8/5/13

From Gary... More beautiful than any moth, butterfly or any dog in the world



Yesterday afternoon, before I left for the evening service, I took the dogs for a walk.  As we walked on the top of the embankment in the dog-walk, there were moths on the top of the taller blades.  I was sorry that I didn't bring my camera, because since it was the day before the grass is mowed, there were MANY, MANY tall blades and their corresponding creatures.  The dogs were in heaven and started to go as fast as I would let them on the uneven ground (I didn't want to fall, you see).  It really was something to see- all those moths taking flight as the animals tried to race through the grass.  I thought of it today when I was looking though my collection of pictures and noticed this one which was labeled "moth". Originally, I had given it the title of butterfly, but it was categorized as a moth from its public domain creator.  I still think it is a butterfly, but it really doesn't matter what it is called.  Beauty is still beauty, whether it be moth or butterfly.  Then I remembered the creation account and what had happened there...

Genesis, Chapter 2
18  Yahweh God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him.”  19 Out of the ground Yahweh God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature became its name.  20 The man gave names to all livestock, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field; but for man there was not found a helper comparable to him. 21 Yahweh God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. As the man slept, he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  22 Yahweh God made a woman from the rib which had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.  23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of Man.”  24 Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.  

I love both my dogs, but they are NOTHING in comparison to my wife Linda.  She is perfect for me. Sometimes it doesn't seem that way, because she knows what I am going to do before I do it and the same thing applies to what I say, and so - I can't get away with ANYTHING.  She keeps me on my toes, and even now she still continues to surprise me with her insights. I am to glad see does; even though I probably won't tell her so- because that would only encourage her to correct me more than she should.  BUT, to me she is beautiful- and becoming more beautiful by the day. More beautiful than any creature on this Earth, be it butterfly or loving animal.  Why?  Because God made her just for me and HE DOES EXCELLENT WORK!!!

PS.  God really has a sense of humor.  Even though I call both dogs mine, there is a pecking order in my house.  First- food, Next Linda, followed by any other female present and last of all-- ME!!!  So much for them being MY DOGS!!!!  Welcome a new title- CUSTODIAN!!!

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study, August 5



Bible Reading and Study, August 5


The World English Bible



Aug. 5
Ezra 4-6
Ezr 4:1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were building a temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel;
Ezr 4:2 then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers' houses, and said to them, Let us build with you; for we seek your God, as you do; and we sacrifice to him since the days of Esar Haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.
Ezr 4:3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers' houses of Israel, said to them, You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves together will build to Yahweh, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.
Ezr 4:4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,
Ezr 4:5 and hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Ezr 4:6 In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
Ezr 4:7 In the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian character, and set forth in the Syrian language.
Ezr 4:8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:
Ezr 4:9 then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites,
Ezr 4:10 and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over, and set in the city of Samaria, and in the rest of the country beyond the River, and so forth.
Ezr 4:11 This is the copy of the letter that they sent to Artaxerxes the king: Your servants the men beyond the River, and so forth.
Ezr 4:12 Be it known to the king, that the Jews who came up from you are come to us to Jerusalem; they are building the rebellious and the bad city, and have finished the walls, and repaired the foundations.
Ezr 4:13 Be it known now to the king that if this city is built, and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and in the end it will be hurtful to the kings.
Ezr 4:14 Now because we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not appropriate for us to see the king's dishonor, therefore have we sent and informed the king;
Ezr 4:15 that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so you shall find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time; for which cause was this city laid waste.
Ezr 4:16 We inform the king that, if this city be built, and the walls finished, by this means you shall have no portion beyond the River.
Ezr 4:17 Then sent the king an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions who dwell in Samaria, and in the rest of the country beyond the River: Peace, and so forth.
Ezr 4:18 The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.
Ezr 4:19 I decreed, and search has been made, and it is found that this city of old time has made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
Ezr 4:20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all the country beyond the River; and tribute, custom, and toll, was paid to them.
Ezr 4:21 Make a decree now to cause these men to cease, and that this city not be built, until a decree shall be made by me.
Ezr 4:22 Take heed that you not be slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
Ezr 4:23 Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.
Ezr 4:24 Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Ezr 5:1 Now the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem; in the name of the God of Israel prophesied they to them.
Ezr 5:2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God, helping them.
Ezr 5:3 At the same time came to them Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, and Shetharbozenai, and their companions, and said thus to them, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?
Ezr 5:4 Then we told them after this manner, what the names of the men were who were making this building.
Ezr 5:5 But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, until the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.
Ezr 5:6 The copy of the letter that Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, and Shetharbozenai, and his companions the Apharsachites, who were beyond the River, sent to Darius the king;
Ezr 5:7 they sent a letter to him, in which was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace.
Ezr 5:8 Be it known to the king, that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls; and this work goes on with diligence and prospers in their hands.
Ezr 5:9 Then asked we those elders, and said to them thus, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to finish this wall?
Ezr 5:10 We asked them their names also, to inform you that we might write the names of the men who were at the head of them.
Ezr 5:11 Thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and are building the house that was built these many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished.
Ezr 5:12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.
Ezr 5:13 But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, Cyrus the king made a decree to build this house of God.
Ezr 5:14 The gold and silver vessels also of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;
Ezr 5:15 and he said to him, Take these vessels, go, put them in the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be built in its place.
Ezr 5:16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundations of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now has it been in building, and yet it is not completed.
Ezr 5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
Ezr 6:1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the archives, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.
Ezr 6:2 There was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll, and therein was thus written for a record:
Ezr 6:3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king made a decree: Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be built, the place where they offer sacrifices, and let its foundations be strongly laid; its height sixty cubits, and its breadth sixty cubits;
Ezr 6:4 with three courses of great stones, and a course of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house.
Ezr 6:5 Also let the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, be restored, and brought again to the temple which is at Jerusalem, everyone to its place; and you shall put them in the house of God.
Ezr 6:6 Now therefore, Tattenai, governor beyond the River, Shetharbozenai, and your companions the Apharsachites, who are beyond the River, you must stay far from there.
Ezr 6:7 Leave the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in its place.
Ezr 6:8 Moreover I make a decree what you shall do to these elders of the Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the River, expenses be given with all diligence to these men, that they be not hindered.
Ezr 6:9 That which they have need of, both young bulls, and rams, and lambs, for burnt offerings to the God of heaven; also wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the word of the priests who are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail;
Ezr 6:10 that they may offer sacrifices of pleasant aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.
Ezr 6:11 Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this:
Ezr 6:12 and the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow all kings and peoples who shall put forth their hand to alter the same, to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with all diligence.
Ezr 6:13 Then Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, Shetharbozenai, and their companions, because that Darius the king had sent, did accordingly with all diligence.
Ezr 6:14 The elders of the Jews built and prospered, through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the decree of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Ezr 6:15 This house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.
Ezr 6:16 The children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.
Ezr 6:17 They offered at the dedication of this house of God one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
Ezr 6:18 They set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.
Ezr 6:19 The children of the captivity kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
Ezr 6:20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure: and they killed the Passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brothers the priests, and for themselves.
Ezr 6:21 The children of Israel who had come again out of the captivity, and all such as had separated themselves to them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek Yahweh, the God of Israel, ate,
Ezr 6:22 and kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for Yahweh had made them joyful, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.




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Ezra


Ezra 4 1
Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were
building a temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel;
And the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were
building the temple to Jehovah the God of Israel;
And adversaries of Judah and Benjamin hear that the sons of the captivity are
building a temple to Jehovah, God of Israel,
Ezra 4 2
then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers` [houses], and said to them, Let us
build with you; for we seek your God, as you do; and we sacrifice to him since the days of Esar-
haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.
and they came to Zerubbabel and to the chief fathers, and said to them, We would build
with you; for we seek your God, as ye; and we have sacrificed to him since the days of
Esar-haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up hither.
and they draw nigh unto Zerubbabel, and unto heads of the fathers, and say to
them, `Let us build with you; for, like you, we seek to your God, and we are not
sacrificing since the days of Esar-Haddon king of Asshur, who brought us up
hither.`
Ezra 4 3
But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers` [houses] of Israel, said to them,
You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves together will
build to Yahweh, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.
But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the chief fathers of Israel said to them, Ye have
nothing to do with us to build a house to our God, but we alone will build to Jehovah the
God of Israel, as king Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.
And Zerubbabel saith to them, also Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of the fathers
of Israel, `Not for you, and for us, to build a house to our God; but we ourselves
together do build to Jehovah God of Israel, as the king Cyrus, king of Persia,
commanded us.`
Ezra 4 4
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in
building,
And the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them
in building;
And it cometh to pass, the people of the land are making the hands of the people of
Judah feeble, and troubling them in building,
Ezra 4 5
and hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of
Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
and they hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus
king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
and are hiring against them counsellors to make void their counsel all the days of
Cyrus king of Persia, even till the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Ezra 4 6
In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation against the
inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation
against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the commencement of his reign, they have
written an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem;
Ezra 4 7
In the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to
Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian [character],
and set forth in the Syrian [language].
And in the days of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his
companions, wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was
written in Aramaic, and interpreted in Aramaic.
and in the days of Artaxerxes have Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of
his companions written unto Artaxerxes king of Persia, and the writing of the
letter is written in Aramaean, and interpreted in Aramaean.
Ezra 4 8
Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes
the king in this sort:
Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to
Artaxerxes the king after this sort:
Rehum counsellor, and Shimshai scribe have written a letter concerning
Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king, thus:
Ezra 4 9
then [wrote] Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions,
the Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the
Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites,
Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the
Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the
Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites,
Then Rehum counsellor, and Shimshai scribe, and the rest of their companions,
Dinaites, and Apharsathchites, Tarpelites, Apharsites, Archevites, Babylonians,
Susanchites, (who are Elamites),
Ezra 4 10
and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over, and set in the city
of Samaria, and in the rest [of the country] beyond the River, and so forth.
and the rest of the peoples whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over and settled
in the cities of Samaria, and the rest [of the country] on this side the river, and so forth.
and the rest of the nations that the great and honourable Asnapper removed and
set in the city of Samaria, and the rest beyond the river, and at such a time:
Ezra 4 11
This is the copy of the letter that they sent to Artaxerxes the king: Your servants the men
beyond the River, and so forth.
This is the copy of the letter that they sent to him: To Artaxerxes the king: Thy servants
the men on this side the river, and so forth.
This [is] a copy of a letter that they have sent unto him, unto Artaxerxes the king:
`Thy servants, men beyond the river, and at such a time;
Ezra 4 12
Be it known to the king, that the Jews who came up from you are come to us to Jerusalem; they
are building the rebellious and the bad city, and have finished the walls, and repaired the
foundations.
Be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from thee unto us have come to
Jerusalem; they are building the rebellious and the bad city, and they complete the walls
and join up the foundations.
Be it known to the king, that the Jews who have come up from thee unto us, have
come in to Jerusalem, the rebellious and base city they are building, and the walls
they have finished, and the foundations they join.
Ezra 4 13
Be it known now to the king that if this city is built, and the walls finished, they will not pay
tribute, custom, or toll, and in the end it will be hurtful to the kings.
Be it known therefore unto the king, that, if this city be built and the walls be
completed, they will not pay tribute, tax, and toll, and in the end it will bring damage to
`Now, be it known to the king, that if this city be builded, and the walls finished,
toll, tribute, and custom they do not give; and at length [to] the kings it doth
cause loss.
Ezra 4 14
Now because we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not appropriate for us to see the king`s
dishonor, therefore have we sent and informed the king;
Now, since we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not right for us to see the king`s injury,
therefore have we sent and informed the king;
Now, because that the salt of the palace [is] our salt, and the nakedness of the king
we have no patience to see, therefore we have sent and made known to the king;
Ezra 4 15
that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so shall you find in the book
of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to kings and provinces,
and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time; for which cause was this city
laid waste.
that search may be made in the book of the annals of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the
book of the annals and know that this city is a rebellious city, which has done damage to
kings and provinces, and that they have raised sedition within the same of old time, for
which cause this city was destroyed.
so that he doth seek in the book of the records of thy fathers, and thou dost find in
the book of the records, and dost know, that this city [is] a rebellious city, and
causing loss [to] kings and provinces, and makers of sedition [are] in its midst
from the days of old, therefore hath this city been wasted.
Ezra 4 16
We inform the king that, if this city be built, and the walls finished, by this means you shall
have no portion beyond the River.
We inform the king that if this city be built and its walls be completed, by this means
thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
We are making known to the king that, if this city be builded and the walls
finished, by this means a portion beyond the river thou hast none.`
Ezra 4 17
[Then] sent the king an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the
rest of their companions who dwell in Samaria, and in the rest [of the country] beyond the
River: Peace, and so forth.
The king sent an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest
of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and the other places beyond the river: Peace,
and so forth.
An answer hath the king sent unto Rehum counsellor, and Shimshai scribe, and
the rest of their companions who are dwelling in Samaria, and the rest beyond
the river, `Peace, and at such a time:
Ezra 4 18
The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.
The letter that ye sent to us has been read before me distinctly.
The letter that ye sent unto us, explained, hath been read before me,
Ezra 4 19
I decreed, and search has been made, and it is found that this city of old time has made
insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
And I gave orders, and search has been made, and it has been found that this city of old
time has made insurrection against the kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been
raised therein.
and by me a decree hath been made, and they sought, and have found that this city
from the days of old against kings is lifting up itself, and rebellion and sedition
is made in it,
Ezra 4 20
There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all [the country] beyond
the River; and tribute, custom, and toll, was paid to them.
And there have been mighty kings over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all beyond the
river; and tribute, tax, and toll were paid to them.
and mighty kings have been over Jerusalem, even rulers over all beyond the river,
and toll, tribute, and custom is given to them.
Ezra 4 21
Make you now a decree to cause these men to cease, and that this city not be built, until a decree
shall be made by me.
Now give order to make these men to cease, and that this city be not built, until the
order shall be given from me;
`Now, make ye a decree to cause these men to cease, and this city is not builded,
till by me a decree is made.
Ezra 4 22
Take heed that you not be slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
and take heed that ye fail not to do this: why should harm grow to the damage of the
kings?
And beware ye of negligence in doing this; why doth the hurt become great to the
loss of the kings?`
Ezra 4 23
Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes` letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe,
and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by
force and power.
As soon as the copy of king Artaxerxes` letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the
scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made
them cease by force and power.
Then from the time that a copy of the letter of king Artaxerxes is read before
Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they have gone in haste to
Jerusalem, unto the Jews, and caused them to cease by force and strength;
Ezra 4 24
Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and it ceased until the second
year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and it ceased until the
second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
then ceased the service of the house of God that [is] in Jerusalem, and it ceased till
the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Ezra 5 1
Now the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews
who were in Judah and Jerusalem; in the name of the God of Israel [prophesied they] to them.
Now 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 [did they
prophesy] to them.
And prophesied have the prophets, (Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah son of
Iddo) unto the Jews who [are] in Judah and in Jerusalem, in the name of the God of
Israel -- unto them.
Ezra 5 2
Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build
the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God, helping them.
Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to
build the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God,
who helped them.
Then have Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua son of Jozadak, risen, and begun
to build the house of God, that [is] in Jerusalem, and with them are the prophets of
God supporting them.
Ezra 5 3
At the same time came to them Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai,
and their companions, and said thus to them, Who gave you a decree to build this house, and to
finish this wall?
At that time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai,
and their companions, and said thus to them: Who gave you orders to build this house
and to complete this wall?
At that time come to them hath Tatnai, governor beyond the river, and Shethar-
Boznai, and their companions, and thus they are saying to them, `Who hath made
for you a decree this house to build, and this wall to finish?`
Ezra 5 4
Then we told them after this manner, what the names of the men were who were making this
building.
And they said to them after this manner: What are the names of the men that build this
building?
Then thus we have said to them, `What [are] the names of the men who are
building this building?`
Ezra 5 5
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them cease, until
the matter should come to Darius, and then answer should be returned by letter concerning it.
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, and they did not make them
cease till the matter came to Darius; and then they returned answer by letter concerning
it.
And the eye of their God hath been upon the elders of the Jews, and they have not
caused them to cease till the matter goeth to Darius, and then they send back a
letter concerning this thing.
Ezra 5 6
The copy of the letter that Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai, and
his companions the Apharsachites, who were beyond the River, sent to Darius the king;
The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai,
and his companions the Apharsachites, who were on this side the river, sent to Darius
the king.
The copy of a letter that Tatnai, governor beyond the river, hath sent, and
Shethar-Boznai and his companions, the Apharsachites who [are] beyond the
river, unto Darius the king.
Ezra 5 7
they sent a letter to him, in which was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace.
They sent a report to him in which was written thus: To Darius the king, all peace!
A letter they have sent unto him, and thus is it written in it:
Ezra 5 8
Be it known to the king, that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God,
which is built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls; and this work goes on with
diligence and prospers in their hands.
Be it known to the king that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great
God, which is being built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this
work is being carried on with diligence, and prospers in their hand.
`To Darius the king, all peace! be it known to the king that we have gone to the
province of Judah, to the great house of God, and it is built [with] rolled stones,
and wood is placed in the walls, and this work is done speedily, and prospering in
their hand.
Ezra 5 9
Then asked we those elders, and said to them thus, Who gave you a decree to build this house,
and to finish this wall?
Then asked we those elders: thus we said to them, Who gave you orders to build this
house and to complete this wall?
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 10
We asked them their names also, to inform you that we might write the names of the men who
were at the head of them.
We asked their names also, to inform thee, that we might write the names of the men that
were the chief of them.
And also their names we have asked of them, to let thee know, that we might write
the names of the men who [are] at their head.
Ezra 5 11
Thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and
are building the house that was built these many years ago, which a great king of Israel built
and finished.
And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of the heavens
and the earth, and build the house that was built these many years ago; and a great king
of Israel built and completed it.
`And thus they have returned us word, saying, We [are] servants of the God of
heaven and earth, and are building the house that was built many years before
this, that a great king of Israel built and finished:
Ezra 5 12
But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, he gave them into the hand
of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the
people away into Babylon.
But after that our fathers had provoked the God of the heavens to wrath, he gave them
into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, and he destroyed this
house, and carried the people away unto Babylon.
but after that our fathers made the God of heaven angry, he gave them into the
hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon the Chaldean, and this house he
destroyed, and the people he removed to Babylon;
Ezra 5 13
But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, Cyrus the king made a decree to build this house
of God.
But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, king Cyrus gave orders to build this house
of God.
but in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, Cyrus the king made a decree to
build this house of God,
Ezra 5 14
The gold and silver vessels also of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the
temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king
take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one whose name was Sheshbazzar,
whom he had made governor;
And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took
out of the temple that was at Jerusalem and brought into the temple of Babylon, those did
king Cyrus take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered to one
Sheshbazzar by name, whom he had appointed governor.
and also, the vessels of the house of God, of gold and silver, that Nebuchadnezzar
had taken forth out of the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and brought them to the
temple of Babylon, them hath Cyrus the king brought forth out of the temple of
Babylon, and they have been given to [one], Sheshbazzar [is] his name, whom he
made governor,
Ezra 5 15
and he said to him, Take these vessels, go, put them in the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let
the house of God be built in its place.
And he said to him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is at
Jerusalem, and let the house of God be built in its place.
and said to him, These vessels lift up, go, put them down in the temple that [is] in
Jerusalem, and the house of God is builded on its place.
Ezra 5 16
Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundations of the house of God which is in
Jerusalem: and since that time even until now has it been in building, and yet it is not
Then came the same Sheshbazzar, [and] laid the foundation of the house of God which is
at Jerusalem; and since that time even until now has it been in building, and it is not
completed.
Then hath this Sheshbazzar come -- he hath laid the foundations of the house of
God that [is] in Jerusalem, and from thence even till now it hath been building,
and is not finished.
Ezra 5 17
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king`s treasure-
house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to
build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this
And now, if it seem good to the king, let search be made in the king`s treasure-house,
which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that orders were given by king Cyrus to
build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning
this matter.
`And now, if to the king it be good, let search be made in the treasure-house of the
king, that [is] there in Babylon, whether it be that of Cyrus the king there was
made a decree to build this house of God in Jerusalem, and the will of the king
concerning this thing he doth send unto us.`
Ezra 6 1
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the archives, where
the treasures were laid up in Babylon.
Then king Darius gave orders, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the
treasures were laid up in Babylon.
Then Darius the king made a decree, and they sought in the house of the books of
the treasuries placed there in Babylon,
Ezra 6 2
There was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll, and
therein was thus written for a record:
And there was found at Achmetha in the fortress that is in the province of Media a roll,
and therein was a record thus written:
and there hath been found at Achmetha, in a palace that [is] in the province of
Media, a roll, and a record thus written within it [is]:
Ezra 6 3
In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king made a decree: Concerning the house of God at
Jerusalem, let the house be built, the place where they offer sacrifices, and let the foundations
of it be strongly laid; the height of it sixty cubits, and the breadth of it sixty cubits;
In the first year of king Cyrus, king Cyrus made a decree [concerning] the house of God at
Jerusalem: Let the house be built for a place where they offer sacrifices, and let its
foundations be solidly laid; its height sixty cubits, its breadth sixty cubits,
`In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king hath made a decree concerning
the house of God in Jerusalem: the house let be builded in the place where they
are sacrificing sacrifices, and its foundations strongly laid; its height sixty
cubits, its breadth sixty cubits;
Ezra 6 4
with three courses of great stones, and a course of new timber: and let the expenses be given out
of the king`s house.
[with] three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber; and let the expenses be given
out of the king`s house:
three rows of rolled stones, and a row of new wood, and the outlay let be given out
of the king`s house.
Ezra 6 5
Also let the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of
the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, be restored, and brought again to the
temple which is at Jerusalem, everyone to its place; and you shall put them in the house of God.
and also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took
out of the temple that is at Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought
again to the temple that is at Jerusalem, in their place; and thou shalt put [them] in the
house of God.
`And also, the vessels of the house of God, of gold and silver, that Nebuchadnezzar
took forth out of the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, let be
given back, and go to the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, [each] to its place, and put
[them] down in the house of God.
Ezra 6 6
Now therefore, Tattenai, governor beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your companions the
Apharsachites, who are beyond the River, be you far from there:
Therefore Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your companions the
Apharsachites, who are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:
`Now, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-Boznai, and their companions,
the Apharsachites, who [are] beyond the river, be ye far from hence;
Ezra 6 7
let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews
build this house of God in its place.
let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the
Jews build this house of God in its place.
let alone the work of this house of God, let the governor of the Jews, and the elders
of the Jews, build this house of God on its place.
Ezra 6 8
Moreover I make a decree what you shall do to these elders of the Jews for the building of this
house of God: that of the king`s goods, even of the tribute beyond the River, expenses be given
with all diligence to these men, that they be not hindered.
Moreover, I give orders what ye shall do to these elders of the Jews, for the building of
this house of God: that of the king`s goods, of the tribute beyond the river, expenses be
diligently given to these men, that they be not hindered.
`And by me is made a decree concerning that which ye do with the elders of these
Jews to build this house of God, that of the riches of the king, that [are] of the
tribute beyond the river, speedily let the outlay be given to these men, that they
cease not;
Ezra 6 9
That which they have need of, both young bulls, and rams, and lambs, for burnt offerings to the
God of heaven; [also] wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the word of the priests who are at
Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail;
And that which they have need of, both young bullocks and rams and lambs, for the
burnt-offerings to the God of the heavens, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the
appointment of the priests that are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without
fail;
and what they are needing -- both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs for burnt-
offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil according to the saying of
the priests who [are] in Jerusalem -- let be given to them day by day without fail,
Ezra 6 10
that they may offer sacrifices of sweet savor to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the
king, and of his sons.
that they may present sweet odours to the God of the heavens, and pray for the life of the
king and of his sons.
that they be bringing near sweet savours to the God of heaven, and praying for the
life of the king, and of his sons.
Ezra 6 11
Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his
house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for
this:
Also I have given order that whosoever shall alter this rescript, let timber be pulled
down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon, and let his house be
made a dunghill for this.
`And by me is made a decree, that any one who changeth this thing, let wood be
pulled down from his house, and being raised up, let him be smitten on it, and his
house let be made a dunghill for this.
Ezra 6 12
and the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow all kings and peoples who shall
put forth their hand to alter [the same], to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I
Darius have made a decree; let it be done with all diligence.
And the God that has caused his name to dwell there overthrow every king and people
that shall put forth their hand to alter [or] to destroy this house of God which is at
Jerusalem. I Darius have given [this] order; let it be done diligently.
And God, who caused His name to dwell there, doth cast down any king and people
that putteth forth his hand to change, to destroy this house of God that [is] in
Jerusalem; I Darius have made a decree; speedily let it be done.`
Ezra 6 13
Then Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and their companions, because
that Darius the king had sent, did accordingly with all diligence.
Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions,
because of that which king Darius had sent, did so diligently.
Then Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-Boznai, and their companions,
according to that which Darius the king hath sent, so they have done speedily;
Ezra 6 14
The elders of the Jews built and prospered, through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and
Zechariah the son of Iddo. They built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God
of Israel, and according to the decree of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
And the elders of the Jews built; and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai
the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and completed [it] according
to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus,
and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
and the elders of the Jews are building and prospering through the prophecy of
Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah son of Iddo, and they have built and finished
by the decree of the God of Israel, and by the decree of Cyrus, and Darius, and
Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Ezra 6 15
This house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the
reign of Darius the king.
And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth
year of the reign of king Darius.
And this house hath gone out till the third day of the month Adar, that is [in] the
sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.
Ezra 6 16
The children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity,
kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.
And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the
captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy;
And the sons of Israel have made, [and] the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of
the sons of the captivity, a dedication of this house of God with joy,
Ezra 6 17
They offered at the dedication of this house of God one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four
hundred lambs; and for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve male goats, according to the number
of the tribes of Israel.
and they presented at the dedication of this house of God a hundred bullocks, two
hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve he-goats,
according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
and have brought near for the dedication of this house of God, bullocks a hundred,
rams two hundred, lambs four hundred; and young he-goats for a sin-offering for
all Israel, twelve, according to the number of the tribes of Israel;
Ezra 6 18
They set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God,
which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.
And they set the priests in their classes, and the Levites in their divisions, for the
service of God, which is at Jerusalem: as it is written in the book of Moses.
and they have established the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their
courses, over the service of God that [is] in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book
of Moses.
Ezra 6 19
The children of the captivity kept the Passover on the fourteenth [day] of the first month.
And the children of the captivity held the passover upon the fourteenth of the first
month.
And the sons of the captivity make the passover on the fourteenth of the first
month,
Ezra 6 20
For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure: and
they killed the Passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brothers the priests,
and for themselves.
For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves as one [man]: they were all pure;
and they killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren
the priests, and for themselves.
for the priests and the Levites have been purified together -- all of them [are]
pure -- and they slaughter the passover for all the sons of the captivity, and for
their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
Ezra 6 21
The children of Israel who had come again out of the captivity, and all such as had separated
themselves to them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek Yahweh, the God of
Israel, ate,
And the children of Israel that were come back out of captivity, and all such as had
separated themselves to them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek
Jehovah the God of Israel, did eat;
And the sons of Israel, those returning from the captivity, and every one who is
separated from the uncleanness of the nations of the land unto them, to seek to
Jehovah, God of Israel, do eat,
Ezra 6 22
and kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for Yahweh had made them joyful,
and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to strengthen their hands in the work
of the house of God, the God of Israel.
and they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy; for Jehovah had made
them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to strengthen their
hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
and they make the feast of unleavened things seven days with joy, for Jehovah
made them to rejoice, and turned round the heart of the king of Asshur unto
them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.



Study Questions

Who wanted to help rebuilding the temple? 4:1-3

What king did the enemies of Judah appeal to? 4:6-7

What king ordered the work on the temple to cease? 4:17-24

Who began rebuilding the temple? 5:2

Cyrus was king of  ? 5:13

Where was the scroll that contained the memorandum concerning the house of God at Jerusalem? 6:2

Who was to pay the full cost of rebuilding the temple? 6:8

Who was the governor of the province beyond the river? 6:13

When was the temple completed? 6:15



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Acts 21

Act 21:1 When it happened that we had parted from them and had set sail, we came with a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
Act 21:2 Having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail.
Act 21:3 When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo.
Act 21:4 Having found disciples, we stayed there seven days. These said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
Act 21:5 When it happened that we had accomplished the days, we departed and went on our journey. They all, with wives and children, brought us on our way until we were out of the city. Kneeling down on the beach, we prayed.
Act 21:6 After saying goodbye to each other, we went on board the ship, and they returned home again.
Act 21:7 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais. We greeted the brothers, and stayed with them one day.
Act 21:8 On the next day, we, who were Paul's companions, departed, and came to Caesarea. We entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
Act 21:9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
Act 21:10 As we stayed there some days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Act 21:11 Coming to us, and taking Paul's belt, he bound his own feet and hands, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit: 'So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.' "
Act 21:12 When we heard these things, both we and they of that place begged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Act 21:13 Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
Act 21:14 When he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The Lord's will be done."
Act 21:15 After these days we took up our baggage and went up to Jerusalem.
Act 21:16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea also went with us, bringing one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we would stay.
Act 21:17 When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
Act 21:18 The day following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
Act 21:19 When he had greeted them, he reported one by one the things which God had worked among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Act 21:20 They, when they heard it, glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law.
Act 21:21 They have been informed about you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children neither to walk after the customs.
Act 21:22 What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
Act 21:23 Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow.
Act 21:24 Take them, and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses for them, that they may shave their heads. Then all will know that there is no truth in the things that they have been informed about you, but that you yourself also walk keeping the law.
Act 21:25 But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written our decision that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from food offered to idols, from blood, from strangled things, and from sexual immorality."
Act 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purified himself and went with them into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one of them.
Act 21:27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the multitude and laid hands on him,
Act 21:28 crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place. Moreover, he also brought Greeks into the temple, and has defiled this holy place!"
Act 21:29 For they had seen Trophimus, the Ephesian, with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
Act 21:30 All the city was moved, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Immediately the doors were shut.
Act 21:31 As they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commanding officer of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Act 21:32 Immediately he took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. They, when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, stopped beating Paul.
Act 21:33 Then the commanding officer came near, arrested him, commanded him to be bound with two chains, and inquired who he was and what he had done.
Act 21:34 Some shouted one thing, and some another, among the crowd. When he couldn't find out the truth because of the noise, he commanded him to be brought into the barracks.
Act 21:35 When he came to the stairs, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd;
Act 21:36 for the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, "Away with him!"
Act 21:37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he asked the commanding officer, "May I speak to you?" He said, "Do you know Greek?
Act 21:38 Aren't you then the Egyptian, who before these days stirred up to sedition and led out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the Assassins?"
Act 21:39 But Paul said, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city. I beg you, allow me to speak to the people."
Act 21:40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to the people. When there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying,


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Acts 21 1
When it happened that we had parted from them and had set sail, we came with a straight
course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
And when, having got away from them, we at last sailed away, we came by a direct course
to Cos, and on the morrow to Rhodes, and thence to Patara.
And it came to pass, at our sailing, having been parted from them, having run
direct, we came to Coos, and the succeeding [day] to Rhodes, and thence to Patara,
Acts 21 2
Having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail.
And having found a ship passing over into Phoenicia, we went on board and sailed;
and having found a ship passing over to Phenicia, having gone on board, we sailed,
Acts 21 3
When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria, and landed
at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo.
and having sighted Cyprus, and left it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria, and made the
land at Tyre, for there the ship was to discharge her cargo.
and having discovered Cyprus, and having left it on the left, we were sailing to
Syria, and did land at Tyre, for there was the ship discharging the lading.
Acts 21 4
Having found disciples, we stayed there seven days. These said to Paul through the Spirit, that
he should not go up to Jerusalem.
And having found out the disciples, we remained there seven days; who said to Paul by
the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.
And having found out the disciples, we tarried there seven days, and they said to
Paul, through the Spirit, not to go up to Jerusalem;
Acts 21 5
When it happened that we had accomplished the days, we departed and went on our journey.
They all, with wives and children, brought us on our way until we were out of the city. Kneeling
down on the beach, we prayed.
But when we had completed the days, we set out and took our journey, all of them
accompanying us, with wives and children, till [we were] out of the city. And kneeling
down upon the shore we prayed.
but when it came that we completed the days, having gone forth, we went on, all
bringing us on the way, with women and children, unto the outside of the city,
and having bowed the knees upon the shore, we prayed,
Acts 21 6
After saying goodbye to each other, we went on board the ship, and they returned home again.
And having embraced one another, we went on board ship, and they returned home.
and having embraced one another, we embarked in the ship, and they returned to
their own friends.
Acts 21 7
When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais. We greeted the brothers,
and stayed with them one day.
And we, having completed the voyage, arrived from Tyre at Ptolemais, and having
saluted the brethren, we remained one day with them.
And we, having finished the course, from Tyre came down to Ptolemais, and
having saluted the brethren, we remained one day with them;
Acts 21 8
On the next day, we, who were Paul`s companions, departed, and came to Caesarea. We entered
into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
And leaving on the morrow, we came to Caesarea; and entering into the house of Philip
the evangelist, who was of the seven, we abode with him.
and on the morrow Paul and his company having gone forth, we came to Cesarea,
and having entered into the house of Philip the evangelist -- who is of the seven --
we remained with him,
Acts 21 9
Now this man had four virgin daughters, who prophesied.
Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
and this one had four daughters, virgins, prophesying.
Acts 21 10
As we stayed there some days, a certain prophet, named Agabus, came down from Judea.
And as we stayed there many days, a certain man, by name Agabus, a prophet, came down
from Judaea,
And we remaining many more days, there came down a certain one from Judea, a
prophet, by name Agabus,
Acts 21 11
Coming to us, and taking Paul`s belt, he bound his own feet and hands, and said, "Thus says the
Holy Spirit: `So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and will deliver him
into the hands of the Gentiles.`"
and coming to us and taking the girdle of Paul, and having bound his own hands and feet,
said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit, The man whose this girdle is shall the Jews thus bind in
Jerusalem, and deliver him up into the hands of [the] Gentiles.
and he having come unto us, and having taken up the girdle of Paul, having bound
also his own hands and feet, said, `Thus saith the Holy Spirit, The man whose is
this girdle -- so shall the Jews in Jerusalem bind, and they shall deliver [him] up
to the hands of nations.`
Acts 21 12
When we heard these things, both we and they of that place begged him not to go up to
Jerusalem.
And when we heard these things, both we and those of the place besought [him] not to go
up to Jerusalem.
And when we heard these things, we called upon [him] -- both we, and those of
that place -- not to go up to Jerusalem,
Acts 21 13
Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not
only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
But Paul answered, What do ye, weeping and breaking my heart? for *I* am ready not
only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
and Paul answered, `What do ye -- weeping, and crushing mine heart? for I, not
only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem, am ready, for the name of the Lord
Jesus;`
Acts 21 14
When he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The Lord`s will be done."
And when he would not be persuaded, we were silent, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
and he not being persuaded, we were silent, saying, `The will of the Lord be done.`
Acts 21 15
After these days we took up our baggage and went up to Jerusalem.
And after these days, having got our effects ready, we went up to Jerusalem.
And after these days, having taken [our] vessels, we were going up to Jerusalem,
Acts 21 16
Some of the disciples from Caesarea also went with us, bringing one Mnason of Cyprus, an early
disciple, with whom we would stay.
And [some] of the disciples from Caesarea went with us, bringing [with them] a certain
Mnason, a Cyprian, an old disciple, with whom we were to lodge.
and there went also of the disciples from Cesarea with us, bringing with them
him with whom we may lodge, a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an aged disciple.
Acts 21 17
When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
And when we arrived at Jerusalem the brethren gladly received us.
And we having come to Jerusalem, the brethren did gladly receive us,
Acts 21 18
The day following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
And on the morrow Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders came there.
and on the morrow Paul was going in with us unto James, all the elders also came,
Acts 21 19
When he had greeted them, he reported one by one the things which God had worked among the
Gentiles through his ministry.
And having saluted them, he related one by one the things which God had wrought
among the nations by his ministry.
and having saluted them, he was declaring, one by one, each of the things God did
among the nations through his ministration,
Acts 21 20
They, when they heard it, glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many
thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the
law.
And they having heard [it] glorified God, and said to him, Thou seest, brother, how many
myriads there are of the Jews who have believed, and all are zealous of the law.
and they having heard, were glorifying the Lord. They said also to him, `Thou
seest, brother, how many myriads there are of Jews who have believed, and all are
zealous of the law,
Acts 21 21
They have been informed about you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to
forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children neither to walk after the customs.
And they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews among the
nations apostasy from Moses, saying that they should not circumcise their children, nor
walk in the customs.
and they are instructed concerning thee, that apostacy from Moses thou dost
teach to all Jews among the nations, saying -- Not to circumcise the children, nor
after the customs to walk;
Acts 21 22
What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
What is it then? a multitude must necessarily come together, for they will hear that thou
art come.
what then is it? certainly the multitude it behoveth to come together, for they
will hear that thou hast come.
Acts 21 23
Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have a vow on them.
This do therefore that we say to thee: We have four men who have a vow on them;
`This, therefore, do that we say to thee: We have four men having a vow on
themselves,
Acts 21 24
Take them, and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses for them, that they may shave
their heads. Then all will know that there is no truth in the things that they have been
informed about you, but that you yourself also walk keeping the law.
take these and be purified with them, and pay their expenses, that they may have their
heads shaved; and all will know that [of those things] of which they have been informed
about thee nothing is [true]; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, keeping the law.
these having taken, be purified with them, and be at expence with them, that
they may shave the head, and all may know that the things of which they have
been instructed concerning thee are nothing, but thou dost walk -- thyself also --
the law keeping.
Acts 21 25
But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written our decision that they should observe
no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from food offered to idols, from blood,
from strangled things, and from sexual immorality."
But concerning [those of] the nations who have believed, we have written, deciding that
they should [observe no such thing, only to] keep themselves both from things offered to
idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication.
`And concerning those of the nations who have believed, we have written, having
given judgment, that they observe no such thing, except to keep themselves both
from idol-sacrifices, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom.`
Acts 21 26
Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purified himself and went with them into the temple,
declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one
of them.
Then Paul, taking the men, on the next day, having been purified, entered with them
into the temple, signifying the time the days of the purification would be fulfilled, until
the offering was offered for every one of them.
Then Paul, having taken the men, on the following day, with them having purified
himself, was entering into the temple, announcing the fulfilment of the days of
the purification, till the offering was offered for each one of them.
Acts 21 27
When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, when they saw him in the
temple, stirred up all the multitude and laid hands on him,
And when the seven days were nearly completed, the Jews from Asia, having seen him in
the temple, set all the crowd in a tumult, and laid hands upon him,
And, as the seven days were about to be fully ended, the Jews from Asia having
beheld him in the temple, were stirring up all the multitude, and they laid hands
upon him,
Acts 21 28
crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the
people, and the law, and this place. Moreover, he also brought Greeks into the temple, and has
defiled this holy place!"
crying, Israelites, help! this is the man who teaches all everywhere against the people,
and the law, and this place, and has brought Greeks too into the temple, and profaned
this holy place.
crying out, `Men, Israelites, help! this is the man who, against the people, and the
law, and this place, all everywhere is teaching; and further, also, Greeks he
brought into the temple, and hath defiled this holy place;`
Acts 21 29
For they had seen Trophimus, the Ephesian, with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul
had brought him into the temple.
For they had before seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they
supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.
for they had seen before Trophimus, the Ephesian, in the city with him, whom
they were supposing that Paul brought into the temple.
Acts 21 30
All the city was moved, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of
the temple. Immediately the doors were shut.
And the whole city was moved, and there was a concourse of the people; and having laid
hold on Paul they drew him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.
All the city also was moved and there was a running together of the people, and
having laid hold on Paul, they were drawing him out of the temple, and
immediately were the doors shut,
Acts 21 31
As they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commanding officer of the regiment that
all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
And as they were seeking to kill him, a representation came to the chiliarch of the band
that the whole of Jerusalem was in a tumult;
and they seeking to kill him, a rumour came to the chief captain of the band that
all Jerusalem hath been thrown into confusion,
Acts 21 32
Immediately he took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. They, when they saw the
chief captain and the soldiers, stopped beating Paul.
who, taking with him immediately soldiers and centurions, ran down upon them. But
they, seeing the chiliarch and the soldiers, ceased beating Paul.
who, at once, having taken soldiers and centurions, ran down upon them, and they
having seen the chief captain and the soldiers, did leave off beating Paul.
Acts 21 33
Then the commanding officer came near, arrested him, commanded him to be bound with two
chains, and inquired who he was and what he had done.
Then the chiliarch came up and laid hold upon him, and commanded [him] to be bound
with two chains, and inquired who he might be, and what he had done.
Then the chief captain, having come nigh, took him, and commanded [him] to be
bound with two chains, and was inquiring who he may be, and what it is he hath
been doing,
Acts 21 34
Some shouted one thing, some another, among the crowd. When he couldn`t find out the truth
because of the noise, he commanded him to be brought into the barracks.
And different persons cried some different thing in the crowd. But he, not being able to
know the certainty on account of the uproar, commanded him to be brought into the
fortress.
and some were crying out one thing, and some another, among the multitude, and
not being able to know the certainty because of the tumult, he commanded him to
be carried to the castle,
Acts 21 35
When he came to the stairs, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers because of the
violence of the crowd;
But when he got upon the stairs it was so that he was borne by the soldiers on account of
the violence of the crowd.
and when he came upon the steps, it happened he was borne by the soldiers,
because of the violence of the multitude,
Acts 21 36
for the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, "Away with him!"
For the multitude of the people followed, crying, Away with him.
for the crowd of the people was following after, crying, `Away with him.`
Acts 21 37
As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he asked the commanding officer, "May I say
something to you?" He said, "Do you know Greek?
But as he was about to be led into the fortress, Paul says to the chiliarch, Is it allowed me
to say something to thee? And he said, Dost thou know Greek?
And Paul being about to be led into the castle, saith to the chief captain, `Is it
permitted to me to say anything unto thee?` and he said, `Greek dost thou know?
Acts 21 38
Aren`t you then the Egyptian, who before these days stirred up to sedition and led out into the
wilderness the four thousand men of the Assassins?"
Thou art not then that Egyptian who before these days raised a sedition and led out into
the wilderness the four thousand men of the assassins?
art not thou, then, the Egyptian who before these days made an uprising, and did
lead into the desert the four thousand men of the assassins?`
Acts 21 39
But Paul said, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city. I beg you,
allow me to speak to the people."
But Paul said, *I* am a Jew of Tarsus, citizen of no insignificant city of Cilicia, and I
beseech of thee, allow me to speak to the people.
And Paul said, `I, indeed, am a man, a Jew, of Tarsus of Cilicia, of no mean city a
citizen; and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.`
Acts 21 40
When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to the
people. When there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying,
And when he had allowed him, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to
the people; and a great silence having been made, he addressed them in the Hebrew
tongue, saying,
And he having given him leave, Paul having stood upon the stairs, did beckon
with the hand to the people, and there having been a great silence, he spake unto
them in the Hebrew dialect, saying:


Study Questions

What did the Holy spirit reveal about Paul's belt? 21:11

What were the charges against Paul? 21:28

Where was Paul taken? 21:34-37