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Vehemiah's hospitality. CHAP. VI. Insidious conduct of Sanballat. ready: neither is it in our power to re-in ten days store of all sorts of wine : yet em them; for other men have our lands for all this required not I the bread of the id vineyards.

governor, because the bondage was heavy 61 And I was very angry when I heard upon this people. war cry and these words. i

I 19 Think upon me, my God, for good 7 Then I consulted with myself, and I according to all that I have done for this buked the nobles, and the rulers, and people. lid unto them, Ye exact usury, every one

CHAP. VI. This brother. And I set a great assembly | N OW it came to pass, when Sanballat, gainst them.

I and Tobiah, and Geshem the AraS And I said unto them, We after our bian, and the rest of our enemics, heard bility have redeemed our brethren the that I had builded the wall, and that there lews, which were sold unto the heathen ; was no breach left therein ; (though at und will ye even sell your brethren ? or that time I had not set up the doors upon

all they be sold unto us? Then held they the gates ;) Geir peace, and found nothing to answer. | 2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto

9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: me, saying, Come, let us meet together in ought ye not to walk in the fear of our some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. God because of the reproach of the heathen But they thought to do me mischief. our enemies?

3 And I sent messengers unto them, 10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my saying, I am doing a great work, so that I servants, might exact of them money and cannot come down : why should the work corn: I pray you, let us leave off this cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to usury.

you ? 1 11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even 4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this day, their lands, their vineyards, their this sort; and I answered them after the olive-yards, and their houses, also the hun- same manner. dredth part of the money, and of the corn, 5 ! Then sent Sanballat his servant unto the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of me in like manner the fifth time with an them.

Jopen letter in his hand; 12 Then said they, We will restore them, 6 Wherein was written, It is reported and will require nothing of them; so will among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, we do as thou sayest. Then I called the that thou and the Jews think to rebel : for priests, and took an oath of them, that which cause thou buildest the wall, that they should do according to this promise. thou mayest be their king, according to

13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So these words. Í God shake out every man from his house, 7 And thou hast also appointed prophets and from his labour, that performeth not to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, this promise, even thus be he shaken out, There is a king in Judah : and now shall and emptied. And all the congregation it be reported to the king according to said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And these words. Come now therefore, and let the people did according to this promise. us take counsel together.

14 I Moreover, from the time that I was 8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There appointed to be their governor in the land are no such things done as thou sayest, but of Judah, from the twentieth year even thou feignest them out of thine own heart. unto the two and thirtieth year of Arta- 9 For they all made us afraid, saying, xerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and Their hands shall be weakened from the my brethren have not eaten the bread of work, that it be not done. Now therefore, the governor.

10 God, strengthen my hands. 15 But the former governors that had 10 | Afterward 1 came unto the house been before me were chargeable unto the of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of people, and had taken of them bread and Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, Let us meet together in the house of God, even their servants bare rule over the peo- within the temple, and let us shut the doors ple: but so did not 1, because of the fear of the temple: for they will come to slay of God.

thee; yea, in the night will they come to 16 Yea, also I continued in the work of slay thee. this wall, neither bought we any land : and 11 And I said, Should such a man as I all my servants were gathered thither unto flee ? and who is there, that, being as I the work.

Jam, would go into the temple to save his 17 Moreover, there were at my table an life? I will not go in. hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, 12 And lo, I perceived that God had not beside those that came unto us from sent him; but that he pronounced this among the heathen that are about us. prophecy against me: for Tobiah and San.

18 Now that which was prepared for ballat had hired him. me daily was one ox and six choice sheep ; 13 Therefore was he hired, that I should also fowls were prepared for me, and once be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they


The wall is finished. · NEHEMIAH. A register of those that might have matter for an evil report, that! 10 The children of Arah, six hundred they might reproach me.

fifty and two. 14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah 11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the and Sanballat, according to these their children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and and eight hundred and eighteen. the rest of the prophets, that would have 12 The children of Elam, a thousand put me in fear.

two hundred fifty and four. 15 So the wall was finished in the 13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in forty and five. fifty and two days.

14 The children of Zaccai, seven hun16 And it came to pass, that when all dred and threescore. our enemies heard thereof, and all the 15 The children of Binnui, six hundred heathen that were about us saw these things, forty and eight. they were much cast down in their own 16 The children of Bebai, six hundred eyes : for they perceived that this work twenty and eight. was wrought of our God.

| 17 The children of Azgad, two thou17 | Moreover, in those days the nobles sand three hundred twenty and two. of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, 18 The children of Adonikam, six hunand the letters of Tobiah came unto them. dred threescore and seven.

18 For there wcre many in Judah sworn 19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand uuto him, because he was the son-in-law threescore and seven. of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his 20 The children of Adin, six hundred son Johanan had taken the daughter of fifty and five. Meshullam the son of Berechiah.

21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, 19 Also they reported his good deeds ninety and eight. before me, and uttered my words to him. 22 The children of Hashum, three hunAnd Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear. dred twenty and eight. CHAP. VII.

23 The children of Bezai, three hundred N OW it came to pass, when the wall twenty and four.

I was built, and I had set up the doors, 24 The children of Hariph, an hundred
and the porters and the singers and the and twelve.
Levites were appointed,

25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and
2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and five.
Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge 26 The men of Beth-lehem and Neto-
over Jerusalem : for he was a faithful man, phah, an hundred fourscore and eight.
and feared God above many.

T27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred 3 And I said unto them, Let not the twenty and eight. gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun 28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and be hot; and while they stand by, let them two. shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint 29 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephiwatches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, rah, and Beeroth, seren hundred forty and every one in his watch, and every one to be three. over against his house.

30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six 4 Now the city was large and great : hundred twenty and one. but the people were few therein, and the 31 The men of Michmas, an hundred houses were not builded.

and twenty and two. 5 And my God put into mine heart to 32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, an hungather together the nobles, and the rulers, dred twenty and three. and the people, that they might be reckon- 33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty ed by genealogy. And I found a register and two. of the genealogy of them which came up at 34 The children of the other Elam, a the first, and found written therein, thousand two hundred fifty and four.

6 These are the children of the province, 35 The children of Harim, three hunthat went up out of the captivity, of those dred and twenty. that had been carried away, whom Nebu- 36 The children of Jericho, three hunchadnezzar the king of Babylon had car- dred forty and five. ried away, and came again to Jerusalem. 37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and and to Judah, every one unto his city; Ono, seven hundred twenty and one.

7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, 38 The children of Senaah, three thouNehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, sand nine hundred and thirty. Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Ne-l 39 The priests: the children of Jedajhum, Baanah. The number, I say, of the ah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred men of the people of Israel was this; seventy and three

8 The children of Parosh, two thousand 40 The children of Immer, a thousand an hundred seventy and two.

fifty and two. 9 The children of Shephatiah, three 41 The children of Pashur, a thousand hundred seventy and two.

two hundred forty and seven.

returned from Babylum. CHAP. VIII. The lio is read by Ezras

42 The children of Harim, a thousand! 66 1 The whole congregation together and seventeen.

was forty and two thousand three hundred 43 | The Levites : the children of Je- and threescore, shua, of Kadmiel, and of the children of 67 Beside their man-servants and their Hodevah, seventy and four.

maid-servants, of whom there were seven 44 The singers: the children of Asaph, thousand three hundred thirty and seren: an hundred forty and eight.

and they had two hundred forty and five 45 The porters: the children of Shal- singing-men and singing-women. lum, the children of Ater, the children of 68 Their horses, seven

hundred thirty and Talmon, the children of Akkub, the chil- six: their mules, two hundred forty and five: dren of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an 69 Thcir camels, four hundred thirty hundred thirty and eight.

and five: six thousand seven hundred and 46 1 The Nethinirs: the children of twenty asses. Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the chil 70 I And some of the chief of the sadren of Tabbaoth,

thers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha 47 The children of Keros, the children gave to the treasure a thousand drams of of Sia, the children of Padon,

gold, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty 48 The children of Lebana, the children priests' garments. of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai, 71 And some of the chief of the fathers

49 The children of Hanan, the children gave to the treasure of the work twenty of Giddel, the children of Gahar,

thousand drams of gold, and two thuosand 50 The children of Reaiah, the children and two hundred pounds of silver. of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

72 And that which the rest of the peo51 The children of Gazzam, the children ple gave was twenty thousand drams of of Uzza, the children of Phaseah, gold, and two thousand pounds of silver,

52 The children of Besai, the children and threescore and seven priests' garments. of Meunim, the children of Nephishesim, 73 So the priests, and the Levites, and 53 The children of Bakbuk, the children the porters

, and the singers, and some of of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, the people, and the Nethinims, and all Is

54 The children of Bazlith, the children rael, dwelt in their cities; and when the of Mehida, the children of Harsha, seventh mouth came, the children of Israel

55 The children of Barkos, the children were in their cities. of Sisera, the children of Tamah,

CHAP. VIII. 56. The children of Neziah, the children AND all the people gathered themselves of Hatipha.

57 I The children of Solomon's servants : that was before the water-gate; and they the children of Sotai, the children of So- spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the phereth, the children of Perida,

book of the law of Moses, which the LORD 58 The children of Jaala, the children had commanded to Israel. of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

2 And Ezra the priest brought the law 59 The children of Shephatiah, the chil- before the congregation both of men and dren of Hattil

, the children of Pochereth women, and all that could hear with unof Zebaim, the children of Amon. derstanding, upon the first day of the

60 All the Nethinims, and the children seventh month. of Solomon's servants, were three hundred 3 And he read therein before the street ninety and two.

that was before the water-gate from the 61 And these were they which went up morning until mid-day, before the men and also from Tel-mela, Tel-haresha, Cherub, the women, and those that could underAddon, and Immer: but they could not stand; and the ears of all the people were shew their father's house, nor their seed, attentive unto the book of the law. whether they were of Israel.

4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pul62 The children of Delaiah, the children pit of wood, which they had made for the of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, hundred forty and two.

and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and 63 1 And of the priests: the children of Hilkiah, and Maaseia on his right hand; Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, of Barzillai, which took one of the daugh- and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbaters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and dana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. was called after their name.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight 64 These sought their register among of all the people; (for he was above all the those that were reckoned by genealogy, but people;) and when he opened it, all the it was not found: therefore were they, as people stood up: polluted, put from the priesthood.

6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great 65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that God. And all the people answered, Amen, they should not eat of the most holy things, Amen, with lifting up their hands : and till there stood up a priest with Urim and they bowed their heads, and worshipped Thummim.

the LORD with their faces to the ground.

The people are comforted. NEHEMIAH. Confession of the Levites.

7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, assembled with fasting, and with sacke Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maa- clothes, and earth upon them. seiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, 2 And the seed of Israel separated themPelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people selves from all strangers, and stood and to understand the law: and the people stood confessed their sins, and the iniquities of in their place.

their fathers. 8 So they read in the book in the law 3 And they stood up in their place, and of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and read in the book of the law of the LORD caused them to understand the reading their God onc fourth part of the day; and

91 And Nehemiah, which is the Tir- another fourth part they confessed, and shatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and worshipped the LORD their God. the Levites that taught the people, said 4.1 Then stood up upon the stairs, of unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, _Kadıniel, the Lord your God'; mourn not, nor weep. Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and

the words of the law.

the LORD their God. 10 Then he said unto them, Go your 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadway, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and miel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodisend portions unto them for whom nothing jah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand is prepared : for this day is holy unto our up and bless the LORD your God for ever Lond: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, the Lord is your strength.

11 So the Levites stilled all the people, praise. saying, Hold your peace, for the day is 6 Thou, wen thou, art LORD alone; thou holy; neither be ye grieved...

Thast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, 12 And all the people went their way with all their host, the earth, and all things to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, that are therein, the seas, and all that is and to make great mirth, because they had therein, and thou preservest them all; and understood the words that were declared the host of heaven worshippeth thee. unto them.

| 7 Thou art the LORD the God, who 13 | And on the second day were gather- didst choose Abram, and broughtest him ed together the chief of the fathers of all the forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest people, the priests, and the Levites, unto him the name of Abraham; Ezra the scribe, even to understand the 8 And foundest his heart faithful before words of the law.

thee, and madest a covenant with him to 14 And they found written in the law give the land of the Canaanites, the Hitites, which the Lord had commanded by Moses, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the that the children of Israel should dwell in Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I booths in the feast of the seventh month: say, to his seed, and hast performed thy

15 And that they should publish and words; for thou art righteous: proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusa- 9 And didst see the affliction of our falern, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and thers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by fetch olive-branches, and pine-branches, the Red sea; and myrtle-branches, and palm branches, 10 And shewedst signs and wonders upand branches of thick trees, to make booths, on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on as it is written.

all the people of his land: for thou knewest 16 | So the people went forth, and that they dealt proudly against them. So brought them, and made themselves booths, didst thou get thee a name, as it is this every one upon the roof of his house, and in day. their courts, and in the courts of the house 11 And thou didst divide the sea before of God, and in the street of the water-gate, them, so that they went through the midst and in the strect of the gate of Ephraim of the sea on the dry land; and their per

17 And all the congregation of them secutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a that were come again out of the captivity stone into the mighty waters. made booths, and sat under the booths; for 12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun day by a cloudy pillar ; and in the night by unto that day had not the children of 18-a pillar of fire, to give them light in the rael done so. And there was very great way wherein they should go. gladness.

113 Thou camest down also upon mount 18 Also day by day, from the first day Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, unto the last day, he read in the book of and gavest them right judgments, and true the law of God. And they kept the feast|laws, good statutes, and commandments; seven days; and on the eighth day was a 50-1 14 And madest known unto them thy lemn assembly, according unto the manner. holy sabbath, and commandedst them preCHAP. IX.

cepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of N OW in the twenty and fourth day of Moses thy servant: N this month the children of Israel were! 15 And gavest them bread from heaven Of God's goodness and CHAP. IX.

the people's wickedness. or their hunger, and broughtest forth water heaven; and according to thy manifold or them out of the rock for their thirst, and mercies thou gavest them saviours, who

romisedst them that they should go in to saved them out of the hand of their ene-ossess the land which thou hadst sworn to mies. cive them.

28 But after they had rest, they did evil 16 But they and our fathers dealt proud- again before thee: therefore leftest thou F, and hardened their necks, and hearken-them in the hand of their enemies, so that ed not to thy commandments,

they had the dominion orer them: yet 17 And refused to obey, neither were when they returned and cried unto thee, mindful of thy wonders that thou didst thou heardest them from heaven; and many among them ; but hardened their necks, times didst thou deliver them according to and in their rebellion appointed a captain thy mercies; to return to their bondage : but thou art a 29 And testifiedst against them, that God ready to pardon, gracious and merci-thou mightest bring them again unto thy ful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkenand forsookest them not.

ed not unto thy commandments, but sinned 18 Yea, when they had made them a against thy judgments, (wbich if a man do, molten calf, and said, This is thy God that he shall live in them;) and withdrew the brought thee up out of Egypt, and had shoulder, and hardened their neck, and wrought great provocations ;

would not hear. 19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies! 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear forsookest them not in the wilderness: the them, and testifiedst against them by thy pillar of the cloud departed not from them Spirit in thy prophets : yet would they not by day, to lead them in the way; neither give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the pillar of fire by night, to shew them the hand of the people of the lands. light, and the way wherein they should go. l 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies's

20 Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to sake thou didst not utterly consume them, instruct them, and withheldest not thy nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious manna from their mouth, and gavest them and merciful God. water for their thirst,

į 32 Now therefore, our God, the great, 21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain the mighty, and the terrible God, who them in the wilderness, so that they lacked keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and trouble seem little before thee, that hath their feet swelled not.

come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, 22 Moreover, thou gavest them king- and on our priests, and on our prophets, doms and nations, and didst divide them and on our fathers, and on all thy people, into corners: so they possessed the land of since the time of the kings of Assyria unto Sihon, and the land of the king of Hesh- this day. bon, and the land of Og king of Basban. | 33 Howbeit, thou art just in all that is

23 Their children also multipliedst thou brought upon us : for thou hast done right, as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them but we have done wickedly: into the land, concerning which thou hadst 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, promised to their fathers, that they should our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, go in to possess it.

nor hearkened unto thy commandments 24 So the children went in and possessed and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst the land, and thou subduedst before them testify against them. the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, 35 For they have not served thee in their and gavest them into their hands, with kingdom, and in thy great goodness that their kings, and the people of the land, that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat they might do with them as they would. land which thou gavest before them, nei

25 And they took strong cities, and a ther turned they from their wicked works. fat land, and possessed houses full of all 36 Behold, we are servants this day, and goods, wells digged, vineyards and olive- for the land that thou gavest unto our fayards, and fruit-trees in abundance : so thers to eat the fruit thereof and the good they did eat, and were filled, and became thereof, behold, we are servants in it: fat, and delighted themselves in thy great 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto goodness.

the kings whom thou hast set over us be26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, cause of our sins: also they have dominion and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law over our bodies, and over our cattle, at behind their backs, and slew thy prophets their pleasure, and we are in great distress. which testified against them to turn them 38 And because of all this we make a to thee, and they wrought great provoca- sure covenant and write it; and our princes, tions.

Levites, and priests, seal unto it. , 27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into

CHAP. X. the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: N OW those that sealed roere, Nehemiah and in the time of their trouble, when they I the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, cried unto thee, thou heardest them from and Zidkijah,

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