After this, in the rule of Persia's King Artaxerxes, 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 came up from Babylon. He was a scribe skilled in the Instruction from Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given. Moreover, the king gave him everything he requested because the LORD his God's power was with him.
Some of the Israelites and some of the priests and the Levites, the singers and gatekeepers and the temple servants also came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.
They reached Jerusalem in the fifth month, in the seventh year of the king.
The journey from Babylon began on the first day of the first month, and they came to Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was upon him.
Ezra had determined to study and perform the LORD's Instruction, and to teach law and justice in Israel.