NASB — Ezra 6 — KJV

Darius Finds Cyrus’s Decree

1 Then King Darius issued a decree, and asearch was made in the Iarchives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon. 2 In IEcbatana in the fortress, which is ain the province of Media, a scroll was found and there was written in it as follows: “Memorandum3 aIn the first year of King Cyrus, Cyrus the king issued a decree: ‘[Concerning] the house of God at Jerusalem, let the Itemple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt and let its foundations be IIretained, its height being 60 cubits and its width 60 cubits; 4 awith three layers of huge stones and Ione layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the IIroyal treasury. 5 Also let athe gold and silver utensils of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be returned and Ibrought to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; and you shall put [them] in the house of God.’

[1] ILit house of the books aEzr 5:17
[2] IAram Achmetha a2K 17:6
[3] ILit house IIOr fixed, laid aEzr 1:1; 5:13
[4] ISo Gr; Aram a layer of new timber IILit king’s house a1K 6:36
[5] ILit go aEzr 1:7; 5:14

6 ¶ “Now [therefore], aTattenai, governor of [the province] beyond the IRiver, Shethar-bozenai and IIyour colleagues, the officials of [the provinces] beyond the IRiver, IIIkeep away from there. 7 Leave this work on the house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. 8 Moreover, aI issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of Judah in the rebuilding of this house of God: the full cost is to be paid to these people from the royal treasury out of the taxes of [the provinces] beyond the River, and that without delay. 9 Whatever is needed, both young bulls, rams, and lambs for a burnt offering to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and anointing oil, as the priests in Jerusalem request, [it] is to be given to them daily without fail, 10 that they may offer Iacceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and apray for the life of the king and his sons. 11 And I issued a decree that aany man who violates this edict, a timber shall be drawn from his house and he shall be impaled on it and bhis house shall be made a refuse heap on account of this. 12 May the God who ahas caused His name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who Iattempts to change [it], so as to destroy this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued [this] decree, let [it] be carried out with all diligence!”

[6] II.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch IIAram their IIILit be distant aEzr 5:3; 6:13
[8] aEzr 6:4; 7:14-22
[10] ILit pleasing; or sweet-smelling sacrifices aEzr 7:23; Jr 29:7; 1Ti 2:1, 2
[11] aEzr 7:26 bDn 2:5; 3:29
[12] ILit sends his hand aDt 12:5, 11; 1K 9:3

The Temple Completed and Dedicated

13 ¶ Then aTattenai, the governor of [the province] beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues carried out [the decree] with all diligence, just as King Darius had sent. 14 And athe elders of the Jews Iwere successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And IIthey finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree bof Cyrus, cDarius, and dArtaxerxes king of Persia. 15 This Itemple was completed IIon the third day of the amonth Adar; it was the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

[13] aEzr 6:6
[14] ILit were building and succeeding IILit built and finished aEzr 5:1, 2 bEzr 1:1; 5:13 cEzr 4:24; 6:12 dEzr 7:1
[15] ILit house IILit until aEs 3:7

16 ¶ And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites and the rest of the Iexiles, acelebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. 17 They offered for the dedication of this temple of God 100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel a12 male goats, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 Then they appointed the priests to atheir divisions and the Levites in btheir orders for the service of God Iin Jerusalem, cas it is written in the book of Moses.

[16] ILit sons of the captivity a1K 8:63; 2Ch 7:5
[17] aEzr 8:35
[18] ILit which is in a1Ch 24:1; 2Ch 35:5 b1Ch 23:6 cNu 3:6; 8:9

The Passover Observed

19aThe exiles observed the Passover on bthe fourteenth of the first month. 20 aFor the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure. Then bthey slaughtered the Passover [lamb] for all the exiles, both for their brothers the priests and for themselves. 21 The sons of Israel who returned from exile and aall those who had separated themselves from bthe impurity of the nations of the land to [join] them, to seek the LORD God of Israel, ate [the Passover]. 22 And athey observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the LORD had caused them to rejoice, and bhad turned the heart of cthe king of Assyria toward them to Iencourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

[19] aEzr 1:11 bEx 12:6
[20] a2Ch 29:34; 30:15 b2Ch 35:11
[21] aNe 9:2; 10:28 bEzr 9:11
[22] ILit strengthen their hands aEx 12:15 bEzr 7:27; Pv 21:1 cEzr 1:1; 6:1


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Darius, finding the decree of Cyrus, maketh a new decree for the advancement of the buildings.

1 ¶ Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. 2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that [is] in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein [was] a record thus written: 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king [the same] Cyrus the king made a decree [concerning] the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof threescore cubits; 4 [With] three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house: 5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, [every one] to his place, and place [them] in the house of God. 6 Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye far from thence: 7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place. 8 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, [even] of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered. 9 And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which [are] at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: 10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. 11 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. 12 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter [and] to destroy this house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.

[1] Ezr 4:15, 19; 5:17; Jb 29:16; Ps 40:7; Pv 25:2; Jr 36:2, 20, 29, 32; Ezk 2:9; 3:1; Rv 5:1.
[2] Ezr 1:1.
[3] Dt 12:5, 11; 1K 6:2; 2Ch 2:6; 3:3; 36:22; Ezr 1:1; 5:13; Ps 122:4; Ezk 41:13; Rv 21:16.
[4] 1K 6:36; Ezr 7:20; Ps 68:29; 72:10; Is 49:23; 60:6; Rv 12:16.
[5] 2K 24:13; 25:14; 2Ch 36:6, 10, 18; Ezr 1:7; 5:14; Jr 27:16, 18; 52:19; Dn 1:2; 5:2.
[6] Gn 32:28; 43:14; Ezr 5:3, 6; Ne 1:11; Ps 76:10; Pv 21:1, 30; Is 27:8; Ac 4:26; Ro 8:31.
[7] Ac 5:38.
[8] Ezr 4:16, 20, 21, 23; 5:5; 6:4; 7:15; Ps 68:29; Hg 2:8.
[9] Ex 29:38; Lv 1:3, 10; 2:1, 13; 9:2; Nu 15:4; 28:1; 1Ch 9:29; Ps 50:9; Is 49:23; Mk 9:49.
[10] Gn 8:21; Lv 1:9, 13; Ezr 7:23; Jr 29:7; Ep 5:2; 1Ti 2:1.
[11] 2K 9:37; 10:27; Ezr 7:26; Es 5:4; 7:10; Dn 2:5; 3:29.
[12] Ex 20:24; Dt 12:5, 11; 16:2; 1K 9:3; 2Ch 7:16; Ezr 6:13; Es 3:14; 8:14; Ps 5:10; 21:8; 132:13; 137:8; Ec 9:10; Is 60:12; Ob 1:10; Zc 12:2; Ac 5:38; 9:5; Rv 19:14.

By the help of the enemies, and the directions of the prophets, the Temple is finished.

13 ¶ Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily. 14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished [it], according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. 15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

[13] Ezr 4:9, 23; 5:6; Es 6:11; Jb 5:12; Pv 29:26.
[14] Ezr 1:1; 3:8; 4:3, 24; 5:1, 13; 6:13; 7:1; Is 44:28; Hg 1:8, 12; 2:2; Zc 2:1; 4:9; 6:1.
[15] Es 3:7, 13; 8:12; 9:1, 15, 17, 19, 21.

The feast of the dedication is kept,

16 ¶ And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, 17 And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which [is] at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

[16] Dt 12:7; 1K 8:63; 1Ch 9:2; 15:28; 2Ch 7:5, 9, 10; 30:23, 26; Ezr 3:11; 4:1; 6:22; Ne 7:73; 8:10; 12:43; Ps 122:1; Jn 10:22; Php 4:4.
[17] Lv 4:3, 13, 22, 28; Nu 7:2; 1K 8:63; 18:31; 1Ch 16:1; 2Ch 7:5; 29:21, 31; Ezr 8:35; Lk 22:30; Rv 7:4; 21:12.
[18] Nu 3:6; 8:9; 1Ch 23:1; 2Ch 35:4.

and the Passover.

19 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth [day] of the first month. 20 For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them [were] pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. 21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat, 22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

[19] Ex 12:6; Jsh 5:10; 2Ch 30:1; Ezr 6:16.
[20] Ex 12:21; 2Ch 29:34; 30:15; 35:11; He 7:27.
[21] Ex 12:47; Nu 9:6, 10; Ezr 9:11; Ps 93:5; Is 52:11; Ezk 36:25; 2Co 6:17; 7:1.
[22] Ex 12:15; 13:6; 2K 23:29; 2Ch 30:21; 33:11; 35:17; Ezr 1:1; 6:6; 7:27; Pv 16:7; 21:1; Zc 10:10; Mt 26:17; Jn 19:11; 1Co 5:7.


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