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den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied upto yoll.

26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom, men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel ; for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian, who ruled the kingdom after the death of Darius : and it was no longer called tķe kingdom of Babylon, but the kingdom of Persia.

LESSON CXX. EzRÀ, CHAP. 1. 11. N OW, in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, (that the

1. word ús ihe Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah miglit bo fulfilled,) the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. • 3. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (he is the God) which is in Jerusalem.

4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, besides the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.

5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalern.

6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands' with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.,

. 7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods ;

8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

i Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;

2 Which came with Zerubbabel : Jeshua, Nehemiah, Se. raiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah.

64 The number of the men of the people of Israel : The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore.

LESSON CXXI. EZRA, CHAP. V. 2 THEN rose up Zerubbábel, the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua,

1 the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem : and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shether-boznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall ?

4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building ? But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king.

7 They sent a letter unto him wherein was written thus ; Unto Darius the king, all peace. . Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and tim

ber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.

9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up -: these walls? We asked their names also, to certify thee, that 3 we might write the names of the men that were the chief of

them. 0:11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the

servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.

12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.

13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon, the same king Cyrus made a degree to build this house of God. A 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of

God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them unto the people of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;

15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry thema into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God. be builded in this place.

16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem ; and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

17 Now, therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

:: LESSON CXXII. EZRA, CHAP. VI. THEN Darius the king made a decree, and search was made d in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

3. In the first year of Cyrus the king, the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem,

Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cabits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits; ;; ' '. i . . .

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. 4. With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber; and let the expences be given out of the king's house: And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God.., · 6 Now, therefore, Tatnai, governer beyond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence: Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews, and the elders of the Jews, build this house of God in his place.

8 Moreover, I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expences be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.

9 And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt-offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests, which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them, day by day, without fail :

10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon ; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

12 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree ; let it be done with speed.

13 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily. st.

14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered, through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet, and Zechaa riah, the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandinent of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.' .

15 And this house was finished on the third day of the

month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy. is

he: LESSON CXXIII. EZRA, CHAP. VII.
N OW, after these things, Ezra went up from Babylon ;,

IV and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which - the Lord God of Israel had given : and the king granted him, all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God. upon him.

7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters,”. and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.' .

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For 'upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.

10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

And Artaxerxes (which is Ahasuerus) made a decree, that all the people of Israel that were in his realm might go up to Jerusalem with Ezra, and take with them silver and gold for the building of the temple, and the vessels that were given to them for the house of God: '

Then Ezra said, Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to! beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. :

28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king and bis counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes : and! I was strengthened as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me; and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

LESSON CXXIV. NeneMIAH, CHAP. I. 11: "!! AND it came to pass, eleven years after this, as Nehemiah'. At the king's cup-bearer was in Shushan, the palace, that Ha-, nani, one of his brethren, and others, came to him, and be asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3 And they said unto him, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and

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