(A)with three layers of huge stones and [a]one layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the [b]royal treasury.

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  1. Ezra 6:4 So Gr; Aram a layer of new timber
  2. Ezra 6:4 Lit king’s house

14 Forasmuch as you are sent [a]by the king and his (A)seven counselors to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem according to the law of your God which is in your hand, 15 and to bring the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, (B)whose dwelling is in Jerusalem, 16 with (C)all the silver and gold which you find in the whole province of Babylon, along (D)with the freewill offering of the people and of the priests, who (E)offered willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem; 17 with this money, therefore, you shall diligently buy bulls, rams and lambs, (F)with their grain offerings and their drink offerings and (G)offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem. 18 Whatever seems good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, you may do according to the will of your God. 19 Also the utensils which are given to you for the service of the house of your God, deliver in full before the God of Jerusalem. 20 The rest of the needs for the house of your God, for which you may have occasion to provide, (H)provide for it from the royal treasury.

21 “I, even I, King Artaxerxes, issue a decree to all the treasurers who are in the provinces beyond the [b]River, that whatever Ezra the priest, (I)the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, may require of you, it shall be done diligently, 22 even up to 100 talents of silver, 100 [c]kors of wheat, 100 baths of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt [d]as needed.

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  1. Ezra 7:14 Lit from before
  2. Ezra 7:21 I.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch
  3. Ezra 7:22 I.e. One kor equals approx ten bu
  4. Ezra 7:22 Lit without prescription

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