Ezra 7:1-26 NAS

Ezra Journeys from Babylon to Jerusalem

1 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,

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2 son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub,
3 son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth,
4 son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki,
6 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 ahe requested 4because the hand of the LORD his God was upon him.

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    • ° 7:6 - Lit "his request"
      7 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.

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      8 He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.
      9 For on the first of the first month bhe 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.

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        • ± 7:9 - Lit "was the foundation"
          10 For Ezra had set his heart to cstudy the law of the LORD and to practice it, and 7to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

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          King's Decree on Behalf of Ezra

          11 Now this is the copy of the decree which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, dlearned in the words of the commandments of the LORD and His statutes to Israel:

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            • ³ 7:11 - Lit "the scribe of"
              12 "eArtaxerxes, 8king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace. And now

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                • ´ 7:12 - Ch 7:12-26 is in Aram
                  13 9I have issued a decree that any of the people of Israel and their priests and the Levites in my kingdom who are willing to go to Jerusalem, may go with you.

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                  14 "Forasmuch * * as you are sent fby the king and his 10seven counselors to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem according to the law of your God which is in your hand,

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                    • µ 7:14 - Lit "from before"
                      15 and to bring the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, 11whose dwelling is in Jerusalem,

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                      16 with 12all the silver and gold which you find in the whole province of Babylon, along 13with the freewill offering of the people and of the priests, who 14offered willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem;

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                      17 with this money, therefore * *, you shall diligently buy bulls, rams and lambs, 15with their grain offerings and their drink offerings and 16offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

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                      18 "Whatever seems good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, you may do according to the will of your God.
                      19 "Also the utensils which are given to you for the service of the house of your God, deliver in full before the God of Jerusalem.
                      20 "The rest of the needs for the house of your God, for which you may have occasion to provide, 17provide for it from the royal treasury.

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                      21 "I, even I, King Artaxerxes, issue a decree to all the treasurers who are in the provinces beyond the gRiver, that whatever * Ezra the priest, 18the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, may require of you, it shall be done diligently,

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                        • 7:21 - I.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch
                          22 even up to 100 talents of silver, 100 hkors of wheat, 100 baths of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt ias needed.

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                            • · 7:22 - I.e. One kor equals approx ten bu
                            • ¸ 7:22 - Lit "without prescription"
                              23 "Whatever * is jcommanded * by the God of heaven, let it be done with zeal for the house of the God of heaven, 19so that there will not be wrath against the kingdom of the king and his sons.

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                                • ¹ 7:23 - Lit "from the decree of"
                                  24 "We also inform you that 20it is not allowed to kimpose tax, tribute or toll 21on any of the priests, Levites, singers, doorkeepers, Nethinim or servants of this house of God.

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                                    • º 7:24 - Lit "throw on them"
                                      25 "You, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God which is in your hand, 22appoint magistrates and judges that they may judge * all the people who are in the province beyond the River, even all those who know the laws of your God; and you may 23teach anyone who is ignorant * of them.

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                                      26 "24Whoever will not observe the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him strictly, whether for death or for lbanishment or for confiscation of goods or for imprisonment."

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                                        • » 7:26 - Lit "rooting out"