3 At that time 1Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues came to them and spoke to them thus, "2Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?"
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    • a 5:3 - I.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch
    • b 5:3 - Lit "house," and so in vv 9, 11, 12
      4 3Then we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.
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      5 But 4the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report could come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.
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      Adversaries Write to Darius

      6 This is the copy of the letter which 5Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and his colleagues 6the officials, who were beyond the River, sent to Darius the king.
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