1 Then King Darius issued a decree, and a search was made in the house of the scrolls,
where the treasures were stored in Babylon.
2 And at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found, and
in it a record was written thus:
3 In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God
at Jerusalem: Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the
foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits,
4 with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid
out of the king's house.
5 Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took
out of the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the
temple in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God.
6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor of the region beyond the River, and Shethar-Boznai,
and your associates the Persians who are beyond the River, keep yourselves far from there.
7 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 on its place.
8 Moreover I issue a decree as to what you shall do for the elders of these Jews, for the
building of this house of God: Let the king's riches from the tribute of the region beyond
the River be diligently given to these men for their expenses, so that they are not hindered.
9 And whatever they need; young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings of the
God of Heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the command of the priests who
are in Jerusalem; let it be given them day by day without fail,
10 that they may offer sacrifices of soothing aroma unto the God of Heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his sons.
11 Also I issue a decree that whoever alters this edict, let a timber be pulled from his
house and erected, and let him be hanged on it; and let his house be made a refuse heap for
12 And may the God who causes His name to dwell there destroy any king or people who
put their hand to alter it, or to destroy this house of God which is in Jerusalem. I, Darius,
issue a decree; let it be done diligently.
13 Then Tatnai, governor of the region beyond the River, Shethar-Boznai, and their
associates diligently did according to what King Darius had sent.
14 So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai
the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the
commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and
Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.
15 And the house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.
16 Then the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the sons of the
captivity, carried out the dedication of this house of God with joy.
17 And they offered at the dedication of this house of God, one hundred bulls, two
hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats,
according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
18 They assigned the priests to their divisions and the Levites to their divisions, over the
service of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses.
19 And the sons of the captivity observed the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first
20 For the priests and the Levites were purified together; all of them were pure. And they
slaughtered the Passover lambs for all the sons of the captivity, for their brethren the
priests, and for themselves.
21 Then the children of Israel who had returned from the captivity ate together with all
who had separated themselves from the uncleanness of the nations of the land in order to
seek Jehovah the God of Israel.
22 And they observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy; for Jehovah
had made them joyful, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to
strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.