Ezra 4:22
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English Standard Version
And take care not to be slack in this matter. Why should damage grow to the hurt of the king?”

King James Bible
Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

American Standard Version
And take heed that ye be not slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

Douay-Rheims Bible
See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.

English Revised Version
And take heed that ye be not slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After thus casting suspicion upon the Jews as a seditious people, their adversaries bring the accusation, already raised at the beginning of the letter, to a climax, by saying that if Jerusalem is rebuilt and fortified, the king will lose his supremacy over the lands on this side the river. דּנה לקבל, on this account, for this reason, that the present inhabitants of the fortified city Jerusalem are like its former inhabitants, thou wilt have no portion west of Euphrates, i.e., thou wilt have nothing more to do with the countries on this side the river-wilt forfeit thy sway over these districts.

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Ezra 4:13 Be it known now to the king, that, if this city be built, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom...

Esther 3:8,9 And Haman said to king Ahasuerus...

Esther 7:3,4 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king...

Cross References
Ezra 4:21
Therefore make a decree that these men be made to cease, and that this city be not rebuilt, until a decree is made by me.

Ezra 4:23
Then, when the copy of King Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their associates, they went in haste to the Jews at Jerusalem and by force and power made them cease.

Daniel 6:2
and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.

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