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Ezra 4:4

4 Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.a

Read Ezra 4:4 Using Other Translations

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,
Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build
Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work.

What does Ezra 4:4 mean?

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

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of
Judah, and troubled them in building.
] By threatening them, or by dissuading the workmen from going on, by endeavouring to hinder their having materials from the Tyrians and Zidonians, or money out of the king's revenues to bear the expenses as ordered; see ( Ezra 6:4 ) .

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