Ezra 5:9
Good News Translation
"We then asked the leaders of the people to tell us who had given them authority to rebuild the Temple and to equip it.

Contemporary English Version
We asked those in charge to tell us who gave them permission to rebuild the temple.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we asked those ancients, and said to them thus: Who hath given you authority to build this house, and to repair these walls?

New American Bible
We then questioned the elders, addressing to them the following words: ‘Who issued the decree for you to build this house and complete this edifice?’

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And we asked those ancients, and said to them thus: Who hath given you authority to build this house, and to repair these walls?

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Ezra 5:3,4 And at the same time came to them Thathanai, who was governor beyond the river, and Stharbuzanai, and their counsellors: and said thus to them: Who hath given you counsel to build this house, and to repair the walls thereof? . . .

Context
Tattenai's Letter to Darius
8Be it known to the king, that we went to the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which they are building with unpolished stones, and timber is laid in the walls: and this work is carried on diligently and advanceth in their hands. 9And we asked those ancients, and said to them thus: Who hath given you authority to build this house, and to repair these walls?10We asked also of them their names, that we might give thee notice: and we have written the names of the men that are the chief among them.…
Cross References
Ezra 4:12
Be it known to the king, that the Jews, who came up from thee to us, are come to Jerusalem a rebellious and wicked city, which they are building, setting up the ramparts thereof and repairing the walls.

Ezra 5:3
And at the same time came to them Thathanai, who was governor beyond the river, and Stharbuzanai, and their counsellors: and said thus to them: Who hath given you counsel to build this house, and to repair the walls thereof?

Ezra 5:8
Be it known to the king, that we went to the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which they are building with unpolished stones, and timber is laid in the walls: and this work is carried on diligently and advanceth in their hands.

Ezra 5:10
We asked also of them their names, that we might give thee notice: and we have written the names of the men that are the chief among them.

Additional Translations
So we questioned the elders and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?”Then asked we those elders, and said to them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?

Then we asked those elders, and thus we said to them, Who gave you the order to build this house, and to provide this preparation?

Then asked we those elders: thus we said to them, Who gave you orders to build this house and to complete this wall?

Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?

Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to erect these walls?

Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, "Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?"

Then we have asked of these elders, thus we have said to them, Who hath made for you a decree this house to build, and this wall to finish?
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