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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Ezra 5:1-17

5  And Hag′gai+ the prophet and Zech·a·ri′ah+ the grandson of Id′do+ the prophet prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and in Jerusalem, in the name+ of the God of Israel [who was] over them.+  It was then that Ze·rub′ba·bel+ the son of She·al′ti·el*+ and Jesh′u·a+ the son of Je·hoz′a·dak got up and started to rebuild the house of God, which was in Jerusalem; and with them there were God’s prophets+ giving them aid.  At that time Tat′te·nai+ the governor beyond the River+ and She′thar-boz′e·nai and their colleagues came to them, and this is what they were saying to them: “Who put an order through to YOU to build this house and to finish this beam structure?”*+  Then they* said to them this: “What are the names of the able-bodied men that are building this building?”  And the eye+ of their God proved to be upon+ the older men* of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report could go to Da·ri′us and then an official document concerning this could be sent back.  [Here] is a copy+ of the letter that Tat′te·nai+ the governor beyond the River+ and She′thar-boz′e·nai+ and his colleagues,+ the lesser governors that were beyond the River,* sent to Da·ri′us the king;  they sent the word to him, and the writing in it was in this manner: “To Da·ri′us the king: “All peace!+  Let it become known to the king that we went to the jurisdictional district+ of Judah to the house of the great God,+ and it is being built with stones rolled* [into place], and timbers are being laid in the walls; and that work is being eagerly done and is making progress in their hands.  Then we asked these older men. This is what we said to them: ‘Who put an order through to YOU to build this house and to finish this beam structure?’+ 10  And we also asked them their names, so as to let you know, that we might write the names of the able-bodied men that are at their head.+ 11  “And this is the word that they gave back to us, saying: ‘We are the servants of the God of the heavens and the earth,+ and we are rebuilding the house that had been built many years before this, which a great king of Israel built and finished.+ 12  However, because our fathers irritated+ the God of the heavens, he gave+ them into the hand of Neb·u·chad·nez′zar+ the king of Babylon, the Chal·de′an,+ and he demolished this house+ and took the people into exile at Babylon.+ 13  Nevertheless, in the first year of Cyrus+ the king of Babylon,* Cyrus the king put an order through to rebuild this house of God.+ 14  And also the gold and silver vessels+ of the house of God that Neb·u·chad·nez′zar had taken out of the temple, which was in Jerusalem, and brought to the temple of Babylon,*+ these Cyrus the king+ took out of the temple of Babylon, and they were given to Shesh·baz′zar,*+ the name of the one whom he made governor.+ 15  And he said to him: “Take these vessels.+ Go, deposit them in the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be rebuilt upon its place.”+ 16  When that Shesh·baz′zar came he laid the foundations of the house of God,+ which is in Jerusalem; and from then until now it is being rebuilt but it has not been completed.’+ 17  “And now if to the king it seems good, let there be an investigation+ in the king’s house of treasures that is there in Babylon, whether it is so that from Cyrus the king an order+ was put through to rebuild that house of God in Jerusalem; and the decision of the king concerning this let him send to us.”


“The son of Shealtiel.” Aram., bar-Sheʼal·ti·ʼel′. Compare Mt 16:17 ftn.
“This preparation,” LXX; Vg, “these walls.”
“They,” LXXSy; MVg, “we.” See vs 10.
Or, “elders.”
That is, the Euphrates.
That is, stones too heavy to be carried.
“Babylon,” Vg; M, “Babel”; Sy, “Persia.”
“To the temple of Babylon.” Aram., leheh·khelaʼ′ di Va·vel′; LXX, “to the temple of the king.”
“Zerubbabel” in 2:2; 3:8.