Whatever the God of heaven has prescribed, let it be done with diligence for the temple of the God of heaven. Why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and of his sons?1
You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty2 on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.3
And you, Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom of your God, which you possess, appoint4 magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people of Trans-Euphrates--all who know the laws of your God. And you are to teach5 any who do not know them.
Whoever does not obey the law of your God and the law of the king must surely be punished by death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.6
Praise be to the LORD, the God of our fathers, who has put it into the king's heart7 to bring honor8 to the house of the LORD in Jerusalem in this way
and who has extended his good favor9 to me before the king and his advisers and all the king's powerful officials. Because the hand of the LORD my God was on me,10 I took courage and gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
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