Ezra 6:4

4 with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury.

Read Ezra 6:4 Using Other Translations

With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:
with three layers of great stones and one layer of timber. Let the cost be paid from the royal treasury.
Every three layers of specially prepared stones will be topped by a layer of timber. All expenses will be paid by the royal treasury.

What does Ezra 6:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 6:4

With three rows of great stones
Which Jarchi interprets of the walls of it, and these stones of marble; and so Ben Melech:

and a row of new timber;
of cedar wood upon the rows of stone, see ( 1 Kings 6:36 ) or for the lining and wainscoting the walls:

and let the expenses be given out of the king's house;
treasury, or exchequer; but it does not appear that this part of the decree was observed, at least hitherto; but the Jews built at their own expense, and perhaps did not exactly observe the directions given as to the dimensions of the house.

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