And Icommanded ,a 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.
21Giveb 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?23Nowwhenthecopy of kingArtaxerxes'letter was readbeforeRehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalemunto the Jews, and made them to cease by forcec and power.24Thenceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceasedunto the secondyear of the reign of Dariusking of Persia.