Thentheycame to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and saiduntothem, Let us buildwith you: for we seekyour God, as ye do; and we do sacrificeunto him since the days of Esarhaddonking of Assur, whichbrought us up hither.
But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, saiduntothem, Ye havenothing to do with us to build an houseunto our God; but we ourselvestogetherwillbuildunto the LORD God of Israel, as kingCyrus the king of Persiahathcommanded us.
And in the days of ArtaxerxeswroteBishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of theircompanions, untoArtaxerxesking of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syriantongue, and interpreted in the Syriantongue.
ThenwroteRehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of theircompanions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,
Thatsearch may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shaltthoufind in the book of the records, and knowthatthiscity is a rebelliouscity, and hurtfuluntokings and provinces, and thattheyhavemovedseditionwithin the same of old time: for whichcause was thiscitydestroyed.