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CTTAPTER I

1 The proclamation of Cyrus for thebttilding of the temple. 5 The people provide for the return. 7 Citrus restoreth the rensels of the temple to Sheshbazzar.

"VTOW in the first year of Cyrus ±y king of Persia, that the word of the Lord aby the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, bthat he tmadc a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lokd God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath 'charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judnh.

3 Who is there among you of all his people!" his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which it in Judah, ami build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (dhe Li the God,) which Is in Jerusalem.

4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where be sojourncth, let the men of his place thelp him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, besides the freewill offering for the bouse of God that is in Jerusalem.

5 1 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judnh and Benjamin, nud the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit 'God had raised, to go up to build the bouse of the Lord which it in Jerusalem.

6 And all they that vere about them (strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, besides all that was willingly offered.

7 1 'Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the Lokd, e which Nebuchadnezzar had brought fortli out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;

8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of

Mithredatb the treasurer, and numbered them unto hSheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.

9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,

10 Thirty basins of gold, silver basins of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.

11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Shcshbazzar bring up with them of ttho captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

CHAPTER II.

1 The number that return, of the people, !M of the priest*. 411 of the Lerites, 4?l of the Setttimm, of Solomon'* serrants} &2 of the priests which roultl not shew their peilinrce. FA The whole number of them, with their sut)Stanee. 1W Their oblatujn*.

NOW "these arc the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, bwbom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;

2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehcmiah, ISeraiah, I Reclaiah, Mordccai, Bilshan, IMizpar, Blfrrni, IRchnm, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:

3 The children of Parosh, two thousand a hundred seventy and two.

4 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

5 The children of Arah, c seven hundred seventy and five.

6 The children of "Pahnthmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joah, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.

7 The children of F.lam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.

9 The children of Znccai, seven hundred and threescore.

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10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.

11 The children of Bebai, 6ix hundred twenty and three.

12 The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two.

13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.

14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.

15 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.

lt> The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

17 The children of Bead, three hundred twenty and three.

18 The children of IJorah, a hundred and twelve.

19 The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three.

20 The children of I Gibbar, ninety and five.

21 The children of Bcth-lehem, a hundred twenty and three.

22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six.

23 The men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty and eight.

24 The children of I Azmaveth, forty and two.

25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephirnh, and Bceroth, seven hundred and forty and three.

2(i The children of Raman and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

27 The men of Micbmas, a hundred twenty and two.

28 The men of Beth-el and Ai, two hundred twenty and three.

29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two.

30 The children of Magbish, a hundred fifty and six.

31 The children of the other «Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

32 The children of Hariin, three hundred and twenty.

33 The children of Lod, I Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and five.

34 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

35 The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and thirty.

36 n The priests: the children of 'jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.

37 The children of simmer, a thousand fifty and two.

38 The children of hPashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

39 The children of 'Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

40 U The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Ulodaviah, seventy and four.

41 If The singers: the children of Asaph, a hundred twenty and eight.

42 1[ The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all a hundred thirty and nine.

43 1['The Nethinim: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

44 The children of Keros, the children of ISiaha, the children of Padon,

45 The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub,

46 The children of Ilagah, the children of IShalmai, the children of Hanan,

47 The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,

48 The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,

49 The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of Bcsai,

50 The children of Asnah, the children of Mcbunim, the children of !Nephusim,

51 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

52 The children of IIBazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,

53 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,

54 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

55 If The children of'Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of D Peruda,

56 The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

57 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the chil

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Num. 27. 21. ■ Neb- 7. 66,

dren of Poehereth of Zebaiin, the children of I Ami.

58 All the m Nethinim, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and two.

59 And these were they which went up from Tol-mcHih, Telharsa, Cherub, lAddan, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, and their II seed, whether they were of Israel:

00 The children of Dolalah, the children of Tobiah,the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two,

01 If And of the children of the priests: the children of Habalah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillni; which took a wife of the daughters of "Barzillni the Gileadite, and was called after their name:

62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore t were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.

03 And the HTirshatha said unto them, that they °. should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with rUrim and with Thunimim.

64 IT 'The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,

65 Besides their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women.

06 Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five;

67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

68 If I And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the Lord which fa at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place:

69 They gave after their ability unto the "treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pounds of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.

70 »So the priests, and the Lcvites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinim, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

CHAPTER in.

1 Tlie allarissetwp. 4 Offering*frequented. 7 II"unburn prepared. 8 The foundation* of the temple are laid in great joy and mourning.

AND when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

2 Then stood up I Joshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and IZerubbabcl the son of 'Shealticl, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.

3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even cbumt offerings morning and evening.

4 o They kept also the feast of tabernacles, eas it is written, and f offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, tag the duty of every day required;

5 And afterward offered the K continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and ot all the set feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the Lord.

6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But tthe foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.

7 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the I carpenters; and "meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of 1 Joppa, k according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

8 If Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the

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son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; 1 and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the Lord.

9 Then stood ■ Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of II Juduh, t together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their guns and their brethren the Levites.

10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, "they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asapli with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

11 PAnd they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; tbecause he is good, 'for his mercy eiutur-1 cth for ever toward Israel. And j all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

12 "But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

CHAPTER IV.

1 The adversaries, being not accepted in the building of the temple with the Jew.*, endeavour to hinder it. 7 Their letter to Attn rerres. 17 The decree of Artaxerxes. 21 The building is hindered.

NOW when Mho adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that tthe children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel; 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do

sacrifice unto him b since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

3 But Zerubbabcl, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, c Ye have nothing to do with us to build a house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as dking Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.

4 Then c the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

5 And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

6 And in the reign of t AhasueTRIS, in the beginning of his reign, wrote thcywMto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.

7 H And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote IBishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their t companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshal the 1 scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their t companions; fthe Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the ApharsiteB, the Arehevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,

10 sAnd the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnapper brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest that are on this side the river, hand tat such a time.

11 If This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time.

12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have

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I set up the walls thereof, and
tjoined the foundations.

13 Be it known now unto the
king, that, if this city be buildcd,
and the walls set up again, then
will they not pay 'toll, tribute,
and custom, and so thou shalt
endamage the I revenue of the
kings.

14 Now because t we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to seethe king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;

15 That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have I tmoved sedition within the1 same of old time: for which; cause was this city destroyed.

16 We certify the king that, if J this city be buildcd again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.

17 t Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their t companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time.

18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

19 And tl commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath tmade insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.

20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have kruled over all countries 'beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.

21 tGive ye now commandment
to cause these men to cease, and
that this city be not builded, un-
til another commandment shall
be given from me.

23 Take heed now that ye fail i Darius the king, all peace,
not to do this: why should 8 Be it known unto the king,
damage grow to the hurt of the, that we went into the province
kings V I of Judea, to the house of the

23 7. Now when the copy of, great God, which is builded with
king Artaxerxes' letter mis read i threat stones, and timber is laid

before Kehum, and Shimshai the
scribe, and their companions,
they went up in haste to Jerusa-
lem unto the Jews, and made
them to cease tby force and
power.

24 Then ceased the work of the
house of God which is at Jerusa-
lem. So it ceased unto the sec-
ond year of the reign of Darius
king of Persia. ■
CHAPTER V.

1 Zenthbrtbel ami Jeshtia, ineited bylfagetai
ttntl Zrrhatnah, art forward the tniilmiig
of the temple. .'1 Tatnai ttntl Sftetlttw-linz-
ttni couhl not hinder the Jews, ti Their
letter to Darius at/ttiiut the Jews.

THEN the prophets, "Haggai
the prophet, and bZechanah
the sou of Iddo, prophesied un-
to the Jews that were in Judah
and Jerusalem in the name of
the God of Israel, even unto
them.

2 Then rose up cZcrubbabel the
son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the
son of Jozadak, and began to
build the house of God which
is at Jerusalem: and with them
were the prophets of God helping
them.

3 If At the same time came to them d Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, • Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall?

4 'Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men tthat make this building?

5 But J the eye of their God was upon the ciders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned "answer by letter concerning this matter.

6 % The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, 'and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king :

7 They sent a letter unto him, t wherein was written thus; Unto

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