New International Version
We questioned the elders and asked them, "Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?"
King James Bible
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?
Darby Bible Translation
Then asked we those elders: thus we said to them, Who gave you orders to build this house and to complete this wall?
World English Bible
Then we asked those elders, and said to them thus, "Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?"
Young's Literal Translation
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?
Ezra 5:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
With great stones - They are making a very strong and a very costly building.
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Close by the Israelites who had set themselves to the task of rebuilding the temple, dwelt the Samaritans, a mixed race that had sprung up through the intermarriage of heathen colonists from the provinces of Assyria with the remnant of the ten tribes which had been left in Samaria and Galilee. In later years the Samaritans claimed to worship the true God, but in heart and practice they were idolaters. It is true, they held that their idols were but to remind them of the living God, the Ruler of the …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
The king should know that the people who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem and are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are restoring the walls and repairing the foundations.
At that time Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates went to them and asked, "Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?"
The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.
We also asked them their names, so that we could write down the names of their leaders for your information.
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