Ezra 6:1
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New International Version
King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon.

King James Bible
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Darby Bible Translation
Then king Darius gave orders, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

World English Bible
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the archives, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Young's Literal Translation
Then Darius the king made a decree, and they sought in the house of the books of the treasuries placed there in Babylon,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

In the house of the rolls - בית ספריא beith siphraiya, the house of the books, the king's library. This is the first time we hear of a library.

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and search

Ezra 4:15,19 That search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so shall you find in the book of the records...

Ezra 5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon...

Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

rolls. Chal. books

Psalm 40:7 Then said I, See, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

Jeremiah 36:2-4,20-23,29,32 Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, and against Judah...

Ezekiel 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent to me; and, see, a roll of a book was therein;

Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this roll, and go speak to the house of Israel.

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

laid up. Chal. made to descend

Library
God the Joy-Bringer
'They kept the feast ... seven days with joy; for the Lord had made them joyful.'--EZRA vi. 22. Twenty years of hard work and many disappointments and dangers had at last, for the Israelites returning from the captivity, been crowned by the completion of the Temple. It was a poor affair as compared with the magnificent house that had stood upon Zion; and so some of them 'despised the day of small things.' They were ringed about by enemies; they were feeble in themselves; there was a great deal to
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The "Fraternity" of Pharisees
To realise the state of religious society at the time of our Lord, the fact that the Pharisees were a regular "order," and that there were many such "fraternities," in great measure the outcome of the original Pharisees, must always be kept in view. For the New Testament simply transports us among contemporary scenes and actors, taking the then existent state of things, so to speak, for granted. But the fact referred to explains many seemingly strange circumstances, and casts fresh light upon all.
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Ezra-Nehemiah
Some of the most complicated problems in Hebrew history as well as in the literary criticism of the Old Testament gather about the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Apart from these books, all that we know of the origin and early history of Judaism is inferential. They are our only historical sources for that period; and if in them we have, as we seem to have, authentic memoirs, fragmentary though they be, written by the two men who, more than any other, gave permanent shape and direction to Judaism, then
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

Ezra 6:22
For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.

Ezra 7:13
Now I decree that any of the Israelites in my kingdom, including priests and Levites, who volunteer to go to Jerusalem with you, may go.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Daniel 9:25
"Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.

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