The king sent this answer: "To Rechum the district governor, Shimshai the secretary, their other colleagues living in Shomron, and the rest beyond the River: "Shalom!
"The letter you sent us has now been translated for me.
I ordered a search made, and it was found that this city has a long history of revolt against kings, that rebellion and sedition have been fostered there;
also that there have been powerful kings over Yerushalayim who ruled all the territory beyond the River; and tribute, taxes and tolls were paid to them.
"So now, order that these men stop work and that this city not be rebuilt until I order it.
Take care not to neglect your duty; otherwise the harm may increase, to the damage of the king."