Ezra 7 ©
Ezra's pedigree from Aaron; he goeth up to Jerusalem. The gracious commission of Artaxerxes to him. Ezra blesseth God for this favour.
The son of Shallum, the son of eZadok, the son of Ahitub,
The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a gready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king hgranted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.
And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.
¶Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.
And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house.
Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred 4measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, zit shall not be lawful to impose atoll, tribute, or *custom, upon them.
And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set bmagistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and cteach ye them that know them not.
And fhath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened gas the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.