Ezra 5:5
New International Version
But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.

New Living Translation
But because their God was watching over them, the leaders of the Jews were not prevented from building until a report was sent to Darius and he returned his decision.

English Standard Version
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report should reach Darius and then an answer be returned by letter concerning it.

Berean Study Bible
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, so that they were not stopped until a report was sent to Darius and written instructions about this matter were returned.

New American Standard Bible
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report could come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.

New King James Version
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so that they could not make them cease till a report could go to Darius. Then a written answer was returned concerning this matter.

King James Bible
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

Christian Standard Bible
But God was watching over the Jewish elders. These men wouldn't stop them until a report was sent to Darius, so that they could receive written instructions about this matter.

Contemporary English Version
But God was looking after the Jewish leaders. So the governor and his group decided not to make the people stop working on the temple until they could report to Darius and get his advice.

Good News Translation
But God was watching over the Jewish leaders, and the Persian officials decided to take no action until they could write to Emperor Darius and receive a reply.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But God was watching over the Jewish elders. These men wouldn't stop them until a report was sent to Darius, so that they could receive written instructions about this matter.

International Standard Version
But God watched over the Jewish leaders, who could not be forced to stop working until Darius received a report and responded in reply.

NET Bible
But God was watching over the elders of Judah, and they were not stopped until a report could be dispatched to Darius and a letter could be sent back concerning this.

New Heart English Bible
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, until the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the leaders of the Jews were under God's watchful eye. They couldn't be stopped until Darius received a report and sent a reply to it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, till the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.

New American Standard 1977
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report should come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the eyes of their God were upon the elders of the Jews, and they could not cause them to cease until the matter came to Darius, and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

King James 2000 Bible
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned an answer by letter concerning this matter.

American King James Version
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

American Standard Version
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, till the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the eyes of God were upon the captivity of Juda, and they did not cause them to cease till the decree was brought to Darius; and then was sent by the tribute-gatherer concerning this

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the eye of their God was upon the ancients of the Jews, and they could not hinder them. And it was agreed that the matter should be referred to Darius, and then they should give satisfaction concerning that accusation.

Darby Bible Translation
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease till the matter came to Darius; and then they returned answer by letter concerning it.

English Revised Version
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, till the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

World English Bible
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, until the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.

Young's Literal Translation
And the eye of their God hath been upon the elders of the Jews, and they have not caused them to cease till the matter goeth to Darius, and then they send back a letter concerning this thing.
Study Bible
Temple Rebuilding Resumes
4They also asked, “What are the names of the men who are constructing this building?” 5But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, so that they were not stopped until a report was sent to Darius and written instructions about this matter were returned.
Cross References
Ezra 7:6
this Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted Ezra all his requests, for the hand of the LORD his God was upon him.

Ezra 7:28
and who has shown me favor before the king, his counselors, and all his powerful officials. And because the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, I took courage and gathered the leaders of Israel to return with me.

Treasury of Scripture

But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

But the eye

Ezra 7:6,28
This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him…

Ezra 8:22
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

that they

Psalm 129:2-5
Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me…

then they returned

Ezra 6:6-12
Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence: …







Lexicon
But the eye
וְעֵ֣ין (wə·‘ên)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5870: An eye

of their God
אֱלָהֲהֹ֗ם (’ĕ·lā·hă·hōm)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 426: God

was
הֲוָת֙ (hă·wāṯ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1934: To become, come to pass, be

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5922: Above, over, upon, against

the elders
שָׂבֵ֣י (śā·ḇê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7868: To become aged, to grow gray

of the Jews,
יְהוּדָיֵ֔א (yə·hū·ḏā·yê)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3062: Jews -- inhabitants of Judah

so that they were not
וְלָא־ (wə·lā-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3809: Not, no

stopped
בַטִּ֣לוּ (ḇaṭ·ṭi·lū)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 989: To cease

until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5705: Even to, until

a report
טַעְמָ֖א (ṭa‘·mā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 2941: Account, to be commanded, commandment, matter

was sent
יְהָ֑ךְ (yə·hāḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1946: Bring again, come, go up

to Darius
לְדָרְיָ֣וֶשׁ (lə·ḏā·rə·yā·weš)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1868: Darius -- two person kings

and
וֶאֱדַ֛יִן (we·’ĕ·ḏa·yin)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 116: Then, thereupon

written instructions
נִשְׁתְּוָנָ֖א (niš·tə·wā·nā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 5407: An epistle

about
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5922: Above, over, upon, against

this matter
דְּנָֽה׃ (də·nāh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1836: This

were returned.
יְתִיב֥וּן (yə·ṯî·ḇūn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8421: To return
(5) And then they returned answer.--And [till] they should receive answer. It is implied that "the eye of their God" was with special vigilance fixed on the work, and it will appear that His influence was upon the officials of Persia as well as upon the rulers of the Jews. The letter that follows shows this.

Verse 5. - The eye of their God was upon the elders. "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous" (Psalm 34:15) with a jealous watchfulness, which never for a moment slackens. "He withdraweth not his eyes from them" (Job 36:7). Nothing happens to them that he does not know and allow. At this time the elders, who pre-aided over the workmen employed in the restoration, were a special subject of God's watchful care, so that those who would fain have hindered them could not. The work of rebuilding went on uninterruptedly during the whole time that the messengers were away. 5:3-17 While employed in God's work, we are under his special protection; his eye is upon us for good. This should keep us to our duty, and encourage us therein, when difficulties are ever so discouraging. The elders of the Jews gave the Samaritans an account of their proceedings. Let us learn hence, with meekness and fear, to give a reason of the hope that is in us; let us rightly understand, and then readily declare, what we do in God's service, and why we do it. And while in this world, we always shall have to confess, that our sins have provoked the wrath of God. All our sufferings spring from thence, and all our comforts from his unmerited mercy. However the work may seem to be hindered, yet the Lord Jesus Christ is carrying it on, his people are growing unto a holy temple in the Lord, for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
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