5:1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son
of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews that [were] in Judah and
Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, [even] to them.
5:2 Then 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
5:3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side
of the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and
said thus to them, Who hath commanded you to build this house,
and to make up this wall?
5:4 Then said we to them after this manner, What are the names
of the men that make this building?
5:5 But 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
5:6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side of
the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the
Apharsachites, who [were] on this side of the river, sent to
Darius the king:
5:7 They sent a letter to him, in which was written thus; To
Darius the king, all peace.
5:8 Be it known to the king, that we went into the province of
Judea, to the house of the great God, which is built with great
stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work
proceedeth rapidly, and prospereth in their hands.
5:9 Then we asked those elders, [and] said to them thus, Who
commanded you to build this house, and to erect these walls?
5:10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might
write the names of the men that [were] the chief of them.
5:11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the
servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house
that was erected these many years ago, which a great king of
Israel built and set up.
5:12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven
to wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king
of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried
the people away into Babylon.
5:13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon, [the
same] king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.
5:14 And 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 to [one], whose name [was] Sheshbazzar, whom he
had made governor;
5:15 And said to him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into
the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be
built in its place.
5:16 Then 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
5:17 Now therefore, if it [seemeth] good to the king, let there
be search made in the king's treasure-house, which [is] there
at Babylon, whether it is [so], that a decree was made by Cyrus
the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the
king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.