1 H6862 Now when the adversaries H3063 of Judah H1144 and Benjamin H8085 [H8799] heard H1121 that the sons H1473 of the captivity H1129 [H8802] were building H1964 the temple H3068 to the LORD H430 God H3478 of Israel;
2 H5066 [H8799] Then they came H2216 to Zerubbabel, H7218 and to the heads H1 of the fathers, H559 [H8799] and said H1129 [H8799] to them, Let us build H1875 [H8799] with you: for we seek H430 your God, H2076 [H8802] as ye do; and we sacrifice H3117 to him since the days H634 of Esarhaddon H4428 king H804 of Assur, H5927 [H8688] who brought us up here.
3 H2216 But Zerubbabel, H3442 and Jeshua, H7605 and the rest H7218 of the heads H1 of the fathers H3478 of Israel, H559 [H8799] said H1129 [H8800] to them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build H1004 an house H430 to our God; H3162 but we ourselves together H1129 [H8799] will build H3068 to the LORD H430 God H3478 of Israel, H4428 as king H3566 Cyrus H4428 the king H6539 of Persia H6680 [H8765] hath commanded us.
4 H5971 Then the people H776 of the land H7503 [H8764] weakened H3027 the hands H5971 of the people H3063 of Judah, H926 H1089 [H8764] and troubled H1129 [H8800] them in building,
5 H7936 [H8802] And hired H3289 [H8802] counsellors H6565 [H8687] 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 And in the reign H325 of Ahasuerus, H8462 in the beginning H4438 of his reign, H3789 [H8804] they wrote H7855 to him an accusation H3427 [H8802] against the inhabitants H3063 of Judah H3389 and Jerusalem.
7 H3117 And in the days H783 of Artaxerxes H3789 [H8804] wrote H1312 Bishlam, H4990 Mithredath, H2870 Tabeel, H7605 and the rest H3674 of their companions, H783 to Artaxerxes H4428 king H6539 of Persia; H3791 and the writing H5406 of the letter H3789 [H8803] was written H762 in the Syrian language, H8638 [H8794] and interpreted H762 in the Syrian language.
8 H7348 Rehum H1169 H2942 the chancellor H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe H3790 [H8754] wrote H2298 a H104 letter H5922 against H3390 Jerusalem H783 to Artaxerxes H4430 the king H3660 in this sort:
9 H116 Then H7348 wrote Rehum H1169 H2942 the chancellor, 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 Asnappar H1541 [H8684] brought over, H3488 H1994 [H8684] and set H7149 in the cities H8115 of Samaria, H7606 and the rest H5675 that are on this side H5103 of the river, H3706 and now.
11 H1836 this H6573 is the copy H104 of the letter H1768 that H7972 [H8754] they sent H5922 to him, H783 even to Artaxerxes H4430 the king; H5649 Thy servants H606 the men H5675 on this side H5103 of the river, H3706 and now.
12 H1934 [H8748] let it be H3046 [H8752] known H4430 to the king, H3062 that the Judeans H1768 who H5559 [H8760] came H4481 from H3890 thee H5922 to us H858 [H8754] are come H3390 to Jerusalem, H1124 [H8750] building H4779 the rebellious H873 and the evil H7149 city, H3635 H3635 [H8806] and have set up H7792 the walls, H2338 [H8681] and joined H787 the foundations.
13 H3046 H1934 [H8752] Be it known H3705 now H4430 to the king, H2006 that, if H1791 this H7149 city H1124 [H8731] shall be built, H7792 and the walls H3635 [H8720] set up H3809 again, then they will not H5415 [H8748] pay H4061 toll, H1093 tribute, H1983 and custom, H5142 [H8681] and so thou shalt diminish H674 the revenue H4430 of the kings.
14 H3705 Now H6903 H3606 because H1768 we have H4415 H4416 [H8754] maintenance H1965 from the king's palace, H3809 and it was not H749 [H8750] good H2370 [H8749] for us to see H4430 the king's H6173 dishonour, H5922 H1836 therefore H7972 [H8754] have we sent H3046 [H8684] and informed H4430 the king;
15 H1240 [H8741] That search H5609 may be made in the book H1799 of the records H2 of thy fathers: H7912 [H8681] so shalt thou find H5609 in the book H1799 of the records, H3046 [H8748] and know H1791 that this H7149 city H4779 is a rebellious H7149 city, H5142 [H8683] and hurtful H4430 to kings H4083 and provinces, H5648 [H8751] and that they have moved H849 sedition H1459 within the same H4481 from of H5957 H3118 old: H5922 for H1836 which H1791 cause was this H7149 city H2718 [H8717] destroyed.
16 H586 We H3046 [H8683] inform H4430 the king H2006 that, if H1791 this H7149 city H1124 [H8731] shall be built H7792 again, and the walls H3635 [H8720] set up, H1836 by this H6903 means H383 thou shalt have H3809 no H2508 portion H5675 on this side H5103 of the river.
17 H4430 Then the king H7972 [H8754] sent H6600 an answer H5922 to H7348 Rehum H1169 H2942 the chancellor, H8124 and to Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H7606 and to the rest H3675 of their companions H3488 [H8750] that dwell H8115 in Samaria, H7606 and to the rest H5675 beyond H5103 the river, H8001 Peace, H3706 and now.
18 H5407 the letter H7972 [H8754] which ye sent H5922 to us H6568 [H8744] hath been plainly H7123 [H8752] read H6925 before me.
19 H4481 And I H7761 H2942 [H8752] commanded, H1240 [H8745] and search H7912 [H8684] hath been made, and it is found H1791 that this H7149 city H4481 from of H5957 H3118 old H5376 [H8723] hath made insurrection H5922 against H4430 kings, H4776 and that rebellion H849 and sedition H5648 [H8727] have been made in it.
20 H1934 [H8754] There have also been H8624 mighty H4430 kings H5922 over H3390 Jerusalem, H7990 who have ruled H3606 over all H5675 countries beyond H5103 the river; H4061 and toll, H1093 tribute, H1983 and custom, H3052 [H8727] was paid to them.
21 H7761 [H8747] Give H3705 ye now H2942 commandment H989 0 to cause H479 these H1400 men H989 [H8749] to cease, H1791 and that this H7149 city H3809 be not H1124 [H8731] built, H5705 until H2941 another commandment H7761 [H8725] shall be given H4481 from me.
22 H1934 H2095 [H8747] Take heed H7960 now that ye fail H5922 H5648 [H8749] not to do H1836 this: H4101 why H2257 should damage H7680 [H8748] grow H5142 [H8682] to the harm H4430 of the kings?
23 H116 Then H4481 H1768 when H6573 the copy H4430 of king H783 Artaxerxes' H5407 letter H7123 [H8752] was read H6925 before H7348 Rehum, H8124 and Shimshai H5613 the scribe, H3675 and their companions, H236 [H8754] they went up H924 in haste H3390 to Jerusalem H5922 to H3062 the Judeans, H1994 and made them H989 [H8754] to cease H153 by force H2429 and power.