—came up from Babylon. He was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses,(A) which Yahweh, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he requested(B) because the hand of Yahweh his God was on him.(C)

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Letter from Artaxerxes

11 This is the text of the letter King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest and scribe, an expert in matters of the Lord’s commands and statutes for Israel:[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 7:11 Ezr 7:12-26 is written in Aram.

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings,(A) to Ezra the priest, an expert in the law of the God of heaven:

Greetings.

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Nehemiah the governor,(A) Ezra the priest and scribe,(B) and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all of them, “This day(C) is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.”(D) For all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.

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Festival of Booths Observed

13 On the second day, the family leaders of all the people, along with the priests and Levites,(A) assembled before Ezra the scribe(B) to study the words of the law.

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