8 He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.9 For on the first of the first month [a]he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him.10 For Ezra had set his heart to [b]study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
King’s Decree on Behalf of Ezra
11 Now this is the copy of the decree which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, [c]learned in the words of the commandments of the Lord and His statutes to Israel:12 “[d]Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace. And now13 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 Forasmuch as you are sent [e]by the king and his seven counselors to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem according to the law of your God which is in your hand,
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