Ezra 4:18
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New International Version
The letter you sent us has been read and translated in my presence.

New Living Translation
"The letter you sent has been translated and read to me.

English Standard Version
the letter that you sent to us has been plainly read before me.

New American Standard Bible
the document which you sent to us has been translated and read before me.

King James Bible
The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The letter you sent us has been translated and read in my presence.

International Standard Version
The memorandum you sent to us has been read and carefully considered.

NET Bible
The letter you sent to us has been translated and read in my presence.

New Heart English Bible
The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The letter you sent me has been read word for word in my presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
the letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

New American Standard 1977
the document which you sent to us has been translated and read before me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The letter which you sent unto us has been plainly read before me.

King James 2000 Bible
The letter which you sent unto us has been plainly read before me.

American King James Version
The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.

American Standard Version
The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The accusation, which you have sent to us, hath been plainly read before me,

Darby Bible Translation
The letter that ye sent to us has been read before me distinctly.

English Revised Version
The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The letter which ye sent to us hath been plainly read before me.

World English Bible
The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.

Young's Literal Translation
The letter that ye sent unto us, explained, hath been read before me,
Study Bible
The Decree of Artaxerxes
17Then the king sent an answer to Rehum the commander, to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their colleagues who live in Samaria and in the rest of the provinces beyond the River: "Peace. And now 18the document which you sent to us has been translated and read before me. 19"A decree has been issued by me, and a search has been made and it has been discovered that that city has risen up against the kings in past days, that rebellion and revolt have been perpetrated in it,…
Cross References
Ezra 4:17
Then the king sent an answer to Rehum the commander, to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their colleagues who live in Samaria and in the rest of the provinces beyond the River: "Peace. And now

Ezra 4:19
"A decree has been issued by me, and a search has been made and it has been discovered that that city has risen up against the kings in past days, that rebellion and revolt have been perpetrated in it,

Nehemiah 8:8
They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
Treasury of Scripture

The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.

Verse 18. - The letter hath been plainly read before me. Despatches are read to, not by, Oriental sovereigns, who have often no literary education. (Compare Esther 6:1.) The letter which ye sent unto us,.... The plural number is used, being now become courtly for kings thus to speak of themselves:

hath been plainly before me; by such that understood both the Syrian and Persian languages; the letter was written in the Syrian language, and the king being a Persian, it was necessary it should be interpreted and explained to him. 4:6-24 It is an old slander, that the prosperity of the church would be hurtful to kings and princes. Nothing can be more false, for true godliness teaches us to honour and obey our sovereign. But where the command of God requires one thing and the law of the land another, we must obey God rather than man, and patiently submit to the consequences. All who love the gospel should avoid all appearance of evil, lest they should encourage the adversaries of the church. The world is ever ready to believe any accusation against the people of God, and refuses to listen to them. The king suffered himself to be imposed upon by these frauds and falsehoods. Princes see and hear with other men's eyes and ears, and judge things as represented to them, which are often done falsely. But God's judgment is just; he sees things as they are.
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