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Ezra 4:12

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4:12 Now 1  let the king be aware that the Jews who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and odious city. 2  They are completing its walls and repairing its foundations.

1 tn The MT takes this word with the latter part of v. 11, but in English style it fits better with v. 12.

2 sn Management of the provinces that were distantly removed from the capital was difficult, and insurrection in such places was a perennial problem. The language used in this report about Jerusalem (i.e., “rebellious,” “odious”) is intentionally inflammatory. It is calculated to draw immediate attention to the perceived problem.



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