Ezra 4:4
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English Standard Version
Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build

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

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

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

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Ezra 4:4 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they (Zerubbabel and Joshua, the heads of the community) set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord after the ordinance of David. The perf. ויסּדוּ, followed by an imperf. connected by a Vav consecutive, must be construed: When they laid the foundations, then. מלבּשׁים, clothed, sc. in their robes of office; comp. 2 Chronicles 5:12; 2 Chronicles 20:21. ידי על as 1 Chronicles 25:2. On Ezra 3:11, comp. remarks on 1 Chronicles 16:34, 1 Chronicles 16:41; 2 Chronicles 5:13; 2 Chronicles 7:3, and elsewhere. Older expositors (Clericus, J. H. Mich.), referring to Exodus 15:21, understand בהלּל ויּענוּ of the alternative singing of two choirs, one of which sang, "Praise the Lord, for He is good;" and the other responded, "And His mercy endureth for ever." In the present passage, however, there is no decided allusion to responsive singing; hence (with Bertheau) we take יענוּ in the sense of, "They sang to the Lord with hymns of thanksgiving." Probably they sang such songs as Psalm 106-107, or Psalm 118, which commence with an invitation to praise the Lord because He is good, etc. All the people, moreover, raised a loud shout of joy. גּדולה תּרוּעה is repeated in Ezra 3:13 by השּׂמחה תּרוּעת. הוּסד על, on account of the founding, of the foundation-laying, of the house of the Lord. הוּסד as in 2 Chronicles 3:3.

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weakened

Ezra 3:3 And they set the altar on his bases; for fear was on them because of the people of those countries...

Nehemiah 6:9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God...

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

Jeremiah 38:4 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this man be put to death...

troubled

Nehemiah 4:7,8,11 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites...

Cross References
2 Samuel 4:1
When Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed.

Ezra 3:3
They set the altar in its place, for fear was on them because of the peoples of the lands, and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, burnt offerings morning and evening.

Ezra 4:5
and bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

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