Ezra 5:9
New International Version
We questioned the elders and asked them, "Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?"

New Living Translation
“We asked the leaders, ‘Who gave you permission to rebuild this Temple and restore this structure?’

English Standard Version
Then we asked those elders and spoke to them thus: ‘Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?’

Berean Study Bible
So we questioned the elders and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?”

New American Standard Bible
"Then we asked those elders and said to them thus, 'Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?'

New King James Version
Then we asked those elders, and spoke thus to them: “Who commanded you to build this temple and to finish these walls?”

King James Bible
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

Christian Standard Bible
So we questioned the elders and asked, "Who gave you the order to rebuild this temple and finish this structure?"

Contemporary English Version
We asked those in charge to tell us who gave them permission to rebuild the temple.

Good News Translation
"We then asked the leaders of the people to tell us who had given them authority to rebuild the Temple and to equip it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we questioned the elders and asked, "Who gave you the order to rebuild this temple and finish this structure?"

International Standard Version
We asked the elders, "Who authorized you to build this Temple and to reinforce these walls?"

NET Bible
We inquired of those elders, asking them, 'Who gave you the authority to rebuild this temple and to complete this structure?'

New Heart English Bible
Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, "Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We asked their leaders the following question: "Who gave you permission to rebuild this temple and finish its walls?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus: Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?

New American Standard 1977
“Then we asked those elders and said to them thus, ‘Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then we asked the elders and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house and to found these walls?

King James 2000 Bible
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them, Who commanded you to build this house, and to complete these walls?

American King James Version
Then asked we those elders, and said to them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

American Standard Version
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then we asked those elders, and thus we said to them, Who gave you the order to build this house, and to provide this preparation?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we asked those ancients, and said to them thus: Who hath given you authority to build this house, and to repair these walls?

Darby Bible Translation
Then asked we those elders: thus we said to them, Who gave you orders to build this house and to complete this wall?

English Revised Version
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to erect these walls?

World English Bible
Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, "Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?"

Young's Literal Translation
Then we have asked of these elders, thus we have said to them, Who hath made for you a decree this house to build, and this wall to finish?
Study Bible
Tattenai's Letter to Darius
8Let it be known to the king that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. The people are rebuilding it with large stones, and placing timbers in the walls. This work is being carried out diligently and is prospering in their hands. 9So we questioned the elders and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?” 10We also asked for their names, so that we could write down the names of their leaders for your information.…
Cross References
Ezra 4:12
Let it be known to the king that the Jews who came from you to us have returned to Jerusalem. And they are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city, restoring its walls, and repairing its foundations.

Ezra 5:3
At 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?"

Ezra 5:8
Let it be known to the king that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. The people are rebuilding it with large stones, and placing timbers in the walls. This work is being carried out diligently and is prospering in their hands.

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 asked we those elders, and said to them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

Who commanded

Ezra 5:3,4
At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? …







Lexicon
So
אֱדַ֗יִן (’ĕ·ḏa·yin)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 116: Then, thereupon

we questioned
שְׁאֵ֙לְנָא֙ (šə·’ê·lə·nā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7593: To inquire, to request, to demand

the
אִלֵּ֔ךְ (’il·lêḵ)
Pronoun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 479: These

elders
לְשָׂבַיָּ֣א (lə·śā·ḇay·yā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's Hebrew 7868: To become aged, to grow gray

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

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

authorized you
שָׂ֨ם (śām)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7761: To set, make

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

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

temple
בַּיְתָ֤א (bay·ṯā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 1005: A house

and restore
לְשַׁכְלָלָֽה׃ (lə·šaḵ·lā·lāh)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3635: To complete

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

structure?”
וְאֻשַּׁרְנָ֥א (wə·’uš·šar·nā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 846: Perhaps a wall
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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