Now because we eat the salt of the king’s palace and it is not fitting for us to see the king’s dishonor, therefore have we sent and informed the king, Bible see other translations

“eat the salt of the king’s palace.” The men writing this letter say they are doing so because of the custom of the salt covenant, which binds them to the king.

[For more on the salt covenant, see commentary on 2 Chronicles 13:5.]

Commentary for: Ezra 4:14