1 Then gave king Darius an order, that they should make search in the house of the books, where the treasures were laid up there in Babylon.
2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the castle that is in the province of Media, a roll, and therein was thus written: A record.
3 In the first year of king Cyrus, king Cyrus gave an order concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be built, the place where they used to offer sacrifices, and let its foundations be strongly laid: its height shall be sixty cubits, its breadth sixty cubits,
4 With three rows of heavy stones, and a row of new timber; and let the expenses be given out of the kings house.
5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took away out of the temple which is in Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought back unto the temple which is in Jerusalem, every one to its place, and let them be put in the house of God.
6 Now Thathnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharbozenai, and your companions the Apharsachites, who are beyond the river, be ye 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 site.
8 And by me is the order given what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God, that out of the kings property, arising out of the tax beyond the river, the expenses shall forthwith be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.
9 And what they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burntofferings unto the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the requirement of the priests who are a Jerusalem, shall be given unto them day by day, without fail.
10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savors unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and of his sons.
11 Also is by me the order given, that if any man should alter this command, timber shall be pulled down from his house, and being set up, he shall be hanged thereon; and his house shall be made a dunghill for this.
12 And may the God that causeth his name to dwell there cast down every king and people that will stretch forth their hand to alter, to destroy this house of God which is in Jerusalem. I Darius have given the order: let it be done speedily.
13 Then did Thathnai the, governor on this aide of the river, Shetharbozenai, and their companions, in accordance with what king Darius had sent, act in this manner speedily.
14 And 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 completed it, according to the order of the God of Israel, and according to the order of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes the king of Persia.
15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of king Darius.
16 Then celebrated the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the exile, the dedication of this house of God with joy;
17 And they offered for the dedication of this house of God one hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sinoffering for all Israel, twelve hegoats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
18 And they stationed the priests in their orders, and the Levites in their divisions, for the service of God, which is in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses.
19 And the children of the exile prepared the passoversacrifice on the fourteenth day of the first month.
20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves, as one man were all of them clean; and they slaughtered the passoversacrifice for all the children of the exile, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
21 And then did the children of Israel, who were returned out of the exile, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the uncleanness of the nations of the earth, to seek the Lord the God of Israel, eat thereof.
22 And they celebrated the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy; for the Lord had made them joyful, and had turned the heart of the king of Asshur toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.