Take heed now that you fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
Treasury of Scripture
Ezra 4:13 Be it known now to the king, that, if this city be built, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom...
Esther 3:8,9 And Haman said to king Ahasuerus...
Esther 7:3,4 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king...
ContextThe Decree of Artaxerxes
17Then sent the king an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and to the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time. 18The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me. 19And I commanded, and search has been made, and it is found that this city of old time has made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein. 20There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid to them. 21Give you now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not built, until another commandment shall be given from me. 22Take heed now that you fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? 23Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power. 24Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased to the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And take heed that ye be not slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
See that you be not negligent in executing this, lest by little and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.
Darby Bible Translation
and take heed that ye fail not to do this: why should harm grow to the damage of the kings?
King James Bible
Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
Young's Literal Translation
And beware ye of negligence in doing this; why doth the hurt become great to the loss of the kings?'