The next two books of the Bible are the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The events in these books take place after the Babylonian exile of the Jews and when they were allowed back into Judah and Israel. This was the time of restoration of their worship to God and the rebuilding of their communities.
Ezra 5:1 Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo, began to prophesy to the Jews in Jerusalem in the Name of the God of Israel (to begin rebuilding the temple).
As the Jews were allowed to go back to Israel, the Persian King Darius (521 BC -485 BC) made an official decree for rebuilding the temple. This is part of the decree:
Ezra 6:12 “And may the God who causes His Name to dwell there overthrow every king or people who may undertake to alter this or to destroy this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued this decree; let it be carefully executed.”

Prayer to restore relationship with God

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins because of Your just punishment, but most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.  Amen.

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