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“I also hereby issue orders as to what you are to do with those elders of the Jews in order to rebuild this temple of God. From the royal treasury, from the taxes of Trans-Euphrates, the complete costs are to be given to these men so that there may be no interruption of the work.[a] Whatever is needed—whether oxen or rams or lambs for burnt offerings for the God of heaven or wheat or salt or wine or oil, as required by[b] the priests who are in Jerusalem—must be given to them daily without any neglect, 10 so that they may be offering incense to the God of heaven and may be praying for the good fortune of the king and his family.[c]

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  1. Ezra 6:8 tn The words “of the work” are not in the Aramaic, but are supplied in the translation for clarity.
  2. Ezra 6:9 tn Aram “according to the word of.”
  3. Ezra 6:10 tn Aram “for the life of the king and his sons.”