Darius finds Cyrus's order
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.
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of
the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:
King Darius searched his records and found this command from King Cyrus:
In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree
concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the
place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be
strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof
With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the
expenses be given out of the king's house:
Build a house for God in Jerusalem.
Make it 60 cubits high and 60 cubits wide.
And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which
Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and
brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which
is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God.
Restore everything that Nebuchadnezzar took from God's house.
The decree of King Darius
Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your
companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from
Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and
the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.
Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for
the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the
tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that
they be not hindered.
So King Darius sent an order to his governors, saying,
Let the Jews build God's house in Jerusalem.
And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and
lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and
oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let
it be given them day by day without fail:
That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven,
and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.
Give them all the building materials that they need,
so they can offer God sweet savors from their
Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let
timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged
thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.
Hang anyone who tries to stop them.
And make their house a dunghill.
And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and
people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of
God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with
God will destroy all kings and people who try to destroy his house in Jerusalem.
The Jews finish building God's house
Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their
companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did
And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the
prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they
builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel,
and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king
And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was
in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.
So the Jews built God's house and prospered, with Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo [1
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of
the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with
And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks,
two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel,
twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their
courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in
the book of Moses.
And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth
day of the first month.
For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were
pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for
their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
When God's house was finished, the people rejoiced and sacrificed 100 bullocks, 200 rams, 400 lambs,
and 12 goats.
And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and
all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the
heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,
And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD
had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them,
to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of
And everyone who had separated themselves from the filthiness of the heathen feasted for seven days with