As soon as the copy of the letter of King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum and Shimshai the secretary and their associates, they went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and compelled them by force to stop.
Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.
Now when the copy of King Artaxerxes letter was read
before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their
By him or them to whom it was particularly directed:
they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the
not only in obedience to the king's command, but from an
eagerness of spirit to put a stop to the proceedings of the Jews,
to whom they had an aversion, instigated by the Samaritans:
and made them to cease by force and power;
from going on with the building of the temple, which they
reckoned a part of the city, and within their commission; this
they did by showing the power and authority they had under the
king's hand, and by the forces they brought with them to compel
them to it, should they refuse to obey; or, however, they
threatened them highly what they would do, if they did not