then they came to Zerub'babel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhad'don king of Assur, which brought us up hither. 2 Kgs. 17.24-41
But Zerub'babel, and Jesh'u-a, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build a house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.
¶ And in the days of Artaxerx'es wrote Bishlam, Mith'redath, Tab'eel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerx'es king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.
then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shim'shai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Di'na-ites, the Aphar-sath'chites, the Tar'pelites, the Aphar'sites, the Ar'chevites, the Babylonians, the Su'sanchites, the De'havites, and the E'lamites,
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 destroyed.
¶ Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to Shim'shai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time.
¶ Now when the copy of king Artaxerx'es' letter was read before Rehum, and Shim'shai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.