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Mehemiak's prayer.

CHAP. II, III.

He incités the Jews to build great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jeru- river, and gave them the king's letters. Now the salem also is broken down, and the gates thereof king had sent captains of the army and horseare burned with fire.

men with me. 41 And it came to pass, when I heard these 10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the them exceedingly that there was come a man God of heaven,

to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. 5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of hea- 11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three ven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth co-days. venant and mercy for them that love him and 12 V And I arose in the night, I and some few observe his commandments:

men with me; neither told I any man what my 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem : eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of neither was there any beast with me, save the thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day beast that I rode upon. and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, 13 And I went out by night by the gate of the and confess the sins of the children of Israel, vaHey, even before the dragon-well, and to the which we have sinned against thee: both I and dung-port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, my father's house have sinned.

which were oroken down, and the gates thereof * We have dealt very corruptly against thee, were consumed with fire. and have not kept the commandments, nor the 14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, statutes, nor the judgments, which thou com- and to the king's pool: but there was no place mandedst thy servant Moses.

for the beast that was under me to pass. 8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou 15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entertransgress, I will scatter you abroad among the ed by the gate of the valley, and so returned. nations:

| 16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my command- what I did ; neither had I as yet told it to the ments, and do them; though there were of you Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work. yet will I gather them from thence, and will 171 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress bring them unto the place that I have chosen to that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and set my name there.

the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and 10 Now these are thy servantg and thy people, let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, no more a reproach. and by thy strong hand.

| 18 Then I told them of the hand of my God 11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear which was good upon me; as also the king's be attentive to the prayer or thy servant, and to words that he had spokon unto me. And they the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengththy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant ened their hands for this good work. this day, and grant him inercy in the sight of 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah this man. For I was the king's cup-bearer. the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the AraCHAP. II.

bian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and Nehemiah sent to Jerusalon.

despised us, and said, What is this thing that AND it came to pass in the month Nisan, in ye do? will ve rebel against the king ? A the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, 20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, that wine was before him: and I took up the The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had we his servants will arise and build: but ye have not been beforetime sad in his presence.

no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thyl

CIIAP. III. countenance sad, seeing thou art noi sick? this

The builders of the wall. is nothing clse but sorrow of heart. Then I was THEN Eliashib the high priest rose up with very sore afraid,

I his brethren the priests, and they builded the 3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for sheep-gate; they sanctified it, and set up the cvcr: why should not my countenance be sad, doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they when the city, the place of my fathers' sepul-sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel. chres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are con- 2 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. sumed with fire ?

And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Iiri. 4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou 3 But the fish-gate did the sons of Hassenaah make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set

5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, bars thereof. that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, into the 4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it. son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto

6. And the king said unto me, (the queen also them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them be ? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased repaired Zadok the son of Baana. the king to send me; and I set him a time. 5 And next unto thein the Tekoites repaired;

7 Moreover, I said unto the king, If it please but their nobles put not their necks to the work the king, let letters be given me to the governors of their LORD. beyond the river, that they may convey ine over 6 Moreover, theold gate repairedJehoiada the son till I come into Judah;

of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; 8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors king's forest, that he may give me timber to thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. make beams for the gates of the palace which 7 And next unto thein repaired Melatiah the appertained to the house, and for the wall of the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men city, and for the house that I shall enter into.lof Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne ol me And the king granted me, according to the good governor on this side the river. .. hand of my God upon me.

8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of 9 1 Then I came to the governors beyond the Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also

and nevext ninto him builder of Hananeel.ney

to me, For what does

broad wall. Mey fortified Jerone of the apoi

The names, &c. of the builders.

NEHEMIAH. Nehemiah appointeth a watch repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothe-lemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, ancaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the other piece. After him repaired Meshullam the

son of Berechiah over against his chamber. 9 And next unto them repaired. Rephaiah the 31 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem. son, unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the

10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and of Harumaph, even over against his house. And to the going up of the corner. next unto him repaired llattush the son of Ha- 32 And between the going up of the corner unto shabniah.

the sheep-gate repaired the goldsmiths and the 11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the merchants. son of Pahath-moab, repaired the other piece,

CHAP. IV. and the tower of the furnaces.

Samaritans scof at the builders. : 12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son DUT it came to pass that when Sanballat heard of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusa-D that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and lem, he and his daughters.

took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 13 The valley-gate repaired Hanun, and the in-! 2 And he spake before his brethren, and the arhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up my of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars Jews? will they fortify themselves ? will they thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto sacrifice ? will they make an end in a day ? will the dung-gate.

they revive the stones out of the heaps of the 14 But the dung-gate repaired Malohiah the son rubbish which are burned ? of Rechab, the ruler of part of Beth-haccerem :/ 3 Now Tobial the Ammonite was by him, and he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go thereof, and the bars thereof.

up, he shall even break down their stone wall. 15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallum 4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah: turn their reproach upon their own head, and he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors give them for a prey in the land of captivity: thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thercof, 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's sin be blotted out froin before thee : for they have garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the provoked thee to anger before the builders. city of David.

6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was 16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Az- joined together unto the half thereof: for the buk, the ruler of the half part of Beth-zur, unto people had a mind to work. the place over against the sepulchres of David, 17 # But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and to the pool that was made, and unto the and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonhouse of the mighty.

lites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of 17 After him repaired the Lévites, Relum the Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part. 8 And conspired all of them together to come

18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah. 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our

19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of God, and set a watch against then day and night, Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over because or thcm. against the going up to the arinoury, at the turn- 10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers ing of the wall.

of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish: 20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnest-so that we are not able to build the wall. ly repaired the other piece, from the turning of 11And our adversaries said, They shall not know, the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib neither see, till we come in the midst among the high priest.

them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease. 21. After him repaired Meremoth the son of 12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews Uriiah, the son of Koz, another picce, from the which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of times, From all places whence ye shall return the house of Eliashib.

unto us they will be upon you. 22 And after him repaired the priests, the men 13 91 Therefore set I in the lower places behind of the plain.

the wall, and on the higher places, I cven set the 23 Aner him repaired Benjamin and Hashub people after their families with their swords, over against their house. Anter him repaired their spears, and their bows.

diah the son of Ananiah.) 14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the by his house.

The son of Hena- people, Be not ye a

nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the 24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Hena- people, Be not ye afraid of them: remeniber the dad another piece, from the house of Azariah un- LORD which is great and terrible, and fight for to the turning of the wall, even unto the corner. your brethren, your sons, and your daughters,

25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turn- your wives, and your houses. ing of the wall, and the tower which lieth out from 15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard the king's high house, that was by the court of the that it was known unto us, and God had brought prison. After him, Pedaiah the son of Parosh. their counsel to nought, that we returned all of

26 Moreover, the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, us to the wall, every one unto his work. into the place over against the water-gate to- 16 And it came to pass from that time forth, ward the east, and the tower that lieth out that the half of my servants wrought in the work,

27 After them the Tekoites repaired another and the other half of them held both the spears, piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, the shields, and the bows, and the labergeons : even unto the wall of Ophel.

and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah, 28 From above the horse-gate repaired the 17 They which builded on the wall, and they priests, every one over against his house. that bare burdens, with those that laded, every

29 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer, one with one of his hands wrought in the work, over against his house. After him repaired also and with the other hand held a weapon. Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of 18 For the builders, every one had his sword the cast gate.

girded by his side, and so builded. And he that 30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of She-sounded the trumpet was by me.

The Jews' complaints.

CHAP. V, VI. Insidious conduct of Santalla 19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the ru- fore me were chargeable unto the people, and Jers, and to the rest of the people, The work is bad taken of them bread and wine, besides forty great and large, and we are separated upon the shekels of silver ; yea, even their servants bare wall, one far from another.

rule over the people: but so did not I, because 90 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the fear of God. of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our 16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this God shall fight for us.

wall, neither bought we any land : and all my 21 So we laboured in the work: and half of servants were gathered thither unto the work. them held the spears from the rising of the morn- 17 Moreover, there were at iny table a hundred ing till the stars appeared.

and fifty of the Jews and rulers, besides those 22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the that came unto us from among the beathen that people, Let every one with his servant lodge are about us. within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be 18 Now that which was prepared for me daily i guard to us, and labour on the day.

was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my ser. were prepared for me, and once in ten days store vants, nor the men of the guard which followed of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that I the bread of the governor, because the bondage every one put thein off for washing.

was heavy upon this people. CHAP. V.

| 19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according Nehemiah reformeth usury.

to all that I have done for this people. ND there was a great cry of the people and ofl

CHAP. VI. A their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Endeavours to terrify Nehemiah. 2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and N OW it came to pass, when Sanballat, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up IV Tobiah, and Geshen the Arabian, and the corn for them, that we may eat, and live rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the

3 Some also there were that said, We have wall, and that there was no breach left therein; mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, (tough at that time I had not set up the doors that we might buy corn, because of the dearth. upon the gates ;)

4 There were also that said, We have borrowed 2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, money for the king's tribute, and that upon our saying, Come, let us moet together in some one lands and vineyards.

of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they 5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our bre- thought to do me mischief. thren, our children as their children: and lo, we 3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I bring into bondage our sons and our daughters am doing a great work, so that I cannot come to be servants, and some of our danghters are down: why should the work cease, whilst I brought into bondage already: neither is it in leave it, and come down to you? our power to redeem them; for other inen lavel 4 Yet they sent unto me four times aner this sort: our lands and vineyards.

land I answered them after the same manner. 61 And I was very angry when I heard their 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in cry and these words.

like manner the fifth time with an open letter in Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuk-his hand; ed the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto 6 Wherein was written, It is reported among them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and And I set a great assembly against them. the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou

8 And I said unto them, We, after our abillty,!buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which king, according to these words. were sold unto the heathen ; and will ye even 7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to sell your brethren ? or shall they be sold unto preach of thec at Jerusalem, saying, There is a us ?' Then held they their peace, and found king in Judah: and now shali it be reported to nothing to answer.

the king according to these words. Come now y Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought therefore, and let us take counsel together. ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of 8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no the reproach of the heathen our enemics ? such things done as thou sayest, but thou feign

Jo I likewise, and my brethren, and iny ser-!est them out of thine own heart. vants, might exact of them money and corn: 1 9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their pray you, let us leave off this usury.

hands shall be weakened from the work, that it 11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, iny hands. and their houses, also the hundredth part of the 10 Afterward I came into the house of Shemorrey, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, maiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Meletaheel, that ye exact of them.

who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet to. 12 Then said they, We will restore them, and gether in the house of God, within the temple, will require nothing of them; so will we do as and let us shut the doors of the teniple: for they thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will an oatli of them, that they should do according they come to slay thee. to this promise.

11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? 13 Also I shook iny lap, and said, So God shake and who is there, that, being as I am, would go out every man froin his house, and from his la-linto the temple to save his life? I will not go in. bour, what performeth not this promise, even thus 12 And lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; be he, shaken out, and emptied. And all the con-but that he pronounced this prophecy agallist me: grezation said, Amen, and praised the LORD.for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. And the people did according to this promise. | 13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be

14 1 Moreover, from the time that I was ap-lafraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might pointed to be their governor in the land of Ju-have matter for an evil report, that they might dah, from the twentieth year even unto the two reproach me. and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that| 14 My God, think thou upon Tobial and San. 28. twelve vears, I and my brethren have not ballat, according to these their works, and on caten the bread of the governor.

the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the pro. 15 But the former governors that had been be-Iphets, that would have put me in tear.

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and uttered ny reported his good deberechiah. ; 30 ch, seven hundred Yearim,

The wall of Jerusalem finished.

NEHEMIAH. Those who returned from Babylon 15 9 So the wall was finished in the twenty and[ 22 The children of Hashum, three hundred fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. twenty and eight.

16 And it came to pass, that when all our ene 23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twen-
mies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were ty and four.
about us saw these things, they were much cast 24 The children of Hariph, a hundred and twelve.
down in their own eyes : for they perceived that 25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.
this work was wrought of our God.

26 The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, a
17 1 Moreover, in those days the nobles of Ju-lhundred fourscore and eight.
dah sent many letters unto 'I'obiab, and the Ict- 27 The men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty and
ters of Tobiah came unto them.

cight.
18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, 28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.
because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniah the 29 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and
son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.
daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah. i 30 The inen of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred

19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, twenty and one.
and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent! 31 The men of Michm a hundred and twen-
letters to put me in fear,

ty and two.
CHAP. VII.

| 32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, a hundred twen-
Number that returned from Babylon. ty and three.
NOW it came to pass, when the wal was built, 33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.
IV and I had set ip the doors, and the porters, | 34 The children of the other Elam, a thousand
and the singers, and the Levites were appointed, two hundred fifty and four.

2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hana- 35 The children of Harim, three hundred and
niah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusa- twenty.
lem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God 36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty
above many.

and five.
3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of 37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven
Jerusalem be opened until the sur be hot; and hundred twenty and one.
while they stand by, let them shut the doors, 38 The children of Senaah, three thousand
and bar them : and appoint watches of the in- nine hundred and thirty.
habitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, 39 | The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the
and every one to be over against his house. Thouse of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.

4 Now the city was large and great: but the 40 The childrenoflmmer, a thousand fiftyandtwo. people were few therein, and the houses were 41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two not builded.

hundred forty and seven.
5 And my God put into my heart to gather 42 The children of Harim, a thousand and se-
together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, venteen.
that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And 43 1 The Levites : the children of Jeshua, of
I found a register of the genealogy of them which Kadmilel, and of the children of Hodevah, seven-
came up at the first, and found written therein, ty and four.

6 These are the children of the province, thai| 44 11 The singers: the children of Asaph, a
went up out of the captivity, of those that had hundred forty and eight.
been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the 45 1 The porters: the children of Shallum, the
king of Babylon had carried away, and came children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the
again to Jerusalem and to Judali, every one children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the
unto his city;

children of Shobai, a hundred thirty and eight.
7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehe-46 11 The Nethiuims: the children of Ziha, the
niali, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahainani, Mordecai, children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Neisum, Baanah.| 47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia,
The number, I say, of the men of the people of the children of Padon,
Israel was this;

48 The children of Lebana, the children of Ha8 The children of Parosh, two thousand a hun-gaba, the children of Shalmai, dred seventy and two.

49 T'he children of Hanan, the children of Gid9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred del, the children of Galar, seventy and two.

50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Re 10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and zin, the children of Nekoda, two.

| 51 The children of Gazzam, the children of 11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the chil- Uzza, the children of Phaseah, dren of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and 52 The children of Besai, the children of Meueight hundred and eighteen.

nim, the children of Nephishesim, 12 The childreu of Elam, a thousand two hun- 53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hadred fifty and four.

kupha, the children of Harhur, 13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty 54 The children of Bazlith, the chydren of Me and five.

hida, the children of Harsha, 14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and 55 The children of Barkos, the children of Sithreescore.

sera, the children of Tamah, 15 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty 56 The children of Nezialı, the children of Haand eight.

tipha. 16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty 57 11 The children of Solomon's servants: the and eight.

children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the 17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three children of Perida, hundred twenty and two.

58 The children of Jaala, the children of Dar18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred kon, the children of Giddel, threescore and seven.

| 59 The children of Shephatiah, the children of 19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand three-Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the score and seven.

children of Amon. 20 The children ofAdin, six hundred fifty and five. 60 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solo 21 The children of A:er of Hezekiah, ninety mon's servants, were three hundred ninety and and eiglit.

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Offerings of the people.

CHAP. VIII, IX.

Feast of tabernacles kept 61 And these were they which went up also Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita. from Tel-melah, Tel-haresha, Cherub, Addon, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Le and Immer: but they could not shew their fa- vites, caused the people to understand the law: ther's house, nor their seed, whether they were and the people stood in their place. of Israel.

| 8 So they read in the book in the law of God 62 The children of Delaiah, the children or To-distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused there biah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty to understand the reading. and two.

191 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, 63 1 And of the priests : the children of Haba- and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites iah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, that taught the people, said unto all the people, which took one of the daughters of Barzillai the This day is holy unto the LORD your God; Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name. mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept,

64 These sought their register among those that when they heard the words of the law. were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat found : therefore were they, as polluted, put the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions from the priesthood.

junto them for whom nothing is prepared : for 65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye should not eat of the most holy things, till there sorry ; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. stood up a priest with Uriin and Thunmim. | 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying,

66 11 The whole congregation together was forty Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be and two thousand three hundred and threescore.'ye grieved.

67 Besides their man-scrvants and their maid-12 And all the people went their way to eat, and servants, of whom there were seven thousand to drink, and to send portions, and to make great three hundred thirty and seven: and they had mirth, because they had understood the words two hundred forty and five singing-men and that were declared unto them. singing-women.

| 13 | And on the second day were gathered to 68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six : gether the chief of the fathers of all the people, their mules, two hundred forty and five: the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, 69 'Their camels, four hundred thirty and five : even to understand the words of the law. six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses. 14 And they found written in the law which

70 | And some of the chief of the fathers gave the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the trea- children of Israel should dwell in booths in the sure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five feast of the seventh month : hundred and thirty priests' garments.

| 15 And that they should publish and proclaim 71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go to the treasure of the work twenty thousand forth unto the mount, and fetch olive-branches, drains of gold, and two thousand and two hun- and pine-branches, and myrtle-branches, and dred pounds of silver.

Ipalnı-branches, and branches of thick trees, to 72 And that which the rest of the people gave make booths, as it is written. was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two 16 So the people went forth, and brought thousand pounds of silver, and threescore and them, and made themselves booths, every one seven priests' garments.

upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, 73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the por- and in the courts of the house of God, and in the ters, and the singers, and some of the people, and street of the water-gate, and in the street of the the 'Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their gate of Ephraim. cities : and when the seventh month came, the 17 And all the congregation of them that were children of Israel were in their cities.

come again out of the captivity made booths, CHAP. VIII.

and sat under the booths; for since the days of The law read and expounded.

Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the ND all the people gathered themselves to children of Israel done so. And there was very H gether as one man into the street that was great gladness. before the water-gate ; and they spake unto 18 Also day by day, from the first day unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Mo- the last day, he read in the book of the law of ses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. God. And they kept the feast seven days; and

9 And Ezra the priest brought the law before on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, acthe congregation both of inen and women, and cording unto the manner. all that could hear with understanding, upon the

CHAP. IX. first day of the seventh month.

The Jews keep a solemn fast. 3 And he read therein before the street that was N OW in the twenty and fourth day of this before the water-gate from the morning until mid-IV inonth the children of Israel were assemday, before the men and the women, and those bled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and that could understand; and the ears of all the earth upon them. people were attentive unto the book of the law. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves

4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of from all strangers, and stood and confessed their wood, which they had made for the purpose; and sins, and the iniquities of their fa:hers. beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and 3 And they stood up in their place, and read in Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, the book of the law of the LORD their God one on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they and Mishacl, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God. Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. | 4 | Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Le

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all vites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shehaniah, the people ; (for he was above all the people ;)Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Cheuani, and cried and when he opened it, all the people stood up: with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.

6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, BaAnd all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with ni, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, lifting up their hands : and they bowed their and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy to the ground.

Iglorious name, which is exalted above all b.ess. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin,ling and praise.

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