Shimshai (Shim´shi; Heb., “sun”)

An officer of the Persian court on duty in Palestine (Ezra 4:8, Ezra 4:9, Ezra 4:17, and Ezra 4:23). He endorsed a letter to Artaxerxes, the king of Persia, complaining about Judean postexilic reconstruction work and received official support for its cessation. The work in Jerusalem was resumed later.

Ezra 4:8

8Rehum the royal deputy and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes as follows

Ezra 4:9

9(then Rehum the royal deputy, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their associates, the judges, the envoys, the officials, the Persians, the people of Erech, ... View more

Ezra 4:17

17The king sent an answer: “To Rehum the royal deputy and Shimshai the scribe and the rest of their associates who live in Samaria and in the rest of the provin ... View more

Ezra 4:23

23Then when the copy of King Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum and the scribe Shimshai and their associates, they hurried to the Jews in Jerusalem and by ... View more

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