1. Structure and outline

The outline of Ezra 7

Ezra 7:1–28 (ESV)

1 Now after this, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,

Ezra 7 can be divided as follows:

  • Introduction to a new king and time (Ezra 7:1a)

  • Introduction to Ezra (Ezra 7:1b-Ezra 7:6)

  •  A group of exiles return to Jerusalem (Ezra 7:7–10)

  • King Artaxerxes writes a letter to Ezra (Ezra 7:11–26)

  • Ezra’s personal reflections (Ezra 7:27–28)