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

 
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Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha (GNTA) New International Version (NIV)
17 The emperor sent this answer: "To Rehum, the governor, to Shimshai, secretary of the province, and to their associates who live in Samaria and in the rest of West-of-Euphrates, greetings. 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 you sent has been translated and read to me. 18 The letter you sent us has been read and translated in my presence.
19 I gave orders for an investigation to be made, and it has indeed been found that from ancient times Jerusalem has revolted against royal authority and that it has been full of rebels and troublemakers. 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 Powerful kings have reigned there and have ruled over the entire province of West-of-Euphrates, collecting taxes and revenue. 20 Jerusalem has had powerful kings ruling over the whole of Trans-Euphrates, and taxes, tribute and duty were paid to them.
21 Therefore you are to issue orders that those men are to stop rebuilding the city until I give further commands. 21 Now issue an order to these men to stop work, so that this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.
22 Do this at once, so that no more harm may be done to my interests." 22 Be careful not to neglect this matter. Why let this threat grow, to the detriment of the royal interests?