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Ezra 4:8

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4:8 Rehum the commander 1  and Shimshai the scribe 2  wrote a letter concerning 3  Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes as follows:

1 tn Aram “lord of the command.” So also in vv. 9, 17.

2 sn Like Rehum, Shimshai was apparently a fairly high-ranking official charged with overseeing Persian interests in this part of the empire. His title was “scribe” or “secretary,” but in a more elevated political sense than that word sometimes has elsewhere. American governmental titles such as “Secretary of State” perhaps provide an analogy in that the word “secretary” can have a broad range of meaning.

3 tn Or perhaps “against.”



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