1 H5029 Then the prophets, H2292 Haggai H5029 the prophet, H2148 and Zechariah H1247 the son H5714 of Iddo, H5013 [H8724] prophesied H5922 to H3062 the Judeans H3061 that were in Judah H3390 and Jerusalem H8036 in the name H426 of the God H3479 of Israel, H5922 even to them.
2 H116 Then H6966 [H8754] rose up H2217 Zerubbabel H1247 the son H7598 of Shealtiel, H3443 and Jeshua H1247 the son H3136 of Jozadak, H8271 [H8745] and began H1124 [H8749] to build H1005 the house H426 of God H3390 which is at Jerusalem: H5974 and with them H5029 were the prophets H426 of God H5583 [H8683] helping them.
3 H2166 At the same time H858 [H8754] came [H8674] to them Tatnai, H6347 governor H5675 on this side H5103 of the river, H8370 and Shetharboznai, H3675 and their companions, H560 [H8750] and said H3652 thus H5922 to them, H4479 Who H7761 H2942 [H8754] hath commanded H1124 [H8749] you to build H1836 this H1005 house, H3635 [H8805] and to make up H1836 this H846 wall?
4 H116 Then H560 [H8754] said H3660 we to them after this manner, H4479 What H581 are H8036 the names H1400 of the men H1124 [H8750] that make H1836 this H1147 building?
5 H5870 But the eye H426 of their God H1934 [H8754] was H5922 upon H7868 [H8750] the elders H3062 of the Judeans, H3809 that they could not H989 0 cause H1994 them H989 [H8754] to cease, H5705 till H2941 the matter H1946 [H8748] came H1868 to Darius: H116 and then H8421 [H8681] they returned answer H5407 by letter H5922 concerning H1836 this matter.
6 H6573 The copy H104 of the letter [H8674] that Tatnai, H6347 governor H5675 on this side H5103 of the river, H8370 and Shetharboznai, H3675 and his companions H671 the Apharsachites, H5675 who were on this side H5103 of the river, H7972 [H8754] sent H5922 to H1868 Darius H4430 the king:
7 H7972 [H8754] They sent H6600 a letter H5922 to H1459 him, in which H3790 [H8752] was written H1836 thus; H1868 To Darius H4430 the king, H3606 all H8001 peace.
8 H1934 H3046 [H8748] Be it known H4430 to the king, H236 [H8754] that we went H4083 into the province H3061 of Judea, H1005 to the house H7229 of the great H426 God, H1124 [H8732] which is built H1560 with great H69 stones, H636 and timber H7761 [H8727] is laid H3797 in the walls, H1791 and this H5673 work H5648 [H8727] proceedeth H629 quickly, H6744 [H8683] and prospereth H3028 in their hands.
9 H116 Then H7593 [H8754] we asked H479 those H7868 [H8750] elders, H560 [H8754] and said H3660 to them thus, H4479 Who H7761 H2942 [H8754] commanded H1124 [H8749] you to build H1836 this H1005 house, H3635 [H8805] and to finish H1836 these H846 walls?
10 H7593 [H8754] We asked H8036 their names H638 also, H3046 [H8682] to inform H3790 [H8748] thee, that we might write H8036 the names H1400 of the men H7217 that were the chief of them.
11 H3660 And thus H8421 [H8684] they returned H6600 us answer, H560 [H8749] saying, H586 We H1994 are H5649 the servants H426 of the God H8065 of heaven H772 and earth, H1124 [H8750] and build H1005 the house H1934 [H8754] that was H1124 [H8752] built H1836 these H7690 many H8140 years H6928 ago, H7229 which a great H4430 king H3479 of Israel H1124 [H8754] built H3635 [H8806] and set up.
12 H3861 But H4481 after H2 that our fathers H7265 0 had provoked H426 the God H8065 of heaven H7265 [H8684] to wrath, H3052 [H8754] he gave H1994 them H3028 into the hand H5020 of Nebuchadnezzar H4430 the king H895 of Babylon, H3679 the Chaldean, H5642 [H8754] who demolished H1836 this H1005 house, H1541 0 and carried H5972 the people H1541 [H8684] away H895 into Babylon.
13 H1297 But H2298 in the first H8140 year H3567 of Cyrus H4430 the king H895 of Babylon H4430 the same king H3567 Cyrus H7761 [H8754] made H2942 a decree H1124 [H8749] to build H1836 this H1005 house H426 of God.
14 H3984 And the vessels H638 also H1768 of H1722 gold H3702 and silver H1005 of the house H426 of God, H5020 which Nebuchadnezzar H5312 [H8684] took H4481 out of H1965 the temple H3390 that was in Jerusalem, H2987 [H8684] and brought H1965 them into the temple H895 of Babylon, H1994 those H3567 did Cyrus H4430 the king H5312 [H8684] take H4481 out of H1965 the temple H895 of Babylon, H3052 [H8753] and they were delivered H8036 to one, whose name H8340 was Sheshbazzar, H7761 [H8754] whom he had made H6347 governor;
15 H560 [H8754] And said H5376 [H8747] to him, Take H412 these H3984 vessels, H236 [H8747] go, H5182 [H8680] carry H1994 them H1965 into the temple H3390 that is in Jerusalem, H1005 and let the house H426 of God H1124 [H8731] be built H5922 in H870 its place.
16 H116 Then H858 [H8754] came H1791 the same H8340 Sheshbazzar, H3052 [H8754] and laid H787 the foundation H1005 of the house H426 of God H3390 which is in Jerusalem: H4481 and since H116 then H5705 even until H3705 now H1124 [H8732] hath it been in building, H3809 and yet it is not H8000 [H8752] finished.
17 H3705 Now H2006 therefore, if H2869 it seemeth good H5922 to H4430 the king, H1240 [H8721] let there be search H4430 made in the king's H1596 treasure H1005 house, H8536 which is there H895 at Babylon, H2006 whether H383 it is H2942 so, that a decree H7761 [H8752] was made H4481 by H3567 Cyrus H4430 the king H1124 [H8749] to build H1791 this H1005 house H426 of God H3390 at Jerusalem, H4430 and let the king H7972 [H8748] send H7470 his pleasure H5922 to us concerning H1836 this matter.