Ezra 6:16-18

16 Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.
17 For the dedication of this house of God they offered a hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred male lambs and, as a sin offering[a] for all Israel, twelve male goats, one for each of the tribes of Israel.
18 And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.

Ezra 6:16-18 Meaning and Commentary


Darius, on receiving the letter from his officers in Samaria, searched for the decree of Cyrus, and found it, and which he confirmed, Ezr 6:1-7 and made a fresh decree, and ordered expenses to be given out of his tribute for the building of the temple, and for the sacrifices of it; and that whosoever altered it should be hanged on the timber of his own house, and imprecated a curse on those that should destroy the house of God, Ezr 6:8-12 upon which the building went on, and was finished, Ezr 6:13-15 and the temple was dedicated to God in a solemn manner, Ezr 6:16-18, and the passover was kept by all the people, Ezr 6:19-22.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S 1 Kings 8:63; 2 Chronicles 7:5
  • 2. S 2 Samuel 6:13; S 2 Chronicles 29:21; S 2 Chronicles 30:24; Ezra 8:35
  • 3. 1 Chronicles 23:6; S 2 Chronicles 35:4; Luke 1:5
  • 4. S 1 Chronicles 24:1
  • 5. Numbers 3:6-9; Numbers 8:9-11; Numbers 18:1-32

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "purification offering"
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