The Meaning of Ezra 7:17 Explained

Ezra 7:17

KJV: That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

YLT: therefore thou dost speedily buy with this money, bullocks, rams, lambs, and their presents, and their libations, and dost bring them near to the altar of the house of your God that is in Jerusalem,

Darby: Therefore thou shalt buy diligently with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their oblations and their drink-offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is at Jerusalem.

ASV: therefore thou shalt with all diligence buy with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meal-offerings and their drink-offerings, and shalt offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

What does Ezra 7:17 Mean?

Context Summary

Ezra 7:1-18 - A Missionary Journey
An interval of sixty years intervened between the events of Ezra 6:1-22 and Ezra 7:1-28, and in that time the history recorded in the book of Esther took place. This chapter is full of helpful thoughts. Note the description of Ezra's character-A ready scribe- Ezra 7:6. He not only knew the Law, but he set his heart to seek and do, Ezra 7:10. The only way to understand Scripture is to be prepared to do it. What a contrast to Matthew 23:3! Let us not resemble the finger-post, which directs the traveler, but stirs not a step along the road it points. Note the secret of Ezra's success, the good hand of God. This is a characteristic phrase of Ezra and Nehemiah. That hand answers prayer, Ezra 7:6; speeds our way, as much in railway trains as in caravans, Ezra 7:9; and strengthens us for service, Ezra 7:28. The strong, tender hand of God is laid on our hands, as a father's on those of the son learning to draw a bow, Genesis 49:24. And when God's hand is on us, it is also on others, preparing them to cooperate. When God needs an instrument, He will come to men of Ezra's spirit. [source]

Chapter Summary: Ezra 7

1  Ezra goes up to Jerusalem
11  The gracious commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra
27  Ezra blesses God for this favor

What do the individual words in Ezra 7:17 mean?

therefore now therefore diligently buy with money this bulls rams and lambs and with their grain offerings and their drink offerings and offer them on altar the of the house of your God that in Jerusalem
כָּל־ קֳבֵ֣ל דְּנָה֩ אָסְפַּ֨רְנָא תִקְנֵ֜א בְּכַסְפָּ֣א דְנָ֗ה תּוֹרִ֤ין ׀ דִּכְרִין֙ אִמְּרִ֔ין וּמִנְחָתְה֖וֹן וְנִסְכֵּיה֑וֹן וּתְקָרֵ֣ב הִמּ֔וֹ עַֽל־ מַדְבְּחָ֔ה דִּ֛י בֵּ֥ית אֱלָהֲכֹ֖ם דִּ֥י בִירוּשְׁלֶֽם

קֳבֵ֣ל  now 
Parse: Preposition
Root: קֳבֵל  
Sense: front prep.
אָסְפַּ֨רְנָא  diligently 
Parse: Adverb
Root: אָסְפַּרְנָא  
Sense: thoroughly.
תִקְנֵ֜א  buy 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, second person masculine singular
Root: קְנָה  
Sense: (P’al) to acquire, buy, purchase.
בְּכַסְפָּ֣א  with  money 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular determinate
Root: כְּסַף  
Sense: silver.
דְנָ֗ה  this 
Parse: Pronoun, masculine singular
Root: דְּנָה  
Sense: this, on account of this adv.
תּוֹרִ֤ין ׀  bulls 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: תֹּור  
Sense: bull, young bull, ox (for sacrifice).
דִּכְרִין֙  rams 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: דְּכַר  
Sense: ram.
אִמְּרִ֔ין  and  lambs 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: אִמַּר  
Sense: lamb.
וּמִנְחָתְה֖וֹן  and  with  their  grain  offerings 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine plural construct, third person masculine plural
Root: מִנְחָה  
Sense: gift, offering.
וְנִסְכֵּיה֑וֹן  and  their  drink  offerings 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine plural construct, third person masculine plural
Root: נְסַךְ  
Sense: something poured out, libation, drink offering, libation offering.
וּתְקָרֵ֣ב  and  offer 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Piel, Conjunctive imperfect, second person masculine singular
Root: קְרֵב  
Sense: to approach, come near.
מַדְבְּחָ֔ה  altar  the 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular determinate
Root: מַדְבַּח  
Sense: altar.
בֵּ֥ית  the  house 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בַּיִת  
Sense: house (of men).
אֱלָהֲכֹ֖ם  of  your  God 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, second person masculine plural
Root: אֱלָהּ  
Sense: god, God.
דִּ֥י  that 
Parse: Pronoun, relative
Root: דִּי  
Sense: who, which, that mark of genitive.
בִירוּשְׁלֶֽם  in  Jerusalem 
Parse: Preposition-b, Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: יְרוּשְׁלֶם  
Sense: the chief city of Palestine and capital of the united kingdom and the nation of Judah after the split.