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Whatever is needed—whether oxen or rams or lambs for burnt offerings for the God of heaven or wheat or salt or wine or oil, as required by[a] the priests who are in Jerusalem—must be given to them daily without any neglect, 10 so that they may be offering incense to the God of heaven and may be praying for the good fortune of the king and his family.[b]

11 “I hereby give orders that if anyone changes this directive a beam is to be pulled out from his house and he is to be raised up and impaled[c] on it, and his house is to be reduced[d] to a rubbish heap[e] for this indiscretion.[f]

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  1. Ezra 6:9 tn Aram “according to the word of.”
  2. Ezra 6:10 tn Aram “for the life of the king and his sons.”
  3. Ezra 6:11 sn The practice referred to in v. 11 has been understood in various ways: hanging (cf. 1 Esd 6:32 and KJV); flogging (cf. NEB, NLT); impalement (BDB 1091 s.v. זְקַף; HALOT 1914 s.v. מחא hitpe; cf. NAB, NIV, NRSV). The last seems the most likely.
  4. Ezra 6:11 tn Aram “made.”
  5. Ezra 6:11 tn Aram “a dunghill.”
  6. Ezra 6:11 tn Aram “for this.”

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