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post Dec 2 2015, 05:10 AM
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Ezra 4:17-20 Modern English Version (MEV)

17 The king sent an answer:
“To Rehum the commander, to Shimshai the scribe, to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and to the remainder Beyond the River:
“Peace, and so forth.
18 “The letter which you sent to us has been translated and read before me. 19 I commanded, and a search has been made, and it is found that this city has in the past made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and revolt have occurred there.20 There have also been mighty kings over Jerusalem, who have ruled over the whole province Beyond the River, and toll, tribute, and custom was paid to them.

Modern English Version (MEV) The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

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17 Shimshai was most likely the scribe for the governor. So the reply would be told to by the governor to all those in the area he controlled which was Samaria and anything west of the Euphrates which included Israel.

18 So the governor had to make sure the letter was translated so that all those in his area could understand it, it does not help hearing anything if it can not be understood. He also had someone read it to him rather reading it himself, this was common for those leaders of the day.

19 Israel had caused what he referred to problems for other nations in the past, they conquered their land which involved them defeating other nations and bringing down kingdoms.

20 There was some great king of Israel they were allowed to be such because of their devotion to the Lord, David most likely grew the kingdom beyond the Euphrates because Solomon had a large kingdom when he became but there was a divide after Solomon’s reign and the kingdom would never be that big again.

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