Ezra 6

Darius’s Search

1 King Darius gave the order, and they searched a in the library of Babylon in the archives.
Lit Babylon where the treasures were stored
2But it was in the fortress of Ecbatana in the province of Media d that a scroll was found with this record written on it:

3 In the first year of King Cyrus, he issued a decree e concerning the house of God in Jerusalem:

Let the house be rebuilt as a place for offering sacrifices, and let its original foundations be retained.
Lit be brought forth
Its height is to be 90 feet
Lit 60 cubits
and its width 90 feet,
Lit 60 cubits
A copyist seemingly overlooked the term for length and inadvertently read the 60 cubits for height and width. Like Solomon’s temple, this temple was probably 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.
4with three layers of cut
Or huge
stones and one of timber. l The cost is to be paid from the royal treasury. m
5The gold and silver articles of God’s house that Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and carried to Babylon must also be returned. They are to be brought to the temple in Jerusalem where they belong
Lit Jerusalem, to its place,
and put into the house of God. o

Darius’s Decree

6 Therefore, you must stay away from that place, Tattenai governor of the region west of the Euphrates River, Shethar-bozenai, and your
Lit their
colleagues, the officials in the region. q
7Leave the construction of the house of God alone. Let the governor r and elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its original site.

8 I hereby issue a decree concerning what you must do, so that the elders of the Jews can rebuild the house of God:

The cost is to be paid in full to these men out of the royal revenues s from the taxes of the region west of the Euphrates River, so that the work will not stop.
9 Whatever is needed – young bulls, rams, and lambs for
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offerings to the God of heaven, or wheat, salt, wine, and oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem – let it be given to them every day without fail, u
10so that they can offer sacrifices of pleasing aroma to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. v

11 I also issue a decree concerning any man who interferes with this directive:

Let a beam be torn from his house and raised up; he will be impaled on it, and his house will be made into a garbage dump because of this offense. w
12May the God who caused His name to dwell there x overthrow any king or people who dares
Lit who stretches out its hand
to harm or interfere with this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued the decree. Let it be carried out diligently.
13 Then Tattenai governor of the region west of the Euphrates River, Shethar-bozenai, and their colleagues z diligently carried out what King Darius had decreed. 14So the Jewish elders continued successfully with the building under the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah son of Iddo. aa They finished the building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, ab Darius, and King Artaxerxes ac of Persia. 15 This house was completed on the third day of the month of Adar
= February-March
ae in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

Temple Dedication and the Passover

16 Then the Israelites, including the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. 17For the dedication of God’s house they offered 100 bulls, 200 rams, and 400 lambs, as well as 12 male goats af as a
sin offering(s): Or purification offering, the sin offering was the most important OT sacrifice for cleansing from impurities. It provided purification from sin and certain forms of ceremonial uncleanness.
sin offering for all Israel – one for each Israelite tribe.
18They also appointed the priests by their divisions and the Levites by their groups to the service of God in Jerusalem, according to what is written in the book of Moses. ah

19The exiles ai observed the
Passover: The Israelite festival celebrated on the fourteenth day of the first month in the early spring. It was a celebration of the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, commemorating the final plague on Egypt when the firstborn were killed.
Passover ak on the fourteenth day of the first month.
20 All of the priests and Levites were ceremonially
clean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
clean, because they had purified themselves. They killed the Passover lamb for themselves, their priestly brothers, and all the exiles. am
21The Israelites who had returned from exile an ate it, together with all who had separated themselves from the uncleanness of the Gentiles of the land
Lit land to them
ap in order to worship
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh, the God of Israel.
22They observed the Festival of
Unleavened Bread: A seven-day festival celebrated in conjunction with the Passover; Ex 12:1-20
Unleavened Bread for seven days as with joy, because the Lord had made them joyful, having changed the Assyrian king’s attitude toward them, so that he supported them
Lit their hands
in the work on the house of the God of Israel. au
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