New International Version
We inform the king that if this city is built and its walls are restored, you will be left with nothing in Trans-Euphrates.
King James Bible
We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
Darby Bible Translation
We inform the king that if this city be built and its walls be completed, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
World English Bible
We inform the king that, if this city be built, and the walls finished, by this means you shall have no portion beyond the River.
Young's Literal Translation
We are making known to the king that, if this city be builded and the walls finished, by this means a portion beyond the river thou hast none.'
Ezra 4:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The book of the records of thy fathers - That is, the records of the Chaldeans, to whom the Persians succeeded.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
thou shalt have
LibraryBuilding in Troublous Times
'Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel; 2. Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto Him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. 3. But Zerubbabel, and Joshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"Not by Might, nor by Power"
so that a search may be made in the archives of your predecessors. In these records you will find that this city is a rebellious city, troublesome to kings and provinces, a place with a long history of sedition. That is why this city was destroyed.
The king sent this reply: To Rehum the commanding officer, Shimshai the secretary and the rest of their associates living in Samaria and elsewhere in Trans-Euphrates: Greetings.
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