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Ezra 4:14

Overview - Ezra 4
The adversaries, being not accepted in the building of the temple with the Jews, endeavour to hinder it.
Their letter to Artaxerxes.
17 The answer and decree of Artaxerxes.
23 The building is hindered.
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Ezra 4:14  (King James Version)
Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;

have maintenance, etc
Chal. are salted with the salt of the
palace. Salt is reckoned among the principal necessaries of life, (Ecclus. 39:26 or 31;) hence, by a very natural figure, salt
is used for food or maintenance in general. I am well informed, says Mr. Parkhurst, that it is a common expression of the natives in the East Indies, "I eat such a one's salt," meaning, I am fed by him. Salt was also, as it still is, among eastern nations, a symbol of friendship and hospitality; and hence, to eat a man's salt, is to be bound to him by the ties of friendship.* and it was.
Eze 33:31 Joh 12:5,6 19:12-15
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