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Ezra 5

Zerubbabel and Jeshua, incited by Haggai and Zechariah, set forward the building of the Temple.

Ezra 5:1 The prophetes, Aggeus and Zachary the sonne of Iddo, prophecied vnto the Iewes that were in Iuda and Ierusalem, in the name of the God of Israel. Ezra 5:2 Then gat vp Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel, and Iesua the sonne of Iosedec, and beganne to buylde the house of God at Ierusalem, and with them were the prophetes of God, which helped them.

Tatnai and Shethar-boznai could not hinder the Jews.

Ezra 5:3 At the same tyme came to them Tathnai which was captayne on thys syde the water, and Starbaznai, and their companyons, and sayde thus vnto them. Who hath commaunded you to buylde thys house, and to make vp these walles? Ezra 5:4 Then tolde we them the names of the men, that made thys buyldynge. Ezra 5:5 But the eye of their God was vpon the elders of the Iewes, that they coulde not cause them to ceasse, tyll the matter was brougth to Darius, and then they answered by letters ther vnto

Their letter to Darius against the Jews.

Ezra 5:6 This is þe copye of þe letter, that Tathnai (which was captayne on thys syde the water) and Starbaznai, and the councellers of Apharsah (which were on this syde the water) sent vnto kyng Darius. Ezra 5:7 And the matter that they sent vnto him, was written thus within the lettre: Unto Darius the kynge, all peace. Ezra 5:8 Be it knowne vnto the kyng, that we went into the lande of Iewry to þe house of þe great God, which is buylded wt mighty greate stones, and beames are layed in the walles, and the worcke goeth fast forth, and prospereth in their handes. Ezra 5:9 Then asked we the Elders, & sayde vnto them as it foloweth: Who commaunded you to buylde this house, & to make vp the walles therof? Ezra 5:10 We asked their names also, that we might certifie the, and wryte the names of the men that were theyr rulers. Ezra 5:11 But they answered vs with these wordes, and sayde. We are the seruauntes of him that is God of heauen and earth, and buylde the house that was buylded many yeres agoo which a greate kynge of Israel buylded, and set vp. Ezra 5:12 But after þt oure fathers had prouoked the God of heauen vnto wrath, he gaue them ouer into the hande of Nabuchodonozer the king of Babilon, & of the Caldees, which brake downe this house, and caried þe people awaye captiue vnto Babilon. Ezra 5:13 But in the fyrst yere of Cyrus the kyng of Babylon, the same kyng Cyrus gaue commaundement concernyng thys house of God, that it shulde be builded agayne. Ezra 5:14 And þe vesselles of golde & syluer of the house of God, which Nabuchodonozer toke out of the temple that was at Ierusalem, & brought them into the temple at Babilon, those dyd Cyrus the kynge take out of the temple at Babilon, and they were delyuered vnto one Sasbazar by name, whom he made captayne, Ezra 5:15 and sayde vnto him. Take these vessels, and go thy waye, and sett them in the temple that is at Ierusalem, and lett the house of God be buylded in hys place. Ezra 5:16 Then came the same Sasbazar, and layde the foundacyon of the house of God which is at Ierusalem. Sence þt tyme also vntyll now hath it bene in buyldynge, and yet is it not fynished. Ezra 5:17 Yf it please the kynge now therfore, lett there be searche made in the kynges library which is there at Babylon, whether it haue bene kyng Cyrus commaundement, that thys temple of God at Ierusalem shulde be buylded and let hym sende vs the kynges mynde concernynge the same matter.

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