E Z R A
We left the temple-work at a full stop; but, being
God's work, it shall be revived, and here we have an account of the
reviving of it. It was hindered by might and power, but it was set
a-going again "by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts." Now here we are
told how that blessed Spirit, I. Warmed its cool-hearted friends
and excited them to build, ver. 1,
2. II. Cooled its hot-headed enemies, and brought them
to better tempers; for, though they secretly disliked the work as
much as those in the foregoing chapter, yet, 1. They were more mild
towards the builders, ver.
3-5. 2. They were more fair in their representation of
the matter to the king, of which we have here an account, ver. 6-17.