26 Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, and Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,(A) since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall.”

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And in the days of Artaxerxes(A) king of Persia, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of his associates wrote a letter to Artaxerxes. The letter was written in Aramaic script and in the Aramaic(B) language.[a][b]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 4:7 Or written in Aramaic and translated
  2. Ezra 4:7 The text of 4:8–6:18 is in Aramaic.

Then the astrologers answered the king,[a](A) “May the king live forever!(B) Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 2:4 At this point the Hebrew text has in Aramaic, indicating that the text from here through the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic.

11 Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah(A) said to the field commander, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,(B) since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall.”

12 But the commander replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?(C)

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18 They called for the king; and Eliakim(A) son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna(B) the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went out to them.

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