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Ezra 5 from Scroll 4Q117 Ezra
17 Now therefore, if it seems good to the king, let a search be made in the kings treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it is so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
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