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The altar is set up.

EZRA.

The decree of Arlatertes 2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, Ibuild unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyand his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the rus the king of Persia hath commanded us. son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded 4 Then the people of the land weakened the the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt-of-hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them ferings thereon, as it is written in the law of in building, Moses the man of God.

5 And hired counsellors against them, to frus3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear trate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of was upon them because of the people of those Persia, even until the reign of Darius kingof Persia. countries : and they offered burnt-offerings there- 6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginon unto the Lord, even burnt-offerings morning ning of his reign, wrote they unto him an accusaand evening.

tion against the inhabitants of Judah and Jeru4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it salem. is written, and offered the daily burnt-offerings 71 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bish. by number, according to the custom, as the duty lam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their of every day required;

companions unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and 5 And afterward offered the continual burnt-of-the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian fering, both of the new-noons, and of all the set tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue. feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of 8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe every one that willingly offered a free-will-offer- wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes ing unto the LORD.

the king in this sort : 6°From the first day of the seventh month be- 9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimgan they to offer burnt-offerings unto the LORD. shai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; But the foundation of the temple of the LORD the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpe was not yet laid.

lites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Baby7 They gave money also unto the masons, and lonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, Elamites. unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to 10 And ihe rest of the nations whom the great bring cedar-trees from Lebanon to the sea of and noble Asnapper brought over, and set in the Joppa, according to the grant that they had of cities of Samaria, and the rest that are on this Cyrus king of Persia.

side the river, and at such a time. 811 Now in the second year of their coming 11 | This is the copy of the letter that they unto the house of God at Jerusalemn, in the second sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Thy servants the men on this side the river, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of at such a time. their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all 12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews they that were come out of the captivity unto which came up from thee to us, are come unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, froni twen-Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad ty years old and upward, to set forward the city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joinwork of the house of the LORD.

ed the foundations. 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his 13 Be it known now unto the king, that if this brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Ju-city be builded, and the walls set up again, then dah, together, to set forward the workmen in the will they not pay to!l, tribute, and custom, and house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings. sons and their brethren the Levites.

14 Now because we have maintenance from the 10 And when the builders laid the foundation king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see of the temple of the Lorn, they set the priests in the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the certified the king; sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, 15 That search may be made in the book of the after the ordinance of David king of Israel. records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the

Jl And they sang together by course in praising book of the records, and know that tliis ciry is a and giving thanks into the LORD; because he is rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and progood, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Is-vinces, and that they have inoved sedition with rael. And all the people shouted with a great in the same of old time: for which cause was shout, when they praised the LORD, because the this city destroyed. foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. | 16 We certify the kin t, if this city be builded

12 But many of the priests and Levites and chier again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had thou shalt have no portion on this side the river. been the first house, when the foundation of this 17 11 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum house was laid before their eyes, wept with a the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scrile, and loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: to the rest of their companions that dwell in Sa

13 So that the people could not discern the noise maria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, o the shout of joy from the noise of the weep- and at such a time. ing of the people: for the people shouted with a 18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off. Iplainly read before me. CHAP. IV.

| 19 And I commanded, and search hath been The adversaries hinder the building. made, and it is found that this city of old time N OW when the adversaries of Judah and Ben-hath made insurrection against kings, and that

jamin heard that the children of the cap-rebellion and sedition have been made therein. tivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of 20 There have been mighty kings also over JeIsrael;.

rusalem, which have ruled over all countries be2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief yond the river: and toll, tribute, and custom, of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build was paid unto their with you : for we seek your God, as ye do ; and 21 Give ye now commandinent to cause these we do sacrifice unto luin since the days of Esar- men to cease, and that this city be not builded, unhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. til another commandment shall be given froni nie.

3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of 29 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? Yo have nothing to do with us to build a liousel 23 Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' unto our God; but wc vursclvcs together will letter was read before Rehum, and Shinishai the

Letter of Tatnar and Shethar-bo:nai. CUAP. V, VI.

The Lemple is finished scribe, and their companions, they went up in!

CAP. VI. haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made Darius' decree in the Jews' favour. them to cease by force and power.

M AEN Dartus the king made a decree, and 24 Then ceased the work of the house of God 1 search was made in the house of the rolls, which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased into the where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. 2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the CIAP. V.

palace that is in the province of the Medes, a The building again set forward. Troll, and therein was a record thus written: M HEN the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and 3 in the first year of Cyrus the king, the same

1 Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be buildthe name of the God of Israel, even unto them. ed, the place where they offered sacrifices, and

2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shçaltiel, let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth build the house of God which is at Jerusalem : and thereof threescore cubits; with them were the prophets of'God helping them. 4 With three rows of great stones, and a row of 31 At the same time came to them Tatnai, go-new tiniber: and let thie expenses be given our vernor on this side the river, and Shethar-boz- of the king's house: nai, and their companions, and said thus unto! 5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of them, Who hath commanded you to build this tire house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took house, and to make up this wall ?

forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, 4 Then said we unto thein after this manner, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and What are the names of the men that make this brought again unto the temple which is at Jerile building ?

salem, every one to his place, and place their in 5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders the house of God. of the Jews, that they could not cause them to 6 Now therefore, Tarnai, governor beyond the cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then river, Shethar-boznai, and your companions the they returned answer by letter concerning this Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be matter.

ye far from thence: 61 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor 7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and the governor of the Jews, and the elders of the his companions the Apharsachites, which were Jews, build this house of God in his place. on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king : 8 Moreover, I nake a decree what ye shall do

7 They sent a letter unto hiin, wherein was to the elders of these Jews for the building of this written thus ; Unto Darius the king, all peace. house of God: that of the king's goods, even of

8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses the province of Judtea, to the house of the great begiven mto thesc men, that they be nothindered. God, which is builded with great stones, and 9 And that which they have need of, both young limber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt-offast on, and prospereth in their hands.

ferings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, 9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto and oil, according to the appointment of the priests them thus, Who commanded you to build wis which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day house, and to inake up these walls?

by day without fail: 10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, jo That they may offer sacrifices of sweet sathat we might write the names of the men that wours unto the God of heaven, aud pray for the were the chief of thein.

life of the king, and of his sons. Il And thus they returned us answer, saying, 11 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever We are the servants of the God of heaven and shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down earth, and build the house that was builded these from his house, and being set up, let him be bangmany years ago, which a great king of Israel ed thereon; and let his house be made a dungbuilded and set up.

hill for this. 12 But after that our fathers had provoked the 12 And the God that hath caused his name to God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into dwell there destroy all kings and people, that the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and car- house of God which is at Jerusalem. i Darius ried the people away into Babylon.

have made a decree; let it be done with speed. 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Ba-| 13 | Then Tatnai, governor on this side thie bylon, the same king Cyrus made a decree to build river, Shethar-buzbai, and their companions, acthis house of God.

cording to that which Darius the king had sent, 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the so they did speedily. house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took outl 14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they of the temple that was in Jerusalein, and brought prospered through the prophesying of Ilaggai the them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they builded, and tinished it, according to the they were delivered unto one, whose name was commandinent of the God of Israel, and accordSheshbazzar, whom he had made governor: ling to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius,

15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go,land Artaxerxes king of Persia. carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem. 1 15 And this house was finished on the third day and let the house of God be builded in his place.Tof the month Adar, which was in the sixth year

16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid of the reign of Darius the king. the foundation of the house of God which is in! 16 1 And the children of Israel, the pricsts, and Jerusalem: and since that time even until now the Levites, and the rest of the children of the hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished. captivity, kept the dedication of this house of

17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let God with joy, there be search made in the king's treasure-house, l 17 And oftered at the dedication of this house of wbich is there at Babylon. whether it be so, that God a hundreul bullocks, two hundred rams, tour a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this hundred lambs; and for a sill-offering for all 19house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king sendrael, iwelve he goats, according to the number his pleasure to us concerning this matter. lof the tribes of Israel.

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The passover kept.

EZRA.

Artazerzes' commission to Ezra. 18 And they set the priests in their divisions, 18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and and the Levites in their courses, for the service to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver or God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written and the gold, that do after the will of your God. in the book of Moses.

19 The vessels also that are given thee for the 19 And the children of the captivity kept the pass-service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou over upon the fourteenth day of the first month. before the God of Jerusalem.

20 For the priests and the Levites were purified 20 And whatsoever inore shall be needful for the together, all of them were pure, and killed the pass- housc of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion over for all the children of the captivity, and for to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasuretheir brethren the priests, and for themselves. Thouse.

21 And the children of Israel, which were come 21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make again out of captivity, and all such as had sepa- a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond rated themselves unto them from the filthiness the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall ruGod of Israel, did eat,

Jquire of you, it be done speedily, 22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread sev-22 Unto a hundred talents of silver, and to a en days with joy : for the LORD had made them hundred measures of wheat, aud to a hundred joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria baths of wine, and to a hundred baths of oil, unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work and salt without prescribing how much. of the house of God, the God of Israel.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaCHAP. VII.

ven, let it be diligently done for the house of the Ezra cometh to Jerusalem.

God of heaven: for why should there be wrath W OW after these things, in the reign or Arta-lagainst the realm of the king and his sons ?

W xerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Serai- 24 'Also we certify you, that touching any of ah, the son of Azariah, the son of Ililkiah, the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethi

2 The son of Shalluin, the son of Zadok, the son nims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall of Ahitub,

not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, 3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the upon thein. son of Meraioth,

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God. 4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son that is in thy land, set magistrates and judges, of Bukki,

which may judge all the people that are beyond 5 The son of Abishna, the son of Phinehas, the the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest: and teach ye them that know them not.

6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was 26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the God, and the law of the king, let judgment be LORD God of Israel had given: and the king grant- executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto ed him all his request, according to the hand of death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of the LORD his God upon hiin.

goods, or to imprisonment. 7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, 27 # Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the sing-which hath put such a thing as this in the king's ers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jeru-heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which salem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king. is in Jerusalem:

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, 28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the which was in the seventh year of the king. king, and his counsellors, and before all the

9 For upon the first day of the first month began king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, the fifth month came he tó Jerusalem, according and I gatinered together out of Israel chief men to the good hand of his God upon him.

to go up with me. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seck the

CHAP. VIII. law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Is

Ezra's companions from Babylon. rael statutes and judgments.

TIESE are now the chief of their fathers, JI 1 Now this is the copy of the letter that the 1 and this is the genealogy of them that went king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the up with one from Babylon, in the reign of Arscribe, even a scribe of the words of the command-taxerxes the king. ments of the LORD, and of his statuies to Israel. 2 of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, Unto Ezra the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, Hattush. perfect peace, and at such a time.

| 3 or the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pha13 I make a decree, that all they of the people rosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my by genealogy of the males a hundred and fifty. realm, which are minded of their own free will 4 of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai the lo go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

son of Zerahiah, and with hin two lrundred males. 14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and 5 or the sons of Shechanjah; the son of Jaha of his seven counsellors, to inquire concerning ziel, and with him three hundred males. Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of 6 Óf the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jothy God which is in thy hand;

nathan, and with him fifty males. 15 And to carry the silver and gold, which the 7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son king and his counsellors have frecly offered unto of Athaliah, and with him seventy males. the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem. 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the

16 and all the silver and gold that thou canst son of Michael, and with him fourscore males. find in all the province of Babylon, with the free- 9 of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiwill-offering of the people, and of the priests, of le!, and with him two hundred and eighteen males, fering willingly for the house of their God which) 10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Jois in Jerusalem :

siphiah, and with him a hundred and threescore 17 That thou inayest buy specdily with this mo-lmaies. ney bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat-offer- ll And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son ings and their drink-offerings, and offer them upon of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight niales. the altar of the house of your God which is in 12 And of the sons of Azgad: Johanan the son of Jerusalem.

Hakkatan, and with him a mindred and ten males.

Ezra proclains a fast.

CHAP. IX.

His prayer and confession 13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose Uriah the priest: and with him was Eleazar the names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad and with them threescore males.

the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Bin14 Of the sons also of Bigvai ; Uthai, and Zab-Inui, Levites; bud, and with them seventy males.

34 By number and by weight of every one: and 15 T And I gathered them together to the river all the weight was written at that time. that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in 35 Also the children of those that had been cartents three days: and I viewed the people, and the ried away, which were come out of the captivi. priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi. ty, offered burnt-orerings unto the God of Israel,

16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for She-twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six maiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he-goats Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, for a sin-offering: all this was a burnt-offering and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, unto the LORD. and for Elnathan, men of understanding. | 36 11 And they delivered the king's commissione

17 And I sent them with commandment unto unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told on this side the river: and they furthered the then what they should say unto Iddo, und to his people, and the house of God. brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia,

CHAP. IX. that they should bring unto us ministers for the

Afinity with strangers lamented. house of our God.

V when these things were done, the princes 18 And by the good hand of our God upon us I came to me, saying, The people of Israel, they brought us a man of understanding, or the and the priests, and ihe Levites, have not sepasons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; rated themselves from the people of the lands, and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, doing according to their abominations, even of eighteen;

the Canaanites, the littites, the Perizzites, the 19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, Egyptians, and the Amorites. twenty;

| 2 For they have taken of their daughters for 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy princes had appointed for the service of the Le-seed have mingled themselves with the people of vites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of those lands: yea, the land of the princes and them were expressed by name.

rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 21 | Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garof Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before ment and my mantle, and plucked offihe hairof my our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and head and of my beard, and sat down astonished. for our little ones, and for all our substance. 4 Then were assembled unto me every one that

22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a trembled at the words of the God of Israel, beband of soldiers and horsemen to help us against cause of the transgression of those that had been the enemy in the way: because we had spoken carried away; and I sat astonished until the unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon evening sacrifice. all them for good that seek him ; but his power 51 And at the evening sacrifice l arose up from and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. my heaviness; and having rent my garinent and

23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out and he was entreated of us.

my hands unto the LORD my God. 24 1 Then I separated twelve of the chief of 6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush the priests, Sherebiah, Washabiah, and ten of to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our initheir brethren with them,

quities are increased over our head, and our tres25 And weighed unto them the silver, and the pass is grown up unto the heavens. gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the 7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in house of our God, which the king, and his coun- a great trespass unto this day; and for our inisellors, and his lords, and all Israel there present, quities have we, our kings, and our priests, been

delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, 26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels a confusion of face, as it is this day. hundred talents, and of gold a hundred talents; 8 And now for a little space grace hath been

27 Also twenty basons of golel, of a thousand shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in huis as gold.

28° And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto thc and give us a liule reviving in our bondage. Lord; the vessels are holy also; and the silver 9 For we were bond-men; yet our God hath not and the gold are a free-will-offering unto the forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended Lord God of your fathers.

mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, 29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye wcigl to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our them, before the chief of the priests and the Le God, and to repair the desolaticiis thereof, and to vites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jeru- give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. salem, in the chambers of the house of the Lord.) 10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after

30 So took the priests and the Levites the weight this ? for we have forsaken thy cominandments, of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring 11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God. the prophets, saying, The land unto which ye go

31 1 Then we departed from the river of Ahava to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthion the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto ness of the people of the lands, with their aboJerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon minations, which have filled it from one end to us, and he delivered us from the hand of the another with their uncleanness. enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way. 12 Now therefore give not your daughters unto

32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there their sons, neither take their daughters unto three days.

your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth 33 | Now on the fourth day was the silver and for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of to your children for ever.

had om and god, mens evenen

e are holy unto the holy place, that our God give us a nail in lui

The people repent.

NEHEMIAH. Those who had taken strange wives at is come upon us for our neither is this a work of one day or two: for we evil deeds. and for our great trespass, seeing that are many that have transgressed in this thing. thou our God hast punished us less than our ini- 14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation quities deserve, and hast given us such delive-stand, and let all them which have taken strange rance as this;

wives in our cities come at appointed times, and 14 Should we again break thy commandments, with them the elders of every city, and the judges and join in affinity with the people of these abo-thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this minations ? wouldest not thou be angry with us matter be turned from us. vill thou hadst consumed us, so that there should 15 | Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jale no remnant nor escaping ?

haziah the son of Tikvah were employed about 15 O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: this matter : and Meshullam and Shabbethai the for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: be- Levite helped them. hold, we are before thee in our trespasses; for 16 And the children of the captivity did so. And we cannot stand before thee because of this. Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, CHAP. X.

after the house of their fathers, and all of them by Ezra reformeth the strange marriages. their names, were separated, and sat down in the N OW when Ezra had prayed, and when he first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.

I had confessed, weeping and casting himself 17 And they made an end with all the men that down before the house of God, there assembled had taken strange wives by the first day of the unto him out of Israel a very great congregation first month. of men and women and children: for the people 18 | And among the song of the priests there wept very sore.

were found that had taken strange wives: namc2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the ly, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, have trespassed against our God, and have taken and Gedaliah. strange wives of the people of the land: yet now 19 And they gave their hands that they would there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. put away their wives; and being guilty, they

3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with offered a ran of the flock for their trespass. our God to put away all the wives, and such as 20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zeare born of them, according to the counsel of my badiah. Jord, and of those that tremble at the command- 21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and ment of our God; and let it be done according Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah. to the law.

| 22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maasei4 Arise ; for this matter belongeth unto thee : lah. Ishmacl, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah. we also will be with thee: be of good courage, 23 Also of the Levites'; Jozabad, and Shimei, and do it.

Tand Kelaiah (the same is Kelita) Pethahiah, 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, Judah, and Eliezer. the Levites, and all Israel, 10 swear that they 24 or the singers also; Eliashib: and of the should do according to this word. And they sware. porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.

6.1 Then Ezra rose up from before the house '25 Moreover, or Israel: of the sons of Parosh ; of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither. and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah. he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for the 26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zecharimourned because of the transgression of them ah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth,and Entah. that had been carried away.

21 And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, 7 And they made proclamation throughout Ju- Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. dah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the 28 of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Ha. captivity, that they should gather themselves to-naniah, Zabbai, and Athlai. gether unto Jerusalem;

| 29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, 8 And that whosoever would not come within and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth. three days, according to the counsel of the princes 30 And of the sons of Pahath-nioab; Adna, and and the elders, all his substance should be for- Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattanial, Bezaleel, feited, and himself separated from the congrega- and Binnui, and Manasseh. tion of those that had been carried away. 31 And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah,

9 F Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin Malchial, Shemaiah, Shiineon,
gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.
within three days. It was the ninth month, and 33 of the sonsof Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah,
the twentieth day of the month; and all the peo- Zabad, Eliphelet, Jereinai,Manasseh, and Shinei.
ple sat in the street of the house of God, trem- 34 of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,
bling because of this matter, and for the great rain. 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,

10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Elashib,
them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
ecrange wives to increase the trespass of Israel. | 38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,

11 Now therefore make confession unto the 39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,
LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure :/ 40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
and separate yourselves from the people of thel 41 Azareel, and Sheiemiah, Sheniariah,
land, and froin the strange wives.

| 42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph. 12 Then all the congregation answered and said 43 or the sons of Nebo ; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zawith a loud voice, Asthou hast said,so must we do. Ibad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah.

13 But the people are many, and it is a time of 44 All these had taken strange wives: and some much rain, and we are not able to stand without, of them had wives by whom they had cluildren.

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I The Book of NEHEMIAH.
CHAP I.

2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he Nehemiah's mourning and prayer. and certain men of Judah; and I asked them conTHE words of Nehemiah the son of Hachali-cerning the Jews that had escaped, which were

1 ah. And it came to pass in the month Chis- left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. let, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are the palace,

left of the captivity there in the province are in

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