Ezra 5 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

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Verse 1

[1] Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

The son — His grand-child; for he was the son of Baraciah.

Prophesied — Commanding them from God to return to building the temple, with a promise of his favour and assistance.

Verse 2

[2] Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

Helping — Encouraging the people to work by their presence, and assurance of success. It is supposed, the work had stopt about fifteen years. The first chapter of Haggai is the best comment on these two verses.

Verse 3

[3] At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall?

Shethar-boznai — Not Rehum and Shimshai, etc. who were either dead, or removed from their office by Darius.

Verse 4

[4] Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

We — Jews.

Accordingly — According to what they asked.

That made this building — That were the undertakers and encouragers of it.

Verse 8

[8] Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.

Great God — And indeed, thus far the greater part of the Samaritans agreed with them.

Verse 17

[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 made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Now therefore. … — If the case had been so fairly stated to Artaxerxes, he would hardly have hindered the work. The people of God could not be persecuted, if they were not belied.

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