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Ezra 5 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:1 - Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechari'ah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel who was over them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:2 - Then Zerub'babel the son of She-al'ti-el and Jeshua the son of Jo'zadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God, helping them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:3 - At the same time Tat'tenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and She'thar-boz'enai and their associates came to them and spoke to them thus, "Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?"

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:4 - They also asked them this, "What are the names of the men who are building this building?"

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:5 - But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them till a report should reach Darius and then answer be returned by letter concerning it.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:6 - The copy of the letter which Tat'tenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and She'thar-boz'enai and his associates the governors who were in the province Beyond the River sent to Darius the king;

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:7 - they sent him a report, in which was written as follows: "To Darius the king, all peace.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:8 - Be it known to the king that we went to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. It is being built with huge stones, and timber is laid in the walls; this work goes on diligently and prospers in their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:9 - Then we asked those elders and spoke to them thus, 'Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?'

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:10 - We also asked them their names, for your information, that we might write down the names of the men at their head.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:11 - And this was their reply to us: 'We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:12 - But because our fathers had angered the God of heaven, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnez'zar king of Babylon, the Chalde'an, who destroyed this house and carried away the people to Babylonia.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:13 - However in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, Cyrus the king made a decree that this house of God should be rebuilt.

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:14 - And the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnez'zar had taken out of the temple that was in Jerusalem and brought into the temple of Babylon, these Cyrus the king took out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one whose name was Shesh-baz'zar, whom he had made governor;

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:15 - and he said to him, "Take these vessels, go and put them in the temple which is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be rebuilt on its site."

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:16 - Then this Shesh-baz'zar came and laid the foundations of the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and from that time until now it has been in building, and it is not yet finished.'

Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 5:17 - Therefore, if it seem good to the king, let search be made in the royal archives there in Babylon, to see whether a decree was issued by Cyrus the king for the rebuilding of this house of God in Jerusalem. And let the king send us his pleasure in this matter."
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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

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