Ezra 5:8
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New International Version
The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.

King James Bible
Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.

Darby Bible Translation
Be it known to the king that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work is being carried on with diligence, and prospers in their hand.

World English Bible
Be it known to the king, that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls; and this work goes on with diligence and prospers in their hands.

Young's Literal Translation
To Darius the king, all peace! be it known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the great house of God, and it is built with rolled stones, and wood is placed in the walls, and this work is done speedily, and prospering in their hand.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

With great stones - They are making a very strong and a very costly building.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the province

Ezra 2:1 Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away...

Nehemiah 7:6 These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away...

Nehemiah 11:3 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelled in Jerusalem...

Esther 1:1,22 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even to Ethiopia...

the great God

Ezra 1:2,3 Thus said Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth...

Ezra 6:10 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.

Ezra 7:23 Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven...

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regards not persons...

Deuteronomy 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Daniel 2:47 The king answered to Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets...

Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spoke, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego...

Daniel 4:2,34-37 I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that the high God has worked toward me...

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God...

great stones. Chal. stones of rolling

Mark 13:1,2 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!...

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"The Prophets of God Helping Them"
Close by the Israelites who had set themselves to the task of rebuilding the temple, dwelt the Samaritans, a mixed race that had sprung up through the intermarriage of heathen colonists from the provinces of Assyria with the remnant of the ten tribes which had been left in Samaria and Galilee. In later years the Samaritans claimed to worship the true God, but in heart and practice they were idolaters. It is true, they held that their idols were but to remind them of the living God, the Ruler of the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Ezra 5:7
The report they sent him read as follows: To King Darius: Cordial greetings.

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

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