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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezra 6:13-22

Here we have, I. The Jews? enemies made their friends. When they received this order from the king they came with as much haste to encourage and assist the work as their predecessors had done to put a stop to it, Ezra 4:23. What the king ordered they did, and, because they would not be thought to do it with reluctance, they did it speedily, Ezra 6:13. The king's moderation made them, contrary to their own inclination, moderate too. II. The building of the temple carried on, and finished in a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezra 6:14

And the elders of the Jews builded ,.... Went on with the building of the temple: and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo ; or grandson, as before; being animated and encouraged by them; and as they foretold and promised it would, be, so it was; they had success in their work, the Lord overruling the heart of Darius the king and his council in their favour: and they builded and finished it ; that is, the temple: according to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 6:14

According to the commandment of the God of Israel - He first gave the order, and stirred up the hearts of the following Persian kings to second that order. Of Cyrus - This sovereign gave his orders for the rebuilding of the temple about A.M. 3468. And Darius - Darius Hystaspes confirmed the above orders, A. M. 3485. And Artaxerxes - Artaxerxes Longimanus sent Ezra to Judea with new privileges, A.M. 3547. With the permission of the same king, Nehemiah came to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 6:6-15

DECREE ISSUED BY DARIUS IN FURTHERANCE OF THE DECREE OF CYRUS . OBEDIENCE OF THE PERSIAN OFFICIALS , AND RAPID COMPLETION OF THE TEMPLE ( Ezra 6:6-15 ). The religious policy of Darius being directly opposed to that of his immediate predecessor, he would naturally reverse his decree with respect to the Jews ( Ezra 4:11-22 ). He would also be glad to show himself in accordance with the great founder of the empire, who was universally reverenced,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 6:12-15

Overthrow and upbuilding. The end of this mission brings to our view— I. THE OVERTHROW OF EVIL . "Then Tatnai,… Shethar-boznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius had sent, so did they speedily ' ( Ezra 6:13 ). With deepest mortification and chagrin must they have received these tidings from the Babylonian court. Their failure was complete and conspicuous. Not only had they not done what they wanted to do, but they bad been compelled to aid and prosper that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 6:13-15

The successful issue. The vicissitudes through which the building of the temple was carried to its completion figure forth those of the spiritual temple of the Church. This eventful history teaches— I. THAT GOD 'S PURPOSES WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED . 1. This truth is exemplified in. the creation. 2. This truth is also exemplified in prophecy. II. THAT GOD HONOURS HIS WILLING SERVANTS . 1. He gives them an interest in his work. "They prospered,"... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 6:13-22

The work completed. These words form the conclusion of the first and longest portion of this scriptural Book of Ezra. All the remaining portion of the book is divided off from this in three separate ways. It is so, partly, on the question of time, a gap of something like sixty years intervening between the events mentioned at the close of this sixth chapter and those referred to at the beginning of the seventh. It is also divided off in regard to its method, being not so much, like the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 6:14

And the elders of the Jews builded . See above, Ezra 5:5 , Ezra 5:9 . Probably the same as "the chief of the fathers" of Ezra 2:68 , and Ezra 3:12 . While the younger men were those who actually laboured, the elders superintended the work. Zerubbabel and Jeshua are no doubt included among them . And they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai … and Zechariah. It can well be understood that Haggai's earnest exhortations, his warnings, his threats, his sarcastic reproaches ( ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 6:14-16

The temple finished. The building of the temple was finished in about four years after the work was resumed. This was a short time for a work so vast, when compared with the resources of the Jews. It was carried through without intermission; the zeal of the people was not suffered to become languid through delay. The fact illustrates both the propitious character of external circumstances and the wisdom of the Jewish leaders. When the building was completed it was dedicated, and the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezra 6:14

Artaxerxes - The Artaxerxes of marginal reference seems to be meant (i. e., Longimanus); he was one of those who together with Cyrus and Darius helped forward the completion of the work. read more

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