Ezra 6:2
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English Standard Version
And in Ecbatana, the citadel that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record.

King James Bible
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

American Standard Version
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a roll, and therein was thus written for a record:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was found in Ecbatana, which is a castle in the province of Media, a book in which this record was written.

English Revised Version
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a roll, and therein was thus written for a record.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and in it was a record thus written:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In the first year, however, of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus made a decree, etc.; comp. Ezra 1:3. The infin. לבנא like Ezra 5:3. - On Ezra 5:14 and Ezra 5:15, comp. Ezra 1:7-11. ויחיבוּ, praeter. pass. of Peal; they were given to one Sheshbazzar, (is) his name, i.e., to one of the name of Sheshbazzar, whom he had made pechah. Zerubbabel is also called פּחה, Haggai 1:1, Haggai 1:14, and elsewhere.

Ezra 6:2 Parallel Commentaries

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at Achmetha. or, at Ecbatana, or, in a coffer (Probably from the Persian, kham, 'a house for a summer residence,' with a prefix, aleph, and the Chaldee termination, that, most likely denotes Ecbatana, as the Vulgate and Josephus read, the summer residence of the Persian monarchs. It was situated in a mountainous region at the foot of mount Orontes, or Jasonius, according to Ammianus, on the southern confines of Media and Persia, and according to Pliny,

750 miles from Seleucia the Great,

20 miles from the Caspian passes,

450 miles from Susa, and the same from Gazae Atropatene, and in lat.

37 deg.

45 min., long.

88 deg., according to Ptolemy. The building of the city is ascribed to Semiramis by Diodorus, but to Deioces by Eusebius, (in Chr.

Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled...

,) and Herodotus, who states that it was surrounded by seven walls, strong and ample, built in circles one within another, rising each above each by the height of their respective battlements; each being distinguished by a different colour, the first white, the second black, the third purple, the fourth blue, the fifth orange, the sixth plated with silver, and the seventh with gold. The largest of these was nearly the extent of Athens, i.e.

200 furlongs, according to Dion Chrysostom; but Diodorus Siculus states the circumference of Ecbatana to be

250 furlongs. Within the inner circle stood the king's palace and the royal treasury, so much celebrated for its splendour and riches by Polybius. It is highly probable, as D'Anville and Major Rennel suppose, that the present Hamadan, whose ruins attest its former splendour, occupies the site of Ecbatana. It is situated in Al Gebal, at the foot of the lofty mountain Alwend, about

80 leagues from Ispahan, and also from Bagdad.)

Cross References
Hebrews 10:7
Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'"

2 Kings 17:6
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria, and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Ezra 5:17
Therefore, if it seems good to the king, let search be made in the royal archives there in Babylon, to see whether a decree was issued by Cyrus the king for the rebuilding of this house of God in Jerusalem. And let the king send us his pleasure in this matter."

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