And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God which you possess, are to appoint magistrates and judges to judge all the people west of the Euphrates--all who know the laws of your God. And you are to teach these laws to anyone who does not know them.
Cross ReferencesMatthew 23:2
"The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.
We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
Furthermore, select capable men from among the people--God-fearing, trustworthy men who are averse to dishonest gain. Appoint them over the people as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
You are to appoint judges and officials for your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you. They are to judge the people with righteous judgment.
For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD, to practice it, and to teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.
For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the LORD of Hosts."
Chapter Outline1. Ezra goes up to Jerusalem
11. The gracious commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra
27. Ezra blesses God for this favor
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
1 Kings 3:28
1 Chronicles 22:12
James 3:17, 18
1 Chronicles 23:4
2 Chronicles 19:8-10
2 Chronicles 17:7-9
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 7, 8
Matthew 23:2, 3
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