* A.M. 3482. B.C. 522. Artaxerxes.
This Artaxerxes was one of the Magi, who usurped the throne
after the death of Cambyses, for seven months, feigning
himself to be Smerdis, brother of Cambyses: he is called
Oropoestus by Justin, Smerdis by Herodotus, Mardus by
AEschylus, and Sphendatates by Ctesias.
* Bishlam. or, in peace. companions. Heb. societies.
* the Syrian tongue.
That is, probably, both the language and character were Syrian
or Chaldaic; and therefore, from the 8th verse of this
chapter, to ch. 7:27, the original is not Hebrew, but Chaldee,
in those parts which consist of letters, decrees, etc.,
originally written in that language.
2Ki 18:26 Isa 36:11 Da 2:4