Chapter 5

We left the temple-work at a full stop; but, being God’s work, it shall be revived, and here we have an account of the reviving of it. It was hindered by might and power, but it was set a-going again “by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts.” Now here we are told how that blessed Spirit, I. Warmed its cool-hearted friends and excited them to built, Ezra 5:1, 2. II. Cooled its hot-headed enemies, and brought them to better tempers; for, though they secretly disliked the work as much as those in the foregoing chapter, yet, 1. They were more mild towards the builders, Ezra 5:3-5. 2. They were more fair in their representation of the matter to the king, of which we have here an account, Ezra 5:6-17.