11 Thus they [a]answered us, saying, ‘We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth and are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, (A)which a great king of Israel built and finished. 12 But (B)because our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, (C)He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon. 13 However, (D)in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus (E)issued a decree to rebuild this house of God.

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  1. Ezra 5:11 Lit returned us the word

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