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Zerubbabel and Jeshua begin the temple


5:1 Then the prophets, Haggaiחַגַּי
(/ˈhæɡaɪ/ Ḥaggay; Koine Greek: Ἀγγαῖος; Latin: Aggaeus) or Aggeus His name means “my holidays.” For more info click here
the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddoעִדּוֹ
Īddō; also Jedo; Greek: Αδει, Αδδω, Adei, Addō meaning “His Love” For more info click here
, prophesied to the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
of Israel, even to them.
5:2 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshuaיֵשׁוּעַ
romanized: Yēšūaʿ, lit. ‘Yahweh is salvation’) was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshua (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, romanized: Yəhōšūaʿ, lit. ’Joshua’) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous (Ἰησοῦς), from which, through the Latin IESVS/Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus meaning salvation. For more info click here
the son of Jozadak rose up, and began to build the house of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
helping them.
5:3 At the same time Tatnai, governor of [the province] beyond the river, and Shetharboznai and their associates
came to them, and said this to them, Who has commanded you to build this house, and to complete this structure?
5:4 Then we said to them after this way, What [are] the names of the men that build this building?
5:5 But the eye of their Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, until the matter came to Darius: and then they sent back a letter concerning this.

Tatnai’s letter to Darius


5:6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor of province Beyond the River, and Shetharboznai and his associates the officials, who [were] Beyond the River, sent to Darius the king:
5:7 They sent a letter to him,  was this written
in it; to Darius the king, all peace.
5:8 Let it be known to the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
, that is being built with rolling stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work is being done perfectly, and prospers in their hands.
5:9 Then
we asked those elders, and said to them, Who commanded you to rebuild this house, and to complete this structure?
5:10 We
also asked their names, in order to inform you so that we might write the names of the men that [are] the leaders of them.
5:11 And this they returned the answer, to us this way, saying, We are the servants of the Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
of Heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the house that was built these many years before, which a great king of Israel built and finished.
5:12 But because our fathers had provoked the Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
of Heaven to wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and exiled its people to Babylon.
5:13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
.
5:14 And
also the vessels of gold and silver of the house of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king took out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, who he had made governor;
5:15 And said to him, Take these vessels, go, carry them to the temple in Jerusalem, and let the house of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
be built on its place.
5:16 Then Sheshbazzar came and laid the foundation of the house of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
in Jerusalem: and from that time even until now has it been building, but it is not finished.
5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king’s treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was given by Cyrus the king to build this house of Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
at Jerusalem, and let the will of the king concerning this be sent to us.

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