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Ezra 4:16

16 We inform the king that if this city is built and its walls are restored, you will be left with nothing in Trans-Euphrates.

Read Ezra 4:16 Using Other Translations

We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
We make known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls finished, you will then have no possession in the province Beyond the River."
We declare to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, the province west of the Euphrates River will be lost to you.”

What does Ezra 4:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 4:16

We certify the king, that if this city be builded again, and
the walls thereof set up
As it formerly was, and now attempted, as they suggest:

by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river;
the river Euphrates; intimating that the Jews would not only shake off his yoke, and refuse to pay tribute themselves, but would seize on all his dominions on that side the river, and annex them to their own.

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