Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon
&c.] Of the kind providence of God in exalting him in the court of the king of Persia, in giving him an opportunity of laying the sad case of Jerusalem before him, and in inclining his heart to show favour to him, and grant his request:
as also the king's words that he had spoken to
what passed between them on this subject, the commission he gave him, and the letters he sent by him to his governors on this side the river:
and they said, let us rise up and build;
encouraged by this account of things, they proposed to set about the work immediately:
so they strengthened their hands for this good
animated and encouraged one another to proceed to it at once with cheerfulness, and to go on in it with spirit and resolution.