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Ezra 6 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Darius Finds Cyrus’ Decree

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Then King Darius issued a decree, and a search was conducted in the [fn]archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:2 - And in [fn]Ecbatana, in the fortress which is in the province of Media, a scroll was found; and the following was written in it: “Memorandum
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:3 - “In the first year of King Cyrus, Cyrus the king issued a decree: ‘Concerning the house of God in Jerusalem, let the [fn]temple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt, and let [fn]its foundations be repaired, its height being [fn]sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits,
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:4 - with three layers of large stones and [fn]one layer of timber. And the cost is to be paid from the [fn]royal treasury.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:5 - ‘Also the gold and silver utensils of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned and [fn]brought to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; and you shall put them in the house of God.’
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“Now as for you, Tattenai, governor of the province beyond the Euphrates River, Shethar-bozenai, and [fn]your colleagues, the officials of the provinces beyond the River, [fn]stay away from there.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:7 - “Leave that work on the house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild that house of God on its site.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:8 - “Furthermore, I issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of Judah in the rebuilding of that house of God: the full cost is to be paid to those people from the royal treasury out of the taxes of the provinces beyond the Euphrates River, and that without interruption.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:9 - “And whatever is needed, bulls, rams, and lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine, and anointing oil, as the priests in Jerusalem order, it is to be given to them daily without fail,
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:10 - so that they may offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the lives of the king and his sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:11 - “And I issued a decree that any person who violates this decree, a timber shall be pulled out of his house and he shall be impaled on it; and his house shall be turned into a refuse heap on account of this.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:12 - “May the God who has caused His name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who [fn]attempts to [fn]change it, so as to destroy that house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued this decree; it is to be carried out with all diligence!”

The Temple Completed and Dedicated

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Then Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the Euphrates River, Shethar-bozenai, and their colleagues carried out the decree with all diligence, just as King Darius had [fn]ordered.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:14 - And the elders of the Jews [fn]were successful in building through the prophecy of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And [fn]they finished building following the command of the God of Israel and the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:15 - Now this [fn]temple was completed [fn]on the third day of the month Adar; it was the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
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And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the [fn]exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:17 - They offered for the dedication of this temple of God a hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:18 - Then they appointed the priests to their divisions and the Levites in their sections for the service of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses.

The Passover Held

(cf. Deu 16:1–8 )
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The exiles held the Passover on the fourteenth of the first month.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:20 - For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure. Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs for all the exiles, both for their brothers the priests and for themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:21 - And the sons of Israel who returned from exile and all those who had separated themselves from the impurity of the nations of the land to join them, to seek the LORD God of Israel, ate the Passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 6:22 - And they held the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, because the LORD had made them happy, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them to [fn]encourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit house of the books
Aram Achmetha
Lit house
Or perhaps offerings by fire be offered
About 90 ft. or 27 m
As in LXX; Aram a layer of new timber
Lit king’s house
Lit go
Aram their
Lit be distant
Lit sends his hand
Or violate
Lit sent
Lit were building and succeeding
Lit built and finished
Lit house
Lit until
Lit sons of the exile
Lit strengthen their hands

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