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Book 15 1 Esdras
THE FIRST BOOK OF ESDRAS
This Book taketh its name from the writer: who was a holy priest, and
1 Esdras Chapter 1
Cyrus king of Persia releaseth God's people from their captivity, with
1:1. In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of
1:2. Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians: The Lord the God of heaven
1:3. Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with him. Let
1:4. And let all the rest in all places wheresoever they dwell, help him
1:5. Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Juda and Benjamin, and the
1:6. And all they that were round about, helped their hands with vessels
1:7. And king Cyrus brought forth vessels of the temple of the Lord,
1:8. Now Cyrus king of Persia brought them forth by the hand of
1:9. And this is the number of them: thirty bowls of gold, a thousand
1:10. Silver cups of a second sort, four hundred and ten: other vessels
1:11. All the vessels of gold and silver, five thousand four hundred:
1 Esdras Chapter 2
The number of them that returned to Judea: their oblations.
2:1. Now these are the children of the province, that went out of the
2:2. Who came with Zorobabel, Josue, Nehemia, Saraia, Rahelaia,
2:3. The children of Pharos two thousand one hundred seventy-two.
2:4. The children of Sephatia, three hundred seventy-two.
2:5. The children of Area, seven hundred seventy-five.
2:6. The children of Phahath Moab, of the children of Josue: Joab, Two
2:7. The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty-four.
2:8. The children of Zethua, nine hundred forty-five.
2:9. The children of Zachai, seven hundred sixty.
2:10. The children of Bani, six hundred forty-two.
2:11. The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty-three.
2:12. The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty-two.
2:13. The children of Adonicam, six hundred sixty-six.
2:14. The children of Beguai, two thousand fifty-six.
2:15. The children of Adin, four hundred fifty-four.
2:16. The children of Ather, who were of Ezechias, ninety-eight.
2:17. The children of Besai, three hundred and twenty-three.
2:18. The children of Jora, a hundred and twelve.
2:19. The children of Hasum, two hundred twenty-three.
2:20. The children of Gebbar, ninety-five.
2:21. The children of Bethlehem, a hundred twenty-three.
2:22. The men of Netupha, fifty-six.
2:23. The men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty-eight.
2:24. The children of Azmaveth, forty-two.
2:25. The children of Cariathiarim, Cephira, and Beroth, seven hundred
2:26. The children of Rama and Gabaa, six hundred twenty-one.
2:27. The men of Machmas, a hundred twenty-two.
2:28. The men of Bethel and Hai, two hundred twenty-three.
2:29. The children of Nebo, fifty-two.
2:30. The children of Megbis, a hundred fifty-six.
2:31. The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty-five.
2:32. The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
2:33. The children of Lod, Hadid and Ono, seven hundred twenty-five.
2:34. The children of Jericho, three hundred forty-five.
2:35. The children of Senaa, three thousand six hundred thirty.
2:36. The priests: the children of Jadaia of the house of Josue, nine
2:37. The children of Emmer, a thousand fifty-two.
2:38. The children of Pheshur, a thousand two hundred forty-seven.
2:39. The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
2:40. The Levites: the children of Josue and of Cedmihel, the children
2:41. The singing men: the children of Asaph, a hundred twenty-eight.
2:42. The children of the porters: the children of Sellum, the children
2:43. The Nathinites: the children of Siha, the children of Hasupha, the
2:44. The children of Ceros, the children of Sia, the children of
2:45. The children of Lebana, the children of Hegaba, the children of
2:46. The children of Hagab, the children of Semlai, the children of
2:47. The children of Gaddel, the children of Gaher, the children of
2:48. The children of Rasin, the children of Necoda, the children of
2:49. The children of Asa, the children of Phasea, the children of
2:50. The children of Asena, the children of Munim, the children of
2:51. The children of Bacbuc, the children of Hacupha, the children of
2:52. The children of Besluth, the children of Mahida, the children of
2:53. The children of Bercos, the children of Sisara, the children of
2:54. The children of Nasia, the children of Hatipha,
2:55. The children of the servants of Solomon, the children of Sotai,
2:56. The children of Jala, the children of Dercon, the children of
2:57. The children of Saphatia, the children of Hatil, the children of
2:58. All the Nathinites, and the children of the servants of Solomon,
2:59. And these are they that came up from Thelmela, Thelharsa, Cherub,
2:60. The children of Dalaia, the children of Tobia, the children of
2:61. And of the children of the priests: the children of Hobia, the
2:62. These sought the writing of their genealogy, and found it not, and
2:63. And Athersatha said to them, that they should not eat of the holy
2:64. All the multitudes as one man, were forty-two thousand three
Forty-two thousand, etc... Those who are reckoned up above of the tribes
2:65. Besides their menservants, and womenservants, of whom there were
2:66. Their horses seven hundred thirty-six, their mules two hundred
2:67. Their camels four hundred thirty-five, their asses six thousand
2:68. And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the temple
2:69. According to their ability, they gave towards the expenses of the
2:70. So the priests and the Levites, and some of the people, and the
1 Esdras Chapter 3
An altar is built for sacrifice, the feast of tabernacles is solemnly
3:1. And now the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were
3:2. And Josue the son of Josedec rose up, and his brethren the priests,
Josue... or Jesus (Jeshua) the son of Josedec; he was the high priest,
3:3. And they set the altar of God upon its bases, while the people of
3:4. And they kept the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and
3:5. And afterwards the continual holocaust, both on the new moons, and
3:6. From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer
3:7. And they gave money to hewers of stones and to masons: and meat and
3:8. And in the second year of their coming to the temple of God in
3:9. Then Josue and his sons and his brethren, Cedmihel, and his sons,
3:10. And when the masons laid the foundations of the temple of the
3:11. And they sung together hymns, and praise to the Lord: because he
3:12. But many of the priests and the Levites, and the chief of the
3:13. So that one could not distinguish the voice of the shout of joy,
1 Esdras Chapter 4
The Samaritans by their letter to the king hinder the building.
4:1. Now the enemies of Juda and Benjamin heard that the children of the
4:2. And they came to Zorobabel, and the chief of the fathers, and said
4:3. But Zorobabel, and Josue, and the rest of the chief of the fathers
4:4. Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of
4:5. And they hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their design
4:6. And in the reign of Assuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they
Assuerus... Otherwise called Cambyses the son and successor of Cyrus. He
4:7. And in the days of Artaxerxes, Beselam, Mithridates, and Thabeel,
4:8. Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe wrote a letter from Jerusalem
4:9. Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe and the rest of their
4:10. And the rest of the nations, whom the great and glorious Asenaphar
4:11. (This is the copy of the letter, which they sent to him:) To
4:12. Be it known to the king, that the Jews, who came up from thee to
4:13. And now be it known to the king, that if this city be built up,
4:14. But we remembering the salt that we have eaten in the palace, and
4:15. That search may be made in the books of the histories of thy
4:16. We certify the king, that if this city be built, and the walls
4:17. The king sent word to Reum Beelteem and Samsai the scribe, and to
4:18. The accusation, which you have sent to us, hath been plainly read
4:19. And I commanded: and search hath been made, and it is found, that
4:20. For there have been powerful kings in Jerusalem, who have had
4:21. Now therefore hear the sentence: Hinder those men, that this city
4:22. See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little
4:23. Now the copy of the edict of king Artaxerxes was read before Reum
4:24. Then the work of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem was
1 Esdras Chapter 5
By the exhortation of Aggeus, and Zacharias, the people proceed in
5:1. Now Aggeus the prophet, and Zacharias the son of Addo, prophesied
5:2. Then rose up Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Josue the son of
5:3. And at the same time came to them Thathanai, who was governor
5:4. In answer to which we gave them the names of the men who were the
5:5. But the eye of their God was upon the ancients of the Jews, and
5:6. The copy of the letter that Thathanai governor of the country
5:7. The letter which they sent him, was written thus: To Darius the
5:8. Be it known to the king, that we went to the province of Judea, to
5:9. And we asked those ancients, and said to them thus: Who hath given
5:10. We asked also of them their names, that we might give thee notice:
5:11. And they answered us in these words, saying: We are the servants
5:12. But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to
5:13. But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon, king Cyrus set
5:14. And the vessels also of gold and silver of the temple of God,
5:15. And said to him: Take these vessels, and go, and put them in the
5:16. Then came this same Sassabasar, and laid the foundations of the
5:17. Now therefore if it seem good to the king, let him search in the
1 Esdras Chapter 6
King Darius favoureth the building and contributeth to it.
6:1. Then king Darius gave orders, and they searched in the library of
6:2. And there was found in Ecbatana, which is a castle in the province
6:3. In the first year of Cyrus the king: Cyrus the king decreed, that
6:4. Three rows of unpolished stones, and so rows of new timber: and the
6:5. And also let the golden and silver vessels of the temple of God,
6:6. Now therefore Thathanai, governor of the country beyond the river,
6:7. And let that temple of God be built by the governor of the Jews,
6:8. I also have commanded what must be done by those ancients of the
6:9. And if it shall be necessary, let calves also, and lambs, and kids,
6:10. And let them offer oblations to the God of heaven, and pray for
6:11. And I have made a decree: That if any whosoever, shall alter this
6:12. And may the God, that hath caused his name to dwell there, destroy
6:13. So then Thathanai, governor of the country beyond the river, and
6:14. And the ancients of the Jews built, and prospered according to the
6:15. And they were finishing this house of God, until the third day of
6:16. And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the
6:17. And they offered at the dedication of the house of God, a hundred
6:18. And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in
6:19. And the children of Israel of the captivity kept the phase, on the
6:20. For all the priests and the Levites were purified as one man: all
6:21. And the children of Israel that were returned from captivity, and
6:22. And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy,
1 Esdras Chapter 7
Esdras goeth up to Jerusalem to teach, and assist the people, with a
7:1. Now after these things in the reign of Artaxerxes king of the
7:2. The son of Sellum, the son of Sadoc, the son of Achitob,
7:3. The son of Amarias, the son of Azarias, the son of Maraioth,
7:4. The son of Zarahias, the son of Ozi, the son of Bocci,
7:5. The son of Abisue, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son
7:6. This Esdras went up from Babylon, and he was a ready scribe in the
7:7. And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the
7:8. And they came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, in the seventh year
7:9. For upon the first day of the first month he began to go up from
7:10. For Esdras had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and
7:11. And this is the copy of the letter of the edict, which king
7:12. Artaxerxes king of kings to Esdras the priest, the most learned
7:13. It is decreed by me, that all they of the people of Israel, and of
7:14. For thou art sent from before the king, and his seven counsellors,
7:15. And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his
7:16. And all the silver and gold that thou shalt find in all the
7:17. Take freely, and buy diligently with this money, calves, rams,
7:18. And if it seem good to thee, and to thy brethren to do any thing
7:19. The vessels also, that are given thee for the sacrifice of the
7:20. And whatsoever more there shall be need of for the house of thy
7:21. I Artaxerxes the king have ordered and decreed to all the keepers
7:22. Unto a hundred talents of silver, and unto a hundred cores of
7:23. All that belongeth to the rites of the God of heaven, let it be
7:24. We give you also to understand concerning all the priests, and the
7:25. And thou Esdras according to the wisdom of thy God, which is in
7:26. And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the
7:27. Blessed be the Lord the God of our fathers, who hath put this in
7:28. And hath inclined his mercy toward me before the king and his
1 Esdras Chapter 8
The companions of Esdras. The fast which he appointed. They bring the
8:1. Now these are the chief of families, and the genealogy of them, who
8:2. Of the sons of Phinees, Gersom. Of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel. Of
8:3. Of the sons of Sechenias, the son of Pharos, Zacharias, and with
8:4. Of the sons of Phahath Moab, Eleoenai the son of Zareha, and with
8:5. Of the sons of Sechenias, the son of Ezechiel, and with him three
8:6. Of the sons of Adan, Abed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty
8:7. Of the sons of Alam, Isaias the son of Athalias, and with him
8:8. Of the sons of Saphatia: Zebodia the son of Michael, and with him
8:9. Of the sons of Joab, Obedia the son of Jahiel, and with him two
8:10. Of the sons of Selomith, the son of Josphia, and with him a
8:11. Of the sons of Bebai, Zacharias the son of Bebai: and with him
8:12. Of the sons of Azgad, Joanan the son of Eccetan, and with him a
8:13. Of the sons of Adonicam, who were the last: and these are their
8:14. Of the sons of Begui, Uthai and Zachur, and with them seventy men.
8:15. And I gathered them together to the river, which runneth down to
8:16. So I sent Eliezer, and Ariel, and Semeias, and Elnathan, and
8:17. And I sent them to Eddo, who is chief in the place of Chasphia,
8:18. And by the good hand of our God upon us, they brought us a most
8:19. And Hasabias, and with him Isaias of the sons of Merari, and his
8:20. And of the Nathinites, whom David, and the princes gave for the
8:21. And I proclaimed there a fast by the river Ahava, that we might
And I proclaimed a fast... It is not enough to part from Babylon, that
8:22. For I was ashamed to ask the king for aid and for horsemen, to
8:23. And we fasted, and besought our God for this: and it fell out
8:24. And I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sarabias, and
8:25. And I weighed unto them the silver and gold, and the vessels
8:26. And I weighed to their hands six hundred and fifty talents of
8:27. And twenty cups of gold, of a thousand solids, and two vessels of
8:28. And I said to them: You are the holy ones of the Lord, and the
8:29. Watch ye and keep them, till you deliver them by weight before the
8:30. And the priests and the Levites received the weight of the silver
8:31. Then we set forward from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the
8:32. And we came to Jerusalem, and we stayed there three days.
8:33. And on the fourth day the silver and the gold, and the vessels
8:34. According to the number and weight of everything: and all the
8:35. Moreover the children of them that had been carried away that were
8:36. And they gave the king's edicts to the lords that were from the
1 Esdras Chapter 9
Esdras mourneth for the transgression of the people: his confession and
9:1. And after these things were accomplished, the princes came to me,
This shows how sinful it is to intermarry with those that the Church
9:2. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their
9:3. And when I had heard this word, I rent my mantle and my coat, and
9:4. And there were assembled to me all that feared the God of Israel,
9:5. And at the evening sacrifice I rose up from my affliction, and
9:6. And said: My God I am confounded and ashamed to lift up my face to
9:7. From the days of our fathers: and we ourselves also have sinned
9:8. And now as a little, and for a moment has our prayer been made
A pin... or nail, here signifies a small settlement or holding; which
9:9. For we are bondmen, and in our bondage our God hath not forsaken
9:10. And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have
9:11. Which thou hast commanded by the hand of thy servants the
9:12. Now therefore give not your daughters to their sons, and take not
9:13. And after all that is come upon us, for our most wicked deeds, and
9:14. That we should not turn away, nor break thy commandments, nor join
9:15. O Lord God of Israel, thou art just: for we remain yet to be saved
1 Esdras Chapter 10
Order is given for discharging strange women: the names of the guilty.
10:1. Now when Esdras was thus praying, and beseeching, and weeping, and
10:2. And Sechenias the son of Jehiel of the sons of Elam answered, and
10:3. Let us make a covenant with the Lord our God, to put away all the
10:4. Arise, it is thy part to give orders, and we will be with thee:
10:5. So Esdras arose, and made the chiefs of the priests and of the
10:6. And Esdras rose up from before the house of God, and went to the
10:7. And proclamation was made in Juda and Jerusalem to all the
10:8. And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to
10:9. Then all the men of Juda, and Benjamin gathered themselves
10:10. And Esdras the priest stood up, and said to them: You have
10:11. And now make confession to the Lord the God of your fathers, and
10:12. And all the multitude answered and said with a loud voice:
10:13. But as the people are many, and it is time of rain, and we are
10:14. Let rulers be appointed in all the multitude: and in all our
10:15. Then Jonathan the son of Azahel, and Jaasia the son of Thecua
10:16. And the children of the captivity did so. And Esdras the priest,
10:17. And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange
10:18. And there were found among the sons of the priests that had taken
10:19. And they gave their hands to put away their wives, and to offer
10:20. And of the sons of Emmer, Hanani, and Zebedia.
10:21. And of the sons of Harim, Maasia, and Elia, and Semeia, and
10:22. And of the sons of Pheshur, Elioenai, Maasia, Ismael, Nathanael,
10:23. And of the sons of the Levites, Jozabed, and Semei, and Celaia,
10:24. And of the singing men, Elisiab: and of the porters, Sellum, and
10:25. And of Israel, of the sons of Pharos, Remeia, and Jezia, and
10:26. And of the sons of Elam, Mathania, Zacharias, and Jehiel, and
10:27. And of the sons of Zethua, Elioenai, Eliasib, Mathania, Jerimuth,
10:28. And of the sons of Babai, Johanan, Hanania, Zabbai, Athalai:
10:29. And of the sons of Bani, Mosollam, and Melluch, and Adaia, Jasub,
10:30. And of the sons of Phahath, Moab, Edna, and Chalal, Banaias, and
10:31. And of the sons of Herem, Eliezer, Josue, Melchias, Semeias,
10:32. Benjamin, Maloch, Samarias.
10:33. And of the sons of Hasom, Mathanai, Mathatha, Zabad, Eliphelet,
10:34. Of the sons of Bani, Maaddi, Amram, and Uel,
10:35. Baneas, and Badaias, Cheliau,
10:36. Vania, Marimuth, and Eliasib,
10:37. Mathanias, Mathania, and Jasi,
10:38. And Bani, and Bennui, Semei,
10:39. And Salmias, and Nathan, and Adaias,
10:40. And Mechnedebai, Sisai, Sarai,
10:41. Ezrel, and Selemiau, Semeria,
10:42. Sellum, Amaria, Joseph.
10:43. Of the sons of Nebo, Jehiel, Mathathias, Zabad, Zabina, Jeddu,
10:44. All these had taken strange wives, and there were among them
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