Ezra Commentaries

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CHRONOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP OF
EZRA-NEHEMIAH-ESTHER
538-515BC 483-473BC 457BC

13 Year

Gap

444-425BC
Ezra 1-6 Book of Esther Ezra 7-10 Book of Nehemiah
First Return
of Jews from
Babylonian Exile
58 Year
Gap
Second Return
of Jews from Babylonian Exile
Third Return
of Jews from
Babylonian Exile
EZRA:
RESTORATION AND REFORM
Restoration of the Temple
Under Zerubbabel
Reform of the People
Under Ezra
First Return
To Jerusalem
Ezra 1:1-Ezra 2:70
Construction of
The Temple
Ezra 3:1-Ezra 6:22
Second Return
to Jerusalem
Ezra 7:1-8:36
Restoration
of the People
Ezra 9:1-Ezra 10:44
First Return
of 49, 897
Second Return
of 1754
22 Years
(538-516BC)
1 Year
(458-457BC)
Key Passages: Ezra 1:3, Ezra 2:2, Ezra 6:21, 22, Ezra 7:10
Key Words: Went up (Ezra 1:11, 7:1, 6, 7, 8:1), Jerusalem (48x), Decree (17x), House of the LORD (Ezra 1:3, 5, 7, 2:68, 3:8, 11, 7:27, 8:29), Law (...of the LORD, ...of Moses, ...of God) (Ezra 3:2, 7:6, 10, 12, 14, 21, 26, 10:3)

WALTER ADENEY
Commentary on Ezra
Expositor's Bible Commentary
1900

Cyril J. Barber - This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.)

Warren W. Wiersbe - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians.

BRIAN BELL
Notes on Ezra
Calvary Chapel
Murrieta

ALBERT BARNES
Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible
Ezra

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
EZRA

A. PHILLIP BROWN
A Literary and Theological Analysis of the Book of Ezra

Has some nice charts, timelines and tables with extensive reference notes. Excellent background material if you are preaching, teaching or studying the Book of Ezra!

RICH CATHERS
Calvary Chapel
Fullerton, Ca

Notes on Ezra

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
COMMENTARY ON EZRA

ADAM CLARKE
Commentary on Ezra

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STEVEN COLE
Sermon Series on the Book of Ezra

Over 100 Pages of Expositional Sermons, Functions much like a Commentary
Highly Recommended

COMMENTARY ON EZRA
Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown
Published 1871

See also Unabridged version of Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Commentary on Ezra
Well done, Brief Conservative notes

HINT: Click here to Scroll Bible text synchronized with Constable's notes. Very useful feature!

Note: Commentary does not include introduction with can be found here.

RON DANIEL
Notes on Ezra

DALE RALPH DAVIS
Ezra-Nehemiah
Highly Recommended

Rosscup has these comments on Davis' exposition of the Book of Joshua: Former Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. Davis furnishes evangelical material to help preachers blend sound exegesis, theological substance, interesting exposition and practical application....The studies are not on every verse but key portions out of each chapter, done in a very readable style...(that) preachers or lay people can enjoy...(with) many ideas to provoke sermons and point to application. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

Keith Mathison in his review of best commentaries on Judges makes general comments that would apply to his short commentary on Nehemiah - “If you can only have one commentary on the historical books, get the commentaries by Davis. There are other commentaries that go into more detail on technical issues (see below), but Davis provides what most Christian readers of these books need — a concise and readable explanation of the text that sets each book within the larger context of biblical redemptive history all without ever becoming boring or trite. This commentary (referring to Davis' commentary on Judges), like the others, is also very practical, but it avoids the kind of moralizing exposition that rips passages out of context in order to make some vague inspirational point.” (Keith Mathison - Ligonier Ministries Blog)

Richard Pratt - “There is no more gifted expositor of the Old Testament in our day than Ralph Davis.”

Derek Thomas - “Dale Ralph Davis is among the finest expositors of the Old Testament alive today. His style is unique and his content infectious. A pastor at heart, his insights are always governed by an absolute loyalty to the text, a belief that the Bible was written for today as much as yesterday, and a desire to encourage his readers to fall in love with Scripture and to trust it.”

Here is a sample excerpt from Davis' comments on Ezra 7:10 - Design (Ezra 7:10) Note the initial ki (for, because) in the Hebrew text. It explains why the good hand of his God was upon him (Ezra 7:9). God prospered the venture because of Ezra’s purpose. This then is a warning against sloth and carelessness, and a sloppy view of grace. The subject comes before the verb in the Hebrew text, so there is some stress on “Ezra.” On “setting the heart,” the Hiphil of kun plus leb, see Psalm 78:8; 2Chr 12:14; 20:33 (all negative); and 1Sa 7:3; 2Chr 19:3; 30:19. The language of Ezra 7:10 speaks of a ministry that is focused in its objective (set his heart) and intense in its labor (to seek). It is both anchored and vigorous, not content with a little ministerial piddling. Note that Ezra purposes a total ministry: seek, do, teach; the cognitive, the experiential, and the didactic. Note that there are both academic and existential qualifications before

teaching. The process, ever repeated, is: concentration (seek), consistency (do), communication (teach).

You might also want to listen to Dr Davis' Mp3 messages on Ezra-Nehemiah

DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE
Notes on Ezra
Henry Morris

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Commentary on Ezra

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Commentary on Ezra

DAVE GUZIK
Commentary on Ezra
Conservative, Evangelical, Millennial Perspective

ROBERT HAWKER
Commentary on Ezra

MICHAEL HARDT
Commentary on Ezra
Lessons From Ezra For believers today

HOMILETICS ON EZRA
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KEIL AND DELITZSCH COMMENTARY
on Ezra

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on Ezra

JOHN KITTO
Pictorial Bible
Ezra
1855

PAUL E. KRETZMANN
Commentary
Ezra

LANGE'S COMMENTARY
Ezra
F. W. Schultz

MATTHEW HENRY'S
Commentary on Ezra
(1706)

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Sermons on Ezra

J VERNON MCGEE
Commentary on Ezra
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DAVID DEUEL

From the Intro: Ezra provides an unusually clear and inspiring pattern of expository preaching in his ministry to the people of Judah at the outset of the postexilic period. He models an expositor's commitment "studying, practicing godliness, and teaching" which leads him to perform an expositor's task reading distinctly and explaining the Scriptures. In so doing, he challenges expositors of all generations to handle accurately the Word of truth. (See related article by Richard Mayhue - Rediscovering Expository Preaching)

MARK DEVER

DICTIONARY ARTICLES

ALFRED EDERSHEIM

BOB FROMM

RUSSELL T FULLER

G H GERBERDING

THE GOSPEL COALITION

JOE GUGLIELMO

GREGG HERRICK

A M HODGKIN

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

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WILLIAM KELLY

STEVE KRELOFF

W LUCK

DAVID MALICK

JOHN MACARTHUR

Outline

I. The First Return under Zerubbabel (Ezra 1:1–6:22)

A. Cyrus’ Decree to Return (Ezra 1:1–4)

B. Treasures to Rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1:5–11)

C. Those Who Returned (Ezra 2:1–70)

D. Construction of the Second Temple (Ezra 3:1–6:22)

1. Building begins (Ezra 3:1–13)

2. Opposition surfaces (Ezra 4:1–5)

3. Excursus on future opposition (Ezra 4:6–23)

4. Construction renewed (Ezra 4:24–5:2)

5. Opposition renewed (Ezra 5:3–6:12)

6. Temple completed and dedicated (Ezra 6:13–22)

II. The Second Return under Ezra (Ezra 7:1–10:44)

A. Ezra Arrives (Ezra 7:1–8:36)

B. Ezra Leads Revival (Ezra 9:1–10:44)

BILL MCRAE

J VERNON MCGEE

JOHN EDGAR MCFADYEN

MIDDLETOWN BIBLE

MONERGISM

WILLIAM W. ORR

OUTSTANDING TEACHINGS:

In contrast to Assyrian and Babylonian kings, the Persians had a national policy (no doubt GOD's direction) to repatriate deported people. Thus the way was opened for Israel to return to her land.

The first step in re-establishing the nation was to begin rebuilding the temple and observing national religious feasts. This was wise, and GOD gave joy in this (Ezra 3:1ff).

Opposition inevitably developed when GOD's work began (Ezra 4:1-22). But with the leadership of the patriots and the encouragement of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, the work of the temple was completed.

King Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:1) was the stepson of Queen Esther. Some 59 years after the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, Ezra the priest-scribe led another expedition under the King's favorable commandment (Ezra 7:11-26). Thus Queen Esther may have been responsible under GOD for the impetus given to the work of the restoration. Ezra took with him 1754 men.

The section of Ezra 7-10 shows a period of reform. Ezra found a rather sad situation in Jerusalem. The very thing which GOD had forbidden was happening without restraint; intermarriage with the peoples of the land. Ezra was astounded.

Ezra's prayer is one of the Bible's great ones (Ezra 9:5-15). He confessed the sins of the people and they became deeply moved, promising before GOD to rectify the abuses, especially the unlawful marriages.

The greatest accomplishments of Ezra occurred when GOD sent another great man to aid him, in the person of Nehemiah. Here are two whose gifts beautifully supplemented each other, supplying to each what the other lacked.

The key to Ezra's character is the statement, "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments" (Ezra 7:10).

KEY TO UNDERSTANDING:

GOD is behind all that happens to the Jew, opening the way, encouraging hearts, giving victories. Yet this captivity was but a sample of the world-wide dispersion that was yet to come. Most of the people of GOD had not learned what GOD was trying to teach.

G. CAMPBELL MORGAN

WILLIAM NEWELL

MYER PEARLMAN

Since the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther are closely connected and deal with the same period, we give here the principal events covered by those books, in order that the student may see at a glance the history of the period following the captivity.

1. The exiles return under Zerubbabel. 536 B. C.

2. The rebuilding of the temple. 535 B. C.

3. The ministry of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. 520 B. C.

4. The dedication of the temple. 515 B. C.

5. The events related in the book of Esther 478-473 B. C.

6. Ezra visits Jerusalem. 458 B. C.

7. Nehemiah sent to Jerusalem as governor. He rebuilds the wall. 446 B. C.

8. Malachi prophesies.

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RAY STEDMAN

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JOHN STEVENSON

LIFE LESSONS

1. The Sovereignty of God.

The Lord is seen to be directing the events of history as He moves pagan kings to do His will (Proverbs 21:1).

2. The Continuing Need for a Land.

God’s plan called for a return of the Jews to the land. They had been taken away as a punishment for their idolatry. They are now brought back so that they might serve Him and worship them in the land. This would be necessary so that the Messiah could be born in Bethlehem.

3. The Grace of God.

God is a God of second chances. He was bringing the people back into the land to give them a second chance to serve Him and to follow Him. They had formerly sinned in their idolatry. Now there is a call to renewed purity.

This is a book of covenant renewal. The people return to their covenant relationship with God and renew their promises to follow Him.

JAMES VAN DINE

COMMENTARIES
EZRA

LORING W BATTEN

ROBERT BRYCE

RALPH DAVIS

EDWARD DENNETT

I DOLPHIN

JOHN R DUMMELOW

A C GAEBELEIN

HENRY MORRIS

  • Defender's Study Bible - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris.

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HERNRI ROSSIER

CHUCK SMITH

C C TORREY

EZRA 1

STEVE WAGERS

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Proclamation of Cyrus. Ezra 1:1–4.

2. The Response of the Chiefs of Judah and Benjamin. Ezra 1:5–6.

3. The Vessels of the House of the Lord restored. Ezra 1:7–11.

 

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EZRA 2

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Leaders. Ezra 2:1–2.

2. The Names of the Returning Exiles. Ezra 2:3–35.

3. The Priests. Ezra 2:36–39.

4. The Levites and Singers. Ezra 2:40.

5. The Porters and Nethinim. Ezra 2:42–54.

6. Solomon’s Servants. Ezra 2:55–58.

7. Those of Doubtful Descent. Ezra 2:59–63.

8. The Number of the Whole Company. Ezra 2:64–67.

9. The Offering of the House of God. Ezra 2:68–70.

DALE RALPH DAVIS

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ELY LAMBERT

EZRA 3

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Altar Set Up. Ezra 3:1–3.

2. The Feast of Tabernacles Celebrated. Ezra 3:4.

3. The Sacrifices Brought. Ezra 3:5–7.

4. The Foundation of the Temple Laid. Ezra 3:8–13.

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EZRA 4

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Offer of the Samaritans Refused. Ezra 4:1–6

2. The Letter to King Artaxerxes. Ezra 4:7–16.

3. The King’s Reply. Ezra 4:17–22.

4. The Work is Stopped. Ezra 4:23–24.

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EZRA 5

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Prophetic Ministry of Haggai and Zechariah. Ezra 5:1.

2. The Result of their Ministry. Ezra 5:2.

3. Tatnai’s Interference. Ezra 5:3–5.

4. The Letter to Darius. Ezra 5:6–17.

J G BELLET

JIM DRAKE

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LARRY BRINCEFIELD

STEVEN COLE

PHIL NEWTON

F B MEYER

EZRA 6

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Search of the King and the Result. Ezra 6:1–5.

2. The Command of Darius. Ezra 6:6–12.

3. The King’s Command Obeyed. Ezra 6:13.

4. The House finished. Ezra 6:14–15.

5. The Dedication of the House. Ezra 6:16–18.

6. The Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Ezra 6:19–22.

JAMES SMITH

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STEVEN COLE

LARRY BRINCEFIELD

MIKE RICKMAN

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PHIL NEWTON

CHARLES SIMEON

J R MILLER

JIM DRAKE

F B MEYER

EZRA 7

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Journey of Ezra to Jerusalem. Ezra 7:1–10.

2. The Decree of Artaxerxes. Ezra 7:11–26.

3. Ezra’s Thanksgiving. Ezra 7:27–28.

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EZRA 8

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. Those who Returned with Ezra. Ezra 8:1–14.

2. The Gathering at Ahava. Ezra 8:15–20.

3. The Fast Proclaimed. Ezra 8:21–23.

4. The Appointment of Guardians. Ezra 8:24–30.

5. The Departure and Arrival in Jerusalem. Ezra 8:31–36.

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EZRA 9

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. Ezra’s Astonishment and Grief. Ezra 9:1–4.

2. Ezra’s Confession and Prayer. Ezra 9:5–15.

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EZRA 10

ARNO GAEBELEIN

1. The Effect of Ezra’s Prayer on the People. Ezra 10:1–4.

2. Ezra Summons an Assembly. Ezra 10:5–8.

3. The Gathering. Confession and the Evil Judged. Ezra 10:9–17.

4. The Register of those who had Married Strange Women. Ezra 10:18–44.

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Ezra

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Ezra
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William Jones
1881

 

Ezra Introduction

Ezra 1 Exposition (Hint: Scroll down for the homilies in each chapter)

  • Ezra 1:1 The Fulfilment of the Word of the Lord
  • Ezra 1:1 Resemblance between the Proclamation of Cyrus and the Gospel
  • Ezra 1:2-4 The Edict of Cyrus
  • Ezra 1:1-5 The Proclamation of Cyrus
  • Ezra 1:3 God with us
  • Ezra 1:3,5 The Release of the Jews from Babylon an Illustration of the Redemption of Man from Sin
  • Ezra 1:5-6 The Return of the Exiles
  • Ezra 1:5-6 The Results of the Captivity
  • Ezra 1:7-11 The Restoration of the Sacred Vessels

Ezra 2 Exposition

  • Ezra 2:1-2 Going up out of Captivity
  • Ezra 2:2 A Suggestive Record
  • Ezra 2:36-58 Religious Service
  • Ezra 2:59-63 The Importance of a Clear Spiritual Pedigree
  • Ezra 2:65-70 Possessions and Offerings

Ezra 3 Exposition

  • Ezra 3:1-3 The Rebuilding of the Altar: Exemplary Features of Divine Worship
  • Ezra 3:4-6 The Celebration of the Sacred Festivals Resumed
  • Ezra 3:4 The Work of the Day done in the Day
  • Ezra 3:6b-7 The Preparations for Rebuilding the Temple
  • Ezra 3:8-13 Laying the Foundation of the Temple
  • Ezra 3:11-13 The Building of the Temple
  • Ezra 3 The Altar and the Foundation of the Temple

Ezra 4 Exposition

  • Ezra 4:1-3 The Proposal of the Samaritans to the Jews
  • Ezra 4:1-3 The Proposals of the Wicked and how to Treat them
  • Ezra 4:3 The True Builders of the Spiritual Temple of God
  • Ezra 4:4-5, 24 The Hostility of the Samaritans to the Jews
  • Ezra 4:6-16 The Antagonism of the World to the Church
  • Ezra 4:14 Good Cause for Great Zeal
  • Ezra 4:17-23 The Success of the Subtle Scheme of the Samaritans, or the Temporary Triumph of the Wicked

Ezra 5 Exposition

  • Ezra 5:1-2 The Great Work Resumed
  • Ezra 5:3-5 The Great Work Investigated and Continued
  • Ezra 5:6-17 The Letter to the King concerning the Work
  • Ezra 5:11 The Supremacy of God
  • Ezra 5:12 Arguments Against Sinning

Ezra 6 Exposition

  • Ezra 6:1-5 A Thorough Search and an Important Discovery
  • Ezra 6:6-12 The Decree of Darius
  • Ezra 6:4 A Believer's Expenses
  • Ezra 6:10 The Desire of a Sovereign and the Duty of Subjects
  • Ezra 6:13-15 The Completion of the Temple
  • Ezra 6:14 The Subserviency of a Faithful Ministry to the Erection of God's Spiritual Temple
  • Ezra 6:16-18 The Dedication of the Temple
  • Ezra 6:19-22 The Celebration of the Passover
  • Ezra 6:16-22 The Dedication of the Second Temple
  • Ezra 6 (Outline of Entire Chapter) The Dedication of the Temple

Ezra 7 Exposition

  • Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra the Distinguished
  • Ezra 7:10 Studying, Practising, and Teaching the Sacred Scriptures
  • Ezra 7:10 The Christian Ministry
  • Ezra 7:10 Divine Sequence
  • Ezra 7:11-26 The Commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra
  • Ezra 7:23 Reasons for Active Devotedness to the Cause of God
  • Ezra 7:23 The Decree of Artaxerxes
  • Ezra 7:27-28 Exemplary Praise

Ezra 8 Exposition

  • Ezra 8:1-20 The Assembly at Ahava
  • Ezra 8:1-20 The Companions of Ezra on His Journey to Jerusalem
  • Ezra 8:18 Men of understanding
  • Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra's Confidence in God
  • Ezra 8:21-23 Faith and Prudence
  • Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra and His Times
  • Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra an Example in Business
  • Ezra 8:22 Contrasts
  • Ezra 8:22 Seeking the Lord and its Advantages
  • Ezra 8:24-30 The Guardianship of the Sacred Treasures
  • Ezra 8:31-32 From Ahava to Jerusalem: An Illustration of the Pilgrimage of the Christian
  • Ezra 8:33-36 At Jerusalem: The Faithful Surrender of Important Trusts

Ezra 9 Exposition

  • Ezra 9:1-4 The Good Man's Sorrow Over the People's Sin
  • Ezra 9:5-15 The Good Man's Confession of the People's Sin
  • Ezra 9:5-6 Ezra's Humiliation for the Sins of His People
  • Ezra 9:8 Ezra's Address
  • Ezra 9:12 Forbidden Marriages
  • Ezra 9:13-14 Use of God's Diversified Dispensations

Ezra 10 Exposition

  • Ezra 10:1-25 The Reformation Proposed
  • Ezra 10:4 True Loyalty
  • Ezra 10:6-12 The Reformation Decided Upon
  • Ezra 10:9 A Great and Troubled Assembly
  • Ezra 10:13-17 The Reformation Effected
  • Ezra 10:18-44 The List of Offenders

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Ezra
Exposition and Homilies

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Ezra Introduction

Ezra 1:1-11 Exposition (Hint: Scroll down for the homilies in each chapter)

  • Ezra 1:1 The Crisis
  • Ezra 1:2-4 The Edict
  • Ezra 1:1 The Sovereignty of God
  • Ezra 1:1-4, 7-11 The Wide Reach of the Rule of God
  • Ezra 1:5-11 The Muster
  • Ezra 1:5-6 God's Action on the Minds of His People
  • Ezra 1:5-6 The Return
  • Ezra 1:5-6 The Response
  • Ezra 1:1-11 The Beginning of a Great Religious Movement

Ezra 2:1-70 Exposition

  • Ezra 2:1-67 The Muster-Roll
  • Ezra 2:1-2 The Restoration of Israel
  • Ezra 2:1-67 Spiritual Significance
  • Ezra 2:61-63 The Privileges of the Priesthood
  • Ezra 2:1-70 Men Forsaking the Worldly Life
  • Ezra 2:68-70 The Arrival
  • Ezra 2:68-70 Social and Spiritual Gradations

Ezra 3:1-13 Exposition

  • Ezra 3:1-3 The First Sacrifice
  • Ezra 3:1-3 The Altar Rebuilt
  • Ezra 3:1-7 Acceptable Service
  • Ezra 3:1-7 Aspects of Worship
  • Ezra 3:4-7 The First Feast
  • Ezra 3:4-6 The Worship of the First Year
  • Ezra 3:8-13 The First Stone
  • Ezra 3:7-13 Thought, Work, and Feeling
  • Ezra 3:7-13 The Founding of the Temple
  • Ezra 3:8-13 The Joyful and Sorrowful in Religious Worship

Ezra 4:1-24 Exposition

  • Ezra 4:1-3 The Work Endangered
  • Ezra 4:1-3 Peace and Purity
  • Ezra 4:1-5 A Sinful Alliance Sought and Rejected
  • Ezra 4:1-5 The Friendship of the World
  • Ezra 4:4-5 The Work Checked
  • Ezra 4:4-5 Human Hatred
  • Ezra 4:6-16 The Work Maligned
  • Ezra 4:4-16 The World's Opposition to the Church
  • Ezra 4:6-24 Three Thoughts from Old Documents
  • Ezra 4:17-24 The Work Stopped
  • Ezra 4:17-24 Man Hindering the Work of God
  • Ezra 4:24 Hindrances

Ezra 5:1-17 Exposition

  • Ezra 5:1-2 The Work Revived
  • Ezra 5:1-2 The Inspiration of Prophecy
  • Ezra 5:1-5 A Faithful Ministry in the Church
  • Ezra 5:3-17 Opposition Revived
  • Ezra 5:3-5 The Eye of God
  • Ezra 5:3-17 Wisdom in Trial
  • Ezra 5:5 The Providence of God over the Church
  • Ezra 5:6-17 The Letter to Darius
  • Ezra 5:11-17 Things a Church Should Understand Concerning Itself

Ezra 6:1-22 Exposition

  • Ezra 6:1-12 Opposition Silenced
  • Ezra 6:1-5 The Decree of Cyrus
  • Ezra 6:1-12 Some Useful Things
  • Ezra 6:6-13 The Degree of Darius
  • Ezra 6:13-22 The Work Completed
  • Ezra 6:12-15 Overthrow and Upbuilding
  • Ezra 6:13-15 The Successful Issue
  • Ezra 6:14-16 The Temple Finished
  • Ezra 6:15 Church Prosperity
  • Ezra 6:15 Church Building
  • Ezra 6:16-18 The Dedication of the Temple
  • Ezra 6:16-22 Timely and Wise Enthusiasm
  • Ezra 6:16-22 Church Dedication
  • Ezra 6:19-22 The Passover

Ezra 7:1-26 Exposition

  • Ezra 7:1-10 The Work Completed
  • Ezra 7:1-10 The Exodus Under Ezra
  • Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra: His Character and Work
  • Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra: the Type of an Ideal Minister
  • Ezra 7:9-10 Ezra and His Mission
  • Ezra 7:11-26 The Reformer's Commission
  • Ezra 7:11 The Royal and the Religious
  • Ezra 7:11-26 Pagan Piety
  • Ezra 7:11-26 Ezra's Commission from Artaxerxes
  • Ezra 7:21-24 The Decree of Artaxerxes to the Treasurers
  • Ezra 7:27-28 The Extension of the Mercy of the Covenant
  • Ezra 7:27-28, Ezra 8:1-20 Influence

Ezra 8:1-36 Exposition

  • Ezra 8:1-20 The Rendezvous or the Second Muster
  • Ezra 8:1-20 The Church Preparing Itself for Duty
  • Ezra 8:15-20 The Halt at the Ahava
  • Ezra 8:21-30 Before Starting
  • Ezra 8:31-36 After Arriving
  • Ezra 8:21-23 The Fast at the Ahava
  • Ezra 8:21-23 The Spiritual and Secular Aids of Life
  • Ezra 8:24 The Sacred Trusts of Life
  • Ezra 8:24 The Custody of the Treasure
  • Ezra 8:24-36 Zionwards
  • Ezra 8:32-36 Progress

Ezra 9:1-15 Exposition

  • Ezra 9:1-4 An Astounding Discovery
  • Ezra 9:5-15 A Flood of Tears
  • Ezra 9:1-4 Spiritual Separation
  • Ezra 9:1-4 Ezra's Grief
  • Ezra 9:1-4 Disappointment and Disobedience
  • Ezra 9:4-15 Sensibility
  • Ezra 9:5 The Dawn of Hope
  • Ezra 9:5-15 A Good Man's Sight of Sin
  • Ezra 9:6-15 Ezra's Prayer

Ezra 10:1-44 Exposition

  • Ezra 10:6 Ezra's Fast
  • Ezra 10:1-5 The Speech of Shekinah
  • Ezra 10:5-15 A Flood of Tears
  • Ezra 10:18-44 The Names of those Who Had Married the Strange Wives
  • Ezra 10:1-5 A Gleam of Hope
  • Ezra 10:6-12 A National Call
  • Ezra 10:13-44 A Satisfactory Close
  • Ezra 10:1-8 Things Exceptional
  • Ezra 10:6-44 The Reformation
  • Ezra 10:9-44 Sin and Repentance

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Ezra 1-3: Does God Keep His Promises?

Ezra 4-6: Why So Much Opposition When We Follow His Direction?

Ezra 7-8 - Learning from Life, Lineage of Ezra

Ezra 9-10: Open Shame: When God's People Forsake His Commands

HENRI L. ROSSIER
Meditations on the Book of Ezra

SCOFIELD'S REFERENCE NOTES
Book of Ezra

SERMONS
Book of Ezra

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CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on the Book of Ezra

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY
F C Cook, Editor

C. H. SPURGEON
His Only Sermon on Ezra

C H SPURGEON
Devotionals
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

JOHN STEVENSON
Ezra Studies
Rebuilding What Once Was
Includes well done tables

THIRD MILLENNIUM
Study Bible Notes
The Book of Ezra

Outline & References

Notes on the Text

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

JOHN TRAPP
Commentary
Ezra

C H Spurgeon: Would it be possible to eulogize too much the incomparably sententious and suggestive folios of JOHN TRAPP?[6] Since Mr. Dickinson has rendered them accessible,[7] I trust most of you have bought them. Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Some of his remarks are far fetched, and like the far fetched rarities of Solomon's Tarshish, there is much gold and silver, but there are also apes and peacocks. His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers.

TODAY IN THE WORD
Devotionals
Moody Bible Institute

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BOB UTLEY
Ezra Commentary

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