Ezra 4:1-7 NAS

Adversaries Hinder the Work

1 Now when 1the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that 2the people of the exile were building a temple to the LORD God of Israel,

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2 they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers' households, and said to them, "Let us build with you, for we, like you, seek your God; 3and we have been sacrificing to Him since the days of 4Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here."

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3 But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of fathers' households of Israel said to them, "5You have nothing in common with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves will together build to the LORD God of Israel, 6as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us."

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4 Then 7the people of the land adiscouraged * the people of Judah, and frightened them from building,

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    • Š 4:4 - Lit "weakened the hands of"
      5 and hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
      6 Now in the reign of b8Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.

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        • ‹ 4:6 - Or "Xerxes;" Heb "Ahash-verosh"
          7 And in the days of cArtaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of his colleagues wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the dtext of the letter was written in Aramaic and translated 9from Aramaic.

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            • Œ 4:7 - Heb "Artah-shashta"
            •  4:7 - Lit "writing"