Also, the gold1 and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; they are to be deposited in the house of God.2
Now then, Tattenai,3 governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai4 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,5 from the revenues6 of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.
Whatever is needed--young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings7 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.8
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 impaled9 on it. And for this crime his house is to be made a pile of rubble.10
May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there,11 overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius12 have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.
Then, because of the decree King Darius had sent, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates13 carried it out with diligence.
So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching14 of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus,15 Darius16 and Artaxerxes,17 kings of Persia.
The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.18