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Ezra 4:1-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Opposition to Rebuilding the Temple

When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles[a] were building a temple for Yahweh, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the leaders of the families and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we also worship your God and have been sacrificing to Him[b] since the time King Esar-haddon of Assyria[c] brought us here.”

But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel’s families answered them, “You may have no part with us in building a house for our God, since we alone must build it for Yahweh, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us.” Then the people who were already in the land[d] discouraged[e] the people of Judah and made them afraid to build. They also bribed officials to act against them to frustrate their plans throughout the reign of King Cyrus of Persia and until the reign of King Darius of Persia.[f]


  1. Ezra 4:1 Lit the sons of the exile
  2. Ezra 4:2 Alt Hb tradition reads have not been sacrificing
  3. Ezra 4:2 Esar-haddon reigned 681–669 b.c.
  4. Ezra 4:4 Lit people of the land
  5. Ezra 4:4 Lit relaxed the hands of
  6. Ezra 4:5 Darius reigned 521–486 b.c.

Haggai 1:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Command to Rebuild the Temple

In the second year of King Darius,[a] on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest:


  1. Haggai 1:1 King of Persia reigned 522–486 b.c.

Haggai 1:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the spirit of the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. They began work on the house of Yahweh of Hosts, their God,


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