Then the kingsent an answer to Rehum the commander , to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their colleagueswholive in Samaria and in the rest of the provinces beyond the River : "Peace. And now18
the documentwhich you sent to us has been a1translated and readbefore me.
"A decree has been bissued by me, and a search has been made and it has been discovered that that city has risen up against the kings in pastdays, that rebellion and revolt have been perpetrated in it,
202that mightykings have cruledoverJerusalem, governingall the provinces 3beyond the River, and that 4tribute, custom and toll were paid to them.
"So, nowissue a decree to make thesemenstop work, that thiscity may not be rebuiltuntil a decree is issued by me.
22"Beware of being negligent in carrying out this matter; why should damageincrease to the detriment of the kings ?"