New American Standard Bible
the document which you sent to us has been translated and read before me.
King James Bible
The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.
Darby Bible Translation
The letter that ye sent to us has been read before me distinctly.
World English Bible
The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me.
Young's Literal Translation
The letter that ye sent unto us, explained, hath been read before me,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Hath been ... read - It is doubtful if the Persian monarchs could ordinarily read. At any rate, it was their habit to have documents read to them (compare Esther 6:1). This is still the ordinary practice in Eastern courts.
Library"The Prophets of God Helping Them"
Close by the Israelites who had set themselves to the task of rebuilding the temple, dwelt the Samaritans, a mixed race that had sprung up through the intermarriage of heathen colonists from the provinces of Assyria with the remnant of the ten tribes which had been left in Samaria and Galilee. In later years the Samaritans claimed to worship the true God, but in heart and practice they were idolaters. It is true, they held that their idols were but to remind them of the living God, the Ruler of the …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
A Reformer's Schooling
Then the king sent an answer to Rehum the commander, to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their colleagues who live in Samaria and in the rest of the provinces beyond the River: "Peace. And now
"A decree has been issued by me, and a search has been made and it has been discovered that that city has risen up against the kings in past days, that rebellion and revolt have been perpetrated in it,
They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
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