1 G2532 And G191 [6heard G3588 1the G2346 2ones afflicting G* 3Judah G2532 4and G* 5Benjamin] G3754 that G3588 the G5207 sons G3588 of the G599.2 resettlement G3618 were building G3624 a house G3588 to the G2962 lord G3588 G2316 God G* of Israel.
2 G2532 And G1448 they approached G4314 to G* Zerubbabel, G2532 and G4314 to G3588 the G758 rulers G3588 of the G3965 families, G2532 and G2036 said G1473 to them, G3618 We should build G3326 with G1473 you, G3754 for G5613 as G1473 you, G1567 we also inquire G3588 to G2316 your God; G1473 G2532 and G1473 to him G1473 we G2378.1 sacrifice G575 from G2250 the days G* of Esar-haddon G935 king G* of Assyria, G3588 the G5342 one bringing G1473 us G5602 here.
3 G2532 And G2036 [2said G4314 3to G1473 4them G* 1Zerubbabel], G2532 and G* Jeshua, G2532 and G3588 the G2645 rest G3588 of the G758 rulers G3588 of the G3965 families G3588 G* of Israel, G3756 It is not for us G1473 G2532 and G1473 you G3588 G3618 to build G3624 a house G3588 to G2316 our God, G1473 G3754 for G1473 we G1473 ourselves G1909 together G3588 G1473 G3618 shall build G3588 to the G2962 lord G2316 God G* of Israel, G5613 as G1781 [5gave charge G1473 6to us G* 1Cyrus G3588 2the G935 3king G* 4of the Persians].
4 G2532 And G1510.7.3 [5 were G3588 1the G2992 2people G3588 3of the G1093 4land] G1590 enfeebling G3588 the G5495 hands G3588 of the G2992 people G* of Judah, G2532 and G1709.1 they impeded G1473 them G3588 G3618 to build.
5 G2532 And G3409 they were hiring G1909 against G1473 them G4825 counselors G3588 G1286.1 to efface G3588 G1012 their counsel G1473 G3956 all G3588 the G2250 days G* of Cyrus G935 king G* of the Persians, G2532 and G2193 unto G932 the kingdom G* of Darius, G3588 the G935 king G* of the Persians.
6 G2532 And G1722 in G3588 the G932 kingdom G* of Ahasuerus, G2532 and G1722 in G746 the beginning G932 of his kingdom, G1473 G1125 they wrote G1992 a letter G1909 against G3611 the ones living in G* Judah G2532 and G* Jerusalem.
7 G2532 And G1722 in G3588 the G2250 days G* of Artaxerxes G1125 [2wrote G1722 3in G1515 4peace G* 1Mithridath], G2532 and G* Tabeel, G4862 with G3588 the G3062 rest G4889 of his fellow-servants G1473 G4314 to G* Artaxerxes G935 king G* of the Persians. G1125 [3wrote G3588 1The G5409.3 2tribute-gatherer] G3588 the G1124 writing G* in Syrian G2532 and G2059 being translated.
8 G* Rehum G896.1 the master G2532 and G* Shimshai G3588 the G1122 scribe G1125 wrote G1992 [2letter G1520 1one] G2596 against G* Jerusalem G3588 G* to Artaxerxes G935 the king, saying,
9 G3592 Thus G2919 [3judges G* 1Rehum G896.1 2 the master], G2532 and G* Shimshai G3588 the G1122 scribe, G2532 and G3588 the G2645 rest G4889 of our fellow-servants, G1473 G* the Dinaites, G* Apharsathchites, G* Tarpelites, G* Apharsites, G* Archevites, G* Babylonians, G* Susanchites, G* Dehavites, G* Elamites,
10 G2532 and G3588 the G2645 rest G3588 of the G1484 of the nations G3739 whom G599.3 [7resettled G* 6Asnapper G3588 1the G3173 2great G2532 3and G3588 4the G5093 5esteemed], G2532 and G2733.1 settled G1473 them G1722 in G4172 the cities G3588 G* of Samaria, G2532 and G3588 the G2645 rest G4008 on the other side G3588 of the G4215 river.
11 G1473 This is G3588 the G1296 disposition G3588 of the G1992 letter G3739 which G649 they sent G4314 to G1473 him -- G4314 To G* Artaxerxes G935 the king. G3588 G3816 By your servants, G1473 G435 the men G4008 on the other side G3588 of the G4215 river.
12 G2532 And G3568 now G1110 [2be made known G1510.5 1let it] G3588 to the G935 king, G3754 that G3588 the G* Jews G305 ascending G575 from G1473 you G4314 to G1473 us G2064 came G1519 into G* Jerusalem G3588 the G4172 [4city G647.4 1defecting G2532 2and G4190 3wicked], G3739 which G3618 they are building; G2532 and G3588 the G5038 walls G1473 of it G2675 are being readied, G1510.2.6 G2532 and G2310 the foundations G1473 of it G506.1 they elevated.
13 G3568 Now G3767 then G1110 let it be made known G1510.5 G3588 to the G935 king, G3754 that G1437 if G3588 G4172 that city G1565 G456 should be rebuilt, G2532 and G3588 the G5038 walls G1473 of it G2675 should be readied, G5411 that tributes, G4234 tolls, G2532 and G4930.1 customs G3756 they shall not give, G1325 G2532 and G3778 this G935 [2to kings G2554 1does evil]!
14 G2532 And G3568 now G3756 [2not G2531 3as G217 4salt G3588 5of the G3485 6temple G233 1we salted], G2532 and G808 [4an indecency G935 5 concerning the king G3756 1it is not allowed G1832 G1473 2for us G1492 3to behold]. G1223 On account of G3778 this G3992 we sent forth G2532 and G1107 made known G3588 to the G935 king;
15 G2443 that G1980 it should be examined G1722 in G976 the book G5279.2 of memoirs G3588 G3962 of your fathers; G1473 G2532 and G2147 you shall find G1722 in G3588 the G976 book G3588 of the G3422 memorial, G2532 and G1097 shall know G3754 that G3588 G4172 that city G1565 G4172 [2city G647.4 1 is a defecting], G2532 and G2554 one doing evil G935 to kings; G2532 and G5561 [8for places G2532 9and G5435.3 10flights G1401 11for your runaway servants G1096 7it is G1722 1in G3319 2 the midst G1473 3of it G575 4from G5550 5 the time G165 6of the eon]. G1223 On account of G3778 this, G3588 G4172 this city G3778 G2049 was made desolate.
16 G1107 We make known G3767 then G1473 ourselves G3588 to the G935 king, G3754 that G1437 if G3588 G4172 that city G1565 G3618 should be built, G2532 and G3588 G5038 its walls G1473 G2675 should be readied G4314 for G3778 these things, G3313 [3a part G1722 4on G3588 5the G4008 6other side G3588 7of the G4215 8river G3756 1there shall not be G1510.8.3 G1473 2to you].
17 G3588 And this then is the G3056 word G3739 which G649 [3sent G3588 1the G935 2king] G4314 to G* Rehum G896.1 the master, G2532 and G* Shimshai G1122 the scribe, G2532 and G3588 to the G2645 rest G4889 of their fellow-servants G1473 G3588 of the G3611 ones living G1722 in G* Samaria, G2532 and G3588 the G2645 rest G4008 on the other side G3588 of the G4215 river, saying, G1515 Peace. G2532 And G5346 says the king,
18 G3588 The G5409.3 tribute-gatherer G3739 whom G649 you sent G4314 to G1473 us G2564 was called G1715 before G1473 me.
19 G2532 And G3844 by G1473 me G5087 was rendered G1106 a decree, G2532 and G1980 they examined G2532 and G2147 it was found G3754 that G3588 G4172 that city G1565 G575 from G2250 days G165 of the eon G1909 [2against G935 3kings G1869 1lifts itself up], G2532 and G647.1 defections G2532 and G5435.7 exiles G1096 take place G1722 in G1473 it.
20 G2532 And G935 [2kings G2478 1strong] G1096 were G1909 over G3588 G* Jerusalem G1947.2 prevailing over G3956 all G3588 of the G4008 other side G3588 of the G4215 river. G2532 And G5411 [2tribute G4234 3 and tolls G5037 1both] G2532 and G4930.1 customs G1325 were given G1473 to them.
21 G2532 And G3568 now G5087 establish G1106 a decree G2673 [3to cease work G3588 G435 2men G1565 1for those], G2532 so that G3588 G4172 that city G1565 G3756 shall not G3618 be built up G2089 any more!
22 G3704 So that G575 of G3588 the G1106 decree G5442 [2guarding G1510.7.5 1you were] G425 you not be remiss G4160 to do G4012 concerning G3778 this, G3379 lest at any time G4129 [2should be multiplied G854 1an extinction of power] G1519 for G2554.1 an evil deed G935 to happen to kings.
23 G5119 Then G3588 the G5409.3 tribute-gatherer G3588 G* of king Artaxerxes G935 G314 read G1799 in the presence of G* Rehum G896.1 the master, G2532 and G* Shimshai G1122 the scribe, G2532 and G4889 his fellow-servants. G1473 G2532 And G4198 they went G4710 with diligence G1519 unto G* Jerusalem G2532 and G1722 to G* Judah, G2532 and G2673 they caused them to cease work G1473 G1722 with G2462 horses G2532 and G1411 a force.