Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word
of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the
LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he
made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also
in writing, saying,
2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath
given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged
me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with
him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and
build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,)
which is in Jerusalem.
4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth,
let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold,
and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering
for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin,
and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit
God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which
is in Jerusalem.
6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands
with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts,
and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house
of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem,
and had put them in the house of his gods;
8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand
of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar,
the prince of Judah.
9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a
thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,
10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four
hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand
and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them
of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.
Now these are the children of the province that went up out
of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon,
and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his
2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah,
Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number
of the men of the people of Israel:
3 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and
4 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.
5 The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.
6 The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and
Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.
7 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.
9 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.
10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.
11 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three.
12 The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and
13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.
14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.
15 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.
16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.
17 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.
18 The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve.
19 The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three.
20 The children of Gibbar, ninety and five.
21 The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty and three.
22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six.
23 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.
24 The children of Azmaveth, forty and two.
25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven
hundred and forty and three.
26 The children of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty and one.
27 The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two.
28 The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three.
29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two.
30 The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six.
31 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty
32 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty
34 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.
35 The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and
36 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua,
nine hundred seventy and three.
37 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.
38 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and
39 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
40 The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children
of Hodaviah, seventy and four.
41 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and
42 The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the
children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub,
the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all an hundred
thirty and nine.
43 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha,
the children of Tabbaoth,
44 The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children
45 The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children
46 The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children
47 The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children
48 The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children
49 The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children
50 The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children
51 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children
52 The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children
53 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children
54 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
55 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai,
the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,
56 The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children
57 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children
of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.
58 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants,
were three hundred ninety and two.
59 And these were they which went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsa,
Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's
house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:
60 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children
of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two.
61 And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah,
the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a
wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called
after their name:
62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned
by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they,
as polluted, put from the priesthood.
63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat
of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim
and with Thummim.
64 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand
three hundred and threescore,
65 Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were
seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were
among them two hundred singing men and singing women.
66 Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules,
two hundred forty and five;
67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses,
six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
68 And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the
house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for
the house of God to set it up in his place:
69 They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work
threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand
pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.
70 So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people,
and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in
their cities, and all Israel in their cities.
And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel
were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together
as one man to Jerusalem.
2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren
the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren,
and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings
thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them
because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt
offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning
4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written,
and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to
the custom, as the duty of every day required;
5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of
the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were
consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill
offering unto the LORD.
6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer
burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple
of the LORD was not yet laid.
7 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters;
and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them
of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa,
according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.
8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God
at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son
of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant
of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they
that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed
the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward
the work of the house of the LORD.
9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel
and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the
workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their
sons and their brethren the Levites.
10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of
the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets,
and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the
LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks
unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for
ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great
shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of
the house of the LORD was laid.
12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers,
who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the
foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with
a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout
of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the
people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar
Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the
children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God
2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers,
and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your
God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of
Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.
3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the
fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with
us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together
will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king
of Persia hath commanded us.
4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people
of Judah, and troubled them in building,
5 And hired counsellers against them, to frustrate their purpose,
all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of
Darius king of Persia.
6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign,
wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of
Judah and Jerusalem.
7 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel,
and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia;
and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue,
and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.
8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter
against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:
9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe,
and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites,
the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians,
the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,
10 And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar
brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest
that are on this side the river, and at such a time.
11 This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even
unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side
the river, and at such a time.
12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from
thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious
and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined
13 Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded,
and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute,
and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.
14 Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and
it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore
have we sent and certified the king;
15 That search may be made in the book of the records of thy
fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and
know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings
and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the
same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.
16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again,
and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have
no portion on this side the river.
17 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and
to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions
that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace,
and at such a time.
18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before
19 And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found
that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings,
and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have
ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute,
and custom, was paid unto them.
21 Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and
that this city be not builded, until another commandment shall
be given from me.
22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage
grow to the hurt of the kings?
23 Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before
Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went
up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease
by force and power.
24 Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem.
So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king
Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son
of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem
in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.
2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the
son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is
at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping
3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side
the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and said
thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house,
and to make up this wall?
4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names
of the men that make this building?
5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews,
that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came
to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning
6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side
the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites,
which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:
7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto
Darius the king, all peace.
8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province
of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with
great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work
goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.
9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded
you to build this house, and to make up these walls?
10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might
write the names of the men that were the chief of them.
11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants
of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was
builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded
and set up.
12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven
unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the
king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and
carried the people away into Babylon.
13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same
king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.
14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God,
which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem,
and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus
the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered
unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;
15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into
the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be
builded in his place.
16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of
the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time
even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.
17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be
search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at
Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the
king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king
send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.