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the WORD of the LORD by 1'a. xlv. 13 I have raised him up the Mouth of JerEMIAH in Righteousness, and I will direà might be fulfilled) the LORD all his Ways: he shall build my ci

ty, and he shall let go my Captives, ftirred up the SPIRIT of Cy- not for Price nor Rcward, faith the RUS King of Persia, that he Lord of Hofts. made a Proclamation throughin through. Jer, xxix, 10 For thus faith the

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LORD, That after seventy Years be out all his Kingdom, and put accomplished at Babylon, I will vilic it also in Writing, saying, you, and perform my good Word 2 Thus faith Cyrus King Low

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8 turn to this place. 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 Jerufalem,

3 Who is there among you of all his People? bis God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, 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, let the Men of his Place help him with Silver, and with Gold, and with Goods, and with Beasts, besides the Free-will Offering for the House of God.

5 Then rose up the chief of the Fathers of Judah, and Benjamin, and the Priests, and the Levites, with all them whose SPIRITS God had RAISED to go up, to build the House of the LORD.

6 And all they that were about them, strengthened their Hands with Vessels of Silver, with Gold, and with precious Things, besides 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 then in the House of his Gods.

8 Even those did Cyrus bring forth by the Hand of Mithreath the Treasurer, and numbered them unto SHESBAZZAR the Prince of Judah.

11 All the Vesiels of Gold and of Silver were five thoua sand and four hundred.

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CH A P. II. i The Number that return of the People, 36 of the Priests,

40 Of the Levites, 43 of the Nethinims, 55 Of Solomon's Servants, 62 Of the Priejis which could not show their Pedigree. 64 The whole Number of them with their Substance, 68 Their Oblations.

Ver. I N ow these are the Children of the Province,

TV that went up out of the Captivity, of those whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his City.

ż Which came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Behum, Baanah, the Number of the Men of the People of Israel.

64. The whole Congregation together was forty and two thousand, three hundred and threescore.

65 Besides their Servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing Men and singing Women.

68 And some of the chief of the Fathers when they came to the House of the LORD, offered freely for the House of God to set it up in this place.

69 They gave after their Ability unto the Treasure of the Work.

СНА Р. ІІІ. 1 The Altar is set up. 4. Offerings frequented. 7 Workmen

prepared. The Foundation of the Temple laid in great Joy and Mourning.

Ver. 8 T N the second Year of their coming unto the House

I of God at Jerusalem, in the second Month, Zerubbabel and Jeshua, appointed the Levites, from twenty Years old, to set forward the Work of the House of the LORD.

10 And when the Builders laid the Foundation of the Temple of the LORD, they set the Priests in their Apparel with Trumpeters, and the Levites the Sons of Asaph, with Cymbals to praise the LORD, after the ORDINANCE of Dayid King of Israel.

11 And they sung together by COURSE, in Praising and giving Thanks unto the LORD, because he is GOOD, for his 5 Mercy endureth for Psal. cxxxvi. 10 o give Thanks EVER towards Israel, and all unto the Lord, for he is good, for the People shouted with a his Mercy endureth for ever.

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great Shout, when they praised the LORD, because the Foundation of the House of the LORD was laid.

12 ‘But many of the Prieits Haggai ii. 3 Who is left among and Levites, and chief of the you that raw this House in her firit Fathers who were antient Glory? and how do ye see it now! Men that had seen the first rison of it as nothing.

Is it not in your Eyes in CompaHouse, when the Foundation 4 Yet now be strong, o Zerubbaof this House was laid before bel, saith the LORD, and be strong,

o Joshua Son of Josedech the High their Eyes, WEPT with a Priest, and be strong all ye People of loud Voice, and many shout- the Land, saith the Lord, and work: ed aloud for Joy.

(for I am with you, saith the LORD 13 So that the People coula 13 So that the People could of Holts.).

6 For thus faith the LORD of not discern the Noise of the Hofts, Yet once it is a little while, Shout of Toy, from the Noise and I will shake the Heavens, and

the Earth, and the Sea, and the dry of the WEEPING of the Peo- Land. ple: for the People shouted 7 And I will shake all Nations and with a loud Shout, and the the Detire of all Nations shall come,

and I will fill this House with Glory, Noise was heard afar off. faith the LORD of Hofts.

: The Silver is mine, and the Gold is mine, faith the Lord of Hofts.

9 The Glory of this latter House shall be GREATER than of the former, faith the LORD of Hofts: and in this place will I give Peace, saith the Loan of Hofts,

CH A P. IV. 1 The Building of the Temple hindered. 7 Their Letters to

Artaxerxes. 17 His Decree,

CH A P. V. i Zerubbabel and Telua incited by Haggai and Zechariah, let

forward the Building of the Temple. 3 Tarnai and Shethar-boznai could not hinder the Jews. 6 Their Letters to Darius against the Jews.

Ver. I THEN k the Pro- * Hag. i. 1 In the second Year of

Darius The King, in the fixth Month, 1 phets, Haggai and came the Word of the LORD by HagZechariah prophesied unto the gai the Prophet unto Zerubbabel the Tews, in the Name of the Governor of Judah, and to Jeshua

the High Priest, saying, God of Israel.

2 Thus speakech the LORD of 2 Then rose up Zerubba- Hosts, saying, This People say the bel, and Jeshua, and began

Time is not come that the Lord's

" House should be built. the House of God, which is Thus faith the Lord of Hofts, at Jerusalem; and with them Consider your Ways.

were the Prophets of God

8 Go up to the Mountain, and HELPING them.

bring Wood, and build the House ; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.

Zechariah i. 1 In the eighth Month, in the Tecond Year of Darius, camc the Word of the LORD unto Zechariah the Prophet, saying,

12 Then the Angel of the LORD answered and said, O Lord of Hofts, how long wilt thou not have Mercy on Jerusalem, and on the Cities of Judah, against which thou haft had indignation these threescore and ten Years?

16 Therefore thus faith the LORD, I am returned to Jerusalem with Mercies: my House shall be built in it, saith the LORD of Hofts, and a Line lhall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

CH A P. VI.

i Darius advanceth the Building. 13 The Temple is finished.

16 The Feast of the Dedication, 19 And of the Passover.

Ver. I THEN Darius the King made a Decree, and

1 Search was made in the House of the Rolls, where the Treasurers were laid up in Babylon.

2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the Province of the Medes, a Roll, and therein was a Record thus written:

3 In the first Year of Cyrus, the King made a Decree concerning the House of God at JERUSALEM: Let the House be builded, the place where they offered Sacrifice, and let the Foundation thereof be strongly laid, the Height thereof threescore Cubits, and the Breadth thereof threescore Cubits.

4 With three Rows of great Stones, and a Row of new Timber: and let the Expences be given out of the King's House.

5 And also let the golden and silver Vessels of the House of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the Teinple which is at Jerusalem, and brought into Babylon, be restored, and brought again into the Temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his Place, and place them in the House of God.

6 Now therefore Tatnai, Governor beyond the River, Shethar-boznai, and your Companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the River, be ye far from thence.

7 Let the work of the House of God alone, let the Governor of the Jews build this House of God in this place. 8 Moreover, I make a DECREE, what ye shall do to the

Elders

Temples which he golden

Elders of these Jews, for the building of this House of God, that of the King's Goods, even of the Tribute beyond the River, forthwith Expences be given unto these Men, that they be not hindred.

9 And that which they have need of, both young Bullocks, and Rams, and Lambs, for the Burnt offerings of the God of Heaven, Wheat, Salt, Wine, and Oyl, according to the Appointment of the Priests, which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them Day by Day without fail :

10 That they may offer Sacrifices of sweet Savours unto the God of Heaven, and PRAY for the Life of the King, and of his Sons.

u Also I have made a Decree, that whosoever shall alter this Word, let Timber be pulled down from his House, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon, and let his House be made a Dunghil for this.

12 And the God that hath caused his Name to dwell there, destroy all KINGs, and People that shall put to their Hand, to alter and to destroy this House of God which is at Jerusalem: I DARIUS have made a Decree, let it be done with Speed.

13 Then Tatnai, Shetlar-boznai, and their Companions, according to that which Darius the King had sent, so they did speedily.

14. And the Elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the Prophesying of Haggai, and Zechariah, and they builded and finished it, according to the Commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the Commandment of Cyrus and Darius, and Artaxerxes King of Persia.

15 And this House was finished on the third Day of the Month Adar, which was in the sixth Year of the Reign of Darius the King.

16 And the Children of Israel, the Priests and the Levites, and the Rest of the Children of the Captivity, kept the Dedication of this House of God with Joy,

18 And they set the Priests in their Divisions, and the Levites in their Courses, for the Service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the Book of Moses.

21 And the Children of Israel which were come again out of Captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the Filthiness of the Heathen of the Land, to scck the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

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