Ezra 6:2
New International Version
A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it: Memorandum:

New Living Translation
But it was at the fortress at Ecbatana in the province of Media that a scroll was found. This is what it said: “Memorandum:

English Standard Version
And in Ecbatana, the citadel that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record.

Berean Study Bible
And a scroll was found in the fortress of Ecbatana, in the province of Media, with the following written on it: Memorandum:

King James Bible
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

New King James Version
And at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found, and in it a record was written thus:

New American Standard Bible
And in Ecbatana, in the fortress which is in the province of Media, a scroll was found; and the following was written in it: “Memorandum—

NASB 1995
In Ecbatana in the fortress, which is in the province of Media, a scroll was found and there was written in it as follows: “Memorandum—

NASB 1977
And in Ecbatana in the fortress, which is in the province of Media, a scroll was found and there was written in it as follows: “Memorandum—

Amplified Bible
In Ecbatana in the fortress (palace) in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was recorded: “Memorandum—

Christian Standard Bible
But it was in the fortress of Ecbatana in the province of Media that a scroll was found with this record written on it:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But it was in the fortress of Ecbatana in the province of Media that a scroll was found with this record written on it:

American Standard Version
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a roll, and therein was thus written for a record:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he found in Khematha, the city that is in the city Media, one scroll, and thus was written in the inside of the scroll:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And there was found in the city, in the palace, a volume, and this was the record written in it.

Contemporary English Version
Finally, a scroll was found in Ecbatana, the capital of Media Province, and it said: This official record will show

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was found in Ecbatana, which is a castle in the province of Media, a book in which this record was written.

English Revised Version
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a roll, and therein was thus written for a record.

Good News Translation
But it was in the city of Ecbatana in the province of Media that a scroll was found, containing the following record:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A scroll was found in the palace of Ecbatana, which is in the province of Media. This was written on it: MEMORANDUM

International Standard Version
The following was found written on a scroll in Ecbatana at the summer palace of the province of Media:

JPS Tanakh 1917
And there was found at Ahmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a roll, and therein was thus written: 'A record.

Literal Standard Version
and there has been found at Achmetha, in a palace that [is] in the province of Media, a scroll, and a record thus written within it [is]:

NET Bible
A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana which is in the province of Media, and it was inscribed as follows: "Memorandum:

New Heart English Bible
There was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll, and there was written in it as follows: "Memorandum:

World English Bible
There was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll, and therein was thus written for a record:

Young's Literal Translation
and there hath been found at Achmetha, in a palace that is in the province of Media, a roll, and a record thus written within it is:

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Decree of Darius
1Thus King Darius ordered a search of the archives stored in the treasury of Babylon. 2And a scroll was found in the fortress of Ecbatana, in the province of Media, with the following written on it: Memorandum: 3In the first year of King Cyrus, he issued a decree concerning the house of God in Jerusalem: Let the house be rebuilt as a place for offering sacrifices, and let its foundations be firmly laid. It is to be sixty cubits high and sixty cubits wide,…

Cross References
Hebrews 10:7
Then I said, 'Here I am, it is written about Me in the scroll: I have come to do Your will, O God.'"

2 Kings 17:6
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and carried away the Israelites to Assyria, where he settled them in Halah, in Gozan by the Habor River, and in the cities of the Medes.

Ezra 5:17
Now, therefore, if it pleases the king, let a search be made of the royal archives in Babylon to see if King Cyrus did indeed issue a decree to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us his decision in this matter.


Treasury of Scripture

And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

at Achmetha.

Ezra 1:1
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,









(2) At Achmetha.--That is, Ecbatana, the Median capital of Cyrus. It is probable that the original roll of parchment had been destroyed at Babylon by Smerdis, but a copy of it was found here, probably in a Chaldean transcript.

Verse 2. - There was found at Achmetha. Not "in a coffer," as our translators suggest in the margin, and as Aben Ezra and Jarchi interpret; but "at Ecbatana," which is expressed letter for letter by the word used in the original, except that the final n is dropped. Compare for this omission the passage of Harran into Carrhae, and of Shu-shan into Susa. In the palace that is in the province of the Medes. The palace of Ecbatana was very famous. Herodotus says that it was built by Deioces, the first Median king, occupied the centre of the town, and was defended by seven circles of walls, one inside the other (1:98). Polybius states that the building covered an area 1420 yards in circumference, and consisted of a number of halls and cloistered courts, supported by wooden pillars, of cypress or of cedar, both of which were coated with a plating of gold or silver, and supported roofs sloped at an angle, consisting of silver plates instead of the customary tiling (5:27, 10). This grannd building was the residence of the old Median monarchs, and also of Cyrus and Cambyses. Darius built himself still more magnificent residences at Susa and Persepolis; but both he and the later Achaemenian monarchs continued to use the Median palace as a summer residence, and it maintained its celebrity till the close of the empire (see Arrian, 'Exp. Alex.,' 3:19). A roll. According to Ctesias ('Died. Sic.,' 2:32), the Persians employed parchment or vellum for the material of their records, not baked clay, like the Assyrians and Babylonians, or paper, like the Egyptians. Parchment would be a suitable material for rolls, and no doubt was anciently used chiefly in that shape. Therein was a record thus written. The decree would no doubt be written, primarily, in the Persian language and the Persian cuneiform character; but it may have been accompanied by a Chaldaean transcript, of which Ezra may have obtained a copy. Public documents were commonly set forth by the Persians in more than one language (see 'Herod.,' 4:87; and comp. the 'Inscriptions,' passim, which are almost universally either bilingual or trilingual).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And a scroll
מְגִלָּ֣ה (mə·ḡil·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4040: A scroll

was found
וְהִשְׁתְּכַ֣ח (wə·hiš·tə·ḵaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7912: To discover

in the fortress
בְּבִֽירְתָ֛א (bə·ḇî·rə·ṯā)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's 1001: A palace

of Ecbatana,
בְּאַחְמְתָ֗א (bə·’aḥ·mə·ṯā)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 307: Ecbatana -- the capital of Media

in the province
מְדִינְתָּ֖ה (mə·ḏî·nə·tāh)
Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's 4083: A judgeship, jurisdiction, a district, a region

of Media,
בְּמָדַ֥י (bə·mā·ḏay)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 4076: Medes -- descendants of Japheth, also their land

with the following
וְכֵן־ (wə·ḵên-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3652: Thus, as follows

written
כְּתִ֥יב (kə·ṯîḇ)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3790: To grave, to write

on it:
בְּגַוַּ֖הּ (bə·ḡaw·wah)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1459: Midst, middle

Memorandum:
דִּכְרוֹנָֽה׃ (diḵ·rō·w·nāh)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 1799: Memorandum, record


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