11This is the copy of the letterthat 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 itknown unto the king, that the Jewswhich came upfromthee to us are come unto Jerusalem,building the rebellious and the badcity, and have set upa the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.13
Be it knownnow unto the king, that, ifthiscity be builded , and the walls set up again, then will they notpaybtoll,tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.14Nowbecausewehavecmaintenance from the king's palace, and it was notmeet for us to see the king'sdishonour,thereforehave 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 thiscity is a rebelliouscity, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moveddsedition within the sameofoldtime:forwhich cause was thiscitydestroyed .
16Wecertify the king that, ifthiscity be builded again, and the walls thereof set up , by thismeans thou shalt havenoportion on this side the river.