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    1 Darius, finding the decree of Cyrus, makes a new decree for the advancement of the building. 13 By the help of Tatnai and Shethar-boznai, according to the decree, the temple is finished. 16 The feast of the dedication is kept; 19 and the passover. VERSE 1 - and search. * Ezr 4:15,19; 5:17 Job 29:16 Pr 25:2 - rolls. Chal. books. * Ps 40:7 Jer 36:2-4,20-23,29,32 Eze 2:9; 3:1 Re 5:1 - laid up. Chal. made to descend. VERSE 2 - at Achmetha. or, at Ecbatana, or, in a coffer. ['ArgÉz <\\S#712h\\>,] probably from the Persian [ ,] {kham,} "a house for a summer residence," with a prefix, ['Aleph,] {aleph,} and the Chaldee termination [ ,] {tha,} most likely denotes Ecbatana, as the Vulgate and Josephus read, the summer residence of the Persian monarchs. It was situated in a mountainous region at the foot of mount Orontes, or Jasonius, according to Ammianus, on the southern confines of Media and Persia, and according to Pliny, 750 miles from Seleucia the Great, 20 miles from the Caspian passes, 450 miles from Susa, and the same from Gaz' Atropatene, and in lat. 37 deg. 45 min., long. 88 deg., according to Ptolemy. The building of the city is ascribed to Semiramis by Diodorus, but to Deioces by Eusebius, (in Chron. 1.1,) and Herodotus, who states that it was surrounded by seven walls, strong and ample, built in circles one within another, rising each above each by the height of their respective battlements; each being distinguished by a different color, the first white, the second black, the third purple, the fourth blue, the fifth orange, the sixth plated with silver, and the seventh with gold. The largest of these was nearly the extent of Athens, i.e., 200 furlongs, according to Dion Chrysostom; but Diodorus Siculus states the circumference of Ecbatana to be 250 furlongs. Within the inner circle stood the king's palace and the royal treasury, so much celebrated for its splendor and riches by Polybius. It is highly probable, as D'Anville and Major Rennel suppose, that the present Hamadan, whose ruins attest its former splendor, occupies the site of Ecbatana. It is situated in Al Gebal, at the foot of the lofty mountain Alwend, about 80 leagues from Ispahan, and also from Bagdad. VERSE 3 - the first year. * Ezr 1:1-4; 5:13-15 2Ch 36:22,23 - the place. * De 12:5,6,11-14 2Ch 2:6 Ps 122:4 - the height. * 1Ki 6:2,3 2Ch 3:3,4 Eze 41:13-15 Re 21:16 VERSE 4 - three rows. * 1Ki 6:36 - the expenses. * Ezr 7:20-23 Ps 68:29; 72:10 Isa 49:23; 60:6-10 Re 12:16 VERSE 5 - the golden. * Ezr 1:7,8; 5:14 Jer 27:16,18-22 Da 1:2; 5:2 - which Nebuchadnezzar. * 2Ki 24:13; 25:14,15 2Ch 36:6,7,10,18 Jer 52:19 - brought. Chal. go. VERSE 6 - Tatnai. * Ezr 5:3 - your companions. Chal. their societies. * Ezr 5:6 - be ye far. * Ge 32:28; 43:14 Ne 1:11 Ps 76:10 Pr 21:1,30 Isa 27:8 * Ac 4:26-28 Ro 8:31 VERSE 7 - Let the work. * Ac 5:38,39 VERSE 8 - I make a decree. Chal. by me a decree is made. the king's. * :4; 4:16,20; 7:15-22 Ps 68:29-31 Hag 2:8 - hindered. Chal. made to cease. * Ezr 4:21,23; 5:5 VERSE 9 - young bullocks. * Le 1:3-5,10; 9:2 Ps 50:9-13 - lambs. * Ex 29:38-42 Nu 28:1-40 29:40 - wheat. * Le 2:1-16 Nu 15:4-31 1Ch 9:29 - salt. * Le 2:13 Mr 9:49 - let it be given. * Isa 49:23 VERSE 10 - sweet savors. Chal. rest. * Ge 8:21 Le 1:9,13 Eph 5:2 - pray. * Ezr 7:23 Jer 29:7 1Ti 2:1,2 VERSE 11 - whosoever. * Ezr 7:26 - timber. * Es 5:4; 7:10 - hanged. Chal. destroyed. his house. * 2Ki 9:37; 10:27 Da 2:5; 3:29 VERSE 12 - caused. * Ex 20:24 De 12:5,11; 16:2 1Ki 9:3 2Ch 7:16 Ps 132:13,14 - destroy. * Ps 5:10; 21:8-10; 137:8,9 Isa 60:12 Ob 1:10 Zec 12:2-4 * Ac 5:38,39; 9:5 Re 19:14-21 - I Darius. * Es 3:14,15; 8:14 - speed. * :13 Ec 9:10 VERSE 13 - Tatnai. * Ezr 4:9,23; 5:6 - so they did. * Es 6:11 Job 5:12,13 Pr 29:26 VERSE 14 - And the elders. * Ezr 3:8; 4:3 - through. * Ezr 5:1,2 Hag 1:12-14; 2:2-15 Zec 2:1-4:14 1 6:1-15 - finished it. * Zec 4:9 - according. * Isa 44:28 Hag 1:8 - commandment. Chal. decree. Cyrus. * :13; 1:1-4; 4:24; 5:13 - Artaxerxes. This was Artaxerxes, the third son and successor of Xerxes, surnamed [ ,] or Longimanus, or in Persian, {Ardsheer deeraz dest,} "Ardsheer the long-handed;" so called, according to the Greeks, from the extra-ordinary length of his hands, but according to the Easterners, from the extent of his dominions. He ascended the Persian throne, A.M. 3540, B.C. 464, and reigned forty-one years. He is said to have been the most handsome person of his age, and to have been a prince of a very mild and generous disposition. * Ezr 7:1 VERSE 15 - A.M. 3489. B.C. 515. Adar. * Es 3:7,13; 8:12; 9:1,15,17,19,21 VERSE 16 - the children. * 1Ch 9:2 Ne 7:73 - children of the captivity. Chal. sons of the transportation. See on ch. * Ezr 4:1 - the dedication. * 1Ki 8:63 2Ch 7:5,9 Joh 10:22 - with joy. * :22; 3:11,12 De 12:7 1Ch 15:28 2Ch 7:10; 30:23,26 Ne 8:10; 12:43 * Ps 122:1 Php 4:4 Having set up the worship of God in this dedication, they took care to keep it up, and made the book of Moses their rule, to which they had an eye in this establishment. Though the temple service could not now be performed with so much pomp and plenty as formerly, because of their poverty, yet no doubt it was performed with as much purity and close adherence to the Divine institutions as ever. No beauty is like the beauty of holiness. VERSE 17 - offered. * Ezr 8:35 Nu 7:2-89 1Ki 8:63,64 1Ch 16:1-3 2Ch 7:5; 29:31-35 - a sin offering. * Le 4:3,13,14,22,23,28 2Ch 29:21-23 - according to. Though the tribes of Benjamin and Judah, with the priests and Levites, formed the bulk of the people, yet many from the other tribes had returned with them from captivity. * 1Ki 18:31 Lu 22:30 Re 7:4-8; 21:12 VERSE 18 - the priests. * 1Ch 23:1-32 26:32 2Ch 35:4,5 - as it is written. Chal. according to the writing. * Nu 3:6; 8:9-26 VERSE 19 - the children. * :16 - kept. * Ex 12:6-36 Jos 5:10 2Ch 30:1-27 35:27 VERSE 20 - purified together. * 2Ch 29:34; 30:15-17 - killed. * Ex 12:21 2Ch 35:11 Heb 7:27 VERSE 21 - all such. * Ezr 9:11 Nu 9:6,7,10-14 Isa 52:11 Eze 36:25 2Co 6:17; 7:1 - did eat. * Ex 12:47-49 Ps 93:5 VERSE 22 - the feast. * Ex 12:15-20; 13:6,7 2Ch 30:21; 35:17 Mt 26:17 1Co 5:7,8 - turned. * Ezr 7:27 Pr 16:7; 21:1 Joh 19:11 - the king. Darius, as reigning over the country of Assyria, is here called "the king of Assyria." * :6-12; 1:1 2Ki 23:29 2Ch 33:11 Zec 10:10,11 GOTO NEXT CHAPTER - TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE INDEX

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