Then Zerubbabel(A) son of Shealtiel and Joshua(B) son of Jozadak set to work(C) to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.

At that time Tattenai,(D) governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai(E) and their associates went to them and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?”(F) They[a] also asked, “What are the names of those who are constructing this building?” But the eye of their God(G) was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.

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  1. Ezra 5:4 See Septuagint; Aramaic We.