7:13 I have now issued a decree 1 that anyone in my kingdom from the people of Israel – even the priests and Levites – who wishes to do so may go up with you to Jerusalem. 2
7:14 You are authorized 3 by the king and his seven advisers to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God which is in your possession, 4
7:15 and to bring silver and gold which the king and his advisers have freely contributed to the God of Israel, who resides in Jerusalem,
7:16 along with all the silver and gold that you may collect 5 throughout all the province of Babylon and the contributions of the people and the priests for the temple of their God which is in Jerusalem.
7:17 With this money you should be sure to purchase bulls, rams, and lambs, along with the appropriate 6 meal offerings and libations. You should bring them to the altar of the temple of your God which is in Jerusalem.
1 tn Heb “from me is placed a decree.” So also in v. 21.
2 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
3 tn Aram “sent.”
4 tn Aram “in your hand.”
5 tn Aram “find.”
6 tn Aram “their meal offerings and their libations.”