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Ezra 6

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 1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and a search was made in the house of the archives, where the treasured records were stored in Babylon.

 2 And at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a scroll was found, and in it a record was written thus:

 3 "In the first year of King Cyrus, he made a decree concerning the temple of God at Jerusalem: 'Let the temple, the place where they offered sacrifices, be rebuilt, and let its foundations be strongly laid; its height and its width each sixty cubits [90 feet],

 4 With three rows of great stones and one row of new timber. And let the expenses be paid from the king's treasury.

 5 Also let the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple at Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought again to the temple at Jerusalem, each put in its place in the temple of God.'

 6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor of the region beyond the river, and Shetharboznai and your companions, the Apharsachites who are beyond the river, keep far away from there.

 7 Leave the work on this temple of God alone; let the governor and the elders of the Jews rebuild this temple of God on its former site.

 8 Moreover, I make a decree as to what you shall do for the elders of these Jews for the rebuilding of this temple of God: Let the cost be paid to these men without delay from the king's treasury out of the tribute from the region beyond the river, so that they are not hindered.

 9 Whatever they need, — young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the requests of the priests at Jerusalem, let it be given them each day without fail,

 10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and of his sons.

 11  I Also make a decree that whoever alters this order, let a timber be pulled down from his house and erected, and let him be hanged on it, and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

 12 And may the God who has caused his name to dwell there destroy any kings and peoples who put their hand to alter or to destroy this temple of God at Jerusalem. I Darius have made this decree; let it be done with speed."

 13 Then Tatnai, governor of the region beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions diligently did what Darius the king had decreed.

 14 So the elders of the Jews continued to built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah a descendant of Iddo. They built and finished it, according to the command of the God of Israel, and according to the decrees of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.

 15 This temple was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

 16 Then the children of Israel — the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, celebrated the dedication of the temple of God with joy.

 17 They offered at the dedication of this temple of God a hundred young bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs and, as a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, one for each of the tribes of Israel.

 18 And they assigned the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses.

 19  On the fourteenth day of the first month, the returned children of the captivity kept the passover.

 20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves; all of them were ceremonially clean. So they killed the Passover lambs for all the children of the captivity, for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

 21 It was eaten by the children of Israel who had returned from captivity and all who had separated themselves from the filthiness of the heathen of the land to seek the LORD God of Israel.

 22 They kept the feast of unleavened bread for seven days with joy, for the LORD had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he strengthen their hands in the work of the temple of God, the God of Israel.


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