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Ezra 1:3-5

1:3 Anyone from 1  his people among you (may his God be with him!) may go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and may build the temple of the Lord God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem. 1:4 Anyone who survives in any of those places where he is a resident foreigner must be helped by his neighbors 2  with silver, gold, equipment, and animals, along with voluntary offerings for the temple of God which is in Jerusalem.’”

The Exiles Prepare to Return to Jerusalem

1:5 Then the leaders 3  of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and the Levites – all those whose mind God had stirred – got ready 4  to go up in order to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. 5 

Ezra 1:7


1:7 Then King Cyrus brought out the vessels of the Lord’s temple which Nebuchadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem and had displayed 6  in the temple of his gods.

Ezra 2:68

2:68 When they came to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders 7  offered voluntary offerings for the temple of God in order to rebuild 8  it on its site.

Ezra 3:8-9

3:8 In the second year after they had come to the temple of God in Jerusalem, 9  in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak initiated the work, 10  along with the rest of their associates, 11  the priests and the Levites, and all those who were coming to Jerusalem from the exile. They appointed 12  the Levites who were at least twenty years old 13  to take charge of the work on the Lord’s temple. 3:9 So Jeshua appointed both his sons and his relatives, 14  Kadmiel and his sons (the sons of Yehudah 15 ), to take charge of the workers in the temple of God, along with the sons of Henadad, their sons, and their relatives 16  the Levites.

Ezra 3:11-12

3:11 With antiphonal response they sang, 17  praising and glorifying the Lord:

“For he is good;

his loyal love toward Israel is forever.”

All the people gave a loud 18  shout as they praised the Lord when the temple of the Lord was established. 3:12 Many of the priests, the Levites, and the leaders 19  – older people who had seen with their own eyes the former temple while it was still established 20  – were weeping loudly, 21  and many others raised their voice in a joyous shout.

Ezra 4:3

4:3 But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the leaders of Israel said to them, “You have no right 22  to help us build the temple of our God. We will build it by ourselves for the Lord God of Israel, just as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.”

Ezra 6:22

6:22 They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the Lord had given them joy and had changed the opinion 23  of the king of Assyria 24  toward them, so that he assisted 25  them in the work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.

Ezra 7:27


7:27 26 Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, who so moved in the heart of the king to so honor the temple of the Lord which is in Jerusalem!

Ezra 8:17

8:17 I sent them to Iddo, who was the leader in the place called Casiphia. I told them 27  what to say to Iddo and his relatives, 28  who were the temple servants in 29  Casiphia, so they would bring us attendants for the temple of our God.

Ezra 8:25

8:25 and I weighed out to them the silver, the gold, and the vessels intended for the temple of our God – items that the king, his advisers, his officials, and all Israel who were present had contributed.

Ezra 8:29-30

8:29 Be careful with them and protect them, until you weigh them out before the leading priests and the Levites and the family leaders of Israel in Jerusalem, 30  in the storerooms of the temple of the Lord.”

8:30 Then the priests and the Levites took charge of 31  the silver, the gold, and the vessels that had been weighed out, to transport them to Jerusalem to the temple of our God.

Ezra 8:33

8:33 On the fourth day we weighed out the silver, the gold, and the vessels in the house of our God into the care 32  of Meremoth son of Uriah, the priest, and Eleazar son of Phinehas, who were accompanied by Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui, who were Levites.

Ezra 8:36

8:36 Then they presented the decrees of the king to the king’s satraps and to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, who gave help to the people and to the temple of God.

Ezra 9:9

9:9 Although we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our servitude. He has extended kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, in that he has revived us 33  to restore the temple of our God and to raise 34  up its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 35 

Ezra 10:1

The People Confess Their Sins

10:1 While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself to the ground before the temple of God, a very large crowd of Israelites – men, women, and children alike – gathered around him. The people wept loudly. 36 

Ezra 10:6

10:6 Then Ezra got up from in front of the temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he stayed 37  there, he did not eat food or drink water, for he was in mourning over the infidelity of the exiles.

Ezra 10:9


10:9 All the men of Judah and Benjamin were gathered in Jerusalem within the three days. (It was in the ninth month, on the twentieth day of that month.) All the people sat in the square at the temple of God, trembling because of this matter and because of the rains.

1 tn Heb “from all.”

2 tn Heb “the men of his place.”

3 tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”

4 tn Heb “arose.”

5 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

6 tn Heb “and he gave them.”

7 tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”

8 tn Heb “cause it to stand.”

9 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

10 tn Heb “began”; the phrase “the work” is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity.

11 tn Heb “their brothers.”

12 tn Heb “stood.”

13 tn Heb “from twenty years and upward.”

14 tn Heb “brothers.”

15 sn The name יְהוּדָה (Yehudah; cf. KJV, ASV, NASB “Judah”) is probably a variant of Hodaviah (see Ezra 2:40; cf. NIV, NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT).

16 tn Heb “brothers.”

17 tn Heb “they answered.”

18 tn Heb “great.”

19 tn Heb “the heads of the fathers.”

20 sn The temple had been destroyed some fifty years earlier by the Babylonians in 586 b.c.

21 tn Heb “with a great voice.”

22 tn Heb “not to you and to us.”

23 tn Heb “heart.”

24 sn The expression “king of Assyria” is anachronistic, since Assyria fell in 612 b.c., long before the events of this chapter. Perhaps the expression is intended subtly to contrast earlier kings of Assyria who were hostile toward Israel with this Persian king who showed them favor.

25 tn Heb “to strengthen their hands.”

26 sn At this point the language of the book reverts from Aramaic (7:12-26) back to Hebrew.

27 tn Heb “I placed in their mouth words.”

28 tc The translation reads with the LXX and Vulgate וְאֶחָיו (vÿekhayv, “and his brethren” = “relatives”; so NCV, NLT) rather than the reading אָחִיו (’akhiyv, “his brother”) of the MT.

29 tn Heb “in the place called.” This phrase has not been repeated in the translation for stylistic reasons.

30 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

31 tn Heb “received.”

32 tn Heb “upon the hand of.”

33 tn Heb “has granted us reviving.”

34 tn Heb “to cause to stand.”

35 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

36 tn Heb “with much weeping.”

37 tc The translation reads וַיָּלֶן (vayyalen, “and he stayed”) rather than the reading וַיֵּלֶךְ (vayyelekh, “and he went”) of the MT. Cf. the LXX.

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