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Cyrus's Proclamation concerning the Temple. The Temple Treasures restored 1 in

king of Persia, that the word of brought forth out of Jerusalem, Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah and had put in the house of his might be accomplished, Jehovah gods; 8 even those did Cyrus king stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of of Persia, so that he made a procla- Mithredath the treasurer, and nummation throughout all

his kingdom, bered them unto Shesh bazzar, the and put it also in writing, saying, prince of Judah. 9 And this is the 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, number of them : thirty platters of All the kingdoms of the earth hath gold, a thousand platters of silver, Jehovah, the God of heaven, given nine and twenty knives, 10 thirty me; and he hath charged me to bowls of gold, silver bowls of a secbuild him a house in Jerusalem, ond sort four hundred and ten, and which is in Judah. 3 Whosoever other vessels a thousand. 11 All there is among you of all his people, the vessels of gold and of silver were his God be with him, and let him go five thousand and four hundred. up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, All these did Sheshbazzar bring up, and build the house of Jehovah, the when they of the captivity were God of Israel ? (he is God), which is brought up from Babylon unto

4 And whosoever is Jerusalem. left , in any place where he sojechen 2 the province, that went up out

Now these are the children of eth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and of the captivity of those that had with goods, and with beasts, besides been carried away, whom 3 Nebuthe freewill-offering for the house of chadnezzar the king of Babylon had God which is in Jerusalem.

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unto Babylon, and 5 Then rose up the heads of that returned unto Jerusalem and fathers' houses of Judah and Benja- Judah, every one unto his city ; 2 min, and the priests, and the Le- who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, vites, even all whose spirit God had Nehemiah, Seraiah, 5 Reelajah, stirred to go up to build the house Mordecai, Bilshan, 6 Mispar, Bigof Jehovah which is in Jerusalem. vai, 7 Rehum, Baanah. 6 And all they that were round The number of the men of the about them strengthened their people of Israel : 3 The children of hands with vessels of silver, with Parosh, two thousand a hundred gold, with goods, and with beasts, seventy and two. 4 The children and with precious things, besides of Shephatiah, three hundred sev: all that was willingly offered. 7 enty and two. 5 The children of Also Cyrus the king brought forth

3 Heb. Nehucha inézzor. the vessels of the house of Jeho

4 In Neh. 7. 7, Azariah.
5 In Neh. 7. 7, Raamiah.

6 In Neh. 7.7, Mispereth.
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List of those who returned from Babylon Arah, seven hundred seventy and forty and five. 35 The children of five. 6 The children of Pahath- Senaah, three thousand and six moab, of the children of Jeshua and | hundred and thirty. Joab, two thousand eight hundred 36 The priests; the children of and twelve. 7 The children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty nine hundred seventy and three. and four, 8 The children of Zattu, 37 The children of Immer, a thounine hundred forty and five. 9 The sand fifty and two. 38 The children children of Zaccai, seven hundred of Pashhur, a thousand two hunand threescore. 10 The children of dred forty and seven. 39 The chilBani, six hundred forty, and two. dren of Harim, a thousand and 11 The children of Bebai, six hun- seventeen. dred twenty and three. 12 The 40 The Levites: the children of children of Azgad, a thousand two Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the chilhundred twenty and two. 13 The dren of . Hodaviah, seventy and children of Adonikam, six hundred four. 41 The singers: the children sixty and six. 14 The children of of Asaph, a hundred twenty and Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six. eight. 42 The children of the por15 The children of Adin, four hun- ters: the children of Shallum, the dred fifty and four. 16 The chil children of Ater, the children of dren of Ater, of Hezekiah, ninety Talmon, the children of Akkub, the and eight.

17 The children of children of Hatita, the children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and Shobai, in all a hundred thirty and three. 18 The children of 2 Jorah, a nine. hundred and twelve.

19 The chil 43 The Nethinim : the children of dren of Hashum, two hundred Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the twenty and three 20 The children children of Tabbaoth, 44 the chilof Gibbar, ninety and five. 21 The dren of Keros, the children of children of Beth-lehem, a hundred ? Siaha, the children of Padon, 45 twenty and three. 22 The men of the children of Lebanah, the chil. Netophah, fifty and six. 23 The dren of Hagabah, the children of men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty Akkub, 46 the children of Hagab,

24 The children of the children of Shamlai, the chilIzmaveth, forty and two. 25 The dren of Hanan, 47 the children of children of Kiriath-arim, Chephi- Giddel, the children of Gahar, the rah, and Beeroth, seven hundred children of Reaiah, 48 the children and forty and three. 26 The chil- of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, dren of Ramah and Geba, six hun- the children of Gazzam, 49 the childred twenty and one. 27 The men dren of Uzza, the children of Paseah, of Michmas, a hundred twenty and the children of Besai, 50 the chiltwo. 28 The men of Beth-el and dren of Asnah, the children of Ai, two hundred twenty and three, Meunim, the children of ? Nephisim, 29 The children of Nebo, fifty and 51 the children of Bakbuk, the chiltwo. 30 The children of Magbish, dren of Hakupha, the children of a hundred fifty and six. 31 The Harhur, 52 the children of 10 Bazchildren of the other Elam, a thou- luth, the children of Mehida, the sand two hundred fifty and four children of Harsha, 53 the children 32 The children of Harim, three of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the hundred and twenty.

33 The chil children of Temah, 54 the children dren of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven of Neziah, the children of Hatipba. hundred twenty and five. 34 The 55 The children of Solomon's serchildren of Jericho, three hundred vants: the children of Sotai, the

1 In Neh. 7. 15, Binmui.
2 In Neh. 7.24, Hariph.

6 In ch.3. 9, Judah. In Neh. 7. 43, Hoderah. 3 In Neh. 7. 25, Gibeon.

7 In Neh. 7. 47, Sia. 8 In Neh. 7, 48, Salmai. 4 In Neh. 7.28 Beth-azmaveth.

9 Another reading is, Nephusim. In Neh. 7. 5 In Neh. 7. 29, Kiriath-jearim.

52, Nephushesim. 10 In Neh. 7.34, Bazlith.

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The Number of those who returned. Sacrificial Worship resumed children of Hassophereth, the Jerusalem, offered willingly for the fathe se children_of 2 Peruda, 56 the chil- house of God to set it up in its the dren of Jaalah, the children of Dar- place: 69 they gave after their inth kon, the children of Giddel, 57 the ability into the treasury of the bathely children of Shephatiah, the children work threescore and one thousand Washua e' of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-darics of gold, and five thousand muft hazzebaim, the children of 3 Ami. 7 pounds of silver, and one hundred wibe L 59 All the Nethinim, and the chil- priests' garments. dren of Solomon's servants, were 70 So the priests, and the Levites, mem, three hundred ninety and two. and some of the people, and the sing a domi tie

59 And these were they that went ers, and the porters, and the Nethi have up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Che- nim, dwelt in their cities, and all of the rub 4 Addan, and Immer; but they Israel in their cities. could not show their fathers' houses 3 And when the seventh month skielinen of Israel : 60 the children of Delaiah, Israel were in the cities, the people the children of Tobiah, the children gathered themselves together as one step House of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two. man to Jerusalem. 2 Then stood kilkud, wit 61 And of the children of the up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and then thi priests: the children of 5 Habaiah, his brethren the priests, and Zerub-s-twilde the children of Hakkoz, the chil- babel the son of Shealtiel, and his dren of Barzillai, who took a wife brethren, and builded the altar of idents in of the daughters of Barzillai the the God of Israel, to offer burntGileadite, and was called after their offerings thereon, as it is written in wich

62 These sought their regis- the law of Moses the man of God. alter ter among those that were reckoned 3 And they set the altar 8 upon its brael

. by genealogy, but they were not base; for fear was found: therefore were they deemed because of the peoples of the counpolluted and put from the priest- tries: and they offered burnthood. 63 And the governor said offerings thereon unto them, that they should not eat even burnt-offerings morning and compong of the most holy things, till there evening. 4 And they kept the stood up a priest with Urim and feast of tabernacles, as it is writwith Thummim.

ten, and offered the daily burnt64 The whole assembly together offerings by number, according to was forty and two thousand three the ordinance, as the duty of every hundred and threescore, 65 besides day required ; 5 and afterward the their men-servants and their maid- continual burnt-offering, and the servants, of whom there were seven offerings of the new moons, and of thousand three hundred thirty and all the set feasts of Jehovah that seven: and they had two hundred were consecrated, and of every one singing, men and singing women, that willingly offered a freewill-offers com 66 Their horses were seven hundred ing unto Jehovah. 6 From the first thirty and six ; their mules, two day of the seventh month began hundred forty and five; 67 their they to offer burnt-offerings unto camels, four hundred thirty and Jehovah: but the foundation of the video five; their asses, six thousand seven temple of Jehovah was not yet laid. hundred and twenty.

? They gave money also unto the 68 And some of the heads of 'masons, and to the carpenters; fathers' houses, when they came to and food, and drink, and oil, unto the house of Jehovah which is in them of Sidon, and to them of Tyre,

to bring cedar-trees from Lebanon 1 In Neh. 7. 57, Sophereth. 2 In Neh. 7.57, Perida.

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Rebuilding of the Temple begun. Adversaries write to Artaxerxes. 8 Now in the second year of their | of fathers' houses, and said unto them, coming unto the house of God at Let us build with you; for we seek Jerusalem, in the second month, your God, as ye do; and we sacriegan Zerubbabel the son of Sheal-fice unto him since the days of Esardiel

, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, haddon king of Assyria, who brought and the rest of their brethren the us up hither. 3 But Zerubbabel, priests and the Levites, and all they and Jeshua, and the rest of the that were come out of the captivity heads of fathers' houses of Israel, mto Jerusalem, and appointed the said unto them, Ye have nothing to Levites, from twenty years old and do with us in building a house unto upward, to have the oversight of our God; but we ourselves together the work of the house of Jehovah. will build unto Jehovah, the God of

Then stood Jeshua with his sons Israel, as king Cyrus the king of

and his brethren, Kadmiel and his Persia hath commanded us. 4 Then nith

sons, the sons of 2 Judah, : together, the people of the land weakened the
to have the oversight of the work- | hands of the people of Judah, and
men in the house of God: the sons ? troubled them in building, 5 and
- Henadad, with their sons and hired counsellors against them, to
their brethren the Levites. 10 And frustrate their purpose, all the days
when the builders laid the founda- of Cyrus king of Persia, even until
tion of the temple of Jehovah, 4 they the reign of Darius king of Persia.
set the priests in their apparel with 6 And in the reign of 8 Ahasuerus,
trumpets, and the Levites the sons in the beginning of his reign, wrote
Asaph with cymbals, to praise they an accusation against the in-
Jehovah, after the order of David habitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
king of Israel. 11 And they sang 7 And in the days of Artaxerxes
one to another in praising and giv- wrote Bishlam, Mithredatḥ, Tabeel,
og thanks unto Jehovah, saying, and the rest of his companions, unto
For he is good, for his lovingkind- Artaxerxes king of Persia ; and the
ness endureth for ever toward Israel. writing of the letter was written in
And all the people shouted with a the 10 Syrian character, and set forth.

great shout, when they praised in the 10 Syrian tongue. 8 11 Rehum it the Jehovah, because the foundation the chancellor and Shimshai the

of the house of Jehovah was laid. scribe wrote a letter against Jeruhurut But many of the priests and salem to Artaxerxes the king in this ng Levites and heads of fathers' houses, sort: 9 then wrote Rehum the chan

the old men that had seen 5 the first cellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and

house, when the foundation of this the rest of their companions, the 0,"house was laid before their eyes, Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites,

wept with a loud voice; and many the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the shouted aloud for joy? 13 so that Archevites, the Babylonians, the the people could not discern the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the noise of the shout of joy from the Elamites, 10 and the rest of the nanoise

of the weeping of the people; tions whom the great and noble Os

for the people shouted with a loud nappar brought over, and set in the z um shout, and the noise was heard afaroff. city of Samaria, and in the rest of the

Now when the adversaries of country beyond the River, and so the children of the captivity were

11 This is the copy of the letter a temple unto Jehovah, that they sent unto Artaxerxes the the God of Israel ; 2 then they drew king: Thy

servants the men beyond [Tin near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads the River, and so forth. 12 Be it 10r, set forward the work

6 Another reading is, yet we do not sacrifice 2 In ch. 2. 40, Hodaviah.

7 Or, terrified According to some MSS., the priests stood.

8 Or, Xerxes Heb. Akashverosh. * Or, the first house standing on its founda

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The King orders the Work to cease. Work of building the Temple resumed known unto the king, that the Jews | Artaxerxes' letter was read before that came up from thee are come to Rehum, and Shimshaị the scribe, us unto Jerusalem ; they are build- and their companions, they went in ing the rebellious and the bad city, haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and have finished the walls, and re- and made them to cease by force paired the foundations. 13 Be it and power. 24 Then ceased the known now unto the king, that, if work of the house of God which is this city be builded, and the walls at Jerusalem; and it ceased until finished, they will not pay tribute, the second year of the reign of custom, or toll

, and in the end it Darius king of Persia. will be hurtful unto the kings: 5 Now the prophets, Haggai the the palace, and it is not meet for us of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews to see the king's dishonor, therefore that were in Judah and Jerusalem; have we sent and certified the king ; in the name of the God of Israel 15 that search may be made in the 3 prophesied they unto them. book of the records of thy fathers: Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of so shalt thou find in the book of the Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of records, and know that this city is Jozadak, and began to build the a rebellious city, and hurtful unto house of God which is at Jerusalem; kings and provinces, and that they and with them were the prophets of have moved sedition within the same God, helping them. 3 At the same of old time; for which cause was time came to them Tattenai, the this city laid waste. 16 We certify governor beyond the River, and the king that, if this city be builded, Shethar-bozenai, and their companand the walls finished, by this means ions, and said thus unto them, Who thou shalt have no portion beyond gave you a decree to build this the River.

house, and to finish this wall? 4 17 Then sent the king an answer Then we told them after this manunto Rehum the chancellor, and to ner, what the names of the men Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest were that were making this buildof their companions that dwell in ing. 5 But the eye of their God Samaria, and lin the rest of the was upon the elders of the Jews, country beyond the River: Peace, and they did not make them cease, and so forth. 18 The letter which till the matter should come to Darius, ye sent unto us hath been plainly and then answer should be returned read before me. 19 And I decreed, by letter concerning it. and search hath been made, and it is 6 The copy of the letter that found that this city of old time hath Tattenai, the governor beyond the made insurrection against kings, and River, and Shethar-bozenai, and his that rebellion and sedition have been companions the Apharsachites, who made therein. 20 There have been were beyond the River, sent unto mighty kings also over Jerusalem, Darius the king ; 7 they sent a letwho have ruled over all the country ter unto him, wherein was written beyond the River; and tribute, cus- thus: Unto Darius the king, all tom, and toll, was paid unto them. peace. 8 Be it known unto the 21 Make ye now a decree to cause king, that we went into the province these men to cease, and that this of Judah, to the house of the great city be not builded, until a decree God, which is builded with great shall be made by me. 22 And take stones, and timber is laid in the heed that ye be not slack herein : walls; and this work goeth on with why should damage grow to the diligence and prospereth in their hurt of the kings?

hands. 9 Then asked we those 23 Then when the copy of king elders, and said unto them thus, 1 Or, unto the rest beyond &c.

3 Or, which was upon them

4 Or, they returned answer

? Or, translated

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