And hiredcounsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrusking of Persia, even until the reign of Dariusking of Persia.6
And in the reign of Ahasuerus,a in the beginning of his reign,wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.7
And in the days of ArtaxerxeswroteBishlam,bMithredath,Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxesking of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.8Rehum the chancellorandShimshai the scribecwrotealetteragainstJerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:9Then wrote Rehum the chancellor , and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions;d the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,10
And the rest of the nationswhom the great and nobleAsnappar brought over , and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest that are on this side the river, and at such a time.11This is the copy of the letterthat they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time.12
Be itknown unto the king, that the Jewswhich came upfromthee to us are come unto Jerusalem,building the rebellious and the badcity, and have set upe the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.13
Be it knownnow unto the king, that, ifthiscity be builded , and the walls set up again, then will they notpayftoll,tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.14Nowbecausewehavegmaintenance from the king's palace, and it was notmeet for us to see the king'sdishonour,thereforehave we sent and certified the king;15
That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that thiscity is a rebelliouscity, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have movedhsedition within the sameofoldtime:forwhich cause was thiscitydestroyed .