Ezra 6:4
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New International Version
with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury.

King James Bible
With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expences be given out of the king's house:

Darby Bible Translation
[with] three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber; and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:

World English Bible
with three courses of great stones, and a course of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house.

Young's Literal Translation
three rows of rolled stones, and a row of new wood, and the outlay let be given out of the king's house.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber - We have noticed this kind of building before, three courses of stones, and then a course of strong balk; and this continued to the square of the building.

And let the expenses be given - Cyrus had ordered wood to be cut at Libanus, and conveyed to Joppa at his expense; but it does not appear that he furnished the other expenses of the building, for we have already seen that the Jews contributed for the defraying of all others. But it appears that he provided at his own expense the sacrifices and offerings for the temple. See Ezra 6:9.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

three rows

1 Kings 6:36 And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.

the expenses

Ezra 7:20-23 And whatever more shall be needful for the house of your God, which you shall have occasion to bestow...

Psalm 68:29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents to you.

Psalm 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers...

Isaiah 60:6-10 The multitude of camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come...

Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

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God the Joy-Bringer
'They kept the feast ... seven days with joy; for the Lord had made them joyful.'--EZRA vi. 22. Twenty years of hard work and many disappointments and dangers had at last, for the Israelites returning from the captivity, been crowned by the completion of the Temple. It was a poor affair as compared with the magnificent house that had stood upon Zion; and so some of them 'despised the day of small things.' They were ringed about by enemies; they were feeble in themselves; there was a great deal to
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The "Fraternity" of Pharisees
To realise the state of religious society at the time of our Lord, the fact that the Pharisees were a regular "order," and that there were many such "fraternities," in great measure the outcome of the original Pharisees, must always be kept in view. For the New Testament simply transports us among contemporary scenes and actors, taking the then existent state of things, so to speak, for granted. But the fact referred to explains many seemingly strange circumstances, and casts fresh light upon all.
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Ezra-Nehemiah
Some of the most complicated problems in Hebrew history as well as in the literary criticism of the Old Testament gather about the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Apart from these books, all that we know of the origin and early history of Judaism is inferential. They are our only historical sources for that period; and if in them we have, as we seem to have, authentic memoirs, fragmentary though they be, written by the two men who, more than any other, gave permanent shape and direction to Judaism, then
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Kings 6:36
And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.

Ezra 6:8
Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.

Ezra 7:20
And anything else needed for the temple of your God that you are responsible to supply, you may provide from the royal treasury.

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