Ezra 4:4
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New International Version
Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.

New Living Translation
Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work.

English Standard Version
Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build

New American Standard Bible
Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and frightened them from building,

King James Bible
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the people who were already in the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build.

International Standard Version
After this, the non-Israeli inhabitants of the land undermined the people of Judah, harassing them in their construction work

NET Bible
Then the local people began to discourage the people of Judah and to dishearten them from building.

New Heart English Bible
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the people of that region discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to continue building.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and harried them while they were building,

New American Standard 1977
Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and frightened them from building,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah and troubled them in building

King James 2000 Bible
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

American King James Version
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

American Standard Version
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of Juda, and troubled them in building.

Darby Bible Translation
And the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building;

English Revised Version
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

World English Bible
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, the people of the land are making the hands of the people of Judah feeble, and troubling them in building,
Study Bible
Adversaries Hinder the Work
3But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of fathers' households of Israel said to them, "You have nothing in common with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves will together build to the LORD God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us." 4Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and frightened them from building, 5and hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 4:1
Now when Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel was disturbed.

Ezra 3:3
So they set up the altar on its foundation, for they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, burnt offerings morning and evening.

Ezra 4:5
and hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
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Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

weakened

Ezra 3:3 And they set the altar on his bases; for fear was on them because …

Nehemiah 6:9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened …

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Jeremiah 38:4 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this …

troubled

Nehemiah 4:7,8,11 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, …

Verse 4. - Then the people of the land (i.e. the Samaritans) weakened the hands of the people of Judah. As aiding is called "strengthening the hands (infra, Ezra 6:22; Isaiah 35:3; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:49, etc.), so hindering is expressed by "weakening the hands" (Jeremiah 38:4), though this latter phrase is, comparatively speaking, unusual. And troubled them in building. Probably as Sanballat and his followers troubled the builders of the wall in Nehemiah's time (Nehemiah 4:1-12). Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building. By threatening them, or by dissuading the workmen from going on, by endeavouring to hinder their having materials from the Tyrians and Zidonians, or money out of the king's revenues to bear the expenses as ordered; see Ezra 6:4. 4, 5. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, etc.—Exasperated by this repulse, the Samaritans endeavored by every means to molest the workmen as well as obstruct the progress of the building; and, though they could not alter the decree which Cyrus had issued regarding it, yet by bribes and clandestine arts indefatigably plied at court, they labored to frustrate the effects of the edict. Their success in those underhand dealings was great; for Cyrus, being frequently absent and much absorbed in his warlike expeditions, left the government in the hands of his son Cambyses, a wicked prince, and extremely hostile to the Jews and their religion. The same arts were assiduously practised during the reign of his successor, Smerdis, down to the time of Darius Hystaspes. In consequence of the difficulties and obstacles thus interposed, for a period of twenty years, the progress of the work was very slow.4:1-5 Every attempt to revive true religion will stir up the opposition of Satan, and of those in whom he works. The adversaries were the Samaritans, who had been planted in the land of Israel, 2Ki 17. It was plain that they did not mean to unite in the worship of the Lord, according to his word. Let those who discourage a good work, and weaken them that are employed in it, see whose pattern they follow.
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