Darius Confirms the Construction1 Then Darius the king rendered a decree, and examined in the libraries, of which the treasuries were situated there in Babylon. 2 And there was found in Achmetha the city, in the palace of the Mede city, [2chapter of a scroll 1one], and this was [3written 4in 5it 1the 2 record]. 3 In [2year 1the first] of king Cyrus, Cyrus the king rendered a decree concerning the house of God, the one in Jerusalem, saying, [2the 3house 1Let] be built, and the place of which they sacrifice the sacrifices! And [2the 3foundations 1set], the height [2cubits 1of sixty], and the width of it [2cubits 1sixty], 4 and [2layers 4stones 3of fortified 1three], and [2layer 4timbers 3of new 1one]! And the expense [2out of 3the house 4of the 5king 1shall be granted]. 5 And the items of the house of God, the ones of gold, and the ones of silver, which Nebuchadnezzar brought forth from the house, of the one in Jerusalem, and carried into Babylon; even let them be given, and brought forth into the temple, of the one in Jerusalem, unto their place, and put them in the house of God! 6 Now then Tatnai commandant of the other side of the river, Shethar-boznai, and his fellow-servants the Apharsachites, the ones on the other side of the river, [2far 1be being 3from there]. 7 And now leave alone the work of the house of God, and the ones guiding of the Jews, and the elders of the Jews! [3house 4of God 2that 1Let them build] upon its place! 8 And by me was rendered a decree to do through the elders of those Jews to build [2house 3of God 1that], and from the subsistence of the king, of the tribute on the other side of the river, that carefully an expense be given to those men to not cease work! 9 And what ever deficiency -- both male offspring of oxen, and rams, and lambs for whole burnt-offerings to the God of the heaven, and wheat, salt, wine, olive oil, according to the word of the priests, the ones in Jerusalem, let it be given to them day by day, unalterable, what ever they should ask! 10 That there might be a pleasant aroma offering to the God of the heaven, and they might pray for the life of the king, and his sons. 11 And from me was rendered a decree, that every man who ever changes this word [4shall be demolished 1the timber 2of 3his house], and a stake being straight up he shall be pitched upon it, and his house will be for ravaging. 12 And the God of whom encamps with his name there, he shall eradicate every king and people who should stretch out his hand to change and remove from view the house of God, that one in Jerusalem. I Darius rendered the decree. Carefully let it become! 13 Then Tatnai the chief ruler on the other side of the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his fellow-servants, in so far as [4sent 1Darius 2the 3king], thus they did carefully. 14 And the elders of the Jews built, and prospered at the prophecy of Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah son of Iddo. And they rebuilt, and made ready by the decree of the God of Israel, and by the decree of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes kings of Persia.
The Dedication of the House of The LORD15 And they finished this house by [2day 1the third] of the month Adar, which is in [2year 1the sixth] of the kingship of Darius the king. 16 And they made (the sons of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the sons of the resettlement) a holiday of rededication of the house of God with gladness. 17 And they offered for the holiday of rededication [2house 3of God 1of this]; calves -- a hundred; rams -- two hundred; lambs -- four hundred; winter yearlings of the goats for a sin offering for all Israel -- twelve, for the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 And they established the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their distributions, for service of the house of God, of the one in Jerusalem, according to the writing of the book of Moses. 19 And [5observed 1the 2sons 3of the 4resettlement] the passover on the fourteenth of the [2month 1first]. 20 For [6were purified 1the 2priests 3and 4the 5Levites], [3as 4one man 1all 2were clean]. And they slew the passover for all the sons of the resettlement, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. 21 And [4ate 1the 2sons 3of Israel] the passover -- the ones coming forth from the resettlement, and every one separating themself of the uncleanness of the nations of the land that was theirs to inquire of the lord God of Israel. 22 And they observed the holiday of the unleavened breads seven days with gladness; for [2gladdened 3them 1the lord], and turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to fortify their hands in the works of the house of the God of Israel.
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