12 Let it be known to the king that the Jews who came up from you have come to us at Jerusalem, and are building the (A)rebellious and evil city, and are finishing its (B)walls and repairing the foundations. 13 Let it now be known to the king that, if this city is built and the walls completed, they will not pay (C)tax, tribute, or custom, and the king’s treasury will be diminished. 14 Now because we receive support from the palace, it was not proper for us to see the king’s dishonor; therefore we have sent and informed the king, 15 that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. And you will find in the book of the records and know that this city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces, and that they have incited sedition within the city in former times, for which cause this city was destroyed.

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20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, (A)exceedingly trouble our city;

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21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”

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