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Ezra 1 [Full Chapter]
[ Cyrus Lets the Jews Return Home ] Years ago the Lord sent Jeremiah with a message about a promise for the people of Israel. Then in the first year that Cyrus was king of Persia, the Lord kept his promise by having Cyrus send this official message to all parts of his kingdom: I am King Cyrus of Persia. The Lord God of heaven, who is also the God of Israel, has made me the ruler of all nations on earth. And he has chosen me to build a temple for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. The Lord God will watch over and encourage any of his people who want to go back to Jerusalem and help build the temple. ...

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He was wiser than anyone else in the world, including the wisest people of the east and of Egypt. He was even wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Mahol’s three sons, Heman, Calcol, and Darda. Solomon became famous in every country around Judah and Israel.
Ezrah was the father of Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Mered was married to Bithiah the daughter of the king of Egypt. They had a daughter named Miriam and two sons: Shammai and Ishbah. It was Ishbah who settled the town of Eshtemoa. Mered was also married to a woman from the tribe of Judah, and their sons were Jered, Heber, and Jekuthiel. Jered settled the town of Gedor; Heber settled the town of Soco; and Jekuthiel settled the town of Zanoah.
[ Ezra Comes to Jerusalem ] Much later, when Artaxerxes was king of Persia, Ezra came to Jerusalem from Babylonia. Ezra was the son of Seraiah and the grandson of Azariah. His other ancestors were Hilkiah, Shallum, Zadok, Ahitub, Amariah, Azariah, Meraioth, Zerahiah, Uzzi, Bukki, Abishua, Phinehas, Eleazar, and Aaron, the high priest. Ezra was an expert in the Law that the Lord God of Israel had given to Moses, and the Lord made sure that the king gave Ezra everything he asked for.
Ezra, use the wisdom God has given you and choose officials and leaders to govern the people of Western Province. These leaders should know God’s laws and have them taught to anyone who doesn’t know them.
[ Ezra Finds Levites for the Temple ] I brought everyone together by the river that flows to the town of Ahava where we camped for three days. Not one Levite could be found among the people and priests.
[ Ezra Asks the People To Go without Eating and To Pray ] Beside the Ahava River, I asked the people to go without eating and to pray. We humbled ourselves and asked God to bring us and our children safely to Jerusalem with all of our possessions.
[ Ezra Condemns Mixed Marriages ] Later the Jewish leaders came to me and said: Many Israelites, including priests and Levites, are living just like the people around them. They are even guilty of some of the horrible sins of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
[ The Plan for Ending Mixed Marriages ] While Ezra was down on his knees in front of God’s temple, praying with tears in his eyes, and confessing the sins of the people of Israel, a large number of men, women, and children gathered around him and cried bitterly.
Then Ezra left God’s temple and went to spend the night in the living quarters of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. He felt sorry for what the people had done, and he did not eat or drink a thing.
Everyone else who had returned from exile agreed with the plan. So Ezra the priest chose men who were heads of the families, and he listed their names. They started looking into the matter on the first day of the tenth month,
[ Ezra Reads God’s Law to the People ] On the first day of the seventh month,the people came together in the open area in front of the Water Gate. Then they asked Ezra, who was a teacher of the Law of Moses, to read to them from this Law that the Lord had given his people. Ezra the priest came with the Law and stood before the crowd of men, women, and the children who were old enough to understand.
Ezra stood on a high wooden platform that had been built for this occasion. Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah were standing to his right, while Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash Baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam were standing to his left.

71 topical index results for “Ezra”

ANAIAH » A priest, probably, who stood by Ezra while reading the law (Nehemiah 8:4;10:22)
ARIEL » A messenger from Ezra to Iddo (Ezra 8:16)
BLESSING » TEMPORAL BLESSINGS, PRAYER FOR » Ezra (Ezra 8:21-23)
COURAGE » INSTANCES OF THE COURAGE OF CONVICTION » Ezra, in undertaking the perilous journey from Babylon to Palestine without a guard (Ezra 8:22,23)
ELNATHAN » Name of three Levites in the time of Ezra (Ezra 8:16)
FAITH » INSTANCES OF » Ezra, in making the journey from Babylon to Jerusalem without a military escort (Ezra 8:22)
FAITH » INSTANCES OF TRIAL OF » Ezra, in leaving Babylon without a military escort (Ezra 8:22)
FASTING » INSTANCES OF » Of Ezra, on account of the idolatrous marriages of the Jews (Ezra 10:6)
GOVERNMENT » MOSAIC » Legislates with Ezra in reforming certain marriages with the heathen (Ezra 9:1;10:8-14)
INTEGRITY » INSTANCES OF » Priests, who received the offerings of gold and other gifts for the renewing of the temple under Ezra (Ezra 8:24-30)
INTERCESSION » ADDITIONAL INSTANCES OF » Ezra, for Israel (Ezra 9:5-15)
ISRAEL, PROPHECIES CONCERNING » CAPTIVITY OF » Ezra returns with One-thousand seven-hundred and fifty-four of the exiles to Jerusalem (Ezra 2)

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