وَبَعْدَ هَذِهِ ٱلْأُمُورِ فِي مُلْكِ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ فَارِسَ، عَزْرَا بْنُ سَرَايَا بْنِ عَزَرْيَا بْنِ حِلْقِيَّا١1
[Many/Fifty years] later, while Artaxerxes was the king of Persia, I, Ezra came from Babylon here to Jerusalem. I am the son of Seraiah and the grandson of Azariah, and the great-grandson of Hilkiah.
بْنِ شَلُّومَ بْنِ صَادُوقَ بْنِ أَخِيطُوبَ٢2
Hilkiah was the son of Shallum, who was the son of Zadok, who was the son of Ahitub,
بْنِ أَمَرْيَا بْنِ عَزَرْيَا بْنِ مَرَايُوثَ٣3
who was the son of Amariah, who was the son of Azariah, who was the son of Meraioth,
بْنِ زَرَحْيَا بْنِ عُزِّي بْنِ بُقِّي٤4
who was the son of Zerahiah, who was the son of Uzzi, who was the son of Bukki,
بْنِ أَبِيشُوعَ بْنِ فِينَحَاسَ بْنِ أَلِعَازَارَ بْنِ هَارُونَ ٱلْكَاهِنِ ٱلرَّأْسِ.٥5
who was the son of Abishua, who was the son of Phinehas, who was the son of Eleazar, who was the son of Aaron, the [first] Supreme 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
I am a man who knows very well the laws that Moses [wrote]. Those were the laws that Yahweh, the God whom we Israeli people ( [worship/belong to]), had given to us Israeli people. When I arrived in Jerusalem, Yahweh my God was kind to me, and as a result the [people] gave me everything that I had requested the king to [tell them to] give to me.
وَصَعِدَ مَعَهُ مِنْ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَٱلْكَهَنَةِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ وَٱلْمُغَنِّينَ وَٱلْبَوَّابِينَ وَٱلنَّثِينِيمِ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِأَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ.٧7
Some of the priests, some [other] descendants of Levi, [some] singers, [some] (gatekeepers/men who guarded the gates of the temple), and [some] men who worked in the temple, and some other [Israeli] people came up with me here to Jerusalem. That was during the seventh year that Artaxerxes was the king [of Persia].
وَجَاءَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ فِي ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْخَامِسِ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِلْمَلِكِ.٨8
We left Babylon on April 8, which was the first day of the Jewish year. Because God was very kind to us, we arrived [safely] in Jerusalem on August 4 of that year.
لِأَنَّهُ فِي ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْأَوَّلِ ٱبْتَدَأَ يَصْعَدُ مِنْ بَابِلَ، وَفِي أَوَّلِ ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْخَامِسِ جَاءَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ حَسَبَ يَدِ ٱللهِ ٱلصَّالِحَةِ عَلَيْهِ.٩9
لِأَنَّ عَزْرَا هَيَّأَ قَلْبَهُ لِطَلَبِ شَرِيعَةِ ٱلرَّبِّ وَٱلْعَمَلِ بِهَا، وَلِيُعَلِّمَ إِسْرَائِيلَ فَرِيضَةً وَقَضَاءً.١٠10
During my entire life, I devoted myself to studying the laws of Yahweh, and how to obey those laws. I had also taught those laws and all their regulations to the Israeli people [for many years].
وَهَذِهِ صُورَةُ ٱلرِّسَالَةِ ٱلَّتِي أَعْطَاهَا ٱلْمَلِكُ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا لِعَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنِ ٱلْكَاتِبِ، كَاتِبِ كَلَامِ وَصَايَا ٱلرَّبِّ وَفَرَائِضِهِ عَلَى إِسْرَائِيلَ:١١11
King Artaxerxes [knew that] I am a priest who knows the Jewish laws very well. [He knew that for many years] I had studied those laws and had taught all the rules and regulations of those laws to the Israeli people. [So before I left Babylon to come to Jerusalem], he wrote a letter, and gave a copy to me. [This is what he wrote]:
«مِنْ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ ٱلْمُلُوكِ، إِلَى عَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنِ كَاتِبِ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ ٱلْكَامِلِ، إِلَى آخِرِهِ.١٢12
[This letter is] from me, Artaxerxes, the greatest of the kings. [I am giving it] to Ezra the priest, who has studied very well all the rules and regulations that the God [who is/rules] in heaven [gave to the Israeli people].
قَدْ صَدَرَ مِنِّي أَمْرٌ أَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ أَرَادَ فِي مُلْكِي مِنْ شَعْبِ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَهَنَتِهِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ أَنْ يَرْجِعَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ مَعَكَ فَلْيَرْجِعْ.١٣13
Ezra, I command that when you return to Jerusalem, any of the Israeli people in my kingdom who want to are allowed to go with you. That includes any priests and [other] descendants of Levi [who will work in the temple] who want to go.
مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنَّكَ مُرْسَلٌ مِنْ قِبَلِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَمُشِيرِيهِ ٱلسَّبْعَةِ لِأَجْلِ ٱلسُّؤَالِ عَنْ يَهُوذَا وَأُورُشَلِيمَ حَسَبَ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّتِي بِيَدِكَ،١٤14
I, along with my seven counselors/advisors, am sending you to Jerusalem, in order that you can determine what is happening there and in [other towns in] Judah. You are taking with you [MTY] a copy of God's laws; make sure that the people are doing everything that is written in those laws.
وَلِحَمْلِ فِضَّةٍ وَذَهَبٍ تَبَرَّعَ بِهِ ٱلْمَلِكُ وَمُشِيرُوهُ لِإِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ مَسْكَنُهُ.١٥15
[We are also saying that] you should take with you the silver and gold that I and my advisors are wanting to give to you, in order that you will present it to be an offering to the God [who rules] the Israeli people and who lives in Jerusalem.
وَكُلُّ ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَٱلذَّهَبِ ٱلَّتِي تَجِدُ فِي كُلِّ بِلَادِ بَابِلَ مَعَ تَبَرُّعَاتِ ٱلشَّعْبِ وَٱلْكَهَنَةِ ٱلْمُتَبَرِّعِينَ لِبَيْتِ إِلَهِهِمِ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ،١٦16
You should also take any silver and gold that the people in the entire Babylonia province give to you, and the money that the priests and [other] Israeli people have happily said that they would give to you to be offerings for building the temple of their God in Jerusalem.
لِكَيْ تَشْتَرِيَ عَاجِلًا بِهَذِهِ ٱلْفِضَّةِ ثِيرَانًا وَكِبَاشًا وَخِرَافًا وَتَقْدِمَاتِهَا وَسَكَائِبَهَا، وَتُقَرِّبَهَا عَلَى ٱلْمَذْبَحِ ٱلَّذِي فِي بَيْتِ إِلَهِكُمُ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.١٧17
With this money, you should buy the bulls, rams, lambs, and the grain and wine that the priests will burn on the altar [outside] the temple of your God in Jerusalem.
وَمَهْمَا حَسُنَ عِنْدَكَ وَعِنْدَ إِخْوَتِكَ أَنْ تَعْمَلُوهُ بِبَاقِي ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَٱلذَّهَبِ، فَحَسَبَ إِرَادَةِ إِلَهِكُمْ تَعْمَلُونَهُ.١٨18
If there is any silver or gold that remains after [you have bought all those things], you and your companions/colleagues are permitted to use it [to buy] whatever you desire, but buy only things that [you know] that God wants you to buy.
وَٱلْآنِيَةُ ٱلَّتِي تُعْطَى لَكَ لِأَجْلِ خِدْمَةِ بَيْتِ إِلَهِكَ فَسَلِّمْهَا أَمَامَ إِلَهِ أُورُشَلِيمَ.١٩19
We have given to you some valuable items to be used in the temple of your God. Take them also to Jerusalem.
وَبَاقِي ٱحْتِيَاجِ بَيْتِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّذِي يَتَّفِقُ لَكَ أَنْ تُعْطِيَهُ، فَأَعْطِهِ مِنْ بَيْتِ خَزَائِنِ ٱلْمَلِكِ.٢٠20
If you need any other things for the temple, you are permitted to get the money for those things from the building here where my government's money is kept/stored.
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 I, King Artaxerxes, command this to all the treasurers in the province west of the [Euphrates] River: Give to Ezra, the priest who has studied very well the laws of the God [who is/rules] in heaven, everything that he requests, and give it to him quickly.
إِلَى مِئَةِ وَزْنَةٍ مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَمِئَةِ كُرٍّ مِنَ ٱلْحِنْطَةِ وَمِئَةِ بَثٍّ مِنَ ٱلْخَمْرِ وَمِئَةِ بَثٍّ مِنَ ٱلزَّيْتِ، وَٱلْمِلْحِ مِنْ دُونِ تَقْيِيدٍ.٢٢22
The most that you should give to him is (7,500 pounds/3,400 kg.) of silver, 500 bushels of wheat, 550 gallons of wine, and 550 gallons of [olive] oil, but give to him all the salt that they need.
كُلُّ مَا أَمَرَ بِهِ إِلَهُ ٱلسَّمَاءِ فَلْيُعْمَلْ بِٱجْتِهَادٍ لِبَيْتِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ، لِأَنَّهُ لِمَاذَا يَكُونُ غَضَبٌ عَلَى مُلْكِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَبَنِيهِ؟٢٣23
Be sure that you provide whatever their God requires for his temple, because we certainly do not [RHQ] want him to be angry with me or with my descendants who will later be kings.
وَنُعْلِمُكُمْ أَنَّ جَمِيعَ ٱلْكَهَنَةِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ وَٱلْمُغَنِّينَ وَٱلْبَوَّابِينَ وَٱلنَّثِينِيمِ وَخُدَّامِ بَيْتِ ٱللهِ هَذَا، لَا يُؤْذَنُ أَنْ يُلْقَى عَلَيْهِمْ جِزْيَةٌ أَوْ خَرَاجٌ أَوْ خِفَارَةٌ.٢٤24
We are also commanding that none of the priests, descendants of Levi, musicians, temple guards, or other men who work in the temple, will be required to pay any kind of taxes.
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
Ezra, your God has enabled you to become very wise. Using that wisdom, appoint men in the province west of the [Euphrates] River who will judge cases involving the people, and men who will judge cases involving the government. You must appoint men who know the laws of your God. All of you must teach God's laws to others who do not know them.
وَكُلُّ مَنْ لَا يَعْمَلُ شَرِيعَةَ إِلَهِكَ وَشَرِيعَةَ ٱلْمَلِكِ، فَلْيُقْضَ عَلَيْهِ عَاجِلًا إِمَّا بِٱلْمَوْتِ أَوْ بِٱلنَّفْيِ أَوْ بِغَرَامَةِ ٱلْمَالِ أَوْ بِٱلْحَبْسِ».٢٦26
Everyone who does not obey God's laws or the laws of my government must be punished severely. Some of them will be executed, some will be put in prison, some will be sent out of the country or have all their property taken away from them.
مُبَارَكٌ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ آبَائِنَا ٱلَّذِي جَعَلَ مِثْلَ هَذَا فِي قَلْبِ ٱلْمَلِكِ لِأَجْلِ تَزْيِينِ بَيْتِ ٱلرَّبِّ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.٢٧27
[Because King Artaxerxes was very kind like that, I said], “Praise Yahweh, the God whom our ancestors [worshiped/belonged to]! He has caused the king to want to honor the temple of Yahweh 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
Because God was very kind to me, the king and all his advisors and all his powerful officials have also been kind to me. So, because God has helped me, I have become encouraged, and I have been [able to persuade] some of the Israeli leaders to go up to Jerusalem with me.”