The governor ordered them not to eat any of the ·holy [sacred; L most holy; Lev. 2:3; 7:21–36] food until a priest settled this matter by using the Urim and Thummim [C sacred lots used to determine God’s will; Ex. 28:30].
whose genealogies had been lost. So they were not allowed to continue as priests or even to receive the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until the Urim and Thummim had been consulted to find out from God whether or not they actually were descendants of priests.
They looked high and low for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status by using the Urim and Thummim.
The governor gave them an order. He told them not to eat any of the most sacred food. They had to wait until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim. The priest would use them to get decisions from the Lord.
As the governor appointed by Persia,I ordered them not to eat any of the sacred food set apart for priests until a priest could be found to consult God on this matter with the sacred stones, Urim and Thummim.
And (the) Tirshatha said to them, that they should not eat of the holy things of holy men, till that a wise priest rose up among the people. (And the governor said to them, that they could not eat the holy food of the offerings, until a priest rose up who could consult the Urim and the Thummim.)
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