Matthew Henry's Commentary
Ezra
Ezra Introduction:
The history of this book is the accomplishment of Jeremiah's prophecy concerning the return of the Jews out of Babylon. From its contents we especially learn, that every good work will meet with opposition from enemies, and be hurt by the misconduct of friends; but that God will make his cause to prevail, notwithstanding all obstacles and adversaries. The restoration of the Jews was an event of the highest consequence, tending to preserve religion in the world, and preparing the way for the appearance of the Great Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 1 Introduction:
The proclamation of Cyrus for the rebuilding of the temple. (1-4) The people provide for their return. (5-11)

Chapter 2 Introduction:
The numbers that returned. (1-35) The numbers of the priests and Levites. (36-63) The offerings for the temple. (64-70)

Chapter 3 Introduction:
The altar and festivals. (1-7) The foundations of the temple laid. (8-13)

Chapter 4 Introduction:
The adversaries of the temple. (1-5) The building of the temple is hindered. (6-24)

Chapter 5 Introduction:
The leaders forward the building of the temple. (1,2) letter against the Jews. (3-17)

Chapter 6 Introduction:
The decree for completing the temple. (1-12) The temple is finished. (13-22)

Chapter 7 Introduction:
Ezra goes up to Jerusalem. (1-10) The commission to Ezra. (11-26) Ezra blesses God for his favour. (27,28)

Chapter 8 Introduction:
The companions of Ezra. (1-20) Ezra implores God's blessing. (21-23) Treasures committed to the priests. (24-30) Ezra arrives at Jerusalem. (31-36)

Chapter 9 Introduction:
Ezra mourns for the Jews' conduct. (1-4) Ezra's confession of sins. (5-15)

Chapter 10 Introduction:
Ezra encourages to reformation. (1-5) He assembles the people. (6-14) Reformation effected. (15-44)



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