And Josias held the feast of the passover in Jerusalem unto his Lord, and
offered the passover the fourteenth day of the first month;
 Having set the priests
according to their daily courses, being arrayed in long garments, in the temple
of the Lord.
 And he spake unto the
Levites, the holy ministers of Israel, that they should hallow themselves unto
the Lord, to set the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon the son
of David had built:
 And said, Ye shall no more
bear the ark upon your shoulders: now therefore serve the Lord your God, and
minister unto his people Israel, and prepare you after your families and
 According as David the king
of Israel prescribed, and according to the magnificence of Solomon his son: and
standing in the temple according to the several dignity of the families of you
the Levites, who minister in the presence of your brethren the children of
 Offer the passover in order,
and make ready the sacrifices for your brethren, and keep the passover according
to the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto Moses.
 And unto the people that was
found there Josias gave thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand
calves: these things were given of the king's allowance, according as he
promised, to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites.
 And Helkias, Zacharias, and
Syelus, the governors of the temple, gave to the priests for the passover two
thousand and six hundred sheep, and three hundred calves.
 And Jeconias, and Samaias,
and Nathanael his brother, and Assabias, and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over
thousands, gave to the Levites for the passover five thousand sheep, and seven
 And when these things were
done, the priests and Levites, having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely
order according to the kindreds,
 And according to the several
dignities of the fathers, before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is
written in the book of Moses: and thus did they in the morning.
 And they roasted the
passover with fire, as appertaineth: as for the sacrifices, they sod them in
brass pots and pans with a good savour,
 And set them before all the
people: and afterward they prepared for themselves, and for the priests their
brethren, the sons of Aaron.
 For the priests offered the
fat until night: and the Levites prepared for themselves, and the priests their
brethren, the sons of Aaron.
 The holy singers also, the
sons of Asaph, were in their order, according to the appointment of David, to
wit, Asaph, Zacharias, and Jeduthun, who was of the king's retinue.
 Moreover the porters were at
every gate; it was not lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: for their
brethren the Levites prepared for them.
 Thus were the things that
belonged to the sacrifices of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might
hold the passover,
 And offer sacrifices upon
the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josias.
 So the children of Israel
which were present held the passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread
 And such a passover was not
kept in Israel since the time of the prophet Samuel.
 Yea, all the kings of Israel
held not such a passover as Josias, and the priests, and the Levites, and the
Jews, held with all Israel that were found dwelling at Jerusalem.
 In the eighteenth year of
the reign of Josias was this passover kept.
 And the works or Josias were
upright before his Lord with an heart full of godliness.
 As for the things that came
to pass in his time, they were written in former times, concerning those that
sinned, and did wickedly against the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how
they grieved him exceedingly, so that the words of the Lord rose up against
 Now after all these acts of
Josias it came to pass, that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at
Carchamis upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.
 But the king of Egypt sent
to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, O king of Judea?
 I am not sent out from the
Lord God against thee; for my war is upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is with
me, yea, the Lord is with me hasting me forward: depart from me, and be not
against the Lord.
 Howbeit Josias did not turn
back his chariot from him, but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the
words of the prophet Jeremy spoken by the mouth of the Lord:
 But joined battle with him
in the plain of Magiddo, and the princes came against king Josias.
 Then said the king unto his
servants, Carry me away out of the battle; for I am very weak. And immediately
his servants took him away out of the battle.
 Then gat he up upon his
second chariot; and being brought back to Jerusalem died, and was buried in his
 And in all Jewry they
mourned for Josias, yea, Jeremy the prophet lamented for Josias, and the chief
men with the women made lamentation for him unto this day: and this was given
out for an ordinance to be done continually in all the nation of Israel.
 These things are written in
the book of the stories of the kings of Judah, and every one of the acts that
Josias did, and his glory, and his understanding in the law of the Lord, and the
things that he had done before, and the things now recited, are reported in the
book of the kings of Israel and Judea.
 And the people took Joachaz
the son of Josias, and made him king instead of Josias his father, when he was
twenty and three years old.
 And he reigned in Judea and
in Jerusalem three months: and then the king of Egypt deposed him from reigning
 And he set a tax upon the
land of an hundred talents of silver and one talent of gold.
 The king of Egypt also made
king Joacim his brother king of Judea and Jerusalem.
 And he bound Joacim and the
nobles: but Zaraces his brother he apprehended, and brought him out of Egypt.
 Five and twenty years old
was Joacim when he was made king in the land of Judea and Jerusalem; and he did
evil before the Lord.
 Wherefore against him
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon came up, and bound him with a chain of brass,
and carried him into Babylon.
 Nabuchodonosor also took of
the holy vessels of the Lord, and carried them away, and set them in his own
temple at Babylon.
 But those things that are
recorded of him, and of his uncleaness and impiety, are written in the
chronicles of the kings.
 And Joacim his son reigned
in his stead: he was made king being eighteen years old;
 And reigned but three months
and ten days in Jerusalem; and did evil before the Lord.
 So after a year
Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be brought into Babylon with the holy
vessels of the Lord;
 And made Zedechias king of
Judea and Jerusalem, when he was one and twenty years old; and he reigned eleven
 And he did evil also in the
sight of the Lord, and cared not for the words that were spoken unto him by the
prophet Jeremy from the mouth of the Lord.
 And after that king
Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear by the name of the Lord, he forswore
himself, and rebelled; and hardening his neck, his heart, he transgressed the
laws of the Lord God of Israel.
 The governors also of the
people and of the priests did many things against the laws, and passed all the
pollutions of all nations, and defiled the temple of the Lord, which was
sanctified in Jerusalem.
 Nevertheless the God of
their fathers sent by his messenger to call them back, because he spared them
and his tabernacle also.
 But they had his messengers
in derision; and, look, when the Lord spake unto them, they made a sport of his
 So far forth, that he, being
wroth with his people for their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the
Chaldees to come up against them;
 Who slew their young men
with the sword, yea, even within the compass of their holy temple, and spared
neither young man nor maid, old man nor child, among them; for he delivered all
into their hands.
 And they took all the holy
vessels of the Lord, both great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God,
and the king's treasures, and carried them away into Babylon.
 As for the house of the
Lord, they burnt it, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon
 And as for her glorious
things, they never ceased till they had consumed and brought them all to nought:
and the people that were not slain with the sword he carried unto Babylon:
 Who became servants to him
and his children, till the Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord
spoken by the mouth of Jeremy:
 Until the land had enjoyed
her sabbaths, the whole time of her desolation shall she rest, until the full
term of seventy years.
In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of the Lord might
be accomplished, that he had promised by the mouth of Jeremy;
 The Lord raised up the spirit
of Cyrus the king of the Persians, and he made proclamation through all his
kingdom, and also by writing,
 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king
of the Persians; The Lord of Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of
the whole world,
 And commanded me to build him
an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
 If therefore there be any of
you that are of his people, let the Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let
him go up to Jerusalem that is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord of
Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in Jerusalem.
 Whosoever then dwell in the
places about, let them help him, those, I say, that are his neighbours, with
gold, and with silver,
 With gifts, with horses, and
with cattle, and other things, which have been set forth by vow, for the temple
of the Lord at Jerusalem.
 Then the chief of the
families of Judea and of the tribe of Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and
the Levites, and all they whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and to build
an house for the Lord at Jerusalem,
 And they that dwelt round
about them, and helped them in all things with silver and gold, with horses and
cattle, and with very many free gifts of a great number whose minds were stirred
 King Cyrus also brought
forth the holy vessels, which Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem,
and had set up in his temple of idols.
 Now when Cyrus king of the
Persians had brought them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:
 And by him they were
delivered to Sanabassar the governor of Judea.
 And this was the number of
them; A thousand golden cups, and a thousand of silver, censers of silver twenty
nine, vials of gold thirty, and of silver two thousand four hundred and ten, and
a thousand other vessels.
 So all the vessels of gold
and of silver, which were carried away, were five thousand four hundred
threescore and nine.
 These were brought back by
Sanabassar, together with them of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.
 But in the time of
Artexerxes king of the Persians Belemus, and Mithridates, and Tabellius, and
Rathumus, and Beeltethmus, and Semellius the secretary, with others that were in
commission with them, dwelling in Samaria and other places, wrote unto him
against them that dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem these letters following;
 To king Artexerxes our lord,
Thy servants, Rathumus the storywriter, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest
of their council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and Phenice.
 Be it now known to the lord
king, that the Jews that are up from you to us, being come into Jerusalem, that
rebellious and wicked city, do build the marketplaces, and repair the walls of
it and do lay the foundation of the temple.
 Now if this city and the
walls thereof be made up again, they will not only refuse to give tribute, but
also rebel against kings.
 And forasmuch as the things
pertaining to the temple are now in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such a
 But to speak unto our lord
the king, to the intent that, if it be thy pleasure it may be sought out in the
books of thy fathers:
 And thou shalt find in the
chronicles what is written concerning these things, and shalt understand that
that city was rebellious, troubling both kings and cities:
 And that the Jews were
rebellious, and raised always wars therein; for the which cause even this city
was made desolate.
 Wherefore now we do declare
unto thee, O lord the king, that if this city be built again, and the walls
thereof set up anew, thou shalt from henceforth have no passage into Celosyria
 Then the king wrote back
again to Rathumus the storywriter, to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and
to the rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria and Syria and
Phenice, after this manner;
 I have read the epistle
which ye have sent unto me: therefore I commanded to make diligent search, and
it hath been found that that city was from the beginning practising against
 And the men therein were
given to rebellion and war: and that mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem,
who reigned and exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice.
 Now therefore I have
commanded to hinder those men from building the city, and heed to be taken that
there be no more done in it;
 And that those wicked
workers proceed no further to the annoyance of kings,
 Then king Artexerxes his
letters being read, Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were
in commission with them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop of
horsemen and a multitude of people in battle array, began to hinder the
builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until the second
year of the reign of Darius king of the Persians.
Now when Darius reigned, he made a great feast unto all his subjects, and unto
all his household, and unto all the princes of Media and Persia,
 And to all the governors and
captains and lieutenants that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an
hundred twenty and seven provinces.
 And when they had eaten and
drunken, and being satisfied were gone home, then Darius the king went into his
bedchamber, and slept, and soon after awaked.
 Then three young men, that
were of the guard that kept the king's body, spake one to another;
 Let every one of us speak a
sentence: he that shall overcome, and whose sentence shall seem wiser than the
others, unto him shall the king Darius give great gifts, and great things in
token of victory:
 As, to be clothed in purple,
to drink in gold, and to sleep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold,
and an headtire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck:
 And he shall sit next to
Darius because of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin.
 And then every one wrote his
sentence, sealed it, and laid it under king Darius his pillow;
 And said that, when the king
is risen, some will give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the
three princes of Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him
shall the victory be given, as was appointed.
 The first wrote, Wine is the
 The second wrote, The king
 The third wrote, Women are
strongest: but above all things Truth beareth away the victory.
 Now when the king was risen
up, they took their writings, and delivered them unto him, and so he read them:
 And sending forth he called
all the princes of Persia and Media, and the governors, and the captains, and
the lieutenants, and the chief officers;
 And sat him down in the
royal seat of judgment; and the writings were read before them.
 And he said, Call the young
men, and they shall declare their own sentences. So they were called, and came
 And he said unto them,
Declare unto us your mind concerning the writings. Then began the first, who had
spoken of the strength of wine;
 And he said thus, O ye men,
how exceeding strong is wine! it causeth all men to err that drink it:
 It maketh the mind of the
king and of the fatherless child to be all one; of the bondman and of the
freeman, of the poor man and of the rich:
 It turneth also every
thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor
 And it maketh every heart
rich, so that a man remembereth neither king nor governor; and it maketh to
speak all things by talents:
 And when they are in their
cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren, and a little after
draw out swords:
 But when they are from the
wine, they remember not what they have done.
 O ye men, is not wine the
strongest, that enforceth to do thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his
Then the second, that had spoken of the strength of the king, began to say,
 O ye men, do not men excel in
strength that bear rule over sea and land and all things in them?
 But yet the king is more
mighty: for he is lord of all these things, and hath dominion over them; and
whatsoever he commandeth them they do.
 If he bid them make war the
one against the other, they do it: if he send them out against the enemies, they
go, and break down mountains walls and towers.
 They slay and are slain, and
transgress not the king's commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all
to the king, as well the spoil, as all things else.
 Likewise for those that are
no soldiers, and have not to do with wars, but use husbundry, when they have
reaped again that which they had sown, they bring it to the king, and compel one
another to pay tribute unto the king.
 And yet he is but one man: if
he command to kill, they kill; if he command to spare, they spare;
 If he command to smite, they
smite; if he command to make desolate, they make desolate; if he command to
build, they build;
 If he command to cut down,
they cut down; if he command to plant, they plant.
 So all his people and his
armies obey him: furthermore he lieth down, he eateth and drinketh, and taketh
 And these keep watch round
about him, neither may any one depart, and do his own business, neither disobey
they him in any thing.
 O ye men, how should not the
king be mightiest, when in such sort he is obeyed? And he held his tongue.
 Then the third, who had
spoken of women, and of the truth, (this was Zorobabel) began to speak.
 O ye men, it is not the
great king, nor the multitude of men, neither is it wine, that excelleth; who is
it then that ruleth them, or hath the lordship over them? are they not women?
 Women have borne the king
and all the people that bear rule by sea and land.
 Even of them came they: and
they nourished them up that planted the vineyards, from whence the wine cometh.
 These also make garments for
men; these bring glory unto men; and without women cannot men be.
 Yea, and if men have
gathered together gold and silver, or any other goodly thing, do they not love a
woman which is comely in favour and beauty?
 And letting all those things
go, do they not gape, and even with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and
have not all men more desire unto her than unto silver or gold, or any goodly
 A man leaveth his own father
that brought him up, and his own country, and cleaveth unto his wife.
 He sticketh not to spend his
life with his wife. and remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country.
 By this also ye must know
that women have dominion over you: do ye not labour and toil, and give and bring
all to the woman?
 Yea, a man taketh his sword,
and goeth his way to rob and to steal, to sail upon the sea and upon rivers;
 And looketh upon a lion, and
goeth in the darkness; and when he hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he bringeth
it to his love.
 Wherefore a man loveth his
wife better than father or mother.
 Yea, many there be that have
run out of their wits for women, and become servants for their sakes.
 Many also have perished,
have erred, and sinned, for women.
 And now do ye not believe
me? is not the king great in his power? do not all regions fear to touch him?
 Yet did I see him and Apame
the king's concubine, the daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at the
right hand of the king,
 And taking the crown from
the king's head, and setting it upon her own head; she also struck the king with
her left hand.
 And yet for all this the
king gaped and gazed upon her with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he
laughed also: but if she took any displeasure at him, the king was fain to
flatter, that she might be reconciled to him again.
 O ye men, how can it be but
women should be strong, seeing they do thus?
 Then the king and the
princes looked one upon another: so he began to speak of the truth.
 O ye men, are not women
strong? great is the earth, high is the heaven, swift is the sun in his course,
for he compasseth the heavens round about, and fetcheth his course again to his
own place in one day.
 Is he not great that maketh
these things? therefore great is the truth, and stronger than all things.
 All the earth crieth upon
the truth, and the heaven blesseth it: all works shake and tremble at it, and
with it is no unrighteous thing.
 Wine is wicked, the king is
wicked, women are wicked, all the children of men are wicked, and such are all
their wicked works; and there is no truth in them; in their unrighteousness also
they shall perish.
 As for the truth, it
endureth, and is alwaYs strong; it liveth and conquereth for evermore.
 With her there is no
accepting of persons or rewards; but she doeth the things that are just, and
refraineth from all unjust and wicked things; and all men do well like of her
 Neither in her judgment is
any unrighteousness; and she is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of
all ages. Blessed be the God of truth.
 And with that he held his
peace. And all the people then shouted, and said, Great is Truth, and mighty
above all things.
 Then said the king unto him,
Ask what thou wilt more than is appointed in the writing, and we will give it
thee, because thou art found wisest; and thou shalt sit next me, and shalt be
called my cousin.
 Then said he unto the king,
Remember thy vow, which thou hast vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when thou
camest to thy kingdom,
 And to send away all the
vessels that were taken away out of Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he
vowed to destroy Babylon, and to send them again thither.
 Thou also hast vowed to
build up the temple, which the Edomites burned when Judea was made desolate by
 And now, O lord the king,
this is that which I require, and which I desire of thee, and this is the
princely liberality proceeding from thyself: I desire therefore that thou make
good the vow, the performance whereof with thine own mouth thou hast vowed to
the King of heaven.
 Then Darius the king stood
up, and kissed him, and wrote letters for him unto all the treasurers and
lieutenants and captains and governors, that they should safely convey on their
way both him, and all those that go up with him to build Jerusalem.
 He wrote letters also unto
the lieutenants that were in Celosyria and Phenice, and unto them in Libanus,
that they should bring cedar wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem, and that they
should build the city with him.
 Moreover he wrote for all
the Jews that went out of his realm up into Jewry, concerning their freedom,
that no officer, no ruler, no lieutenant, nor treasurer, should forcibly enter
into their doors;
 And that all the country
which they hold should be free without tribute; and that the Edomites should
give over the villages of the Jews which then they held:
 Yea, that there should be
yearly given twenty talents to the building of the temple, until the time that
it were built;
 And other ten talents
yearly, to maintain the burnt offerings upon the altar every day, as they had a
commandment to offer seventeen:
 And that all they that went
from Babylon to build the city should have free liberty, as well they as their
posterity, and all the priests that went away.
 He wrote also concerning.
the charges, and the priests' vestments wherein they minister;
 And likewise for the charges
of the Levites, to be given them until the day that the house were finished, and
Jerusalem builded up.
 And he commanded to give to
all that kept the city pensions and wages.
 He sent away also all the
vessels from Babylon, that Cyrus had set apart; and all that Cyrus had given in
commandment, the same charged he also to be done, and sent unto Jerusalem.
 Now when this young man was
gone forth, he lifted up his face to heaven toward Jerusalem, and praised the
King of heaven,
 And said, From thee cometh
victory, from thee cometh wisdom, and thine is the glory, and I am thy servant.
 Blessed art thou, who hast
given me wisdom: for to thee I give thanks, O Lord of our fathers.
 And so he took the letters,
and went out, and came unto Babylon, and told it all his brethren.
 And they praised the God of
their fathers, because he had given them freedom and liberty
 To go up, and to build
Jerusalem, and the temple which is called by his name: and they feasted with
instruments of musick and gladness seven days.
After this were the principal men of the families chosen according to their
tribes, to go up with their wives and sons and daughters, with their menservants
and maidservants, and their cattle.
 And Darius sent with them a
thousand horsemen, till they had brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and with
musical [instruments] tabrets and flutes.
 And all their brethren
played, and he made them go up together with them.
 And these are the names of
the men which went up, according to their families among their tribes, after
their several heads.
 The priests, the sons of
Phinees the son of Aaron: Jesus the son of Josedec, the son of Saraias, and
Joacim the son of Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, of the house of David, out of
the kindred of Phares, of the tribe of Judah;
 Who spake wise sentences
before Darius the king of Persia in the second year of his reign, in the month
Nisan, which is the first month.
 And these are they of Jewry
that came up from the captivity, where they dwelt as strangers, whom
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon.
 And they returned unto
Jerusalem, and to the other parts of Jewry, every man to his own city, who came
with Zorobabel, with Jesus, Nehemias, and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Enenius,
Mardocheus. Beelsarus, Aspharasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana, their guides.
 The number of them of the
nation, and their governors, sons of Phoros, two thousand an hundred seventy and
two; the sons of Saphat, four hundred seventy and two:
 The sons of Ares, seven
hundred fifty and six:
 The sons of Phaath Moab, two
thousand eight hundred and twelve:
 The sons of Elam, a thousand
two hundred fifty and four: the sons of Zathul, nine hundred forty and five: the
sons of Corbe, seven hundred and five: the sons of Bani, six hundred forty and
 The sons of Bebai, six
hundred twenty and three: the sons of Sadas, three thousand two hundred twenty
 The sons of Adonikam, six
hundred sixty and seven: the sons of Bagoi, two thousand sixty and six: the sons
of Adin, four hundred fifty and four:
 The sons of Aterezias,
ninety and two: the sons of Ceilan and Azetas threescore and seven: the sons of
Azuran, four hundred thirty and two:
 The sons of Ananias, an
hundred and one: the sons of Arom, thirty two: and the sons of Bassa, three
hundred twenty and three: the sons of Azephurith, an hundred and two:
 The sons of Meterus, three
thousand and five: the sons of Bethlomon, an hundred twenty and three:
 They of Netophah, fifty and
five: they of Anathoth, an hundred fifty and eight: they of Bethsamos, forty and
 They of Kiriathiarius,
twenty and five: they of Caphira and Beroth, seven hundred forty and three: they
of Pira, seven hundred:
 They of Chadias and Ammidoi,
four hundred twenty and two: they of Cirama and Gabdes, six hundred twenty and
 They of Macalon, an hundred
twenty and two: they of Betolius, fifty and two: the sons of Nephis, an hundred
fifty and six:
 The sons of Calamolalus and
Onus, seven hundred twenty and five: the sons of Jerechus, two hundred forty and
 The sons of Annas, three
thousand three hundred and thirty.
 The priests: the sons of
Jeddu, the son of Jesus among the sons of Sanasib, nine hundred seventy and two:
the sons of Meruth, a thousand fifty and two:
 The sons of Phassaron, a
thousand forty and seven: the sons of Carme, a thousand and seventeen.
 The Levites: the sons of
Jessue, and Cadmiel, and Banuas, and Sudias, seventy and four.
 The holy singers: the sons
of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.
 The porters: the sons of
Salum, the sons of Jatal, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Dacobi, the sons of
Teta, the sons of Sami, in all an hundred thirty and nine.
 The servants of the temple:
the sons of Esau, the sons of Asipha, the sons of Tabaoth, the sons of Ceras,
the sons of Sud, the sons of Phaleas, the sons of Labana, the sons of Graba,
 The sons of Acua, the sons
of Uta, the sons of Cetab, the sons of Agaba, the sons of Subai, the sons of
Anan, the sons of Cathua, the sons of Geddur,
 The sons of Airus, the sons
of Daisan, the sons of Noeba, the sons of Chaseba, the sons of Gazera, the sons
of Azia, the sons of Phinees, the sons of Azare, the sons of Bastai, the sons of
Asana, the sons of Meani, the sons of Naphisi, the sons of Acub, the sons of
Acipha, the sons of Assur, the sons of Pharacim, the sons of Basaloth,
 The sons of Meeda, the sons
of Coutha, the sons of Charea, the sons of Charcus, the sons of Aserer, the sons
of Thomoi, the sons of Nasith, the sons of Atipha.
 The sons of the servants of
Solomon: the sons of Azaphion, the sons of Pharira, the sons of Jeeli, the sons
of Lozon, the sons of Israel, the sons of Sapheth,
 The sons of Hagia, the sons
of Pharacareth, the sons of Sabi, the sons of Sarothie, the sons of Masias, the
sons of Gar, the sons of Addus, the sons of Suba, the sons of Apherra, the sons
of Barodis, the sons of Sabat, the sons of Allom.
 All the ministers of the
temple, and the sons of the servants of Solomon, were three hundred seventy and
 These came up from
Thermeleth and Thelersas, Charaathalar leading them, and Aalar;
 Neither could they shew
their families, nor their stock, how they were of Israel: the sons of Ladan, the
son of Ban, the sons of Necodan, six hundred fifty and two.
 And of the priests that
usurped the office of the priesthood, and were not found: the sons of Obdia, the
sons of Accoz, the sons of Addus, who married Augia one of the daughters of
Barzelus, and was named after his name.
 And when the description of
the kindred of these men was sought in the register, and was not found, they
were removed from executing the office of the priesthood:
 For unto them said Nehemias
and Atharias, that they should not be partakers of the holy things, till there
arose up an high priest clothed with doctrine and truth.
 So of Israel, from them of
twelve years old and upward, they were all in number forty thousand, beside
menservants and womenservants two thousand three hundred and sixty.
 Their menservants and
handmaids were seven thousand three hundred forty and seven: the singing men and
singing women, two hundred forty and five:
 Four hundred thirty and five
camels, seven thousand thirty and six horses, two hundred forty and five mules,
five thousand five hundred twenty and five beasts used to the yoke.
 And certain of the chief of
their families, when they came to the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed
to set up the house again in his own place according to their ability,
 And to give into the holy
treasury of the works a thousand pounds of gold, five thousand of silver, and an
hundred priestly vestments.
 And so dwelt the priests and
the Levites and the people in Jerusalem, and in the country, the singers also
and the porters; and all Israel in their villages.
 But when the seventh month
was at hand, and when the children of Israel were every man in his own place,
they came all together with one consent into the open place of the first gate
which is toward the east.
 Then stood up Jesus the son
of Josedec, and his brethren the priests and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and
his brethren, and made ready the altar of the God of Israel,
 To offer burnt sacrifices
upon it, according as it is expressly commanded in the book of Moses the man of
 And there were gathered unto
them out of the other nations of the land, and they erected the altar upon his
own place, because all the nations of the land were at enmity with them, and
oppressed them; and they offered sacrifices according to the time, and burnt
offerings to the Lord both morning and evening.
 Also they held the feast of
tabernacles, as it is commanded in the law, and offered sacrifices daily, as was
 And after that, the
continual oblations, and the sacrifice of the sabbaths, and of the new moons,
and of all holy feasts.
 And all they that had made
any vow to God began to offer sacrifices to God from the first day of the
seventh month, although the temple of the Lord was not yet built.
 And they gave unto the
masons and carpenters money, meat, and drink, with cheerfulness.
 Unto them of Zidon also and
Tyre they gave carrs, that they should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which
should be brought by floats to the haven of Joppa, according as it was commanded
them by Cyrus king of the Persians.
 And in the second year and
second month after his coming to the temple of God at Jerusalem began Zorobabel
the son of Salathiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their brethren, and the
priests, and the Levites, and all they that were come unto Jerusalem out of the
 And they laid the foundation
of the house of God in the first day of the second month, in the second year
after they were come to Jewry and Jerusalem.
 And they appointed the
Levites from twenty years old over the works of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus,
and his sons and brethren, and Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of Madiabun,
with the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with their sons and brethren, all
Levites, with one accord setters forward of the business, labouring to advance
the works in the house of God. So the workmen built the temple of the Lord.
 And the priests stood
arrayed in their vestments with musical instruments and trumpets; and the
Levites the sons of Asaph had cymbals,
 Singing songs of
thanksgiving, and praising the Lord, according as David the king of Israel had
 And they sung with loud
voices songs to the praise of the Lord, because his mercy and glory is for ever
in all Israel.
 And all the people sounded
trumpets, and shouted with a loud voice, singing songs of thanksgiving unto the
Lord for the rearing up of the house of the Lord.
 Also of the priests and
Levites, and of the chief of their families, the ancients who had seen the
former house came to the building of this with weeping and great crying.
 But many with trumpets and
joy shouted with loud voice,
 Insomuch that the trumpets
might not be heard for the weeping of the people: yet the multitude sounded
marvellously, so that it was heard afar off.
 Wherefore when the enemies
of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin heard it, they came to know what that noise
of trumpets should mean.
 And they perceived that they
that were of the captivity did build the temple unto the Lord God of Israel.
 So they went to Zorobabel
and Jesus, and to the chief of the families, and said unto them, We will build
together with you.
 For we likewise, as ye, do
obey your Lord, and do sacrifice unto him from the days of Azbazareth the king
of the Assyrians, who brought us hither.
 Then Zorobabel and Jesus and
the chief of the families of Israel said unto them, It is not for us and you to
build together an house unto the Lord our God.
 We ourselves alone will
build unto the Lord of Israel, according as Cyrus the king of the Persians hath
 But the heathen of the land
lying heavy upon the inhabitants of Judea, and holding them strait, hindered
 And by their secret plots,
and popular persuasions and commotions, they hindered the finishing of the
building all the time that king Cyrus lived: so they were hindered from building
for the space of two years, until the reign of Darius.
Now in the second year of the reign of Darius Aggeus and Zacharias the son of
Addo, the prophets, prophesied unto the Jews in Jewry and Jerusalem in the name
of the Lord God of Israel, which was upon them.
 Then stood up Zorobabel the
son of Salatiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and began to build the house of
the Lord at Jerusalem, the prophets of the Lord being with them, and helping
 At the same time came unto
them Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his
companions, and said unto them,
 By whose appointment do ye
build this house and this roof, and perform all the other things? and who are
the workmen that perform these things?
 Nevertheless the elders of
the Jews obtained favour, because the Lord had visited the captivity;
 And they were not hindered
from building, until such time as signification was given unto Darius concerning
them, and an answer received.
 The copy of the letters which
Sisinnes, governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their
companions, rulers in Syria and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To king
 Let all things be known unto
our lord the king, that being come into the country of Judea, and entered into
the city of Jerusalem we found in the city of Jerusalem the ancients of the Jews
that were of the captivity
 Building an house unto the
Lord, great and new, of hewn and costly stones, and the timber already laid upon
 And those works are done
with great speed, and the work goeth on prosperously in their hands, and with
all glory and diligence is it made.
 Then asked we these elders,
saying, By whose commandment build ye this house, and lay the foundations of
 Therefore to the intent that
we might give knowledge unto thee by writing, we demanded of them who were the
chief doers, and we required of them the names in writing of their principal
 So they gave us this answer,
We are the servants of the Lord which made heaven and earth.
 And as for this house, it
was builded many years ago by a king of Israel great and strong, and was
 But when our fathers
provoked God unto wrath, and sinned against the Lord of Israel which is in
heaven, he gave them over into the power of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, of
 Who pulled down the house,
and burned it, and carried away the people captives unto Babylon.
 But in the first year that
king Cyrus reigned over the country of Babylon Cyrus the king wrote to build up
 And the holy vessels of gold
and of silver, that Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at
Jerusalem, and had set them in his own temple those Cyrus the king brought forth
again out of the temple at Babylon, and they were delivered to Zorobabel and to
Sanabassarus the ruler,
 With commandment that he
should carry away the same vessels, and put them in the temple at Jerusalem; and
that the temple of the Lord should be built in his place.
 Then the same Sanabassarus,
being come hither, laid the foundations of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem;
and from that time to this being still a building, it is not yet fully ended.
 Now therefore, if it seem
good unto the king, let search be made among the records of king Cyrus:
 And if it be found that the
building of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem hath been done with the consent
of king Cyrus, and if our lord the king be so minded, let him signify unto us
 Then commanded king Darius
to seek among the records at Babylon: and so at Ecbatane the palace, which is in
the country of Media, there was found a roll wherein these things were recorded.
 In the first year of the
reign of Cyrus king Cyrus commanded that the house of the Lord at Jerusalem
should be built again, where they do sacrifice with continual fire:
 Whose height shall be sixty
cubits and the breadth sixty cubits, with three rows of hewn stones, and one row
of new wood of that country; and the expences thereof to be given out of the
house of king Cyrus:
 And that the holy vessels of
the house of the Lord, both of gold and silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out of
the house at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, should be restored to the house
at Jerusalem, and be set in the place where they were before.
 And also he commanded that
Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and their
companions, and those which were appointed rulers in Syria and Phenice, should
be careful not to meddle with the place, but suffer Zorobabel, the servant of
the Lord, and governor of Judea, and the elders of the Jews, to build the house
of the Lord in that place.
 I have commanded also to
have it built up whole again; and that they look diligently to help those that
be of the captivity of the Jews, till the house of the Lord be finished:
 And out of the tribute of
Celosyria and Phenice a portion carefully to be given these men for the
sacrifices of the Lord, that is, to Zorobabel the governor, for bullocks, and
rams, and lambs;
 And also corn, salt, wine,
and oil, and that continually every year without further question, according as
the priests that be in Jerusalem shall signify to be daily spent:
 That offerings may be made
to the most high God for the king and for his children, and that they may pray
for their lives.
 And he commanded that
whosoever should transgress, yea, or make light of any thing afore spoken or
written, out of his own house should a tree be taken, and he thereon be hanged,
and all his goods seized for the king.
 The Lord therefore, whose
name is there called upon, utterly destroy every king and nation, that
stretcheth out his hand to hinder or endamage that house of the Lord in
 I Darius the king have
ordained that according unto these things it be done with diligence.
Then Sisinnes the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with
their companions following the commandments of king Darius,
 Did very carefully oversee
the holy works, assisting the ancients of the Jews and governors of the temple.
 And so the holy works
prospered, when Aggeus and Zacharias the prophets prophesied.
 And they finished these
things by the commandment of the Lord God of Israel, and with the consent of
Cyrus, Darius, and Artexerxes, kings of Persia.
 And thus was the holy house
finished in the three and twentieth day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of
Darius king of the Persians
 And the children of Israel,
the priests, and the Levites, and others that were of the captivity, that were
added unto them, did according to the things written in the book of Moses.
 And to the dedication of the
temple of the Lord they offered an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four
 And twelve goats for the sin
of all Israel, according to the number of the chief of the tribes of Israel.
 The priests also and the
Levites stood arrayed in their vestments, according to their kindreds, in the
service of the Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses: and the
porters at every gate.
 And the children of Israel
that were of the captivity held the passover the fourteenth day of the first
month, after that the priests and the Levites were sanctified.
 They that were of the
captivity were not all sanctified together: but the Levites were all sanctified
 And so they offered the
passover for all them of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and
 And the children of Israel
that came out of the captivity did eat, even all they that had separated
themselves from the abominations of the people of the land, and sought the Lord.
 And they kept the feast of
unleavened bread seven days, making merry before the Lord,
 For that he had turned the
counsel of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the
works of the Lord God of Israel.
And after these things, when Artexerxes the king of the Persians reigned came
Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of
 The son of Sadduc, the son of
Achitob, the son of Amarias, the son of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, the son of
Zaraias, the son of Savias, the son of Boccas, the son of Abisum, the son of
Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest.
 This Esdras went up from
Babylon, as a scribe, being very ready in the law of Moses, that was given by
the God of Israel.
 And the king did him honour:
for he found grace in his sight in all his requests.
 There went up with him also
certain of the children of Israel, of the priest of the Levites, of the holy
singers, porters, and ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem,
 In the seventh year of the
reign of Artexerxes, in the fifth month, this was the king's seventh year; for
they went from Babylon in the first day of the first month, and came to
Jerusalem, according to the prosperous journey which the Lord gave them.
 For Esdras had very great
skill, so that he omitted nothing of the law and commandments of the Lord, but
taught all Israel the ordinances and judgments.
 Now the copy of the
commission, which was written from Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the
priest and reader of the law of the Lord, is this that followeth;
 King Artexerxes unto Esdras
the priest and reader of the law of the Lord sendeth greeting:
 Having determined to deal
graciously, I have given order, that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the
priests and Levites being within our realm, as are willing and desirous should
go with thee unto Jerusalem.
 As many therefore as have a
mind thereunto, let them depart with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me and
my seven friends the counsellors;
 That they may look unto the
affairs of Judea and Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is in the law of the
 And carry the gifts unto the
Lord of Israel to Jerusalem, which I and my friends have vowed, and all the gold
and silver that in the country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in
 With that also which is
given of the people for the temple of the Lord their God at Jerusalem: and that
silver and gold may be collected for bullocks, rams, and lambs, and things
 To the end that they may
offer sacrifices unto the Lord upon the altar of the Lord their God, which is in
 And whatsoever thou and thy
brethren will do with the silver and gold, that do, according to the will of thy
 And the holy vessels of the
Lord, which are given thee for the use of the temple of thy God, which is in
Jerusalem, thou shalt set before thy God in Jerusalem.
 And whatsoever thing else
thou shalt remember for the use of the temple of thy God, thou shalt give it out
of the king's treasury.
 And I king Artexerxes have
also commanded the keepers of the treasures in Syria and Phenice, that
whatsoever Esdras the priest and the reader of the law of the most high God
shall send for, they should give it him with speed,
 To the sum of an hundred
talents of silver, likewise also of wheat even to an hundred cors, and an
hundred pieces of wine, and other things in abundance.
 Let all things be performed
after the law of God diligently unto the most high God, that wrath come not upon
the kingdom of the king and his sons.
 I command you also, that ye
require no tax, nor any other imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or
holy singers, or porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any that have doings
in this temple, and that no man have authority to impose any thing upon them.
 And thou, Esdras, according
to the wisdom of God ordain judges and justices, that they may judge in all
Syria and Phenice all those that know the law of thy God; and those that know it
not thou shalt teach.
 And whosoever shall
transgress the law of thy God, and of the king, shall be punished diligently,
whether it be by death, or other punishment, by penalty of money, or by
 Then said Esdras the scribe,
Blessed be the only Lord God of my fathers, who hath put these things into the
heart of the king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem:
 And hath honoured me in the
sight of the king, and his counsellors, and all his friends and nobles.
 Therefore was I encouraged
by the help of the Lord my God, and gathered together men of Israel to go up
 And these are the chief
according to their families and several dignities, that went up with me from
Babylon in the reign of king Artexerxes:
 Of the sons of Phinees,
Gerson: of the sons of Ithamar, Gamael: of the sons of David, Lettus the son of
 Of the sons of Pharez,
Zacharias; and with him were counted an hundred and fifty men:
 Of the sons of Pahath Moab,
Eliaonias, the son of Zaraias, and with him two hundred men:
 Of the sons of Zathoe,
Sechenias the son of Jezelus, and with him three hundred men: of the sons of
Adin, Obeth the son of Jonathan, and with him two hundred and fifty men:
 Of the sons of Elam, Josias
son of Gotholias, and with him seventy men:
 Of the sons of Saphatias,
Zaraias son of Michael, and with him threescore and ten men:
 Of the sons of Joab, Abadias
son of Jezelus, and with him two hundred and twelve men:
 Of the sons of Banid,
Assalimoth son of Josaphias, and with him an hundred and threescore men:
 Of the sons of Babi,
Zacharias son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight men:
 Of the sons of Astath,
Johannes son of Acatan, and with him an hundred and ten men:
 Of the sons of Adonikam the
last, and these are the names of them, Eliphalet, Jewel, and Samaias, and with
them seventy men:
 Of the sons of Bago, Uthi
the son of Istalcurus, and with him seventy men.
 And these I gathered
together to the river called Theras, where we pitched our tents three days: and
then I surveyed them.
 But when I had found there
none of the priests and Levites,
 Then sent I unto Eleazar,
and Iduel, and Masman,
 And Alnathan, and Mamaias,
and Joribas, and Nathan, Eunatan, Zacharias, and Mosollamon, principal men and
 And I bade them that they
should go unto Saddeus the captain, who was in the place of the treasury:
 And commanded them that they
should speak unto Daddeus, and to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that
place, to send us such men as might execute the priests' office in the house of
 And by the mighty hand of
our Lord they brought unto us skilful men of the sons of Moli the son of Levi,
the son of Israel, Asebebia, and his sons, and his brethren, who were eighteen.
 And Asebia, and Annus, and
Osaias his brother, of the sons of Channuneus, and their sons, were twenty men.
 And of the servants of the
temple whom David had ordained, and the principal men for the service of the
Levites to wit, the servants of the temple two hundred and twenty, the catalogue
of whose names were shewed.
 And there I vowed a fast
unto the young men before our Lord, to desire of him a prosperous journey both
for us and them that were with us, for our children, and for the cattle:
 For I was ashamed to ask the
king footmen, and horsemen, and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries.
 For we had said unto the
king, that the power of the Lord our God should be with them that seek him, to
support them in all ways.
 And again we besought our
Lord as touching these things, and found him favourable unto us.
 Then I separated twelve of
the chief of the priests, Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren
 And I weighed them the gold,
and the silver, and the holy vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king,
and his council, and the princes, and all Israel, had given.
 And when I had weighed it, I
delivered unto them six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels
of an hundred talents, and an hundred talents of gold,
 And twenty golden vessels,
and twelve vessels of brass, even of fine brass, glittering like gold.
 And I said unto them, Both
ye are holy unto the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver
is a vow unto the Lord, the Lord of our fathers.
 Watch ye, and keep them till
ye deliver them to the chief of the priests and Levites, and to the principal
men of the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the house of
 So the priests and the
Levites, who had received the silver and the gold and the vessels, brought them
unto Jerusalem, into the temple of the Lord.
 And from the river Theras we
departed the twelfth day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty
hand of our Lord, which was with us: and from the beginning of our journey the
Lord delivered us from every enemy, and so we came to Jerusalem.
 And when we had been there
three days, the gold and silver that was weighed was delivered in the house of
our Lord on the fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the son of Iri.
 And with him was Eleazar the
son of Phinees, and with them were Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth the son of
Sabban, Levites: all was delivered them by number and weight.
 And all the weight of them
was written up the same hour.
 Moreover they that were come
out of the captivity offered sacrifice unto the Lord God of Israel, even twelve
bullocks for all Israel, fourscore and sixteen rams,
 Threescore and twelve lambs,
goats for a peace offering, twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.
 And they delivered the
king's commandments unto the king's stewards' and to the governors of Celosyria
and Phenice; and they honoured the people and the temple of God.
 Now when these things were
done, the rulers came unto me, and said,
 The nation of Israel, the
princes, the priests and Levites, have not put away from them the strange people
of the land, nor the pollutions of the Gentiles to wit, of the Canaanites,
Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites, Egyptians, and Edomites.
 For both they and their sons
have married with their daughters, and the holy seed is mixed with the strange
people of the land; and from the beginning of this matter the rulers and the
great men have been partakers of this iniquity.
 And as soon as I had heard
these things, I rent my clothes, and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair
from off my head and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy.
 So all they that were then
moved at the word of the Lord God of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned
for the iniquity: but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening sacrifice.
 Then rising up from the fast
with my clothes and the holy garment rent, and bowing my knees, and stretching
forth my hands unto the Lord,
 I said, O Lord, I am
confounded and ashamed before thy face;
 For our sins are multiplied
above our heads, and our ignorances have reached up unto heaven.
 For ever since the time of
our fathers we have been and are in great sin, even unto this day.
 And for our sins and our
fathers' we with our brethren and our kings and our priests were given up unto
the kings of the earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for a prey with
shame, unto this day.
 And now in some measure hath
mercy been shewed unto us from thee, O Lord, that there should be left us a root
and a name in the place of thy sanctuary;
 And to discover unto us a
light in the house of the Lord our God, and to give us food in the time of our
 Yea, when we were in
bondage, we were not forsaken of our Lord; but he made us gracious before the
kings of Persia, so that they gave us food;
 Yea, and honoured the temple
of our Lord, and raised up the desolate Sion, that they have given us a sure
abiding in Jewry and Jerusalem.
 And now, O Lord, what shall
we say, having these things? for we have transgressed thy commandments, which
thou gavest by the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying,
 That the land, which ye
enter into to possess as an heritage, is a land polluted with the pollutions of
the strangers of the land, and they have filled it with their uncleanness.
 Therefore now shall ye not
join your daughters unto their sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto
 Moreover ye shall never seek
to have peace with them, that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the
land, and that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children for
 And all that is befallen is
done unto us for our wicked works and great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst make
our sins light,
 And didst give unto us such
a root: but we have turned back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle
ourselves with the uncleanness of the nations of the land.
 Mightest not thou be angry
with us to destroy us, till thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?
 O Lord of Israel, thou art
true: for we are left a root this day.
 Behold, now are we before
thee in our iniquities, for we cannot stand any longer by reason of these things
 And as Esdras in his prayer
made his confession, weeping, and lying flat upon the ground before the temple,
there gathered unto him from Jerusalem a very great multitude of men and women
and children: for there was great weeping among the multitude.
 Then Jechonias the son of
Jeelus, one of the sons of Israel, called out, and said, O Esdras, we have
sinned against the Lord God, we have married strange women of the nations of the
land, and now is all Israel aloft.
 Let us make an oath to the
Lord, that we will put away all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen,
with their children,
 Like as thou hast decreed,
and as many as do obey the law of the Lord.
 Arise and put in execution:
for to thee doth this matter appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.
 So Esdras arose, and took an
oath of the chief of the priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these
things; and so they sware.
Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the chamber of Joanan
the son of Eliasib,
 And remained there, and did
eat no meat nor drink water, mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude.
 And there was a proclamation
in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they
should be gathered together at Jerusalem:
 And that whosoever met not
there within two or three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed,
their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out
from them that were of the captivity.
 And in three days were all
they of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the
twentieth day of the ninth month.
 And all the multitude sat
trembling in the broad court of the temple because of the present foul weather.
 So Esdras arose up, and said
unto them, Ye have transgressed the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to
increase the sins of Israel.
 And now by confessing give
glory unto the Lord God of our fathers,
 And do his will, and separate
yourselves from the heathen of the land, and from the strange women.
 Then cried the whole
multitude, and said with a loud voice, Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do.
 But forasmuch as the people
are many, and it is foul weather, so that we cannot stand without, and this is
not a work of a day or two, seeing our sin in these things is spread far:
 Therefore let the rulers of
the multitude stay, and let all them of our habitations that have strange wives
come at the time appointed,
 And with them the rulers and
judges of every place, till we turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for this
 Then Jonathan the son of
Azael and Ezechias the son of Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them:
and Mosollam and Levis and Sabbatheus helped them.
 And they that were of the
captivity did according to all these things.
 And Esdras the priest chose
unto him the principal men of their families, all by name: and in the first day
of the tenth month they sat together to examine the matter.
 So their cause that held
strange wives was brought to an end in the first day of the first month.
 And of the priests that were
come together, and had strange wives, there were found:
 Of the sons of Jesus the son
of Josedec, and his brethren; Matthelas and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joadanus.
 And they gave their hands to
put away their wives and to offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors.
 And of the sons of Emmer;
Ananias, and Zabdeus, and Eanes, and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias.
 And of the sons of Phaisur;
Elionas, Massias Israel, and Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas.
 And of the Levites; Jozabad,
and Semis, and Colius, who was called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and
 Of the holy singers;
 Of the porters; Sallumus,
 Of them of Israel, of the
sons of Phoros; Hiermas, and Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and
Asibias, and Baanias.
 Of the sons of Ela;
Matthanias, Zacharias, and Hierielus, and Hieremoth, and Aedias.
 And of the sons of Zamoth;
Eliadas, Elisimus, Othonias, Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus.
 Of the sons of Babai;
Johannes, and Ananias and Josabad, and Amatheis.
 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus,
Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus, Jasael, and Hieremoth.
 And of the sons of Addi;
Naathus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus,
 And of the sons of Annas;
Elionas and Aseas, and Melchias, and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus.
 And of the sons of Asom;
Altaneus, and Matthias, and Baanaia, Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei.
 And of the sons of Maani;
Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel, Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion, and
Enasibus, and Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Samis, Selemias, Nathanias:
and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zambis, Josephus.
 And of the sons of Ethma;
Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel, Banaias.
 All these had taken strange
wives, and they put them away with their children.
 And the priests and Levites,
and they that were of Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the
first day of the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their
 And the whole multitude came
together with one accord into the broad place of the holy porch toward the east:
 And they spake unto Esdras
the priest and reader, that he would bring the law of Moses, that was given of
the Lord God of Israel.
 So Esdras the chief priest
brought the law unto the whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the
priests, to hear law in the first day of the seventh month.
 And he read in the broad
court before the holy porch from morning unto midday, before both men and women;
and the multitude gave heed unto the law.
 And Esdras the priest and
reader of the law stood up upon a pulpit of wood, which was made for that
 And there stood up by him
Mattathias, Sammus, Ananias, Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the right
 And upon his left hand stood
Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias, Lothasubus, and Nabarias.
 Then took Esdras the book of
the law before the multitude: for he sat honourably in the first place in the
sight of them all.
 And when he opened the law,
they stood all straight up. So Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the God of
 And all the people answered,
Amen; and lifting up their hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the
 Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias,
Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Asrias, and Joazabdus,
and Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making them withal
to understand it.
 Then spake Attharates unto
Esdras the chief priest. and reader, and to the Levites that taught the
multitude, even to all, saying,
 This day is holy unto the
Lord; (for they all wept when they heard the law:)
 Go then, and eat the fat,
and drink the sweet, and send part to them that have nothing;
 For this day is holy unto
the Lord: and be not sorrowful; for the Lord will bring you to honour.
 So the Levites published all
things to the people, saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful.
 Then went they their way,
every one to eat and drink, and make merry, and to give part to them that had
nothing, and to make great cheer;
 Because they understood the
words wherein they were instructed, and for the which they had been assembled.