Ezra 6

Darius Finds Cyrus’s Decree

1Then King Darius issued a decree, and a  search was made in the
Lit house of the books
archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon.
2In
Aram Achmetha
Ecbatana in the fortress, which is d  in the province of Media, a scroll was found and there was written in it as follows: “Memorandum
3 e  In the first year of King Cyrus, Cyrus the king issued a decree: ‘Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the
Lit house
temple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt and let its foundations be
Or fixed, laid
retained, its height being 60 cubits and its width 60 cubits;
4 h  with three layers of huge stones and
So Gr; Aram a layer of new timber
one layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the
Lit king’s house
royal treasury.
5Also let k  the gold and silver utensils of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be returned and
Lit go
brought to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; and you shall put them in the house of God.’

6Now therefore, m  Tattenai, governor of the province beyond the
I.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch
River, Shethar-bozenai and
Aram their
your colleagues, the officials of the provinces beyond the
I.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch
River,
Lit be distant
keep away from there.
7Leave 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, r  I 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. 9Whatever 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, 10that they may offer
Lit pleasing; or sweet-smelling sacrifices
acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and t  pray for the life of the king and his sons.
11And I issued a decree that u  any man who violates this edict, a timber shall be drawn from his house and he shall be impaled on it and v  his house shall be made a refuse heap on account of this. 12May the God who w  has caused His name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who
Lit sends his hand
attempts 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!”

The Temple Completed and Dedicated

13Then y  Tattenai, 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. 14And z  the elders of the Jews
Lit were building and succeeding
were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And
Lit built and finished
they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree ac  of Cyrus, ad  Darius, and ae  Artaxerxes king of Persia.
15This
Lit house
temple was completed
Lit until
on the third day of the ah  month Adar; it was the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

16And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites and the rest of the
Lit sons of the captivity
exiles aj  celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
17They offered for the dedication of this temple of God 100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel ak  12 male goats, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18Then they appointed the priests to al  their divisions and the Levites in am  their orders for the service of God
Lit which is in
in Jerusalem ao  as it is written in the book of Moses.

The Passover Observed

19 ap  The exiles observed the Passover on aq  the fourteenth of the first month. 20 ar  For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure. Then as  they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, both for their brothers the priests and for themselves. 21The sons of Israel who returned from exile and at  all those who had separated themselves from au  the impurity of the nations of the land to join them, to seek the  Lord God of Israel, ate the Passover. 22And av  they observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the  Lord had caused them to rejoice, and aw  had turned the heart of ax  the king of Assyria toward them to
Lit strengthen their hands
encourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
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