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Ezra 7

Ezra Comes to Jerusalem

1After all these things had happened, Ezra came up to Jerusalem from Babylon. It was during the rule of Artaxerxes. He was king of Persia. Ezra was the son of Seraiah. Seraiah was the son of Azariah. Azariah was the son of Hilkiah. Hilkiah was the son of Shallum. Shallum was the son of Zadok. Zadok was the son of Ahitub. Ahitub was the son of Amariah. Amariah was the son of Azariah. Azariah was the son of Meraioth. Meraioth was the son of Zerahiah. Zerahiah was the son of Uzzi. Uzzi was the son of Bukki. Bukki was the son of Abishua. Abishua was the son of Phinehas. Phinehas was the son of Eleazar. And Eleazar was the son of Aaron the chief priest. So Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher who knew the Law of Moses very well. The Lord, the God of Israel, had given Israel that law. The king had given Ezra everything he asked for. That’s because the Lord his God helped him. Some of the Israelites came up to Jerusalem too. They included priests, Levites and musicians. They also included the temple servants and those who guarded the temple gates. It was in the seventh year that Artaxerxes was king.

Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king’s rule. Ezra had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month. He arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month. That’s because God was gracious to him and helped him. 10 Ezra had committed himself to study and obey the Law of the Lord. He also wanted to teach the Lord’s rules and laws in Israel.

King Artaxerxes’s Letter to Ezra

11 Ezra was a priest and teacher of the Law. He was an educated man. He knew the Lord’s commands and rules for Israel very well. Here is a copy of a letter King Artaxerxes had given to Ezra. It said,

12 I, Artaxerxes, am writing this letter. I am the greatest king of all.

I have given it to Ezra the priest. He is the teacher of the Law of the God of heaven.

I give you my greetings.

13 Ezra, I am giving an order about the Israelites in my kingdom. Any of them who want to go to Jerusalem with you may go. The order also allows priests and Levites to go with you. 14 I and my seven advisers are sending you to see how things are going in Judah and Jerusalem. Find out whether the people there are obeying the Law of your God. You have a copy of that law with you. 15 I and my advisers have freely given some silver and gold to the God of Israel. He is the God who lives in Jerusalem. Take that silver and gold with you. 16 Also take any other silver and gold you can get from the land of Babylon. And take the offerings the people and priests choose to give for the temple of their God in Jerusalem. 17 Make sure you use the money to buy bulls, rams and male lambs. Also buy their grain offerings and drink offerings. Then sacrifice them on the altar of the temple of your God in Jerusalem.

18 You and the other Jews can do what you think is best with the rest of the silver and gold. Do what your God wants you to do. 19 Give to the God of Jerusalem all the things you are responsible for. Use them for worshiping your God in his temple. 20 You might need to supply some other things for the temple of your God. If you do, take them from among the royal treasures.

21 I, King Artaxerxes, also give this order. It applies to all those who are in charge of the treasures west of the Euphrates River. Make sure you provide anything Ezra the priest might ask you to give. He is the teacher of the Law of the God of heaven. 22 Give Ezra up to three and three-fourths tons of silver. Give him up to 18 tons of wheat. Give him up to 600 gallons of wine and up to 600 gallons of olive oil. And give him as much salt as he needs. 23 Work hard for the temple of the God of heaven. Do everything he has required. I don’t want him to be angry with my kingdom and the kingdom of my sons. 24 Here is something else I want you to know. You have no authority to collect taxes, gifts or fees from these people. You may not collect them from the priests, Levites or musicians. You may not collect them from those who guard the temple gates. You may not collect them from the temple servants. And you may not collect them from other workers at the house of God in Jerusalem.

25 Ezra, appoint judges and other court officials. When you do it, use the wisdom your God gives you. Those you appoint should do what is right and fair when they judge people. They should do it for everyone who lives west of the Euphrates River. They should do it for everyone who knows the laws of your God. And I want you to teach the people who don’t know those laws. 26 Anyone who doesn’t obey the law of your God must be punished. The same thing applies to anyone who doesn’t obey my law. The people must be punished in keeping with the laws they have broken. Some of them must be put to death. Others must be forced to leave the places where they live. Others must have their property taken away from them. Still others must be put in prison.

27 So here is what I, Ezra, say to you people of Israel. “Give praise to the Lord. He is the God of our people who lived long ago. He has put it in the king’s heart to bring honor to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem. The king has honored the Lord in his letter. 28 The Lord has been kind to me. He has caused the king and his advisers to be kind to me. In fact, all the king’s powerful officials have been kind to me. The strong hand of the Lord my God helped me. That gave me new strength. So I gathered together leaders from Israel to go up to Jerusalem with me.”

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Esdras 7

Esdras llega a Jerusalén

1Durante el reinado de Artajerjes, rey de Persia, vivió un hombre llamado Esdras hijo de Seraías, que era descendiente en línea directa de Azarías, Jilquías, Salún, Sadoc, Ajitob, Amarías, Azarías, Merayot, Zeraías, Uzi, Buquí, Abisúa, Finés, Eleazar y Aarón, que fue el primer sacerdote. Este Esdras llegó de Babilonia. Era un maestro muy versado en la ley que el Señor, Dios de Israel, le había dado a Moisés. Gozaba de la simpatía del rey, y el Señor su Dios estaba con él.

Con Esdras regresaron a Jerusalén algunos israelitas, entre los cuales había sacerdotes, levitas, cantores, porteros y servidores del templo. Esto sucedió en el séptimo año del reinado de Artajerjes. Así que Esdras llegó a Jerusalén en el mes quinto del séptimo año del reinado de Artajerjes. Había salido de Babilonia el día primero del mes primero, y llegó a Jerusalén el día primero del mes quinto, porque la mano bondadosa de Dios estaba con él. 10 Esdras se había dedicado por completo a estudiar la ley del Señor, a ponerla en práctica y a enseñar sus preceptos y normas a los israelitas.

Carta de Artajerjes a Esdras

11 El rey Artajerjes le entregó la siguiente carta a Esdras, quien era sacerdote y maestro de los mandamientos y preceptos que el Señor le dio a Israel:

12 Artajerjes, rey de reyes,

a Esdras, sacerdote y maestro versado en la ley del Dios del cielo:

Saludos.[a]

13 He dispuesto que todos los israelitas que quieran ir contigo a Jerusalén puedan hacerlo, incluyendo a los sacerdotes y levitas. 14 El rey y sus siete consejeros te mandan a investigar la situación de Jerusalén y de Judá, conforme a la ley de tu Dios que se te ha confiado. 15 Lleva el oro y la plata que el rey y sus consejeros han ofrecido voluntariamente al Dios de Israel, que habita en Jerusalén. 16 También lleva contigo toda la plata y el oro que obtengas de la provincia de Babilonia, junto con los donativos del pueblo y de los sacerdotes para el templo de su Dios en Jerusalén. 17 Con ese dinero compra, sin falta, becerros, carneros y corderos, con sus respectivas ofrendas de cereales y de vino, para ofrecerlos en el altar del templo del Dios de ustedes en Jerusalén.

18 Con el resto de la plata y del oro tú y tus compañeros podrán hacer lo que les parezca mejor, de acuerdo con la voluntad del Dios de ustedes. 19 Pero deposita en el templo los utensilios sagrados que se te han entregado para rendir culto a tu Dios en Jerusalén. 20 Cualquier otro gasto que sea necesario para el templo de tu Dios, se cubrirá del tesoro real.

21 Ahora bien, yo, el rey Artajerjes, les ordeno a todos los tesoreros que están al oeste del río Éufrates que entreguen de inmediato todo cuanto solicite Esdras, sacerdote y maestro versado en la ley del Dios del cielo. 22 Pueden darle hasta tres mil trescientos kilos de plata, veintidós mil litros de trigo, dos mil doscientos litros de vino, dos mil doscientos litros de aceite[b] y toda la sal que se requiera.

23 Todo lo que ha ordenado el Dios del cielo para su templo, háganlo de inmediato, de modo que no se descargue su ira contra el dominio del rey y su familia. 24 También les ordeno que exoneren de impuestos a los sacerdotes, levitas, cantores, porteros y servidores del templo de Dios.

25 Por cuanto tú, Esdras, posees la sabiduría de Dios, serás el encargado de nombrar funcionarios y jueces para que juzguen a los habitantes de la provincia al oeste del río Éufrates, es decir, a todos los que conocen la ley de Dios. Pero, a quienes no la conozcan, enséñasela. 26 Si alguien desobedece la ley de tu Dios y las órdenes del rey, haz que se le castigue de inmediato con la pena de muerte, el destierro, la confiscación de bienes o la cárcel.

Oración de Esdras

27 «Bendito sea el Señor, Dios de nuestros antepasados, que puso en el corazón del rey el propósito de honrar el templo del Señor en Jerusalén. 28 Por su infinito amor, él me ha permitido recibir el favor del rey, de sus consejeros y de todos sus funcionarios más importantes. Y porque el Señor mi Dios estaba conmigo, cobré ánimo y reuní a los jefes de Israel para que me acompañaran a Jerusalén».

Footnotes

  1. 7:12 Saludos. Texto de difícil traducción.
  2. 7:22 hasta … aceite. Lit. hasta cien talentos de plata y hasta cien coros de trigo y hasta cien batos de vino y hasta cien batos de aceite.