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Ezra 5

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one But the prophet Haggai and the prophet Zechariah, the son of Adda, spoke to the Jews, who are in Judea and Jerusalem, prophetic speeches in the name of the God of Israel.
2 Then Zorubbabel, the son of Salafiel, and Jesus, the son of Josedek, arose and began to build the house of God in Jerusalem, and with them the prophets of God, who strengthened them.

3 At that time Fafnay, the district governor in the river, and Shefar-Bognay and their comrades came to them, and so they said to them: who gave you permission to build this house and finish the walls?
4 Then we told them the names of those people who are building this building.
5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of Judea, and they did not forbid them until the matter was sent to Darius, and until a decision was made on this matter.
6 This is the content of the letter sent by Fafnai, the district governor, and Shefar-Bognay with his comrades Afarsahei, who are across the river, to Tsar Darius.
7 In the report they sent to him, this is what is written: To the king to the king - every world!
eight Let it be known to the king that we went to the Judean region, to the house of the great God; and it is built of large stones, and the tree is embedded in the walls; and this work is done quickly and successfully goes in their hands.
nine Then we asked those elders and so told them: who gave you permission to build this house and finish these walls?
ten And moreover, we asked them about their names in order to let you know and write the names of those people who are in charge of them.
eleven And they answered us with these words: we are slaves of the God of heaven and earth, and we are building a house that was built many years before this, and the great king of Israel built it and completed it.
12 When our fathers angered the God of heaven, He betrayed them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, the Chaldean; and he destroyed this house, and the people resettled in Babylon.
thirteen But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, king Cyrus gave permission to build this house of God;
fourteen and the vessels of the house of God, gold and silver, which Nebuchadnezzar brought out of the temple of Jerusalem and carried to the temple of Babylon, the king brought Cyrus out of the temple of Babylon; and they gave away [them] by the name of Sheshbatsar, whom he appointed as chief of the region,
fifteen and he said to him: Take these vessels, go and take them to the temple of Jerusalem, and let the house of God be built in its place.
sixteen Then Sheshbatar came, laid the foundations of the house of God in Jerusalem; and since then it has been built, and not yet finished.
17 So, if the king is pleased, let them look in the house of royal treasures, there in Babylon, as if King Cyrus had given permission to build this house of God in Jerusalem, and let them send the royal will to us.

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