After these events, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, Ezra- Seraiah's son, Azariah's son, Hilkiah's son,
Shallum's son, Zadok's son, Ahitub's son,
Amariah's son, Azariah's son, Meraioth's son,
Zerahiah's son, Uzzi's son, Bukki's son,
Abishua's son, Phinehas's son, Eleazar's son, Aaron the chief priest's son
-came up from Babylon. He was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was on him.
Some of the Israelites, priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and temple servants accompanied [him] to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.
Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, during the seventh year of the king.
He began the journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month and arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month. The gracious hand of his God was on him,
because Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey [it], and teach [its] statutes and ordinances in Israel.