“You, Ezra, according to the God-given wisdom you possess, appoint magistrates and judges who may judge all the people in the province Beyond the River, who know the laws of your God. You shall teach those who do not know them. All those who will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed upon him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of their goods or for imprisonment.”
Ezra is like a mini King Solomon because he has God-given wisdom. Thus the king is going to make him like the governor of Jerusalem. He was going to appoint magistrates and judges for the Province Beyond the River. However, the seat of power was in Samaria so that there may be some conflict here. Ezra was going to teach the judges the laws of God. Everyone had to obey the law of God and the king. Ezra was to administer justice by death, banishment, confiscation of good, or imprisonment. Clearly, Ezra had an important role as the king’s man on site.