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were the PROPHETS of God

8 Go up to the Mountain, and HELPING them.

bring Wood, and build the House ; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, faith the Lord.

Zechariah i. 1 In the eighth:Month, in the second Year of Darius, came the Word of the LORD unto Zechariah the Prophet, saying,

12 Then the Angel of the Lord answered and said, O Lord of Hofts, how long wilt thou not have Mercy on Jerusalem, and on the Cities of Judah, against which thou hast had Indignation these threescore and ten Years.

16 Therefore thus faith the LORD, I am returned to Jerusalem with Mercies : my House shall be built in it saith the LORD of Hofts, and a Line hall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.


Darius advanceth the Building. 13 The Temple is finished. 16 The Feast of the Dedication, 19 And of the Passover.


Ver. 1 HEN Darius the King made a Decree, and

Search was made in the House of the Rolls, where the Treasurers were laid up in Babylon.

2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the Province of the Medes, a Roll, and therein was a Record thus written:

3 In the first Year of Cyrus, the King made a DECREE concerning the House of God at JERUSALEM: Let the House be builded, the place where they offered Sacrifice, and let the Foundation thereof be strongly laid, the Height thereof threescore Cubits, and the Breadth thereof threescore Cubits.

4 With three Rows of great Stoncs, and a Row of new Timber: and let the Expences be given out of the King's House.

5 And also let the golden and silver Vessels of the House of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the Teinple which is at Jerusalem, and brought into Babylon, be restored, and brought again into the Temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his Place, and place them in the House of God.

6 Now therefore Tatnai, Governor beyond the River, Shethar-boznai, and your Companions the Apharfachites, which are beyond the River, be ye far from thence.

7 Let the work of the House of God alone, let the Governor of the Jews build this House of God in this place. 8 Moreover, I make a Decree, what ye shall do to the


Elders of these Jews, for the building of this House of God, that of the King's Goods, even of the Tribute beyond the River, forthwith Expences be given unto these Men, that they be not hindred.

9 And that which they have need of, both young Bul. locks, and Rams, and Lambs, for the Burnt offerings of the God of Heaven, Wheat, Salt, Wine, and Oyl, according to the Appointment of the Priests, which are at Jerufalem, let it be given them Day by Day without fail :

10 That they may offer Sacrifices of sweet Savours urto the God of Heaven, and PRAY for the Life of the King, and of his Sons.

1 Also I have made a Decree, that whosoever shall alter this Word, let Timber be pulled down from his House, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon, and let his House be made a Dunghil for this.

12 And the God that hath caused his Name to dwell there, destroy all Kings, and People that shall put to their Hand, to alter and to destroy this House of God which is at Jerusalem: I DARIUS have made a DECREE, let it be done with Speed.

13 Then Tatnai, Shethar-boznai, and their Companions, according to that which Darius the King had sent, so they did fpeedily.

14. And the Elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the Prophesying of Haggai, and Zechariah, and they builded and finished it, according to the Commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the Commandment of Cyrus and Darius, and Artaxerxes King of Perfia.

15 And this House was finished on the third Day of the Month Adar, which was in the fixth Year of the Reign of Darius the King.

16 And the Children of Israel, the Priests and the Levites, and the Rest of the Children of the Captivity, kept the Dedication of this House of God with Joy,

18 And they set the Priests in their Divisions, and the Levites in their Courses, for the Service of God, which is at Jerufalem ; as it is written in the Book of Moses.

21 And the Children of Israel which were come again out of Captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the Filthiness of the Heathen of the Land, to feck the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

22 And kept the Feast of unleavened Bread seven Days with Joy: for the LORD had made them joyful: and turned the Heart of the King of Affyria unto them, to strengthen their Hands in the Work of the House of God, the God of Israel.


i Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. 11 The gracious Commision of

Artaxerxes to him. 27 Ezra bleseth God for his Favour.

Ver. NOW

Ver. 1 OW after these Things, in the Reign of Artax

erxes King of Persia, Ezra, whose Descent is reckoned from Aaron the High Priest.

2 The Son of Shallum, the Son of Zadock, the Son of Ahitub,

3 The Son of Amariah, the Son of Azariah, the Son of Meraioth,

4 The Son of Zerahiah, the Son of Uzzi, the Son of Bukki,

6 This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was a ready Scribe in the Law of Moses: and the King granted him all his Request, according to the Hand of the LORD his God

upon him.

7. And there went up some of the Children of Israel, and of the Priests, and Levites, and Singers, and the Porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh Year of Artaxerxes the King.

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth Month, which was in the seventh Year of the King.

9 For upon the first Day of the first Month, began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first Day of the fifth Month, came he to Jerusalem, according to the good Hand of his God upon him.

10 For Ezra had PREPARED his Heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to DO IT, and to teach in Israel Statutes and Judgments.

11 Now this is the Copy of the Letter that the King Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra.

12 Artaxerxes King of Kings, Unto Ezra the Priest, a Scribe of the Law of the God of HEAVEN, perfect PEACE, and at such a Time. 13 I make a DECREE, that all they of the People of IlMmmm

rael, rael, and of his Priests, and Levites in my Realm, which are minded of their own free Will to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

14 Forasmuch as thou art fent of the King, and of his seven Counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the Law of thy God which is in thise HAND.

15 And to carry the Silver and Gold, which the King and his Counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Ilfacl, whole Habitation is in Jerusalem.

16 And all the Silver and Gold that thou canst find in all the Province of Babylon, with the Free-will-offering of the People, and of the Priests, offering willingly for the House of their God, which is in Jerusalem.

17 That thou mayst buy fpeedily with this Money, Bullocks, Rams, Lambs, with their Meat-offerings, and their Drink-offerings, and offer them upon the Altar of the House of your God which is in Jerusalem.

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy Brethren, to do with the rest of the Silver and Gold, that do after the Will of your God.

19 The Veflels also that are given thee, for the Service of the House of thy God, those DELIVER thou before the God of Jerusalem.

20 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the House of thy God, which thou shalt have Occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the King's Treasure House.

21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the King, do make a Ds. CREE to all the Treasurers which are beyond the River, that whatsoever Ezra the Priest, the Scribe of the Law of the God of HEAVEN, shall require of you, it be done speedily;

22 Unto an hundred Talents of Silver, and to an hundred Measures of Wheat, and to an hundred Baths of Wine, and to an hundred Baths of Oy), and Salt without prescribing how much.

23 Whatsoever is COMMANDED by the God of HEAVEN, let it be diligently done, for the House of the God of HEAVEN: for why should there be WRATH against the King and his Sons?

24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the Priests and Levites, Singers, Porters, Nethinims, or Ministers of this House of God, it shall not be lawful to impose Toll, Tribute, or Custom upon them.

25 And thou Ezra, after the Wisdom of thy God, that is in thine Hand, set Magistrates and Judges, which may judge all the People that are beyond the River, and all such as know the Laws of thy God; and TEACH ye them that know them not.

26 And whosoever will not do the Law of thy God, and the Law of the King, let Judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto Death, or to BANISHMENT, or to Confiscation of Goods, or to IMPRISONMENT.

27 Blessed be the LORD God of our Fathers, which hath put such a Thing as this in the King's Heart, to beautify the House of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

28 And hath extended Mercy unto me, before the King, and his Counsellors, and before all the Kings mighty Princes: and I was strengthened as the Hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel, chief Men to go up with me.


i Ezra's Companions, who returned from Babylon. 15 He

sendeth to Iddo for Ministers for the Temple. 21 He keepeth a Faft. 24. He committeth the Treasures to the Custody of the

Priests. 31 From Ahava they come to Jerusalem. 33 The Treasure is weighed in the Temple. 36 The Commiffion is delivered.

Ver. 21 HEN I Ezra proclaimed a Fast at the River A.,

hava, that we might AFFLICT ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right Way for us, and for our little ones, and for all Substance.

22 For as I was ashamed to require of the King a Band of Soldiers and Horsemen, to help us against the Enemy in the Way: because we had spoken unto the King, saying, The Hand of our God is upon all them for Good, that seek him, but his Power and his Wrath is against all them that FORSAKE him.

23 So we fafted and BESOUGHT our God for this, and he was INTREATED of us.

24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the Priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their Brethren with them. 25 And weighed unto them the Silver, and the Gold,

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