Ezra 4:11-16

Thomson(i) 11 This was the purport of the letter which they sent to him, To Arthasastha the king., thy servants, the men beyond the river: 12 Be it known to the king, that the Jews who came up from thee to us, have come to Jerusalem, that rebellious and wicked city, and are rebuilding it. The walls of it are repaired, and they have reared up the foundations of it. 13 Now therefore be it known to the king, that if this city be rebuilt, and the walls therefore completed, no tribute will be paid to thee, nor will they do homage. Now as this is injurious to kings, 14 and it is not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, we have therefore sent to inform the king, 15 that he may examine the book of the records of thy fathers, by which thou wilt find, and know that this is a rebellious city, and hurtful to kings and countries, and that there are asylums for slaves in the midst of it, from time immemorial, for which cause this city was laid waste. 16 We therefore certify the king, that if this city be rebuilt, and the wall thereof reared up, there will be no peace for thee.
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