Ezra 6:1

The Decree of Darius

1 King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon.

Read Ezra 6:1 Using Other Translations

Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in Babylonia, in the house of the archives where the documents were stored.
So King Darius issued orders that a search be made in the Babylonian archives, which were stored in the treasury.

What does Ezra 6:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 6:1

Then Darius the king made a decree
To make inquiry after the edict of Cyrus, to search the public records for it:

and search was made in the house of the rolls;
or "books" F18, in a public library or museum:

where the treasures were laid up in Babylon;
where things of worth and value were reposited; not only gold, silver, jewels, and precious stones, and things rare and curious, but all sorts of writings relating to the monarchy, and the dominions belonging to it; but it seems it could not be found here, and therefore the king ordered search to be made elsewhere.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (ayrpo tybb) , (en taiv biblioyhkaiv) , Sept. "in bibliotheca", V. L. "in bibliotheca librorum", Tigurine version; "in domo librorum", Pagninus, Montanus.
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