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Ezra 4:22

22 Be careful not to neglect this matter. Why let this threat grow, to the detriment of the royal interests?

Read Ezra 4:22 Using Other Translations

Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
And take care not to be slack in this matter. Why should damage grow to the hurt of the king?"
Be diligent, and don’t neglect this matter, for we must not permit the situation to harm the king’s interests.”

What does Ezra 4:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 4:22

Take heed now that ye fail not to do this
To put his orders into execution, and at once, without any loss of time, oblige the Jews to desist from rebuilding the walls of their city, which he was told they were doing, though a great falsehood:

why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
of him and his successors, to be deprived of their toll, tribute, and customs, and to have insurrections, mutinies, and rebellions, in the dominions belonging to them.

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