عَزْرَا 4

وَلَمَّا سَمِعَ أَعْدَاءُ يَهُوذَا وَبَنْيَامِينَ أَنَّ بَنِي ٱلسَّبْيِ يَبْنُونَ هَيْكَلًا لِلرَّبِّ إِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، ١ 1
Now some enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the people who had been exiled were now building a temple for Yahweh, the God of Israel.
تَقَدَّمُوا إِلَى زَرُبَّابِلَ وَرُؤُوسِ ٱلْآبَاءِ وَقَالُوا لَهُمْ: «نَبْنِي مَعَكُمْ لِأَنَّنَا نَظِيرَكُمْ نَطْلُبُ إِلَهَكُمْ، وَلَهُ قَدْ ذَبَحْنَا مِنْ أَيَّامِ أَسَرْحَدُّونَ مَلِكِ أَشُّورَ ٱلَّذِي أَصْعَدَنَا إِلَى هُنَا». ٢ 2
So they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of their ancestors' clans. They said to them, “Let us build with you, for, like you, we seek your God and have sacrificed to him since the days when Esarhaddon, king of Assyria, brought us to this place.”
فَقَالَ لَهُمْ زَرُبَّابِلُ وَيَشُوعُ وَبَقِيَّةُ رُؤُوسِ آبَاءِ إِسْرَائِيلَ: «لَيْسَ لَكُمْ وَلَنَا أَنْ نَبْنِيَ بَيْتًا لِإِلَهِنَا، وَلَكِنَّنَا نَحْنُ وَحْدَنَا نَبْنِي لِلرَّبِّ إِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ كَمَا أَمَرَنَا ٱلْمَلِكُ كُورَشُ مَلِكُ فَارِسَ». ٣ 3
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the heads of their ancestors' clans said, “It is not you, but we who must build the house of our God, for it is we who will build for Yahweh, the God of Israel, just as King Cyrus of Persia commanded.”
وَكَانَ شَعْبُ ٱلْأَرْضِ يُرْخُونَ أَيْدِيَ شَعْبِ يَهُوذَا وَيُذْعِرُونَهُمْ عَنِ ٱلْبِنَاءِ. ٤ 4
So the people of the land made the Judeans' hands weak; they made the Judeans afraid to build.
وَٱسْتَأْجَرُوا ضِدَّهُمْ مُشِيرِينَ لِيُبْطِلُوا مَشُورَتَهُمْ كُلَّ أَيَّامِ كُورَشَ مَلِكِ فَارِسَ وَحَتَّى مُلْكِ دَارِيُوسَ مَلِكِ فَارِسَ. ٥ 5
They also bribed counselors to frustrate their plans. They did this during all of Cyrus' days and into the reign of Darius king of Persia.
وَفِي مُلْكِ أَحَشْوِيرُوشَ، فِي ٱبْتِدَاءِ مُلْكِهِ، كَتَبُوا شَكْوَى عَلَى سُكَّانِ يَهُوذَا وَأُورُشَلِيمَ. ٦ 6
Then at the beginning of Ahasuerus' reign they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
وَفِي أَيَّامِ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا كَتَبَ بِشْلَامُ وَمِثْرَدَاثُ وَطَبْئِيلُ وَسَائِرُ رُفَقَائِهِمْ إِلَى أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا مَلِكِ فَارِسَ. وَكِتَابَةُ ٱلرِّسَالَةِ مَكْتُوبَةٌ بِٱلْأَرَامِيَّةِ وَمُتَرْجَمَةٌ بِٱلْأَرَامِيَّةِ. ٧ 7
It was during the days of Artaxerxes that Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and their companions wrote to Artaxerxes. The letter was written in Aramaic and translated.
رَحُومُ صَاحِبُ ٱلْقَضَاءِ وَشِمْشَايُ ٱلْكَاتِبُ كَتَبَا رِسَالَةً ضِدَّ أُورُشَلِيمَ إِلَى أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ هَكَذَا: ٨ 8
Rehum the commander and Shimshai the scribe wrote this way to Artaxerxes about Jerusalem.
كَتَبَ حِينَئِذٍ رَحُومُ صَاحِبُ ٱلْقَضَاءِ وَشِمْشَايُ ٱلْكَاتِبُ وَسَائِرُ رُفَقَائِهِمَا ٱلدِّينِيِّينَ وَٱلْأَفَرَسْتِكِيِّينَ وَٱلطَّرْفِلِيِّينَ وَٱلْأَفْرَسِيِّينَ وَٱلْأَرَكْوِيِّينَ وَٱلْبَابِلِيِّينَ وَٱلشُّوشَنِيِّينَ وَٱلدَّهْوِيِّينَ وَٱلْعِيلَامِيِّينَ، ٩ 9
Then Rehum, Shimshai, and their companions, who were judges and other officers in the government, the Persians, men from Erech and Babylon, and the men from Susa (that is, the Elamites)—they wrote a letter—
وَسَائِرِ ٱلْأُمَمِ ٱلَّذِينَ سَبَاهُمْ أُسْنَفَّرُ ٱلْعَظِيمُ ٱلشَّرِيفُ وَأَسْكَنَهُمْ مُدُنَ ٱلسَّامِرَةِ، وَسَائِرِ ٱلَّذِينَ فِي عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ وَإِلَى آخِرِهِ. ١٠ 10
and they were joined by the people whom the great and noble Ashurbanipal forced to settle in Samaria, along with the rest who were in the Province Beyond the River.
هَذِهِ صُورَةُ ٱلرِّسَالَةِ ٱلَّتِي أَرْسَلُوهَا إِلَيْهِ، إِلَى أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ: «عَبِيدُكَ ٱلْقَوْمُ ٱلَّذِينَ فِي عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ إِلَى آخِرِهِ. ١١ 11
This is a copy of the letter that they sent to Artaxerxes: “Your servants, men of the Province Beyond the River, write this:
لِيُعْلَمِ ٱلْمَلِكُ أَنَّ ٱلْيَهُودَ ٱلَّذِينَ صَعِدُوا مِنْ عِنْدِكَ إِلَيْنَا قَدْ أَتَوْا إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ وَيَبْنُونَ ٱلْمَدِينَةَ ٱلْعَاصِيَةَ ٱلرَّدِيَّةَ، وَقَدْ أَكْمَلُوا أَسْوَارَهَا وَرَمَّمُوا أُسُسَهَا. ١٢ 12
Let the king know that the Jews who went from you have come against us in Jerusalem to build a rebellious city. They have completed the walls and repaired the foundations.
لِيَكُنِ ٱلْآنَ مَعْلُومًا لَدَى ٱلْمَلِكِ أَنَّهُ إِذَا بُنِيَتْ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ وَأُكْمِلَتْ أَسْوَارُهَا لَا يُؤَدُّونَ جِزْيَةً وَلَا خَرَاجًا وَلَا خِفَارَةً، فَأَخِيرًا تَضُرُّ ٱلْمُلُوكَ. ١٣ 13
Now let the king know that if this city is built and the wall is completed, they will not give any tribute and taxes, but they will harm the kings.
وَٱلْآنَ بِمَا إِنَّنَا نَأْكُلُ مِلْحَ دَارِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، وَلَا يَلِيقُ بِنَا أَنْ نَرَى ضَرَرَ ٱلْمَلِكِ، لِذَلِكَ أَرْسَلْنَا فَأَعْلَمْنَا ٱلْمَلِكَ، ١٤ 14
Surely because we have eaten the palace salt, it is not fitting for us to see any dishonor happen to the king. It is because of this that we are informing the king
لِكَيْ يُفَتَّشَ فِي سِفْرِ أَخْبَارِ آبَائِكَ، فَتَجِدَ فِي سِفْرِ ٱلْأَخْبَارِ وَتَعْلَمَ أَنَّ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةَ مَدِينَةٌ عَاصِيَةٌ وَمُضِرَّةٌ لِلْمُلُوكِ وَٱلْبِلَادِ، وَقَدْ عَمِلُوا عِصْيَانًا فِي وَسَطِهَا مُنْذُ ٱلْأَيَّامِ ٱلْقَدِيمَةِ، لِذَلِكَ أُخْرِبَتْ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ. ١٥ 15
to search your father's record and to verify that this is a rebellious city that will harm kings and provinces. It has caused many problems to the kings and provinces. It has been a center for rebellion from long ago. It was for this reason that the city was destroyed.
وَنَحْنُ نُعْلِمُ ٱلْمَلِكَ أَنَّهُ إِذَا بُنِيَتْ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ وَأُكْمِلَتْ أَسْوَارُهَا لَا يَكُونُ لَكَ عِنْدَ ذَلِكَ نَصِيبٌ فِي عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ». ١٦ 16
We are informing the king that if this city and wall are built, then there will be nothing remaining for you in the Province Beyond the River.”
فَأَرْسَلَ ٱلْمَلِكُ جَوَابًا: «إِلَى رَحُومَ صَاحِبِ ٱلْقَضَاءِ وَشَمْشَايَ ٱلْكَاتِبِ وَسَائِرِ رُفَقَائِهِمَا ٱلسَّاكِنِينَ فِي ٱلسَّامِرَةِ وَبَاقِي ٱلَّذِينَ فِي عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ. سَلَامٌ إِلَى آخِرِهِ. ١٧ 17
So the king sent out a reply to Rehum and Shimshai and their companions in Samaria and the rest who were in the Province Beyond the River: “May peace be yours.
ٱلرِّسَالَةُ ٱلَّتِي أَرْسَلْتُمُوهَا إِلَيْنَا قَدْ قُرِئَتْ بِوُضُوحٍ أَمَامِي. ١٨ 18
The letter that you sent me has been translated and read to me.
وَقَدْ خَرَجَ مِنْ عِنْدِي أَمْرٌ فَفَتَّشُوا وَوُجِدَ أَنَّ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةَ مُنْذُ ٱلْأَيَّامِ ٱلْقَدِيمَةِ تَقُومُ عَلَى ٱلْمُلُوكِ، وَقَدْ جَرَى فِيهَا تَمَرُّدٌ وَعِصْيَانٌ. ١٩ 19
So I ordered an investigation and discovered that in previous days they had rebelled and revolted against kings.
وَقَدْ كَانَ مُلُوكٌ مُقْتَدِرُونَ عَلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ وَتَسَلَّطُوا عَلَى جَمِيعِ عَبْرِ ٱلنَّهْرِ، وَقَدْ أُعْطُوا جِزْيَةً وَخَرَاجًا وَخِفَارَةً. ٢٠ 20
Mighty kings have ruled over Jerusalem and had power over everything in the Province Beyond the River. Tribute and taxes were paid to them.
فَٱلْآنَ أَخْرِجُوا أَمْرًا بِتَوْقِيفِ أُولَئِكَ ٱلرِّجَالِ فَلَا تُبْنَى هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ حَتَّى يَصْدُرَ مِنِّي أَمْرٌ. ٢١ 21
Now, make a decree for these men to stop and not build this city until I make a decree.
فَٱحْذَرُوا مِنْ أَنْ تَقْصُرُوا عَنْ عَمَلِ ذَلِكَ. لِمَاذَا يَكْثُرُ ٱلضَّرَرُ لِخَسَارَةِ ٱلْمُلُوكِ؟». ٢٢ 22
Be careful not to neglect this. Why allow this threat to grow and cause more loss for the royal interests?
حِينَئِذٍ لَمَّا قُرِئَتْ رِسَالَةُ أَرْتَحْشَشْتَا ٱلْمَلِكِ أَمَامَ رَحُومَ وَشِمْشَايَ ٱلْكَاتِبِ وَرُفَقَائِهِمَا ذَهَبُوا بِسُرْعَةٍ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ، إِلَى ٱلْيَهُودِ، وَأَوْقَفُوهُمْ بِذِرَاعٍ وَقُوَّةٍ. ٢٣ 23
When King Artaxerxes' decree was read before Rehum, Shimshai, and their companions, they went out quickly to Jerusalem and forced the Jews to stop building.
حِينَئِذٍ تَوَقَّفَ عَمَلُ بَيْتِ ٱللهِ ٱلَّذِي فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ، وَكَانَ مُتَوَقِّفًا إِلَى ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلثَّانِيَةِ مِنْ مُلْكِ دَارِيُوسَ مَلِكِ فَارِسَ. ٢٤ 24
So the work on the house of God in Jerusalem stopped until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.