New International Version
Now issue an order to these men to stop work, so that this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.
King James Bible
Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not builded, until another commandment shall be given from me.
Darby Bible Translation
Now give order to make these men to cease, and that this city be not built, until the order shall be given from me;
World English Bible
Make a decree now to cause these men to cease, and that this city not be built, until a decree shall be made by me.
Young's Literal Translation
'Now, make ye a decree to cause these men to cease, and this city is not builded, till by me a decree is made.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Until another commandment shall be given from me - The rebuilding was only provisionally suspended. The decree was, Let it cease for the present; nor let it proceed at any time without an order express from me.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Give ye, etc. Chal. Make a decree
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"
Jerusalem has had powerful kings ruling over the whole of Trans-Euphrates, and taxes, tribute and duty were paid to them.
Be careful not to neglect this matter. Why let this threat grow, to the detriment of the royal interests?
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