“We asked their names also, to certifie thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chiefe of them.”
King James Version (KJV)
7. They sent a letter vnto him, wherein was written thus: Unto Darius the king, all peace. 8. Be it knowen vnto the king, that we went into the prouince of Iudea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, & timber is laied in the wals, and this worke goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands. 9. Then asked we those Elders, and said vnto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make vp these walles? 10. We asked their names also, to certifie thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chiefe of them. 11. And thus they returned vs answere, saying, We are the seruants of the God of heauen and earth, and build the house that was builded these many yeeres agoe, which a great King of Israel builded, and set vp. 12. But after that our fathers had prouoked the God of heauen vnto wrath: he gaue them into the hande of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Caldean, who destroyed this house, and caried the people away into Babylon. 13. But in the first yere of Cyrus the king of Babylon, the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.