They sent him a report, in which was written as follows: "To Darius the king, all peace.
Be it known to the king that we went to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. It is being built with huge stones, and timber is laid in the walls. This work goes on diligently and prospers in their hands.
Then we asked those elders and spoke to them thus: 'Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?'
We also asked them their names, for your information, that we might write down the names of their leaders.
And this was their reply to us: 'We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished.