وَبَعْدَ هَذِهِ ٱلْأُمُورِ فِي مُلْكِ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ فَارِسَ، عَزْرَا بْنُ سَرَايَا بْنِ عَزَرْيَا بْنِ حِلْقِيَّا١1
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,
بْنِ شَلُّومَ بْنِ صَادُوقَ بْنِ أَخِيطُوبَ٢2
the son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
بْنِ أَمَرْيَا بْنِ عَزَرْيَا بْنِ مَرَايُوثَ٣3
the son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
بْنِ زَرَحْيَا بْنِ عُزِّي بْنِ بُقِّي٤4
the son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
بْنِ أَبِيشُوعَ بْنِ فِينَحَاسَ بْنِ أَلِعَازَارَ بْنِ هَارُونَ ٱلْكَاهِنِ ٱلرَّأْسِ.٥5
the son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief 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 Ezra went up from Babylon. He was a skilled scribe in the Torah of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given; and the king granted him all his request, according to the LORD his God’s hand on him.
وَصَعِدَ مَعَهُ مِنْ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَٱلْكَهَنَةِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ وَٱلْمُغَنِّينَ وَٱلْبَوَّابِينَ وَٱلنَّثِينِيمِ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِأَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ.٧7
Some of the children of Israel, including some of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants went up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.
وَجَاءَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ فِي ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْخَامِسِ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِلْمَلِكِ.٨8
He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in 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 on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God on him.
لِأَنَّ عَزْرَا هَيَّأَ قَلْبَهُ لِطَلَبِ شَرِيعَةِ ٱلرَّبِّ وَٱلْعَمَلِ بِهَا، وَلِيُعَلِّمَ إِسْرَائِيلَ فَرِيضَةً وَقَضَاءً.١٠10
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the LORD’s law, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
وَهَذِهِ صُورَةُ ٱلرِّسَالَةِ ٱلَّتِي أَعْطَاهَا ٱلْمَلِكُ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا لِعَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنِ ٱلْكَاتِبِ، كَاتِبِ كَلَامِ وَصَايَا ٱلرَّبِّ وَفَرَائِضِهِ عَلَى إِسْرَائِيلَ:١١11
Now this is the copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, even the scribe of the words of the LORD’s commandments, and of his statutes to Israel:
«مِنْ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ ٱلْمُلُوكِ، إِلَى عَزْرَا ٱلْكَاهِنِ كَاتِبِ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ ٱلْكَامِلِ، إِلَى آخِرِهِ.١٢12
Artaxerxes, king of kings, To Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the perfect God of heaven. Now
قَدْ صَدَرَ مِنِّي أَمْرٌ أَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ أَرَادَ فِي مُلْكِي مِنْ شَعْبِ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَهَنَتِهِ وَٱللَّاوِيِّينَ أَنْ يَرْجِعَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ مَعَكَ فَلْيَرْجِعْ.١٣13
I make a decree, that all those of the people of Israel, and their priests and the Levites, in my realm, who intend of their own free will to go to Jerusalem, go with you.
مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنَّكَ مُرْسَلٌ مِنْ قِبَلِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَمُشِيرِيهِ ٱلسَّبْعَةِ لِأَجْلِ ٱلسُّؤَالِ عَنْ يَهُوذَا وَأُورُشَلِيمَ حَسَبَ شَرِيعَةِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّتِي بِيَدِكَ،١٤14
Because you are sent by the king and his seven counselors, to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God which is in your hand,
وَلِحَمْلِ فِضَّةٍ وَذَهَبٍ تَبَرَّعَ بِهِ ٱلْمَلِكُ وَمُشِيرُوهُ لِإِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ مَسْكَنُهُ.١٥15
and to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose habitation is 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 that you will find in all the province of Babylon, with the free will offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their 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
therefore you shall with all diligence buy with this money bulls, rams, lambs, with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, and 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
Whatever seems good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, do that according to the will of your God.
وَٱلْآنِيَةُ ٱلَّتِي تُعْطَى لَكَ لِأَجْلِ خِدْمَةِ بَيْتِ إِلَهِكَ فَسَلِّمْهَا أَمَامَ إِلَهِ أُورُشَلِيمَ.١٩19
The vessels that are given to you for the service of the house of your God, deliver before the God of Jerusalem.
وَبَاقِي ٱحْتِيَاجِ بَيْتِ إِلَهِكَ ٱلَّذِي يَتَّفِقُ لَكَ أَنْ تُعْطِيَهُ، فَأَعْطِهِ مِنْ بَيْتِ خَزَائِنِ ٱلْمَلِكِ.٢٠20
Whatever more will be needed for the house of your God, which you may have occasion to give, give it out of the king’s treasure house.
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
I, even I Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers who are beyond the River, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, requires of you, it shall be done with all diligence,
إِلَى مِئَةِ وَزْنَةٍ مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَمِئَةِ كُرٍّ مِنَ ٱلْحِنْطَةِ وَمِئَةِ بَثٍّ مِنَ ٱلْخَمْرِ وَمِئَةِ بَثٍّ مِنَ ٱلزَّيْتِ، وَٱلْمِلْحِ مِنْ دُونِ تَقْيِيدٍ.٢٢22
up to one hundred talents of silver, and to one hundred cors of wheat, and to one hundred baths of wine, and to one hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
كُلُّ مَا أَمَرَ بِهِ إِلَهُ ٱلسَّمَاءِ فَلْيُعْمَلْ بِٱجْتِهَادٍ لِبَيْتِ إِلَهِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ، لِأَنَّهُ لِمَاذَا يَكُونُ غَضَبٌ عَلَى مُلْكِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَبَنِيهِ؟٢٣23
Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be done exactly for the house of the God of heaven; for why should there 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 we inform you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants, or laborers of this house of God.
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
You, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges, who may judge all the people who are beyond the River, who all know the laws of your God; and teach him who doesn’t know them.
وَكُلُّ مَنْ لَا يَعْمَلُ شَرِيعَةَ إِلَهِكَ وَشَرِيعَةَ ٱلْمَلِكِ، فَلْيُقْضَ عَلَيْهِ عَاجِلًا إِمَّا بِٱلْمَوْتِ أَوْ بِٱلنَّفْيِ أَوْ بِغَرَامَةِ ٱلْمَالِ أَوْ بِٱلْحَبْسِ».٢٦26
Whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with all diligence, whether it is to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.
مُبَارَكٌ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ آبَائِنَا ٱلَّذِي جَعَلَ مِثْلَ هَذَا فِي قَلْبِ ٱلْمَلِكِ لِأَجْلِ تَزْيِينِ بَيْتِ ٱلرَّبِّ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.٢٧27
Blessed be the LORD, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the LORD’s house 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 extended loving kindness to me before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty princes. I was strengthened according to the LORD my God’s hand on me, and I gathered together chief men out of Israel to go up with me.