Ezra 4:17-22 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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17 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor , and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time. 17 The king sent this reply: To Rehum the commanding officer, Shimshai the secretary and the rest of their associates living in Samaria and elsewhere in Trans-Euphrates: Greetings.
18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me. 18 The letter you sent us has been read and translated in my presence.
19 And I commanded , and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein. 19 I issued an order and a search was made, and it was found that this city has a long history of revolt against kings and has been a place of rebellion and sedition.
20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them. 20 Jerusalem has had powerful kings ruling over the whole of Trans-Euphrates, and taxes, tribute and duty were paid to them.
21 Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease , and that this city be not builded , until another commandment shall be given from me. 21 Now issue an order to these men to stop work, so that this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.
22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? 22 Be careful not to neglect this matter. Why let this threat grow, to the detriment of the royal interests?