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

 
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17 The king sent an answer: "To Rehum the commander and Shim'shai the scribe and the rest of their associates who live in Sama'ria and in the rest of the province Beyond the River, greeting. And now 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 to us has been plainly read before me. 18 The letter you sent us has been read and translated in my presence.
19 And I made a decree, and search has been made, and it has been found that this city from of old has risen against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made in it. 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 And mighty kings have been over Jerusalem, who ruled over the whole province Beyond the River, to whom tribute, custom, and toll were paid. 20 Jerusalem has had powerful kings ruling over the whole of Trans-Euphrates, and taxes, tribute and duty were paid to them.
21 Therefore make a decree that these men be made to cease, and that this city be not rebuilt, until a decree is made by 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 And take care not to be slack in this matter; why should damage grow to the hurt of the king?" 22 Be careful not to neglect this matter. Why let this threat grow, to the detriment of the royal interests?