And in the days of [a]Artaxerxes, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of his colleagues wrote to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the [b]text of the letter was written in Aramaic and translated (A)from Aramaic.

The Letter to King Artaxerxes

[c]Rehum the commander and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes, as follows— then wrote Rehum the commander and Shimshai the scribe and (B)the rest of their colleagues, the judges and (C)the lesser governors, the officials, the secretaries, the men of Erech, the Babylonians, the men of Susa, that is, the Elamites, 10 and the rest of the nations which the great and honorable [d]Osnappar deported and settled in the city of Samaria, and in the rest of the region beyond the [e]River. (D)Now

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  1. Ezra 4:7 Heb Artah-shashta
  2. Ezra 4:7 Lit writing
  3. Ezra 4:8 Ch 4:8-6:18 is in Aram
  4. Ezra 4:10 I.e. probably Ashurbanipal
  5. Ezra 4:10 I.e. Euphrates River, and so throughout the ch

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