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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.

Ezra 5:1

Context
Tattenai Appeals to Darius

5:1 Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son 3  of Iddo 4  prophesied concerning the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem 5  in the name of the God of Israel who was over them.

Ezra 5:5

Context
5:5 But God was watching over 6  the elders of Judah, and they were not stopped 7  until a report could be dispatched 8  to Darius and a letter could be sent back concerning this.

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.

3 tn Aram “son.” According to Zech 1:1 he was actually the grandson of Iddo.

4 tn Aram “and Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo the prophet.”

5 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

6 tn Aram “the eye of their God was on.” The idiom describes the attentive care that one exercises in behalf of the object of his concern.

7 tn Aram “they did not stop them.”

8 tn Aram “[could] go.” On this form see F. Rosenthal, Grammar, 58, §169.



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