Based on the NKJV, David Guzik’s commentary on Ezra assumes the full trustworthiness and authority of Scripture, combining insights from scholars throughout the ages. Guzik provides clear exposition, designed to help Bible readers understand what the text says, and what it means. Calvary Chapel pastor Guzik forgoes formality and dives straight into the text—no lengthy introductions or extensive footnotes. Packed with helpful insights and context, the commentary examines the English text of the biblical book with limited reference to original languages, making it an ideal tool for lay people or anyone without language training.
“We see here a threefold intention in Ezra. He came to seek, to do, and to teach God’s word” (Ezra 7:7–10)
“these adversaries succeeded in stopping the building work for some 15 years” (Ezra 4:24)
“With all whose spirits God had moved: Though the returning exiles were a minority, they were a spirit-stirred minority. They were dedicated to the difficult and discouraging task of returning to a ruined city and once there to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.” (Ezra 1:5–6)
“I gave them a command … that they should bring us servants for the house of our God: With this, Ezra sent back to Babylonia for Levites to come and join the work in Jerusalem. He didn’t accept the initial failure of Levites to join the group but kept appealing for help.” (Ezra 8:16–20)