1 H116 Then H1868 Darius H4430 the king H7761 [H8754] made H2942 a decree, H1240 [H8745] and search H1005 was made in the house H5609 of the books, H8536 where H1596 the treasures H5182 [H8683] were laid up H895 in Babylon.
2 H7912 [H8728] And there was found H307 at Achmetha, H1001 in the palace H4083 that is in the province H4076 of the Medes, H2298 a H4040 scroll, H1459 and in it H1799 was a record H3652 thus H3790 [H8752] written:
3 H2298 In the first H8140 year H3567 of Cyrus H4430 the king H3567 the same Cyrus H4430 the king H7761 [H8754] made H2942 a decree H1005 concerning the house H426 of God H3390 at Jerusalem, H1005 Let the house H1124 [H8731] be built, H870 the place H1684 [H8751] where they offered H1685 sacrifices, H787 and let the foundations H5446 [H8775] of it be strongly laid; H7314 the height H8361 of it sixty H521 cubits, H6613 and the breadth H8361 of it sixty H521 cubits;
4 H8532 With three H5073 rows H1560 of great H69 stones, H5073 and a row H2323 of new H636 timber: H5313 and let the expenses H3052 [H8725] be given H4481 out of H4430 the king's H1005 house:
5 H638 And also H1722 let the golden H3702 and silver H3984 vessels H1005 of the house H426 of God, H5020 which Nebuchadnezzar H5312 [H8684] took H4481 out of H1965 the temple H3390 which is at Jerusalem, H2987 [H8684] and brought H895 to Babylon, H8421 [H8681] be restored, H1946 [H8748] and brought again H1965 to the temple H3390 which is at Jerusalem, H870 every one to its place, H5182 [H8681] and place H1005 them in the house H426 of God.
6 H3705 Now [H8674] therefore, Tatnai, H6347 governor H5675 beyond H5103 the river, H8370 Shetharboznai, H3675 and your companions H671 the Apharsachites, H5675 who are beyond H5103 the river, H1934 H7352 [H8754] keep away H4481 from H8536 there:
7 H5673 Let the work H1791 of this H1005 house H426 of God H7662 [H8747] alone; H6347 let the governor H3062 of the Judeans H7868 [H8750] and the elders H3062 of the Judeans H1124 [H8748] build H1791 this H1005 house H426 of God H5922 in H870 its place.
8 H4481 Moreover I H7761 [H8752] make H2942 a decree H3964 what H5648 [H8748] ye shall do H5974 to H7868 [H8750] the elders H479 of these H3062 Judeans H1124 [H8749] for the building H1791 of this H1005 house H426 of God: H4430 that of the king's H5232 goods, H1768 even of H4061 the tribute H5675 beyond H5103 the river, H5313 expenses H1934 [H8748] be H3052 [H8727] given H629 immediately H479 to these H1400 men, H3809 that they be not H989 [H8749] hindered.
9 H4101 And that which H2818 [H8750] they have need of, H1123 both young H8450 bulls, H1798 and rams, H563 and lambs, H5928 for the burnt offerings H426 of the God H8065 of heaven, H2591 wheat, H4416 salt, H2562 wine, H4887 and oil, H3983 according to the appointment H3549 of the priests H3390 who are at Jerusalem, H1934 [H8748] let it be H3052 [H8727] given H3118 to them day H3118 by day H3809 without H7960 fail:
10 H1934 H7127 [H8748] That they may offer H5208 sacrifices of sweet savours H426 to the God H8065 of heaven, H6739 [H8743] and pray H2417 for the life H4430 of the king, H1123 and of his sons.
11 H4481 Also H7761 [H8752] I have made H2942 a decree, H3606 H606 that whoever H8133 [H8681] shall alter H1836 this H6600 word, H636 let timber H5256 [H8725] be pulled down H4481 from H1005 his house, H2211 [H8752] and being set up, H4223 [H8725] let him be hanged H5922 on it; H1005 and let his house H5648 [H8725] be made H5122 a dunghill H5922 for H1836 this.
12 H426 And the God H8036 that hath caused his name H7932 [H8745] to dwell H8536 there H4049 [H8741] to overthrow H3606 all H4430 kings H5972 and people, H7972 [H8748] that shall put forth H3028 his hand H8133 [H8682] to alter H2255 [H8742] the decree and to ruin H1791 this H1005 house H426 of God H3390 which is at Jerusalem. H576 I H1868 Darius H7761 [H8754] have made H2942 a decree; H5648 [H8725] let it be done H629 with speed.
13 H116 Then [H8674] Tatnai, H6347 governor H5675 on this side H5103 the river, H8370 Shetharboznai, H3675 and their companions, H6903 according H1868 to that which Darius H4430 the king H7972 [H8754] had sent, H3660 so H5648 [H8754] they did H629 speedily.
14 H7868 [H8750] And the elders H3062 of the Judeans H1124 [H8750] built, H6744 [H8683] and they prospered H5017 through the prophesying H2292 of Haggai H5029 the prophet H2148 and Zechariah H1247 the son H5714 of Iddo. H1124 [H8754] And they built, H3635 [H8806] and finished H4481 it, according H2941 to the commandment H426 of the God H3479 of Israel, H2942 and according to the commandment H3567 of Cyrus, H1868 and Darius, H783 and Artaxerxes H4430 king H6540 of Persia.
15 H1836 And this H1005 house H3319 [H8806] was finished H5705 on H8532 the third H3118 day H3393 of the month H144 Adar, H1932 which was H8353 in the sixth H8140 year H4437 of the reign H1868 of Darius H4430 the king.
16 H1123 And the children H3479 of Israel, H3549 the priests, H3879 and the Levites, H7606 and the rest H1123 of the children H1547 of the captivity, H5648 [H8754] kept H2597 the dedication H1836 of this H1005 house H426 of God H2305 with joy,
17 H7127 [H8684] And offered H2597 at the dedication H1836 of this H1005 house H426 of God H3969 an hundred H8450 bulls, H3969 two hundred H1798 rams, H703 four H3969 hundred H563 lambs; H2402 H2409 [H8675] and for a sin offering H5922 for H3606 all H3479 Israel, H8648 H6236 twelve H6841 male H5796 goats, H4510 according to the number H7625 of the tribes H3479 of Israel.
18 H6966 [H8684] And they set H3549 the priests H6392 in their divisions, H3879 and the Levites H4255 in their courses, H5922 for H5673 the service H426 of God, H3390 who is at Jerusalem; H3792 as it is written H5609 in the book H4873 of Moses.
19 H1121 And the sons H1473 of the captivity H6213 [H8799] kept H6453 the passover H702 H6240 upon the fourteenth H7223 day of the first H2320 month.
20 H3548 For the priests H3881 and the Levites H2891 [H8694] were purified H259 together, H2889 all of them were pure, H7819 [H8799] and they killed H6453 the passover H1121 for all the sons H1473 of the captivity, H251 and for their brethren H3548 the priests, and for themselves.
21 H1121 And the sons H3478 of Israel, H7725 [H8802] who had returned H1473 from captivity, H914 [H8737] and all such as had separated H2932 themselves to them from the filthiness H1471 of the nations H776 of the land, H1875 [H8800] to seek H3068 the LORD H430 God H3478 of Israel, H398 [H8799] ate,
22 H6213 [H8799] And kept H2282 the feast H4682 of unleavened bread H7651 seven H3117 days H8057 with joy: H3068 for the LORD H8055 [H8765] had made them joyful, H5437 [H8689] and turned H3820 the heart H4428 of the king H804 of Assyria H2388 [H8763] to them, to strengthen H3027 their hands H4399 in the work H1004 of the house H430 of God, H430 the God H3478 of Israel.