“Moreover I issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of the Jews for the building of this house of God:

“That from the king’s goods, even from the tribute beyond the River, expenses be given with all diligence to these men, so that they are not hindered. Bible see other translations

“the River.” That is, the Euphrates. “Beyond the River” is written from the geographical perspective of Persia and refers to south of the Euphrates.

Commentary for: Ezra 6:8