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Those who scaled the covenant. NEHEMIAH. Those who dioelt at Jerusalem. 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, | priests, the Levites, and the people, for the 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

wood-offering, to bring it into the house of 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, our God, after the houses of our fathers, at 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

times appointed year by year, to burn upon 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

the altar of the Lord our God, as it is writ7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

ten in the law : 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these 35 And to bring the first-fruits of our were the priests.

ground, and the first-fruits of all fruit of all 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son trees, year by year, unto the house of the of Azaniah, Binnui, of the sons of Hena- LORD: dad, Kadmiel :

36 Also the first-born of our sons, and 10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Ho- of our cattle, as it is written in the law, dijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

and the firstlings of our herds and of our 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

flocks, to bring to the house of our God, 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, unto the priests that minister in the house 13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu,

of our God. 14 The chief of the people; Parosh, 37 And that we should bring the firstPahath-Moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani, fruits of our dough, and our offerings, and 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of 17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

the house of our God; and the tithes of 18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

our ground unto the Levites, that the same 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

Levites might have the tithes in all the 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, cities of our tillage. 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, 39 And the priest the son of Aaron shall 22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

be with the Levites when the Levites take 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, to the chambers, into the treasure-house. 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

39 For the children of Israel and the 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

children of Levi shall bring the offering of 28 | And the rest of the people, the the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto priests, the Levites, the porters, the sing. the chambers, where are the vessels of the ers, the Nethinims, and all they that had sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and separated themselves from the people of the porters, and the singers : and we will the lands unto the law of God, their wives, not forsake the house of our God. their sons, and their daughters, every one

| CHAP. XI. having knowledge, and having under- AND the rulers of the people dwelt at standing;

1 Jerusalem : the rest of the people al29 They clave to their brethren, their so cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in nobles, and entered into a curse, and into Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to an oath, to walk in God's law, which was dwell in other cities. given by Moses the servant of God, and to 2 And the people blessed all the men observe and do all the commandinents of that willingly offered themselves to dwell the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and at Jerusalem. bis statutes;

3 Now these are the chief of the pro30 And that we would not give our vince that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the daughters unto the people of the land, nor cities of Judah dwelt every one in his postake their daughters for our sons :

session in their cities, to wit, Israel, the 31 And if the people of the land bring priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to and the children of Solomon's servants. sell, that we would not buy it of them on 4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the the sabbath, or on the holy day : and that children of Judah, and of the children of we would leave the seventh year, and the Benjamin. Of the children of Judah ; Athaexaction of every debt.

liah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, 32 Also we made ordinances for us, to the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, charge ourselves yearly with the third part the son of Malalalcel, of the children of of a shekel for the service of the house of Perez; our God;

15 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the • 33 For the shew-bread, and for the con- son of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the tinual meat-offering, and for the continual son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son burnt-offering, of the sabbaths, of the new- of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni. moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at things, and for the sin-offerings to make an Jerusalem were four hundred threescore atonement for Israel, and for all the work and eight valiant men. of the house of our God.

17 And these are the sons of Benjamin ; 34 And we cast the lots among the Salłu the son of Mushullam, the son of Joed,

The inhabitants of the cities. CHAP. XII. The succession of high priests. he son of Pedajah, the son of Kolaiah, the 25 And for the villages, with their fields, on of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kir1 Jesaiah.

jath-arba, and in the villages thereof, and 8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine åt Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and undred twenty and eight.

at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof, 9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their 26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and verseer : and Judah the son of Senuah at Beth-phelet, cas second over the city.

| 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer10 Of the priests : Jedaiah the son of sheba, and in the villages thereof, Foiarib, Jachin.

1 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son in the villages thereof, of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of 29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zareah, Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler and at Jarmuth, of the house of God.

1 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their vil12 And their brethren that did the work lages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at of the house were eight hundred twenty Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And and two : and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, they dwelt from Beer-sheba unto the valthe son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the ley of Hinnom son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the 31 The children also of Benjamin from son of Malchiah,

Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and 13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, Beth-el, and in their villages, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

14 And their brethren, mighty men of 35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsvalour, an hundred twenty and eight: and men. their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one 36 And of the Levites were divisions in of the great men.

Judah, and in Benjamin. 15 Also of the Levites : Shemaiah the

CHAP. XII son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the N OW these are the priests and the Leson of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni; 11 vites that went up with Zerubbabel

16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua : Seraiah, chief of the Levites, had the oversight of Jeremiah, Ezra, the outward business of the house of God. | 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the 3 Shechaniah, Rehuin, Meremoth, son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the 4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah, principal to begin the thanksgiving in 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, prayer; and Bakbukaiah the second among 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, his brethren, and Abda the son of Sham- 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These mua, the son of Galal, the son of Jedu- were the chief of the priests and of their thun.

Ibrethren in the days of Jeshua. 18 All the Levites in the holy city were 8 Moreover the Levites : Jeshua, Bintwo hundred fourscore and four.

nui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mat19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, Tal-taniah, which was over the thanksgiving, mon, and their brethren that kept the he and his brethren. gates, were an hundred seventy and two. 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their breth

20 | And the residue of Israel, of the ren, were over against them in the watches. priests, and the Levites, were in all the 10 | And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiacities of Judah, every one in his inherit- kim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib beance.

Igat Joiada, 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel : 11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Joand Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethi- nathan begat Jaddua. nums.

12 And in the days of Joiakim were 22 The overseer also of the Levites at priests, the chief of the fathers : of Seraiah, Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the Meraiah ; of Jeremiah, Hananiah ; son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, 13 Of Ezra, Meshullam ; of Amariah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, Jehohanan; the singers were over the business of the 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, house of God.

Joseph; 23 For it was the king's commandment 15' of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helconcerning them, that a certain portion kai; should be for the singers, due for every 16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, day.

Meshullam; 24 And Pethahiah the son of Mesheza- 17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin; of beel, of the children of Zerah the son of Moadiah, Piltai; Judah, was at the king's hand in all mat- 18 Of 'Bilgah, Shammua ; of Shemaian, ters concerning the people.

Jehonathan;

rethren.

Dedication of the high walls. NEHEMIAII. Separation from the multitude.

19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedai-, over against them, they went up by the ah, Uzzi;

stairs of the city of David, at the going up 20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; of the wall, above the house of David, even

21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah ; of Jedaiah, unto the water-gate eastward. Nethaneel.

| 38 And the other company of them that 22 1 The Levites in the days of Elia- gave thanks went over against them, and I shib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, after them, and the half of the people upon were recorded chief of the fathers': also the wall, from beyond the tower of the furthe priests, to the reign of Darius the Per- naces even unto the broad wall; sian.

39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the and above the old gate, and above the fishfathers, were written in the book of the gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan tower of Meah, even unto the sheep-gate: the son of Eliashib.

and they stood still in the prison-gate. 24 And the chief of the Levites : Hasha- 40 So stood the two companies of them biah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of that gave thanks in the house of God, and Kadmiel, with their brethren over against I, and the half of the rulers with me: them, to praise and to give thanks, accord- 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, ing to the commandment of David the Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, man of God, ward over against ward. and Hananiah, with trumpets;

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Oba-l 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and diah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and porters keeping the ward at the thresholds Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the of the gates.

singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their 26 These were in the days of Joiakim overseer. the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and 43 Also that day they offered great sain the days of Nehemiah the governor, and crifices, and rejoiced : for God had made of Ezra the priest, the scribe.

them rejoice with great joy: the wives 27 | And at the dedication of the wall also and the children rejoiced: so that the of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites out joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. of all their places, to bring them to Jeru- 44 1 And at that time were some apsalem, to keep the dedication with glad-pointed over the chambers for the treasures, ness, both with thanksgivings, and with for the offerings, for the first-fruits, and for singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with the tithes, to gather into them out of the harps.

fields of the cities the portions of the law 28 And the sons of the singers gathered for the priests and Levites : for Judah rethemselves together, both out of the plain joiced for the priests and for the Levites country round about Jerusalem, and from that waited. the villages of Netophatbi;

45 And both the singers and the porters 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and kept the ward of their God, and the ward. out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth : of the purification, according to the comfor the singers had builded them villages mandment of David, and of Solomon his round about Jerusalem.

son. 30 And the priests and the Levites pu- 46 For in the days of David and Asaph rified themselves, and purified the people, of old there were chief of the singers, and and the gates, and the wall.

songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God 31 Then I brought up the princes of 47 And all Israel in the days of ZerubJudah upon the wall, and appointed two babel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave great companies of them that gave thanks, the portions of the singers and the porters, whereof one went on the right hand upon every day his portion : and they sanctified the wall toward the dung-gate :

holy things unto the Levites ; and the Le32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and vites sanctified them unto the children of half of the princes of Judah,

Aaron. 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

CHAP. XIII. 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah,

i n that day they read in the book of and Jeremiah,

U Moses in the audience of the people; 35 And certain of the priests' sons with and therein was found written, that the trumpets ; namely, Zechariah the son of Ammonite and the Moabite should not come Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of into the congregation of God for ever ; Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of 2 Because they met not the children of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: .

| Israel with bread and with water, but hired 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Balaam against them, that he should curse Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, them : howbeit, our God turned the ourse and Judah, Hanani, with the musical in- into a blessing. struments of David the inan of God, and 3 Now it came to pass, when they had Ezra the scribe before them.

heard the law, that they separated from 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was Israel all the mixed multitudc.

Nehemiah reforms
CHAP. XIII.

certain abuses. 4 1 And before this, Eliashib the priest, | 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did haring the oversight of the chamber of the not our God bring all this evil upon us, house of our God, wus allied unto Tobiah : and upon this city ! yet ye bring more

5 And he had prepared for him a great wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabchamber, where aforetime they laid the bath. meat-offerings, the frankincense, and the 19 And it came to pass, that, when the ressels, and the tithes of the corn, the new gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before wine, and the oil, (which was commanded the sabbath, I commanded that the gates to be given to the Levites, and the singers, should be shut, and charged that they and the porters,) and the offerings of the should not be opened till after the sabbath : priests.

and some of my servants set I at the gates, 6 But in all this time was not I at Jeru- that there should no burden be brought in salein: for in the two and thirtieth year of on the sabbath day. Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto 20 So the merchants and sellers of all the king, and after certain days obtained I kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem leave of the king :

once or twice. 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and under- 21 Then I testified against them, and stood of the evil that Eliashib did for To- said unto them, Why lodge ye about the biah, in preparing him a chamber in the wall ? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on courts of the house of God.

you. From that time forth came they no 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I more on the sabbath. cast forth all the household-stuff of Tobiah! 22 And I commanded the Levites, that out of the chamber.

they should cleanse themselves, and that 9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed they should come and keep the gates, to the chambers : and thither brought I again sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, the vessels of the house of God, with the O my God, concerning this also, and spare meat-offering and the frankincense. me according to the greatness of thy

10 I And I perceived that the portions mercy. of the Levites had not been given them : 23 | In those days also saw I Jews that for the Levites and the singers, that did the had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, work, were fled every one to his field. and of Moab:

11 Then contended I with the rulers, 24 And their children spake half in the and said, Why is the house of God for- speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in saken ! And I gathered them together, the Jews' language, but according to the and set them in their place.

language of each people. 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of 25 And I contended with them, and the corn and the new wine and the oil unto cursed them, and smote certain of them, the treasuries.

and plucked off their hair, and made them 13 And I made treasurers over the trea- swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give suries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the your daughters unto their sons, nor take scribe ; and of the Levites, Pedajah : and their daughters unto your sons, or for yournext to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, selves. the son of Mattaniah: for they were count: 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin ed faithful; and their office was to dis- by these things? yet among many nations tribute unto their brethren.

was there no king like him, who was be14 Remember me, O my God, concern- loved of his God, and God made him king ing this, and wipe not out my good deeds over all Israel: nevertheless even him did that I have done for the house of my God, outlandish women cause to sin. and for the offices thereof.

| 27 Shall we then hearken unto you to 15 1 In those days saw I in Judah some do all this great evil, to transgress against treading wine-presses on the sabbath, and our God in marrying strange wives? bringing in sheares, and lading asses; as 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner son of Eliashib the high priest, was sonof burdens, which they brought into Jeru-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore salem on the sabbath day: and I testified I chased him from me. against them in the day wherein they sold 29 Remember them, O my God, because victuals.

they have defiled the priesthood, and the 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also there- covenant of the priesthood, and of the Lein, which brought fish, and all manner of vites. ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the 30 Thus cleansed I them from all stranchildren of Judah, and in Jerusalem. gers, and appointed the wards of the priests

,17 Then I contended with the nobles of and the Levites, every one in his business ; Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing 31 And for the wood-offering, at times is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath appointed, and for the first-fruits. Re day?

Imember me, O my God, for gcoc.,

1 The Book of ESTHER.

CHAP. I.

Persia and Media, wbich saw the king's face, TATOW it came to pass in the days of land which sat the first in the kingdom;) It Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which 15 What shall we do unto the queen reigned from India even unto Ethiopia, Vashti according to law, because she hath over an hundred and seven and twenty not performed the commandment of the provinces :)

|king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains ? 2 That in those days, when the king 16 And Memucan answered before the Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his king- king and the princes, Vashti the queen dom, which was in Shushan the palace, hath not done wrong to the king only, but

3 In the third year of his reign, he made also to all the princes, and to all the people a feast unto all his princes and his servants; that are in all the provinces of the king the power of Persia and Media, the nobles Ahasuerus. and princes of the provinces, being beforei 17 For this deed of the queen shall him :

come abroad unto all women, so that they 4 When he shewed the riches of his shall despise their husbands in their eyes, glorious kingdom and the honour of his ex- when it shall be reported, The king cellent majesty many days, cven an hun- Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen dred and fourscore days.

to be brought in before him, but she came 5 And when these days were expired, not. the king made a feast unto all the people 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia that were present in Shushan the palace, and Media say this day unto all the king's both unto great and small, seven days, in princes, which have heard of the deed of the court of the garden of the king's the queen. Thus shall there arise too palace;

much contempt and wrath. 6 Where were white, green, and blue 19 If it please the king, let there go a hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen royal commandment from him, and let it and purple to silver rings and pillars of be written among the laws of the Persians marble: the beds were of gold and silver, and the Medes, that it be not altered, That upon a pavement of red, and blue, and Vashti come no more before king Ahasuewhite, and black marble.

rus; and let the king give her royal estate 7 And they gave them drink in vessels unto another that is better than she. of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from 20 And when the king's decree which another,) and royal wine in abundance, he shall make shall be published throughaccording to the state of the king

out all his empire, (for it is great,) all the 8 And the drinking was according to wives shall give to their husbands honour, the law ; none did compel: for so the king both to great and small. had appointed to all the officers of his 21 And the saying pleased the king and house, that they should do according to the princes; and the king did according to every man's pleasure.

the word of Memucan: 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for 22 For he sent letters into all the king's the women in the royal house which be- provinces, into every province according to longed to king Ahasuerus.

the writing thereof, and to every people 10 On the seventh day, when the after their language, that every man should heart of the king was merry with wine, he bear rule in his own house, and that it commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, should be published according to the lanBigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, guage of every people. the seven chamberlains that served in the

CHAP. Il. presence of Ahasuerus the king,

LA FTER these things, when the wrath 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the A of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he king with the crown royal, to shew the remembered Vashti, and what she had done, people and the princes her beauty : for she and what was decreed against her. was fair to look on.

12 Then said the king's servants that mi12 But the queen Vashti refused to come nistered unto him, Let there be fair young at the king's commandment by his cham- virgins sought for the king : berlains : therefore was the king very 3 And let the king appoint officers in wroth, and his anger burned in himn. all the provinces of his kingdom, that they

13 | Then the king said to the wise may gather together all the fair young vir men, which knew the times, (for so was gins unto Shushan the palace, to the house the king's manner toward all that knew of the women, unto the custody of Hege law and judgment.

the king's chamberlain, keeper of the 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, women; and let their things for purificaShethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Mar- tion be given them: sena and Memucan, the seven princes of 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the

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