12 [a]Artaxerxes, (A)king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, [b]perfect peace. And now 13 (B)I have issued a decree that any of the people of Israel and their priests and the Levites in my kingdom who are willing to go to Jerusalem, may go with you. 14 Since you are sent [c]on the part of the king and his (C)seven advisers to inquire about Judah and Jerusalem according to the Law of your God which is in your hand, 15 and to bring the silver and gold, which the king and his advisers have voluntarily given to the God of Israel, (D)whose dwelling is in Jerusalem, 16 with (E)all the silver and gold which you find in the entire province of Babylon, along (F)with the [d]voluntary offering of the people and of the priests, who (G)offered willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem; 17 with this money, therefore, you shall diligently buy bulls, rams, and lambs, (H)with their grain offerings and their drink offerings, and (I)offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem. 18 And whatever seems good to you and your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, you may do according to the will of your God. 19 Also the utensils which are given to you for the service of the house of your God, deliver in full before the God of Jerusalem. 20 And the rest of the needs of the house of your God, for which it may be incumbent upon you to provide, (J)provide for them from the royal treasury.

21 “I myself, King Artaxerxes, issue a decree to all the treasurers who are in the provinces beyond the Euphrates River, that whatever Ezra the priest, (K)the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, may require of you, it shall be done diligently, 22 up to [e]a hundred talents of silver, [f]a hundred kors of wheat, [g]a hundred baths of wine, [h]a hundred baths of anointing oil, and salt [i]as needed. 23 Whatever is [j]commanded by the God of heaven, it shall be done with zeal for the house of the God of heaven, (L)so that there will not be wrath against the kingdom of the king and his sons. 24 We also inform you that (M)it is not allowed to impose tax, tribute, or toll (N)on any of the priests, Levites, singers, doorkeepers, temple servants, or other servants of this house of God.

25 “And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God which is in your hand, (O)appoint magistrates and judges so that they may judge all the people who are in the province beyond the Euphrates River, that is, all those who know the laws of your God; and you may (P)teach anyone who is ignorant of them.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 7:12 Ch 7:12-26 is in Aram
  2. Ezra 7:12 Or perhaps it is determined
  3. Ezra 7:14 Lit from before
  4. Ezra 7:16 Or freewill offering
  5. Ezra 7:22 About 3.75 tons or 3.4 metric tons
  6. Ezra 7:22 About 770 cubic feet or 22 cubic meters
  7. Ezra 7:22 About 600 gallons or 2,271 liters
  8. Ezra 7:22 About 600 gallons or 2,271 liters
  9. Ezra 7:22 Lit without instruction
  10. Ezra 7:23 Lit from the command of