1. Exposition

What is the meaning of "You have nothing to do with us"?

Ezra 4:3 (ESV)

3 But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers’ houses in Israel said to them, “You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the LORD, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.”

A literal translation of their words is It is not for you and for us.1 The leaders of the people of Israel refuse their offer for help.