7:1 Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of
Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of
7:2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
7:3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
7:4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
7:5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,
the son of Aaron the chief priest:
7:6 This Ezra went from Babylon; 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.
7:7 And there went [some] of the children of Israel, and of the
priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and
the Nethinims, to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes
7:8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which [was] in
the seventh year of the king.
7:9 For upon the first [day] of the first month he began to go
from Babylon, and on the first [day] of the fifth month he came
to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.
7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the
LORD, and to do [it], and to teach in Israel statutes and
7:11 Now this [is] the copy of the letter that the king
Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, [even] a scribe
of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his
statutes to Israel.
7:12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, To Ezra the priest, a scribe of
the law of the God of heaven, perfect [peace], and at such a
7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and
[of] his priests and Levites, in my realm, who are disposed of
their own free will to go to Jerusalem, go with thee.
7:14 Forasmuch as thou art sent by the king, and by his seven
counselors, to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem,
according to the law of thy God which [is] in thy hand;
7:15 And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his
counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose
habitation [is] in Jerusalem,
7:16 And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the
province of Babylon, with the free-will-offering of the people,
and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their
God which [is] in Jerusalem:
7:17 That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks,
rams, lambs, with their meat-offerings and their
drink-offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of
your God which [is] in Jerusalem.
7:18 And whatever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren,
to do with the rest of the silver and gold, that do after the
will of your God.
7:19 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the
house of thy God, [those] deliver thou before the God of
7:20 And whatever more shall be needful for the house of thy
God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow [it] out
of the king's treasure-house.
7:21 And I, [even] I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to
all the treasurers who [are] beyond the river, that whatever
Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven,
shall require of you, it be done speedily,
7:22 To a hundred talents of silver, and to a hundred measures
of wheat, and to a hundred baths of wine, and to a hundred
baths of oil, and salt without prescribing [how much].
7:23 Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be
diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why
should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his
7:24 Also we certify you, that concerning any of the priests and
Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this
house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute,
or custom upon them.
7:25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that [is] in
thy hand, set magistrates and judges, who may judge all the
people that [are] beyond the river, all such as know the laws
of thy God; and teach ye them that know [them] not.
7:26 And whoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of
the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether
[it be] to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of
goods, or to imprisonment.
7:27 Blessed [be] the LORD God of our fathers, who hath put
[such a thing] as this in the king's heart, to beautify the
house of the LORD which [is] in Jerusalem:
7:28 And hath extended mercy to me before the king, and his
counselors, 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 assembled out of Israel chief men to go up with me.