1 H6862 Now when the adversaries H3063 of Judah H1144 and Benjamin H8085 heard H1121 that the children H1473 of the captivity H1129 were building H1964 a temple H3068 to Yahweh, H430 the God H3478 of Israel;
2 H5066 then they drew H2216 near to Zerubbabel, H7218 and to the heads H1 of fathers' H559 households, and said H1129 to them, "Let us build H1875 with you; for we seek H430 your God, H2076 as you do; and we sacrifice H3117 to him since the days H634 of Esar Haddon H4428 king H804 of Assyria, H5927 who brought us up here."
3 H2216 But Zerubbabel, H3442 and Jeshua, H7605 and the rest H7218 of the heads H1 of fathers' H3478 households of Israel, H559 said H1129 to them, "You have nothing to do with us in building H1004 a house H430 to our God; H3162 but we ourselves together H1129 will build H3068 to Yahweh, H430 the 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, H926 and troubled H1129 them in building,
5 H7936 and hired H3289 counselors H6565 against them, to frustrate H6098 their purpose, H3117 all the days H3566 of Cyrus H4428 king H6539 of Persia, H4438 even until the reign H1867 of Darius H4428 king H6539 of Persia.
6 H4438 In the reign H325 of Ahasuerus, H8462 in the beginning H4438 of his reign, H3789 wrote H7855 they an accusation H3427 against the inhabitants H3063 of Judah H3389 and Jerusalem.
7 H3117 In the days H783 of Artaxerxes H3789 wrote H1312 Bishlam, H4990 Mithredath, H2870 Tabeel, H7605 and the rest H3674 of his companions, H783 to Artaxerxes H4428 king H6539 of Persia; H3791 and the writing H3791 of the letter H3789 was written H762 in Syrian, H8638 and set forth H762 in the Syrian language.
8 H7348 Rehum H1169 the chancellor H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe H3790 wrote H2298 a H104 letter H5922 against H3390 Jerusalem H783 to Artaxerxes H4430 the king H3660 in this sort:
9 H116 then H7348 Rehum H1169 the chancellor, H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H7606 and the rest H3675 of their companions, H1784 the Dinaites, H671 and the Apharsathchites, H2967 the Tarpelites, H670 the Apharsites, H756 the Archevites, H896 the Babylonians, H7801 the Shushanchites, H1723 the Dehaites, H5962 the Elamites,
10 H7606 and the rest H524 of the nations H1768 whom H7229 the great H3358 and noble H620 Osnappar H1541 brought over, H3488 and set H7149 in the city H8115 of Samaria, H7606 and in the rest H5675 of the country beyond H5103 the River, H3706 and so forth, wrote.
11 H1836 This H6573 is the copy H104 of the letter H1768 that H7972 they sent H5922 to H783 Artaxerxes H4430 the king: H5649 Your servants H606 the men H5675 beyond H5103 the River, H3706 and so forth.
12 H1934 Be it H3046 known H4430 to the king, H3062 that the Jews H1768 who H5559 came up H4481 from H3890 you H858 have come H5922 to us H3390 to Jerusalem; H1124 they are building H4779 the rebellious H873 and the bad H7149 city, H3635 and have finished H7792 the walls, H2338 and repaired H787 the foundations.
13 H3046 Be it known H3705 now H4430 to the king H2006 that if H1791 this H7149 city H1124 is built, H7792 and the walls H3635 finished, H3809 they will not H5415 pay H1093 tribute, H1983 custom, H4061 or toll, H5142 and in the end it will be hurtful H674 to H4430 the kings.
14 H3705 Now H6903 because H1768 we eat H4415 the salt H1965 of the palace, H3809 and it is not H749 appropriate H2370 for us to see H4430 the king's H6173 dishonor, H5922 therefore H7972 have we sent H3046 and informed H4430 the king;
15 H1240 that search H5609 may be made in the book H1799 of the records H2 of your fathers: H7912 so you shall 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 H1459 within the same H4481 of H5957 old H3118 time; H5922 for H1836 which H1791 cause was this H7149 city H2718 laid waste.
16 H586 We H3046 inform H4430 the king H2006 that, if H1791 this H7149 city H1124 be built, H7792 and the walls H3635 finished, H1836 by this H6903 means H383 you shall have H3809 no H2508 portion H5675 beyond H5103 the River.
17 H4430 Then the king H7972 sent H6600 an answer H5922 to H7348 Rehum H1169 the chancellor, H5922 and to H8124 Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H7606 and to the rest H3675 of their companions H3488 who dwell H8115 in Samaria, H7606 and in the rest H5675 of the country beyond H5103 the River: H8001 Peace, and so forth.
18 H5407 The letter H7972 which you sent H5922 to us H6568 has been plainly H7123 read H6925 before me.
19 H4481 I H7761 decreed, H1240 and search H7912 has been made, and it is found H1791 that this H7149 city H4481 of H5957 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 been H8624 mighty H4430 kings H5922 also over H3390 Jerusalem, H7990 who have ruled H3606 over all H5675 the country beyond H5103 the River; H1093 and tribute, H1983 custom, H4061 and toll, H3052 was paid to them.
21 H7761 Make H2942 a decree H3705 now H989 to cause H479 these H1400 men H989 to cease, H1791 and that this H7149 city H3809 not H1124 be built, H5705 until H2941 a decree H7761 shall be made H4481 by me.
22 H1934 Take heed H5922 that you not H7960 be slack H1836 herein: H4101 why H2257 should damage H7680 grow H5142 to the hurt H4430 of the kings?
23 H4481 Then when 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, H924 they went in haste H5922 to H3390 Jerusalem H5922 to H3062 the Jews, H1994 and made them H5922 to H989 cease H153 by force H2429 and power.