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II. CHRONICLES. is fucceeded by Feboabaz. fand bullocks: these were of the king's fub- unto the words of Necho from the mouth ftance. of God, and came to fight in the valley of Mt. giddo.

8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites : Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the houfe of God, gave unto the priests for the paffover-offerings two thousand and fix hundred small cattle, and three hundred oxen.

23 And the archers fhot at king Jofiah; and the king faid to his fervants, Have me away; for I am fore wounded.

9 Conaniah alfo, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel his brethren, and Hathabiah, and Jehiel, and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for patfover-offerings five thoufand Small cattle, and five hundred oxen.

24 His fervants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the fecond chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerufalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the fepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerufalem mourned for Jofiah.

10 So the fervice was prepared, and the priests flood in their place, and the Levites in their courfes, acccording to the king's commandment.

11 And they killed the paffover, and the priefts fprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites #layed them.

12 And they removed the burnt-offerings, that they might give according to the divifions of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Mofes. And fo did they with the oxen.

13 And they routed the paffover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings fod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.

14 And afterward they made ready for themfelves, and for the priests: because the priests the fons of Aaron were bufied in of fering of burnt-offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the fons of Aaron.

15 And the fingers the fons of Afaph were In their place, according to the commandment of David, and Afaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's feer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their fervice; for their brethren the Levites pre. pared for them.

16 So all the fervice of the LORD was prepared the fame day, to keep the parfover, and to offer burnt-offerings upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Jofiah. 17 And the children of Ifrael that were prefent kept the padover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread, feven days.

18 And there was no paifover like to that kept in Ifrael, from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Ifrael keep fuch a pailover as Jofiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and If. rael that were prefent, and the inhabitants of Jerufalem.

19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jofiah was this paflover kept.

20 After all this, when Jofiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt caine up to fight againit Carchemish by Euphrates: and Jofiah went out against him.

21 But he fent ambaffadors to him, faying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make hafte: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

22 Nevertheless, Jofiah would not turn his face from him, but diguifed himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not

25 And Jereniiah lamented for Jofial:: and all the finging men and the finging wo. men fpake of Jofiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Ifrael: and, behold, they are written in the lamenta. tions,

26 Now the reft of the acts of Jofiah, and his goodness, according to that which was writ ten in the law of the LORD,

27 And his deeds, firit and laft, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Ifrael and Judah.

CHAP. XXXVI.

1 Feboahaz, fucceeding, is depofed by Pha-
ranh. 5 Tehniakim, reigning ill, is carried
into Babylon. 9 Febriachin fucceedctb. 11
Zedekiah's evil reign.

HEN the people of the land took Jehoahaz

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his father's stead in Jerusalem.

2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerufalem.

3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerufalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of filver, and a talent of gold.

4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerufalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

5¶ Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerufalem: and he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD his God.

6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

7 Nebuchadnezzar alfo carried off the veffels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

8 Now the reft of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings or Ifrael and Judah: and Jehoiachin his fen reigned in his ftead.

9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerufalem and he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD.

10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar ient and brought him to Ba bylon, with the goodly veffels of the houfe of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over judah and Jerufalem.

11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerufalem.

12 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD his God, and humbled not

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13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him (wear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Ifrael.

14¶ Moreover all the chief of the priests and the people tranfgreffed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed In Jerufalem.

15 And the LORD God of their fathers fent to them by his meifengers, rising up betimes, and fending; because he had compation on his people, and on his dwelling place: God,

16 But they mocked the meifengers and defpifed his words, and mituled his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arofe againit his people, till there was no remedy.

17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who flew their young men with the fword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compattion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.

18 And all the veffels of the house of God, great and fmall, and the treasures of the houfe of the LORD, and the treasures of the king,

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CHAP. I.

The proclamation of Cyrus for the building of the temple. 5 The people provide for their return. 7 Cyrus refloreth the vejels of the temple to Shefpbazzar.

N OW in the first year of Cyrus king of Perfia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the fpirit of Cyrus king of Perfia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it alfo in writing, faying,

2 Thus faith Cyrus king of Perfia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an houfe at Jerufalem, which is in Judah.

3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to is in build God,) which is in Jerufalem.

houfe of the LORD God of Ifrael (he is the

4 And whofoever remaineth in any place where he fojourneth, let the men of his place help him with filver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beafts, befides the free-will-offering for the house of God that is in Jerufa

lem.

Who returned from Babvion. and of his princes; all these he brought to Ba bylon.

19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerufalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly veffels thereof.

5 Then rofe up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whofe fpirit God had raifed to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in fèrufalem.

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6 And all they that were about them Atrengthened their hands with vessels of filver, with gold, with goods, and with beafts, and with precious things, befides all that was willingly offered.

7Alfo Cyrus the king brought forth the vef. fels of the houfe of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerufalem

20 And them that had efcaped from the (word carried he away to Babylon; where they were fervants to him and his fons, until the reign of the kingdom of Perfia:

21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her fabbaths: for as long as the lay defo late the kept fabbath, to sulfi threefcore and ten years.

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Perfia, that the word of the LORD, Spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Perfia, that he made a proclamation through. out all his kingdom, and put it allo in writing, faying,

23 Thus faith Cyrus king of Perfia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build nim an house in Jerufalem, which is in Judan. Who is there among you of all his peo ple? the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

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and had put them in the house of his gods;

8 Even thofe did Cyrus king of Perfia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Shehbazzar the prince of Judah.

9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of filver, nine and twenty knives,

10 Thirty bafons of gold, silver bafons of a fecond fort four hundred and ten, and other veffels a thousand.

11 All the veffels of gold and of filver "vere five thousand and four hundred. All these did Shehbazzar bring up with them of the captivi ty, that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerufalem.

CHAP. 11.

The number that returned. 62 Of the priefis which could not flew their pedigree.

NOW these are the children of the pro

vince that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had car. ried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerufalem and Judah, every one unto his city;

2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bil. than, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Ifrael:

3 The children of Paroih, two thoufand an hundred feventy and two.

4 The children of Shephatiah, three hun. dred feventy and two.

5 The children of Arah, leven hundred fe. venty and five.

6 The children of Pahath-moab, of the chil. dren of Jethua and Joab, two thoufand eight hundred and twelve."

7 The children of Elam, a thousand two hun. dred fifty and four.

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22 The men of Netophah, fifty and fix. 23 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.

24 The children of Azmaveth, forty and two. 25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephirah and Beeroth, feven hundred and forty and

three.

26 The children of Ramah and Gaba, fix hundred twenty and one.

27 The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two.

28 The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three.

zy The children of Nebo, fifty and two. 30 The children of Magbith, an hundred fif. ty and fix.

31 The children of the other Elam, a thou fand two hundred fifty and four. 32 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, feven hundred twenty and five.

34 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

35 The children of Senaah, three thoufand and fix hundred and thirty.

36 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of jeshua, nine hundred feventy and

three.

37 The children of Immer, a thoufand fifty

and two.

38 The children of Pafhur, a thoufand two hundred forty and feven.

39 The children of Harim, a thousand and

feventeen.

40 The Levites: the children of Jefhua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, feventy and tour.

41 The fingers: the children of Afaph, an hundred twenty and eight.

42 The children of the porters. the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all an hundred thirty and nine.

who returned from Babyles.

44 The children of Keros, the children a Siaha, the children of Padon,

43 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hafupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

45 The children of Lebasah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub,

46 The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children of Hanan,

47 The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,

48 The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,

49 The children of Uzza, the children of Pafeah, the children of Befai,

So The children of Afnah, the children of Mehunim, the children of Nephutim,

51 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

52 The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Hartha,

53 The children of Barkos, the children of Sifera, the children of Thamah,

54 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

55 The children of Solomon's fervants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,

56 The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

57 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Ze. baim, the children of Ami.

58 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's fervants, were three hundred ninety and two.

59 And these were they which went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harfa, Cherub, Addan and Immer; but they could not thew their father's houfe, and their feed, whether they were of frael.

60 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, fix hundred fifty and two.

61 And of the children of the priests: he children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai: which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:

62 Thefe fought their regifler among thofe that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as pol luted, put from the pricfthood.

63 And the Tirthatha faid unto them, that they should not eat of the moit holy things, till there ftood up a prieft with Urim and with Thummim.

64¶ The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threefcore.

65 Besides their fervants and their maids, of whom there were feven thousand three hundred thirty and feven: and there were among them two hundred finging men and finging women.

66 Their horfes were feven hundred thirty and fix; their mules, two hundred forty and five;

67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their affes, fix thousand feven hundred and twenty.

68 And fome of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the houfe of the LORD which is at Jerufalem, offered freely for the houfe of God to fet it up in his place:

69 They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the wor threefcore and one thou. fand drams of gold, and five thousand pounds

The altar is fet up.

of filver, and one hundred priefts' garments. 70 So the priests, and the Levites, and fome of the people, and the fingers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all frael in their cities.

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CHAP. III.

CHAP. IV.

1 The altar is fet up. 4 Offerings frequented. The building hindered. The letter to Ar The foundations of the temple laid. taxerxes: 17 bis decree.

month was

and the children of Ifrael were in the cities, the people gathered themfelves together as one man to Jerufalem.

2 Then stood up Jeshua the fon of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the fon of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Ifrael, to offer burnt-offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of

Mofes the man of God.

3 And they fet the altar upon his bafes; for fear was upon them because of the people of thofe countries: and they offered burnt-offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt-offerings morning and evening.

4 They kept alfo the feaft of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt-offerings by number, according to the cuftom, as the duty of every day required;

5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the fet feaits of the LORD that were confecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a tree. will-offering unto the LORD.

6 From the first day of the feventh month began they to offer burnt-offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.

7 They gave money also unto the mafons, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the fea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Perfia.

8 Now in the fecond year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerufalem, in the fecond month, began Zerubbabel the fon of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the fon of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerufalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and up. ward, to fet forward the work of the houfe of the LORD.

9 Then stood Jefhua with his fons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his fons, the fons of Ju dah, together, to fet forward the workmen in the house of God: the fons of Henadad, with their fons and their brethren the Levites.

10 And when the builders laid the founda. tion of the temple of the LORD, they fet the priefts in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the fons of Afaph with cymbals, to praife the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Ifrael.

The building is hindered.

13 So that the people could not difcern the noile of the fhout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people thouted with a loud thout, and the noife was heard afar

off.

11 And they fang together by courfe in praifing and giving thanks unto the LORD be. caufe he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Ifrael. And all the people shouted with a great fhout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the houfe of the LORD was laid.

12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had feen the first house, when the foundation of this houfe was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many thouf. ed aloud for joy.

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and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Ifrael;

2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and faid unto them, Let us build with you: for we feek your God as ye do; and we do facrifice unto him fince the days of Efar-haddon king of Atlur, which brought us up hither.

3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the reft of the chief of the fathers of Ifrael, faid unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an houfe unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Ifrael, as king Cyrus the king of Perfia hath com manded us.

4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

5 And hired counsellors against them, to fruftrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Perfia.

6 And in the reign of Ahafuerus, in the be ginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an accufation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerufalem.

7. And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Biihlam, Mithredath, Tabcel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Perfia, and the writing of the letter was writ ten in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the

fcribe wrote a letter against Jerufalem to Artaxerxes the king, in his fort:

9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimthai the fcribe, and the rest of their com panions; the Dinaites, the Apharfathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharfites, the Arche vites, the Babylonians, the Sufanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,

40 And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Afnappar brought over, and fet in the cities of Samaria, and the reft that are on this fide the river, and at fuch a time.

IIThis is the copy of the letter that they fent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy fervants, the men on this fide the river, and at fuch a time.

12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerufalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have fet up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.

13 Be it known now unto the king, that if this city be builded, and the walls fet up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and cuf tom, and so thou thait endamage the revenue of the kings.

14 Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to fee the king's dishonour, therefore have we fent and certified the king;

15 That fearch may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: fo fhalt thou find

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The temple again Jet forward.

In the book of the records, and know, that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved fedition within the fame of old time: for which caufe was this city destroyed.

16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof fet up, by this means thou thalt have no portion on this fide the river.

17¶Then fent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimfhai the fcribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the reif beyond the river, Peace, and at fuch a time.

18 The letter which ye fent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

19 And I commanded, and fearch hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made infurrection againit kings, and that rebellion and fedition have been made therein.

20 There have been mighty kings alfo over Jerufalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.

21 Give ye now commandment to caufe thefe men to ceafe, and that this city be not builded, until another commandment shall be given from me.

22 Take heed now that ye fall not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

23 Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes's letter was read before Rehum, and Shimthai the fcribe, and their companions, they went up in hafte to Jerufalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and

power.

24 Then ceafed the work of the house of God, which is at Jerufalem. So it ceafed unto the fecond year of the reign of Darius king of Perfia. CHAP. V. Zerubbabel and Feftua fet forward the building of the temple.

HEN the prophets, Haggai the prophet, unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerulalem in the name of the God of Ifrael, even unto them.

2 Then rofe up Zerubbabel the fon of Shealtiel, and Jethua the fon of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerufa lem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

3 At the fame time came to them Tatnai, governor on this fide the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and faid thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this houfe, and to make up this wall?

4 Then faid we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned anfwer by letter concerning this matter.

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8 Be it known unto the king, that we wet into the province of Judea, to the houfe of th great God, which is builded with great ftone, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth faft on, and proipereth in their hands.

9 Then asked we thofe elders, and said unte them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

10 We asked their names alfo to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.

11 And thus they returned us anfwer, faying, We are the fervants of the God of heaven and carth, and build the houfe that was builded thefe many years ago, which a great king of Ifrael builded and fet up.

12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who deftroyed this houfe, and carried the people away into Baby. lon.

13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the fame king Cyrus made a decree to build this houfe of God.

14 And the veffels alfo of gold and filver of the houfe of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerufalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, thofe did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Shehbazzar, whom he had made governor :

15 And faid unto him, Take thefe vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerufa lem, and let the houfe of God be builded in his place. 16 Then came the fame Shefhbazzar, na laid the foundation of the houfe of God, which is in Jerufalem: and fince that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

17 Now therefore, if it feem good to the king, let there be fearch made in the king's treafure houfe, which is there at Babylon, whether it Cyrus the king to build this houfe of God at Jerufalem, and let the king fend his pleasure to us con. cerning this matter..

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CHAP. VI

1 Darius advanceth the buildings. 13 The temple is finished. 19 The feafs of the dedication, and of the palover.

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HEN Darius the king made a decree, and fearch was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Baby. lon.

2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, the Jame Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerufalem, Let the houfe be builded, the place where they offered facrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threefcore cubits;

4th three rows of great ftones, and a row of new timber: and let the expences be given out of the king's houfe:

5 And alfo let the golden and filver veffels of the houfe of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Je

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