Ezra prayed and he confessed

Chapter 10 v1 Ezra prayed and he confessed. He wept and he threw himself onto the ground in front of the house of God. As he was doing these things, a large crowd of the *people of Israel gathered with him. There were men, women and children and they all wept aloud. Verse 1 Ezra was in front of the house of God when he prayed. He had torn his clothes and he had pulled hair from his head and his beard. Many people gathered with him. They did not…

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After these things had happened, the leaders came to me

Chapter 9 v1 After these things had happened, the leaders came to me. They said, ‘The *people of Israel have not kept themselves separate from the people from the nations round us. These people belong to the nations called the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. The *people of Israel are doing the evil things that these other people do. Even the priests and the *Levites are doing these things. v2 The *people of Israel and their sons have married…

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hey came with me from Babylonia during the rule of King Artaxerxes.

Chapter 8 v1 This is the list of the families and the chief men in the families. They came with me from Babylonia during the rule of King Artaxerxes. v2 Gershom from the *descendants of Phinehas, Daniel from the *descendants of Ithamar, From the *descendants of David, Hattush, v3 from the *descendants of Shecaniah. Zechariah from the *descendants of Parosh. There were 150 men from his family with him. v4 Eliehoenai, who was the son of Zerahiah, from the *descendants of Pahath-Moab. There were 200 men with him. v5 Shecaniah,…

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Ezra came during the rule of Artaxerxes, the king of Persia

Chapter 7 In the first 6 chapters of the Book of Ezra, we read about the people who returned from *exile. We read how they built the *temple of God in Jerusalem again. The events in the rest of the book happened almost 60 years later in 458 *BC. At last, the man Ezra appears in the Book of Ezra. v1 After all this happened, Ezra came during the rule of Artaxerxes, the king of Persia. Ezra was the son of Seraiah. Seraiah was the son of Azariah. Azariah was…

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Then King Darius gave a command

Chapter 6 v1 Then King Darius gave a command. So people searched in the records. Those records were in the house of the records in the city called Babylon. v2 They found a book in the palace in Ecbatana, which is in the district called Media. This book contained the record below. Verses 1-2 God cared about the construction of the *temple. So the *Jews did not have to stop the work on the *temple while they waited for Darius’ reply (Ezra 5:5). However, as they waited, their task may…

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Haggai and Zechariah

Chapter 5 v1 Haggai and Zechariah (a *descendant of Iddo) were *prophets. They spoke messages from the God of Israel to the *Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem. v2 Then Zerubbabel (the son of Shealtiel) and Jeshua (the son of Jozadak) started to build the house of God in Jerusalem again. The *prophets of God were with them and helped them. Verses 1-2 In this chapter, Ezra recorded what happened in the second year of King Darius’ rule. About 16 years had passed since the *Jews started to rebuild…

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The enemies of the descendants of Judah and Benjamin heard that they had returned from the exile

Chapter 4 v1 The enemies of the *descendants of Judah and Benjamin heard that they had returned from the *exile. Their enemies heard that they were building a *temple for the *LORD the God of Israel. v2 The enemies came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families. They said, ‘Let us help you to build. We *worship your God, even as you do. We have given *sacrifices to your God since the time of Esarhaddon the king of Assyria who brought us here.’ v3 But Zerubbabel, Jeshua and…

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People of Israel were living in their towns

Chapter 3 v1 When the *people of Israel were living in their towns, they all met in Jerusalem together. It was the 7th month. Verse 1 The people who had returned from *exile started to live in the towns in Judah. But soon after they arrived in the country, they all met in Jerusalem. It was important to start to *worship God together again. The 7th month was a very important month for the *Jews. There were three special holidays to *worship God during that month. v2 Then Jeshua (the…

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In the Book of Ezra, there are many names

Chapter 2 In the Book of Ezra, there are many names. Some of these people were leaders. However, Ezra also refers to many people who were not well-known. They lived many years ago, but they were important to God. God cares about all sorts of people. And he is pleased when they obey him. When Ezra records some of the names, he also mentions their families. Families were very important to the *Jews. v1 These are the people from the district who returned from *exile. (Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia,…

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The Jews return to Jerusalem

About the Book of Ezra The Jews return to Jerusalem: There are many dates in this *introduction. These dates are the number of years before the time that Jesus Christ was born. Each date has the letters ‘*BC’ after it. The letters mean ‘before Christ’. This *introduction also refers to places in the Bible where you can read about these things. The history of the *Jews before their *exile These are the events that happened in Israel before the time of Ezra. This account will help us to understand the…

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