Ezra 7:10
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New International Version
For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

New Living Translation
This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the LORD and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

English Standard Version
For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

New American Standard Bible
For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

King James Bible
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.

International Standard Version
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, to obey it, and to teach God's statutes and judgments in Israel.

NET Bible
Now Ezra had dedicated himself to the study of the law of the LORD, to its observance, and to teaching its statutes and judgments in Israel.

New Heart English Bible
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ezra was determined to study the LORD's Teachings, live by them, and teach their rules and regulations in Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.

New American Standard 1977
For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD, and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD and to do it and to teach in Israel his statutes and judgments.

King James 2000 Bible
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.

American King James Version
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

American Standard Version
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of Jehovah, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For Esdras had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do and to teach in Israel the commandments and judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
For Ezra had directed his heart to seek the law of Jehovah and to do it, and to teach in Israel the statutes and the ordinances.

English Revised Version
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

Webster's Bible Translation
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

World English Bible
For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of Yahweh, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.

Young's Literal Translation
for Ezra hath prepared his heart to seek the law of Jehovah, and to do, and to teach in Israel statute and judgment.
Study Bible
Ezra Goes Up to Jerusalem
9For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him. 10For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. 11Now this is the copy of the decree which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, learned in the words of the commandments of the LORD and His statutes to Israel:…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:10
"They shall teach Your ordinances to Jacob, And Your law to Israel. They shall put incense before You, And whole burnt offerings on Your altar.

Ezra 7:11
Now this is the copy of the decree which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, learned in the words of the commandments of the LORD and His statutes to Israel:

Ezra 7:25
"You, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God which is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges that they may judge all the people who are in the province beyond the River, even all those who know the laws of your God; and you may teach anyone who is ignorant of them.

Nehemiah 8:1
And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

prepared

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return …

1 Chronicles 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers…

2 Chronicles 12:14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have …

Job 11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

Psalm 10:17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

the law

Ezra 7:6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the …

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:45,96-100 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek your precepts…

to do it

Deuteronomy 16:12 And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt: and you shall …

Matthew 5:19 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and …

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

and to teach

Ezra 7:25 And you, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, that is in your hand, …

Deuteronomy 33:10 They shall teach Jacob your judgments, and Israel your law: they …

2 Chronicles 17:8,9 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and …

2 Chronicles 30:22 And Hezekiah spoke comfortably to all the Levites that taught the …

Nehemiah 8:1-9 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the …

Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek …

Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus …

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

Titus 2:1,15 But speak you the things which become sound doctrine…

(10) For Ezra had prepared his heart.--It must be remembered that the providence of God over him immediately precedes--not as the reward of his preparing his heart, but as the reason of it. First, he gave himself to study the law, then to practise it himself, and lastly to teach its positive statutes or ordinances and its moral judgments or precepts--a perfect description of a teacher in the congregation. There is nothing discordant in Ezra saying of himself that he had thus "set his heart."

Verse 10. - For Ezra had prepared his heart, etc. God's favour towards Ezra, and the prosperous issue of his journey, were the consequences of his having set his heart on learning God's will, and doing it, and teaching it to others. To seek the law is to aim at obtaining a complete knowledge of it. To teach statutes and judgments is to inculcate both the ceremonial and the moral precepts. Ezra appears as a teacher of righteousness in Ezra 10:10, 11, and again in Nehemiah 8:2-18

CHAPTER 7:11-28 THE DECREE OF ARTAXERXES WITH RESPECT TO EZRA (vers. 11-26). The present decree was of the nature of a firman granted to an individual. It embodied, in the first place, a certain number of provisions which were temporary. Of this character were -

1. the permission accorded to all Persian subjects of Israelite descent to accompany Ezra to Jerusalem (ver. 13);

2. the commission to Ezra to convey to Jerusalem certain offerings made by the king and his chief courtiers to the God of Israel (vers. 15, 19);

3. the permission given him to convey to Jerusalem the free-will offerings of Jews and others resident in Babylonia (ver. 16);

4. permission to Ezra to draw on the royal treasury to the amount of a hundred talents of silver, a hundred measures of wheat, a hundred "baths" of wine, a hundred "baths" of oil, and salt to any amount (ver. 22); and,

5. an indefinite commission to "inquire" (ver. 14). Besides these temporary enactments, the decree contained certain provisions of a more permanent nature.

1. Ezra was invested with the chief authority over the whole district "beyond the river," and was commissioned to appoint all the subordinate "magistrates and judges" (ver. 25).

2. He was authorised to enforce his decisions by the penalties of imprisonment, confiscation of goods, banishment, and even death itself (ver. 26).

3. An exemption from taxation of every kind was granted to all grades of the sacerdotal order - to the priests, the Levites, the singers, the porters, the Nethinim, and the lowest grade of "ministers" - to all, in fact, who were engaged in the performance of any sacred function connected with the temple (ver. 24). This last provision was absolutely permanent, and probably continued in force down to the close of the empire. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord,.... To attain to the knowledge of it, that he might be master of it, and expert in it, and know what was not to be done, and what to be done; he had set his heart upon this, bent his studies this way, and taken a great deal of pains in searching into it, in reading of it, and meditating on it:

and to do it; he was not only concerned to get the theory of it, but to put it in practice, to exercise himself in it, that it might be habitual to him; and the rather, as his view and intentions were not merely for the sake of himself, but

to teach in Israel statutes and judgments: and therefore it was not only necessary that he should have a large and competent knowledge of the laws, moral, ceremonial, and civil, but that he should act according to them himself, that so by his example, as well as by his instructions, he might teach the people. 10. Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, etc.—His reigning desire had been to study the divine law—its principles, institutions, privileges, and requirements; and now from love and zeal, he devoted himself, as the business of his life, to the work of instructing, reforming, and edifying others.7:1-10 Ezra went from Babylon to Jerusalem, for the good of his country. The king was kind to him; he granted all his requests, whatever Ezra desired to enable him to serve his country. When he went, many went with him; he obtained favour from his king, by the Divine favour. Every creature is that to us, which God makes it to be. We must see the hand of God in the events that befal us, and acknowledge him with thankfulness.
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