Ezra 5:4
New International Version
They also asked, "What are the names of those who are constructing this building?"

New Living Translation
They also asked for the names of all the men working on the Temple.

English Standard Version
They also asked them this: “What are the names of the men who are building this building?”

Berean Study Bible
They also asked, “What are the names of the men who are constructing this building?”

New American Standard Bible
Then we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.

King James Bible
Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

Christian Standard Bible
They also asked them, "What are the names of the workers who are constructing this building?"

Contemporary English Version
Give us the names of the workers!"

Good News Translation
They also asked for the names of all the men who were helping build the Temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They also asked them, "What are the names of the workers who are constructing this building?"

International Standard Version
In answer, we responded with a list of the names of the men who were building the structure.

NET Bible
They also asked them, "What are the names of the men who are building this edifice?"

New Heart English Bible
Then they asked them, "What are the names of the men who are constructing this building?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They also asked the Jews for the names of the men who were working on this building.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then spoke we unto them after this manner [, wrote they]: What are the names of the men that build this building?'

New American Standard 1977
Then we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then we said unto them regarding this, These are the names of the men that make this building!

King James 2000 Bible
Then said we unto them after this manner, These are the names of the men that make this building.

American King James Version
Then said we to them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

American Standard Version
Then we told them after this manner, what the names of the men were that were making this building.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then they spoke thus to them, What are the names of the men that build this city?

Douay-Rheims Bible
In answer to which we gave them the names of the men who were the promoters of that building.

Darby Bible Translation
And they said to them after this manner: What are the names of the men that build this building?

English Revised Version
Then spake we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said we to them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

World English Bible
Then we told them in this way, what the names of the men were who were making this building.

Young's Literal Translation
Then thus we have said to them, 'What are the names of the men who are building this building?'
Study Bible
Temple Rebuilding Resumes
3At that time Tattenai the governor of the region west of the Euphrates, Shethar-bozenai, and their associates went to the Jews and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?” 4They also asked, “What are the names of the men who are constructing this building?” 5But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, so that they were not stopped until a report was sent to Darius and written instructions about this matter were returned.…
Cross References
Exodus 36:1
So Bezalel, Oholiab, and every skilled person are to carry out everything commanded by the LORD, who has given them skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work of constructing the sanctuary."

Ezra 5:10
We also asked for their names, so that we could write down the names of their leaders for your information.

Treasury of Scripture

Then said we to them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

What are

Ezra 5:10
We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.

make this building.







Lexicon
They also
אֱדַ֥יִן (’ĕ·ḏa·yin)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 116: Then, thereupon

asked,
אֲמַ֣רְנָא (’ă·mar·nā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 560: To say, tell, command

“What
מַן־ (man-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4479: Who, what

are
אִנּוּן֙ (’in·nūn)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 581: They, those

the names
שְׁמָהָ֣ת (šə·mā·hāṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8036: A name

of the men
גֻּבְרַיָּ֔א (guḇ·ray·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's Hebrew 1400: A person

who
דִּֽי־ (dî-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 1768: Who, which, that, because

are constructing
בָּנַֽיִן׃ (bā·na·yin)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1124: To build

this
דְנָ֥ה (ḏə·nāh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1836: This

building?”
בִנְיָנָ֖א (ḇin·yā·nā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 1147: An edifice
(4) Then said we.--The LXX. must here have read, "then said they." But there is no need to change the text; the sentence is not a question, but a statement: "we said to the effect, what the names were."

What are the names of the men . . .?--It is clear that this graphic account is much compressed. We must understand (see Ezra 5:10) that the authorities demanded the names of the chief promoters of the building in order to make them responsible.

Verse 4. - Then said we unto them. It is impossible that the existing text can be sound here. Ezra must have written, "Then said they to them." Tatnai and Shethar-boznai followed up their first question by a second, "What are the names of the men that make this building?" (comp. below, vers. 9, 10). 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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