Then the Melech sent an answer: Unto Rechum the high commissioner, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Shomron (Samaria), and unto the rest Beyond-the River [Euphrates], Shalom, and now
The nish’tevan (official document) which ye sent unto us hath been fully read before me;
And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that this city for a long time hath made insurrection against melachim, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
There have been mighty melachim also over Yerushalayim, which have ruled over all territory Beyondthe-River [Euphrates], to whom tax, tribute, and duty were paid.
Give ye now ta’am (command) to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not built, until another ta’am shall be given from me.
Take heed now that ye fail not to do this; lamah (why) should damage grow to the hurt of the Melech?