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Ezra 6:9-12

6:9 Whatever is needed – whether oxen or rams or lambs or burnt offerings for the God of heaven or wheat or salt or wine or oil, as required by 1  the priests who are in Jerusalem – must be given to them daily without any neglect, 6:10 so that they may be offering incense to the God of heaven and may be praying for the good fortune of the king and his family. 2 

6:11 “I hereby give orders that if anyone changes this directive a beam is to be pulled out from his house and he is to be raised up and impaled 3  on it, and his house is to be reduced 4  to a rubbish heap 5  for this indiscretion. 6  6:12 May God who makes his name to reside there overthrow any king or nation 7  who reaches out 8  to cause such change so as to destroy this temple of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have given orders. Let them be carried out with precision!”

1 tn Aram “according to the word of.”

2 tn Aram “for the life of the king and his sons.”

3 sn The practice referred to in v. 11 has been understood in various ways: hanging (cf. 1 Esd 6:32 and KJV); flogging (cf. NEB, NLT); impalement (BDB 1091 s.v. זְקַף; HALOT 1914 s.v. מחא hitpe; cf. NAB, NIV, NRSV). The latter seems the most likely.

4 tn Aram “made.”

5 tn Aram “a dunghill.”

6 tn Aram “for this.”

7 tn Aram “people.”

8 tn Aram “who sends forth his hand.”

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