Ezra 4:22
Good News Translation
Do this at once, so that no more harm may be done to my interests."

Contemporary English Version
Do this at once, so that no harm will come to the kingdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.

New American Bible
Take care that you do not neglect this matter. Why should evil increase to harm the throne?”

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See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.

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Ezra 4:13 And now be it known to the king, that if this city be built up, and the walls thereof repaired, they will not pay tribute nor toll, nor yearly revenues, and this loss will fall upon the kings.

Esther 3:8,9 And Aman said to king Assuerus: There is a people scattered through all the provinces of thy kingdom, and separated one from another, that use new laws and ceremonies, and moreover despise the king's ordinances: and thou knowest very well that it is not expedient for thy kingdom that they should grow insolent by impunity. . . .

Esther 7:3,4 Then she answered: If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please thee, give me my life for which I ask, and my people for which I request. . . .

Context
The Decree of Artaxerxes
21Now therefore hear the sentence: Hinder those men, that this city be not built, till further orders be given by me. 22See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.23Now 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.…
Cross References
Ezra 4:21
Now therefore hear the sentence: Hinder those men, that this city be not built, till further orders be given by me.

Ezra 4:23
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.

Daniel 6:2
And three princes over them of whom Daniel was one: that the governors might give an account to them, and the king might have no trouble.

Additional Translations
See that you do not neglect this matter. Why allow this threat to increase and the royal interests to suffer?Take heed now that you fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

And take heed that ye be not slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

See that ye be careful of the decree, not to be remiss concerning this matter, lest at any time destruction should abound to the harm of kings.

and take heed that ye fail not to do this: why should harm grow to the damage of the kings?

And take heed that ye be not slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

Take heed that you not be slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

And beware ye of negligence in doing this; why doth the hurt become great to the loss of the kings?'
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