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Ezra 5:14-17

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5:14 Even the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and had brought to the palace 1  of Babylon – even those things King Cyrus brought from the palace of Babylon and presented 2  to a man by the name of Sheshbazzar whom he had appointed as governor. 5:15 He said to him, “Take these vessels and go deposit them in the temple in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be rebuilt in its proper location.” 3  5:16 Then this Sheshbazzar went and laid the foundations of the temple of God in Jerusalem. From that time to the present moment 4  it has been in the process of being rebuilt, although it is not yet finished.’

5:17 “Now if the king is so inclined, 5  let a search be conducted in the royal archives 6  there in Babylon in order to determine whether King Cyrus did in fact issue orders for this temple of God to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us a decision concerning this matter.”

1 tn Or “temple.”

2 tn Aram “they were given.”

3 tn Aram “upon its place.”

4 tn Aram “from then and until now.”

5 tn Aram “if upon the king it is good.”

6 tn Aram “the house of the treasures of the king.”



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