Now when the adversariesH6862 of JudahH3063 and BenjaminH1144 heardH8085 that the childrenH1121 of the captivityH1473 builtH1129 the templeH1964 to the LORDH3068 GodH430 of Israel;H3478
Then they cameH5066 to Zerubbabel,H2216 and to the chiefH7218 of the fathers,H1 and saidH559 to them, Let us buildH1129 with you: for we seekH1875 your God,H430 as you do; and we do sacrificeH2076 to him since the daysH3117 of EsarhaddonH634 kingH4428 of Assur,H804 which broughtH5927 us up here.
But Zerubbabel,H2216 and Jeshua,H3442 and the restH7605 of the chiefH7218 of the fathersH1 of Israel,H3478 saidH559 to them, You have nothingH3808 to do with us to buildH1129 an houseH1004 to our God;H430 but we ourselvesH587 togetherH3162 will buildH1129 to the LORDH3068 GodH430 of Israel,H3478 as kingH4428 CyrusH3566 the kingH4428 of PersiaH6539 has commandedH6680 us.
Then the peopleH5971 of the landH776 weakenedH7503 the handsH3027 of the peopleH5971 of Judah,H3063 and troubledH1089 them in building,H1129
And hiredH7936 counsellorsH3289 againstH5921 them, to frustrateH656 their purpose,H6098 allH3605 the daysH3117 of CyrusH3566 kingH4428 of Persia,H6539 even untilH5704 the reignH4438 of DariusH1867 kingH4428 of Persia.H6539
And in the reignH4438 of Ahasuerus,H325 in the beginningH8462 of his reign,H4438 wroteH3789 they to him an accusationH7855 againstH5921 the inhabitantsH3427 of JudahH3063 and Jerusalem.H3389
And in the daysH3117 of ArtaxerxesH783 wroteH3789 Bishlam,H1312 Mithredath,H4990 Tabeel,H2870 and the restH7605 of their companions,H3675 to ArtaxerxesH783 kingH4430 of Persia;H6539 and the writingH3791 of the letterH5406 was writtenH3789 in the SyrianH762 tongue,H762 and interpretedH8638 in the SyrianH762 tongue.H762
RehumH7348 the chancellorH1169 H2942 and ShimshaiH8124 the scribeH5613 wroteH3790 a letterH104 againstH5922 JerusalemH3390 to ArtaxerxesH783 the kingH4430 in thisH3660 sort:H3660
ThenH116 wrote RehumH7348 the chancellor,H1169 H2942 and ShimshaiH8124 the scribe,H5613 and the restH7606 of their companions;H3675 the Dinaites,H1784 the Apharsathchites,H671 the Tarpelites,H2967 the Apharsites,H670 the Archevites,H756 the Babylonians,H896 the Susanchites,H7801 the Dehavites,H1723 and the Elamites,H5962
And the restH7606 of the nationsH524 whomH1768 the greatH7229 and nobleH3358 AsnapperH620 broughtH1541 over,H1541 and setH3488 in the citiesH5892 of Samaria,H8115 and the restH7606 that are on this sideH5675 the river,H5103 and at suchH3706 a time.
ThisH1836 is the copyH6573 of the letterH104 that they sentH7972 to him, even to ArtaxerxesH783 the king;H4430 Your servantsH5649 the menH606 on this sideH5675 the river,H5103 and at suchH3706 a time.
Be it knownH3046 to the king,H4430 that the JewsH3062 whichH1768 cameH5559 up from you to us are comeH858 to Jerusalem,H3390 buildingH1124 the rebelliousH4779 and the badH873 city,H7149 and have setH3635 up the wallsH7791 thereof, and joinedH2338 the foundations.H787
Be it knownH3046 nowH3705 to the king,H4430 that, ifH2006 thisH1791 cityH7149 be built,H1124 and the wallsH7791 setH3635 up again, then will they not payH5415 toll,H4061 tribute,H1093 and custom,H1983 and so you shall damageH5142 the revenueH674 of the kings.H4430
NowH3705 becauseH3606 we have maintenanceH4415 from the king'sH4430 palace,H1964 and it was not meetH749 for us to seeH2370 the king'sH4430 dishonor,H6173 thereforeH5921 H1836 have we sentH7972 and certifiedH3046 the king;H4430
That searchH1240 may be made in the bookH5609 of the recordsH1799 of your fathers:H2 so shall you findH7912 in the bookH5609 of the records,H1799 and knowH3046 that thisH1791 cityH7149 is a rebelliousH4779 city,H7149 and hurtfulH5142 to kingsH4430 and provinces,H4083 and that they have movedH5648 seditionH849 withinH4481 the sameH1459 of oldH5957 time:H3118 for whichH1836 cause was thisH1791 cityH7149 destroyed.H2718
We certifyH3046 the kingH4430 that, ifH2006 thisH1791 cityH7149 be builtH1124 again, and the wallsH7791 thereof setH3635 up, by thisH1836 meansH6903 you shall haveH383 noH3809 portionH2508 on this sideH5675 the river.H5103
Then sentH7972 the kingH4430 an answerH6600 to RehumH7348 the chancellor,H1169 H2942 and to ShimshaiH8124 the scribe,H5613 and to the restH7606 of their companionsH3675 that dwellH3488 in Samaria,H8115 and to the restH7606 beyondH5675 the river,H5103 Peace,H8001 and at suchH3706 a time.
The letterH5407 whichH1768 you sentH7972 to us has been plainlyH6568 readH7123 beforeH6925 me.
And I commanded,H7761 H2942 and searchH1240 has been made, and it is foundH7912 that thisH1791 cityH7149 of oldH5957 timeH3118 has made insurrectionH5376 againstH5922 kings,H4430 and that rebellionH4776 and seditionH849 have been madeH5648 therein.
There haveH1934 beenH1934 mightyH8624 kingsH4430 also overH5922 Jerusalem,H3390 which have ruledH7990 over allH3606 countries beyondH5675 the river;H5103 and toll,H4061 tribute,H1093 and custom,H1983 was paidH3052 to them.
GiveH7761 you nowH3705 commandmentH2942 to cause theseH479 menH1400 to cease,H989 and that thisH1791 cityH7149 be not built,H1124 untilH5704 another commandmentH2941 shall be givenH7761 from me.
TakeH2095 heedH2095 now that you failH7960 not to doH5648 this:H1836 whyH4101 should damageH2257 growH7680 to the hurtH5142 of the kings?H4430
NowH116 whenH4481 H1768 the copyH6573 of kingH4430 Artaxerxes'H783 letterH5407 was readH7123 beforeH6925 Rehum,H7348 and ShimshaiH8124 the scribe,H5613 and their companions,H3675 they wentH236 up in hasteH924 to JerusalemH3390 to the Jews,H3062 and made them to ceaseH989 by forceH153 and power.H2429
ThenH116 ceasedH989 the workH5673 of the houseH1005 of GodH426 whichH1768 is at Jerusalem.H3390 So it ceasedH1934 H989 to the secondH8648 yearH8140 of the reignH4437 of DariusH1868 kingH4430 of Persia.H6540