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Josiah is slain.

II. CI!RONICLES. Pharaoh deposes Jehoahaz. man, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem. the porters waited at every gate; they 2 Jehoabaz was twenty and three years might not depart from their service; for old when he began to reign, and he reigned their brethren the Levites prepared for three months in Jerusalem. them.

3 And the king of Egypt put him down 16 So all the service of the Lord was at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in prepared the same day, to keep the passo- a hundred talents of silver and a talent of ver, and to offer burni-offerings upon the gold. altar of the LORD, according to the com- 4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim mandment of king Josiah.

his brother king over Judah and Jerusa. 17 And the children of Israel that were lem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. present kept the passover at that time, and And Necho took Jeboahaz his brother, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days. carried him to Egypt.

18 And there was no passover like to 5 9 Jehoiakim was twenty and five that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel years old when he began to reign, and he the prophet; neither did all the kings of reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, he did that which was evil in the sight of and the priests, and the Levites, and all the Lord his God. Judah and Israel that were present, and 6 Against him came up Nebuchadnez. the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

zar king of Babylon, and bound him in 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign fetters, to carry him to Babylon. of Josiah was this passover kept.

7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the 20 | After all this, when Josiah had vessels of the house of the LORD to Baby. prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt lon, and put them in his temple at Babylon. came up to fight against Charcheinish by 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, Euphrates: and Josiah wentout against him. and his abominations wbich he did, and

21 But he sent ambassadors to him, that which was found in him, behold, they saying, What have I to do with thee, thou are written in the book of the kings of king of Judah? I come not against thee Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son this day, but against the house wherewith reigned in his stead. I have war: for God commanded me to g 4 Jehoiachin was eight years old make haste: forbear thee from meddling when he began to reign, and he reigned with God, who is with me, that be destroy three months and ten days in Jerusalem: thee not.

and he did that which was evil in the sight 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn of the Lord. his face from him, but disguised himself 10 And when the year was expired, that he might fight with him, and hearken-king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought ed not unto the words of Necho from the him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels mouth of God, and came to fight in the of the house of the LORD, and made Zede. valley of Megiddo.

kiah his brother king over Judah and Je. 23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; rusalem. and the king said to his servants, Have me 11 T Zedekiab was one and twenty away; for I am sore wounded.

years old when he began to reign, and 24 His servants therefore took him out reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. of that chariot, and put him in the second 12 And he did that which was evil in chariot that he had; and they brought him the sight of the Lord his God, and bumto Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried bled not himself before Jeremiah the in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. prophet speaking from the mouth of the And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for LORD. Josiah.

13 And he also rebelled against king 25 | And Jeremiah lamented for Jo- Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him siah: and all the singing men and the swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, singing women spake of Josiah in their and hardened his heart from turning upto lamentations to this day, and made them the LORD God of Israel, an ordinance in Israel: and behold, they 14 | Moreover, all the chief of the are written in the lamentations.

priests, and the people, transgressed very 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, much after all the abominations of the and his goodness, according to that which heathen; and polluted the house of the was written in the law of the LORD, LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusa

27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, lem. they are written in the book of the kings 15 And the Lord God of their fathers of Israel and Judah.

sent to them by bis messengers, rising up CHAP. XXXVI.

betimes and sending ; because he had comTHEN THEN the people of the land took Je- passion on his people, and on bis dwellinghoahaz the son of Josiah, and made place:

The proclamation of Cyrus. CHAP. I, II. Vessels of the temple restored.

16 But they mocked the messengers of sword carried he away to Babylon; where God, and despised his words, and misused they were servants to him and his sons his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord until the reign of the kingdom of Persia : arose againsi his people, till there was no 21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by remedy.

the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had 17 Therefore he brought upon them the enjoyed her sabbaths : for as long as she king of the Chaldees, who slew their young lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil men with the sword in the house of their threescore and ten years. sanctuary, and had no compassion upon 22 | Now in the first year of Cyrus king young man or maiden, old man, or him of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken that stooped for age: he gave them all into by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accombis band.

plished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of 18 And all the vessels of the house of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proGod, great and small, and the treasures of clamation throughout all bis kingdom, and the house of the Lord, and the treasures of put it also in writing, saying, the king, and of his princes; all these he 23 Thus saith Cyrus King of Persia, All brought to Babylon.

the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD 19 And they burnt the house of God, and God of heaven given me; and he hatla brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and charged me to build him a house in Jeburnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and rusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. among you of all his people? The Lord his

20 And them that had escaped from the God be with him, and let him go up.



8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia TOW in the first year of Cyrus king of bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the

Persia, that the word of the LORD by treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshthe mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, bazzar, the prince of Judah. the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus 9 And this is the number of them : thirty king of Persia, that he made a proclama- chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of tion throughout all his kingdom, and put it silver, nine and twenty knives, also in writing, saying,

10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The of a second sort four hundred and ten, und Lord God of heaven hath given me all the other vessels a thousand. kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charg- 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver ed me to build him a house at Jerusalem, were five thousand and four hundred. All wbich is in Judah.

these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them 3 Who is there among you of all his peo- of the .captivity that were brought up from ple? bis God be with him, and let him go Babylon unto Jerusalem,

CHAP. II. build the house of the Lord God of Israel, Nince that went up out of the capti

TOW these are the (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

4 And whosoever remaineth in any place vity, of those which had been carried away, where he sojourneth, let the men of his whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Baby; place help him with silver, and with gold, lon bad carried away unto Babylon, and and with goods, and with beasts, besides came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, the free-will-offering for the house of God every one unto his city; that is in Jerusalem.

2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, 5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rebum, Baanah. and the Levites, with all them whose spirit The number of the men of the people of God had raised, to go up to build the house Israel: of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.

3 The children of Parosh, two thousand 6 And all they that were about them a hundred seventy and two. strengthened their hands with vessels of 4 The children of Shephatiab, three

, silver, with gold, with goods, and with hundred seventy and two. beasts, and with precious things, besides 5 The children of Arah, seven hundred all that was willingly ofered.

seventy and five. 7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth 6 The children of Pahath-moab, of the the vessels of the house of the LORD, which children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of eight hundred and twelve. Jerusalem, and bad put them in the house 7 The children of Elam, a thousand two of his gods;

hundred fifty and four.

The number of those

EZRA. who returned from Babylon. 8 The children of Zattu, nine hundredshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hoforty and five.

daviab, seventy and four. 9° The children of Zaccai, seven hun- 41 | The singers: the children of dred and threescore.

Asaph, a hundred twenty and eight. 10 The children of Bani, six hundred 42 The children of the porters : the forty and two.

children of Shallum. the children of Ater, 11 The children of Bebai, six hundred the children of Talmon, the children of twenty and three.

Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children 12 The children of Azgad, a thousand of Shobai, in all a hundred thirty and nine. two hundred twenty and two

43 | The Nethinims: the children of 13 The children of Adonikam, six hun-Ziba, the children of Hasupha, the childred sixty and six.

dien of Tabbaoth, 14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand 44 The children of Keros, the children fifty and six.

of Siaha, the children of Padon, 15 The children of Adin, four hundred 45 The children of Lebanah, the chil. fifty and four.

dren of Hagabah, the children of Akkub, 16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, 46 The children of Hagab, the children ninety and eight.

of Shalmai, the children of Hanan, 17 The children of Bezai, three hun- 47 The children of Giddel, the children dred twenty and three.

of Gahar, the children of Reaiah, 18 The children of Jorah, a hundred 48 The children of Rezin, the children and twelve.

of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam, 19 The children of Hashum, two hun- 49 The children of Uzza, the children dred twenty and three.

of Paseah, the children of Besai, 20 The children of Gibbar, ninety and 50 The children of Asnah, the children five.

of Mehunim, the children of Nephusim, 21 The children of Beth-lehem, a hun- 51 The children of Bakbuk, the chile dred twenty and three.

dren of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, 22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six. 52 The children of Bazluth, the chil

23 The men of Anathoth, a hundred dren of Mehida, the children of Harsha, twenty and eight.

53 The children of Barkos, the chil24 The children of Azmaveth, forty and dren of Sisera, the children of Thamah, two.

54 The children of Neziah, the children 25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Che- of Hatipha. phirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and 55 | The children of Solomon's serforty and three.

vants: the children of Sotai, the children 26 The children of Ramah and Gaba, of Sophereth, the children of Peruda, six hundred twenty and one.

56 The children of Jaalah, the children 27 The men of Michmas, a hundred of Darkon, the children of Giddel, twenty and two.

57 The children of Shephatiah, the chil. 28 The men of Bethel and Ai, two hun- dren of Hattil, the children of Pochereth dred twenty and three.

of Zebaim, the children of Ami. 29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two. 58. All the Nethinims, and the children

30 The children of Magbish, a hun- of Solomon's servants, were three hundred dred 6fty and six.

ninety and two. 31 The children of the other Elam, a 59° And these were they which went up thousand two bundred fifty and four. from Tel-melah, Tel-harsa, Cherub, Ad

32 The children of Harim, three hun- dan, and Immer : but they could not shew dred and twenty.

their father's house, and their seed, whe33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and ther they were of Israel: Ono, seven hundred twenty and five. 60 The children of Delaiah, the chil

34 The children of Jericho, three hun- dren of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, dred forty and five.

six hundred fifty and two. 35 The children of Senaah, three thou- 61 | And of the children of the priests : sand and six hundred and thirty. the children of Habajah, the children of

36 The priests: the children of Je- Koz, the children of Barzillai: which took daiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hun- a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the dred seventy and three.

Gileadite, and was called after their 37 The children of Immer, a thousand name: fifty and two.

62 These sought their register among 38 The children of Pashur, a thousand those that were réckoned by genealogy, two hundred forty and seven.

but they were not found: therefore were 39 The children of Harim, a thousand they, as polluted, put from the priesthood. and seventeen.

63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, 40 11 The Levites: the children of Je- that they should not eat of the most holy

The altar set up.

CHAP. III, IV, Foundation of the temple land. things, till there stood up a priest with from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, accordUrim and with Thummim.

ing to the grant that they had of Cyrus 64 | The whole congregation together king of Persia. was forty and two thousand three hundred 8 T Now in the second year of their and threescore,

coming unto the house of God at Jerusa65 Besides their servants and their lem, in the second month, began Zerubmaids, of whom there were seven thousand babel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the three hundred thirty and seven : and there son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their were among them two hundred singing- brethren the priests and the Levites, and men and singing-women.

all they that were come out of the cap66 Their horses were seven hundred tivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the thirty and six ; their mules, two hundred Levites, from twenty years old and upforty and five;

ward, to set forward the work of the house 67 Their camels, four hundred thirty of the Lord. and five; their asses, six thousand seven 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and hundred and twenty:

his brethren, Kadıniel and his sons, the 68 | And some of the chief of the fathers, sons of Judah, together, to set forward the when they came to the house of the LORD workmen in the house of God: the sons which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for of Henadad, with their sons and their the house of God to set it up in his place : brethren the Levites.

69 They gave after their ability unto 10 And when the builders laid the foundthe treasure of the work threescore and ation of the temple of the LORD, they set one thousand drams of gold, and five the priests in their apparel with trumpets, thousand pounds of silver, and one hun- and the Levites the sons of Asaph with dred priests' garments.

cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the or70'So the priests, and the Levites, and dinance of David king of Israel. some of the people, and the singers, and 1.1. And they sang together by course in the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; their cities, and all Israel in their cities. because he is good, for his mercy endureth CHAP. III.

for ever toward Israel. And all the peoAN

ND when the seventh month was ple shouted with a great shout, when ihey

come, and the children of Israel were praised the Lord, because the foundation in the cities, the people gathered them- of the house of the LORD was laid. selves together as one man to Jerusalem. 12 But many of the priests and Levites

2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jo- and chief of the fathers, who were ancient zadak, and his brethren the priests, and men, that had seen the first house, when Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his the foundation of this house was laid bebrethren, and builded the altar of the God fore their eyes, wept with a loud voice; of Israel, to offer burnt-offerings thereon, and many shouted aloud for joy : as it is written in the law of Moses the 13 So that the people could not discern man of God.

the noise of the shout of joy from the noise 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; of the weeping of the people : for the for fear was upon them because of the people shouted with a loud shout, and the people of those countries : and they offer- noise was heard afar

off. ed burnt-offerings thereon unto the LORD,

CHAP. IV. 4 They kept also the feast of taberne: Now when the adversaries of Judah

and Benjamin heard that the chilcles, as it is written, and offered the daily dren of the captivity builded the temple burnt-offerings by number, according to unto the Lord God of Israel ; the custom, as the duty of every day re- 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and quired;

to the chief of the fathers, and said unto 5 And afterward offered the continual them, Let us build with you : for we seek burnt-offering, both of the new-moons, and your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice of all the set feasts of the Lord that were unto him since the days of Esar-haddon consecrated, and of every one that wil- king of Assur, which brought us up hither. Jingly offered a free-will-offering unto the 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the LORD.

rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, 6 From the first day of the seventh, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do month began they to offer burnt-offerings with us to build a house unto our God; unto the Lord. But the foundation of the but we ourselves together will build unto temple of the LORD was not yet laid. the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the

7 They gave money also unto the ma- king of Persia hath commanded us. sons, and to the carpenters; and meat, 4 Then the people of the land weakand drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, ened the hands of the people of Judah, and to thein of Tyre, to bring cedar-trees and troubled them in building,


The letter to Artaxerxes.

EZRA. The building stopped by Artaxerxes. 5 And hired counsellors against them,l. 18 The letter which ye sent unto us to frustrate their purpose, all the days of bath been plainly read before me. Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign 19 And I commanded, and search hath of Darius, king of Persia.

been made, and it is found that this city of 6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the old time hath made insurrection against beginning of his reign, wrote they unto kings, and that rebellion and sedition have hiin an accusation against the inhabitants been made therein. of Judah and Jerusalem.

20 There have been mighty kings also 7 1 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest countries beyond the river: and toll, triof their companions unto Artaxerxes king bute, and custom, was paid unto them. of Persia, and the writing of the letter was 21 Give ye now commandment to cause written in the Syrian tongue, and inter- these men to cease, and that this city be preted in the Syrian tongue.

not builded, until another commandment 8 Rebum the chancellor and Shimshai shall be given from me. the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem 22 Take heed now that ye fail not to to Artaxerxes the king in this sort : do this: why should damage grow to the

9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, burt of the kings? and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of 23 T Now when the copy of king Artax. their companions; the Dinaites, the Aphar- erxes' letter was read before Rebum, and sathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Su- they went up in baste to Jerusalem unto sanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elam- the Jews, and made them to cease by force ites,

and power. 10 And the rest of the nations whom the 24 Then ceased the work of the house great and noble Asnapper brought over, of God which is at Jerusalem. So it and set in the cities of Samaria, and the ceased unto the second year of the reign rest that are on this side the river, and at of Darius king of Persia. such a time.

CHAP. V. 11 | This is the

copy of the letter that WHEN the prophets, Haggai the prothey sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes phet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, the king; Thy servants the men on this prophesied unto the Jews that were in Ju. side the river, and at such a time. dah and Jerusalem in the name of the God

12 Be it known unto the king, that the of Israel, even unto them. Jews which came up from thee to us, are 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of come unto Jerusalem, building the rebel- Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, lious and the bad city, and have set up the and began to build the house of God which walls thereof, and joined the foundations. is at Jerusalem: and with them were the

13 Be it known now unto the king, that prophets of God helping them. if this city be builded, and the walls set 3 | At the same time came to them up again, then will they not pay toll, tri- Tatnai, governor on this side the river, bute, and custom, and so thou shalt en- and Shethar-boznai,and their companions, damage the revenue of the kings. and said thus unto them, Who hath com

14 Now because we have inaintenance manded you to build this house, and to from the king's palace, and it was not meet make up this wall ? for us to see the king's dishonour, there- 4 Then said we unto them after this fore have we sent and certified the king; manner, What are the names of the men

15 That search may be made in the that make this building? book of the records of thy fathers : so shalt 5 But the eye of their God was upon thou find in the book of the records, and the elders of the Jews, that they could not know that this city is a rebellious city, and cause them to cease, till the matter came hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that to Darius: and then they returned answer they bave moved sedition within the same by letter concerning this matter. of old time : for wbich cause was this city 6 | The copy of the letter that Tatnai, destroyed.

governor on this side the river, and She16 We certify the king that, if this city thar-boznai, and his companions the Apharbe builded again, and the walls thereof sachites, which were on this side the river, set up, by this means thou shalt have no sent unto Darius the king: portion on this side the river.

7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein 17 Then sent the king an answer unto was written thus ; Unto Darius the king, Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai all peace. the scribe, and to the rest of their com- 8 Be it known unto the king, that we panions that dwell in Samaria, and unto went into the province of Judea, to the the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at house of the great God, which is builded such a time.

with great stones, and timber is laid in the

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