Ezra 3

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The Book of Ezra

Chapter 4


Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard4 that the children of the captivity builded6 the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;


Then they came4 to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said4 unto them, Let us build4 with you: for we seek4 your God, as ye [do]; and we do sacrifice6 unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up56 hither.


But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said4 unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build2 an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build4 unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded14 us.


Then the people of the land weakened18 the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled18 1089 18 them in building,2


And hired6 counsellors6 against them, to frustrate53 their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.


And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote1 they [unto him] an accusation against the inhabitants6 of Judah and Jerusalem.


And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote1 Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter [was] written7 in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted30 in the Syrian tongue.


Rehum the chancellor 2942 and Shimshai the scribe wrote57 a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:


Then [wrote] Rehum the chancellor, 2942 and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, [and] the Elamites,


And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over,85 and set85 1994 in the cities of Samaria, and the rest [that are] on this side the river, and at such a time.


This [is] the copy of the letter that they sent57 unto him, [even] unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time.


Be it60 known63 unto the king, that the Jews which came up65 from thee to us are come57 unto Jerusalem, building61 the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up122 3635 124 the walls [thereof], and joined88 the foundations.


Be it60 known63 now unto the king, that, if this city be builded,83 and the walls set up124 [again, then] will they not pay60 toll, tribute, and custom, and [so] thou shalt endamage88 the revenue of the kings.


Now because 3606 1768 we have57 maintenance from [the king's] palace, and it was not meet61 for us to see58 the king's dishonour, therefore 1836 have we sent57 and certified85 the king;


That search70 may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find88 in the book of the records, and know60 that this city [is] a rebellious city, and hurtful89 unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved62 sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.90


We certify89 the king that, if this city be builded83 [again], and the walls thereof set up,124 by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.


[Then] sent57 the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, 2942 and [to] Shimshai the scribe, and [to] the rest of their companions that dwell61 in Samaria, and [unto] the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time.


The letter which ye sent57 unto us hath been plainly72 read63 before me.


And I commanded,63 2942 and search67 hath been made, and it is found85 that this city of old time hath made insurrection76 against kings, and [that] rebellion and sedition have been made80 therein.


There have been57 mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all [countries] beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid80 unto them.


Give59 ye now commandment to cause these men to cease,58 and that this city be not builded,83 until [another] commandment shall be given79 from me.


Take heed59 2095 61 now that ye fail not to do 5648 58 this: why should damage grow60 to the hurt86 of the kings?


Now when 1768 the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter [was] read63 before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up57 in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease57 by force and power.


Then ceased57 the work of the house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. So it ceased57 989 61 unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

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