Now then, Tattenai,1 governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai2 and you, their fellow officials of that province, stay away from there.
Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.
Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: The expenses of these men are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury,3 from the revenues4 of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.
Whatever is needed--young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings5 to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem--must be given them daily without fail,
so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.611
Furthermore, I decree that if anyone changes this edict, a beam is to be pulled from his house and he is to be lifted up and impaled7 on it. And for this crime his house is to be made a pile of rubble.812
May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there,9 overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius10 have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.