The sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei. The sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah. Shelomith was their sister.
Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah: ‘I am ready 1 to shake the sky 2 and the earth.
They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. The number of Israelites 1 was as follows: 2
They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The number of Israelite men 1 was as follows:
These are the priests and Levites who returned 1 with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,
“Ask the following questions to 1 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 2 and the remnant of the people:
“What are you, you great mountain? 1 Because of Zerubbabel you will become a level plain! And he will bring forth the temple 2 capstone with shoutings of ‘Grace! Grace!’ 3 because of this.”
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this temple, 1 and his hands will complete it.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you.
Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak 1 and his priestly colleagues 2 and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his colleagues 3 started to build 4 the altar of the God of Israel so they could offer burnt offerings on it as required by 5 the law of Moses the man of God.
they came to Zerubbabel and the leaders 1 and said to them, “Let us help you build, 2 for like you we seek your God and we have been sacrificing to him 3 from the time 4 of King Esarhaddon 5 of Assyria, who brought us here.” 6
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the leaders of Israel said to them, “You have no right 1 to help us build the temple of our God. We will build it by ourselves for the Lord God of Israel, just as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.”
So in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah, all Israel was contributing the portions for the singers and gatekeepers, according to the daily need. 1 They also set aside 2 the portion for the Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.
On the first day of the sixth month 1 of King Darius’ 2 second year, the Lord spoke this message through the prophet Haggai 3 to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak: 4
Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 1 along with the whole remnant of the people, 2 obeyed 3 the Lord their God. They responded favorably to the message of the prophet Haggai, who spoke just as the Lord their God had instructed him, 4 and the people began to respect the Lord. 5
So the Lord energized and encouraged 1 Zerubbabel 2 son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 3 and the whole remnant of the people. 4 They came and worked on the temple of their God, the Lord who rules over all.
Even so, take heart, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord. ‘Take heart, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and 1 all you citizens of the land,’ 2 says the Lord, ‘and begin to work. For I am with you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.
On that day,’ 1 says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 2 says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 3 for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 4
Therefore he told me, “These signify the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ 1 says the Lord who rules over all.”
For who dares make light of small beginnings? These seven eyes 1 will joyfully look on the tin tablet 2 in Zerubbabel’s hand. (These are the eyes of the Lord, which constantly range across the whole earth.)
In the second year after they had come to the temple of God in Jerusalem, 1 in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak initiated the work, 2 along with the rest of their associates, 3 the priests and the Levites, and all those who were coming to Jerusalem from the exile. They appointed 4 the Levites who were at least twenty years old 5 to take charge of the work on the Lord’s temple.