1Now after these things, in the reign of 2Artaxerxes king of Persia, there went up Ezra son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,
son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub,
son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth,
son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki,
son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the chief priest.
This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was a 3scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given; and the king granted him all he requested 4because the hand of the LORD his God was upon him.
5Some of the sons of Israel and some of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants went up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.
He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.
For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, 6because the good hand of his God was upon him.
For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and 7to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.