|Ezra 7:11-16 |
11 Now this is the copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest and scribe, a scribe learned in the words of the commands and statutes of the LORD to Israel.
12 "Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, a scribe of the Law of the God of heaven: Greetings.
13 I make a decree that all the people of Israel and of their priests and Levites in my realm, who of their own freewill offer to go up to Jerusalem, may go with you.
14 For you are sent by the king and of his seven counselors to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem according to the Law of your God that is in your hand,
15 And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose dwelling is in Jerusalem,
16 And all the silver and gold that you may obtain from all the provinces of Babylon, with the freewill offerings of the people and of the priests, offered willingly for the temple of their God in Jerusalem.