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The Levites confession of God's NETIEMAN goodness and their wickedneso 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thon hast people of the land, that they might do with them made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all as they would. their host, the carth, and all things that are 25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land. therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and and possessed houses full of all goods, wells dig. thou preservest them all; and the host of hea-ged, vineyards and olive-yards, and fruit-trees ven worshippeth thee.

in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, i Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the great goodness. Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham : 26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, and re

& And foundest his heart faithful before thee, belled against thee, and cast thy law behind theit and inadest a covenant with him to give the land bucks, and slew thy prophets which testified of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and against them to turn them to thec, and they the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Gir- wrought great provocations. gashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast| 27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the perforined thy words: for thou art righteous: Thand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in

9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in the time of their trouble. when they cried unto Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea; (thee, thou heardest them froin heaven; and ac

jo And sbewedst signs and wonders upon Phá-cording to thy manifold mercies thou gavest raoh, and on all his servants, and on all the peo-them saviours, who saved them out of the hand ple of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt of their enemies. proudly against them. So didst thou get thee al 28 But after they had rest, they did evil again name, as it is this day.

before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the 11 And thou didst divide the sea before them,lliand of their enemies, so that they had the doso that they went through the midst of the sea on minion over them: yet when they returned and the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heainto the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters. ven; and many times didst thou deliver them

12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the day by a according to thy mercies; cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of 29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightfire, to give them light in the way wherein they est bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt should go.

proudly, and hearkened not unto thy command13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, ments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withthem right judgments, and true laws, good sta- drew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and tutes and commandments:

would not hear. 14 And madest known unto them thy holy sab- 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and bath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in thy proand laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: phets: yet would they not give ear: theretore

15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their gavest thou them into the hand of the people of hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out the lands. of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies' sake that they should go in to possess the land which thou didst not utterly consume thein, nor forsake thou hadst sworn to give them.

them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God. 16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and 32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the nighty, hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and commandinents,

mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before 17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but our princes, and on our priests, and on our prohardened their necks, and in their rebellion ap- phets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, pointed a captain to return to their bondage: but since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day ihou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and 33 Howbeit, thou art just in all that is brought merciful, siow to anger, and of great kindness, upon is; for thou hast done right, but we have and forsookest them not.

done wickedly: 18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearof Egypt, and had wrought great provocations; kened unto thy commandments and thy testimo

19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest nies, wherewith thou didst testify against theni. them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud 35 For they have not served thee in their kingdeparted not from them by day, to lead them in dom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest the way; neither the pillarof fire by night, to shew them, and in the large and fat land which thou them light, and the way wherein they should go. Igavest before them, neither turned they from

20 Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to instruct their wicked works. them, and withheldest not thy manna from their 36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for mouth, and gavest then water for their thirst. the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat

21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their we are servants in it: clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not. 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings

22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms and whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: nations, and didst divide them into corners: so also they have dominion over our bodies, and they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king great distress. of Bashani.

38 And because of all this we make a sure co23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the venant and write it; and our princes, Levites, stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the and priests, seal unto it. land, concerning which thou hadst promised to

CHAP. X their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.

The obligations of the covenant. 24 So the children went in and possessed the TOW those that sealed were, Nehemiah the land, and thiou subduedst before them the inha- Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zid. bitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest| kijah, them into their hands, with their kings, and thel 2 seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

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CHAP. XI

Who dwelt in Jerusalem. 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

1 38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with . 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

Ithe Levites when the Levites take tithes: and 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into 7 Meshullain, Abijah, Mijamin,

the treasure-house. 8 Maaziah, Bilg

enaiah: these were the 39 For the children of Israel and the children of priests.

Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Aza- new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, whicre niah. Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel; are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests

10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Ilodijah, Ke-Ithat minister, and the porters, and the singers: lita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

and we will not forsake the house of our God. 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

CHAP. XI. 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

Names of the dwellers in Jerusalem. 13 Hodijali, Bani, Beninu.

LAND the rulers of the people dwelt at Jeru14 The chief of the people: Parosh, Pahath 1 salem : the rest of the people also cast lots, Moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,

to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalcni the holy 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities. 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

| 2 And the people blessed all the men that wil17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

lingly offered theniselves to dwell at Jerusalem. 18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

3 T Now these are the chief of the province that 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

dwelt in Jerusalem : but in the cities of Judah 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Ne22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

thinims, and the children of Solomon's servants. 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hushub,

i 4 And at Jerusalem dwell certain of the children 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. Ot 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of Uz26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

ziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amarial, 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of 28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the the children of Perez; Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, 5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of and all they that had separated themselves from Cot-hozeh, the son of Ilazaiah, the son of Adaithe people of the lands unto the law of God, their ah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one son of Shiloni. having knowledge, and having understanding; | 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem

29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, were four hundred threescore and eight variant and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to men. walk in God's law, which was given by Moses) 7 And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the the servant of God, and to observe and do all son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, his judgments and his statutes ;

the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah. 30 And that we would not give our daughtersj 8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine bundred unto the people of the land, nor take their daugh-twenty and eight. ters for our sons:

9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overscer: 31 And if the people of the land bring ware or and Judah the son of Senuah was second over any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we the city. would not buy it of thein on the sabbath, or on 10 of the pricsts: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, the holy day: and that we would leave the se-Jachin. venth year, and the exaction of every debt. 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Me

32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge shullam, the son ofZadok, the son of Meraioth, the ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekelson of Ahitub, was the ruler of the house of God. for the service of the house of our God;

12 And their brethren that did the work of the 33 For the shew-bread, and for the continual honse wcre eight hundred twenty and two: and meat-offering, and for the continual burnt-offer- Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son or Pelaliah, ing, of the sabbaths, of the new-inoons, for the the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the of Pashur, the son of Malchiah, sin-offerings to make an atonement for Israel, 13 Aud his brethren, chief of the fathers, two and for all the work of the house of our God. Thundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of

34 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Azarecl, the son of Ahasai, the son of MeshilleLevites, and the people, for the wood-offering, moth, the son of Iminer, to bring it into the liouse of our God, after the 14 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, a houses of our fathers, at tiines appointed year by hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer venr. to burn upon the altar of the LORD our was Zabdiel, the son of one of the great inen. God, as it is written in the law:

15 Also of the Levites: Shemaialt the son of 35 And to bring the first-fruits of our ground, Washub, the son of Azrikam, the son of lashaand the first-fruits of all fruit of all trees, year biah, the son of Bunni; by year, unto the house of the LORD:

16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, or the chief 36 Also the first-born of our sons, and of our of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward cattle, as it is written in the law, and the first-business of the house of God. lings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to 17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of the house of our God, unto the priests that minis- Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begint ter in the house of our God.

the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the 37 And that we should bring the first-fruits of second among his brethren, and Abda the son of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthu. manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto thel 18 All the Levites in the holy city were two priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; hundred fourscore and four.. and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites,| 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and that the sanie Levites might have the titles in their brethren that kept the gates, were a nunall the cities of our tillage.

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The succession of high priests. NEHEMIAH.

Certain chief 1.evites 20 And the residue of Israel, or the priests, 1 22 1 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joia. and the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, da, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded every one in his inheritance.

Tchief of the fathers : also the priests, to the reign 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha of Darius the Persian. and Gispa were over the Nethinims.

| 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, 29 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem were written in the book of the Chronicles, even was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the 24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, sons of Asaph, the singers were over the busi-Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with ness of the house of God.

their brethren over against them, to praise and 23 For it was the king's commandment con-lto give thanks, according to the commandment or cerning them, that a certain portion should be David the man of God, ward over against ward. for the singers, due for every day

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Me24 And Petbahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of shullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the the ward at the thresholds of the gates. king's hand in all matters concerning the people. 26 These roere in the days of Joiakim the son of

25 And for the villages, with their fields, some Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjath-arba, Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and in the scribe. the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the 27 1 And at the dedicati villages thereof,

Isalem, they sought the Levites out of all their 26 Ånd at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Beth-places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep thie phelet,

dedication with gladness, both with thanksgi27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer-sheba, and vings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalie. in the villages thereof,

ries, and with harps. 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the 28 And the sons of the singers gathered them. villages thereof,

selves together, both out of the plain country 29 Ånd at En-rimmon, and at Zareah, and at round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Jarmu:h,

Netophathi; 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had in the villages thereof. And they duvelt from builded them villages round about Jerusalem. Beer-sheba unto the valley of llinnom.

| 30 And the priests and the Levites purified 31 The children also of Benjamin from Gebatheinselves, and purified the people, and the dielt at Michmash, and Aija, and Beth-el, and gates, and the wall. in their villages,

131 Then I bronght up the princes of Judah upon 32 And at Anaihoth, Nob, Ananiah,

the wall, and appointed two great companies of 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittain,

them that gave thanks, rohereof one went on the 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

right hand upon the wall toward the dung-gate: 35 Lod, and Ono, ihe valley of craftsmen. 32 And after then went lloshajalı, and half of 36 And of the Levites Dere divisions in

the princes or Judah, and in Benjamin.

33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, CHAP. XII.

34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiali, and Dedication of the wall, Be.

Jereniiah, N OW these are the priests and the Levites 35 And certain of the priests' sons with trum

V that went up with Zerubbabel the son of pets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, thie Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraial, Jeremiah, Ezra, son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: 3 Shcchaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

| 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarach, 4 lddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, ila 5 Mianiin, Maadiah, Bilgal,

nani, with the musical instruments of David thic 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them. 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These roere! 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was over the chief of the priests and of their brethren in against them, they went up by the stairs of the the days of Jeshua.

city of Davidl, at ihe going up of the wall, above 8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kad- the house of David, even unto the water-gate miel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniali, which eastward. was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren. 38 And the other company of them that gang

9 Also Bakbukiah and Unui, their brethren, ihanks went over against them, and I after them, toere over against them in the watches. land the half of the people upon the wall, from

10 ! And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also bevond the tower of the furnaces even into the begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, broad wall:

Ti And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and begat Jaddua.

above the old gate, and above the fish-gate, and 12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the the tower or lananeel, and the tower of Meali, chief of the fathers : of Seraiah, Meraiah; of even unto the sheep-gate: and they stood still Jeremial, Hananiah; 13 OrEzra, Meshullain;of Amariah, Jehohanan; 40 So stood the two companies of them that 200 14 OF Melicn, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph; thanks in the house of God, and I, and the hall 15 Or Jarini, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; of the rulers with me: 16 Or Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Mesliul-1 41 And the priests: Eliakim, Maaseiah, Minta lain;

min, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hana. 17 Or Abijalı, Zichri; of Minjamin, of Moadi- niah, with trumpets; . ah, Piltai ;

42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaial, and Eleazar, 18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jeho- and Uyzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijal, and Dathan;

Elain, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi; Jezrahiah their overseer. 20 Or Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber:

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and 2101 Hilkiali, Washabial;ofJedaiah, Nethancel. rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice witb

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The violation of the sabbath. he children rejoic-, for they were counted faithful: and their office ed: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even was to istribute unto their brethren. afar off.

14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, 44 | And at that time were some appointed over and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. for the first-fruits, and for the tithes, to gather 15 1 In those days saw I in Judah some treadinto them out of the fields of the cities the por- ing wine-presses on the sabhath, and bringing in tions of the law for the priests and Levites: for sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, Judalı rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they that waited.

brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and 45 And both the singers and the porters kept I testificd against them in the day wherein they the ward of their God, and the ward of the puri- sold victuals. fication, according to the commandmentor David, 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which and of Solomon his son.

brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise Jerusalem. and thanksgiving unto God.

| 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and and said unto them, What evil thing is this that in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the ye do, and profanc the sabbath day? singers and the porters, every day his portion : 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not out and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this and the Levites sanctified them unto the chil-city ? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by dren of Aaron,

profaning the sabbath. CHIAP. XII.

19 And it came to pass, that, when the gates of Nehemiah's zeal and reformation. Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbathi, I On that day they read in the book of Moses in commanded that the gates should he shut, and

U the audience of the people; and therein was charged that they should not lie opened till after found written, that the Ammonite and the Mo- the sabbath : and some of my servants set I at abite should not come into the congregation of the gates, that there should no burden be brought God for ever;

in on the sabbath day. 2 Because they met not the children of Israel 20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of with bread and with water, but hired Balaam ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. against then, that he should curse them: how- 21 Then I testified against them, and said unto beit, our God turned the curse into a blessing them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so

3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard again, I will lay hands on you. From that time the law, that they separated from Israel all the forth came they no more on the sabbath. mixed multitude.

22And I commanded the Levites, that they should 4 1 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having cleanse themselves, and that they should come and the oversight of the chamber of the house of our keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. ReGod, was allied unto Tobiah :

meniber me, O my God, concerning this also, and 5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. where aforetime they laid the ineat-offerings, the 23 1 In those days also saw I Jews that had marfrankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of ried wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: ul:e corn, the new wine, and the oil, (which was 24 Aud their children spake half in the speech or commanded to be given to the Levites,andthesing- Aslidod, and could not speak in the Jews' laners, and the porters,) and the offerings of the priests. guage, but accordingto the languageof each people.

6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem : 25 And I contended with thein, and cursed them, for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes and smote certain of them, and plucked off their king of Babylon canie I unto the king, and after hair, and made them swcar by God, saying, Ye certain days obtained I leave of the king

shall not give your daughters into their sons, nor 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of lake their daughters unto your sons, or for your the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing selves. him a chainber in the courts of the house of God. 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin lay these

8 And itgrieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all things ? vet among inany nations was there no the household-stuff of Tobialıout of the chamber. king like hini, who was beloved of his God, and

9 Then I coinmanded, and they cleansed the God made liim king over all Israel: nevertheless chianibers: and thither brought I again the ves-leven him did outlandish woinen cause to sin. sels of the house of God, with the meat-offering 27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this and the frankincense..

great evil, to transgress against our God in mar10 11 And I perceived that the portions of theirving strange wives? Levites had not been given them: for the Levites 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of and the singers, that did the work, were fled every Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law to Sanbalone to his field.

lat the lloronite: therefore I chased him froin nuc. 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, 29 Remember them, O my God, because they Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gather-have detiled the priestlinod and the covenant or ed them together, and set them in their place. the priesthood, and of the Levites.

12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of ihe corn 30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and and the new wine and the oil into the treasuries. appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites,

13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, every one in luis business ; Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe; and 31 And for the wood-offering, at times appointof the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was ed, and for the first-fruits. Remember we, O my Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: God, for good.

9 The Book of ESTHER.

Idred and seven and twenty provinces :) Ahasuerus' royal feasts.

| 2 That in those days, when the king Alinsuiering N OW it came to pass in the days of Aha-sat on the throne of his kingdoni, which was in 1 suerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reign-Shushan the palace. ed from India even unio Ethiopia, over a hun-) 3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast

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A new green to bc chosen un'o all his princes and his servants; the power ces, into every province according to the writing of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of thereof, and to every people after their language, the provinces, being before him:

that every man should bear rule in his own 4 When heshewed the riches of his glorious king-house; and that it should be published accor. dom and the honour of his excellent majesty many ding to the language of every people. days, even a hundred and fourscore days.

CHAP. II. 5 And when these days were expired, the king

Esther chosen queen. made a feast unto all the people that were pre. A FTER these things, when the wrath of king sent in Shushan the palace, both unto great and Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered small, seven days, in the court of the garden of Vashti, and what she had done, and what was the king's palace;

decreed against her. 6 Where were white, green, and blue hangings,l? Then said the king's servants that ministered fastened with cords of fine linen and purpie to unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds rocre for the king : of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the problue, and white, and black marble.

vinces of his kingdon, that they may gather to7 And they gave them drink iu vessels of gold, gether all the fair young virgins unto Shushan (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and the palace, to the house of the women, unto the royal wine in abundance, according to the state custody of Lege the king's chanıberlain, keeper of the king.

of the women; and let their things for purifica8 And the drinking was according to the law;ltion be given them : none did compel: for so the king had appointed 4 And let the maidon which plcaseth the king to all the officers of his house, that they should be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing do according to every man's pleasure.

pleased the king; and he did so. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the 5 11 Noro in Shushan the palace there was a cerwomen in the royal house which belonged to tain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of king Ahasuerus.

Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Ber10 | On the seventh day, when the heart of theljamite; king was merry with wine, he commanded Me-T 6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem human, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, with the captivity which had been carried away Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains thai with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadserved in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, nezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

11 To bring Vasbti the queen before the king 7 And he brought up Hadassalı, (that is, Esther) with the crown royal, to shew the people and the his uncle's daughter : for she had neither father princes her beauty : for she was fair to look on. Inor mother, and the maid was fair and beauti

12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the ful; whom Morilecai, when her father and king's commandment by his chamberlains: there- mother were dead, took for his own daughter. fore was the king very wroth, and his anger 81 So it came to pass, when the king's comburned in him.

inandment and his decree was heard, and when 13 11 Then the king said to the wise men, which many maidens were gathered together unto Shuknew the times, (for so was the king's manner shan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that toward all that knew law and judgment: Esther was brought also unto the king's house,

14 And the next unto him was Carshena, She- to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. thar, Admathia, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and 9 And the maiden pleased hiin, and she obtain Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Me-ed kindness of hiin; and he speedily gave her dia, which saw the king's face, and which sat her things for purification, with such things as the first ia the kingdom ;)

belonged to her, and seven maidens which were 15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti ac-meet to be given hier, out of the king's house: cording to law, because she hath not per- and he preferred her and her maids unto the best formed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus place of the house of the women. by the chamberlains ?

[ 10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her 16 And Memucan answered before the king and kindred : for Mordecai had charged her that she the princes, Vashti the queen hath pot done should not shew it. wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, 11 And Mordecai walked every day before the and to all the people that are in all the provinces court of the women's house, to know how Esther of the king Ahasuerus.

idid, and what should become of her. 17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad 19 I Now when every maid's turn was come to unto all women, so that they shall despise their go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, twelve months, according to the manner of the The king Ahasuerus cominanded Vashti the queen women, (tor so were the days of their purifito be brought in before him, but she came not. cations accomplished, to wit, six months with

18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, say this day unto all the king's princes, which and with other things for the purifying f the wohave heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall men :) there arise too much contempt and wrath. 13 Then thus came toery maiden unto the king;

19 Ifit please the king, let there go a royal com- whatsoever she desired was given her to go with mandment from him, and let it be written anong her out of the house or the women unto the the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it king's house. be not altered, That Vashti come no more before 14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her coyal she returned into the second house of the wo estate unto another that is better than she. men, to the custody or Shaashgan, the king's

20 And when the king's decree which he shall chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she make shall be published throughout all his em-camein unto the king noinore, except the king de pire, (for it is great,) all thc wives shall give to lighted in her, and that shic were called by name. their husbands honour, both to great and small. 15 il Now when the turn of Esther, the daugh

21 And the saying pleased the king and the ter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had princes; and the king did according to the word taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unof Memucan :

to the king, she required notbing but what llegal 22 For hc sent leuters into all the king's provin-the king's chanıberlain, the keeper of the wo

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