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 And king Cyrus brought forth the vessels of the temple of the Lord,
which Nabuchodonosor had taken from Jerusalem, and had put them in the
temple of his god.  Now Cyrus king of Persia brought them forth by
the hand of Mithridates the son of Gazabar, and numbered them to
Sassabasar the prince of Juda.  And this is the number of them:
thirty bowls of gold, a thousand bowls of silver, nine and twenty
knives, thirty cups of gold,  Silver cups of a second sort, four
hundred and ten: other vessels a thousand.  All the vessels of gold
and silver, five thousand four hundred: all these Sassabasar brought
with them that came up from the captivity of Babylon to Jerusalem.
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 Now these are the children of the province, that went out of the
captivity, which Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away to
Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Juda, every man to his city.
 Who came with Zorobabel, Josue, Nehemia, Saraia, Rahelaia,
Mardochai, Belsan, Mesphar, Beguai, Rehum, Baana. The number of the men
of the people of Israel:
 The children of Pharos two thousand one hundred seventy-two.
 The children of Sephatia, three hundred seventy-two.
 The children of Area, seven hundred seventy-five.
 The children of Phahath Moab, of the children of Josue: Joab, two
thousand eight hundred twelve.
 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty-four.
 The children of Zethua, nine hundred forty-five.
 The children of Zachai, seven hundred sixty.
 The children of Bani, six hundred forty-two.
 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty-three.
 The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty-two.
 The children of Adonicam, six hundred sixty-six.
 The children of Beguai, two thousand fifty-six.
 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty-four.
 The children of Ather, who were of Ezechias, ninety-eight.
 The children of Besai, three hundred and twenty-three.
 The children of Jora, a hundred and twelve.
 The children of Hasum, two hundred twenty-three.
 The children of Gebbar, ninety-five.
 The children of Bethlehem, a hundred twenty-three.
 The men of Netupha, fifty-six.
 The men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty-eight.
 The children of Azmaveth, forty-two.
 The children of Cariathiarim, Cephira, and Beroth, seven hundred
 The children of Rama and Gabaa, six hundred twenty-one.
 The men of Machmas, a hundred twenty-two.
 The men of Bethel and Hai, two hundred twenty-three.
 The children of Nebo, fifty-two.
 The children of Megbis, a hundred fifty-six.
 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty-four.
 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
 The children of Lod, Hadid and One, seven hundred twenty-five.
 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty-five.
 The children of Senaa, three thousand six hundred thirty.
 The priests: the children of Jadaia of the house of Josue, nine
 The children of Emmer, a thousand fifty-two.
 The children of Pheshur, a thousand two hundred forty-seven.
 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
 The Levites: the children of Josue and of Cedmihel, the children
of Odovia, seventy-four.
 The singing men: the children of Asaph, a hundred twenty-eight.
 The children of the porters: the children of Sellum, the children
of Ater, the children of Telmon, the children of Accub, the children of
Hatita, the children of Sobai: in all a hundred thirty-nine.
 The Nathinites:
the children of Siha, the children of Hasupha, the children of
Tabbaoth,  The children of Ceros, the children of Sia, the children
of Phadon,  The children of Lebana, the children of Hegaba, the
children of Accub,  The children of Hagab, the children of Semlai,
the children of Hanan,  The children of Gaddel, the children of
Gaher, the children of Raaia,  The children of Basin, the children
of Necoda, the children of Gazam,  The children of Asa, the
children of Phasea, the children of Besee,  The children of Asena,
the children of Munim, the children of Nephusim,  The children of
Bacbuc, the children of Hacupha, the children of Harhur,  The
children of Besluth, the children of Mahida, the children of Harsa,
 The children of Bercos, the children of Sisara, the children of
Thema,  The children of Nasia, the children of Hatipha,
 The children of the servants of Solomon,
the children of Sotai, the children of Sopheret, the children of
Pharuda,  The children of Jala, the children of Dercon, the
children of Geddel,  The children of Saphatia, the children of
Hatil, the children of Phochereth, which were of Asebaim, the children
 All the Nathinites, and the children of the servants of Solomon,
three hundred ninety-two.
 And these are they that came up from Thelmela, Thelharsa, Cherub,
and Adon, and Emer. And they could not shew the house of their fathers
and their seed, whether they were of Israel.  The children of
Dalaia, the children of Tobia, the children of Necoda, six hundred
 And of the children of the priests: the children of Hobia, the
children of Accos, the children of Berzellai, who took a wife of the
daughters of Berzellai, the Galaadite, and was called by their name:
 These sought the writing of their genealogy, and found it not, and
they were cast out of the priesthood.  And Athersatha said to them,
that they should not eat of the holy of holies, till there arose a
priest learned and perfect.
 All the multitudes as one man, were forty-two thousand three
hundred and sixty:  Besides their menservants, and womenservants,
of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven: and
among them singing men, and singing women two hundred.
 Their horses seven hundred thirty-six, their mules two hundred
forty-five,  Their camels four hundred thirty-five, their asses six
thousand seven hundred and twenty.
 And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the temple
of the Lord, which is in Jerusalem, offered freely to the house of the
Lord to build it in its place.  According to their ability, they
gave towards the expenses of the work, sixty-one thousand solids of
gold, five thousand pounds of silver, and a hundred garments for the
 So the priests and the Levites, and some of the people, and the
singing men, and the porters, and the Nathinites dwelt in their cities,
and all Israel in their cities.
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 And now the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were
in their cities: and the people gathered themselves together as one man
to Jerusalem.  And Josue the son of Josedec rose up, and his
brethren the priests, and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and his
brethren, and they built the altar of the God of Israel that they might
offer holocausts upon it, as it is written in the law of Moses the man
of God.  And they set the altar of God upon its bases, while the
people of the lands round about put them in fear, and they offered upon
it a holocaust to the Lord morning and evening.
 And they kept the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and
offered the holocaust every day orderly according to the commandment,
the duty of the day in its day.  And afterwards the continual
holocaust, both on the new moons, and on all the solemnities of the
Lord, that were consecrated, and on all in which a free-will offering
was made to the Lord.
 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer
holocausts to the Lord: but the temple of God was not yet founded. 
And they gave money to hewers of stones and to masons: and meat and
drink, and oil to the Sidonians and Tyrians, to bring cedar trees from
Libanus to the sea of Joppe, according to the orders which Cyrus king
of the Persians had given them.
 And in the second year of their coming to the temple of God in
Jerusalem, the second month, Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Josue
the son of Josedec, and the rest of their brethren the priests, and the
Levites, and all that were come from the captivity to Jerusalem began,
and they appointed Levites from twenty years old and upward, to hasten
forward the work of the Lord.  Then Josue and his sons and his
brethren, Cedmihel, and his sons, and the children of Juda, as one man,
stood to hasten them that did the work in the temple of God: the sons
of Henadad, and their sons, and their brethren the Levites.
 And when the masons laid the foundations of the temple of the
Lord, the priests stood in their ornaments with trumpets: and the
Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise God by the hands of
David king of Israel.  And they sung together hymns, and praise to
the Lord: because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever towards
And all the people shouted with a great shout, praising the Lord,
because the foundations of the temple of the Lord were laid.  But
many of the priests and the Levites, and the chief of the fathers and
the ancients that had seen the former temple; when they had the
foundation of this temple before their eyes, wept with a loud voice:
and many shouting for joy, lifted up their voice.  So that one
could not distinguish the voice of the shout of joy, from the noise of
the weeping of the people: for one with another the people shouted with
a loud shout, and the voice was heard afar off.
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 Now the enemies of Juda and Benjamin heard that the children of the
captivity were building a temple to the Lord the God of Israel.  And
they came to Zorobabel, and the chief of the fathers, and said to them:
Let us build with you, for we seek your God as ye do: behold we have
sacrificed to him, since the days of Asor Haddan king of Assyria, who
brought us hither.
 But Zorobabel, and Josue, and the rest of the chief of the fathers
of Israel said to them:
You have nothing to do with us to build a house to our God, but we
ourselves alone will build to the Lord our God, as Cyrus king of the
Persians hath commanded us.
 Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of
Juda, and troubled them in building.  And they hired counsellors
against them, to frustrate their design all the days of Cyrus king of
Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of the Persians.
 And in the reign of Assuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they
wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Juda and Jerusalem. 
And in the days of Artaxerxes, Beselam, Mithridates, and Thabeel, and
the rest that were in the council wrote to Artaxerxes king of the
Persians: and the letter of accusation was written in Syriac, and was
read in the Syrian tongue.
 Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe wrote a letter from Jerusalem
to king Artaxerxes, in this manner:  Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the
scribe and the rest of their counsellors, the Dinites, and the
Apharsathacites, the Therphalites, the Apharsites, the Erchuites, the
Babylonians, the Susanechites, the Dievites, and the Elamites,  And
the rest of the nations, whom the great and glorious Asenaphar brought
over: and made to dwell in the cities of Samaria and in the rest of the
countries of this side of the river in peace.
 (This is the copy of the letter, which they sent to him:)
To Artaxerxes the king, thy servants, the men that are on this side of
the river, send greeting.
 Be it known to the king, that the Jews, who came up from thee to
us, are come to Jerusalem a rebellious and wicked city, which they are
building, setting up the ramparts thereof and repairing the walls. 
And now be it known to the king, that if this city be built up, and the
walls thereof repaired, they will not pay tribute nor toll, nor yearly
revenues, and this loss will fail upon the kings.
 But we remembering the salt that we have eaten in the palace, and
because we count it a crime to see the king wronged, have therefore
sent and certified the king,  That search may be made in the books
of the histories of thy fathers, and thou shalt find written in the
records: and shalt know that this city is a rebellious city, and
hurtful to the kings and provinces, and that wars were raised therein
of old time: for which cause also the city was destroyed.
 We certify the king, that if this city be built, and the walls
thereof repaired, thou shalt have no possession on this side of the
 The king sent word to Reum Beelteem and Samsai the scribe, and to
the rest that were in their council, inhabitants of Samaria, and to the
rest beyond the river, sending greeting and peace.
 The accusation, which you have sent to us, hath been plainly read
before me,  And I commanded: and search hath been made, and it is
found, that this city of old time hath rebelled against kings, and
seditions and wars have been raised therein.  For there have been
powerful kings in Jerusalem, who hare had dominion over all the country
that is beyond the river: and have received tribute, and toll and
revenues.  Now therefore hear the sentence: Hinder those men, that
this city be not built, till further orders be given by me.  See
that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little
the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.
 Now the copy of the edict of king Artaxerxes was read before Reum
Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe, and their counsellors: and they went
up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and hindered them with arm and
power.  Then the work of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem was
interrupted, and ceased till the second year of the reign of Darius
king of the Persians.
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 Now Aggeus the prophet, and Zacharias the son of Addo, prophesied
to the Jews that were in Judea and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of
Israel.  Then rose up Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Josue the
son of Josedec, and began to build the temple of God in Jerusalem, and
with them were the prophets of God helping them.  And at the same
time came to them Thathanai, who was governor beyond the river, and
Stharbuzanai, and their counsellors: and said thus to them:
Who hath given you counsel to build this house, and to repair the walls
thereof?  In answer to which we gave them the names of the men who
were the promoters of that building.
 But the eye of their God was upon the ancients of the Jews, and
they could not hinder them. And it was agreed that the matter should be
referred to Darius, and then they should give satisfaction concerning
 The copy of the letter that Thathanai governor of the country
beyond the river, and Stharbuzanai, and his counsellors the
Arphasachites, who dwelt beyond the river, sent to Darius the king. 
The letter which they sent him, was written thus:
To Darius the king all peace.
 Be it known to the king, that we went to the province of Judea, to
the house of the great God, which they are building with unpolished
stones, and timber is laid in the walls: and this work is carried on
diligently, and advanceth in their hands.  And we asked those
ancients, and said to them thus: Who hath given you authority to build
this house, and to repair these walls?  We asked also of them their
names, that we might give thee notice: and we have written the names of
the men that are the chief among them.  And they answered us in
these words, saying: We are the servants of the God of heaven and
earth, and we are building a temple that was built these many years
ago, and which a great king of Israel built and set up.  But after
that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, he delivered
them into the hands of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon the Chaldean:
and he destroyed this house, and carried away the people to Babylon.
 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon, king Cyrus set
forth a decree, that this house of God should be built.  And the
vessels also of gold and silver of the temple of God, which
Nabuchodonosor had taken out of the temple, that was in Jerusalem, and
had brought them to the temple of Babylon, king Cyrus brought out of
the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one Sassabasar, whom
also he appointed governor,  And said to him: Take these vessels,
and go, and put them in the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the
house of God be built in its place.  Then came this same
Sassabasar, and laid the foundations of the temple of God in Jerusalem,
and from that time until now it is in building, and is not yet finished.
 Now therefore if it seem good to the king, let him search in the
king's library, which is in Babylon, whether it hath been decreed by
Cyrus the king, that the house of God in Jerusalem should be built, and
let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
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 Then king Darius gave orders, and they searched in the library of
the books that were laid up in Babylon,  And there was found in
Ecbatana, which is a castle in the province of Media, a book in which
this record was written.
 In the first year of Cyrus the king: Cyrus the king decreed, that
the house of God should be built, which is in Jerusalem, in the place
where they may offer sacrifices, and that they lay the foundations that
may support the height of threescore cubits, and the breadth of
threescore cubits,  Three rows of unpolished stones, and so rows of
new timber: and the charges shall be given out of the king's house. 
And also let the golden and silver vessels of the temple of God, which
Nabuchodonosor took out of the temple of Jerusalem, and brought to
Babylon, be restored, and carried back to the temple of Jerusalem to
their place, which also were placed in the temple of God.
 Now therefore Thathanai, governor of the country beyond the river,
Stharbuzanai, and your counsellors the Apharsachites, who are beyond
the river, depart far from them, …  And if it shall be necessary,
let calves also, and lambs, and kids, for holocausts to the God of
heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the custom of the
priests that are in Jerusalem, be given them day by day, that there be
no complaint in any thing.  And let them offer oblations to the God
of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his children.
 And I have made a decree: That if any whosoever, shall alter this
commandment, a beam be taken from his house. and set up, and he be
nailed upon it, and his house be confiscated.  And may the God,
that hath caused his name to dwell there, destroy all kingdoms, and the
people that shall put out their hand to resist, and to destroy the
house of God, that is in Jerusalem.
 So then Thathanai, governor of the country beyond the river, and
Stharbuzanai, and his counsellors diligently executed what Darius the
king had commanded.
 And the children of Israel that were returned from captivity, and
all that had separated themselves from the filthiness of the nations of
the earth to them, to seek the Lord the God of Israel, did eat. 
And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy, for
the Lord had made them joyful, and had turned the heart of the king of
Assyria to them, that he should help their hands in the work of the
house of the Lord the God of Israel.
1-28 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now after these things in the reign of Artaxerxes king of the
Persians, Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of
Helcias,  The son of Sellum, the son of Sadoc, the son of Achitob,
 The son of Amarias, the son of Azarias, the son of Maraioth, 
The son of Zarahias, the son of Ozi, the son of Bocci,  The son of
Abisue, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the
priest from the beginning.  This Esdras went up from Babylon, and he
was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God had given to
Israel: 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
children of the priests, and of the children of the Levites, and of the
singing men, and of the porters, and of the Nathinites to Jerusalem in
the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.  And they came to Jerusalem
in the fifth month, in the seventh year of the king.  For upon the
first day of the first month he began to go up 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.  For Esdras had prepared his heart to
seek the law of the Lord, and to do and to teach in Israel the
commandments and judgment.  And this is the copy of the letter of
the edict, which king Artaxerxes gave to Esdras the priest, the scribe
instructed in the words and commandments of the Lord, and his
ceremonies in Israel.
 Artaxerxes king of kings to Esdras the priest, the most learned
scribe of the law of the God of heaven, greeting.
 It is decreed by me, that all they of the people of Israel, and of
the priests and of the Levites in my realm, that are minded to go into
Jerusalem, should go with thee.  For thou art sent from before the
king, and his seven counsellors, to visit Judea and Jerusalem according
to the law of thy God, which is in thy hand.  And to carry the
silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered
to the God of Israel, whose tabernacle is in Jerusalem.  And all
the silver and gold that thou shalt find in all the province of
Babylon, and that the people is willing to offer, and that the priests
shall offer of their own accord to the house of their God, which is in
Jerusalem,  Take freely, and buy diligently with this money,
calves, rams, lambs, with the sacrifices and libations of them, and
offer them upon the altar of the temple of your God, that is in
Jerusalem.  And if it seem good to thee, and to thy brethren to do
any thing with the rest of the silver and gold, do it according to the
will of your God.  The vessels also, that are given thee for the
sacrifice of the house of thy God, deliver thou in the sight of God in
Jerusalem.  And whatsoever more there shall be need of for the
house of thy God, how much soever thou shalt have occasion to spend, it
shall be given out of the treasury, and the king's exchequer, and by me.
 I Artaxerxes the king have ordered and decreed to all the keepers
of the public chest, that are beyond the river, that whatsoever Esdras
the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require
of you, you give it without delay,  Unto a hundred talents of
silver, and unto a hundred cores of wheat, and unto a hundred bates of
wine, and unto a hundred bates of oil, and salt without measure. 
All that belongeth to the rites of the God of heaven, let it be given
diligently in the house of the God of heaven: lest his wrath should be
enkindled against the realm of the king, and of his sons.  We give
you also to understand concerning all the priests, and the Levites, and
the singers, and the porters, and the Nathinites, and ministers of the
house of this God, that you have no authority to impose toll or
tribute, or custom upon them.
 And thou Esdras according to the wisdom of thy God, which is in
thy hand, appoint judges and magistrates, that may judge all the
people, that is beyond the river, that is, for them who know the law of
thy God, yea and the ignorant teach ye freely.
 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the
king diligently, judgment shall be executed upon him, either unto
death, or unto banishment, or to the confiscation of goods, or at least
 Blessed be the Lord the God of our fathers, who hath put this in
the king's heart, to glorify the house of the Lord, which is in
Jerusalem,  And hath inclined his mercy toward me before the king
and his counsellors, and all the mighty princes of the king: and I
being strengthened by the hand of the Lord my God, which was upon me,
gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.
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 Now these are the chiefs of families, and the genealogy of them,
who came up with me from Babylon in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.
 Of the sons of Phinees, Gersom. Of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel. Of
the sons of David, Hattus.
 Of the sons of Sechenias, the son of Pharos, Zacharias, and with
him were numbered a hundred and fifty men.
 Of the sons of Phahath Moab, Eleoenai the son of Zareha, and with
him two hundred men.
 Of the sons of Sechenias, the son of Ezechiel, and with him three
 Of the sons of Adan, Abed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty
 Of the sons of Alam, Isaias the son of Athalias, and with him
 Of the sons of Saphatia: Zebodia the son of Michael, and with him
 Of the sons of Joab, Obedia the son of Jahiel, and with him two
hundred and eighteen men.
 Of the sons of Selomith, the son of Josphia, and with him a
hundred and sixty men.
 Of the sons of Bebai, Zacharias the son of Bebai: and with him
eight and twenty men.
 Of the sons of Azgad, Joanan the son of Eccetan, and with him a
hundred and ten men.
 Of the sons of Adonicam, who were the last: and these are their
names: Eliphelet, and Jehiel, and Samaias, and with them sixty men.
 Of the sons of Begui, Uthai and Zachur, and with them seventy men.
 And I gathered them together to the river, which runneth down to
Ahava, and we stayed there three days: and I sought among the people
and among the priests for the sons of Levi, and found none there. 
So I sent Eliezer, and Ariel, and Semeias, and Elnathan, and Jarib, and
another Elnathan, and Nathan, and Zacharias, and Mosollam, chief men:
and Joiarib, and Elnathan, wise men.  And I sent them to Eddo, who
is chief in the place of Chasphia, and I put in their mouth the words
that they should speak to Eddo, and his brethren the Nathinites in the
place of Chasphia, that they should bring us ministers of the house of
our God.  And by the good hand of our God upon us, they brought us
a most learned man of the sons of Moholi the son of Levi the son of
Israel, and Sarabias and his sons, and his brethren eighteen,  And
Hasabias, and with him Isaias of the sons of Merari, and his brethren,
and his sons twenty.  And of the Nathinites, whom David, and the
princes gave for the service of the Levites, Nathinites two hundred and
twenty: all these were called by their names.
 And I proclaimed there a fast by the river Ahava, that we might
afflict ourselves before the Lord our God, and might ask of him a right
way for us and for our children, and for all our substance.  For I
was ashamed to ask the king for aid and for horsemen, to defend us from
the enemy in the way: because we had said to the king: The hand of our
God is upon all them that seek him in goodness: and his power and
strength, and wrath upon all them that forsake him.  And we fasted,
and besought our God for this: and it fell out prosperously unto us.
 And I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sarabias, and
Hasabias, and with them ten of their brethren,  And I weighed unto
them the silver and gold, and the vessels consecrated for the house of
our God, which the king and his counsellors, and his princes, and all
Israel, that were found had offered.  And I weighed to their hands
six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and a hundred vessels of
silver, and a hundred talents of gold,  And twenty cups of gold, of
a thousand solids, and two vessels of the best shining brass, beautiful
as gold.  And I said to them:
You are the holy ones of the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the
silver and gold, that is freely offered to the Lord the God of our
fathers.  Watch ye and keep them, till you deliver them by weight
before the chief of the priests, and of the Levites, and the heads of
the families of Israel in Jerusalem, into the treasure of the house of
 And the priests and the Levites received the weight of the silver
and gold, and the vessels, to carry them to Jerusalem to the house of
 Then we set forward from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the
first month to go to Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us,
and delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait
by the way.  And we came to Jerusalem, and we stayed there three
days.  And on the fourth day the silver and the gold, and the
vessels were weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth
the son of Urias the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of
Phinees, and with them Jozabad the son of Josue, and Noadaia the son of
Benoi, Levites.  According to the number and weight of every thing:
and all the weight was written at that time.
 Moreover the children of them that had been carried away that were
come out of the captivity, offered holocausts to the God of Israel,
twelve calves for all the people of Israel, ninety-six rams,
seventy-seven lambs, and twelve he goats for sin: all for a holocaust
to the Lord.  And they gave the king's edicts to the lords that
were from the king's court, and the governors beyond the river, and
they furthered the people and the house of God.
1-4, 11-15 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And after these things were accomplished, the princes came to me,
The people of Israel, and the priests and Levites have not separated
themselves from the people of the lands, and from their abominations,
namely, of the Chanaanites, and the Hethites, and the Pherezites, and
the Jebusites, and the Ammonites, and the Moabites, and the Egyptians,
and the Amorrhites.  For they have taken of their daughters for
themselves and for their sons, and they have mingled the holy seed with
the people of the lands. And the hand of the princes and magistrates
hath been first in this transgression.
 And when I had heard this word, I rent my mantle and my coat, and
plucked off the hairs of my head and my beard, and I sat down mourning.
 And there were assembled to me all that feared the God of Israel,
because of the transgression of those that were come from the
captivity, and I sat sorrowful, until the evening sacrifice.
 Which thou hast commanded by the hand of thy servants the
prophets, saying: The land which you go to possess, is an unclean land,
according to the uncleanness of the people, and of other lands, with
their abominations, who have filled it from mouth to mouth with their
filth.  Now therefore give not your daughters to their sons, and
take not their daughters for your sons, and seek not their peace, nor
their prosperity forever: that you may be strengthened, and may eat the
good things of the land, and may have your children your heirs for ever.
 And after all that is come upon us, for our most wicked deeds, and
our great sin, seeing that thou our God hast saved us from our
iniquity, and hast given us a deliverance as at this day,  That we
should not turn away, nor break thy commandments, nor join in marriage
with the people of these abominations. Art thou angry with us unto
utter destruction, not to leave us a remnant to be saved?
 O Lord God of Israel, thou art just: for we remain yet to be saved
as at this day. Behold we are before thee in our sin, for there can be
no standing before thee in this matter.
1-44 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now when Esdras was thus praying, and beseeching, and weeping, and
lying before the temple of God, there was gathered to him of Israel an
exceeding great assembly of men and women and children, and the people
wept with much lamentation.
 And Sechenias the son of Jehiel of the sons of Elam answered, and
said to Esdras:
We have sinned against our God, and have taken strange wives of the
people of the land: and now if there be repentance in Israel concerning
this,  Let us make a covenant with the Lord our God, to put away all
the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the will of the
Lord, and of them that fear the commandment of the Lord our God: let it
be done according to the law.  Arise, it is thy part to give orders,
and we will be with thee: take courage, and do it.
 So Esdras arose, and made the chiefs of the priests and of the
Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they would do according to this
word, and they swore.  And Esdras rose up from before the house of
God, and went to the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliasib, and entered
in thither: he ate no bread, and drank no water: for he mourned for the
transgression of them that were come out of the captivity.
 And proclamation was made in Juda and Jerusalem to all the children
of the captivity, that they should assemble together into Jerusalem.
 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to
the counsel of the princes and the ancients, all his substance should
be taken away, and he should be cast out of the company of them that
were returned from captivity.  Then all the men of Juda, and
Benjamin gathered themselves together to Jerusalem within three days,
in the ninth month, the twentieth day of the month: and all the people
sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of the sin,
and the rain.  And Esdras the priest stood up, and said to them:
You have transgressed, and taken strange wives, to add to the sins of
Israel.  And now make confession to the Lord the God of your
fathers, and do his pleasure, and separate yourselves from the people
of the land, and from your strange wives.
 And all the multitude answered and said with a loud voice:
According to thy word unto us, so be it done.  But as the people
are many, and it is time of rain, and me are not able to stand without,
and it is not a work of one day or two, (for we have exceedingly sinned
in this matter,)  Let rulers be appointed in all the multitude: and
in all our cities, let them that have taken strange wives come at the
times appointed, and with them the ancients and the judges of every
city, until the wrath of our God be turned away from us for this sin.
 Then Jonathan the son of Azahel, and Jaasia the son of Thecua were
appointed over this, and Mesollam and Sebethai, Levites, helped them:
 And the children of the captivity did so. And Esdras the priest,
and the men heads of the families in the houses of their fathers, and
all by their names, went and sat down in the first day of the tenth
month to examine the matter.  And they made an end with all the men
that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.
 And there were found among the sons of the priests that had taken
strange wives: Of the sons of Josue the son of Josedec, and his
brethren, Maasia, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Godolia.  And they
gave their hands to put away their wives, and to offer for their
offence a ram of the flock.  And of the sons of Emmer, Hanani, and
Zebedia.  And of the sons of Harim, Maasia, and Elia, and Semeia,
and Jehiel, and Ozias.  And of the sons of Pheshur, Elioenai,
Maasia, Ismael, Nathanael, Jozabed, and Elasa.
 And of the sons of the Levites, Jozabed, and Semei, and Celaia,
the same is Calita, Phataia, Juda, and Eliezer.
 And of the singing men, Elisiab:
and of the porters, Sellum, and Telem, and Uri.
 And of Israel, of the sons of Pharos, Remeia, and Jezia, and
Melchia, and Miamin, and Eliezer, and Melchia, and Banea.  And of
the sons of Elam, Mathania, Zacharias, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and
Jerimoth, and Elia.  And of the sons of Zethua, Elioenai, Eliasib,
Mathania, Jerimuth, and Zabad, and Aziaza.  And of the sons of
Babai, Johanan, Hanania, Zabbai, Athalai:  And of the sons of Bani,
Mosollam, and Melluch, and Adaia, Jasub, and Seal, and Ramoth.  And
of the sons of Phahath, Moab, Edna, and Chalal, Banaias, and Maasias,
Mathanias, Beseleel, Bennui, and Manasse.  And of the sons of
Herem, Eliezer, Josue, Melchias, Semeias, Simeon,  Benjamin,
Maloch, Samarias.  And of the sons of Hasom, Mathanai, Mathatha,
Zabad, Eliphelet, Jermai, Manasse, Semei.  Of the sons of Bani,
Maaddi, Amran, and Uel,  Baneas, and Badaias, Cheliau,  Vania,
Marimuth, and Eliasib,  Mathanias, Mathania, and Jasi,  And
Bani, and Bennui, Semei,  And Salmias, and Nathan, and Adaias, 
And Mechnedebai, Sisai, Sarai,  Ezrel, and Selemiau, Semeria, 
Sellum, Amaria, Joseph.  Of the sons of Nebo, Jehiel, Mathathias,
Zabad, Zabina, Jeddu, and Joel, and Banaia.
 All these had taken strange wives, and there were among them women
that had borne children.
Texts Researched and Digitally
R.M., Puerto Rico
Published on September 2nd,
2012 - Mary, Comfort of the Afflicted
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