Ezra 4:1-7

Adversaries Hinder the Work

1 Now when 1the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that 2the people of the exile were building a temple to the LORD God of Israel,
2 they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers' households, and said to them, "Let us build with you, for we, like you, seek your God; 3and we have been sacrificing to Him since the days of 4Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here."
3 But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of fathers' households of Israel said to them, "5You have nothing in common with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves will together build to the LORD God of Israel, 6as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us."
4 Then 7the people of the land discouraged * the people of Judah, and frightened them from building,
5 and hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
6 Now in the reign of 8Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
7 And in the days of Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of his colleagues wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the text of the letter was written in Aramaic and translated 9from Aramaic.
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