Context7They sent a report to him in which it was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace. 8Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with huge stones, and beams are being laid in the walls; and this work is going on with great care and is succeeding in their hands. 9Then we asked those elders and said to them thus, Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure? 10We also asked them their names so as to inform you, and that we might write down the names of the men who were at their head. 11Thus they answered us, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth and are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished. 12But because our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon. 13However, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to rebuild this house of God. 14Also the gold and silver utensils of the house of God which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, and brought them to the temple of Babylon, these King Cyrus took from the temple of Babylon and they were given to one whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had appointed governor. 15He said to him, Take these utensils, go and deposit them in the temple in Jerusalem and let the house of God be rebuilt in its place. 16Then that Sheshbazzar came and laid the foundations of the house of God in Jerusalem; and from then until now it has been under construction and it is not yet completed. 17Now if it pleases the king, let a search be conducted in the kings treasure house, which is there in Babylon, if it be that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to rebuild this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send to us his decision concerning this matter.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
they sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus: Unto Darius the king, all peace.
The letter which they sent him, was written thus: To Darius the king all peace.
Darby Bible Translation
They sent a report to him in which was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace!
English Revised Version
they sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace.
Webster's Bible Translation
They sent a letter to him, in which was written thus; To Darius the king, all peace.
World English Bible
they sent a letter to him, in which was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace.
Young's Literal Translation
A letter they have sent unto him, and thus is it written in it:
Library"The Prophets of God Helping Them"
Close by the Israelites who had set themselves to the task of rebuilding the temple, dwelt the Samaritans, a mixed race that had sprung up through the intermarriage of heathen colonists from the provinces of Assyria with the remnant of the ten tribes which had been left in Samaria and Galilee. In later years the Samaritans claimed to worship the true God, but in heart and practice they were idolaters. It is true, they held that their idols were but to remind them of the living God, the Ruler of the …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
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