Ezra 5:17
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
"Therefore, if it pleases the king, we request that a search be made in the royal archives of Babylon to discover whether King Cyrus ever issued a decree to rebuild God's Temple in Jerusalem. And then let the king send us his decision in this matter."

English Standard Version
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.”

Berean Study Bible
Now, therefore, if it pleases the king, let a search be made of the royal archives in Babylon to see if King Cyrus did indeed issue a decree to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us his decision in this matter.

New American Standard Bible
"Now if it pleases the king, let a search be conducted in the king's 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."

King James Bible
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Christian Standard Bible
So if it pleases the king, let a search of the royal archives in Babylon be conducted to see if it is true that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. Let the king's decision regarding this matter be sent to us.

Contemporary English Version
Your Majesty, please order someone to look up the old records in Babylonia and find out if King Cyrus really did give orders to rebuild God's temple in Jerusalem. We will do whatever you think we should.

Good News Translation
"Now, if it please Your Majesty, have a search made in the royal records in Babylon to find whether or not Emperor Cyrus gave orders for this Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt, and then inform us what your will is in this matter."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So if it pleases the king, let a search of the royal archives in Babylon be conducted to see if it is true that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. Let the king's decision regarding this matter be sent to us.

International Standard Version
Accordingly, with your approval we suggest that a search be conducted within the king's treasury at Babylon to verify whether or not King Cyrus ever issued such a decree to reconstruct this Temple of God in Jerusalem. Then please notify us concerning the king's pleasure in this matter.

NET Bible
"Now if the king is so inclined, let a search be conducted in the royal archives there in Babylon in order to determine whether King Cyrus did in fact issue orders for this temple of God to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us a decision concerning this matter."

New Heart English Bible
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let a search be made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it pleases Your Majesty, allow someone to search the king's archives in Babylon to determine whether King Cyrus gave permission for the temple of God to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Then please send us Your Majesty's decision on this matter.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let search be made in the king's treasure-house there, which is at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.'

New American Standard 1977
“And now, if it pleases the king let a search be conducted in the king’s 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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now, therefore, if it seems good to the king, let there be a search made in the king's treasure house, which is there in Babylon, whether it is so, that a decree was made by Cyrus, the king, to build this house of God in Jerusalem, and let the king send unto us his will concerning this matter.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore, if it seems good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

American King James Version
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

American Standard Version
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure-house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now, if it seem good to the king, lest search be made in the treasure-house of the king at Babylon, that thou mayest know if it be that a decree was made by king Cyrus to build that house of God that was in Jerusalem, and let the king send to us when he has learnt concerning this matter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now therefore if it seem good to the king, let him search in the king's library, which is in Babylon, whether it hath been decreed by Cyrus the king, that the house of God in Jerusalem should be built, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, if it seem good to the king, let search be made in the king's treasure-house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that orders were given by king Cyrus to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

English Revised Version
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore, if it seemeth good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure-house, which is there at Babylon, whether it is so, that a decree was made by Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

World English Bible
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter."

Young's Literal Translation
And now, if to the king it be good, let search be made in the treasure-house of the king, that is there in Babylon, whether it be that of Cyrus the king there was made a decree to build this house of God in Jerusalem, and the will of the king concerning this thing he doth send unto us.'
Study Bible
Tattenai's Letter to Darius
16So this Sheshbazzar came and laid the foundation of the house of God in Jerusalem, and from that time until now it has been under construction, but is not yet completed.” 17Now, therefore, if it pleases the king, let a search be made of the royal archives in Babylon to see if King Cyrus did indeed issue a decree to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us his decision in this matter.
Cross References
Ezra 6:1
Thus King Darius ordered a search of the archives stored in the treasury of Babylon.

Ezra 6:2
And a scroll was found in the fortress of Ecbatana, in the province of Media, with the following written on it: Memorandum:

Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

A.

Ezra 4:15,19
That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed…

Ezra 6:1,2
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…

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

a decree

Ezra 6:3-5
In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits; …







Lexicon
Now, therefore,
וּכְעַ֞ן (ū·ḵə·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3705: Now

if
הֵ֧ן (hên)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 2006: Lo!, there, less, whether, but, if

it pleases
טָ֗ב (ṭāḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2869: Good

the king,
מַלְכָּ֣א (mal·kā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 4430: A king

let a search be made
יִ֠תְבַּקַּר (yiṯ·baq·qar)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1240: To plough, break forth, to inspect, admire, care for, consider

of the royal
דִּי־ (dî-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 1768: Who, which, that, because

archives
בְּבֵ֨ית (bə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1005: A house

in Babylon
בְּבָבֶל֒ (bə·ḇā·ḇel)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 895: Babylon -- an eastern Mediterranean empire and its capital city

to see if
הֵ֣ן (hên)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 2006: Lo!, there, less, whether, but, if

King
מַלְכָּא֙ (mal·kā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 4430: A king

Cyrus
כּ֤וֹרֶשׁ (kō·w·reš)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3567: Cyrus -- a person king

did indeed
דִּ֣י (dî)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 1768: Who, which, that, because

issue
שִׂ֣ים (śîm)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7761: To set, make

a decree
טְעֵ֔ם (ṭə·‘êm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2942: Flavor, judgment, account

to rebuild
לְמִבְנֵ֛א (lə·miḇ·nê)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1124: To build

the
דֵ֖ךְ (ḏêḵ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1791: This

house
בֵּית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1005: A house

of God
אֱלָהָ֥א (’ĕ·lā·hā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 426: God

in Jerusalem.
בִּירוּשְׁלֶ֑ם (bî·rū·šə·lem)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3390: Jerusalem -- the capital city of all Israel

Then let the king
מַלְכָּ֛א (mal·kā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 4430: A king

send
יִשְׁלַ֥ח (yiš·laḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7972: To send away, for, out

us
עֲלֶֽינָא׃ (‘ă·le·nā)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5922: Above, over, upon, against

his decision
וּרְע֥וּת (ū·rə·‘ūṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7470: Pleasure, will

in
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5922: Above, over, upon, against

this [matter].
דְּנָ֖ה (də·nāh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1836: This
(17) Let there be search made.--All depended on the original decree, which nothing done intermediately by the usurper could cancel. And the request of Tatnai seems to imply that it would be found: although the original was not found in Babylon, as was expected, a copy had been made.

Verse 17. - Let there be search made in the king's treasure house. The Vulgate has "in the king's library;" and this, though not the literal rendering, is probably what was intended by Tatuai. Libraries or record chambers were attached to the royal residences under the old Assyrian and Babylonian kings; and the practice was no doubt continued by the Persians. Some of these record offices have been recently found, and their stores recovered. In the year 1850 Mr. Layard came upon the royal library of Asshur-bani-pal at Koyunjik, and obtained from it several hundreds of documents. More recently, in 1875-6, some Arab explorers happened upon a similar collection near Babylon, which yielded from 3000 to 4000 tablets ('Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology,' vol. 6. pp. 4, 582). It is quite possible that the "decree of Cyrus" may still exist, and be one day recovered.



5:3-17 While employed in God's work, we are under his special protection; his eye is upon us for good. This should keep us to our duty, and encourage us therein, when difficulties are ever so discouraging. The elders of the Jews gave the Samaritans an account of their proceedings. Let us learn hence, with meekness and fear, to give a reason of the hope that is in us; let us rightly understand, and then readily declare, what we do in God's service, and why we do it. And while in this world, we always shall have to confess, that our sins have provoked the wrath of God. All our sufferings spring from thence, and all our comforts from his unmerited mercy. However the work may seem to be hindered, yet the Lord Jesus Christ is carrying it on, his people are growing unto a holy temple in the Lord, for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
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