وَبَعْدَ هَذِهِ ٱلْأُمُورِ فِي مُلْكِ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ فَارِسَ، عَزْرَا بْنُ سَرَايَا بْنِ عَزَرْيَا بْنِ حِلْقِيَّا١1
Now after these things, in the reign of Arthasastha king of the Persians, came up Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Chelcias,
بْنِ شَلُّومَ بْنِ صَادُوقَ بْنِ أَخِيطُوبَ٢2
the son of Selum, the son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob,
بْنِ أَمَرْيَا بْنِ عَزَرْيَا بْنِ مَرَايُوثَ٣3
the son of Samarias, the son of Esria, the son of Mareoth,
بْنِ زَرَحْيَا بْنِ عُزِّي بْنِ بُقِّي٤4
the son of Zaraia, the son of Ozias, the son of Bokki,
بْنِ أَبِيشُوعَ بْنِ فِينَحَاسَ بْنِ أَلِعَازَارَ بْنِ هَارُونَ ٱلْكَاهِنِ ٱلرَّأْسِ.٥5
the son of Abisue, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the first priest.
عَزْرَا هَذَا صَعِدَ مِنْ بَابِلَ، وَهُوَ كَاتِبٌ مَاهِرٌ فِي شَرِيعَةِ مُوسَى ٱلَّتِي أَعْطَاهَا ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ. وَأَعْطَاهُ ٱلْمَلِكُ حَسَبَ يَدِ ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَهِهِ عَلَيْهِ، كُلَّ سُؤْلهِ.٦6
This Esdras went up out of Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel gave: and the king gave him [leave], for the hand of the Lord his God was upon him in all things which he sought.
وَصَعِدَ مَعَهُ مِنْ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَٱلْكَهَنَةِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ وَٱلْمُغَنِّينَ وَٱلْبَوَّابِينَ وَٱلنَّثِينِيمِ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِأَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ.٧7
And [some] of the children of Israel went up, and [some] of the priests, and of the Levites, and the singers, and the doorkeepers, and the Nathinim, to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Arthasastha the king.
وَجَاءَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ فِي ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْخَامِسِ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِلْمَلِكِ.٨8
And they came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, this [was] the seventh year of the king.
لِأَنَّهُ فِي ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْأَوَّلِ ٱبْتَدَأَ يَصْعَدُ مِنْ بَابِلَ، وَفِي أَوَّلِ ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْخَامِسِ جَاءَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ حَسَبَ يَدِ ٱللهِ ٱلصَّالِحَةِ عَلَيْهِ.٩9
For in the first [day] of the first month he began the going up from Babylon, and in the first day of the fifth month, they came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was upon him.
لِأَنَّ عَزْرَا هَيَّأَ قَلْبَهُ لِطَلَبِ شَرِيعَةِ ٱلرَّبِّ وَٱلْعَمَلِ بِهَا، وَلِيُعَلِّمَ إِسْرَائِيلَ فَرِيضَةً وَقَضَاءً.١٠10
For Esdras had determined in his heart to seek the law, and to do and teach the ordinances and judgements in Israel.
وَهَذِهِ صُورَةُ ٱلرِّسَالَةِ ٱلَّتِي أَعْطَاهَا ٱلْمَلِكُ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا لِعَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنِ ٱلْكَاتِبِ، كَاتِبِ كَلَامِ وَصَايَا ٱلرَّبِّ وَفَرَائِضِهِ عَلَى إِسْرَائِيلَ:١١11
And this [is] the copy of the order which Arthasastha gave to Esdras the priest, the scribe of the book of the words of the commandments of the Lord, and of his ordinances to Israel.
«مِنْ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ ٱلْمُلُوكِ، إِلَى عَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنِ كَاتِبِ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ ٱلْكَامِلِ، إِلَى آخِرِهِ.١٢12
Arthasastha, king of kings, to Esdras, the scribe of the law of the Lord God of heaven, Let the order and the answer be accomplished.
قَدْ صَدَرَ مِنِّي أَمْرٌ أَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ أَرَادَ فِي مُلْكِي مِنْ شَعْبِ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَهَنَتِهِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ أَنْ يَرْجِعَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ مَعَكَ فَلْيَرْجِعْ.١٣13
A decree is made by me, that every one who is willing in my kingdom of the people of Israel, and of the priests and Levites, to go to Jerusalem, [be permitted] to go with you.
مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنَّكَ مُرْسَلٌ مِنْ قِبَلِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَمُشِيرِيهِ ٱلسَّبْعَةِ لِأَجْلِ ٱلسُّؤَالِ عَنْ يَهُوذَا وَأُورُشَلِيمَ حَسَبَ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّتِي بِيَدِكَ،١٤14
[One] has been sent from the king and the seven councillors, to visit Judea and Jerusalem, according to the law of their God that is in your hand.
وَلِحَمْلِ فِضَّةٍ وَذَهَبٍ تَبَرَّعَ بِهِ ٱلْمَلِكُ وَمُشِيرُوهُ لِإِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ مَسْكَنُهُ.١٥15
And for the house of the Lord [there have been sent] silver and gold, which the king and the councillors have freely given to the God of Israel, who dwells in Jerusalem.
وَكُلُّ ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَٱلذَّهَبِ ٱلَّتِي تَجِدُ فِي كُلِّ بِلَادِ بَابِلَ مَعَ تَبَرُّعَاتِ ٱلشَّعْبِ وَٱلْكَهَنَةِ ٱلْمُتَبَرِّعِينَ لِبَيْتِ إِلَهِهِمِ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ،١٦16
And all the silver and gold, whatever you shall find in all the land of Babylon, with the free will offering of the people, and the priests that offer freely for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.
لِكَيْ تَشْتَرِيَ عَاجِلًا بِهَذِهِ ٱلْفِضَّةِ ثِيرَانًا وَكِبَاشًا وَخِرَافًا وَتَقْدِمَاتِهَا وَسَكَائِبَهَا، وَتُقَرِّبَهَا عَلَى ٱلْمَذْبَحِ ٱلَّذِي فِي بَيْتِ إِلَهِكُمُ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.١٧17
And as for every one that arrives [there], speedily order him by this letter [to bring] calves, rams, lambs, and their meat-offerings, and their drink-offerings; and you shall offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.
وَمَهْمَا حَسُنَ عِنْدَكَ وَعِنْدَ إِخْوَتِكَ أَنْ تَعْمَلُوهُ بِبَاقِي ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَٱلذَّهَبِ، فَحَسَبَ إِرَادَةِ إِلَهِكُمْ تَعْمَلُونَهُ.١٨18
And whatever it shall seem good to you and to your brethren to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, do as it is pleasing to your God.
وَٱلْآنِيَةُ ٱلَّتِي تُعْطَى لَكَ لِأَجْلِ خِدْمَةِ بَيْتِ إِلَهِكَ فَسَلِّمْهَا أَمَامَ إِلَهِ أُورُشَلِيمَ.١٩19
And deliver the vessels that are given you for the service of the house of God, before God in Jerusalem.
وَبَاقِي ٱحْتِيَاجِ بَيْتِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّذِي يَتَّفِقُ لَكَ أَنْ تُعْطِيَهُ، فَأَعْطِهِ مِنْ بَيْتِ خَزَائِنِ ٱلْمَلِكِ.٢٠20
And as to the rest of the need of the house of your God, you shall give from the king's treasure-houses,
وَمِنِّي أَنَا أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ صَدَرَ أَمْرٌ إِلَى كُلِّ ٱلْخَزَنَةِ ٱلَّذِينَ فِي عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ أَنَّ كُلَّ مَا يَطْلُبُهُ مِنْكُمْ عَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنُ كَاتِبُ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ فَلْيُعْمَلْ بِسُرْعَةٍ،٢١21
and from me, whatever it shall seem [good] to you to give. I king Arthasastha have made a decree for all the treasuries that are in the [country] beyond the river, that whatever Esdras the priest and scribe of the God of heaven may ask you, it shall be done speedily,
إِلَى مِئَةِ وَزْنَةٍ مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَمِئَةِ كُرٍّ مِنَ ٱلْحِنْطَةِ وَمِئَةِ بَثٍّ مِنَ ٱلْخَمْرِ وَمِئَةِ بَثٍّ مِنَ ٱلزَّيْتِ، وَٱلْمِلْحِ مِنْ دُونِ تَقْيِيدٍ.٢٢22
to [the amount of] a hundred talents of silver, and a hundred measures of wheat, and a hundred baths of wine, and a hundred baths of oil, and salt without reckoning.
كُلُّ مَا أَمَرَ بِهِ إِلَهُ ٱلسَّمَاءِ فَلْيُعْمَلْ بِٱجْتِهَادٍ لِبَيْتِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ، لِأَنَّهُ لِمَاذَا يَكُونُ غَضَبٌ عَلَى مُلْكِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَبَنِيهِ؟٢٣23
Let whatever is in the decree of the God of heaven, be done: take heed lest any one make an attack on the house of the God of heaven, lest at any time there shall be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons.
وَنُعْلِمُكُمْ أَنَّ جَمِيعَ ٱلْكَهَنَةِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ وَٱلْمُغَنِّينَ وَٱلْبَوَّابِينَ وَٱلنَّثِينِيمِ وَخُدَّامِ بَيْتِ ٱللهِ هَذَا، لَا يُؤْذَنُ أَنْ يُلْقَى عَلَيْهِمْ جِزْيَةٌ أَوْ خَرَاجٌ أَوْ خِفَارَةٌ.٢٤24
Also this has been declared to you, with respect to all the priests, and Levites, the singers, porters, Nathinim and ministers of the house of God, let no tribute be [paid] to you; you shall not have power to oppress them.
أَمَّا أَنْتَ يَا عَزْرَا، فَحَسَبَ حِكْمَةِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّتِي بِيَدِكَ ضَعْ حُكَّامًا وَقُضَاةً يَقْضُونَ لِجَمِيعِ ٱلشَّعْبِ ٱلَّذِي فِي عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ مِنْ جَمِيعِ مَنْ يَعْرِفُ شَرَائِعَ إِلَهِكَ. وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَعْرِفُونَ فَعَلِّمُوهُمْ.٢٥25
And you, Esdras, as the wisdom of God [is] in your hand, appoint scribes and judges, that they may judge for all the people beyond the river, all that know the law of the Lord your God; and you shall make it known to him that knows not.
وَكُلُّ مَنْ لَا يَعْمَلُ شَرِيعَةَ إِلَهِكَ وَشَرِيعَةَ ٱلْمَلِكِ، فَلْيُقْضَ عَلَيْهِ عَاجِلًا إِمَّا بِٱلْمَوْتِ أَوْ بِٱلنَّفْيِ أَوْ بِغَرَامَةِ ٱلْمَالِ أَوْ بِٱلْحَبْسِ».٢٦26
And whoever shall not do the law of God, and the law of the king readily, judgement shall be taken upon him, whether for death or for chastisement, or for a fine of his property, or casting into prison.
مُبَارَكٌ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ آبَائِنَا ٱلَّذِي جَعَلَ مِثْلَ هَذَا فِي قَلْبِ ٱلْمَلِكِ لِأَجْلِ تَزْيِينِ بَيْتِ ٱلرَّبِّ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.٢٧27
Blessed [be] the Lord God of our fathers, who has put it thus into the heart of the king, to glorify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem;
وَقَدْ بَسَطَ عَلَيَّ رَحْمَةً أَمَامَ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَمُشِيرِيهِ وَأَمَامَ جَمِيعِ رُؤَسَاءِ ٱلْمَلِكِ ٱلْمُقْتَدِرِينَ. وَأَمَّا أَنَا فَقَدْ تَشَدَّدْتُ حَسَبَ يَدِ ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَهِي عَلَيَّ، وَجَمَعْتُ مِنْ إِسْرَائِيلَ رُؤَسَاءَ لِيَصْعَدُوا مَعِي.٢٨28
and has given me favour in the eyes of the king, and of his councillors, and all the rulers of the king, the exalted ones. And I was strengthened according to the good hand of God upon me, and I gathered chief men of Israel to go up with me.