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Chapter 5 73 And by their secret plots, and popular persuasions and commotions, they hindered the finishing of the building all the time that king Cyrus lived: so they were hindered from building for the space of two years, until the reign of Darius.

Chapter 6 1 Now in the second year of the reign of Darius Aggeus and Zacharias the son of Addo, the prophets, prophesied unto the Jews in Jewry and Jerusalem in the name of the Lord God of Israel, which was upon them.2 Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salatiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the prophets of the Lord being with them, and helping them.3 At the same time came unto them Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his companions, and said unto them,4 By whose appointment do ye build this house and this roof, and perform all the other things? and who are the workmen that perform these things?5 Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour, because the Lord had visited the captivity;6 And they were not hindered from building, until such time as signification was given unto Darius concerning them, and an answer received.7 The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions, rulers in Syria and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To king Darius, greeting:8 Let all things be known unto our lord the king, that being come into the country of Judea, and entered into the city of Jerusalem we found in the city of Jerusalem the ancients of the Jews that were of the captivity9 Building an house unto the Lord, great and new, of hewn and costly stones, and the timber already laid upon the walls.10 And those works are done with great speed, and the work goeth on prosperously in their hands, and with all glory and diligence is it made.11 Then asked we these elders, saying, By whose commandment build ye this house, and lay the foundations of these works?12 Therefore to the intent that we might give knowledge unto thee by writing, we demanded of them who were the chief doers, and we required of them the names in writing of their principal men.13 So they gave us this answer, We are the servants of the Lord which made heaven and earth.14 And as for this house, it was builded many years ago by a king of Israel great and strong, and was finished.15 But when our fathers provoked God unto wrath, and sinned against the Lord of Israel which is in heaven, he gave them over into the power of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, of the Chaldees;16 Who pulled down the house, and burned it, and carried away the people captives unto Babylon.17 But in the first year that king Cyrus reigned over the country of Babylon Cyrus the king wrote to build up this house.18 And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, that Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at Jerusalem, and had set them in his own temple those Cyrus the king brought forth again out of the temple at Babylon, and they were delivered to Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus the ruler,