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Ezra 4:6–16

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*And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an iaccusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote ||Bishlam, jMithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of kthe letter was written lin the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

*Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the ||scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort: Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; mthe Dinaites, the nApharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the nApharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the oSusanchites, the Dehavites, and the pElamites, 10 And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble qAsnappar brought over, and set in the cities of rSamaria, and the rest that are on this side the river, sand at such a time. 11 *This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king;

Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time. 12 *Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have ||set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations. 13 Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay ttoll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the ||revenue of the kings. 14 Now because we have maintenance from the king’s palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king’s dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king; 15 That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed. 16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.

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*

Heb. Ahashverosh. So Esth. 1:1, &c. Dan. 9:1.

i

Gen. 26:21 marg.

||

Or, in peace. ver. 17. But Comp. 1 Esdr. 2:16.

j

ch. 1:8.

Heb. societies. Comp. ver. 9 marg.

k

ch. 7:11. So ver. 18, 23.

l
*

(Chaldee).

||

Or, secretary. So 1 Kin. 4:3, &c.

Chald. societies. ver. 17, 23. & 5:3, 6. & 6:6, 13. Comp. ver. 7.

m

Comp. 2 Kin. 17:24, 30, 31.

n

ch. 5:6? & 6:6?

n

ch. 5:6? & 6:6?

o

See Neh. 1:1.

p
q

Comp. ver. 2.

r
s

ver. 11. ch. 7:12. So ver. 17.

Chald. Cheeneth.

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*

||

Or, finished. ch. 5:3, 9, 16. & 6:14. So ver. 13, 16.

Chald. sewed together.

Chald. give. So ver. 20.

t

ch. 7:24. So ver. 20. ch. 6:8 (Chald.). Ne. 5:4 (Heb.).

||

Or, strength.

Chald. we are salted with the salt of the palace.

Chald. made. So ver. 19.

Chald. in the midst thereof. ch. 5:7. & 6:2.