Ezra 4:16
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New International Version
We inform the king that if this city is built and its walls are restored, you will be left with nothing in Trans-Euphrates.

New Living Translation
We declare to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, the province west of the Euphrates River will be lost to you."

English Standard Version
We make known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls finished, you will then have no possession in the province Beyond the River.”

Berean Study Bible
We advise the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are restored, you will have no dominion west of the Euphrates.

New American Standard Bible
"We inform the king that if that city is rebuilt and the walls finished, as a result you will have no possession in the province beyond the River."

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
We advise the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are finished, you will not have any possession west of the Euphrates.

Contemporary English Version
If Jerusalem is rebuilt and its walls completed, you will no longer have control over Western Province.

Good News Translation
We therefore are convinced that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, Your Majesty will no longer be able to control West-of-Euphrates Province."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We advise the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are finished, you will not have any possession west of the Euphrates.

International Standard Version
We certify to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls completed, you will lose your land holdings in the province beyond the Euphrates River.

NET Bible
We therefore are informing the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, you will not retain control of this portion of Trans-Euphrates."

New Heart English Bible
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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We want the king to know that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are finished, you will have nothing left [of your province] west of the Euphrates River.

JPS Tanakh 1917
We announce to the king that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, by this means thou shalt have no portion beyond the River.'

New American Standard 1977
“We inform the king that, if that city is rebuilt and the walls finished, as a result you will have no possession in the province beyond the River.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
We notify the king that if this city is built again, and its walls founded, the portion on the other side of the river shall no longer be yours.

King James 2000 Bible
We inform the king that, if this city is built again, and its walls finished, by this means you shall have no dominion on this side of the river.

American King James Version
We certify the king that, if this city be built again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means you shall have no portion on this side the river.

American Standard Version
We certify the king that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, by this means thou shalt have no portion beyond the River.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We certify the king, that if this city be built, and the walls thereof repaired, thou shalt have no possession on this side of the river.

Darby Bible Translation
We inform the king that if this city be built and its walls be completed, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.

English Revised Version
We certify the king that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, by this means thou shalt have no portion beyond the river.

Webster's Bible Translation
We certify the king that, if this city shall be built again, and its walls set up, by this means thou wilt have no portion on this side of the river.

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
We are making known to the king that, if this city be builded and the walls finished, by this means a portion beyond the river thou hast none.'
Study Bible
Opposition under Xerxes and Artaxerxes
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 4:15
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.

Ezra 4:17
Then the king sent this reply: To Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of your associates living in Samaria and elsewhere in the region west of the Euphrates: Greetings.

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We certify the king that, if this city be built again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means you shall have no portion on this side the river.

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(16) No portion on this side the river.--The same unscrupulous use of language: that is, if the river Euphrates is meant. In the days of Solomon, and once or twice subsequently, the Israelites had advanced towards the river, but it was not likely that they would ever do so again. The letter may, however, have been intended to suggest loosely that Jerusalem might become a centre of general disaffection.

Verse 16. - Thou shalt have no portion on this side the river. It is not quite clear whether the river intended here and in ver. 10 is the Euphrates or the Jordan. Generally in the Old Testament hannahar means the Euphrates, but the exaggeration is gross if that river was intended here. Only twice in their history had the Israelites advanced their frontier as far as that stream - under Solomon (1 Kings 4:21) and under Menahem (2 Kings 15:16); in their present depressed condition it was absurd to imagine that they could rival those early glories. But jealousy does not stop to weigh the reasonableness of its accusations.

CHAPTER 4:17-24. We certify the king, that if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up,.... As it formerly was, and now attempted, as they suggest:

by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river; the river Euphrates; intimating that the Jews would not only shake off his yoke, and refuse to pay tribute themselves, but would seize on all his dominions on that side the river, and annex them to their own. 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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