             second month after his coming to the
one consent into the open place of             temple of God at Jerusalem b egan
the first gate which is toward the             Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and
east.                                          Jesus the son of Josedec, and their
 48 Then stood up Jesus the son of             brethren, and the priests, and the Le-
Josedec, and his brethren the priests          vites, and all they that were come
and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel,            unto Jerusalem out of the captivity:
and his brethren, and made ready the            57 And they laid the foundation of
altar of the God of Israel,                    the house of God in the first day of
 49 To offer burnt sacrifices upon it,         the second month, in the second year
according as it is expressly co m-             after they were come to Jewry and
manded in the book of Moses the                Jerusalem.
man of God.                                     58 And they appointed the Levites
 50 And there were gathered unto               from twenty years old over the works
them out of the other nations of the           of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus,
land, and they erected the altar upon          and his sons and brethren, and Ca d-
his own place, because all the na-             miel his brother, and the sons of M a-
tions of the land were at enmity with          diabun, with the sons of Joda the son
them, and oppressed them; and they             of Eliadun, with their sons and
offered sacrifices according to the            brethren, all Levites, with one a c-
time, and burnt offerings to the Lord          cord setters forward of the business,
both morning and evening.                      labouring to advance the works in
 51 Also they held the feast of taber-         the house of God. So the workmen
nacles, as it is commanded in t he             built the temple of the Lord.
law, and offered sacrifices daily, as           59 And the priests stood arrayed in
was meet:                                      their vestments with musical instru-
 52 And after that, the continual o b-         ments and trumpets; and the Levites
lations, and the sacrifice of the sa b-        the sons of Asaph had cymbals,
baths, and of the new moons, and of             60 Singing songs of thanksgiving,
all holy feasts.                               and praising the Lord, according as
 53 And all they that had made any             David the king of Israel had o r-
vow to God began to offer sacrifices           dained.
to God from the first day of the se-            61 And they sung with loud voices
venth month, although the temple of            songs to the praise of the Lord, b e-

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cause his mercy and glory is for ever          and holding them strait, hindered
in all Israel.                                 their building;
 62 And all the people sounded                  73 And by their secret plots, and
trumpets, and shouted with a loud              popular persuasions and comm o-
voice, singing songs of thanksgi ving          tions, they hindered the finishing of
unto the Lord for the rearing up of            the building all the time that king
the house of the Lord.                         Cyrus lived: so they were hindered
 63 Also of the priests and Levites,           from building for the space of two
and of the chief of their families, the        years, until the reign of Darius.
ancients who had seen the former
house came to the building of this                           CHAPTER 6
with weeping and great crying.                  1 Now in the second year of the
 64 But many with trumpets and joy             reign of Darius Aggeus and Zach a-
shouted with loud voice,                       rias the son of Addo, the prophets,
 65 Insomuch that the trumpets                 prophesied unto the Jews in Jewry
might not be heard for the weeping             and Jerusalem in the name of the
of the people: yet the multitude               Lord God of Israel, which was upon
sounded marvellously, so that it was           them.
heard afar off.                                 2 Then stood up Zorobabel the son
 66 Wherefore when the enemies of              of Salatiel, and Jesus the son of J o-
the tribe of Judah and Benjamin                sedec, and began to build the house
heard it, they came to know what               of the Lord at Jerusalem, the proph-
that noise of trumpets should mean.            ets of the Lord being with them, and
 67 And they perceived that they that          helping them.
were of the captivity did build the             3 At the same time came unto them
temple unto the Lord God of Israel.            Sisinnes the governor of Syria and
 68 So they went to Zorobabel and              Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his
Jesus, and to the chief of the fami-           companions, and said unto them,
lies, and said unto them, We will               4 By whose appointment do ye build
build together with you.                       this house and this roof, and perform
 69 For we likewise, as ye, do obey            all the other things? and who are the
your Lord, and do sacrifice unto him           workmen that perform these things?
from the days of Azbazareth the king            5 Nevertheless the elders of the
of the Assyrians, who brought us               Jews obtained favour, because the
hither.                                        Lord had visited the captivity;
 70 Then Zorobabel and Jesus and                6 And they were not hindered from
the chief of the families of Israel            building, until such time as signifi-
said unto them, It is not for us and           cation was given unto Darius co n-
you to build together an house unto            cerning them, and an answer re-
the Lord our God.                              ceived.
 71 We ourselves alone will build               7 The copy of the letters which S i-
unto the Lord of Israel, according as          sinnes, governor of Syria and Phe-
Cyrus the king of the Persians hath            nice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their
commanded us.                                  companions, rulers in Syria and Ph e-
 72 But the heathen of the land l ying         nice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To
heavy upon the inhabitants of Judea,           king Darius, greeting:

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 8 Let all things be known unto our          carried away out of the house at J e-
lord the king, that being come into          rusalem, and had set them in his own
the country of Judea, and entered in-        temple those Cyrus the king brought
to the city of Jerusalem we found in         forth again out of the temple at B a-
the city of Jerusalem the ancients of        bylon, and they were delivered to
the Jews that were of the captivity          Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus the
 9 Building an house unto the Lord,          ruler,
great and new, of hewn and costly             19 With commandment that he
stones, and the timber already laid          should carry away the same vessels,
upon the walls.                              and put them in the temple at Jerus a-
 10 And those works are done with            lem; and that the temple of the Lord
great speed, and the work goeth on           should be built in his place.
prosperously in their hands, and with         20 Then the same Sanabassarus, be-
all glory and diligence is it made.          ing come hither, laid the found ations
 11 Then asked we these elders, say-         of the house of the Lord at Jerus a-
ing, By whose commandment build              lem; and from that time to this being
ye this house, and lay the found a-          still a building, it is not yet fully
tions of these works?                        ended.
 12 Therefore to the intent that we           21 Now therefore, if it seem good
might give knowledge unto thee by            unto the king, let search be made
writing, we demanded of them who             among the records of king Cyrus:
were the chief doers, and we re-              22 And if it be found that the build-
quired of them the names in wri ting         ing of the house of the Lord at Jer u-
of their principal men.                      salem hath been done with the co n-
 13 So they gave us this answer, We          sent of king Cyrus, and if our lord
are the servants of the Lord which           the king be so minded, let him si gni-
made heaven and earth.                       fy unto us thereof.
 14 And as for this house, it was             23 Then commanded king Darius to
builded many years ago by a king of          seek among the records at Babylon:
Israel great and strong, and was f i-        and so at Ecbatane the palace, which
nished.                                      is in the country of Media, there was
 15 But when our fathers provoked            found a roll wherein these things
God unto wrath, and sinned against           were recorded.
the Lord of Israel which is in he a-          24 In the first year of the reign of
ven, he gave them over into the pow-         Cyrus king Cyrus commanded that
er of Nabuchodonosor king of Bab y-          the house of the Lord at Jerusalem
lon, of the Chaldees;                        should be built again, where they do
 16 Who pulled down the house, and           sacrifice with continual fire:
burned it, and carried away the               25 Whose height shall be sixty cu-
people captives unto Babylon.                bits and the breadth sixty cubits,
 17 But in the first year that king          with three rows of hewn stones, and
Cyrus reigned over the country of            one row of new wood of that cou n-
Babylon Cyrus the king wrot e to             try; and the expences thereof to be
build up this house.                         given out of the house of king Cyrus:
 18 And the holy vessels of gold and          26 And that the holy vessels of the
of silver, that Nabuchodonosor had           house of the Lord, both of gold and

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silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out          every king and nation, that stretcheth
of the house at Jerusalem, and                out his hand to hinder or endamage
brought to Babylon, should be res-            that house of the Lord in Jerusalem.
tored to the house at Jerusalem, and           34 I Darius the king have ordained
be set in the place where they were           that according unto these things it be
before.                                       done with diligence.
 27 And also he commanded that S i-
sinnes the governor of Syria and                            CHAPTER 7
Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and                1 Then Sisinnes the governor of C e-
their companions, and those which             losyria and Phenice, and Sathrab u-
were appointed rulers in Syria and            zanes, with their companions follo w-
Phenice, should be careful not to             ing the commandments of king D a-
meddle with the place, but suffer Zo-         rius,
robabel, the servant of the Lord, and          2 Did very carefully oversee the h o-
governor of Judea, and the el ders of         ly works, assisting the ancients of
the Jews, to build the house of the           the Jews and governors of the tem-
Lord in that place.                           ple.
 28 I have commanded also to have it           3 And so the holy works prospered,
built up whole again; and that they           when Aggeus and Zacharias the
look diligently to help those that be         prophets prophesied.
of the captivity of the Jews, till the         4 And they finished these things by
house of the Lord be finished:                the commandment of the Lord God
 29 And out of the tribute of Cel osy-        of Israel, and with the consent of
ria and Phenice a portion carefully to        Cyrus, Darius, and Artexerxes, kings
be given these men for the sacrifices         of Persia.
of the Lord, that is, to Zorobabel the         5 And thus was the holy house fi-
governor, for bullocks, and rams,             nished in the three and twentieth day
and lambs;                                    of the month Adar, in the sixth year
 30 And also corn, salt, wine, and            of Darius king of the Persians
oil, and that continually every year           6 And the children of Israel, the
without further question, according           priests, and the Levites, and others
as the priests that be in Jerusalem           that were of the captivity, that were
shall signify to be daily spent:              added unto them, did according to
 31 That offerings may be made to             the things written in the book of
the most high God for the king and            Moses.
for his children, and that they may            7 And to the dedication of the tem-
pray for their lives.                         ple of the Lord they offered an hu n-
 32 And he commanded that who-                dred bullocks two hundred rams,
soever should transgress, yea, or             four hundred lambs;
make light of any thing afore sp oken          8 And twelve goats for the sin of all
or written, out of his own house              Israel, according to the number of
should a tree be taken, and he ther e-        the chief of the tribes of Israel.
on be hanged, and all his goods                9 The priests also and the Levites
seized for the king.                          stood arrayed in their vestments, a c-
 33 The Lord therefore, whose name            cording to their kindreds, in the se r-
is there called upon, utterly destroy         vice of the Lord God of Israel, a c-

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cording to the book of Moses: and               4 And the king did him honour: for
the porters at every gate.                     he found grace in his sight in all his
 10 And the children of Israel that            requests.
were of the captivity held the pa s-            5 There went up with him also cer-
sover the fourteenth day of the first          tain of the children of Is rael, of the
month, after that the priests and the          priest of the Levites, of the holy
Levites were sanctified.                       singers, porters, and ministers of the
 11 They that were of the captivity            temple, unto Jerusalem,
were not all sanctified together: but           6 In the seventh year of the reign of
the Levites were all sanctified to-            Artexerxes, in the fifth month, this
gether.                                        was the king's seventh year; for they
 12 And so they offered the passover           went from Babylon in the first day of
for all them of the captivity, and for         the first month, and came to Jerus a-
their brethren the priests, and for            lem, according to the prosperous
themselves.                                    journey which the Lord gave them.
 13 And the children of Israel that             7 For Esdras had very great skill, so
came out of the captivity did eat,             that he omitted nothing of the law
even all they that had separated               and commandments of the Lord, but
themselves from the abominations of            taught all Israel the ordinances and
the people of the land, and sought             judgments.
the Lord.                                       8 Now the copy of the commission,
 14 And they kept the feast of unlea-          which was written from Artexerxes
vened bread seven days, making                 the king, and came to Esdras the
merry before the Lord,                         priest and reader of the law of the
 15 For that he had turned the coun-           Lord, is this that followeth;
sel of the king of Assyria t oward              9 King Artexerxes unto Esdras the
them, to strengthen their hands in the         priest and reader of the law of the
works of the Lord God of Israel.               Lord sendeth greeting:
                                                10 Having determined to deal gra-
             CHAPTER 8                         ciously, I have given order, that such
 1 And after these things, when Ar-            of the nation of the Jews, and of the
texerxes the king of the Persians              priests and Levites being within our
reigned came Esdras the son of S a-            realm, as are willing and desirous
raias, the son of Ezerias, the son of          should go with thee unto Jerusalem.
Helchiah, the son of Salum,                     11 As many therefore as have a
 2 The son of Sadduc, the son of               mind thereunto, let them depart with
Achitob, the son of Amarias, the son           thee, as it hath seemed good both to
of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, the             me and my seven friends the cou n-
son of Zaraias, the son of Savias, the         sellors;
son of Boccas, the son of Abisum,               12 That they may look unto the af-
the son of Phinees, the son of Ele a-          fairs of Judea and Jerusalem, agre e-
zar, the son of Aaron the chief priest.        ably to that which is in the law of
 3 This Esdras went up from Baby-              the Lord;
lon, as a scribe, being very ready in           13 And carry the gifts unto the Lord
the law of Moses, that was given by            of Israel to Jerusalem, which I and
the God of Israel.                             my friends have vowed, and all the

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gold and silver that in the country of        vites, or holy singers, or porters, or
Babylon can be found, to the Lord in          ministers of the temple, or of any
Jerusalem,                                    that have doings in this temple, and
 14 With that also which is given of          that no man have authority to impose
the people for the temple of the Lord         any thing upon them.
their God at Jerusalem: and that sil-          23 And thou, Esdras, according to
ver and gold may be collected for             the wisdom of God ordain judges and
bullocks, rams, and lambs, and                justices, that they may judge in all
things thereunto appertaining;                Syria and Phenice all those that
 15 To the end that they may offer            know the law of thy God; and those
sacrifices unto the Lord upon the a l-        that know it not thou shalt teach.
tar of the Lord their God, which is in         24 And whosoever shall transgress
Jerusalem.                                    the law of thy God, and of the king,
 16 And whatsoever thou and thy               shall be punished diligently, w hether
brethren will do with the silver and          it be by death, or other punishment,
gold, that do, according to the will          by penalty of money, or by impr i-
of thy God.                                   sonment.
 17 And the holy vessels of the Lord,          25 Then said Esdras the scribe,
which are given thee for the use of           Blessed be the only Lord God of my
the temple of thy God, which is in            fathers, who hath put these things
Jerusalem, thou shalt set before thy          into the heart of the king, to glorify
God in Jerusalem.                             his house that is in Jerus alem:
 18 And whatsoever thing else thou             26 And hath honoured me in the
shalt remember for the use of the             sight of the king, and his counse l-
temple of thy God, thou shalt give it         lors, and all his friends and nobles.
out of the king's treasury.                    27 Therefore was I encouraged by
 19 And I king Artexerxes have also           the help of the Lord my God, and ga-
commanded the keepers of the trea-            thered together men of Israel to go
sures in Syria and Phenice, that              up with me.
whatsoever Esdras the priest and the           28 And these are the chief according
reader of the law of the most high            to their families and several dign i-
God shall send for, they should give          ties, that went up with me from Ba-
it him with speed,                            bylon in the reign of king Artex-
 20 To the sum of an hundred talents          erxes:
of silver, likewise also of wheat even         29 Of the sons of Phinees, Gerson:
to an hundred cors, and an hundred            of the sons of Ithamar, Gamael: of
pieces of wine, and other things in           the sons of David, Lettus the son of
abundance.                                    Sechenias:
 21 Let all things be performed after          30 Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias;
the law of God diligently unto the            and with him were counted an hu n-
most high God, that wrath come not            dred and fifty men:
upon the kingdom of the king and his           31 Of the sons of Pahath Moab,
sons.                                         Eliaonias, the son of Zaraias, and
 22 I command you also, that ye re-           with him two hundred men:
quire no tax, nor any other impos i-           32 Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias
tion, of any of the priests, or Le-           the son of Jezelus, and with him

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three hundred men: of the sons of             that place, to send us such men as
Adin, Obeth the son of Jonathan, and          might execute the priests' office in
with him two hundred and fifty men:           the house of the Lord.
 33 Of the sons of Elam, Josias son            47 And by the mighty hand of our
of Gotholias, and with him seventy            Lord they brought unto us skilful
men:                                          men of the sons of Moli the son of
 34 Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias         Levi, the son of Israel, Asebebia, and
son of Michael, and with him thre es-         his sons, and his brethren, who were
core and ten men:                             eighteen.
 35 Of the sons of Joab, Abadias son           48 And Asebia, and Annus, and
of Jezelus, and with him two hu n-            Osaias his brother, of the sons of
dred and twelve men:                          Channuneus, and their sons, were
 36 Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth          twenty men.
son of Josaphias, and with him an              49 And of the servants of the temple
hundred and threescore men:                   whom David had ordained, and the
 37 Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias            principal men for the service of the
son of Bebai, and with him twenty             Levites to wit, the servants of the
and eight men:                                temple two hundred and twenty, the
 38 Of the sons of Astath, Johannes           catalogue of whose names were
son of Acatan, and with him an hu n-          shewed.
dred and ten men:                              50 And there I vowed a fast unto the
 39 Of the sons of Adonikam the               young men before our Lord, to desire
last, and these are the names of              of him a prosperous journey both for
them, Eliphalet, Jewel, and Samaias,          us and them that were with us, for
and with them seventy men:                    our children, and for the cattle:
 40 Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the              51 For I was ashamed to ask the
son of Istalcurus, and with him s e-          king footmen, and horsemen, and
venty men.                                    conduct for safeguard against our
 41 And these I gathered together to          adversaries.
the river called Theras, where we              52 For we had said unto the king,
pitched our tents three days: and             that the power of the Lord our God
then I surveyed them.                         should be with them that seek him,
 42 But when I had found there none           to support them in all ways.
of the priests and Levites,                    53 And again we besought our Lord
 43 Then sent I unto Eleazar, and             as touching these things, and found
Iduel, and Masman,                            him favourable unto us.
 44 And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and             54 Then I separated twelve of the
Joribas, and Nathan, Eunatan, Zach a-         chief of the priests, Esebrias, and
rias, and Mosollamon, principal men           Assanias, and ten men of their bret h-
and learned.                                  ren with them:
 45 And I bade them that they should           55 And I weighed them the gold,
go unto Saddeus the captain, who              and the silver, and the holy vessels
was in the place of the treasury:             of the house of our Lord, which the
 46 And commanded them that they              king, and his council, and the
should speak unto Daddeus, and to             princes, and all Israel, had give n.
his brethren, and to the treasurers in         56 And when I had weighed it, I d e-

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livered unto them six hundred and               out of the captivity offered sacrifice
fifty talents of silver, and silver ves-        unto the Lord God of Israel, even
sels of an hundred talents, and an              twelve bullocks for all Israel, fou rs-
hundred talents of gold,                        core and sixteen rams,
 57 And twenty golden vessels, and               66 Threescore and twelve lambs,
twelve vessels of brass, even of fine           goats for a peace offering, twelve;
brass, glittering like gold.                    all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.
 58 And I said unto them, Both ye                67 And they delivered the king's
are holy unto the Lord, and the ves-            commandments unto the king's s te-
sels are holy, and the gold and the             wards' and to the governors of Cel o-
silver is a vow unto the Lord, the              syria and Phenice; and they h o-
Lord of our fathers.                            noured the people and the temple of
 59 Watch ye, and keep them till ye             God.
deliver them to the chief of the                 68 Now when these things were
priests and Levites, and to the prin-           done, the rulers came unto me, and
cipal men of the families of Israel, in         said,
Jerusalem, into the chambers of the              69 The nation of Israel, the princes,
house of our God.                               the priests and Levites, have not put
 60 So the priests and the Levites,             away from them the strange people
who had received the silver and the             of the land, nor the pollutions of the
gold and the vessels, brought them              Gentiles to wit, of the Canaanites,
unto Jerusalem, into the temple of              Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and
the Lord.                                       the Moabites, Egyptians, and Ed o-
 61 And from the river Theras we                mites.
departed the twelfth day of the first            70 For both they and their sons have
month, and came to Jerusalem by the             married with their daughters, an d the
mighty hand of our Lord, which was              holy seed is mixed with the strange
with us: and from the beginning of              people of the land; and from the b e-
our journey the Lord delivered us               ginning of this matter the rulers and
from every enemy, and so we came                the great men have been partakers of
to Jerusalem.                                   this iniquity.
 62 And when we had been there                   71 And as soon as I had heard these
three days, the gold and silver that            things, I rent my clothes, and the ho-
was weighed was delivered in the                ly garment, and pulled off the hair
house of our Lord on the fourth day             from off my head and beard, and sat
unto Marmoth the priest the son of              me down sad and very heavy.
Iri.                                             72 So all they that were then moved
 63 And with him was Eleazar the                at the word of the Lord God of Israel
son of Phinees, and with them were              assembled unto me, whilst I mourned
Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth               for the iniquity: but I sat still full of
the son of Sabban, Levites: all was             heaviness until the evening sacrifice.
delivered them by number and                     73 Then rising up from the fast with
weight.                                         my clothes and the holy garment
 64 And all the weight of them was              rent, and bowing my knees, and
written up the same hour.                       stretching forth my hands unto the
 65 Moreover they that were come                Lord,

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 74 I said, O Lord, I am confounded             85 Moreover ye shall never seek to
and ashamed before thy face;                   have peace with them, that ye may
 75 For our sins are multiplied above          be strong, and eat the good things of
our heads, and our ignorances have             the land, and that ye may leave the
reached up unto heaven.                        inheritance of the land unto your
 76 For ever since the time of our f a-        children for evermore.
thers we have been and are in great             86 And all that is befallen is done
sin, even unto this day.                       unto us for our wicked works and
 77 And for our sins and our fathers'          great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst
we with our brethren and our kings             make our sins light,
and our priests were given up unto              87 And didst give unto us such a
the kings of the earth, to the sword,          root: but we have turned back again
and to captivity, and for a prey with          to transgress thy law, and to mingle
shame, unto this day.                          ourselves with the uncleanness of the
 78 And now in some measure hath               nations of the land.
mercy been shewed unto us from                  88 Mightest not thou be angry with
thee, O Lord, that there should be             us to destroy us, till thou hadst left
left us a root and a name in the place         us neither root, seed, nor name?
of thy sanctuary;                               89 O Lord of Israel, thou art true:
 79 And to discover unto us a light in         for we are left a root this day.
the house of the Lord our God, and              90 Behold, now are we before thee
to give us food in the time of our             in our iniquities, for we cannot stand
servitude.                                     any longer by reason of these things
 80 Yea, when we were in bondage,              before thee.
we were not forsaken of our Lord;               91 And as Esdras in his prayer made
but he made us gracious before the             his confession, weeping, and lying
kings of Persia, so that they gave us          flat upon the ground before the tem-
food;                                          ple, there gathered unto him from
 81 Yea, and honoured the temple of            Jerusalem a very great multitude of
our Lord, and raised up the desolate           men and women and children: for
Sion, that they have given us a sure           there was great weeping among the
abiding in Jewry and J erusalem.               multitude.
 82 And now, O Lord, what shall we              92 Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus,
say, having these things? for we have          one of the sons of Israel, called out,
transgressed thy commandments,                 and said, O Esdras, we have sinned
which thou gavest by the hand of thy           against the Lord God, we have ma r-
servants the prophets, saying,                 ried strange women of the nations of
 83 That the land, which ye enter i n-         the land, and now is all Israel aloft.
to to possess as an heritage, is a land         93 Let us make an oath to the Lord,
polluted with the pollutions of the            that we will put away all our wives,
strangers of the land, and they have           which we have taken of the heathen,
filled it with their uncleanness.              with their children,
 84 Therefore now shall ye not join             94 Like as thou hast decreed, and as
your daughters unto their sons, ne i-          many as do obey the law of the Lord.
ther shall ye take their daughters un-          95 Arise and put in execution: for to
to your sons.                                  thee doth this matter appertain, and

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we will be with thee: do valiantly.             11 But forasmuch as the people are
 96 So Esdras arose, and took an               many, and it is foul weather, so that
oath of the chief of the priests an d          we cannot stand without, and this is
Levites of all Israel to do after these        not a work of a day or two, seeing
things; and so they sware.                     our sin in these things is spread far:
                                                12 Therefore let the rulers of the
             CHAPTER 9                         multitude stay, and let all them of
 1 Then Esdras rising from the court           our habitations that have strange
of the temple went to the chamber of           wives come at the time appointed,
Joanan the son of Eliasib,                      13 And with them the rulers and
 2 And remained there, and did eat             judges of every place, till we turn
no meat nor drink water, mourning              away the wrath of the Lord from us
for the great iniquities of the mult i-        for this matter.
tude.                                           14 Then Jonathan the son of Azael
 3 And there was a proclamation in             and Ezechias the son of Theocanus
all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them            accordingly took this matter upon
that were of the captivity, that they          them: and Mosollam and Levis and
should be gathered together at Jer u-          Sabbatheus helped them.
salem:                                          15 And they that were of the captiv-
 4 And that whosoever met not there            ity did according to all these things.
within two or three days according              16 And Esdras the priest chose unto
as the elders that bare rule ap-               him the principal men of their fam i-
pointed, their cattle should be seized         lies, all by name: and in the first day
to the use of the temple, and himself          of the tenth month they sat t ogether
cast out from them that were of the            to examine the matter.
captivity.                                      17 So their cause that held strange
 5 And in three days were all they of          wives was brought to an end in the
the tribe of Judah and Benjamin ga-            first day of the first month.
thered together at Jerusalem the                18 And of the priests that were
twentieth day of the ninth month.              come together, and had strange
 6 And all the multitude sat trem-             wives, there were found:
bling in the broad court of the te m-           19 Of the sons of Jesus the son of
ple because of the present foul                Josedec, and his brethren; Matth elas
weather.                                       and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joad a-
 7 So Esdras arose up, and said unto           nus.
them, Ye have transgressed the law              20 And they gave their hands to put
in marrying strange wives, thereby             away their wives and to offer rams to
to increase the sins of Israel.                make reconcilement for their errors.
 8 And now by confessing give glory             21 And of the sons of Emmer; Ana-
unto the Lord God of our fathers,              nias, and Zabdeus, and Eanes, and
 9 And do his will, and separate               Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias.
yourselves from the heathen of the              22 And of the sons of Phaisur; Elio-
land, and from the strange women.              nas, Massias Israel, and Nathanael,
 10 Then cried the whole multitude,            and Ocidelus and Talsas.
and said with a loud voice, Like as             23 And of the Levites; Jozabad, and
thou hast spoken, so will we do.               Semis, and Colius, who was called

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Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and         they that were of Israel, dwelt in J e-
Jonas.                                       rusalem, and in the country, in the
 24 Of the holy singers; Eleazurus,          first day of the seventh month: so the
Bacchurus.                                   children of Israel were in their habi-
 25 Of the porters; Sallumus, and            tations.
Tolbanes.                                     38 And the whole multitude came
 26 Of them of Israel, of the sons of        together with one accord into the
Phoros; Hiermas, and Eddias, and             broad place of the holy porch toward
Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar,           the east:
and Asibias, and Baanias.                     39 And they spake unto Esdras the
 27 Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias,          priest and reader, that he would
Zacharias, and Hierielus, and Hier e-        bring the law of Moses, that was
moth, and Aedias.                            given of the Lord God of Israel.
 28 And of the sons of Zamoth; Elia-          40 So Esdras the chief priest
das, Elisimus, Othonias, Jarimoth,           brought the law unto the whole mul-
and Sabatus, and Sardeus.                    titude from man to woman, and to all
 29 Of the sons of Babai; Johannes,          the priests, to hear law in the first
and Ananias and Josabad, and Am a-           day of the seventh month.
theis.                                        41 And he read in the broad court
 30 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus,             before the holy porch from mor ning
Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus, Jasael,           unto midday, before both men and
and Hieremoth.                               women; and the multitude gave heed
 31 And of the sons of Addi; Naa-            unto the law.
thus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and               42 And Esdras the priest and reader
Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel,          of the law stood up upon a pulpit of
Balnuus, and Manasseas.                      wood, which was made for that pu r-
 32 And of the sons of Annas; Eli o-         pose.
nas and Aseas, and Melchias, and              43 And there stood up by him Mat-
Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus.                tathias, Sammus, Ananias, Azarias,
 33 And of the sons of Asom; Alt a-          Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the
neus, and Matthias, and Baanaia,             right hand:
Eliphalet, and Manasses, and S emei.          44 And upon his left hand stood
 34 And of the sons of Maani; Jere-          Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias, Lotha-
mias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel, Mab-            subus, and Nabarias.
dai, and Pelias, and Anos, Caraba-            45 Then took Esdras the book of the
sion, and Enasibus, and Mamnita-             law before the multitude: for he s at
naimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, S a-        honourably in the first place in the
mis, Selemias, Nathanias: and of the         sight of them all.
sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus,         46 And when he opened the law,
Samatus, Zambis, Josephus.                   they stood all straight up. So Esdras
 35 And of the sons of Ethma; Mazi-          blessed the Lord God most High, the
tias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel, Banaias.        God of hosts, Almighty.
 36 All these had taken strange               47 And all the people answered,
wives, and they put them away with           Amen; and lifting up their hands
their children.                              they fell to the ground, and wo r-
 37 And the priests and Levites, and         shipped the Lord.

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 48 Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Ad i-
nus, 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 Es-
dras the chief priest. and reader, and
to the Levites that taught the multi-
tude, even to all, saying,
 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 sor-
 54 Then went they their way, every
one to eat and drink, and make me r-
ry, 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 as-


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