3 At that time aTattenai, the governor of the province beyond the 1River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues came to them and spoke to them thus, “bWho issued you a decree to rebuild this 2temple and to finish this structure?”
4 aThen we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.
5 But athe eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report could come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.
6 This is the copy of the letter which aTattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and his colleagues bthe officials, who were beyond the River, sent to Darius the king.
8 “Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with huge stones, and 1beams are being laid in the walls; and this work is going on with great care and is succeeding in their hands.
12 ‘But abecause our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, bHe gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon.
14 ‘Also athe gold and silver utensils of the house of God which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple 1in Jerusalem, and brought them to the temple of Babylon, these King Cyrus took from the temple of Babylon and they were given to one bwhose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had appointed governor.
15 ‘He said to him, “Take these utensils, go and deposit them in the temple 1in Jerusalem and let the house of God be rebuilt in its place.”
17 “Now if it pleases the king, alet a search be conducted in the king’s treasure house, which is there in Babylon, if it be that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to rebuild this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send to us his decision concerning this matter.”
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