Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Ezra 6:6

"Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai and your colleagues, the officials of the provinces beyond the River, keep away from there.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Apharsachites;   Church and State;   Government;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Rulers;   Shethar-Boznai;   Tatnai;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Temple, the Second;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Haggai;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Aram;   Ezra;   Haggai;   Persia;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Apharsachites;   Shethar-Boznai;   Temple, the Second;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Persia;   Province;   Shethar Boznai;   Tatnai;   Temple;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Apharsachites;   Judah;   Tattenai;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Zerubbabel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Apharsathchites;   Darius;   Governor;   Nehemiah, Book of;   Sathrabuzanes;   Tattenai;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Apharsachites, Apharsathchites ;   Dari'us;   Shetharboznai ;   Tatnai ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Apharsathohites apharsites apharsachites;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Governor;   Per'sia;   She'thar-Boz'na-I;   Tat'na-I;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jerusalem;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Apharsathchites;   Chronicles, Books of;   Sathrabuzanes;   Shethar-Bozenai;   Sisinnes;   Tattenai;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Be ye far from thence - Do not interrupt the Jews in their building; but, on the contrary further them all in your power.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ezra-6.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

This verse gives the words of the decree of Darius, which was grounded upon, and probably recited, the decree of Cyrus.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ezra-6.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

DARIUS' REPLY TO TATTENAI; GOVERNOR BEYOND THE RIVER

"Now therefore, Tettanai, governor beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your companions the Apharsachites, who are beyond the River, be ye far from thence: 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."

"This order must have stunned Tettanai and his companions."[9] Not only did Darius confirm the existence of the decree of Cyrus, he added his own authority and power to back it up, and even commanded the expenses of the project to be borne by the tax revenues which Tattenai controlled; and that probably meant that some of the expense would come out of Tattenai's own pockets.

"Be ye far from thence" (Ezra 6:6). This should not be interpreted to mean that the governor was not to go near the temple for purposes of inspection; but, "It meant: Do not interfere with or impede the work on the building."[10] Matthew Henry commented that, "The manner of Darius' expression here indicates that he knew that Tattenai and his companions had a mind to hinder the work."[11]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/ezra-6.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Now therefore Tatnai, governor beyond the river,.... The river Euphrates, that side of it towards the land of Israel; JosephusF26Ibid. (Antiqu.) l. 11. c. 4. sect. 7. calls this man master of the horse:

Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence; keep at a distance from the Jews, and give them no disturbance, nor interrupt them in their work of building of the temple, but mind your own business and government.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezra-6.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye far c from thence:

(c) Meddle not with them neither hinder them.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/ezra-6.html. 1599-1645.

Scofield's Reference Notes

your companions

Chald. "their societies."

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Ezra 6:6". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/ezra-6.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezra 6:6 Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye far from thence:

Ver. 6. Be ye far from thence] i.e. Come not at them, to hinder them at all. Thus, though the Church’s enemies bandy together and bend all their forces against her; yet are they bounded by Almighty God (who saith unto them, Be ye far from thence), as is the raging sea, Jeremiah 5:22. Surely, saith the psalmist, the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain, Heb. gird, that is, keep it within compass, as with a girdle. The Septuagint render it thus, The remnant of wrath shall keep holy day to thee, that is, it shall rest from working, or acting, how restless soever it be within.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezra-6.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. From hindering or discouraging the work.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ezra-6.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Now therefore, Tatnai — Here Darius turns from quoting the record of Cyrus, which forms a part of his letter in answer to the Samaritan governor’s letter, (Ezra 5:5, note,) and proceeds to prohibit all interference with the Jews or hindering of their work.

Be ye far from thence — That is, far from Jerusalem. Meddle not at all with their work.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ezra-6.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Tatnai, governor = Tatnai, pasha. See notes on Ezra 5:3, Ezra 5:6.

companions = fellow-labourers or colleagues.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ezra-6.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) Now therefore, Tatnai.—Here there is an abrupt transition to the decree of Darius itself, the terms of which were either drawn up by Jewish help, or are freely rendered into the national phraseology by the historian.

Be ye far from thence.—That is, keep aloof from any kind of interference.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ezra-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:
Tatnai
5:3
your companions
Chal. their societies.
5:6
be ye far
Genesis 32:28; 43:14; Nehemiah 1:11; Psalms 76:10; Proverbs 21:1,30; Isaiah 27:8; Acts 4:26-28; Romans 8:31
Reciprocal: Ezra 4:9 - Apharsathchites;  Ezra 5:5 - then they returned;  Ezra 6:22 - the king;  Ezra 7:21 - beyond the river;  Ezra 7:25 - beyond the river;  Nehemiah 2:7 - let letters

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezra 6:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezra-6.html.