E Z R A
How solemnly the foundation of the temple was laid
we read in ch.
iii. How slowly the building went on, and with how much
difficulty, we found in ch.
iv. and v. But how gloriously the topstone was at length
brought forth with shoutings we find in this chapter; and even we,
at this distance of time, when we read of it, may cry, "Grace,
grace to it." As for God, his work is perfect; it may be slow work,
but it will be sure work. We have here, I. A recital of the decree
of Cyrus for the building of the temple, ver. 1-5. II. The enforcing of that decree
by a new order from Darius for the perfecting of that work,
ver. 6-12. III. The
finishing of it thereupon, ver.
13-15. IV. The solemn dedication of it when it was built
(ver. 16-18), and the
handselling of it (as I may say) with the celebration of the
passover, ver. 19-22.
And now we may say that in Judah and Jerusalem things went well,