The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chiefpriest:6
This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a readyscribe in the law of Moses, which the LORDGod of Israel had given : and the kinggranted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.
And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers , and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventhyear of Artaxerxes the king.8
And he came to Jerusalem in the fifthmonth, which was in the seventhyear of the king.9
For upon the first day of the firstmonthbegana he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifthmonthcame he to Jerusalem, according to the goodhand of his God upon him.
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israelstatutes and judgments.11
Now this is the copy of the letter that the kingArtaxerxesgave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe , even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.12Artaxerxes,king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven,perfect peace, and at such a time.13Imake a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem,go with thee.14Forasmuchas thou art sentoftheking,b and of his sevencounsellors , to enquireconcerningJudah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;15
And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel,whosehabitation is in Jerusalem,