1. Exposition

How does Ezra respond to the king’s letter?

Ezra 7:27–28 (ESV)

27 Blessed be the LORD, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem,

Ezra responds with a doxology that is very similar to those found elsewhere in Scripture (e.g., 1 Samuel 25:39; 2 Chronicles 2:12; Psalm 144:1; Daniel 3:28; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3). It is unusual for a biblical narrative to use the first-person singular. Normally the first person is found only in prophetic literature (Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Habakkuk), though the book of Nehemiah is a historical book that is written primarily in the first person.