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The Letter to King Artaxerxes

In the days of Artaxerxes, Bishlam and (A)Mithredath and Tabeel and the rest of their associates wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia. The letter was written (B)in Aramaic and translated.[a] Rehum the commander and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king as follows: Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their associates, the (C)judges, the (D)governors, the officials, the Persians, the men of Erech, the Babylonians, the men of Susa, that is, the (E)Elamites, 10 and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble (F)Osnappar deported and settled in the cities of Samaria and in the rest of the province Beyond the River.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 4:7 Hebrew written in Aramaic and translated in Aramaic, indicating that 4:8–6:18 is in Aramaic; another interpretation is The letter was written in the Aramaic script and set forth in the Aramaic language

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