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.
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.
 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
 aEzr 5:10
 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].”
 aEzr 5:3 bEzr 4:9
 ILit timber is
 ILit returned us the word a1K 6:1, 38
 a2Ch 36:16, 17 b2K 25:8-11; Jr 52:12-15
 aEzr 1:1 bEzr 1:1-4
 ILit that was in aEzr 1:7; 6:5; Dn 5:2 bEzr 1:8; 5:16
 ILit that is in
 ILit that is in aEzr 3:8, 10 bEzr 6:15
 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,º Haggaiº the prophet,º and Zechariahº the sonº of Iddo,º prophesiedºª untoº the Jewsº that² [were] in Judahº and Jerusalemº in the nameº of the Godº of Israel,º [even] untoº them. 2 Thenº rose upºª Zerubbabelº the sonº of Shealtiel,º and Jeshuaº the sonº of Jozadak,º and beganºª to buildºª the houseº of Godº which² [is] at Jerusalem:º and with² them¹ [were] the prophetsº of² Godº helpingºª them.
Tatnai and Shethar-boznai could not hinder the Jews.
3 ¶ At the same timeº cameºª to² them Tatnai,º governorº on this sideº the river,º and Shetharboznai,º and their companions,º and saidºª thusº unto them,¹ Whoº hath commandedººª you to buildºª thisº house,º and to make upºª thisº wall?º 4 Thenº saidºª we unto them after this manner,º Whatº are¹ the namesº of the menº that² makeºª thisº building?º 5 But the eyeº of their Godº wasºª uponº the eldersºª of the Jews,º that they could notº cause¹ª themº to cease,ºª tillº the matterº cameºª to Darius:º and thenº they returned answerºª by letterº concerningº thisº [matter].
 Ezr 1:3; 5:6, 9; 6:6, 13; 7:21; Ne 2:7; Mt 21:23; Ac 4:7.
 Ezr 5:10.
 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 copyº of the letterº that² Tatnai,º governorº on this sideº the river,º and Shetharboznai,º and his companionsº the Apharsachites,º which² [were] on this sideº the river,º sentºª untoº Dariusº the king:º 7 They sentºª a letterº untoº him, whereinº was writtenºª thus;º Unto Dariusº the king,º allº peace.º 8 Be² it knownº¹ªª unto the king,º that² we wentºª into the provinceº of Judea,º to the houseº of the greatº God,º which² is buildedºª with greatº stones,º and timberº is laidºª in the walls,º and thisº workº goethºª fast¹ on,² and prosperethºª in their hands.º 9 Thenº askedºª we thoseº elders,ºª [and] saidºª unto them thus,º Whoº commandedººª you to buildºª thisº house,º and to make upºª theseº walls?º 10 We askedºª their namesº also,º to certifyºª thee, that² we might writeºª the namesº of the menº that² [were] the chiefº of them. 11 And thusº they returnedºª us answer,º saying,ºª Weº are¹ the servantsº of² the Godº of heavenº and earth,º and buildºª the houseº that² wasºª buildedºª theseº manyº yearsº ago,º² which a greatº kingº of Israelº buildedºª and set up.ºª 12 Butº afterº that² our fathersº had provoked¹ª the God¹ of heaven¹ unto wrath,ºª²² he gaveºª themº into the handº of Nebuchadnezzarº the kingº of Babylon,º the Chaldean,º who destroyedºª thisº house,º and carried¹ª the people¹ awayºª² into Babylon.º 13 Butº in the firstº yearº of Cyrusº the kingº of² Babylonº [the same] kingº Cyrusº madeºª a decreeº to buildºª thisº houseº of God.º 14 And the vesselsº alsoº ofº goldº and silverº of² the houseº of God,º which² Nebuchadnezzarº tookºª out ofº the templeº that² [was] in Jerusalem,º and broughtºª them² into the templeº of² Babylon,º thoseº did Cyrusº the kingº takeºª out ofº the templeº of² Babylon,º and they were deliveredºª unto [one], whose nameº [was] Sheshbazzar,º whom² he had madeºª governor;º 15 And saidºª unto him, Takeºª these¹² vessels,º go,ºª carryºª themº into the templeº that² [is] in Jerusalem,º and let the houseº of Godº be buildedºª inº his place.º 16 Thenº cameºª the sameº Sheshbazzar,º [and] laidºª the foundationº of² the houseº of Godº which² [is] in Jerusalem:º and sinceº that timeº even untilº nowº hath it been in building,ºª and [yet] it is notº finished.ºª 17 Nowº therefore, ifº [it seem] goodº toº the king,º let there be search¹ª made² in the king'sº treasureº house,º which² [is] thereº at Babylon,º whetherº it beº [so], that² a decreeº was madeºª ofº Cyrusº the kingº to buildºª thisº houseº of Godº at Jerusalem,º and let the kingº sendºª his pleasureº to² us concerningº this matter.º
 Ezr 4:9, 11, 23; 6:6.
 Ezr 4:17; Dn 3:9; 4:1; 6:21; Jn 14:27; 2Th 3:16.
 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.
 Ezr 5:3.
 Ezr 5:4.
 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.
 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.
 Ezr 1:1; 6:3; Is 44:28; 45:1.
 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.
 Ezr 1:2; 3:3; 6:3.
 Ezr 3:8, 10; 5:2, 14; 6:15; Hg 1:12; 2:18; Zc 4:10.
 Ezr 4:15, 19; 6:1, 3; Pv 25:2.
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