Ezra 6:1
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New International Version
King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon.

New Living Translation
So King Darius issued orders that a search be made in the Babylonian archives, which were stored in the treasury.

English Standard Version
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in Babylonia, in the house of the archives where the documents were stored.

New American Standard Bible
Then King Darius issued a decree, and search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon.

King James Bible
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
King Darius gave the order, and they searched in the library of Babylon in the archives.

International Standard Version
Then King Darius issued an order to search the Hall of Records where the Babylonian archives were stored.

NET Bible
So Darius the king issued orders, and they searched in the archives of the treasury which were deposited there in Babylon.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then King Darius gave the order to search the library where the archives were stored in Babylon.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Darius, the king, gave a commandment, and a search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the scrolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

American King James Version
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

American Standard Version
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the archives, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then king Darius gave orders, and they searched in the library of the books that were laid up in Babylon,

Darby Bible Translation
Then king Darius gave orders, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

English Revised Version
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the archives, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

World English Bible
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the archives, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Young's Literal Translation
Then Darius the king made a decree, and they sought in the house of the books of the treasuries placed there in Babylon,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-12 When God's time is come for fulfilling his gracious purposes concerning his church, he will raise up instruments to do it, from whom such good service was not expected. While our thoughts are directed to this event, we are led by Zechariah to fix our regard on a nobler, a spiritual building. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to lay one stone upon another: let us assist the great design. Difficulties delay the progress of this sacred edifice. Yet let not opposition discourage us, for in due season it will be completed to his abundant praise. He shall bring forth the head-stone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Darius the king made a decree. Rather, "gave an order" (Vulg., praecepit). A "decree" would not be necessary. And search was made in the house of the rolls. Literally, "in the house of the books," i.e. in the royal library, or record chamber. Where the treasures were laid up. The same repository was, apparently, used for documents of value and for the precious metals. An underground apartment is perhaps indicated by the word translated "laid up," which means "made to descend."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then Darius the king made a decree,.... To make inquiry after the edict of Cyrus, to search the public records for it:

and search was made in the house of the rolls; or "books" (r), in a public library or museum:

where the treasures were laid up in Babylon; where things of worth and value were reposited; not only gold, silver, jewels, and precious stones, and things rare and curious, but all sorts of writings relating to the monarchy, and the dominions belonging to it; but it seems it could not be found here, and therefore the king ordered search to be made elsewhere.

(r) , , Sept. "in bibliotheca", V. L. "in bibliotheca librorum", Tigurine version; "in domo librorum", Pagninus, Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 6

Ezr 6:1-12. Darius' Decree for Advancing the Building.

1. Darius the king—This was Darius Hystaspes. Great and interesting light has been thrown on the history of this monarch and the transaction of his reign, by the decipherment of the cuneatic inscriptions on the rocks at Behistun.

in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon—An idea of the form of this Babylonian register house, as well as the manner of preserving public records within its repositories, can be obtained from the discoveries at Nineveh. Two small chambers were discovered in the palace of Koyunjik, which, from the fragments found in them, Mr. Layard considers "as a house of the rolls." After reminding his readers that the historical records and public documents of the Assyrians were kept on tablets and cylinders of baked clay, many specimens of which have been found, he goes on to say, "The chambers I am describing appear to have been a depository in the palace of Nineveh for such documents. To the height of a foot or more from the floor they were entirely filled with them; some entire, but the greater part broken into many fragments, probably by the falling in of the upper part of the building. They were of different sizes; the largest tablets were flat, and measured about nine inches by six and a half inches; the smaller were slightly convex, and some were not more than an inch long, with but one or two lines of writing. The cuneiform characters on most of them were singularly sharp and well-defined, but so minute in some instances as to be almost illegible without a magnifying glass. These documents appear to be of various kinds. The documents that have thus been discovered in the house of rolls' at Nineveh probably exceed all that have yet been afforded by the monuments of Egypt, and when the innumerable fragments are put together and transcribed, the publication of these records will be of the greatest importance to the history of the ancient world" [Nineveh and Babylon].

Ezra 6:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Decree of Darius
1Then King Darius issued a decree, and search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon. 2In Ecbatana in the fortress, which is in the province of Media, a scroll was found and there was written in it as follows: "Memorandum--…
Cross References
Ezra 5:17
Now if it pleases the king, let a search be made in the royal archives of Babylon to see if King Cyrus did in fact issue a decree to rebuild this house of God in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us his decision in this matter.

Ezra 6:22
For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.

Ezra 7:13
Now I decree that any of the Israelites in my kingdom, including priests and Levites, who volunteer to go to Jerusalem with you, may go.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Daniel 9:25
"Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.
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Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

and search

Ezra 4:15,19 That search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: …

Ezra 5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made …

Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings …

rolls. Chal. books

Psalm 40:7 Then said I, See, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

Jeremiah 36:2-4,20-23,29,32 Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I …

Ezekiel 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent to me; and, see, a roll …

Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this roll, …

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book …

laid up. Chal. made to descend

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