So (A)Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of [a]Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and (B)the prophets of God were with them, helping them.

At the same time (C)Tattenai the governor of the region beyond [b]the River and Shethar-Boznai and their companions came to them and spoke thus to them: (D)“Who has commanded you to build this [c]temple and finish this wall?” (E)Then, accordingly, we told them the names of the men who were constructing this building. But (F)the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so that they could not make them cease till a report could go to Darius. Then a (G)written answer was returned concerning this matter.

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  1. Ezra 5:2 Jehozadak, 1 Chr. 6:14
  2. Ezra 5:3 The Euphrates
  3. Ezra 5:3 Lit. house

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