Topical Outline

Chapter 1
The people return to Jerusalem (with lots of stuff) 1:1-11
Chapter 2
A list of people returning from Babylon 2:1-70
Chapter 3
An altar is built and work on the temple begins 3:1-13
Israel's enemies offer to help build the temple 4:1-5
A letter to King Artaxerxes 4:6-16
The king's response 4:17
Chapter 5
A letter to King Darius 5:1-17
Chapter 6
Darius finds Cyrus's order 6:1-5
The decree of King Darius 6:6-12
The Jews finish building God's house 6:13-22
Chapter 7
Ezra's genealogy 7:1-5
Ezra comes to Jerusalem 7:6-10
Artaxerxes's letter to Ezra 7:11-28
Chapter 8
A list of families returning to Jerusalem 8:1-14
Ezra finds some Levites 8:15-20
The gold and siver are weighed and animals are sacrificed 8:21-36
Chapter 9
Ezra plucks out his hair and sits down astonished 9:1-15
Chapter 10
Ezra forces the men to abandon their strange wives and children 10:1-17
A list of men who had taken strange wives 10:18-44