Ezra 4:4
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New International Version
Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
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,

Ezra 4:4 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Weakened the hands - Discouraged and opposed them by every possible means.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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...

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Building 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"
Immediately after Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel, the prophet received a message regarding the work of Zerubbabel. "The Angel that talked with me," Zechariah declares, "came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, and said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: and two olive trees by
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
2 Samuel 4:1
When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.

Ezra 3:3
Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening sacrifices.

Ezra 4:5
They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.

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