The rest of the chapter contains a copy of the king's letter authorising Ezra's mission (verses 11-26) and Ezra's response to it in praise and worship (v.27-28). God’s work continued as many Jews took advantage of Cyrus’ decree. But it isn’t just commentary. 14, calls it "a small dish or other container," p. 5. He confessed the *sins of all the people. I. The temptation was to some to stay in Babylon; but some feared not to return, and they … Ezra 1:5 Context. Ezra describes several efforts to squelch the construction (Ezra 4:1-23). {PK 609.1} Ezra became a mouthpiece for God, educating those about him in the principles that govern heaven. The three imperatives in this verse, without a copula, followed by a fourth, vividly express the feeling of the suppliants in the remembrance of the decree. When they arrived in Jerusalem, their first job was to build the altar and offer sacrifices on it (Ezra 3:1-3). Ezra 4:1-5 Him Only January 11, 2004 Read: Ezra 4:1-5 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-34 We alone will build to the Lord God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us. 3 Who is there among you of all his people? Ezra 1:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ezra 1:5, NIV: "Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites--everyone whose heart God had moved--prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem." Ezra - Chapter 1 . But it was God's work and His good hand was upon Ezra (7:6.9.28; 8:18.22.31). 18; 28:1, 5-7). 7:1-5. Daniel and Ezra had done this too (Daniel 9:4-15; Ezra 9:6-7; Ezra 9:10). A chapter by chapter and verse by verse study of Ezra taught by Pastor Paul LeBoutillier of Calvary Chapel Ontario, Oregon. This is "a Persian title, 'the One to Be Feared,' which approximates to 'His Excellency'" (New Bible Commentary, note on verse 63). (see Ac – Ezra-Nehemiah From a Jewish Perspective: The Ezra Memoirs). Verse 6. This content is adapted from the Holman Commentary. These words imply “that the threatening situation had brought home to them their need of help, and therefore of that access to God which was promised at the altar” (Derek Kidner, Ezra & Nehemiah, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries [IVP], p. 46). Verses 1–5. Nehemiah also remembered God’s promises. Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra Arrives in The Land. Commentary on Ezra 1:5-11 (Read Ezra 1:5-11) The same God that raised up the spirit of Cyrus to proclaim liberty to the Jews, raised up their spirits to take the benefit. Ezra 6:1-12 The Temple is Completed. The whole assembly totaled 42,360 (Ezra 2:64; Nehemiah 7:66). EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY. This was the secret of his success. The return occurred in the king's seventh year, which was 458 B.C. 3 Who is there among you of all his people? Study the bible online using commentary on Ezra and more! Title Even though Ezra’s name does not enter the account of Judah’s post-Exilic return to Jerusalem until 7:1, the book bears his name (“Jehovah helps”) as a title. Read Ezra commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. If the people trusted God again, God would bring them back from *exile. Ezra 5:1-5 Restoration of The Temple Resumed. The VERB (BB 1089, KB 1858) is a Peal IMPERATIVE PLURAL. Unlike the cruel Assyrians and barbarous Babylonians, Cyrus.. the great king of Persia permitted those who had been taken into exile as slaves, to return to their native homeland and reinstate their customs and religious practices. Ezra 6:1-22 They Finished the Temple; MIKE RICKMAN. What good impressions were made upon the people by Ezra’s humiliation and confession of sin. Commentary for Ezra 1 The history of this book is the accomplishment of Jeremiah's prophecy concerning the return of the Jews out of Babylon. Chapter 1. The Anchor Bible Commentary, vol. The command is both physical and mental (BDB 113, "keep aloof"). Ezra 1:5. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Ezra 1:5: Isaiah 44:28 Isaiah : Isaiah : Daniel 9:24-27 Ezra 1:4 : Ezra 1:6 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. (15-44) Commentary on Ezra 10:1-5 (Read Ezra 10:1-5) Shechaniah owned the national guilt. (Ezra 1:1b RSV) And verse 5 says: Then rose up the heads of fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. Ezra 5:15 "And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place." Ezra 8:1-23 Heads of Families Return With Ezra. This epitomizes the chief sort of work chronicled in Ezra and Nehemiah. And we can see why Ezra was overwhelmed by this letter. Ezra 6:13-22 The Temple is Dedicated. 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. If they obeyed God, he would bring them back to live in *Judah (Deuteronomy 30:1-5). THE INTRODUCTION OF EZRA (7:1-10) The events which transpire in this section of the narrative occurred during the reign of Artaxerxes who was introduced earlier in the book (4:8-23; 6:14). (6-14) Reformation effected. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Ezra 1:5. (Ezra 1:1-4 and Ezra 5:13-17). Ezra 6:1-5 Commentary; Ezra 6:6-22 Commentary; Ezra 6:14 Commentary (Scroll Down) LARRY BRINCEFIELD. Unlike the cruel Assyrians and barbarous Babylonians, Cyrus.. the great king of Persia permitted those who had been taken into exile as slaves, to return to their native homeland and reinstate their customs and religious practices. It gave Ezra 7:11-28 Ezra Gets a Letter From The King. (Ezra 1:5 RSV) God always takes the initiative. The Hand of God is a section of commentary on Ezra from the Holman Commentary. The Expositor's Bible Commentary, vol. Finally, God encouraged the Jews through the prophecies of Haggai and Zechariah to resume and complete the job (Ezra 5:1). Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Nearly two hundred years after the kingdom of Isra’el had conquered by Assyria, the remains of the little kingdom of Judah , which had always included members of all the twelve tribes, still had some cohesion and could rightly bear the name of Isra’el (Ezra 1:3b and 2:2b) . Cyrus made a decree giving the Jewish exiles in his empire the right to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple in 538 B.C. Matthew Henry's Commentary – Verses 1–5 . Another popular view is that Ezra and Nehemiah each wrote the books that bear their names.2 A third view is that the joint book was a compilation that a "chronicler" made after the events recorded took place.3 As a scribe (7:21), Ezra had the qualifications needed to write this book. Yet the individual numbers listed in Ezra 2 add up to just 29,818. Resources » Matthew Henry's Commentary » Ezra » Chapter 10 » Verses 1–5. The Holman Series goes more in-depth with background and application, in a very easy -to-follow way—more than most commentaries. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: EZRA 1:5-11 5 Then the heads of fathers' households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. Check out this excerpt to see what we’re talking about! These qualifications made him an eminent man in the Medo-Persian kingdom. Ezra 6:3-4 Temple of Zerubbabel; Ezra 6:15 Adar; PHIL NEWTON. Ezra is presented as a man who was strongly motivated by the Law of God. Ezra 1:5 Context. The Lord stirred op the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia. Ezra developed into a man of extraordinary learning and became "a ready scribe in the law of Moses." Ezra 5:6-17 The Work on The Temple Progresses. There are a number of gaps in the list. his God be with him, and let him goe vp to Ierusalem, which is in Iudah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is the God) which is in Ierusalem. Ezra 6:3 Let the House Be Built; HANDBOOK OF BIBLE MANNERS & CUSTOMS - FREEMAN. The returned exiles experienced opposition from local people and the project ground to a halt (Ezra 4; Nehemiah 4-5). Ezra encourages to reformation. 4, p. 643). We are here told, I. "The greater part of this book, though it bears the name of Ezra, tells of the pioneers who came back from exile to Jerusalem a whole lifetime before him. Seraiah (7:1) was the high priest at the time of Nebuchadnezzar, who executed him about 130 years before (2 Kings 25:18-21). Ezra 8:24-36 Gifts For The Temple. Verses 1-5 trace Ezra’s family lineage back through 16 forefathers to Aaron the chief priest, brother of Moses. Some may have focused on building a strong and well-armed militia. This section harmonizes: Ezra 5:1-2 Ezra 5:1-2 [1] Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even to them. “Every one whose spirit God had stirred” prepared to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:5). The case is sad, but it is not desperate; the disease threatening, but not incurable. Next » Chapter 2 ... Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the restoration of Jerusalem and the temple. (1-5) He assembles the people. Thus Ezra was a great or great-great grandson of Seraiah. 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