Ezra 4:15
New International Version
so that a search may be made in the archives of your predecessors. In these records you will find that this city is a rebellious city, troublesome to kings and provinces, a place with a long history of sedition. That is why this city was destroyed.

New Living Translation
We suggest that a search be made in your ancestors’ records, where you will discover what a rebellious city this has been in the past. In fact, it was destroyed because of its long and troublesome history of revolt against the kings and countries who controlled it.

English Standard Version
in order that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. You will find in the book of the records and learn that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that sedition was stirred up in it from of old. That was why this city was laid waste.

Berean Study Bible
that a search should be made of the record books of your fathers. In these books you will discover and verify that the city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces, inciting sedition from ancient times. That is why this city was destroyed.

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. And you will find in the book of the records and know that this city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces, and that they have incited sedition within the city in former times, for which cause this city was destroyed.

New American Standard Bible
so that a search may be conducted in the record books of your fathers. And you will discover in the record books and learn that that city is a rebellious city and detrimental to kings and provinces, and that they have revolted within it in past days; for this reason that city was laid waste.

NASB 1995
so that a search may be made in the record books of your fathers. And you will discover in the record books and learn that that city is a rebellious city and damaging to kings and provinces, and that they have incited revolt within it in past days; therefore that city was laid waste.

NASB 1977
so that a search may be made in the record books of your fathers. And you will discover in the record books, and learn that that city is a rebellious city and damaging to kings and provinces, and that they have incited revolt within it in past days; therefore that city was laid waste.

Amplified Bible
in order that a search may be made in the record books of your fathers. And you will discover in the record books and learn that this is a rebellious city, damaging to kings and provinces, and that in the past they have incited rebellion within it. That is why that city was laid waste (destroyed).

Christian Standard Bible
that a search should be made in your predecessors’ record books. In these record books you will discover and verify that the city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces. There have been revolts in it since ancient times. That is why this city was destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
that a search should be made in your fathers' record books. In these record books you will discover and verify that the city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces. There have been revolts in it since ancient times. That is why this city was destroyed.

American Standard Version
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 laid waste.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you will read the book of the records of your fathers, and you will find in the book of records and you shall know that this city is a rebellious city and harmful of Kings and cities, and great conflicts are made within from the days of ancient time; because of this, the city is devastated.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
That examination may be made in thy fathers' book of record; and thou shalt find, and thou shalt know that city is rebellious, and does harm to kings and countries, and there are in the midst of it from very old time refuges for runaway slaves: therefore this city has been made desolate.

Contemporary English Version
If you look up the official records of your ancestors, you will find that Jerusalem has constantly rebelled and has led others to rebel against kings and provinces. That's why the city was destroyed in the first place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That search may be made in the books of the histories of thy fathers, and thou shalt find written in the records: and shalt know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to the kings and provinces, and that wars were raised therein of old time: for which cause also the city was destroyed.

English Revised Version
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 laid waste.

Good News Translation
that you order a search to be made in the records your ancestors kept. If you do, you will discover that this city has always been rebellious and that from ancient times it has given trouble to kings and to rulers of provinces. Its people have always been hard to govern. This is why the city was destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
that you should search the official records of your predecessors. You will find in those official records that this city has been rebellious and has been a threat to kings and provinces. This city has a history of rebelliousness. That's why this city was destroyed.

International Standard Version
urging that a search may be made in the official registers of your predecessors. You will discover in the registers that this city is a rebellious city, that it is damaging to both kings and provinces, that it has been moved to sedition from time immemorial, and that because of this it was destroyed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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 laid waste.

Literal Standard Version
so that he seeks in the scroll of the records of your fathers, and you find in the scroll of the records, and know, that this city [is] a rebellious city, and causing loss [to] kings and provinces, and makers of sedition [are] in its midst from the days of old, therefore this city has been ruined.

NET Bible
so that he may initiate a search of the records of his predecessors and discover in those records that this city is rebellious and injurious to both kings and provinces, producing internal revolts from long ago. It is for this very reason that this city was destroyed.

New Heart English Bible
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.

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
so that he doth seek in the book of the records of thy fathers, and thou dost find in the book of the records, and dost know, that this city is a rebellious city, and causing loss to kings and provinces, and makers of sedition are in its midst from the days of old, therefore hath this city been wasted.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Opposition under Xerxes and Artaxerxes
14Now because we are in the service of the palace and it is not fitting for us to allow the king to be dishonored, we have sent to inform the king 15that a search should be made of the record books of your fathers. In these books you will discover and verify that the city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces, inciting sedition from ancient times. That is why this city was destroyed. 16We advise the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are restored, you will have no dominion west of the Euphrates.…

Cross References
Ezra 4:14
Now because we are in the service of the palace and it is not fitting for us to allow the king to be dishonored, we have sent to inform the king

Ezra 4:16
We advise the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are restored, you will have no dominion west of the Euphrates.


Treasury of Scripture

That search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so shall you 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 destroyed.

this city

Ezra 4:12
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.

Nehemiah 2:19
But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

Nehemiah 6:6
Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.

moved.

2 Kings 24:20
For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

2 Kings 25:1,4
And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about…

Jeremiah 52:3
For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.









(15) The book of the records of thy fathers.--"The book of the records of the Chronicles" which in Esther 6:1 is "read before the king." This extended beyond his own fathers back to the times of the predecessors of the Median dynasty.

Of old time.--From the days of eternity, or time immemorial. The spirit of exaggeration if not of falsehood appears in every word here.

Verse 15. - That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers. It was the practice at the Persian court to register all important events in a book, which from time to time was read to the kings (Esther 2:23; Esther 6:1). The Samaritans suggest a consultation of this book, which would at any rate contain their own previous accusations against Jerusalem (supra, vers. 5, 6), and might make some mention of the revolts from Babylon (see the comment on ver. 12). For which cause was this city destroyed. This was the great fact on which the Samaritans relied. Nebuchadnezzar had only destroyed Jerusalem in consequence of repeated rebellions. True; but no sufficient indication that there would be revolt from Persia, which was anti-idolatrous, and had proved herself so true a friend to the Jews.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
that
דִּ֡י (dî)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 1768: Who, which, that, because

a search should be made
יְבַקַּר֩ (yə·ḇaq·qar)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1240: To plough, break forth, to inspect, admire, care for, consider

of the record
דָּכְרָ֨נַיָּ֜א (dā·ḵə·rā·nay·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's 1799: Memorandum, record

books
בִּֽסְפַר־ (bis·p̄ar-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5609: A book

of
דִּ֣י (dî)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 1768: Who, which, that, because

your fathers.
אֲבָהָתָ֗ךְ (’ă·ḇā·hā·ṯāḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2: Father

[In these]
דָּכְרָנַיָּא֮ (dā·ḵə·rā·nay·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's 1799: Memorandum, record

books
בִּסְפַ֣ר (bis·p̄ar)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5609: A book

you will discover
וּ֠תְהַשְׁכַּח (ū·ṯə·haš·kaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7912: To discover

and verify
וְתִנְדַּע֒ (wə·ṯin·da‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3046: To know

that
דִּי֩ (dî)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 1768: Who, which, that, because

the city
קִרְיְתָ֨א (qir·yə·ṯā)
Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's 7149: Building

is a rebellious
מָֽרָדָ֗א (mā·rā·ḏā)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 4779: Rebellious

city,
קִרְיָ֣א (qir·yā)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7149: Building

harmful
וּֽמְהַנְזְקַ֤ת (ū·mə·han·zə·qaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Participle - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5142: To suffer injury

to kings
מַלְכִין֙ (mal·ḵîn)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4430: A king

and provinces,
וּמְדִנָ֔ן (ū·mə·ḏi·nān)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4083: A judgeship, jurisdiction, a district, a region

inciting
עָבְדִ֣ין (‘ā·ḇə·ḏîn)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 5648: To do, make, prepare, keep

sedition
וְאֶשְׁתַּדּוּר֙ (wə·’eš·tad·dūr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 849: Rebellion

from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4481: From, out of, by, by reason of, at, more than

ancient
עָלְמָ֑א (‘ā·lə·mā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 5957: Remote time, the future, past, forever

times.
יוֹמָ֖ת (yō·w·māṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3118: A day

That is why
עַ֨ל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5922: Above, over, upon, against

this
דָ֜ךְ (ḏāḵ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's 1791: This

city
קִרְיְתָ֥א (qir·yə·ṯā)
Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's 7149: Building

was destroyed.
הָֽחָרְבַֽת׃ (hā·ḥā·rə·ḇaṯ)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2718: To be a waste


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