Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now has it been in building, and yet it is not finished.
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George Leo Haydock
In building, being pretty far advanced, though for some time past it had been at a stand. (Haydock)
It is not probable that Zorobabel said this, but the author of the letter added it, as he supposed the Jews continued to do some little. (Calmet)
He desired to favour their cause, yet so as not to irritate the Samaritans. (Menochius)