Then sent the king an answeruntoRehum the chancellor , and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companionsa that dwell in Samaria, and unto the restbeyond the river,Peace, and at such a time.18
The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainlyreadbefore me.
And Icommanded ,b and search hath been made, and it is found that thiscityofoldtime hath made insurrectionagainstkings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
There have beenmightykings also overJerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll,tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.
21Givec ye nowcommandment to causethesemen to cease , and that thiscity be notbuilded , until another commandment shall be given from me.22
Take heed now that ye fail not to dothis:why should damagegrow to the hurt of the kings?