Ezra 5

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The Book of Ezra

Chapter 6

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Then Darius the king made57 a decree, and search67 was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up89 in Babylon.

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And there was found77 at Achmetha, in the palace that [is] in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein [was] a record thus written:63

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In the first year of Cyrus the king [the same] Cyrus the king made57 a decree [concerning] the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded,83 the place where they offered62 sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid;21 the height thereof threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

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[With] three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given79 out of the king's house:

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And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth85 out of the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, and brought85 unto Babylon, be restored,88 and brought60 again unto the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, [every one] to his place, and place88 [them] in the house of God.

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Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye57 far from thence:

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Let the work of this house of God alone;59 let the governor of the Jews and the elders61 of the Jews build60 this house of God in his place.

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Moreover I make63 a decree what ye shall do60 to the elders61 of these Jews for the building58 of this house of God: that of the king's goods, [even] of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be60 given80 unto these men, that they be not hindered.58

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And that which they have need of,61 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 be60 given80 them day by day without fail:

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That they may offer60 7127 89 sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray71 for the life of the king, and of his sons.

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Also I have made63 a decree, that whosoever 606 shall alter88 this word, let timber be pulled down79 from his house, and being set up,63 let him be hanged79 thereon; and let his house be made79 a dunghill for this.

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And the God that hath caused his name to dwell67 there destroy70 all kings and people, that shall put60 to their hand to alter86 [and] to destroy68 this house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. I Darius have made57 a decree; let it be done79 with speed.

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Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent,57 so they did57 speedily.

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And the elders61 of the Jews builded,61 and they prospered89 through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded,57 and finished122 [it], according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

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And this house was finished122 on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

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And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept57 the dedication of this house of God with joy,

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And offered85 at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering 2409 for all Israel, twelve 6236 he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

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And they set85 the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which [is] at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

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And the children of the captivity kept4 the passover upon the fourteenth 6240 [day] of the first month.

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For the priests and the Levites were purified98 together, all of them [were] pure, and killed4 the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

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And the children of Israel, which were come again6 out of captivity, and all such as had separated12 themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek2 the LORD God of Israel, did eat,4

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And kept4 the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful,14 and turned52 the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen15 their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

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