Ezra 4:4
Good News Translation
Then the people who had been living in the land tried to discourage and frighten the Jews and keep them from building.

Contemporary English Version
Then the neighboring people began to do everything possible to frighten the Jews and to make them stop building.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of Juda, and troubled them in building.

New American Bible
Thereupon the local inhabitants discouraged the people of Judah and frightened them off from building.

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Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of Juda, and troubled them in building.

weakened

Ezra 3:3 And they set the altar of God upon its bases, while the people of the lands round about put them in fear, and they offered upon it a holocaust to the Lord morning and evening.

Nehemiah 6:9 For all these men thought to frighten us, thinking that our hands would cease from the work, and that we would leave off. Wherefore I strengthened my hands the more:

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees. . . .

Jeremiah 38:4 And the princes said to the king. We beseech thee that this man may be put to death: for on purpose he weakeneth the hands of the men of war, that remain in this city, and the hands of the people, speaking to them according to these words: for this man seeketh not peace to this people, but evil.

troubled

Nehemiah 4:7,8,11 And it came to pass, when Sanaballat, and Tobias, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Azotians heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and the breaches began to be closed, that they were exceedingly angry. . . .

Context
Adversaries Hinder the Work
3But Zorobabel, and Josue, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel said to them: You have nothing to do with us to build a house to our God, but we ourselves alone will build to the Lord our God, as Cyrus king of the Persians hath commanded us. 4Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of Juda, and troubled them in building.5And they hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their design all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of the Persians.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 4:1
And Isboseth the son of Saul heard that Abner was slain in Hebron: and his hands were weakened, and all Israel was troubled.

Ezra 3:3
And they set the altar of God upon its bases, while the people of the lands round about put them in fear, and they offered upon it a holocaust to the Lord morning and evening.

Ezra 4:5
And they hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their design all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of the Persians.

Additional Translations
Then the people of the land set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to build.Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

And the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Juda, and hindered them in building,

And the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building;

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

And it cometh to pass, the people of the land are making the hands of the people of Judah feeble, and troubling them in building,
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