The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE FIRST BOOK OF ESDRAS

WHEN Josiah celebrated the Passover festival in Jerusalem to his Lord, he sacrificed the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, plac-2 ing the priests in their divisions, clad in their vestments, in the temple of the Lord. And he ordered the Levites, the3 temple slaves of Israel, to consecrate themselves to the Lord, when they put the holy chest of the Lord in the house of the Lord, which Solomon the king, the son of David, had built; and he said,4 "You will not have to carry it on your shoulders any more; so now worship the Lord your God, and serve his people, Israel, and prepare yourselves by your families and kindreds, as5 David, king of Israel, wrote, and with all the magnificence of Solomon his son; and take your places in the temple, according to your ancestral groups as Levites before your brothers, the Isra elites, in proper order, and sacrifice the6 Passover, and get the sacrifices ready for your brothers, and observe the Passover, in accordance with the Lord's command which was given to Moses."

And Josiah gave the people that7 were present thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves; these were given out of the king's revenues, as he promised, to the people and the priests and Levites. And Hilkiah and8 Zechariah and Jehiel, the rulers of the temple, gave the priests for the Passover two thousand, six hundred sheep and three hundred calves. And Jec-9 oniah and Shemaiah and Nathanael, his brother, and Asabiah and Ochiel and Joram, colonels of regiments, gave the Levites for the Passover five thousand sheep and seven hundred calves. And it was done; the priests and10 Levites, with the unleavened bread, stood in proper order, according to their11 kindreds and their family divisions, before the people, to make the offering to the Lord, as it is prescribed in the book of Moses; this they did in the morning. They roasted the Passover12 with fire in the proper way, and boiled the sacrifices in caldrons and basins, with savory odors, and set them before 13 all the people. Afterward they prepared some for themselves and their brothers the priests, the sons of Aaron; for the priests were offering the fat until 14 late, so the Levites prepared meat for themselves and for their brothers the priests, the sons of Aaron. The sacred 15 musicians, too, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the regulations of David, with Asaph and Zechariah and Eddinus, who were of the king's circle, and the doorkeepers 16 stood at each door. No one needed to interrupt his duties for the day, for their brothers, the Levites, prepared meat for them. So the things that had 17 to do with the Lord's sacrifices were carried out that day, in celebrating the Passover and offering the sacrifices on is the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah commanded. So the Israelites who were 19 present at that time observed the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. No such Pass- 20 over had been celebrated in Israel since the times of the prophet Samuel, and none of the kings of Israel had cele-21 brated such a Passover as Josiah and the priests and the Levites and the Jews celebrated with all the Israelites that were present in their dwellings in Jerusalem. It was in the eighteenth 22 year of the reign of Josiah that this Passover was observed. And the do- 23 ings of Josiah were upright in the Lord's sight, for his heart was full of piety. And the events of his times have 24 been recorded in the past about those who sinned and acted wickedly toward the Lord, beyond any other nation or kingdom, and how they grieved him keenly, so that the words of the Lord rose up to condemn Israel.

After all these doings of Josiah, it hap-25 pened that Pharaoh, king of Egypt, came to make war at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out to encounter him. And the king of Egypt26 sent word to him, saying,

"What do you want of me, King of 27

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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