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Ezra 5:11-12

5:11 They responded to us in the following way: ‘We are servants of the God of heaven and earth. We are rebuilding the temple which was previously built many years ago. A great king 1  of Israel built it and completed it. 5:12 But after our ancestors 2  angered the God of heaven, he delivered them into the hands 3  of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and exiled the people to Babylon. 4 

1 sn This great king of Israel would, of course, be Solomon.

2 tn Aram “fathers.”

3 tn Aram “hand” (singular).

4 sn A reference to the catastrophic events of 586 b.c.

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