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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezra 5:3-17

We have here, I. The cognizance which their neighbours soon took of the reviving of this good work. A jealous eye, it seems, they had upon them, and no sooner did the Spirit of God stir up the friends of the temple to appear for it than the evil spirit stirred up its enemies to appear against it. While the people built and ceiled their own houses their enemies gave them no molestation (Hag. 1:4), though the king's order was to put a stop to the building of the city (Ezra 4:21); but when they... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezra 5:4

Then said we unto them after this manner ,.... In answer to their questions; namely, Ezra and other Jews replied; for though Ezra is said after this to come from Babylon in the seventh year of Artaxerxes, he might go thither on some business, and then return again at that time; some indeed think these are the words of Tatnai and those with him; so Ben Melech, which seems to be favoured by Ezra 4:10 , and by reading the words with an interrogation, as we do; Aben Ezra says they are either... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 5:4

What are the names - It is most evident that this is the answer of the Jews to the inquiry of Tatnai, Ezra 5:3 , and the verse should be read thus: Then said we unto them after this manner: These are the names of the men who make this building. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 5:1-5

A faithful ministry in the Church. I. THAT IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DIVINE NAME . "In the name of the God of Israel" ( Ezra 5:1 ). 1. It advances in the Divine Name. These two prophets came to Israel in the name of God; a faithful ministry is commissioned by God, has his authority, and is qualified by him ( 2 Corinthians 5:20 ). 2. It partakes of the Divine Character. These prophets must bear in their conduct the purity of God, and in their words the mercy... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 5:3-5

The eye of God. The "people of the land" procured authority from the Persian king to stop the rebuilding of the city and wall of Jerusalem, and used it to stop the rebuilding of the temple as well. After an interval of nine years, through the incitement of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the great work was resumed, and with the resumption the old hostility was revived. So the text, etc. The eye of their God was upon them— I. To GIVE THEM ASSURANCE AND COMFORT . 1. This... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 5:3-17

Opposition revived. We have in these verses a twofold account of two different things. In Ezra 5:3 , Ezra 5:4 , in the first place, we have the historian's account of the revived opposition called out by the revival of the work of temple-building on the part of the Jews. In Ezra 5:6-10 we have an almost identical but slightly fuller account of the same matter in the letter sent by the opponents themselves to Darius. In Ezra 5:5 , in the next place, we have the historian's account... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 5:3-17

Wisdom in trial. Hardly had the Jews recommenced their work, when they again found themselves subjected to a— I. TRIAL OF FAITH . "At the same time," etc. ( Ezra 5:3 ). Again their unfriendly neighbours came to the attack. They challenged their right to build up the walls: "Who hath commanded you to build?" "By whose authority do ye these things?" The names of the leading men were demanded ( Ezra 5:4 ), with a view of sending them on to the Persian court. Pressure was... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 5:4

Then said we unto them. It is impossible that the existing text can be sound here. Ezra must have written, "Then said they to them." Tatnai and Shethar-boznai followed up their first question by a second, "What are the names of the men that make this building?" (comp. below, verses 9, 10). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezra 5:4

Then said we - The Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions have “Then said they,” which brings this verse into exact accordance with Ezra 5:10. read more

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