2:8 and a letter for Asaph the keeper of the king’s nature preserve, 1 so that he will give me timber for beams for the gates of the fortress adjacent to the temple and for the city wall 2 and for the house to which I go.” So the king granted me these requests, 3 for the good hand of my God was on me.
2:18 Then I related to them how the good hand of my God was on me and what 4 the king had said to me. Then they replied, “Let’s begin rebuilding right away!” 5 So they readied themselves 6 for this good project.
1 tn Or “forest.” So HALOT 963 s.v. פַּרְדֵּס 2.
2 tc One medieval Hebrew
3 tn The Hebrew text does not include the expression “these requests,” but it is implied.
4 tn Heb “the words of the king which he had spoken to me.”
5 tn Heb “Arise! Let us rebuild!”
6 tn Heb “strengthened their hands.”