Ezra 6:4
New International Version
with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury.

New Living Translation
Every three layers of specially prepared stones will be topped by a layer of timber. All expenses will be paid by the royal treasury.

English Standard Version
with three layers of great stones and one layer of timber. Let the cost be paid from the royal treasury.

Berean Study Bible
with three layers of cut stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid from the royal treasury.

King James Bible
With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expences be given out of the king's house:

New King James Version
with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid from the king’s treasury.

New American Standard Bible
with three layers of large stones and one layer of timber. And the cost is to be paid from the royal treasury.

NASB 1995
with three layers of huge stones and one layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the royal treasury.

NASB 1977
with three layers of huge stones, and one layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the royal treasury.

Amplified Bible
with three layers of huge stones and one layer of timbers. Let the cost be paid from the royal treasury.

Christian Standard Bible
with three layers of cut stones and one of timber. The cost is to be paid from the royal treasury.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
with three layers of cut stones and one of timber. The cost is to be paid from the royal treasury.

American Standard Version
with three courses of great stones, and a course of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A square of three stones and a door of new wood; also the expense is given from the house of the King.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And let there be three strong layers of stone, and one layer of timber; and the expense shall be paid out of the house of the king.

Contemporary English Version
with one row of wooden beams for each three rows of large stones. The royal treasury will pay for everything.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Three rows of unpolished stones, and so rows of new timber: and the charges shall be given out of the king's house.

English Revised Version
with three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:

Good News Translation
The walls are to be built with one layer of wood on top of each three layers of stone. All expenses are to be paid by the royal treasury.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
with three rows of large stones and a row of wood. The king's palace will pay for it.

International Standard Version
constructed with three layers of foundation stone interlaced with a row of new timber, the expenses for which are to be paid from the king's treasury.

JPS Tanakh 1917
with three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber, and let the expenses be given out of the king's house;

Literal Standard Version
three rows of rolled stones, and a row of new wood, and let the outlay be given out of the king’s house.

NET Bible
with three layers of large stones and one layer of timber. The expense is to be subsidized by the royal treasury.

New Heart English Bible
with three layers of great stones, and one layer of timber. And let the expenses be given out of the king's house.

World English Bible
with three courses of great stones, and a course of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house.

Young's Literal Translation
three rows of rolled stones, and a row of new wood, and the outlay let be given out of the king's house.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Decree of Darius
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, 4with three layers of cut stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid from the royal treasury. 5Furthermore, the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and carried to Babylon, must also be returned to the temple in Jerusalem and deposited in the house of God.…

Cross References
1 Kings 6:36
Solomon built the inner courtyard with three rows of dressed stone and one row of trimmed cedar beams.

Ezra 6:8
I hereby decree what you must do for these elders of the Jews who are rebuilding this house of God: The cost is to be paid in full to these men from the royal treasury out of the taxes of the provinces west of the Euphrates, so that the work will not be hindered.

Ezra 7:20
And if anything else is needed for the house of your God that you may have occasion to supply, you may pay for it from the royal treasury.


Treasury of Scripture

With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:

three rows

1 Kings 6:36
And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.

the expenses

Ezra 7:20-23
And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house…

Psalm 68:29
Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

Psalm 72:10
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.









Verse 4. - With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber. The Septuagint interpreter understood by this that the new temple was to be four storeys high, three storeys being built of stone, and one of timber. The two wings of the temple of Solomon were undoubtedly three storeys high (1 Kings 6:6). But it is perhaps doubtful whether the word nidbak ever means "storey." Most commentators suppose three courses of stone, and then a course of timber, repeated from foundation to summit; but there is no known example of such a mode of building. The expences were to be given out of the king's house, defrayed, i.e., out of the royal revenue; but either this intention of Cyrus was not carried out, or it was understood to apply only to the materials. Large sums were subscribed by the Jews themselves towards the building (Ezra 2:69), and large payments were made by them to the persons employed upon the work (Ezra 3:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
with three
תְּלָתָ֔א (tə·lā·ṯā)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's 8532: Three, third

layers
נִדְבָּכִ֞ין (niḏ·bā·ḵîn)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5073: A row or layer, course

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

cut stones
אֶ֤בֶן (’e·ḇen)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 69: A stone

and one
חֲדַ֑ת (ḥă·ḏaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 2323: New

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

timbers.
אָ֣ע (’ā‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 636: A tree, wood

The costs
וְנִ֨פְקְתָ֔א (wə·nip̄·qə·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's 5313: An outgo, expense

are to be paid
תִּתְיְהִֽב׃ (tiṯ·yə·hiḇ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3052: To give, to put, imperatively, come

from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4481: From, out of, by, by reason of, at, more than

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

treasury.
בֵּ֥ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1005: A house


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