Ezra 4

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1. And when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the exile were building the temple to the LORD God of Israel,

2. Then they came to Zerubbabel and to the chief of the fathers, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we seek your God, even as you. And we have sacrificed to Him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.”

3. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said to them, “You have nothing to do with us to build a house unto our God. But we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.”

4. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building.

5. And they hired counselors against them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

6. And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.

7. And in the days of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabel and the rest of their companions, wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia. Now the letter was written in the Syrian tongue and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

8. Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this way.

9. Then wrote Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the judges, and the emissaries, the consuls, the officials, the Erechites, the Babylonians, Elamites of Susa,

10. And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over and set in the cities of Samaria, and in the rest of the province beyond the River—and now,

11. This is the copy of the letter which they sent to him, to Artaxerxes the king: “Your servants the men of the province beyond the River, and so now,

12. Let it be known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have come to Jerusalem, and are building the rebellious and the evil city, and have set up its walls, and have joined the foundations.

13. Let it be known to the king that if this city is built and the walls set up, then they will not pay toll, taxes, or custom, and you shall endanger the revenue of the kings.

14. Now because we have eaten the salt of the palace, and it was not right for us to see the king’s dishonor, therefore we have sent and notified the king,

15. So that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers, and you shall find in the book of the records, and shall know that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that they have incited sedition in it in the past, for which cause that city was destroyed.

16. We notify the king that if this city is built and the walls of it set up, then you shall have no portion beyond the River.”

17. The king sent an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions who dwell in Samaria, and to the rest beyond the River: “Peace! And now,

18. The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.

19. And I decreed, and search has been made, and it is found that this city has risen up against kings in the past, and rebellion and revolt have been made in it.

20. There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all the country beyond the River. And toll, taxes, and custom were paid to them.

21. Now make a decree to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not built until the decree shall be given from me.

22. And take heed that you do not fail to do this. Why should damage increase to the hurt of the kings?”

23. And when the copy of King Artaxerxes’ letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they hurried to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them cease by force and power.

24. Then the work of the house of God at Jerusalem ceased. So it ceased to the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

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the childrenH1121
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were buildingH1129
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the templeH1964
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toH413
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ZerubbabelH2216
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and toH413
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the chiefH7218
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to them,Hl
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with you,H5973
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forH3588
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we seekH1875
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your God,H430
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even as you.Hk
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have sacrificedH2076
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kingH4428
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who brought us upH5927
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here."H6311
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But Zerubbabel,H2216
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and Jeshua,H3442
HCHNp
and the restH7605
HCHNcmsc
of the chiefH7218
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of the fathersH1
HTdHNcmpa
of Israel,H3478
HRHNp
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
to them,Hl
HRHSp3mp
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to doHl
HRHSp2mp
with usHl
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to buildH1129
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a houseH1004
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unto our God.H430
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we ourselvesH587
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togetherH3162
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will buildH1129
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unto the LORDH3068
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HRHNcmpcHSp1cp
of Israel,H3478
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asH834
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KingH4428
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CyrusH3566
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the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
of PersiaH6539
HNp
has commanded us."H6680
HVpp3msHSp1cp

ThenH1961
HCHVqw3ms
the peopleH5971
HNcmsc
of the landH776
HTdHNcbsa
weakenedH7503
HVprmpa
the handsH3027
HNcbdc
of the peopleH5971
HNcmsc
of Judah,H3063
HNp
and troubledH926
HCHVprmpa
themH853
HToHSp3mp
in building.H1129
HRHVqc

And they hiredH7936
HCHVqrmpa
counselorsH3289
HVqrmpa
against themH5921
HRHSp3mp
to frustrateH6565
HRHVhc
their purposeH6098
HNcfscHSp3mp
allH3605
HNcmsc
the daysH3117
HNcmpc
of CyrusH3566
HNp
kingH4428
HNcmsc
of Persia,H6539
HNp
even untilH5704
HCHR
the reignH4438
HNcfsc
of DariusH1867
HNp
kingH4428
HNcmsc
of Persia.H6539
HNp

And in the reignH4438
HNcfscHSp3ms
of Ahasuerus,H325
HNp
in the beginningH8462
HRHNcfsc
of his reign,H4438
HCHRHNcfsc
they wroteH3789
HVqp3cp
an accusationH7855
HNcfsa
againstH5921
HR
the peopleH3427
HVqrmpc
of JudahH3063
HNp
and Jerusalem.H3389
HCHNp

And in the daysH3117
HCHRHNcmpc
of Artaxerxes,H783
HNp
Bishlam,H1312
HNp
Mithredath,H4990
HNp
TabelH2870
HNp
and the restH7605
HCHNcmsc
of their companions,H3674
HNcmpcHPp3ms
wroteH3789
HVqp3ms
toH5921
HR
ArtaxerxesH783
HNp
kingH4428
HNcmsc
of Persia.H6539
HNp
Now the letterH5406
HTdHNcmsa
H3791
HCHNcmsc
waswrittenH3789
HVqsmsa
in the Syrian tongueH762
HNgfsa
and interpretedH8638
HCHVPsmsa
in the Syrian tongue.H762
HNgfsa

RehumH7348
ANp
the chancellorH1169
ANcmsc
H2942
ANcmsa
and ShimshaiH8124
ACANp
the scribeH5613
ANcmsdATd
wroteH3790
AVqp3mp
aH2298
AAcfsa
letterH104
ANcfsa
againstH5922
AR
JerusalemH3390
ANp
to ArtaxerxesH783
ARANp
the kingH4430
ANcmsdATd
in this way.H3660
AD

ThenH116
AD
wroteRehumH7348
ANp
the chancellorH1169
ANcmsc
H2942
ANcmsa
and ShimshaiH8124
ACANp
the scribe,H5613
ANcmsdATd
and the restH7606
ACANcmsc
of their companions,H3675
ANcmpcASp3mp
the judges,H1784
ANcmpdATd
and the emissaries,H671
ACANcmpdATd
the consuls,H2967
ANcmpdATd
the officials,H670
ANgmpdATd
the Erechites,H756
ANgmpdATd
the Babylonians,H896
ANgmpdATd
ElamitesH5962
ANgmpdATd
of Susa,H7801
ANgmpdATd
H1723
ANgmpdATd

And the restH7606
ACANcmsc
of the nationsH524
ANcfpdATd
whomH1768
ATr
the greatH7229
AAamsdATd
and nobleH3358
ACAAamsdATd
OsnapparH620
ANp
brought overH1541
AVhp3ms
and setH3488
ACAVhp3ms
H1994
APp3mp
in the citiesH7149
ARANcfpa
ofH1768
ATr
Samaria,H8115
ANp
and in the restH7606
ACANcmsc
of the province beyondH5675
ANp
the River—H5103
ANpATd
and now,H3706
ACAD

ThisH1836
APdxms
isthe copyH6573
ANcmsc
of the letterH104
ANcfsdATd
whichH1768
ATr
they sent toH7972
AVqp3mp
him,H5922
ARASp3ms
toH5922
AR
ArtaxerxesH783
ANp
the king:H4430
ANcmsdATd
"Your servantsH5649
ANcmpcASp2ms
the menH606
ANcmsc
of the province beyondH5675
ANp
the River,H5103
ANpATd
and so now,H3706
ACAD

Let it beH1934
AVqi3ms
knownH3046
AVQsmsa
to the kingH4430
ARANcmsdATd
thatH1768
ATr
the JewsH3062
ANgmpdATd
whoH1768
ATr
came upH5559
AVqp3mp
fromH4481
AR
youH3890
ARASp2ms
to usH5922
ARASp1cp
have comeH858
AVqp3mp
to Jerusalem,H3390
ARANp
and are buildingH1124
AVqrmpa
the rebelliousH4779
AAafsdATd
and the evilH873
ACAAafsdATd
city,H7149
ANcfsdATd
and have set upH3635
AVep3mp
itswalls,H7792
ACANcmpdATd
and have joinedH2338
AVai3mp
the foundations.H787
ACANcmpdATd

Let it beH1934
AVqi3ms
knownH3046
AVQsmsa
H3705
AD
to the kingH4430
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thatH1768
ATr
ifH2006
AC
thisH1791
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cityH7149
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is builtH1124
AVui3fs
and the wallsH7792
ACANcmpdATd
set up,H3635
AVti3mp
then they will notH3809
ATn
payH5415
AVqi3mp
toll,H4061
ANcfsa
taxes,H1093
ANcmsa
or custom,H1983
ACANcmsa
and you shall endangerH5142
AVhi3ms
the revenueH674
ACANcmsa
of the kings.H4430
ANcmpa

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AD
becauseH3606
ACAC
H6903
AC
we haveH1768
AC
eatenH4415
AVqp1cp
the saltH4416
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of the palace,H1965
ANcmsdATd
and it was notH3809
ATn
rightH749
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for usHl
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to seeH2370
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the king'sH4430
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dishonor,H6173
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thereforeH5922
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H1836
APdxms
we have sentH7972
AVqp1cp
and notifiedH3046
ACAVhp1cp
the king,H4430
AToANcmsdATd

So thatH1768
AC
search may be madeH1240
AVpi3ms
in the bookH5609
ARANcmsc
of the recordsH1799
ANcmpdATd
ofH1768
ATr
your fathers,H2
ANcmpcASp2ms
and you shall findH7912
ACAVhi2ms
in the bookH5609
ARANcmsc
of the records,H1799
ANcmpdATd
and shall knowH3046
ACAVqi2ms
thatH1768
ATr
thisH1791
APdxfs
cityH7149
ANcfsa
isa rebelliousH4779
AAafsa
city,H7149
ANcfsdATd
hurtfulH5142
ACAVhrfsc
to kingsH4430
ANcmpa
and provinces,H4083
ACANcfpa
and that they have incitedH5648
AVqrmsa
seditionH849
ACANcmsa
in itH1459
ARANcmscASp3fs
inH4481
AR
the past,H5957
ANcmsdATd
H3118
ANcmpc
forH5922
AR
whichH1836
APdxms
cause thatH1791
APdxfs
cityH7149
ANcfsdATd
was destroyed.H2718
AVHp3fs

The kingH4430
ANcmsdATd
sentH7972
AVqp3ms
an answerH6600
ANcmsdATd
toH5922
AR
RehumH7348
ANp
the chancellor,H1169
ANcmsc
H2942
ANcmsa
and to ShimshaiH8124
ACANp
the scribe,H5613
ANcmsdATd
and to the restH7606
ACANcmsc
of their companionsH3675
ANcmpcASp3ms
whoH1768
ATr
dwellH3488
AVqrmpa
in Samaria,H8115
ARANp
and to the restH7606
ACANcmsc
beyondH5675
ANp
the River:H5103
ANpATd
"Peace!H8001
ANcmsa
And now,H3706
ACAD

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ANcmsdATd
whichH1768
ATr
you sentH7972
AVqp2mp
to usH5922
ARASp1cp
has been plainlyH6568
AVpsmsa
readH7123
AVQp3ms
before me.H6925
ARASp1cs

And IH4481
ACARASp1cs
decreed,H7761
AVQp3ms
H2942
ANcmsa
and search has been made,H1240
ACAVpp3mp
and it is foundH7912
ACAVhp3mp
thatH1768
ATr
thisH1791
APdxfs
cityH7149
ANcfsdATd
has risen upH5376
AVMrfsa
againstH5922
AR
kingsH4430
ANcmpa
inH4481
AR
the past,H5957
ANcmsdATd
H3118
ANcmpc
and rebellionH4776
ACANcmsa
and revoltH849
ACANcmsa
have been madeH5648
AVusmsa
in it.Hb
ARASp3fs

There have beenH1934
AVqp3mp
mightyH8624
AAampa
kingsH4430
ACANcmpa
also overH5922
AR
Jerusalem,H3390
ANp
who have ruledH7990
ACAAampa
over allH3606
ARANcmsc
the country beyondH5675
ANp
the River.H5103
ANpATd
And toll,H4061
ACANcfsa
taxes,H1093
ANcmsa
and customH1983
ACANcmsa
were paidH3052
AVusmsa
to them.Hl
ARASp3mp

NowH3705
AD
makeH7761
AVqv2mp
a decreeH2942
ANcmsa
to cause theseH479
APdxmp
menH1400
ANcmpdATd
to cease,H989
ARAVpc
and that thisH1791
APdxfs
cityH7149
ACANcfsdATd
be notH3809
ATn
builtH1124
AVui3fs
untilH5705
AR
the decreeH2941
ANcmsdATd
shall be givenH7761
AVui3ms
from me.H4481
ARASp1cs

And take heedH2095
ACAAampa
H1934
AVqv2mp
that you do not failH7960
ANcfsc
to doH5922
AR
H5648
ARAVqc
this.H1836
APdxcs
WhyH4101
ARATi
should damageH2257
ANcmsdATd
increaseH7680
AVqi3ms
to the hurtH5142
ARANcfsc
of the kings?"H4430
ANcmpa

AndH116
AD
whenH4481
AR
H1768
ATr
the copyH6573
ANcmsc
H1768
ATr
of KingH4430
ANcmsdATd
Artaxerxes'H783
ANp
letterH5407
ANcmsdATd
wasreadH7123
AVQp3ms
beforeH6925
AR
Rehum,H7348
ANp
and ShimshaiH8124
ACANp
the scribe,H5613
ANcmsdATd
and their companions,H3675
ACANcmpcASp3mp
they hurriedH924
ARANcfsa
H236
AVqp3mp
to JerusalemH3390
ARANp
untoH5922
AR
the Jews,H3062
ANgmpdATd
and made themH1994
APp3mp
ceaseH989
ACAVpp3mp
by forceH153
ARANcfsa
and power.H2429
ACANcmsa

ThenH116
ARAD
the workH5673
ANcfsc
of the houseH1005
ANcmsc
of GodH426
ANcmsdATd
H1768
ATr
at JerusalemH3390
ARANp
ceased.H989
AVqp3fs
So it ceasedH1934
ACAVqp3fs
H989
AVqrfsa
toH5705
AR
the secondH8648
AAocpa
yearH8140
ANcfsc
of the reignH4437
ARANcfsc
of DariusH1868
ANp
kingH4430
ANcmsc
of Persia.H6540
ANp

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