Ezra 4

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Ezra 4 Text (WEB)
  1. Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were building a temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel;
  2. then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers' [houses], and said to them, "Let us build with you; for we seek your God, as you do; and we sacrifice to him since the days of Esar Haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here."
  3. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers' [houses] of Israel, said to them, "You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves together will build to Yahweh, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us."
  4. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,
  5. and hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
  6. In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
  7. In the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian [character], and set forth in the Syrian [language].
  8. Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:
  9. then [wrote] Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites,
  10. and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over, and set in the city of Samaria, and in the rest [of the country] beyond the River, and so forth.
  11. This is the copy of the letter that they sent to Artaxerxes the king: Your servants the men beyond the River, and so forth.
  12. Be it known to the king, that the Jews who came up from you are come to us to Jerusalem; they are building the rebellious and the bad city, and have finished the walls, and repaired the foundations.
  13. Be it known now to the king that if this city is built, and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and in the end it will be hurtful to the kings.
  14. Now because we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not appropriate for us to see the king's dishonor, therefore have we sent and informed the king;
  15. that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so you shall find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time; for which cause was this city laid waste.
  16. We inform the king that, if this city be built, and the walls finished, by this means you shall have no portion beyond the River.
  17. [Then] sent the king an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions who dwell in Samaria, and in the rest [of the country] beyond the River: Peace, and so forth.
  18. The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.
  19. I decreed, and search has been made, and it is found that this city of old time has made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
  20. There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all [the country] beyond the River; and tribute, custom, and toll, was paid to them.
  21. Make a decree now to cause these men to cease, and that this city not be built, until a decree shall be made by me.
  22. Take heed that you not be slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
  23. Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.
  24. Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Ezra 4 Text (Hebrew)
  1. וישמעו צרי יהודה ובנימן כי־בני הגולה בונים היכל ליהוה אלהי ישראל׃
  2. ויגשו אל־זרבבל ואל־ראשי האבות ויאמרו להם נבנה עםכם כי ככם נדרוש לאלהיכם אנחנו זבחים מימי אסר חדן מלך אשור המעלה אתנו פה׃
  3. ויאמר להם זרבבל וישוע ושאר ראשי האבות לישראל לא־לכם ולנו לבנות בית לאלהינו כי אנחנו יחד נבנה ליהוה אלהי ישראל כאשר צונו המלך כורש מלך־פרס׃
  4. ויהי עם־הארץ מרפים ידי עם־יהודה אותם לבנות׃
  5. וסכרים עליהם יועצים להפר עצתם כל־ימי כורש מלך פרס ועד־מלכות דריוש מלך־פרס׃
  6. ובמלכות אחשורוש בתחלת מלכותו כתבו שטנה על־ישבי יהודה וירושלם׃ ס
  7. ובימי ארתחששתא כתב בשלם מתרדת טבאל ושאר על־ מלך פרס וכתב הנשתון כתוב ארמית ומתרגם ארמית׃ ף
  8. רחום בעל־טעם ושמשי ספרא כתבו אגרה חדה על־ירושלם לארתחששתא מלכא כנמא׃
  9. אדין רחום בעל־טעם ושמשי ספרא ושאר כנותהון דיניא ואפרסתכיא טרפליא אפרסיא בבליא שושנכיא עלמיא׃
  10. ושאר אמיא די הגלי אסנפר רבא ויקירא והותב המו בקריה די שמרין ושאר עבר־נהרה וכענת׃
  11. דנה פרשגן אגרתא די שלחו עלוהי על־ארתחששתא מלכא אנש עבר־נהרה וכענת׃ ף
  12. ידיע להוא למלכא די יהודיא די סלקו מן־לותך עלינא אתו לירושלם קריתא מרדתא ובאישתאק בנין ואשיא יחיטו׃
  13. כען ידיע להוא למלכא די הן קריתא דך תתבנא ושוריה ישתכללון מנדה־בלו והלך לא ינתנון ואפתם מלכים תהנזק׃
  14. כען כל־קבל די־מלח היכלא מלחנא וערות מלכא לא אריך־לנא למחזא על־דנה שלחנא והודענא למלכא׃
  15. די יבקר בספר־דכרניא די אבהתך ותהשכח בספר דכרניא ותנדע די קריתא דך קריא מרדא ומהנזקת מלכין ומדןן ואשתדור עבדין בגוה מן־יומת עלמא על־דנה קריתא דך החרבת׃
  16. מהודעין אנחנה למלכא די הן קריתא דך תתבנא ושוריה ישתכללון לקבל דנה חלק בעבר נהרא לא איתי לך׃ ף
  17. פתגמא שלח מלכא על־רחום בעל־טעם ושמשי ספרא ושאר כנותהון די יתבין בשמרין ושאר עבר־נהרה שלם וכעת׃ ס
  18. נשתונא די שלחתון עלינא מפרש קרי קדמי׃
  19. ומני שים טעם ובקרו והשכחו די קריתא דך מן־יומת עלמא על־מלכין מתנשאה ומרד ואשתדור מתעבד־בה׃
  20. ומלכין תקיפין הוו על־ירושלם ושליטין בכל עבר נהרה ומדה בלו והלך מתיהב להון׃
  21. כען שימו טעמ לבטלא גבריא אלך וקריתא דך לא תתבנא עד־מני טעמא יתשם׃
  22. וזהירין הוו שלו למעבד על־דנה למה ישגא חבלא להנזקת מלכין׃ ס
  23. אדין מן־די פרשגן נשתונא די מלכא קרי קדם־רחום ושמשי ספרא וכנותהון אזלו בבהילו לירושלמ על־יהודיא ובטלו המו באדרע וחיל׃ ס
  24. באדין בטלת עבידת בית־אלהא די בירושלם והות בטלא עד שנת תרתין למלכות דריוש מלך־פרס׃ ף
Ezra 4 Text (Greek)
  1. και ηκουσαν οι θλιβοντες ιουδα και βενιαμιν οτι οι υιοι της αποικιας οικοδομουσιν οικον τω κυριω θεω
  2. και ηγγισαν προς ζοροβαβελ και προς τους αρχοντας των πατριων και ειπαν αυτοις οικοδομησομεν μεθ' υμων οτι ως υμεις εκζητουμεν τω θεω υμων και αυτω ημεις θυσιαζομεν απο ημερων ασαραδδων βασιλεως ασσουρ του ενεγκαντος ημας
  3. και ειπεν προς αυτους ζοροβαβελ και ιησους και οι καταλοιποι των αρχοντων των πατριων του ισραηλ ουχ ημιν και υμιν του οικοδομησαι οικον τω θεω ημων οτι ημεις αυτοι επι το αυτο οικοδομησομεν τω κυριω θεω ημων ως ενετειλατο ημιν κυρος ο βασιλευς
  4. και ην ο λαος της γης εκλυων τας χειρας του λαου ιουδα και ενεποδιζον αυτους του
  5. και μισθουμενοι επ' αυτους βουλευομενοι του διασκεδασαι βουλην αυτων πασας τας ημερας κυρου βασιλεως περσων και εως βασιλειας δαρειου βασιλεως
  6. και εν βασιλεια ασουηρου εν αρχη βασιλειας αυτου εγραψαν επιστολην επι οικουντας ιουδα και
  7. και εν ημεραις αρθασασθα εγραψεν εν ειρηνη μιθραδατη ταβεηλ συν και τοις λοιποις συνδουλοις αυτου προς αρθασασθα βασιλεα περσων εγραψεν ο φορολογος γραφην συριστι και
  8. ραουμ βααλταμ και σαμσαι ο γραμματευς εγραψαν επιστολην μιαν κατα ιερουσαλημ τω αρθασασθα
  9. ταδε εκρινεν ραουμ βααλταμ και σαμσαι ο γραμματευς και οι καταλοιποι συνδουλοι ημων διναιοι αφαρσαθαχαιοι ταρφαλλαιοι αφαρσαιοι αρχυαιοι βαβυλωνιοι σουσαναχαιοι οι εισιν
  10. και οι καταλοιποι εθνων ων απωκισεν ασενναφαρ ο μεγας και ο τιμιος και κατωκισεν αυτους εν πολεσιν της σομορων και το καταλοιπον περαν του
  11. αυτη η διαταγη της επιστολης ης απεστειλαν προς αυτον προς αρθασασθα βασιλεα παιδες σου ανδρες περαν του
  12. γνωστον εστω τω βασιλει οτι οι ιουδαιοι αναβαντες απο σου εφ' ημας ηλθοσαν εις ιερουσαλημ την πολιν την αποστατιν και πονηραν οικοδομουσιν και τα τειχη αυτης κατηρτισμενοι εισιν και θεμελιους αυτης
  13. νυν ουν γνωστον εστω τω βασιλει οτι εαν η πολις εκεινη ανοικοδομηθη και τα τειχη αυτης καταρτισθωσιν φοροι ουκ εσονται σοι ουδε δωσουσιν και τουτο βασιλεις
  14. και ασχημοσυνην βασιλεως ουκ εξεστιν ημιν ιδειν δια τουτο επεμψαμεν και εγνωρισαμεν τω
  15. ινα επισκεψηται εν βιβλιω υπομνηματισμου των πατερων σου και ευρησεις και γνωση οτι η πολις εκεινη πολις αποστατις και κακοποιουσα βασιλεις και χωρας και φυγαδια δουλων εν μεσω αυτης απο χρονων αιωνος δια ταυτα η πολις αυτη
  16. γνωριζομεν ουν ημεις τω βασιλει οτι εαν η πολις εκεινη οικοδομηθη και τα τειχη αυτης καταρτισθη ουκ εστιν σοι
  17. και απεστειλεν ο βασιλευς προς ραουμ βααλταμ και σαμσαι γραμματεα και τους καταλοιπους συνδουλους αυτων τους οικουντας εν σαμαρεια και τους καταλοιπους περαν του ποταμου ειρηνην και
  18. ο φορολογος ον απεστειλατε προς ημας εκληθη εμπροσθεν
  19. και παρ' εμου ετεθη γνωμη και επεσκεψαμεθα και ευραμεν οτι η πολις εκεινη αφ' ημερων αιωνος επι βασιλεις επαιρεται και αποστασεις και φυγαδια γινονται εν
  20. και βασιλεις ισχυροι γινονται επι ιερουσαλημ και επικρατουντες ολης της εσπερας του ποταμου και φοροι πληρεις και μερος διδοται
  21. και νυν θετε γνωμην καταργησαι τους ανδρας εκεινους και η πολις εκεινη ουκ οικοδομηθησεται ετι οπως απο της
  22. πεφυλαγμενοι ητε ανεσιν ποιησαι περι τουτου μηποτε πληθυνθη αφανισμος εις κακοποιησιν
  23. τοτε ο φορολογος του αρθασασθα βασιλεως ανεγνω ενωπιον ραουμ και σαμσαι γραμματεως και συνδουλων αυτων και επορευθησαν σπουδη εις ιερουσαλημ και εν ιουδα και κατηργησαν αυτους εν ιπποις και
  24. τοτε ηργησεν το εργον οικου του θεου του εν ιερουσαλημ και ην αργουν εως δευτερου ετους της βασιλειας δαρειου του βασιλεως
Ezra 4 Text (Latin)
  1. Audierunt autem hostes Judæ et Benjamin, quia filii captivitatis ædificarent templum Domino Deo Israël :
  2. et accedentes ad Zorobabel, et ad principes patrum, dixerunt eis : Ædificemus vobiscum, quia ita ut vos, quærimus Deum vestrum : ecce nos immolavimus victimas a diebus Asor Haddan regis Assur, qui adduxit nos huc.
  3. Et dixit eis Zorobabel, et Josue, et reliqui principes patrum Israël : Non est vobis et nobis ut ædificemus domum Deo nostro, sed nos ipsi soli ædificabimus Domino Deo nostro, sicut præcepit nobis Cyrus rex Persarum.
  4. Factum est igitur ut populus terræ impediret manus populi Judæ, et turbaret eos in ædificando.
  5. Conduxerunt autem adversus eos consiliatores, ut destruerent consilium eorum omnibus diebus Cyri regis Persarum, et usque ad regnum Darii regis Persarum.
  6. In regno autem Assueri, in principio regni ejus, scripserunt accusationem adversus habitatores Judæ et Jerusalem.
  7. Et in diebus Artaxerxis scripsit Beselam, Mithridates, et Thabeel, et reliqui, qui erant in consilio eorum, ad Artaxerxem regem Persarum : epistola autem accusationis scripta erat syriace, et legebatur sermone syro.
  8. Reum Beelteem, et Samsai scriba, scripserunt epistolam unam de Jerusalem Artaxerxi regi, hujuscemodi :
  9. Reum Beelteem, et Samsai scriba, et reliqui consiliatores eorum, Dinæi, et Apharsathachæi, Terphalæi, Apharsæi, Erchuæi, Babylonii, Susanechæi, Dievi, et Ælamitæ,
  10. et ceteri de gentibus, quas transtulit Asenaphar magnus et gloriosus : et habitare eas fecit in civitatibus Samariæ, et in reliquis regionibus trans flumen in pace.
  11. (Hoc est exemplar epistolæ, quam miserunt ad eum.) Artaxerxi regi, servi tui, viri qui sunt trans fluvium, salutem dicunt.
  12. Notum sit regi quia Judæi, qui ascenderunt a te ad nos, venerunt in Jerusalem civitatem rebellem et pessimam, quam ædificant exstruentes muros ejus, et parietes componentes.
  13. Nunc igitur notum sit regi, quia si civitas illa ædificata fuerit, et muri ejus instaurati, tributum, et vectigal, et annuos reditus non dabunt, et usque ad reges hæc noxa perveniet.
  14. Nos autem memores salis, quod in palatio comedimus, et quia læsiones regis videre nefas ducimus, idcirco misimus et nuntiavimus regi,
  15. ut recenseas in libris historiarum patrum tuorum, et invenies scriptum in commentariis : et scies quoniam urbs illa, urbs rebellis est, et nocens regibus et provinciis, et bella concitantur in ea ex diebus antiquis : quam ob rem et civitas ipsa destructa est.
  16. Nuntiamus nos regi, quoniam si civitas illa ædificata fuerit, et muri ipsius instaurati, possessionem trans fluvium non habebis.
  17. Verbum misit rex ad Reum Beelteem, et Samsai scribam, et ad reliquos, qui erant in consilio eorum habitatores Samariæ, et ceteris trans fluvium, salutem dicens et pacem.
  18. Accusatio, quam misistis ad nos, manifeste lecta est coram me,
  19. et a me præceptum est : et recensuerunt, inveneruntque quoniam civitas illa a diebus antiquis adversum reges rebellat, et seditiones, et prælia concitantur in ea :
  20. nam et reges fortissimi fuerunt in Jerusalem, qui et dominati sunt omni regioni, quæ trans fluvium est : tributum quoque et vectigal, et reditus accipiebant.
  21. Nunc ergo audite sententiam : prohibeatis viros illos ut urbs illa non ædificetur, donec si forte a me jussum fuerit
  22. Videte ne negligenter hoc impleatis, et paulatim crescat malum contra reges.
  23. Itaque exemplum edicti Artaxerxis regis lectum est coram Reum Beelteem, et Samsai scriba, et consiliariis eorum : et abierunt festini in Jerusalem ad Judæos, et prohibuerunt eos in brachio et robore.
  24. Tunc intermissum est opus domus Domini in Jerusalem, et non fiebat usque ad annum secundum regni Darii regis Persarum.
Ezra 4 Text (KJV)
  1. Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;
  2. Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.
  3. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.
  4. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,
  5. And hired counsellers against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
  6. And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
  7. And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.
  8. Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:
  9. Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,
  10. And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest that are on this side the river, and at such a time.
  11. This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time.
  12. Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.
  13. Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.
  14. Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;
  15. That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.
  16. We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
  17. Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time.
  18. The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.
  19. And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
  20. There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.
  21. Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not builded, until another commandment shall be given from me.
  22. Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
  23. Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.
  24. Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
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