1 H6862 Now when the adversaries H3063 of Judah H1144 and Benjamin H8085 heard H1121 that the children H1473 of the captivity H1129 built H1964 the temple H3068 to the LORD H430 God H3478 of Israel;
2 H5066 Then they came H2216 to Zerubbabel, H7218 and to the chief H1 of the fathers, H559 and said H1129 to them, Let us build H1875 with you: for we seek H430 your God, H2076 as you do; and we do sacrifice H3117 to him since the days H634 of Esarhaddon H4428 king H804 of Assur, H5927 which brought us up here.
3 H2216 But Zerubbabel, H3442 and Jeshua, H7605 and the rest H7218 of the chief H1 of the fathers H3478 of Israel, H559 said H3808 to them, You have nothing H1129 to do with us to build H1004 an house H430 to our God; H587 but we ourselves H3162 together H1129 will build H3068 to the LORD H430 God H3478 of Israel, H4428 as king H3566 Cyrus H4428 the king H6539 of Persia H6680 has commanded us.
4 H5971 Then the people H776 of the land H7503 weakened H3027 the hands H5971 of the people H3063 of Judah, H1089 and troubled H1129 them in building,
5 H7936 And hired H3289 counsellors H5921 against H656 them, to frustrate H6098 their purpose, H3605 all H3117 the days H3566 of Cyrus H4428 king H6539 of Persia, H5704 even until H4438 the reign H1867 of Darius H4428 king H6539 of Persia.
6 H4438 And in the reign H325 of Ahasuerus, H8462 in the beginning H4438 of his reign, H3789 wrote H7855 they to him an accusation H5921 against H3427 the inhabitants H3063 of Judah H3389 and Jerusalem.
7 H3117 And in the days H783 of Artaxerxes H3789 wrote H1312 Bishlam, H4990 Mithredath, H2870 Tabeel, H7605 and the rest H3675 of their companions, H783 to Artaxerxes H4430 king H6539 of Persia; H3791 and the writing H5406 of the letter H3789 was written H762 in the Syrian H762 tongue, H8638 and interpreted H762 in the Syrian H762 tongue.
8 H7348 Rehum H1169 the chancellor H2942 H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe H3790 wrote H104 a letter H5922 against H3390 Jerusalem H783 to Artaxerxes H4430 the king H3660 in this H3660 sort:
9 H116 Then H7348 wrote Rehum H1169 the chancellor, H2942 H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H7606 and the rest H3675 of their companions; H1784 the Dinaites, H671 the Apharsathchites, H2967 the Tarpelites, H670 the Apharsites, H756 the Archevites, H896 the Babylonians, H7801 the Susanchites, H1723 the Dehavites, H5962 and the Elamites,
10 H7606 And the rest H524 of the nations H1768 whom H7229 the great H3358 and noble H620 Asnapper H1541 brought H1541 over, H3488 and set H5892 in the cities H8115 of Samaria, H7606 and the rest H5675 that are on this side H5103 the river, H3706 and at such a time.
11 H1836 This H6573 is the copy H104 of the letter H7972 that they sent H783 to him, even to Artaxerxes H4430 the king; H5649 Your servants H606 the men H5675 on this side H5103 the river, H3706 and at such a time.
12 H3046 Be it known H4430 to the king, H3062 that the Jews H1768 which H5559 came H858 up from you to us are come H3390 to Jerusalem, H1124 building H4779 the rebellious H873 and the bad H7149 city, H3635 and have set H7791 up the walls H2338 thereof, and joined H787 the foundations.
13 H3046 Be it known H3705 now H4430 to the king, H2006 that, if H1791 this H7149 city H1124 be built, H7791 and the walls H3635 set H5415 up again, then will they not pay H4061 toll, H1093 tribute, H1983 and custom, H5142 and so you shall damage H674 the revenue H4430 of the kings.
14 H3705 Now H3606 because H4415 we have maintenance H4430 from the king’s H1964 palace, H749 and it was not meet H2370 for us to see H4430 the king’s H6173 dishonor, H5921 therefore H1836 H7972 have we sent H3046 and certified H4430 the king;
15 H1240 That search H5609 may be made in the book H1799 of the records H2 of your fathers: H7912 so shall you find H5609 in the book H1799 of the records, H3046 and know H1791 that this H7149 city H4779 is a rebellious H7149 city, H5142 and hurtful H4430 to kings H4083 and provinces, H5648 and that they have moved H849 sedition H4481 within H1459 the same H5957 of old H3118 time: H1836 for which H1791 cause was this H7149 city H2718 destroyed.
16 H3046 We certify H4430 the king H2006 that, if H1791 this H7149 city H1124 be built H7791 again, and the walls H3635 thereof set H1836 up, by this H6903 means H383 you shall have H3809 no H2508 portion H5675 on this side H5103 the river.
17 H7972 Then sent H4430 the king H6600 an answer H7348 to Rehum H1169 the chancellor, H2942 H8124 and to Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H7606 and to the rest H3675 of their companions H3488 that dwell H8115 in Samaria, H7606 and to the rest H5675 beyond H5103 the river, H8001 Peace, H3706 and at such a time.
18 H5407 The letter H1768 which H7972 you sent H6568 to us has been plainly H7123 read H6925 before me.
19 H7761 And I commanded, H2942 H1240 and search H7912 has been made, and it is found H1791 that this H7149 city H5957 of old H3118 time H5376 has made insurrection H5922 against H4430 kings, H4776 and that rebellion H849 and sedition H5648 have been made therein.
20 H1934 There have H1934 been H8624 mighty H4430 kings H5922 also over H3390 Jerusalem, H7990 which have ruled H3606 over all H5675 countries beyond H5103 the river; H4061 and toll, H1093 tribute, H1983 and custom, H3052 was paid to them.
21 H7761 Give H3705 you now H2942 commandment H479 to cause these H1400 men H989 to cease, H1791 and that this H7149 city H1124 be not built, H5704 until H2941 another commandment H7761 shall be given from me.
22 H2095 Take H2095 heed H7960 now that you fail H5648 not to do H1836 this: H4101 why H2257 should damage H7680 grow H5142 to the hurt H4430 of the kings?
23 H116 Now H4481 when H1768 H6573 the copy H4430 of king H783 Artaxerxes’ H5407 letter H7123 was read H6925 before H7348 Rehum, H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H3675 and their companions, H236 they went H924 up in haste H3390 to Jerusalem H3062 to the Jews, H989 and made them to cease H153 by force H2429 and power.