1[1-3] Now in the 1st year of Cyrus ruler of Persia, so that the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah would happen, Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus ruler of Persia, so that he made an announcement throughout all his countries, and put it also in writing, saying, Cyrus ruler of Persia, says this, All the countries of the earth Yahweh, the God of heaven, has given me; who has told me to build a Place of Worship in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all God’s people, God will be with you, and let you go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the Place of Worship of Yahweh, the God of Israel, who is God, which is in Jerusalem.
[4-6] Whoever is left, in any place where they stay, let those of their place help them with silver, gold, goods, and animals, besides the freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem. Then the heads of the ancestors’ of Judah and Benjamin, the preachers, and the Levites, God had stirred their spirits to go build the Place of Worship of Yahweh which is in Jerusalem. All those who were around them took in their hands pots of silver, gold, goods, animals, and precious things, besides what was willingly offered.
[7-11] Also Cyrus the ruler brought out the pots of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, which Nebuchad nezzar had brought out of Jerusalem, and had put in the place of his gods; even those Cyrus ruler of Persia brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar, the head of Judah. This is their number; 30 gold platters, 1,000 silver platters, 29 knives, 30 gold bowls, 410 silver bowls of another kind, and 1,000 other pots. All the pots of gold and silver were 5,400. All these Sheshbazzar brought up when those of the prisoners were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
2[1-2] Now these are the people of the country, who went up out of the prisoners of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchad nezzar the ruler of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to their own city; who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the people of the people of Israel:
[3-42] The people of Parosh, 2,172. The people of Shephatiah,372. The people of Arah,775. The people of Pahathmoab, of the people of Jeshua and Joab, 2812. The people of Elam, 1,254. The people of Zattu, 945. The people of Zaccai,760. The people of Bani, 642. The people of Bebai, 623. The people of Azgad, 1,222. The people of Adonikam, 666. The people of Bigvai, 2,056. The people of Adin, 454. The people of Ater, of Hezekiah, 98. The people of Bezai,323. The people of Jorah,112. The people of Hashum, 223. The people of Gibbar, 95. The people of Bethlehem, 123. The people of Netophah, 56. The people of Anathoth, 128. The people of Azmaveth, 42. The people of Kiriath Arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743. The people of Ramah and Geba, 621. The people of Michmas,122. The people of Bethel and Ai, 223. The people of Nebo, 52. The people of Magbish,156. The people of the other Elam,1,254. The people of Harim, 320. The people of Lod, Had id, and Ono, 725. The people of Jericho, 345. The people of Senaah,3,630. The preachers; the people of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, 973. The people of Immer,1,052. The people of Pashhur, 1,247. The people of Harim, 1,017. The Levites; the people of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the people of Hodaviah, 74. The singers; the people of Asaph,128. The doorkeepers; the people of Shallum, the people of Ater, the people of Talmon, the people of Akkub, the people of Hatita, the people of Shobai, 139 in all.
[43-58] The Nethinim; the people of Ziha, the people of Hasupha, the people of Tabbaoth, the people of Keros, the people of Siaha, the people of Padon, the people of Lebanah, the people of Hagabah, the people of Akkub, the people of Hagab, the people of Shamlai, the people of Hanan, the people of Giddel, the people of Gahar, the people of Reaiah, the people of Rezin, the people of Nekoda, the people of Gazzam, the people of Uzza, the people of Paseah, the people of Besai, the people of Asnah, the people of Meunim, the people of Nephisim, the people of Bakbuk, the people of Hakupha, the people of Harhur, the people of Bazluth, the people of Mehida, the people of Harsha, the people of Barkos, the people of Sisera, the people of Temah, the people of Neziah, the people of Hatipha, the people of Solomon’s workers; the people of Sotai, the people of Hassophereth, the people of Peruda, the people of Jaalah, the people of Darkon, the people of Giddel, the people of Shephatiah, the people of Hattil, and the people of Pochereth Hazzebaim, the people of Ami. All the Nethinim, and the people of Solomon’s workers were 392.
[59-60] These were those who went up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer; but they couldn’t show which family their ancestors were from, and their people, whether they were of Israel; the people of Delaiah, the people of Tobiah, the people of Nekoda, 652.
[61-62] Of the people of the preachers; the people of Habaiah, the people of Hakkoz, the people of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai, the Gileadite, and was called after their name. These looked for their names among those who were recognized by genealogy, but they weren’t found; so they were thought to be of mixed race and weren’t allowed to be preachers.
[63-67] The governor said to them that they shouldn’t eat of the most holy things, until a preacher came with the Judgement Stones (Urim and Thummim). The whole assembly together was 42,360, besides their male and female workers, of whom there were 7,337; and they had 200 singing men and women. They also had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
[68-70] When some of the heads of the ancestors’ houses came to the Place of Worship of Yahweh which is in Jerusalem, they offered willingly to set up the house of God in its place; they gave as they were able into the treasury of the work 61,000 gold coins, and 5,000 silver coins, and 100 sets of preachers’ clothes. So the preachers, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the doorkeepers, and the Nethinim, lived in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.
3[1-5] When the 7th month had come, and the people of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one to Jerusalem. Then Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, stood up along with his brothers the preachers, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brothers, and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on, as it’s written in the Law of Moses, the follower of God. They set the altar on its base; and even though they were scared of the peoples of the countries, they offered burnt offerings on it to Yahweh, both morning and evening burnt offerings. They kept the Celebration of Booths, as it’s written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the rule, as was called for by the duty of each day; and afterward the continual burnt offering, and the new moon offerings, and of all the set celebrations of Yahweh that were dedicated, and of everyone who willingly gave a freewill offering to Yahweh.
[6-9] From the 1st day of the 7th month they began to offer burnt offerings to Yahweh; but the foundation of the Place of Worship of Yahweh wasn’t laid yet. They also gave money to the stonebuilders and the woodworkers; and food, drink, and oil to those of Sidon and Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the Mediteranean Sea near Joppa (modern Tel Aviv-Yafo, or also known as Tel Aviv-Jaffa) according to the grant that they had of Cyrus (550-530 BC) ruler of Persia. Now in the 2nd year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, in the 2nd month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the rest of their brothers, the preachers and the Levites, and all those who had come out of the prisoners to Jerusalem, and set the Levites, from 20 years old and up, to have the oversight of the work of the Place of Worship of Yahweh. Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brothers, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to have the oversight of the workers in the house of God; the sons of Henadad with their sons and their brothers, the Levites.
[10-13] When the builders laid the foundation of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, they gave the clothed preachers horns, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, cymbals, to praise Yahweh, after the order of David ruler of Israel. They sang to eachother, praising and giving thanks to Yahweh, saying, God is good, whose loving kindness endures forever toward Israel. All the people shouted with a great shout when they praised Yahweh, because the foundation of the Place of Worship of Yahweh was laid. But many of the preachers and Levites and heads of the ancestors’ houses, the old men who had seen the first one, when the foundation of this one was laid before their eyes, cried with a loud voice; and many shouted out for joy; so that the people couldn’t tell the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the crying of the people; for the people all shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard very far away.
4[1-5] Now when the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the people of the prisoners were building a Place of Worship to Yahweh, the God of Israel; then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of ancestors’ houses, and said to them, Let us build with you; for we serve your God, as you do; and we sacrifice to God since the days of Esarhaddon, ruler of Assyria, who brought us up here. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of ancestors’ houses of Israel, said to them, You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves will build it for Yahweh, the God of Israel, as ruler Cyrus (550-530 BC), the ruler of Persia has told us. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and made trouble for them while they built, and hired counselors against them, to discourage them, all the days of Cyrus, ruler of Persia, even until the reign of Darius (538 BC), ruler of Persia.
[6-10] In the reign of Ahasuerus (Xerxes?), in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem. In the days of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his friends, wrote to Artaxerxes (son of Xerxes 465-424 BC) ruler of Persia; and the letter was written in the Syrian alphabet and language (Aramaic). Rehum, the chancellor, and Shimshai, the secretary, wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes, the ruler, in this way; Rehum, the chancellor, and Shimshai, the secretary, wrote the letter along with the rest of their friends, the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites, and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar (Ashurbanipal?) brought over, and set in the city of Samaria, and in the rest of the country across the river, and so forth.
[11-16] This is the copy of the letter that they sent to Artaxerxes, the ruler: Your workers, those across the river, and so forth. Let it be known to the ruler, that the Jews who came up from you, have come to us to Jerusalem; they’re building the rebellious and bad city, and have finished the walls, and fixed the foundations. Let it be known now to the ruler that if this city is built, and the walls finished, they won’t pay tax money, salestax, or fee, and in the end it will hurt the rulers’ income. Now because we eat the salt of the palace, and it’s not appropriate for us to see the ruler’s dishonor, we’ve sent to inform the ruler; so that you’ll search in the book of the records of your ancestors and find in it, and know that this city is a rebellious city, which has been hurtful to rulers and countries, and that they’ve caused trouble in the past; for which this city was destroyed. We inform the ruler that, if this city be built, and the walls finished, in this way you’ll have no part across the river.
[17-22] Then the ruler sent an answer to Rehum, the chancellor, and to Shimshai the secretary, and to the rest of their friends who live in Samaria, and in the rest of the country across the river; Peace, and so forth. The letter which you sent to us has been clearly read before me. I orderd, and search has been made, and it’s found that this city in the past has rebelled against rulers, and that rebellion and troublemaking have come from it. There have been strong rulers also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all the country across the river; and tax money, salestax, and fee was paid to them. Order these men to stop, and that this city not be built, until an order is made by me. Be careful to not be slow in doing this or the damage will grow to the hurt of the rulers.
[23-24] Then when the copy of ruler Artaxerxes’ letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the secretary, and their friends, they went quickly to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to stop by force and control. They stopped the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and it stopped until the 2nd year of the reign of Darius ruler of Persia.
5[1-5] Now the preachers, Haggai, the preacher, and Zechariah, the son of Iddo, preached to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem; they preached to them in the name of the God of Israel. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, got up and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and the preachers of God were with them, helping them. At the same time Tattenai, the governor across the river, and Shetharbozenai, and their friends came to them, and asked them, Who gave you an order to build this house, and to finish this wall? Then we told them in this way what the names of the men were who were making this building. But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they didn’t make them stop, until the matter would come to Darius (538 BC), and then answer returned by letter about it.
[6-13] The copy of the letter that Tattenai, the governor across the river, and Shetharbozenai, and his friends the Apharsachites, who were across the river, sent to Darius the ruler; they sent a letter to him, in which was written this; To Darius, the ruler, all peace. Let it be known to the ruler, that we went into the country of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls; and this work is carefully done and does well in their hands. Then we asked the elders, and said to them this, Who gave you an order to build this house, and to finish this wall? We asked them their names also, to inform you that we could write the names of the men who were their leaders. So they answered us, saying, We’re the workers of the God of heaven and earth, and are building the house that was built these many years ago, which a great ruler of Israel built and finished. But after our ancestors had made the God of heaven very angry, God gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. But in the 1st year of Cyrus (539 BC) ruler of Babylon, Cyrus the ruler made an order to build this house of God.
[14-17] The gold and silver pots also of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the Place of Worship that was in Jerusalem, and brought into the Place of Worship of Babylon, those did Cyrus (550-530 BC) the ruler take out of the Place of Worship of Babylon, and they were given to one whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; and said to him, Take these pots, go, put them in the Place of Worship that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be built in its place. Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundations of the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and since that time even until now has it been in building, and yet it’s not completed. So, if it seem good to the ruler, let there be search made in the ruler’s treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it’s so, that an order was made by Cyrus (550-530 BC), the ruler, to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the ruler send to us what he wants done about this matter.
6[1-5] Then Darius the ruler made an order, and search was made in the house of records, where the treasures were held in Babylon. There was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the country of Media, a scroll, and in it was this written for a record: In the 1st year of Cyrus (539 BC) the ruler, Cyrus the ruler made an order about the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be built, the place where they offer sacrifices, and let its foundations be strongly laid; 90 feet high, and 90 feet wide; with three courses of great stones, and a course of new timber; and let the expenses be given out of the ruler’s house. Also let the gold and silver pots of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the Place of Worship which is at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, be given back, and brought again to the Place of Worship which is at Jerusalem, each to its place; and you’ll put them in the house of God.
[6-12] So now, Tattenai, governor across the river, Shetharbozenai, and your friends the Apharsachites, who are across the river, get far away from there, and let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in its place. Besides I make an order what you’ll do to these elders of the Jews for the building of this house of God; that of the ruler’s goods, even of the tax money across the river, expenses be given very carefully to these men, that they not be hindered. Whatever they need, both young bulls, rams, and lambs, for burnt offerings to the God of heaven; also wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the word of the preachers who are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail; that they may offer good smelling sacrifices to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the ruler, and of his sons. Also I’ve made an order, that whoever changes this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened on it; and let his house be made a heap of ruins for this; and the God whose name is there will overthrow all rulers and peoples who try to change the same, to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made an order; let it be done carefully.
[13-16] Then Tattenai, the governor across the river, Shetharbozenai, and their friends, because Darius the ruler had sent to them, did everything carefully. The elders of the Jews built and did well, through the preaching of Haggai the preacher and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They built and finished it, according to the word of the God of Israel, and according to the order of Cyrus (550-530 BC), and Darius, and Artaxerxes (son of Xerxes 465-424 BC) ruler of Persia. This house was finished on the 3rd day of the month Adar (March/April), which was in the 6th year of the reign of Darius the ruler. The people of Israel, the preachers, the Levites, and the rest of the people of the prisoners, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.
[17-22] They offered at the dedication of this house of God 100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, 12 male goats, according to the number of the family groups of Israel. They put the preachers in their sections and the Levites in their devisions, for the service of God in Jerusalem; as it’s written in the book of Moses. The people of the prisoners kept the Passover on the 14th day of the 1st month. For the preachers and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure; and they killed the Passover offerings for all the people of the prisoners, and for their brothers, the preachers, and for themselves. The people of Israel who had come again out of the prisoners, and all that had come to them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, and separated themselves to worship Yahweh, the God of Israel, ate, and kept the celebration of bread made without yeast for seven days with joy; for Yahweh had made them joyful, and had turned the heart of the ruler of Assyria to them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
7[1-6] Now afterwards, in the reign of Artaxerxes (son of Xerxes 465-424 BC) ruler of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub, the son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth, the son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki, the son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the head preacher; this Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was very knowledgable in the Law of Moses, which Yahweh, the God of Israel, had given; and the ruler granted him all his request, according to the hand of Yahweh his God on him.
[7-10] Some of the people of Israel went up, along with the preachers, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, and the Nethinim, to Jerusalem, in the 7th year of Artaxerxes the ruler. He came to Jerusalem in the 5th month, which was in the 7th year of the ruler. On the 1st day of the 1st month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the 1st day of the 5th month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God on him. For Ezra had set his heart to understand the law of Yahweh, and to do it, and to teach the laws and rules in Israel.
[11-17] Now this is the copy of the letter that the ruler Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the preacher, the secretary, even the secretary of the words of the Judgments of Yahweh, and of God’s laws to Israel. Artaxerxes, ruler of rulers, to Ezra the preacher, the secretary of the law of the God of heaven, perfect and so forth. I make an order, that all those of the people of Israel, and their preachers and the Levites, in my realm who want to of their own free will go to Jerusalem, let them go with you. Because you’re sent by the ruler and his seven counselors, to ask about Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God which is in your hand, and to carry the silver and gold, which the ruler and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose is in Jerusalem, and all the silver and gold that you’ll find in all the country of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the preachers, offered willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem; so you’ll very carefully buy with this money bulls, rams, and lambs with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, and will offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.
[18-23] Whatever will seem good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, do in the will of your God. The pots that are given to you for the service of the house of your God, give before the God of Jerusalem. Whatever more will be needful for the house of your God, which you’ll have occasion to give, give it out of the ruler’s treasure house. I, even I Artaxerxes the ruler, do make an order to all the treasurers who are across the river, that whatever Ezra the preacher, the secretary of the law of the God of heaven, will ask of you, it be done very carefully, to 7500 lbs of silver, and to 600 bushels of wheat, and to 850 gallons of wine, and to 850 gallons of oil, and however much salt is needed. Whatever is said by the God of heaven, let it be done exactly for the house of the God of heaven; for why should there be judgment against the realm of the ruler and his sons?
[24-28] Also we inform you, that touching any of the preachers and Levites, the singers, doorkeepers, Nethinim, or workers of this house of God, it won’t be lawful to charge tax money, salestax, or fee, on them. You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God who is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges, who may judge all the people who are across the river, all such as know the laws of your God; and teach those who don’t know them. Whoever won’t keep the law of your God, and the law of the ruler, let judgment be made against him very carefully, whether it be to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. May Yahweh, the God of our ancestors, be blessed, who has put such a thing as this in the ruler’s heart, to beautify the Place of Worship of Yahweh which is in Jerusalem; and has showed loving kindness to me before the ruler, and his counselors, and before all the ruler’s strong leaders. I was strengthened according to the hand of Yahweh my God on me, and I gathered leaders together out of Israel to go up with me.
8[1-14] Now these are the heads of their ancestors’ houses, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes (son of Xerxes 465-424 BC) the ruler; Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom. Of the sons Ithamar, Daniel. Of the sons of David, Hattush. Of the sons of Shecaniah, of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah; and with him were recognized by genealogy 150 males. Of the sons of Pahathmoab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah; and with him 200 males. Of the sons of Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel; and with him 300 males. Of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan; and with him 50 males. Of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah; and with him 70 males. Of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah, the son of Michael; and with him 80 males. Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah, the son of Jehiel; and with him 218 males. Of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah; and with him 160 males. Of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah, the son of Bebai; and with him 28 males. Of the sons of Azgad, Johanan, the son of Hakkatan; and with him 110 males. Of the sons of Adonikam, who were the last; and these are their names; Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah; and with them 60 males. Of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud; and with them 70 males.
[15-20] I gathered them all together to the river that runs to Ahava; and we camped there three days; and I looked at the people, and the preachers, and found none of the sons of Levi there. Then sent I for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and for Meshullam, leaders; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, who were teachers. I sent them ahead to Iddo the leader at the place Casiphia; and I told them what they should tell Iddo, and his brothers, the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God. According to the good hand of our God on us they brought us avery good teacher, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brothers, 18; and Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their sons, 20; and of the Nethinim, whom David and the leaders had given for the service of the Levites, 220 Nethinim; all of them were mentioned by name.
[21-27] Then I called for us to willingly go without food there, at the river Ahava, that we would humble ourselves before our God, to ask for a clear path for us, and for our little ones, and for all our stuff. I was ashamed to ask of the ruler a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way, because we had said to the ruler, Yahweh is with all those who serve God, whose power and anger is against all those who won’t follow God. So we fasted and begged our God for this, who heard us. Then I set apart twelve of the captains of the preachers, even Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them, and weighed to them the silver, gold, and pots, even the offering for the house of our God, which the ruler, his counselors, his leaders, and all Israel there present, had offered; I weighed into their hand 48,750 lbs of silver, and 7500 lbs worth of silver pots; 7500 lbs of gold; and 20 bowls of gold, worth about 16 lbs of gold; and two pots of fine bright brass, precious as gold.
[28-32] I said to them, You’re holy to Yahweh, and the pots are holy; and the silver and gold are a freewill offering to Yahweh, the God of your ancestors. Watch, and keep them, until you weigh them before the captains of the preachers and the Levites, and the leaders of the ancestors’ houses of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the rooms of the Place of Worship of Yahweh. So the preachers and the Levites weighed the silver and gold, and the pots, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God. Then we left from the river Ahava on the 12th day of the 1st month, to go to Jerusalem; and the hand of our God was on us, who kept us safe from the hand of the enemy and the bandit on the way. We came to Jerusalem, and stayed there three days.
[33-36] On the 4th day the silver and gold and the pots were weighed in the house of our God into the hand of Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the preacher; and with him was Eleazar, the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad, the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah, the son of Binnui, the Levite; all of it by number and by weight; and all the weight was written at that time. The people of the prisoners, who had come out of exile, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel, 12 bulls for all Israel, 96 rams, 77 lambs, and 12 male goats for a sin offering; all this was a burnt offering to Yahweh. They gave the ruler’s orders to the ruler’s governors, and captains across the river; and they furthered the people and the house of God.
9[1-] Now when these things were done, the leaders came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the preachers and Levites, haven’t separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, doing evil just like them, even of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites. They’ve taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy people have mixed themselves with the peoples of the lands; yes, and the leaders and rulers has been first in this sin. When I heard this thing, I tore my clothes and my robe, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down confused. Then everyone who shook at the words of the God of Israel, because of the sin of those of the prisoners were gathered together to me; and I sat confused until the evening offering.
[5-9] At the evening offering I got up from my shame, even with my clothes and my robe torn; and I fell on my knees, and spread out my hands to Yahweh my God; and I said, my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God; for our faults are over our head, and our guiltiness is up to the heavens. Since the days of our ancestors we’ve been very guilty to this day; and for our faults have we, our rulers, and our preachers, been given into the hand of the rulers of the lands, to war, to be prisoners, and to lose our stuff, and to confusion of face, as it is today. Now for just a moment grace has been shown from Yahweh our God, to help what’s left of us to escape, and to give us a nail in Your holy place, that our God may open our eyes, and revive us in our service. For we’re servants; yet our God has not left us in our service, but has shown loving kindness to us in the sight of the rulers of Persia, to revive us, to set up the house of our God, and to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
[10-15] Now, our God, What will we say after this? for we’ve left your words, which you’ve told by your workers the preachers, saying, The land, to which you go to take it, is an unfit land through the unfitness of the peoples of the lands, through their horrible sins, which have filled it from one end to the other with their filthiness; so don’t give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons, nor try to make peace or take their wealth forever; that you may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for your children forever. After what has come on us for our evil acts, and for our great guilt, seeing that you our God have punished us less than our faults deserve, and have given us such as what’s left, will we again ignore your words, and join together with the peoples that do these horrible sins? Wouldn’t you be angry with us until you had destroyed all of us, so that there wouldn’t be any left, nor any to escape? Yahweh, the God of Israel, you’re righteous; for we’re only a few that have escaped, as it is today; See, we stand before you in our guiltiness; for no one can face you because of this.
10[1-4] Now while Ezra prayed and confessed, crying and throwing himself down before the house of God, there was gathered together to him out of Israel a very great assembly of men, women, and children; for the people cried very much. Shecaniah, the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered Ezra, We’ve sinned against our God, and have married foreign women of the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel about this thing. So let us make an agreement with our God to divorce all the wives, and all the children born to them, according to your counsel, and of those who tremble at the word of our God; and let it be done according to the law. Get up; you’re in charge of this, and we’re with you; be brave, and do it.
[5-9] Then Ezra made the captains of the preachers, the Levites, and all Israel, to promise that they would do what this word said. So they promised. Then Ezra got up from before the house of God, and went into the room of Jehohanan, the son of Eliashib; and when he came there, he ate no bread, nor drank water; for he mourned because of the sin of those of the prisoners. They made an announcement throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the people of the prisoners, that they should gather themselves together to Jerusalem; and that whoever didn’t come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all their stuff would be taken, and they themselves separated from the assembly of the prisoners. Then all the people of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together to Jerusalem within the three days; it was the 20th day of the 9th month; and all the people sat in the broad place before the house of God, shaking in fear because of this matter, and for the great rain.
[10-15] Ezra the preacher stood up, and said to them, You’ve sinned, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Israel. Now confess to Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, and do God’s will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the foreign women. Then all the assembly answered with a loud voice, As you’ve said about us, so we must do. But the people are many, and it’s a time of much rain, and we’re not able to stand outside; neither is this a work of one or two days; for we’ve greatly sinned in this matter. So let our leaders be set for all the assembly, and let all those who are in our cities who have married foreign women come at set times, and with them the elders of every city, and its judges, until God’s anger is turned away from us, until this matter is finished. Only Jonathan, the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvah stood up against this matter; and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.
[16-19] So the people of the prisoners did this. Ezra, the preacher, with certain leaders of the heads of ancestors’ houses, and all of them by their names, were set apart; and they sat down in the 1st day of the 10th month to study the matter. They finished with all the men who had married foreign women by the 1st day of the 1st month. Among the sons of the preachers there were found who had married foreign women; namely, of the sons of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and his brothers, Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah. They promised that they would divorce their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their guilt.
[20-24] Of the sons of Immer; Hanani and Zebadiah. Of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Uzziah. Of the sons of Pashhur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah. Of the Levites; Jozabad, Shimei, and Kelaiah, which is Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer. Of the singers; Eliashib. Of the doorkeepers; Shallum, Telem, and Uri.
[25-44] Of Israel; Of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, Izziah, Malchijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malchijah, and Benaiah. Of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth, and Elijah. Of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, Zabad, and Aziza. Of the sons of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai. Of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal, and Jeremoth. Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Adna, Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui, and Manasseh. Of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah. Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei. Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, Uel, Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhi, Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Mattenai, Jaasu, Bani, Binnui, Shimei, Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah, Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph. Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Iddo, Joel, and Benaiah. All these had taken foreign wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had children.