The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Tanach:|
Ezra 4: 13 Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, impost, or toll, and so thou wilt endamage the revenue of the kings.
Ezra 4: 14 Now because we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and announced to the king,
Ezra 4: 15 that search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers; so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time; for which cause was this city laid waste.
Ezra 4: 16 We announce to the king that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, by this means thou shalt have no portion beyond the River.'
Ezra 4: 17 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the commander, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the River: 'Peace, and now
Ezra 4: 18 the letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.
Ezra 4: 19 And I decreed, and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.
Ezra 4: 20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all the country beyond the River; and tribute, impost, and toll, was paid unto them.
Ezra 4: 21 Make ye now a decree to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not builded, until a decree shall be made by me.