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1 Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,

3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,

4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,

5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest:

6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.

9 For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.

10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.

13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;

15 And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem,

16 And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem:

17 That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God.

19 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.

20 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house.

21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,

22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?

24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.

26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem:

28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

Commentary for Ezra 7

Ezra goes up to Jerusalem. (1-10) The commission to Ezra. (11-26) Ezra blesses God for his favour. (27,28)1-10 Ezra went from Babylon to Jerusalem, for the good of his country. The king was kind to him; he granted all his requests, whatever Ezra desired to enable him to serve his country. When he went, many went with him; he obtained favour from his king, by the Divine favour. Every creature is that to us, which God makes it to be. We must see the hand of God in the events that befal us, and acknowledge him with thankfulness.

11-26 The liberality of heathen kings to support the worship of God, reproached the conduct of many kings of Judah, and will rise up in judgment against the covetousness of wealthy professed Christians, who will not promote the cause of God. But the weapons of Christian ministers are not carnal. Faithful preaching, holy lives, fervent prayers, and patient suffering when called to it, are the means to bring men into obedience to Christ.

27,28 Two things Ezra blessed God for: 1. For his commission. If any good appear in our hearts, or in the hearts of others, we must own that God put it there, and bless him; it is he that worketh in us, both to will and to do that which is good. 2. For his encouragement: God has extended mercy to me. Ezra was a man of courage, yet he ascribed this not to his own heart, but to God's hand. If God give us his hand, we are bold and cheerful; if he withdraw it, we are weak as water. Whatever we are enabled to do for God and those around us, God must have all the glory.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezra 7

  • Ivy Johnson
    Ezra was an obedient servant of God, with the others who went along. It is amazing how God will any use who is willing. No matter how simple or great a task. Jesus use me, and oh Lord,don’t refuse me, surely there’s a work that I can do, and even though it’s humble, Lord help my will to crumble, though the task be great, I’ll work for you. We have to be willing, and waiting for God to use us.
  • BSP
    Verse 6~Ezra received a favorable hearing from the king because he was faithful and he prayed to Jehovah God to be heard.
  • Anne
    "What then shall we say to these things, if God is for us who can be against us?" Rom. 8:31
  • Tapwa Mpofu
    suprisingly how coukd the king write a letter unto Ezra when he wass standing right in front of him, how could it be a letter of authority when it says those who will to go with him may go to Jerusalem...hw beit that he commands Ezra to be given a hundred talents of silver, wheat and wine yet salt without prescribing how much...howbeit that those who went with him were to be exempted from the tolls, e customs and tribute...in this case Ezra plays the Christ role...he 's been describe as the perfect peace whereas hebrews 7 and isiah 9 v 6 says Christ is the prince of peace , King of kings a title of God the father which Artexerxes in this story line therefore its God authorising Christ to go with his people those who will into the new Jerusalem meaning its ot by force but by choice to go with Christ the salt means the word of God mark 9 v 49-50...which was given in abundance to the new testament church...limitations and barriers of this world shall not affect those who go with Christ into the new Jerusalem because all things are theirs thats 1 cor 3 so there shal be no limitation as long as you are going with Christ as long as u minister in his house regardless how you do it whether sing, clean, partner with the gospel you shall be exempted on cindition that yopu have the salt...be blessed
  • Robert D
    I will served the Lord God who made the heavens and the earth for the rest of my life to the best of my ability Just as Ezra did
  • Wesley kiprono korir
    It should also be our desire to be devoted to God as Ezra was. I am more than a conqueror in Jesus name!
  • Josalyn for verse 22
    JESUS IS LORD.......
  • Wendell Caines
    Ezra was obedient to GOD's commission, because of his obedience GOD blessed him with courage and encouragement to move move forward. GOD also blessed him with the King's providence,provision. GOD has promised to be with us and protect us always, in HIS own way< according to HIS divine will and purpose. Amen!!!

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Bible Trivia

What did Ezra prepare his heart to do?
  • To face his enemies
  • To go in to the king's presence
  • To go up to the temple in Jerusalem
  • To seek, do and teach the law of God