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Ezra 4:7

Overview - Ezra 4
The adversaries, being not accepted in the building of the temple with the Jews, endeavour to hinder it.
Their letter to Artaxerxes.
17 The answer and decree of Artaxerxes.
23 The building is hindered.
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Ezra 4:7  (King James Version)
And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.
 


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M. 3482. B.C. 522. Artaxerxes.
This Artaxerxes was one of the Magi, who usurped the throne after the death of Cambyses, for seven months, feigning himself to be Smerdis, brother of Cambyses: he is called Oropoestus by Justin, Smerdis by Herodotus, Mardus by AEschylus, and Sphendatates by Ctesias.

Bishlam
or, in peace. companions. Hebrew societies.
Ezra 4:9 Ezra 4:17 ; 5:6

the Syrian tongue
That is, probably, both the language and character were Syrian or Chaldaic; and therefore, from the 8th verse of this chapter, to ch. 7:27 the original is not Hebrew, but Chaldee, in those parts which consist of letters, decrees, etc., originally written in that language.
2 Kings 18:26 ; Isaiah 36:11 ; Daniel 2:4
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