37 Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.(A)

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33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression(A) all your days.(B)

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Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God:

Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury,(A) from the revenues(B) of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.

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51 They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine(A) or olive oil,(B) nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined.(C)

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48 therefore in hunger and thirst,(A) in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke(B) on your neck(C) until he has destroyed you.

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33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants(A) and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

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and said: “As far as possible, we have bought(A) back our fellow Jews who were sold to the Gentiles. Now you are selling your own people, only for them to be sold back to us!” They kept quiet, because they could find nothing to say.(B)

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24 You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty(A) on any of the priests, Levites, musicians, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.(B)

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13 Furthermore, the king should know that if this city is built and its walls are restored, no more taxes, tribute or duty(A) will be paid, and eventually the royal revenues will suffer.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 4:13 The meaning of the Aramaic for this clause is uncertain.

39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine(A) or gather the grapes, because worms will eat(B) them.(C)

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17 I will set my face(A) against you so that you will be defeated(B) by your enemies;(C) those who hate you will rule over you,(D) and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.(E)

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