Then King Darius gave a command

Chapter 6 v1 Then King Darius gave a command. So people searched in the records. Those records were in the house of the records in the city called Babylon. v2 They found a book in the palace in Ecbatana, which is in the district called Media. This book contained the record below. Verses 1-2 God cared about the construction of the *temple. So the *Jews did not have to stop the work on the *temple while they waited for Darius’ reply (Ezra 5:5). However, as they waited, their task may…

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Haggai and Zechariah

Chapter 5 v1 Haggai and Zechariah (a *descendant of Iddo) were *prophets. They spoke messages from the God of Israel to the *Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem. v2 Then Zerubbabel (the son of Shealtiel) and Jeshua (the son of Jozadak) started to build the house of God in Jerusalem again. The *prophets of God were with them and helped them. Verses 1-2 In this chapter, Ezra recorded what happened in the second year of King Darius’ rule. About 16 years had passed since the *Jews started to rebuild…

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The enemies of the descendants of Judah and Benjamin heard that they had returned from the exile

Chapter 4 v1 The enemies of the *descendants of Judah and Benjamin heard that they had returned from the *exile. Their enemies heard that they were building a *temple for the *LORD the God of Israel. v2 The enemies came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families. They said, ‘Let us help you to build. We *worship your God, even as you do. We have given *sacrifices to your God since the time of Esarhaddon the king of Assyria who brought us here.’ v3 But Zerubbabel, Jeshua and…

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The Lord rescues Samaria

Chapter 7 The Lord rescues Samaria v1 Elisha said, ‘Listen to what the *Lord says. About this time tomorrow, a large amount (probably 14 pints or about 7.3 litres) of flour will be much cheaper. It will cost under half an ounce (under 14 grams) of silver. Twice that amount of corn will cost that same amount of silver. People will sell them at the gate of Samaria.’ v2 The king was standing next to his officer. That officer said this to Elisha. ‘Even the *Lord could not do that!…

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king of Bashan

Chapter 3 v1 ‘Next we turned and we went along the route towards Bashan. Og, king of Bashan, came out with his whole army to fight us. He wanted to fight us at the town called Edrei. v2 But the *LORD said to me, “Do not be afraid of him. I will give him, his whole army and his country to you. Fight against him in the same way as you fought against Sihon, king of the *Amorites. Sihon ruled in Heshbon.” v3 So the *LORD our God handed over…

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