Ezra 6:11
New International Version
Furthermore, I decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime their house is to be made a pile of rubble.

New Living Translation
“Those who violate this decree in any way will have a beam pulled from their house. Then they will be lifted up and impaled on it, and their house will be reduced to a pile of rubble.

English Standard Version
Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made a dunghill.

Berean Study Bible
I 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.

New American Standard Bible
"And I issued a decree that any man who violates this edict, a timber shall be drawn from his house and he shall be impaled on it and his house shall be made a refuse heap on account of this.

King James Bible
Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

Christian Standard Bible
I also issue a decree concerning any man who interferes with this directive: Let a beam be torn from his house and raised up; he will be impaled on it, and his house will be made into a garbage dump because of this offense.

Contemporary English Version
If any of you don't obey this order, a wooden beam will be taken from your house and sharpened on one end. Then it will be driven through your body, and your house will be torn down and turned into a garbage dump.

Good News Translation
I further command that if any disobey this order, a wooden beam is to be torn out of their houses, sharpened on one end, and then driven through their bodies. And their houses are to be made a rubbish heap.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I also issue a decree concerning any man who interferes with this directive: Let a beam be torn from his house and raised up; he will be impaled on it, and his house will be made into a garbage dump because of this offense.

International Standard Version
I hereby also decree that whoever shall alter the wording of this edict, let his residence be torn down for timber to build a gallows, hang him on it, and turn his home into an outhouse.

NET Bible
"I hereby give orders that if anyone changes this directive a beam is to be pulled out from his house and he is to be raised up and impaled on it, and his house is to be reduced to a rubbish heap for this indiscretion.

New Heart English Bible
Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am also issuing a decree that if anyone tampers with my orders, that person should be impaled on a beam torn from his own house and his house should be turned into a pile of rubble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this;

New American Standard 1977
“And I issued a decree that any man who violates this edict, a timber shall be drawn from his house and he shall be impaled on it and his house shall be made a refuse heap on account of this.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is also given by my commandment that whoever shall alter this word, let a timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged upon it, and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

King James 2000 Bible
Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be impaled thereon; and let his house be made a pile of rubble because of this.

American King James Version
Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

American Standard Version
Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And a decree has been made by me, that every man who shall alter this word, timber shall be pulled down from his house, and let him be lifted up and slain upon it, and his house shall be confiscated.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have made a decree: That ii any whosoever, shall alter this commandment, a beam be taken from his house. and set up, and he be nailed upon it, and his house be confiscated.

Darby Bible Translation
Also I have given order that whosoever shall alter this rescript, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon, and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

English Revised Version
Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this:

Webster's Bible Translation
Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged upon it; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

World English Bible
Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this:

Young's Literal Translation
'And by me is made a decree, that any one who changeth this thing, let wood be pulled down from his house, and being raised up, let him be smitten on it, and his house let be made a dunghill for this.
Study Bible
The Decree of Darius
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. 12May God, who has caused His name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to alter this decree or to destroy this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued the decree. Let it be carried out with diligence.…
Cross References
2 Kings 10:27
and they demolished the sacred pillar of Baal. Then they tore down the temple of Baal and made it into a latrine, which it is to this day.

Ezra 7:26
If anyone does not keep the law of your God and the law of the king, let a strict judgment be executed against him, whether death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.

Daniel 2:5
The king replied to the astrologers, "My word is final: If you do not tell me the dream and its interpretation, you will be cut into pieces and your houses will be reduced to rubble.

Daniel 3:29
Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be cut into pieces and their houses will be reduced to rubble. For there is no other god who can deliver in this way."

Treasury of Scripture

Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

whosoever

Ezra 7:26
And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

timber

Esther 5:4
And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

Esther 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

hanged.

2 Kings 9:37
And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

2 Kings 10:27
And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

Daniel 2:5
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.







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

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

if any
כָל־ (ḵāl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3606: The whole, all, any, every

man
אֱנָ֗שׁ (’ĕ·nāš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 606: Man, mankind

interferes
יְהַשְׁנֵא֙ (yə·haš·nê)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8133: To change

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

directive,
פִּתְגָמָ֣א (piṯ·ḡā·mā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 6600: A word, answer, letter, decree

a beam
אָע֙ (’ā‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 636: A tree, wood

is to be torn
יִתְנְסַ֥ח (yiṯ·nə·saḥ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5256: To tear away

from
וּמִנִּי֮ (ū·min·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4481: From, out of, by, by reason of, at, more than

his house
בַּיְתֵ֔הּ (bay·ṯêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1005: A house

and raised up,
וּזְקִ֖יף (ū·zə·qîp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2211: To raise, lift up

and he is to be impaled
יִתְמְחֵ֣א (yiṯ·mə·ḥê)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4223: To strike in pieces, to arrest, to impale

on it.
עֲלֹ֑הִי (‘ă·lō·hî)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5922: Above, over, upon, against

And his own house
וּבַיְתֵ֛הּ (ū·ḇay·ṯêh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1005: A house

shall be made
יִתְעֲבֵ֖ד (yiṯ·‘ă·ḇêḏ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5648: To do, make, prepare, keep

a pile of rubble
נְוָל֥וּ (nə·wā·lū)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5122: A refuse heap

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

this offense.
דְּנָֽה׃ (də·nāh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1836: This
(11) Alter this word seems to mean "violate this command," since the alteration of a decree was a thing unheard of.

Hanged is literally crucified. Among the Persians crucifixion was generally the nailing of a body to a cross after decapitation; among the Assyrians it was transfixion or impalement. Here the "being set up" refers of course to the man, and not to the beam.

Verse 11. - Whoever shall alter this word. Rather, "this edict." To alter the terms of a royal decree would in any country be a heinous offence. In Persia, where the monarch was absolute, and where decrees were regarded as "altering not" (Daniel 6:8, 12), it was a crime of the deepest dye. Hence the severity of the punishment threatened. The punishment has been explained as crucifixion, impalement, and "whipping at a post;" but there seems to be no real doubt that crucifixion is intended. Great criminals were almost always crucified by the Persians (see Brisson, 'De Regno Persarum,' 2. pp. 327-329; and comp. 'Behist. Inscr.,' col. 2. par. 14; col. 3. par. 8). Let his house be made a dunghill Some render "be confiscated," but wrongly. The best Hebraists agree with our translators. The practice of concluding important documents with maledictions was common to the Persians, with the Assyrians, Babylonians, and others (see 'Records of the Past,' vol. 1. pp. 53, 105, 126; vol. 5. p. 26; vol. 7. pp. 19, 20, 56; vol. 9. pp. 35, 36, 95, 100 107, etc.).

CHAPTER 6:13-22 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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