Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Ezra

Ezra 1

¶1. In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order for Jehovah’s word by the mouth of Jeremiah to be fulfilled, Jehovah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, and he caused a proclamation to go out (spread) in all his kingdom and also put it in writing, saying:

2.“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has commissioned me to build a house for Him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

3.Who remains among you of all his people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of Jehovah, the God of Israel – He is the God who is in Jerusalem.

4.And let every survivor, from every place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place there with silver and with gold, and with goods and with beasts, along with freewill offerings for the house of God who is in Jerusalem.”

5. Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses from Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, all whose spirit God had stirred to go up to build the house of Jehovah that is in Jerusalem.

6. And all who were around them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, besides all else that was voluntarily offered.

7. And Cyrus the king brought out the vessels from the house of Jehovah which Nebuchadnezzar brought out from Jerusalem and had put in a house of his god.

8. And King Cyrus of Persia brought them out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and he counted them for Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.

9. And these were the number of them: thirty basins of gold, a thousand basins of silver, twenty-nine knives,

10.thirty bowls of gold, four hundred and ten matching silver bowls, and a thousand other vessels.

11. All the vessels of gold and silver were five thousand four hundred, all the which Sheshbazzar brought up with the exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Ezra 2

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¶1. Now these are the children of the province who went up from the exiles that had been carried to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. And they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each man to his city.

2. These came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rechum, and Baanah. This is the number of the men of the people of Israel:

3. The sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two.

4. The sons of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two.

5. The sons of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five.

6. The sons of Pahath-moab, the sons of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.

7. The sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four.

8. The sons of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five.

9. The sons of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty.

10. The sons of Bani, six hundred and forty-two.

11. The sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three.

12. The sons of Azgad, one thousand two hundred and twenty-two.

13. The sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six.

14. The sons of Bigvai, two thousand and fifty-six.

15. The sons of Adin, four hundred and fifty-four.

16. The sons of Ater, of Hezekiah, ninety-eight.

17. The sons of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-three.

18. The sons of Jorah, one hundred and twelve.

19. The sons of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three.

20. The sons of Gibbar, ninety-five.

21. The sons of Bethlehem, one hundred and twenty-three.

22. The men of Netophah, fifty-six.

23. The men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight.

24. The sons of Azmaveth, forty-two.

25. The sons of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.

26. The sons of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.

27. The men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two.

28. The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred and twenty-three.

29. The sons of Nebo, fifty-two.

30. The sons of Magbish, one hundred and fifty-six.

31. The sons of the other Eilam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four.

32. The sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

33. The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five.

34. The sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.

35. The sons of Senaah, three thousand six hundred and thirty.

36. The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three.

37. The sons of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two.

38. The sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven.

39. The sons of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.

40. The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodavyah, seventy-four.

41. The singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred and twenty-eight.

¶42. The sons of the gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, and the sons of Shobai, in all, one hundred and thirty-nine.

¶43. The Nethinim (temple slaves): the sons of Ziha, sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,

44.the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon,

45.the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub,

46.the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shamlai, the sons of Hanan,

47.the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reaiah,

48.the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons of Gazzam,

49.the sons of Uzza, sons of Paseach, the sons of Besai,

50.the sons of Asnah, sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim,

51.the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,

52.the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,

53.the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,

54.the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.

55. The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda,

56.the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,

57.the sons of Shephatiah, sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, and the sons of Ami.

58. All the Nethinim (temple slaves) and sons of Solomon’s servants were three hundred and ninety-two.

¶59. And these were the ones who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, but they were not able to prove their fathers' house, or their ancestry (seed), whether they were of Israel:

60. The sons of Delaiah, sons of Tobiah, and the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and fifty-two.

61. And of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name.

62. These sought their documents among the geological records, but could not find them, and were excluded (by impurity) from the priesthood.

63. And the governor told them that they should not eat of the most holy things until there arose a priest with Urim and Thummim.

64. The whole congregation together numbered forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,

65.besides their servants and maidservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and among them were two hundred men and women singers.

66. Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules were two hundred and forty-five,

67.their camels were four hundred and thirty-five, and their asses were six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

68. And when they came to the house of Jehovah, which is in Jerusalem, those from heads of the fathers voluntarily offered towards raising the house of God on its foundation.

69. As they were able, they gave to the treasury of the work: sixty one thousand gold drachmas, five thousand silver minehs, and one hundred priest’s garments.

70. And the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the gatekeepers, and the Nethinim (temple slaves) dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

Ezra 3

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¶1. And when the seventh month arrived, the sons of Israel were in the cities and the people gathered as one in Jerusalem.

2. And Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose with his fellow priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as written in the law of Moses, the man of God.

3. And they set the altar upon his bases, for fear was on them because of the peoples of the lands, and they offered burnt offerings on it to Jehovah, burnt offerings morning and evening.

4. And they kept the feast of booths, as it is written, and offered, day by day, the burnt offerings by the number prescribed as each day required.

5. And after that, the continual burnt offering at the new moon and at all the appointed times of Jehovah; the consecrated things of all who voluntarily made a freewill offering to Jehovah.

6. From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to Jehovah. But the foundation of the temple of Jehovah was not yet laid.

7. And they gave silver to the stonemasons and the craftsmen, and food, and drink, and oil to the Sidonians and those of Tyre to bring cedar trees from the Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the grant unto them from Cyrus king of Persia.

8. And in the second year of their coming to the house of Jehovah in Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel ben-Shealtiel and Jeshua ben-Jozadak together with the rest of their kinsmen, the priests and the Levites and all who had come to Jerusalem from the captivity began the work. They appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward to supervise the work of the house of Jehovah.

9. And Jeshua with his sons and his brothers, and Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, stood together to supervise the work in the house of God, the sons of Henadad, their sons, and the kinsmen of the Levites.

10. And when the builders of the temple of Jehovah laid the foundation, they stationed the priests, dressed and with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with the cymbals for praising Jehovah according to the directions of David, King of Israel.
10. And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of Jehovah, they set the priests in their vestments with trumpets, and the Levites, sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise Jehovah, by the hand (as prescribed by) of David king of Israel.

11. And they sang responsively with praise and thanksgiving to Jehovah, “He is good and His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” And all the people lifted up a great shout of joy when praise was offered to Jehovah for the foundation of the temple of Jehovah being laid.
11. And they sang with praise and with thanksgiving unto Jehovah, for He is good, for His loving kindness endures forever toward Israel. And all the people raised a great shout of joyful praise to Jehovah, because the foundation of the house of Jehovah was laid.

12. Now, many of the priests and Levites, and the heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, began weeping with a loud voice when before their eyes the foundation of this temple was laid. But many lifted up their voice with a shout of joy and gladness,
12. And many of the priests and the Levites and the chiefs of the fathers, who were elders, who had seen the former house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many with a great shout for joy.

13.so that people were unable to distinguish the sound of the shout of joy and gladness from the sound of the people weeping because the younger people were lifting up a great shout of joy, and the sound was heard far off.
13. And the people could not distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sounds of the people weeping, for the people raised a great shout of joy and the sound was heard far away.

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Ezra 9

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¶1.Now after these things had been done, the rulers came to me, saying, “The people of Israel, and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the surrounding lands with their abominations: the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites.

2.Rather, they have taken their daughters for themselves and their sons so that the holy seed has been mingled with the peoples of the lands, and the hand of the rulers and governors has been foremost in this unfaithfulness.”

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