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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Ezra 7:1-28

7  And after these things in the reign of Ar·ta·xerx′es+ the king of Persia, Ez′ra+ the son of Se·rai′ah+ the son of Az·a·ri′ah the son of Hil·ki′ah+  the son of Shal′lum+ the son of Za′dok+ the son of A·hi′tub+  the son of Am·a·ri′ah+ the son of Az·a·ri′ah+ the son of Me·ra′ioth+  the son of Zer·a·hi′ah+ the son of Uz′zi+ the son of Buk′ki+  the son of Ab·i·shu′a+ the son of Phin′e·has+ the son of El·e·a′zar+ the son of Aaron+ the chief priest*+  the said Ez′ra himself went up from Babylon; and he was a skilled copyist+ in the law of Moses,+ which Jehovah the God of Israel had given, so that the king granted him, according to the hand of Jehovah his God upon him, all his request.+  Consequently some of the sons of Israel and of the priests+ and the Levites+ and the singers+ and the gatekeepers+ and the Neth′i·nim+ went up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of Ar·ta·xerx′es+ the king.  At length he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, that is, in the seventh year of the king.  For on the first [day] of the first month he himself appointed the going up from Babylon, and on the first [day] of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.+ 10  For Ez′ra himself had prepared+ his heart to consult the law of Jehovah+ and to do [it]+ and to teach+ in Israel regulation+ and justice.+ 11  And this is a copy of the letter that King Ar·ta·xerx′es gave Ez′ra the priest the copyist,+ a copyist of the words of the commandments of Jehovah and of his regulations toward Israel: 12*  “Ar·ta·xerx′es,+ the king of kings,+ to Ez′ra the priest, the copyist of the law of the God of the heavens:+ [Peace] be perfected.+ And now 13  by me an order+ has been put through that everyone in my realm+ of the people of Israel and their priests and Levites that is willing to go to Jerusalem with you should go.+ 14  Inasmuch as from before the king and his seven counselors+ [an order] was sent to investigate+ concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the law+ of your God+ that is in your hand, 15  and to bring the silver and the gold that the king and his counselors have voluntarily given+ to the God of Israel, whose residence is in Jerusalem,+ 16  with all the silver and the gold that you find in all the jurisdictional district of Babylon along with the gift of the people+ and the priests who are voluntarily giving to the house of their God,+ which is in Jerusalem; 17  accordingly you will promptly buy with this money bulls,+ rams,+ lambs+ and their grain offerings+ and their drink offerings+ and you will present them upon the altar of the house of YOUR God,+ which is in Jerusalem.+ 18  “And whatever it seems good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold,+ according to the will+ of YOUR God, YOU men will do.+ 19  And the vessels+ that are being given to you for the service of the house of your God deliver in full before God at Jerusalem.+ 20  And the rest of the necessities of the house of your God that it devolves upon you to give, you will give out of the king’s house of treasures.+ 21  “And by me myself, Ar·ta·xerx′es the king, an order+ has been put through to all the treasurers+ that are beyond the River,+ that everything that Ez′ra+ the priest, the copyist of the law of the God of the heavens, requests of YOU men it will be done promptly, 22  even to a hundred talents*+ of silver and a hundred cor*+ measures of wheat and a hundred bath*+ measures of wine+ and a hundred bath measures of oil,+ and salt+ without limit. 23  Let all that is by the order+ of the God of the heavens be done with zeal+ for the house of the God of the heavens,+ that there may occur no wrath against the king’s realm and his sons.+ 24  And to YOU men it is being made known that, as respects any of the priests+ and the Levites,+ the musicians,*+ the doorkeepers,+ the Neth′i·nim,+ and the workers of this house of God, no tax, tribute+ or toll+ is allowed to be imposed upon them. 25  “And you, Ez′ra, according to the wisdom+ of your God that is in your hand appoint magistrates and judges that they may continually judge+ all the people that are beyond the River, even all those knowing the laws of your God; and anyone that has not known [them] YOU men will instruct.+ 26  And as for everyone that does not become a doer of the law of your God+ and the law of the king, let judgment be promptly executed upon him, whether for death+ or for banishment,+ or for money fine+ or for imprisonment.”* 27  Blessed be Jehovah the God of our forefathers,+ who has put such a thing into the heart+ of the king, to beautify+ the house of Jehovah, which is in Jerusalem! 28  And toward me he has extended loving-kindness*+ before the king and his counselors+ and as respects all the mighty princes of the king. And I, for my part, strengthened myself according to the hand+ of Jehovah my God upon me, and I proceeded to collect out of Israel the head ones to go up with me.

Footnotes

Lit., “the head priest.” Heb., hak·ko·hen′ ha·roʼsh′; Vg, “the priest from the beginning.”
The second section of Ezra written in Aram. begins here and ends with vs 26. See 4:8 ftn.
See 8:26 ftn.
A cor equaled 220 L (200 dry qt).
A bath equaled 22 L (5.81 gal). See Eze 45:11 ftns.
Or, “the singers [accompanied by music].”
The second section of Ezra written in Aram. ends here. See vs 12 ftn.
Or, “loyal love.”