|Overview - Ezra 4|
|1||The adversaries, being not accepted in the building of the temple with the Jews, endeavour to hinder it.|
|7||Their letter to Artaxerxes.|
|17||The answer and decree of Artaxerxes.|
|23||The building is hindered.|
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.
- 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.
- 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