King James Bible
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
[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.
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.
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