the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem
in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.
rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem:
and with them were the prophets of God helping them.
the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai and their companions, and said thus
unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall?
4Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?
5But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not
cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.
6The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai
and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:
7They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all
8Be 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.
9Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to
make up these walls?
10We asked their names
also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.
11And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven
and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.
12But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave
them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away
13But in the first year of Cyrus
the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.
14And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the
temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple
of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;
15And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is
in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place.
came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until
now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.
therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon,
whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send
his pleasure to us concerning this matter.