Indeed, they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race 1 has become intermingled with the local residents. Worse still, the leaders and the officials have been at the forefront of all of this!”
I considered these things carefully 1 and then registered a complaint with the wealthy 2 and the officials. I said to them, “Each one of you is seizing the collateral 3 from your own countrymen!” 4 Because of them I called for 5 a great public assembly.
Going after them were Hoshaiah, half the leaders of Judah,
when the nations gather together, and the kingdoms pay tribute to the Lord. 1
They bind 1 their kings in chains, and their nobles in iron shackles,
“And you, sing 1 a lament for the princes of Israel,
The wise men replied to the king, “There is no man on earth who is able to disclose the king’s secret, 1 for no king, regardless of his position and power, has ever requested such a thing from any magician, astrologer, or wise man.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent out a summons to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates, 1 and all the other authorities of the province to attend the dedication of the statue that he 2 had erected.
So the satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the other provincial authorities assembled for the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected. They were standing in front of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had erected. 1
Then the kingdom, authority, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be delivered to the people of the holy ones 1 of the Most High. His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; all authorities will serve him and obey him.’
The men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son, and your grandson. For you have delivered us from Midian’s power.” 1
Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.”
His son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders of their families, for they were highly respected.
The leaders of the families, the leaders of the Israelite tribes, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, and the supervisors of the king’s work contributed willingly.
All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and those who performed the king’s business were assisting the Jews, for the dread of Mordecai had fallen on them.