So King Darius ordered a search through the records in the archives in Babylon.
Eventually a scroll was turned up in the fortress of Ecbatana over in the province of Media, with this writing on it:
In his first year as king, Cyrus issued an official decree regarding The Temple of God in Jerusalem, as follows:
with three courses of large stones topped with one course of timber. The cost is to be paid from the royal bank.
The gold and silver vessels from The Temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar carried to Babylon are to be returned to The Temple at Jerusalem, each to its proper place; place them in The Temple of God.
Now listen, Tattenai governor of the land beyond the Euphrates, Shethar-Bozenai, associates, and all officials of that land: Stay out of their way.
Leave the governor and leaders of the Jews alone so they can work on that Temple of God as they rebuild it.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)