1. Exposition

Were the Jews in a position to cause a rebellion?

Ezra 4:13 (ESV)

13 Now be it known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and the royal revenue will be impaired.

Despite the strong words of Rehum, the Jews were not really in any kind of position to cause a rebellion in the whole of the area beyond the river.1