NASB — Ezra 5 — KJV

Temple Work Resumed

1 When the prophets, aHaggai the prophet and bZechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them, 2 then aZerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and bthe prophets of God were with them supporting them.

[1] aHg 1:1 bZc 1:1
[2] aEzr 3:2; Hg 1:12; Zc 4:6-9 bEzr 6:14; Hg 2:4; Zc 3:1

3 ¶ At that time aTattenai, the governor of [the province] beyond the IRiver, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues came to them and spoke to them thus, “bWho issued you a decree to rebuild this IItemple and to finish this structure?” 4 aThen we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building. 5 But athe eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report could come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.

[3] II.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch IILit house, and so in vv 9, 11, 12 aEzr 6:6, 13 bEzr 1:3; 5:9
[4] aEzr 5:10
[5] aEzr 7:6, 28

Adversaries Write to Darius

6 ¶ [This is] the copy of the letter which aTattenai, the governor of [the province] beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and his colleagues bthe officials, who were beyond the River, sent to Darius the king. 7 They sent a report to him in which it was written thus: “To Darius the king, all peace. 8 Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with huge stones, and Ibeams are being laid in the walls; and this work is going on with great care and is succeeding in their hands. 9 Then we asked those elders and said to them thus, ‘Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?’ 10 We also asked them their names so as to inform you, and that we might write down the names of the men who were at their head. 11 Thus they Ianswered us, saying, ‘We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth and are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, awhich a great king of Israel built and finished. 12 But abecause our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, bHe gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, [who] destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon. 13 However, ain the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus bissued a decree to rebuild this house of God. 14 Also athe gold and silver utensils of the house of God which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple Iin Jerusalem, and brought them to the temple of Babylon, these King Cyrus took from the temple of Babylon and they were given to one bwhose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had appointed governor. 15 He said to him, “Take these utensils, go [and] deposit them in the temple Iin Jerusalem and let the house of God be rebuilt in its place.” 16 Then that Sheshbazzar came [and] alaid the foundations of the house of God Iin Jerusalem; and from then until now it has been under construction and it is bnot [yet] completed.’ 17 “Now if it pleases the king, alet a search be conducted in the king’s treasure house, which is there in Babylon, if it be that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to rebuild this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send to us his decision concerning this [matter].”

[6] aEzr 5:3 bEzr 4:9
[8] ILit timber is
[11] ILit returned us the word a1K 6:1, 38
[12] a2Ch 36:16, 17 b2K 25:8-11; Jr 52:12-15
[13] aEzr 1:1 bEzr 1:1-4
[14] ILit that was in aEzr 1:7; 6:5; Dn 5:2 bEzr 1:8; 5:16
[15] ILit that is in
[16] ILit that is in aEzr 3:8, 10 bEzr 6:15
[17] aEzr 6:1, 2


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Zerubbabel and Jeshua, incited by Haggai and Zechariah, set forward the building of the Temple.

1 ¶ Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that [were] in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, [even] unto them. 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which [is] at Jerusalem: and with them [were] the prophets of God helping them.

[1] Mi 5:4; Hg 1:1, 2; Zc 1:1, 3; 4:6.
[2] Ezr 3:2; 6:14; Hg 1:12; 2:4, 20; Zc 3:1; 6:11; 2Co 1:24.

Tatnai and Shethar-boznai could not hinder the Jews.

3 ¶ At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? 4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building? 5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this [matter].

[3] Ezr 1:3; 5:6, 9; 6:6, 13; 7:21; Ne 2:7; Mt 21:23; Ac 4:7.
[4] Ezr 5:10.
[5] 2Ch 16:9; Ezr 6:6; 7:6, 28; 8:22; Ps 32:8; 33:18; 34:15; 76:10; 129:2; Php 1:28; 1P 3:12.

Their letter to Darius against the Jews.

6 ¶ The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which [were] on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king: 7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace. 8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands. 9 Then asked we those elders, [and] said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls? 10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that [were] the chief of them. 11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up. 12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon [the same] king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that [was] in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto [one], whose name [was] Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; 15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place. 16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, [and] laid the foundation of the house of God which [is] in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and [yet] it is not finished. 17 Now therefore, if [it seem] good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which [is] there at Babylon, whether it be [so], that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

[6] Ezr 4:9, 11, 23; 6:6.
[7] Ezr 4:17; Dn 3:9; 4:1; 6:21; Jn 14:27; 2Th 3:16.
[8] Dt 10:17; 32:31; Ezr 1:2; 2:1; 6:10; 7:23; Ne 7:6; 11:3; Es 1:1, 22; Ps 145:3; Dn 2:47; 3:26; 4:2, 34; 6:26; Mk 13:1.
[9] Ezr 5:3.
[10] Ezr 5:4.
[11] Jsh 24:15; 1K 6:1; 2Ch 3:1; Ps 119:46; Dn 3:26; Jna 1:9; Mt 10:32; Lk 12:8; Ac 27:23; Ro 1:16; 6:16; Ga 6:14.
[12] Dt 28:15; 29:24; 31:17; 32:30; Jg 2:14; 4:2; 6:1; 1K 9:6; 2K 21:12; 24:2, 10; 25:1, 8, 12; 2Ch 7:19; 34:24; 36:6, 16; Ne 9:26; Ps 106:40; Is 59:1; Jr 5:29; 39:1; Dn 1:1; 9:5.
[13] Ezr 1:1; 6:3; Is 44:28; 45:1.
[14] 2Ch 36:7, 18; Ezr 1:7, 11; 5:16; 6:5; 7:27; Pv 21:1; Jr 52:19; Dn 5:2; Hg 1:1, 14; 2:2, 21; Ac 13:7, 12.
[15] Ezr 1:2; 3:3; 6:3.
[16] Ezr 3:8, 10; 5:2, 14; 6:15; Hg 1:12; 2:18; Zc 4:10.
[17] Ezr 4:15, 19; 6:1, 3; Pv 25:2.


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