I issued an order and a search was made, and it was found that this city has a long history of revolt1 against kings and has been a place of rebellion and sedition.
Jerusalem has had powerful kings ruling over the whole of Trans-Euphrates,2 and taxes, tribute and duty were paid to them.
Now issue an order to these men to stop work, so that this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.
Be careful not to neglect this matter. Why let this threat grow, to the detriment of the royal interests?323
As soon as the copy of the letter of King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum and Shimshai the secretary and their associates,4 they went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and compelled them by force to stop.
Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius5 king of Persia.