Ezra 5:8

8 Let it be known to the king that we went to the house of the great God in the province of Judah. It is being built with cut[a] stones, and its beams are being set in the walls. This work is being done diligently and succeeding through the people's efforts.

Ezra 5:8 Meaning and Commentary

Ezra 5:8

Be it known unto the king
This seems to have been the usual form of beginning a letter to a king in those days, ( Ezra 4:12 ) that we went into the province of Judea; which from a kingdom was reduced to a province, and was become a part of the Babylonian, now Persian, monarchy, see ( Ezra 2:1 ) to the house of the great God; as the Jews called the Lord their God; and even the Heathens had a notion that there was one supreme God, though they worshipped inferior ones; and some had a notion that Jehovah the God of the Jews was he:

which is builded with great stones;
marble stones; as Jarchi F17, stones of rolling, as it may be rendered; which, according to Aben Ezra, were so large and heavy, that they could not be carried, but were obliged to roll them:

and timber is laid in the walls,
cedar wood, as Aben Ezra interprets it, for beams, for flooring and raftering; or rather, is put upon the walls, for the lining and wainscoting of them, which was done with cedar wood:

and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands;
and, unless timely prevented, will soon be finished.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 So David de Pomis, Tzemach David, fol. 15. 3.

Ezra 5:8 In-Context

6 This is the text of the letter that Tattenai the governor of the region west of the Euphrates River, Shethar-bozenai, and their colleagues, the officials in the region, sent to King Darius.
7 They sent him a report, written as follows: To King Darius: All greetings.
8 Let it be known to the king that we went to the house of the great God in the province of Judah. It is being built with cut stones, and its beams are being set in the walls. This work is being done diligently and succeeding through the people's efforts.
9 So we questioned the elders and asked, "Who gave you the order to rebuild this temple and finish this structure?"
10 We also asked them for their names, so that we could write down the names of their leaders for your information.

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