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Ezra 6

Darius, finding the decree of Cyrus, maketh a new decree for the advancement of the buildings.

Ezra 6:1 Then commaunded kynge Darius, and they made search in the library, euen in the place where they layde vp the treasure at Babilon. Ezra 6:2 And there was founde in a coffer (in the place that is in the lande of the Medes) a volume: and ther in was it thus wrytten, and soche a memoriall: Ezra 6:3 In the fyrst yeare of kyng Cyrus, gaue the same kynge Cyrus commaundement concernynge the house of God at Ierusalem, that the same house shulde be buylded in þe place where they offre the sacrifices, and to ioyne the walles together of threskore cubytes heygth, and threskore cubytes bredth. Ezra 6:4 Thre rowes of roughe stones, and one rowe of tymber, and the expences shalbe geuen of the kynges house. Ezra 6:5 And let the golde and syluer vessell of the house of God (which Nabuchodonozor toke out of the temple at Ierusalem, and brought vnto Babylon) be restored, and brought agayne vnto the temple at Ierusalem to their place in the house of God. Ezra 6:6 Get you farre from them therfore, thou Thahnai captayne beyonde the water, and Stharbuzanai, and youre councelers & Aphersechei, which are beyonde the water, get ye awaye from them. Ezra 6:7 Let the worcke of þe house of this God alone, that the captayne of the Iewes and their Elders maye buylde þe house of God in his place. Ezra 6:8 I haue commaunded what shalbe done to the Elders of Iuda for the buylding of the house of God, that there shalbe diligent hede taken of the kynges goodes, euen of the rentes beyonde the water, and geuen vnto the men, that they be not hyndred Ezra 6:9 And yf they haue nede of calues, rammes & lambes, for the burntofferynge of the God of heauen, wheate, salt, wyne and oyle, after the custome of the preastes at Ierusalem, let the same be geuen them daylie with out anye delaye, Ezra 6:10 that they maye offre swete sauoures vnto the God of heauen, and praye for the kynges lyfe, and for his chyldren. Ezra 6:11 And soch a commaundement haue I geuen that what man soeuer he be that altereth thys worde, there shall a beame be taken from hys house, and set vp, and he shalbe hanged theron, and his house shalbe made a donghyll for the same thynge, Ezra 6:12 And the God that set hys name there, destroye all kynges, & people, that put to their hande to alter & to breake downe þe house of God which is at Ierusalem. I Darius haue commaunded, that this be done with spede.

By the help of the enemies, and the directions of the prophets, the Temple is finished.

Ezra 6:13 Then Thathnai the captaine of the countrey beyonde the water, and Stharboznai with theyr councelers (to whom kynge Darius had sent) did their diligence: Ezra 6:14 And þe Elders of the Iewes builded, and they prospered thorow the prophecienge of Aggeus the prophet and Zachary the sonne of Iddo: and they builded, and layed vp the foundacion, according to the commaundement of the God of Israell, and after the commaundement of Cyrus, and Darius & Arthaxerses kynges of Persia. Ezra 6:15 And the house was fynisshed the thyrde daye of the moneth Adar, euen in the syxte yere of the raygne of kynge Darius.

The feast of the dedication is kept,

Ezra 6:16 And the children of Israell, þe preastes, the Leuites, and the other children of the captiuite helde the dedicacion of this house of God with ioye, Ezra 6:17 and offered at the dedicacion of this house of God, and hundred oxen, two hundred rammes, foure hundred goates: and for the reconcilinge of all Israel twelue he goates, accordynge to the nombre of the tribes of Israel, Ezra 6:18 & set the preastes in their sondry courses, & the Leuites in their diuerse offices to minister vnto God at Ierusalem, as it is written in the boke of Moses.

and the Passover.

Ezra 6:19 And the children of the captiuite helde Passeouer vpon the fourtenth daye of þe fyrst moneth: Ezra 6:20 for the preastes and Leuytes were purified, so that they were all cleane together, and kylled Passeouer for all the children of the captiuite, and for their brethren þe preastes, and for them selues. Ezra 6:21 And the children of Israel which were come agayne out of captiuite, and all soche as had separated them selues vnto them from the fylthynesse of the Heythen of the lande: to seke the Lorde God of Israel, did eate, Ezra 6:22 and helde the feast of vnleuened bread seuen dayes with ioye: for the Lorde had made them glad, and turned the hert of þe kyng of Assur vnto them, to strengthen their handes in the worcke of the house of God, euen the God of Israel.

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