Ezra 6:10
New International Version
so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.

New Living Translation
Then they will be able to offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the welfare of the king and his sons.

English Standard Version
that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

Berean Study Bible
Then they will be able to offer sacrifices of a sweet aroma to the God of heaven and to pray for the lives of the king and his sons.

New American Standard Bible
that they may offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

King James Bible
That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

Christian Standard Bible
so that they can offer sacrifices of pleasing aroma to the God of the heavens and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

Contemporary English Version
I want them to be able to offer pleasing sacrifices to God and to pray for me and my family.

Good News Translation
This is to be done so that they can offer sacrifices that are acceptable to the God of Heaven and pray for his blessing on me and my sons.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that they can offer sacrifices of pleasing aroma to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

International Standard Version
so they may approach the God of Heaven with fragrant sacrifices and pray for the life of this king and his sons.

NET Bible
so that they may be offering incense to the God of heaven and may be praying for the good fortune of the king and his family.

New Heart English Bible
that they may offer sacrifices of pleasant aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they can offer sacrifices that please the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

JPS Tanakh 1917
that they may offer sacrifices of sweet savour unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

New American Standard 1977
that they may offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

King James 2000 Bible
That they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

American King James Version
That they may offer sacrifices of sweet smells to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

American Standard Version
that they may offer sacrifices of sweet savor unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
that they may offer sweet savours to the God of heaven, and that they may pray for the life of the king and his sons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And let them offer oblations to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his children.

Darby Bible Translation
that they may present sweet odours to the God of the heavens, and pray for the life of the king and of his sons.

English Revised Version
that they may offer sacrifices of sweet savour unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

Webster's Bible Translation
That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savors to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

World English Bible
that they may offer sacrifices of pleasant aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

Young's Literal Translation
that they be bringing near sweet savours to the God of heaven, and praying for the life of the king, and of his sons.
Study Bible
The Decree of Darius
9Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, and lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, as well as wheat, salt, wine, and oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem—must be given to them day by day without fail. 10Then they will be able to offer sacrifices of a sweet aroma to the God of heaven and to pray for the lives of the king and his sons. 11I also decree that if any man interferes with this directive, a beam is to be torn from his house and raised up, and he is to be impaled on it. And his own house shall be made a pile of rubble for this offense.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 2:1
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men

1 Timothy 2:2
for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.

Ezra 6:9
Whatever is needed--young bulls, rams, and lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, as well as wheat, salt, wine, and oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem--must be given to them day by day without fail.

Ezra 7:23
Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven must be done diligently for the His house. For why should wrath fall on the realm of the king and his sons?

Jeremiah 29:7
Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper.'

Daniel 2:46
At this, King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, paid homage to Daniel, and ordered that an offering of incense be presented to him.

Treasury of Scripture

That they may offer sacrifices of sweet smells to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

sweet savours.

Genesis 8:21
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Leviticus 1:9,13
But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD…

Ephesians 5:2
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

pray

Ezra 7:23
Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?

Jeremiah 29:7
And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

1 Timothy 2:1,2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; …







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

they will be able
לֶהֱוֺ֧ן (le·hĕ·wōn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1934: To become, come to pass, be

to offer sacrifices
מְהַקְרְבִ֛ין (mə·haq·rə·ḇîn)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7127: To approach

of a sweet aroma
נִיחוֹחִ֖ין (nî·ḥō·w·ḥîn)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5208: Soothing, tranquilizing

to the God
לֶאֱלָ֣הּ (le·’ĕ·lāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 426: God

of heaven
שְׁמַיָּ֑א (šə·may·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's Hebrew 8065: The sky

and to pray
וּמְצַלַּ֕יִן (ū·mə·ṣal·la·yin)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6739: To pray

for the lives
לְחַיֵּ֥י (lə·ḥay·yê)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2417: Alive, life

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

and his sons.
וּבְנֽוֹהִי׃ (ū·ḇə·nō·w·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1123: A son
(10) That they may offer sacrifices . . . and pray for the life of the king.--Two ends are to be answered: the God of heaven is to be honoured, and the dynasty of Darius interceded for by the Jews. (Comp. Jeremiah 29:7.)

Of sweet savours.--The word occurs again only in Daniel 2:46, and there is translated "sweet odours," meaning incense. The connection of this with the prayer following justifies the same translation here, and, moreover, indicates under what good instruction the decree was drawn up.

Verse 10. - That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours. Either incense, as in Daniel 2:46, or "sacrifices that are pleasing and acceptable" (see Genesis 8:21; Numbers 28:2). And pray for the life of the king. The Jews have always maintained the practice of praying for the civil ruler of any country in which they have had their abode. Jeremiah s exhortation to "seek the peace" of Babylon (Numbers 29:7) was understood in this way, and the tradition has been handed down even to the present day. Under monarchs so favour-able to them as the Achaemenian Persians the duty would certainly not have been neglected. And of his sons. In Persia "the royal house" was the special object of regard. Individual kings must die, but the house would go on (see the speech of Artemisia to Xerxes in 'Herod.,' 8:102; and compare the references to the "gods of the royal house" in the Inscriptions). Kings took special care of their sons. Thus Cyrus sent Cambyses back to Persia when he was about to attack the Massagetae ('Herod.,' 1:208), and Xerxes gave several of his sons into the charge of Artemisia, to convey them by ship to Asia, while he himself took the long and perilous journey by land (ibid. 8:103). 6:1-12 When God's time is come for fulfilling his gracious purposes concerning his church, he will raise up instruments to do it, from whom such good service was not expected. While our thoughts are directed to this event, we are led by Zechariah to fix our regard on a nobler, a spiritual building. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to lay one stone upon another: let us assist the great design. Difficulties delay the progress of this sacred edifice. Yet let not opposition discourage us, for in due season it will be completed to his abundant praise. He shall bring forth the head-stone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
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