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Third Book of Esdras

“help” From the Hebrew


The 1st Chapter
     And Josias held the feast of Easter in Jerusalem unto the Lord, and slew the Passover the fourteenth day of the first month. He set the Priests also in order (according to their daily courses) being arrayed in long garments in the temple of the Lord. And he spoke unto the Levites the holy ministers of Israel, that they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to set the holy ark of the Lord, in the house that King Solomon the son of David had builded, and said: you shall no more bear the ark upon your shoulders. Now serve your Lord, and take the charge of his people of Israel, after your villages and tribes: according as King David the King of Israel has ordained, and according as Solomon his son has honorably prepared: yes look that you all do service in the temple, according to the ordering and distribution of the principal men which are appointed out of the tribes, to do service for the children of Israel. Kill the Passover, and prepare offerings for your brethren, and do according to the commandment of the Lord, which he gave unto Moses. And unto the people that was found Josias gave thirty thousand of sheep, lambs, kids, and goats, and three thousand oxen. These the King (of his kingly liberality) gave unto the people, according as he had promised: and to the Priests for the Passover, he gave two thousand sheep, and a hundred oxen. Moreover, Jechonias and Semeias, and Nathanael brethren, and Hasabias, Jehiel, and Josabad gave them to the Passover, five thousand sheep and five hundred bullocks.
     And when these things were brought to pass, the Priests and the Levites stood goodly in their order, and had the unleavened bread throughout the tribes. And after the ordering of the principal men in the tribes, they offered unto the Lord in the sight of the people, according as it is written in the book of Moses, and so they roasted the Easter lamb as according was. As for the thankofferings and the other, they dight (boiled) them in kettles and pots, and set them before the people with good will, and afterward before themselves, and the Priests. For the Priests offered the fat, until the time was expired, but the Levites prepared for themselves and for their brethren the children of Aaron. The singers also the children of Asaph stood in their order, according as David had devised. So did Asaph, Zachary and Jduthun, which were appointed by the king. Moreover the porters and door keepers stood by the doors and diligently, so that none went out of his standing and service: for their brethren (the Levites) prepared for them. Thus were all things performed, that belonged to the offering of the Lord. In that day they held the Passover, and offered thanksgivings beside the sacrifice of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josias.
     So the children of Israel which were then present held an honorable Passover, and the feast of sweet bread seven days long. Yes such a Passover was not kept in Israel from the time of the Prophet Samuel. And all the kings of Israel held not such an Easter, as this which king Josias held, and the priests and the Levites, the Jews and all Israel, of aliens that were at Jerusalem. And in the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias was this passover kept. And with a perfect heart did king Josias order all his works, before the Lord, and the things that were written of him in times past, concerning those that sinned and were ungodly against the Lord before all people, and that sought not the word of the Lord upon Israel. After all these acts of king Josias, Pharao the king of Egypt went up and came toward Carcamis by Euphrates, and Josias went to meet him. Then sent the king of Egypt unto Josias saying: What have I to do with you, O king of Juda? I am not sent of the Lord to fight against you, for my war is upon Euphrates, go you your way home again in all hast. And Josias would not turn again upon his chariot, but undertook to fight against him, and hearkened not unto the word of the prophet, which he told him out of the mouth of God, But pitched a battle against him in the field of Mageddo. And the princes pressed to king Josias. Then said the king unto his servants: Carry me away out of the battle, for I am sore wounded. And immediately his servants took him away out of the front of the battle. Then sat he up upon the second chariot, came to Jerusalem, died, and was buried in his fathers sepulchre. And in all Jewry they mourned for Josias, yea the rulers also with their wives made lamentation for him unto this day: And this was done ever still in Israel.
     These things are written in the book of the stories of the kings of Judah, namely, all the acts and works of king Josias, his kingly power and majesty, his understanding in the law of God, and what he did, yes things which are not written in the book of the kings of Israel and Juda. And the people took Jechonias the son of Josias and made him King instead of Josias his father, when he was thirty three years old. And he reigned over Israel three months. And the king of Egypt put him down, that he should not reign in Jerusalem, and raised up a tax of the people: namely, an hundred talents of silver and one talent of gold. The king of Egypt also made Joachim his brother king of Juda and Jerusalem. As for them of the kings counsel with the king himself and Zaraceles his brother, he took them, and carried them away prisoners into Egypt. Five and twenty years old was Joachim, when he was made king in the land of Juda and Jerusalem, and he did evil before the Lord. After this, Nabuchodonosor the King of Babylon came up, bound him with bands of iron, and carried him unto Babylon. Nabuchodonosor also took all the vessels that were hallowed in the temple of the Lord, and all the jewels, and carried them unto Babylon. Of his uncleanness and ungodliness, it is written in the book of the acts of the kings. And Joachim his son reigned in his stead: He was made king being eighteen years old, and reigned but three months and ten days in Jerusalem, and did evil before the Lord. So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be brought unto Babylon with the holy vessels of the Lord, and made Sedechias his brother king of Juda and Jerusalem, when he was twenty one years old: and he reigned eleven years.
     And he did evil also in the sight of the Lord, and cared not for the words that were spoken unto him by the prophet Jeremy at the mouth of the Lord. And where as he made an oath unto king Nabuchodonosor, he manswore himself, and fell from him having a stiff neck and a heart, and transgressed all the statutes and ordinances of the Lord God of Israel. The rulers also and heads of the people of the Lord did much evil, and became ungodly more than the Heathen, being defiled in all manner of abominations: Yes and defiled the holy temple of the Lord at Jerusalem. And the God of their fathers sent his messengers unto them, to turn them back and call then again from their sins: for he would faine (obligated / willing, happily) spared them for his holy tabernacles sake Nevertheless, they had his messengers in derision (contempt): and look what God spoke unto them by his prophets, they made but sport of it. This drew on so long till the lord was wroth with his people for their ungodliness, and till he caused the kings of the Caldees to come up, which slew their young men with the sword, yes even in the compass of their holy temple, and spared nobody, neither young nor old, neither maiden nor young man: but they were all deliver into the power of the kings of the Caldees, and all the holy vessels of the Lord and the kings treasures took they, and carried them away unto Babylon. As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem, set fire upon her towers, destroyed all her noble buildings and brought them to nought, and the people that were not slain with the sword, they carried unto Babylon.
     Thus became they prisoners and bondmen of the king of Babylon, till they were delivered and reigned for themselves, when the words of the Lord were fulfilled, which he promised them by the mouth of the prophet Jeremy, and till the land had her rest: namely, all the time that it lay waste: had it rest and quietness seventy seven years.

The 2nd Chapter
     Now when king Cyrus king reigned over the Persians, and when the Lord would perform the word that he had promised by the mouth of the prophet Jeremy: the Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus, the king of the Persians, so that he caused this writing to be proclamation throughout his whole realm, saying: Thus says the king of Persians: The Lord of Israel, that high Lord, has made me king of the land, and commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry. If there be any now of your people, the Lord be with him, and go up with him to Jerusalem. And all they that dwell round about the place, shall help them, whether it be with gold, with silver, with gifts, with horses and necessary cattle, and all other things that are brought with a free will to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem.
     Then the principal men out of the tribes and villages Juda and Ben Jamin stood up: so did the priests also and the Levites (whom the Lord had moved) to go up, and to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem. And they that were about them, and helped them with all manner of gold, and silver, and cattle also and with many liberal gifts, and this did many one, whose mind was stirred up thereto. King Cyrus also brought forth the vessels and ornaments, that were hallowed unto the Lord (which Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away from Jerusalem, and consecrated them to his Idol and image) and delivered them to Mithridatus his treasurer, and by him they were delivered to Salmanasar the deputy in Jewry. And this was the number of them: Two thousand and four hundred silver bowls. thirty silver basins. thirty basins of gold. two thousand and four hundred vessels of silver, and a thousand beside. All the vessels of gold and silver were five thousand eight hundred and sixty. These were numbered unto Salmanasar, and them that were come again with him to Jerusalem out of the captivity of Babylon. Now in the time of King Artaxerses the king of Persia, these men: Belemus, and Mithridatus, Sabellius, Rathim, Balthemus, Semelius the Scribe, and other that dwelt in Samaria and in other places under the dominion thereof, wrote a letter unto King Artaxerses, wherein they complained unto the King of them in Jewry and Jerusalem. The letter was after this manner:
     Sir, your servants, Rathimus the story writer, Sabellius the Scribe, and other judges of the court in Celosyria and Phenices. Be it known and manifest to our Lord the king, that the Jews which are come up from you unto us into the rebellious and wicked city, begin to build it again, and the walls about it, and to set up the temple of the new. Now if this city and the walls thereof be set up again, they shall not only refuse to give tributes and taxes, but also rebel against utterly against the King. And forasmuch as they take this in hand now about the temple, we thought it reason, to think no scorn of it, but to show it unto our Lord the King, and to certify him thereof: to the intent that if it please the King, he may cause it to be sought in the books of old: and you shall find such warning written, and shall understand, that this city has all ways been rebellious and disobedient, that it has subdued Kings and cities, and that the Jews that dwell therein, have ever been a rebellious, obstinate, unfaithful, and fighting people, for the which cause this city is wasted. Wherefore now we certify our Lord the King, that if this city be builded and occupied again, and the walls thereof set up anew, you can have no passage into Celosyria and Phenices.
     Then wrote the king to Rathimus the story writer, to Beelthenius, to Sabellius the Scribe, and to the other officers and dwellers in Syria and Phenices, after this manner: I have read the epistle which you have sent unto me, and have commanded to make diligent search, and have found, that the city has ever resisted Kings, that the same people are disobedient, and have caused much war, and that mighty kings reigned in Jerusalem, which also have raised up taxes of Syria and Phenices. Wherefore I have commanded those people, that they shall not build the city, that they make no more in it, and that they proceed no further with the building: for so much as it might be the cause of war, and displeasure unto Kings.
Now when Rathimus and Sabellius the Scribe, and the rulers in the land had read the writing of King Artarerses, they get them together, and came in all have to Jerusalem with an host of horsemen, and with much people of foot, and forbade them to build. And so they left from the building of the temple, unto the second year of King Darius.

The 3rd Chapter
     King Darius made a great feast unto his servants, unto all his court, and to all the officers of Medea and Persia, yes to all the deputies and rulers that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty seven countries. So when they had eaten and drunken being satisfied, and were gone home again. Darius the King went into his chamber, layed him down to sleep, and so awakened.
     Then three young men, that kept the Kings person, and watched his body communed among themselves, and spoke one to another: Let every one of us say something, and look whos sentence is wiser and more excellent then the other unto him shall King Darius give great gifts, and cloth him in purple. He shall give him vessels of gold to drink in, clothes of gold and coverings: he shall make him a costly chariot and a bridle of gold, he shall give him a bonnet of white silk, and a chain of gold about his neck: yes he shall be the second and principal next unto King Darius and that because of his wisdom, and shall be called the Kings kinsman.
     So every one wrote his meaning sealed it, and laid it under the Kings pillow, and said: when the king arises, we will give him our writings: and look whose word the King and his chief Lords judge to be the most wisely spoken, the same shall the victory. One wrote: Wine is a strong thing. The second wrote: The king is stronger. The third wrote: Women have yet more strength, but above all things the truth bears away the victory. Now when the king was risen up, they took their writings and delivered them unto him, and so he read them. Then sent he forth and called all his chief lords, all the deputies and rulers of the countries of Medea and Persia. And when they were set down in the counsel, the writings were read before them. And he commanded to call for the young men that they might declare their meanings themselves by mouth. So when they were sent for, and came in, the King said unto them: show us and make us to understand, what the things are that you have written.
     Then began the first, (which had spoken of the strength of wine) and said: O you men, wine is marvelous strong, and over comes them that drink it: it deceives the mind, and brings both the poor man and the King to *dotage (unfamiliar affection) and vanity. Thus does it also the bondman and with the free, with the poor and rich: it takes away then understanding, and make them careless and merry, so that none of them remembers any heaviness, debt or duty: It causes a man to think also that the thing which he does, is honest and good: and remembers not that he is a King, nor that he is in authority, and that he ought not to do such things. Moreover, when men are drinking, they forget all friendship, all brotherly faithfulness and love: but as soon as they are drunken, they draw out the sword and will fight: and when they are layed down from the wine, and so risen up again, they can not tell what they did: judge you now, is not wine the wine the strongest? For who would else take in hand to do such things? And when he had spoken this he held his tongue.

The 4th Chapter
     Then the second which had said, that the king was stronger, began to speak, saying: O you men, are not they the strongest and most excellent, that conquer the land and the sea, and all that is in the sea and in the earth? Now is the King lord of all these things, and has dominion of them all: and look what he commands is done. If he send his men forth a warfare, they go, and break down hills, walls and towns. They are slain, and slay (other men) themselves, and overpass not the Kings word. If they get the victory they bring the King all the spoil. Like wise the other that meddle not with wars and fighting, but till the ground: when they reap, they bring tribute unto the King. And if the King alone do but command to kill, they kill: if he command to forgive, they forgive: If he command to smite, they smite: if he command to drive away, they drive away: if he command to build, they build: If he command to break down, they break down: if he command to plant, they plant. The common people and the rulers are obedient unto him. And the King in the mean season sits him down, eats, and drinks, and takes his rest: Then keep they watch round about the King, and not one of them dare get him out of the way, to do his own business, but must be obedient unto the King at a word. Judge you now, O you men, how should not he go far above, unto whom men are this obedient? And when he had spoken this, he held his tongue. The third whose name was Zorobabel, which had spoken of women and of truth, began to say after this manner: O you men, it is not the great king, it is not the multitude of men, neither is it wine that excells: Who is it then that has the lordship over them? Have not women borne the king, and all the people that rule those things? Have not women born them, and brought them up, that plant the vines, where out the wine comes? They make the garments for all men, they give honor unto all men, and without women can not men live. If they gather gold and silver and all precious things, and see a fair well favored woman, they leave all together, and turn their eyes only unto the woman, and gape upon her, and have more desire unto her, then unto the silver and gold, or any manner of precious thing. A man leaves his father that brought him up, he leaves his own natural country, and cleaves unto the woman: yes he jeopardizes his life with the woman, and remembers neither father, nor mother, nor country. By this then you must needs know, that women have the dominion over you. does it grieve you? A man takes his sword, and goes his way to steal, to kill, to murder to sail upon the sea, and sees a lion, and goes in the darkness: and when he has stolen, deceived and robbed, he brings it unto his love. Again, a man loves his wife better then father and mother: yes many one there be, that run out of their wits, and become bondmen for their wives sakes: many one also have perished, and have been slain, and have sinned because of women.
     And now believe me, I know a King which is great in his power, and all lands stand in awe of him, and no man dare lay hand upon him: yet did I see, that Apame (the daughter of the great King Bartacus) the Kings concubine, sat beside the King upon the right hand, and took off his crown from his head, and set it upon her own head, and smote the King with her left hand. Moreover, the King looked upon her with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed also: but if she took any displeasure with him, the King was faine (obliged / willing happy) to flatter her, and to give her good words, till he had gotten her favor again.
     O you men, are not women then stronger? Great is the earth, and high is the heaven that do these things. Then the King and the Princes looked one upon another. So he began to speak of the truth: O you men, are not women stronger? Great is the earth, high is the heaven, swift is the course of the sun, he compasses the heaven round about, and fetches his course again to his own place in one day. Is he not excellent that does this? Yes great is the truth, and stronger than all things. All the earth calls upon the truth, the heaven praises it, all works shake and tremble at it, and with it is no unrighteous thing. Wine is unrighteous: the King is unrighteous: women are unrighteous: all the children of men are unrighteous, yes all their works are unrighteous, and there is no truth in them, in their unrighteousness also shall they be destroyed and perish. As for the truth, it endures, and is all way strong: it lives and conquers for evermore world with out end.
     The truth accepts no persons, it puts no difference between rich or poor, between the mighty or simple, but does right unto every man, whether they be evil or good, and all men are lovingly dealt with all in the works of it. In the judgement of it there is no unrighteous thing, but strength, Kingdom and power and majesty for evermore. Blessed be the God of truth.
     And with that he held his tongue, and all the people cried and said: Great is truth, and above all. Then said the king unto him: Ask what you will, more than is appointed in the writing, and I shall give it you, for you are found wiser than your companions: you shall sit next me, and be my kinsman. Then said he unto the king: Remember your promise and vow, which you have vowed and promised (in the day when you came to the Kingdom) to build up Jerusalem, and to send again all the vessels and Jewels, that were taken away out of Jerusalem: which Cyrus separated, when he offered in Babylon, and would send them again. And your mind was to build up the temple, which the Edomites burnt, when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Caldees. This only (O King) is the thing that I require, this is the majesty, which I desire and ask of you: that you perform the vow, which you with your own mouth have made unto the King of heaven.
     Then Darius the King stood up, and kissed him, and wrote a letter unto all the deputies and *Shreves, to all the Lords and nobles, that they should convey him forth, and all them that would go up with him. He wrote a letter also unto the Shreves that were in Celosyria and Phenices, and unto Libanus, that they should draw cedar trees from Libanus unto Jerusalem, to build the city with all. Moreover he wrote unto all the Jews that were gone out of his realm into Jewry, because of the freedom, that no officer, no ruler, nor Shreve, should come to their doors: (kjv =forcibly enter) and that all their land which they had conquered, should be free and not tributary: And that the Edomites should give over the cities and villages of the Jews, which they had taken in: yes and that they should yearly give twenty talents to the building of the temple, until the time that it were finished: and to the daily hallowing of the burntofferings, as it is commanded, ten talents yearly also: And that all they which come from Babylon to build the city, should have free liberty, they and their children, and all the Priests. *Shreve; governmental authority to forgive civil offenses, like unto a governor.
     He wrote the greatness also, and commanded that the holy garment should be given them, wherein they ministered: and wrote that commandments should be given to the Levites, until the day, that the house were finished and Jerusalem builded up: and commanded that all they that watched the city, should have their portions and wages.
     He gave over also all the vessels that Cyrus had separated from Babylon: and all that Cyrus had given in commandment, the same charged he also, that it should be done, and sent unto Jerusalem. Now when this young man was gone forth, he turned his face toward Jerusalem, and praised the King of heaven, and said: Of you comes the victory, of you comes wisdom and clearness, and I am your servant. Blessed are you, which have given me wisdom: you will I praise, O' Lord, you God of our fathers.
     And so he took the letters, and went unto Babylon: And when he came there, he told this to all his brethren that were at Babylon, and they praised the God of their fathers, that he had given them refreshing and liberty to go up, and to build Jerusalem and the temple (which is called after the name of the Lord) and they rejoiced with instruments and gladness seven days long.

The 5th Chapter
     After this were the principal men of all the villages chosen in the tribes and kindreds, that they should go up with their wives and children, with their servants and maidens, with all their cattle and substance. And Darius the king sent with them a thousand horsemen, to convey them safely unto Jerusalem: and their brethren were glad, playing upon instruments, and singing. And these are the names of the men, which went up out of the villages, according to the tribes. Of the Priests, the son of Phinches, the son of Aaron: Jesus the son of Josedec, Joachim the son of Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, (of the kindred of David, out of the kindred of Phares, of the tribe of Judah) Which spoke wonderful things under Darius the King of Persia, in the second year of his reign, in the first month of Nisan.
     These also are they of Jewry, which came up, and turned again unto Jerusalem, out of the captivity that Nabuchodonosor the King of Babylon had brought unto Babylon. And every man sought his portion again in Jewry, his city, they that came with Zorobabel, and with Jesus, Nehemias, Saraias, Raelaias, Elimeus, Emmanius, Mardocheus, Beelserus, Mechpsa, Rochor, Olior, Emonias, one of their princes.
     And the number of them according to their kindreds and rulers were.
The children of Phares, two thousand, an hundred and seventy two.
The children of Ares, three thousand an hundred and fifty seven.
The children of Feno, an hundred and forty two.
In the sons of Jesus and Joabes, an thousand three hundred and two.
The sons of Beniu, two thousand four hundred and seventy.
The sons of Choroba two hundred and five.
The sons of Banica, an hundred and sixty eight.
The sons of Rebech, four hundred and three.
The sons of Archad, four hundred and twenty seven.
The sons of Cham thirty seven
The sons of Zoroar two thousand and sixty seven
The sons of Adinu four thousand and sixty one
The sons of Adarectis an hundred and eight
The sons of Ciaso and Zelas an hundred and seven
The sons of Azorec four hundred and thirty nine
The sons of Jedarbone an hundred and thirty two
The sons of Hananias an hundred and thirty
The sons of Asoni ninety
The sons of Marsar four hundred and twenty two
The sons of Zabar ninety five
The sons of Sepholemon one hundred and twenty three
The sons of Nepopas fifty five
The sons of Nechanatus one hundred and fifty three
The sons of Zebethanus an hundred and thirty two
The sons of Crearpatros which is also called Enohadies and Modias four hundred and twenty three
Of them of Gramos and Gabea one hundred and twenty one
Of them of Besselon and Ceagge sixty five
Of them of Bastarus an hundred and twenty two
Of them of Bechenobes fifty five
Of the sons of Liptis, there were one hundred and fifty five
Of the sons of Labonnus three hundred and fifty seven
Of the sons of Sichem three hundred and seventy
Of the sons of Suadon and Elimon three hundred and seventy eight
Of the sons of Ericus two thousand an hundred and fourty five
The sons of Anaas three hundred and seventy.
     The Priests:
The sons of Jeddus: The sons of Euther: the sons of ElJasib three hundred and seventy two.
The sons of Emerus two hundred and fifty two
The sons of Fasurius three hundred and fifty seven
The sons of Carea two hundred and twenty seven

     The Levites:
The sons of Jesus in Caduhel and Banus, and Serebias, and Edeas, seventy and four

     The whole number of these from twelve years was three thousand four hundred and sixty two. Of the sons, daughters and wives, the whole sum was one thousand six hundred and forty two. The sons of the Priests that praised God in the temple: The sons of Asaph, of whom there were an hundred and twenty eight. But the door keepers were: The children of Elmenus: the children of Aser: the children of Amon: the children of Acub, Topa: the children of Tobi: and hundred and thirty nine in all.
     The Priests that served in the temple:
The sons of Sel,
the sons of Gaspha,
the sons of Tobioch
the sons of Caria
the sons of Sub
the sons of Heliu
the sons of Labana
the sons of Armacha
the sons of Acub
the sons of Utha
the sons of Cetha
the sons of Aggab
the sons of Obay
the sons of Anani
the sons of Canna
the sons of Geddu
the sons of An
the sons of Radin
the sons of Desanon
the sons of Nechoba
the sons of Caseba
the sons of Goza
the sons of Ozul
the sons of Sinona
the sons of Atra
the sons of Hastem
the sons of Asiana
the sons of Manei
the sons of Nasisin
the sons of Accufa
the sons of Agista
the sons of Azui
the sons of Favon
the sons of Phasalon
the sons of Meeda
the sons of Susa
the sons of Cared
the sons of Barcus
the sons of Sarea
the sons of Coesi
the sons of Nasit
the sons of Agista
the sons of Pedon
Salomon his sons:
the sons of Asophot
the sons of Phazida
the sons of Celi
the sons of Dedon
the sons of Gaddahel
the sons of Zapheus
the sons of Aggia
the sons of Sacharet
the sons of Sabathem
the sons of Saroneth
the sons of Malsit
the sons of Ania
the sons of Sasus
the sons of Addus
the sons of Suba
the sons of Enra
the sons of Rabotis
the sons of Phasphat
the sons of Malmon
     All these ministered in the Sanctuary, and were servants of Salomon: even four hundred and eighty two.
     These following are they, that went up from Chelmellat Thelarsa (whose Princes were Carmelam and Cares) and might not show forth their cities and kindreds, how they were of Israel:
The sons of Dalarus
the sons of Tuben
the sons of Nechodaicus.
Of the Priests that executes the office of the Priesthood, and were not found:
The sons of Obia
the sons of Achises
the sons of Addin
which married one of the daughters of Phargelen, and were named after him. The writing of the same kindred was sought in the register of their generation, but was not found: And therefore were they forbidden to execute the office of the Priesthood. Unto the said Nehemias and Astharas, that they should have no portion in the Sanctuary, till there rose up an high Priest, that were well instructed in the plain clearness of the truth. Of all Israel (beside servants and maidens) there were forty two thousand three hundred and forty. Now were there of servants and maidens seven thousand three hundred and thirty six. Of singing men and singing women there were two hundred and fifty four. Four hundred and thirty five Camels. Seven thousand, and thirty six horses. Two hundred thousand and forty five Mules. Five thousand and thirty five asses.
     Their heads also and rulers in the tribes, when they came to Jerusalem, and would build and set up the temple of God again in his place, they gave (after their ability), unto the temple, to the treasure and to the service of the Sanctuary twelve thousand pounds of Gold, five thousand of silver, and an hundred Priests garments. And so dwelt the Priests and the Levites, and the people that went out to Jerusalem, and in the country there about, the singers also and the porters, every one of Israel in his own land.
     So when the seventh month came and when the children of Israel were every man at his business, they came all with one consent into the court, which was before the East door. And there stood Jesua the son of Josedec and his brethren the Priests, one Zorobabel the son of Salathiel and his brethren, setting up an alter, to offer burnt sacrifices upon it, as it is written in the Law of Moses.
     There came people also of other countries, and the Heathen out of all the lands to set up the alter in his place, and offered sacrifices and burnt offerings unto the Lord in the morning. And so they held the feast of tabernacles, as it is commanded in the law. And daily offered they as according was, and made the sacrifices appointed, the offerings also of the Sabbaths and of the new Moons, and of all holy feasts. And all they that vowed offerings unto the Lord, began at the new Moon of the seventh month to offer unto God, for the temple of the Lord was not yet builded. And they gave unto the Masons and Carpenters money, meat, and drink, with cheerfulness. Unto them of Sidon also and Tyre they gave carres, that they should carry Cedar trees from Libanus to beiastes (supports, posts?) and beams, and that they should make ships in the haven of Joppa, according as it was appointed by Cyrus King of the persians.
     And in the second year they came into the temple of God at Jerusalem. In the second month began Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Jesua the son of Josedec, and their brethren the Priests and Levites and all they that were come unto Jerusalem out of the captivity of Babylon, and laid the foundation of the temple in the new Moon of the second month in the second year that they were come into Jewry and Jerusalem. And they appointed the Levites that were above twenty years old, unto the service of the Lord. So Jesua, and his sons and his brethren all the Levites stood together, and performed the law and ordinance in the house of the Lord.
     And the priests stood, and had their garments and trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph had Cymbals, giving thanks and praises unto the Lord, and ordaining as David the King of Israel had ordained. And the song that they did sing unto the Lord, was after this manner: O' sing unto the Lord, for he is gracious, and his goodness upon Israel endures for ever. And all the people blew out with trumpets, and song with loud voice, praising the Lord together in the rearing up of the house of the Lord. There also came from among the Priests and Levites the rulers and elders, according to the tribes and kindreds, (such as had seen the house before) to the building of this temple with great cry and great mourning, many also with trumpets and great joy: Insomuch that the trumpets might not well be heard for the weeping and mourning. For the common people blew goodly upon the trumpets.
     Then came the enemies of the tribes of Judah and BenJamin, to know what that trumpeting and noise of the shawmes (like oboe like) might be. And they perceived that it was they which were of the captivity, and would build the temple up anew unto the Lord God of Israel. So they went to Zorobabel and Jesua, and to the rulers of the villages, and said unto them: Shall we will build with you also? For we likewise have heard your Lord, and we walk after the same manner, from the days of Asbazareth the King of Assyria, which brought us hither. Then Zorobabel and Jesua and the Rulers of the villages of Israel said unto them: It is not mete (worthy) that you should build the temple of our God with us: We ourselves alone will build unto the Lord, like as Cyrus the King of the Persians has commanded us.
     But the Heathen in the land laid themselves against those that were in Jewry, held up the building from them, laid wait upon them privately, stopped such as brought any thing to them, forbade them to build, and hindered those that made them passage, that the building should not be finished: and this continued so long as King Cyrus lived: and so they put off the building for the space of two years, until the reign of King Darius.

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