Now after this, 1in the reign of 2Artaxerxes king of Persia, 3Ezra the 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 Babylonia. He was a scribe 4skilled in the Law of Moses that the LORD, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, 5for the hand of the LORD his God was on him.
And there went up also to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king, some of the people of Israel, and 6some of the priests and 7Levites, the singers and gatekeepers, and the temple 8servants.
And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.
For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, 9for the good hand of his God was on him.
For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it 10and to 11teach his statutes and rules in Israel.