1 When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building the Temple of Yahweh, God of Israel,
Ezra 1:11 1Chr 22:9-10 1Cor 16:9 1Kgs 5:4-5 Dan 5:13 Dan 9:25 Ezra 4:7-10
2 they came to Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the heads of families and said, 'Let us help you build, for we resort to your God as you do and we have been sacrificing to him since the time of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.'
2Kgs 19:37 2Kgs 17:24 2Kgs 17:27-33 2Kgs 17:41 2Cor 11:13-15 2Pet 2:1-2 2Tim 3:8
3 Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other heads of Israelite families replied, 'It is out of the question that you should join us in building a Temple for our God. We shall build for Yahweh, God of Israel, on our own, as King Cyrus king of Persia has commanded us.'
Neh 2:20 3John 1:9-10 Acts 8:21 Ezra 6:3-5 Isa 44:28-1 Isa 45:4 John 4:22-23
4 The people of the country then set about demoralising the people of Judah and deterring them from building;
Ezra 3:3 Isa 35:3-4 Jer 38:4 Neh 4:7-8 Neh 4:11 Neh 6:9
5 they also bribed counsellors against them to frustrate their purpose throughout the lifetime of Cyrus king of Persia right on into the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Acts 24:1-27 Ezra 4:24 Ezra 5:5-18 Nah 1:11 Ps 2:1-2
6 In the reign of Xerxes, at the beginning of his reign, they drew up an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
Dan 9:1 Esth 1:1 Acts 24:5-9 Acts 24:13 Acts 25:7 Matt 27:37 Rev 12:10
7 In the days of Artaxerxes, Mithredath, Tabeel and their other associates wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia against Jerusalem; the text of the letter was written in Aramaic writing and dialect.
2Kgs 18:26 Dan 2:4 Isa 36:11 Ezra 4:9 Ezra 4:17 Ezra 5:6
8 Then Rehum the governor and Shimshai the secretary wrote a letter to King Artaxerxes, denouncing Jerusalem as follows:
Ezra 4:9 2Kgs 18:18 2Sam 8:17 2Sam 20:25
9 'From Rehum the governor and Shimshai the secretary and their other associates, the judges, the legates, the Persian officials, the people of Uruk, Babylon and Susa -- that is, the Elamites-
Ezra 5:6 Ezra 6:6 2Kgs 17:24 2Kgs 17:30-31 Acts 2:9 Dan 8:2 Esth 1:2
10 and the other peoples whom the great and illustrious Ashurbanipal deported and settled in the towns of Samaria and in the rest of Transeuphrates.'
Ezra 4:17 Ezra 4:11 Ezra 7:12 2Kgs 17:24-41 Ezra 4:1 Rom 13:7
11 This is the text of the letter which they sent him: 'To King Artaxerxes, from your servants the people of Transeuphrates:
12 'May the king now please be informed that the Jews, who have come up from you to us, have arrived in Jerusalem and are rebuilding the rebellious and evil city; they have begun rebuilding the walls and are laying the foundations;
2Chr 36:13 Ezra 5:3 Ezra 5:9 1Pet 2:13-15 1Thess 5:22 2Kgs 18:20 2Kgs 24:1
13 and now the king should be informed that once this city is rebuilt and the walls are restored, they will refuse to pay tribute, tax or toll, thus the king will incur a loss;
Ezra 7:24 Neh 5:4 Rom 13:6-7 Ezra 4:20 Matt 9:9 Matt 17:25 Ps 52:2
14 and now, because we eat the palace salt, it is not proper for us to see this affront offered to the king; we therefore send this information to the king
Ezek 33:31 John 12:5-6 John 19:12-15
15 so that a search may be made in the archives of your ancestors: in which archives you will find and learn that this city is a rebellious city, the bane of kings and provinces, and that sedition has been stirred up there from ancient times; that is why this city was destroyed.
2Kgs 24:20-1 2Kgs 25:4 Acts 17:6-7 Dan 6:4-13 Esth 3:5-8 Ezra 4:12 Jer 52:3-34
16 We inform the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are restored, you will soon have no territories left in Transeuphrates.'
1Kgs 4:24 2Sam 8:3 Ezra 4:20
17 The king sent this reply: 'To Rehum the governor, to Shimshai the secretary, and to their other associates resident in Samaria and elsewhere in Transeuphrates: Greetings!
Acts 23:26 Ezra 4:7 Ezra 4:9-11 Ezra 5:7 Ezra 7:12 Luke 10:5 Rom 1:7
18 'And now, the document which you sent us has been accurately translated for me,
19 and by my orders search has been made, and it has been found that this city has rebelled against the kings in the past and that revolt and sedition have been contrived in it;
2Kgs 18:7 2Kgs 24:20 Deut 13:14 Ezek 17:13-19 Ezra 4:15 Ezra 5:17-2 Prov 25:2
20 and that powerful kings have reigned in Jerusalem, governing the whole of Transeuphrates and exacting tribute, tax and toll;
1Kgs 4:21 Gen 15:18 1Chr 18:3 Ps 72:8 1Chr 18:6 1Chr 18:13 1Chr 19:19
21 now give orders for these men to cease work; this city is not to be rebuilt until I give the order.
22 Beware of acting negligently in this matter. Why should the harm grow, to endanger the king?'
Esth 3:8-9 Esth 7:3-4 Ezra 4:13
23 As soon as the text of King Artaxerxes' document had been read to Rehum the governor, Shimshai the secretary and their associates, they hurried to the Jews in Jerusalem and stopped their work by force of arms.
Ezra 4:8-9 Ezra 4:17 Mic 2:1 Rom 3:15 Prov 4:16
24 Work on the Temple of God in Jerusalem then ceased, and was discontinued until the second year of the reign of Darius King of Persia.
Hag 1:15 1Thess 2:18 Ezra 5:5 Ezra 6:1 Job 20:5 Neh 6:3 Neh 6:9