Then Zerubbabel1 son of Shealtiel and Jeshua2 son of Jozadak set to work3 to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, helping them.
At that time Tattenai,4 governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai5 and their associates went to them and asked, "Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?"6
They also asked, "What are the names of the men constructing this building?"
But the eye of their God7 was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.
This is a copy of the letter that Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates, the officials of Trans-Euphrates, sent to King Darius.