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1 “Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, a scribe of the perfect law of the God of heaven:
These are the leaders 1 and those enrolled with them by genealogy who were coming up with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:
And during the reign 1 of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, 2 Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their colleagues 3 wrote to King Artaxerxes 4 of Persia. This letter 5 was first written in Aramaic but then translated. [Aramaic:] 6
Rehum the commander 1 and Shimshai the scribe 2 wrote a letter concerning 3 Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes as follows:
(This is a copy of the letter they sent to him:) “To King Artaxerxes, 1 from your servants in 2 Trans-Euphrates:
Now after these things had happened, during the reign of King Artaxerxes 1 of Persia, Ezra came up from Babylon. 2 Ezra was the son of Seraiah, who was the son of Azariah, who was the son of Hilkiah,
In the seventh year of King Artaxerxes, Ezra brought 1 up to Jerusalem 2 some of the Israelites and some of the priests, the Levites, the attendants, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants.
What follows 1 is a copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priestly scribe. 2 Ezra was 3 a scribe in matters pertaining to the commandments of the Lord and his statutes over Israel:
Then in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought to me, 1 I took the wine and gave it to the king. Previously 2 I had not been depressed 3 in the king’s presence. 4
Then, as soon as the copy of the letter from King Artaxerxes was read in the presence of Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their colleagues, they proceeded promptly to the Jews in Jerusalem 1 and stopped them with threat of armed force. 2
The elders of the Jews continued building and prospering, while at the same time 1 Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo continued prophesying. They built and brought it to completion by the command of the God of Israel and by the command of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
“I, King Artaxerxes, hereby issue orders to all the treasurers of 1 Trans-Euphrates, that you precisely execute all that Ezra the priestly scribe of the law of the God of heaven may request of you –
From the day that I was appointed 1 governor 2 in the land of Judah, that is, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes – twelve years in all – neither I nor my relatives 3 ate the food allotted to the governor. 4
During all this time I was not in Jerusalem, 1 for in the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes of Babylon, I had gone back to the king. After some time 2 I had requested leave of the king,