After these acts in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, there went up from Babylon, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,
In the month Nisan in the twentieth year of king Artaxerxes, when the wine stood before him, I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king and I was heavy in his presence.
Eleazar begat Phinehas. Phinehas begat Abishua.
"Go to Hilkiah the high priest, and let him sum the silver that is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the doors have gathered of the people;
And the Elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo: and they builded, and laid up the foundation, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and after the commandment of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.
"Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest and scribe in the law of the God of heaven: peace and salutation.
I king Artaxerxes have commanded all the treasurers beyond the water, that look: whatsoever Ezra, the priest and scribe in the law of the God of heaven, requireth of you; that ye fulfill the same diligently,
And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
And the chief Marshal took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the highest priest save one, and three keepers of the door.
Azariah the son of Hilkiah the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok the son of Meraioth the son of Ahitub the chiefest in the house of God.
And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, men delivered them the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the entries had gathered of the hands of Manasseh and Ephraim and of all that yet remained in Israel and of all Judah and Benjamin and of the inhabiters of Jerusalem.
And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD," and gave the book to Shaphan.
For Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach the precept and judgment in Israel.
These are the principal fathers of them, and this is their register, that went up with me from Babylon; what time as king Artaxerxes reigned.
And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and of all that could understand it, upon the first day of the seventh month.
Seraiah the son of Hilkiah the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was prince in the house of God:
The chief Captain also took Seraiah the high priest, and Zephaniah that was chief next him, and the three keepers of the treasury.