Zerubbabel and Jeshua, incited by Haggai and Zechariah, set forward the building of the Temple.
Ezra 5:1 Then the Prophets, Haggai the Prophet, and Zechariah the sonne of Iddo, prophesied vnto the Iewes that [were] in Iudah and Ierusalem, in the Name of the God of Israel, [euen] vnto them. Ezra 5:2 Then rose vp Zerubbabel the sonne of Shealtiel, and Ieshua the sonne of Iozadak, and began to build the house of God which [is] at Ierusalem: and with them [were] the Prophets of God helping them.
Tatnai and Shethar-boznai could not hinder the Jews.
Ezra 5:3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, gouernour on this side the Riuer, and Shethar-Boznai, and their companions, and said thus vnto them; Who hath commaunded you to build this house, and to make vp this wall? Ezra 5:4 Then said wee vnto them after this maner, What are the names of the men that make this building? Ezra 5:5 But the eye of their God was vpon the Elders of the Iewes, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answere by letter concerning this [matter].
Their letter to Darius against the Jews.
Ezra 5:6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, gouernour on this side the Riuer, and Shethar-Boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which [were] on this side the Riuer, sent vnto Darius the King: Ezra 5:7 They sent a letter vnto him, wherein was written thus: Unto Darius the king, all peace. Ezra 5:8 Be it knowen vnto the king, that we went into the prouince of Iudea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, & timber is laied in the wals, and this worke goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands. Ezra 5:9 Then asked we those Elders, [and] said vnto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make vp these walles? Ezra 5:10 We asked their names also, to certifie thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chiefe of them. Ezra 5:11 And thus they returned vs answere, saying, We are the seruants of the God of heauen and earth, and build the house that was builded these many yeeres agoe, which a great King of Israel builded, and set vp. Ezra 5:12 But after that our fathers had prouoked the God of heauen vnto wrath: he gaue them into the hande of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Caldean, who destroyed this house, and caried the people away into Babylon. Ezra 5:13 But in the first yere of Cyrus the king of Babylon, [the same] king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. Ezra 5:14 And the vessels also of golde and siluer of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar tooke out of the Temple that [was] in Ierusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were deliuered vnto one, whose name [was] Sheshbazzar, whome he had made gouernour: Ezra 5:15 And said vnto him, Take these vessels, goe, carie them into the temple that is in Ierusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place. Ezra 5:16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, [and] laid the foundation of the house of God, which [is] in Ierusalem. And since that time, euen vntill now, hath it bin in building, & [yet] it is not finished. Ezra 5:17 Now therefore, if it [seeme] good to the king, let there be search made in the kings 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 Ierusalem: and let the king send his pleasure to vs concerning this matter.