King James VersionEzra6


1 Then Dar­ius the king made a de­cree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the trea­sures were laid up in Baby­lon. 2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and there­in was a record thus writ­ten: 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a de­cree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be build­ed, the place where they of­fered sac­ri­fices, and let the foun­da­tions there­of be strong­ly laid; the height there­of three­score cu­bits, and the breadth there­of three­score cu­bits; 4 With three rows of great stones, and a row of new tim­ber: and let the ex­pens­es be giv­en out of the king's house: 5 And also let the gold­en and sil­ver ves­sels of the house of God, which Neb­uchad­nez­zar took forth out of the tem­ple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Baby­lon, be re­stored, and brought again unto the tem­ple which is at Jerusalem, ev­ery one to his place, and place them in the house of God. 6 Now therefore, Tat­nai, gov­er­nor be­yond the riv­er, Shethar­boz­nai, and your com­pan­ions the Apharsa­chites, which are be­yond the riv­er, be ye far from thence: 7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the gov­er­nor of the Jews and the el­ders of the Jews build this house of God in his place. 8 More­over I make a de­cree what ye shall do to the el­ders of these Jews for the build­ing of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the trib­ute be­yond the riv­er, forth­with ex­pens­es be giv­en unto these men, that they be not hin­dered. 9 And that which they have need of, 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 be giv­en them day by day with­out fail: 10 That they may of­fer sac­ri­fices of sweet savours unto the God of heav­en, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. 11 Also I have made a de­cree, that whoso­ev­er shall al­ter this word, let tim­ber be pulled down from his house, and be­ing set up, let him be hanged there­on; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. 12 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there de­stroy all kings and peo­ple, that shall put to their hand to al­ter and to de­stroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Dar­ius have made a de­cree; let it be done with speed. 13 Then Tat­nai, gov­er­nor on this side the riv­er, Shethar­boz­nai, and their com­pan­ions, ac­cord­ing to that which Dar­ius the king had sent, so they did speed­i­ly. 14 And the el­ders of the Jews build­ed, and they pros­pered through the proph­esy­ing of Hag­gai the prophet and Zechari­ah the son of Id­do. And they build­ed, and fin­ished it, ac­cord­ing to the com­mand­ment of the God of Is­rael, and ac­cord­ing to the com­mand­ment of Cyrus, and Dar­ius, and Ar­tax­erx­es king of Per­sia. 15 And this house was fin­ished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Dar­ius the king. 16 And the chil­dren of Is­rael, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the chil­dren of the cap­tiv­i­ty, kept the ded­i­ca­tion of this house of God with joy, 17 And of­fered at the ded­i­ca­tion of this house of God an hun­dred bul­locks, two hun­dred rams, four hun­dred lambs; and for a sin of­fer­ing for all Is­rael, twelve he goats, ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of the tribes of Is­rael. 18 And they set 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. 19 And the chil­dren of the cap­tiv­i­ty kept the passover upon the four­teenth day of the first month. 20 For the priests and the Levites were pu­ri­fied to­geth­er, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all the chil­dren of the cap­tiv­i­ty, and for their brethren the priests, and for them­selves. 21 And the chil­dren of Is­rael, which were come again out of cap­tiv­i­ty, and all such as had sep­a­rat­ed them­selves unto them from the filth­i­ness of the hea­then of the land, to seek the LORD God of Is­rael, did eat, 22 And kept the feast of un­leav­ened bread sev­en days with joy: for the LORD had made them joy­ful, and turned the heart of the king of As­syr­ia unto them, to strength­en their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Is­rael.