Ezra 6:16
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English Standard Version
And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

King James Bible
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity kept the dedication of the house of God with joy.

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

Ezra 6:16 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The end the king had in view in all this follows: "That they (the priests) may offer sacrifices well-pleasing to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and of his sons." ניחוחין (comp. Daniel 2:46) are sacrifices agreeable to God, ניחוחין ריח (Leviticus 1:9, Leviticus 1:13, and elsewhere), i.e., sacrifices pleasing to God. Cyrus had commanded the rebuilding of the temple at Jerusalem, because he acknowledged the God of Israel to be the God of heaven, who had given him the kingdoms of the earth (Ezra 1:2). Darius was treading in his footsteps by also owning the God of the Jews as the God of heaven, and desiring that the blessing of this God might rest upon himself and his dynasty. Such an acknowledgment it was possible for the Persian kings to make without a renunciation of their polytheism. They could honour Jahve as a mighty, nay, as the mightiest God of heaven, without being unfaithful to the gods of their fathers; while the Jews could also, in the interest of their own welfare, pray and offer sacrifices in the temple of the Lord for the life of the king to whom God had caused them to be subject (comp. Jeremiah 29:7). Accordingly we find that in after times sacrifices were regularly offered for the king on appointed days: comp. 1 Macc. 7:33, 12:11; 2 Macc. 3:35, 13:23; Joseph. Antiq. xii. 2. 5, and elsewhere.

Ezra 6:16 Parallel Commentaries

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the children

1 Chronicles 9:2 Now the first inhabitants that dwelled in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites...

Nehemiah 7:73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel...

children of the captivity. Chal. sons of the transportation. See on

Ezra 4:1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity built the temple to the LORD God of Israel;

the dedication

1 Kings 8:63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen...

2 Chronicles 7:5,9 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep...

John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

with joy

Ezra 6:22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful...

Ezra 3:11,12 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks to the LORD; because he is good...

Deuteronomy 12:7 And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households...

1 Chronicles 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets...

2 Chronicles 7:10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents...

2 Chronicles 30:23,26 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness...

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared...

Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy...

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

(Having set up the worship of God in this dedication, they took care to keep it up, and made the book of Moses their rule, to which they had an eye in this establishment. Though the temple service could not now be performed with so much pomp and plenty as formerly, because of their poverty, yet no doubt it was performed with as much purity and close adherence to the Divine institutions as ever. No beauty is like the beauty of holiness.)

Cross References
1 Kings 8:62
Then the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the LORD.

1 Kings 8:63
Solomon offered as peace offerings to the LORD 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 7:5
King Solomon offered as a sacrifice 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

Daniel 5:13
Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, "You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah.

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