Old Testament


Ezra (10 chapters), priest, scribe, tells how, by God's hand,
Jews return from Babylon to the Promised Land.
Giv'n Temple building leave by King Cyrus (Persian),
A group, Zerubbabel-led, lays its foundation.
Work's then halted, with Ahasuerus King, through foes,
Till prophets Haggai and Zechariah brave those,
And building restarts - King Darius, asked re it,
Checks and finds, in his archives, Cyrus' edict!
The Temple's dedicated; comes a second group,
Ezra, sent by King Artaxerxes, in this troup.
He makes all aware of God's law once he arrives:
Jews in mixed marriages, listed, divorce their wives!

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