Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of
Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,
The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the
This Ezra went up 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.
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.
And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the
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.
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to
teach in Israel statutes and judgements.
Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the
priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of
his statutes to Israel.
Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of
heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.
I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and
Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go
Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire
concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine
And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely
offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem,
And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon,
with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for
the house of their God which is in Jerusalem:
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.
And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of
the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God.
The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those
deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.
And whatsoever 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.
And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are
beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of
heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,
Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an
hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how
Whatsoever 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 sons?
Also we certify you, that touching 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.
And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates
and judges, which 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.
And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let
judgement be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or
to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.
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:
And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his 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.