Ezra 4:23
New International Version
As soon as the copy of the letter of King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum and Shimshai the secretary and their associates, they went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and compelled them by force to stop.

New Living Translation
When this letter from King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, Shimshai, and their colleagues, they hurried to Jerusalem. Then, with a show of strength, they forced the Jews to stop building.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
When the text of the letter from King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their associates, they went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and forcibly stopped them.

New American Standard Bible
Then as soon as the copy of King Artaxerxes' document was read before Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their colleagues, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews and stopped them by force of arms.

King James Bible
Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

Christian Standard Bible
As soon as the text of King Artaxerxes's letter was read to Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their colleagues, they immediately went to the Jews in Jerusalem and forcibly stopped them.

Contemporary English Version
As soon as this letter was read, Governor Rehum, Secretary Shimshai, and their advisors went to Jerusalem and forced everyone to stop rebuilding the city.

Good News Translation
As soon as this letter from Emperor Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, Shimshai, and their associates, they hurried to Jerusalem and forced the Jews to stop rebuilding the city.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As soon as the text of King Artaxerxes' letter was read to Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their colleagues, they immediately went to the Jews in Jerusalem and forcibly stopped them.

International Standard Version
As soon as a copy of the letter from King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, to Shimshai the scribe, and to their colleagues, they traveled quickly to Jerusalem and compelled the Jews to cease by force of arms.

NET Bible
Then, as soon as the copy of the letter from King Artaxerxes was read in the presence of Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their colleagues, they proceeded promptly to the Jews in Jerusalem and stopped them with threat of armed force.

New Heart English Bible
Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and their group hurried to Jerusalem after hearing a copy of King Artaxerxes' letter. They forced the Jews to stop rebuilding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

New American Standard 1977
Then as soon as the copy of King Artaxerxes’ document was read before Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their colleagues, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews and stopped them by force of arms.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now when the copy of King Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai, the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews and made them to cease by force and power.

King James 2000 Bible
Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

American King James Version
Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

American Standard Version
Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then the tribute-gatherer of king Arthasastha read the letter before Reum the chancellor, and Sampsa the scribe, and his fellow-servants: and they went in haste to Jerusalem and through Juda, and caused them to cease with horses and an armed force.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the copy of the edict of king Artaxerxes was read before Reum Beelteem, and Samsai the scribe, and their counsellors: and they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and hindered them with arm and power.

Darby Bible Translation
As soon as the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them cease by force and power.

English Revised Version
Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

World English Bible
Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

Young's Literal Translation
Then from the time that a copy of the letter of king Artaxerxes is read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they have gone in haste to Jerusalem, unto the Jews, and caused them to cease by force and strength;
Study Bible
The Decree of Artaxerxes
22See that you do not neglect this matter. Why allow this threat to increase and the royal interests to suffer? 23When the text of the letter from King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their associates, they went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and forcibly stopped them. 24Thus the construction of the house of God in Jerusalem ceased, and it remained at a standstill until the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia.…
Cross References
Ezra 4:7
And in the days of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his associates wrote a letter to Artaxerxes. It was written in Aramaic and translated for the king. The Aramaic script read as follows:

Ezra 4:22
See that you do not neglect this matter. Why allow this threat to increase and the royal interests to suffer?

Ezra 4:24
Thus the construction of the house of God in Jerusalem ceased, and it remained at a standstill until the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia.

Treasury of Scripture

Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

Rehum

Ezra 4:8,9,17
Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort: …

they went up

Proverbs 4:16
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

Micah 2:1
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Romans 3:15
Their feet are swift to shed blood:

force.







Lexicon
When
אֱדַ֗יִן (’ĕ·ḏa·yin)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 116: Then, thereupon

the text
פַּרְשֶׁ֤גֶן (par·še·ḡen)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6573: A transcript

of the letter
נִשְׁתְּוָנָא֙ (niš·tə·wā·nā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 5407: An epistle

from King
מַלְכָּ֔א (mal·kā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 4430: A king

Artaxerxes
אַרְתַּחְשַׁ֣שְׂתְּ (’ar·taḥ·šaśt)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 783: Artaxerxes -- a son and successor of Xerxes, king of Persia

was read
קֱרִ֧י (qĕ·rî)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7123: To call, read out or aloud

to
קֳדָם־ (qo·ḏām-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 6925: Before

Rehum,
רְח֛וּם (rə·ḥūm)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7348: Rehum -- 'compassion', the name of several Israelites

Shimshai
וְשִׁמְשַׁ֥י (wə·šim·šay)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8124: Shimshai -- a scribe who opposed Israel

the scribe,
סָפְרָ֖א (sā·p̄ə·rā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 5613: A secretary, scribe

and their associates,
וּכְנָוָתְה֑וֹן (ū·ḵə·nā·wā·ṯə·hō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3675: An associate

they went
אֲזַ֨לוּ (’ă·za·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 236: To go, go off

immediately
בִבְהִיל֤וּ (ḇiḇ·hî·lū)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 924: A hurry, hastily

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5922: Above, over, upon, against

the Jews
יְה֣וּדָיֵ֔א (yə·hū·ḏā·yê)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3062: Jews -- inhabitants of Judah

in Jerusalem
לִירֽוּשְׁלֶם֙ (lî·rū·šə·lem)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3390: Jerusalem -- the capital city of all Israel

and forcibly
בְּאֶדְרָ֥ע (bə·’eḏ·rā‘)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 153: An arm, power

stopped
וּבַטִּ֥לוּ (ū·ḇaṭ·ṭi·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 989: To cease

them.
הִמּ֖וֹ (him·mōw)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1994: They
Verse 23. - They went up in haste. The "adversaries" lost no time. Having obtained the decree which forbad further building, they proceeded with it to Jerusalem, and by a display of force compelled the Jews to submission. No doubt resistance might have been made, but resistance would have been rebellion. 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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