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?”

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

New King James Version
Then, accordingly, we told them the names of the men who were constructing this building.

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

NASB 1995
Then we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.

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

Amplified Bible
Then, accordingly, we told them the names of the men who were reconstructing this building.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then, according to the law, they said to them: “What are the names of these men who build this building?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Then we have said thus to them, “What [are] the names of the men who are building this building?”

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?

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?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 ability 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.









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

building?”
בִנְיָנָ֖א (ḇin·yā·nā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 1147: An edifice


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