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 Ezra 5:3 - 17
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   Book of Ezra
   Chapter 5
5:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
At that time Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates went to them and asked, "Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?"
 
5:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They also asked, "What are the names of the men constructing this building?" F13
 
5:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.
 
5:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
This is a copy of the letter that Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates, the officials of Trans-Euphrates, sent to King Darius.
 
5:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The report they sent him read as follows: To King Darius: Cordial greetings.
 
5:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.
 
5:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
We questioned the elders and asked them, "Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?"
 
5:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
We also asked them their names, so that we could write down the names of their leaders for your information.
 
5:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
This is the answer they gave us: "We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, one that a great king of Israel built and finished.
 
5:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But because our fathers angered the God of heaven, he handed them over to Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldean, king of Babylon, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon.
 
5:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"However, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to rebuild this house of God.
 
5:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He even removed from the temple F14 of Babylon the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to the temple F15 in Babylon. "Then King Cyrus gave them to a man named Sheshbazzar, whom he had appointed governor,
 
5:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and he told him, 'Take these articles and go and deposit them in the temple in Jerusalem. And rebuild the house of God on its site.'
 
5:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So this Sheshbazzar came and laid the foundations of the house of God in Jerusalem. From that day to the present it has been under construction but is not yet finished."
 
5:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now if it pleases the king, let a search be made in the royal archives of Babylon to see if King Cyrus did in fact issue a decree to rebuild this house of God in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us his decision in this matter.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F13 See Septuagint; Aramaic [4] We told them the names of the men constructing this building.
F14 Or palace
F15 Or palace

 
 

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