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414 Nchemial's firayor. NEHEMLAL

Ile reformeth usury. make an end in a day? will Uiey revire, rulers were behind all the house of Juthe stones out of the heaps of the rubbish dah. which are burned?

| 17 They which builded on the wall, 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite traz by and they that bare burdens, with those him, and he said, Even that which they that laded, every one with one of his build, if a fou go up, he shall even break hands wrought in the work, and with the dows, their stone wall.

other hand held a weapon. 4 Ilear, ( our God; for we are de- 1 18 For the builders, every one had his spised: and turn their reproach upon their sword girded by his side, and so builded. own lead, and give them for a prey in And he that sounded the trumpet was the land of captivity :

by me. 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let 19 fAnd I said unto the nobles, and to the not their sin be blotted out from before rulers, and to the rest of the people, The thee: for they have provoked thee to an-work is great and large, and we are sepager before the builders.

rated upon the wall, one far from anotlier. * 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall 20 In what place therefore ye hear was joined together unto the half thereof: the sound of the trumpet, resort je thithfor the people had a mind to work. er unto us; our God shall fight for us.

7 But it came to pass, that whien 21 So we laboured in the work; and Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabi- half of them held the spears from the risans, and the Ammonites, and the Ashing of the morning till the stars appeared. colites, heard that the walls of Jerusa- 22 Likewise at the same time si I iem were made up, and that the breaches unto the people, Let every one with his begin to be stopped, then they were very servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in wroth,

the night thiey may be a guard to us, and 8 And conspired all of them together labour on the day. to come and to fight against Jerusalem, 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor and to hinder it.

my servants, nor the men of the guard 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer which followed me, none of us put off our uto our God, and set a watch against clothes, saving that every one put them them day and night, because of them. off for washing. 10 And Judah said, the strength of |

CHAP. V. the bearers of burdens is decayed, and iThe Jews compluin of their debt, mort. there is much rubbish ; so that we are gage, and bondage. 6.Nchemiuh causeth not able to build the wall.

restitution, 14 le forbeareth his orun 11 And our adversaries said, They allowance, and kecpeth hosfiitality. shall not know, neither see, till we come AND there was a great cry of the in the midst among them, and slay them, people and of their wives against and cause the work to cease.

| their brethren the Jews. 12 And it came to pass, that when the ! 2 For there were that said, We, our Jews which dwelt by thein came, they | sons, and our daughters, are many : said unto us ten times, from all places therefore we take up corn for them, that whence ye sliall return unto us they will we may eat, and live. be uhon vou.

3 Some also there were that said, We 13 11 Therefore sct I in the lower have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, places behind the wall, and on the high and houses, that we might buy corn, beer places, I cren set the people after cause of the dearth. their families with their swords, their 4 There were also that said, We have spears, and their bows.

borrowed money for the king's tribute, 14 And I looked, and rose up, and said and that upon our lands and vineyards. unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to 5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of brethren, our children as their children: them: remember the LORD which is and lo, we bring into bondage our sons great and terrible, and fight for your and our daughters to be servants, and brethren, your sons, and your daughters, some of our daugliters are brought unto your wives, and your houses..

bondage already: neither is it in our pow15. And it came to pass, when our cnc-er to redeem them; for other men have mies heard that it was known into us, our lands and vineyards.

und God had brought their counsel to 6. And I was very angry when I nought, that we returned all of us to heard their cry and these words. the wall, every one unto his work.

7 Then I consulted with myself, and I 16 And it came to pass from that time rebuked tlie nobles, and the rulers, and forth, that the half of my servants wrought I said unto them, Ye exact usury, erery in the work, and the other half of them, one of his brother. And 1 set a great asheld both the spears, the shields, and sembly against them. the bows, and the habergcons; and the l 3 And I said unto them, We after

Nehemiah keefieth hospitality. CHAP. VI. Sanbullat's evil practice. 415 our ability have redeemed our brethren

CHAP. VI. the Jews, which were sold unto the hea- 1 Sanballat practiseth to terrify Nche then ; and will ye even sell your breth- miah. 15 The work is finished. 17 Seren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then | cret intclligence between the enemics held they their peace, and found nothing and the nobles of Judah. 10 answer.

N OW it came to pass, when Sanballat, 9 Also I said, It is not gond that ve IV and 'Tobiah, and Geshem the Arado : ought ye not to walk in the fear of pian, and the rest of our enemies, heard our God because of the reproach of the that I had builded the wall, and that heathen our enemies?

there was no breach left therein ; (though 10 I likewise, and my brethren, and at that time I had not set up the doors my servants, might exact of them money upon the gates ;) and corn: I pray you, let us leave off 2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unthis usury.

to me, saying, Come, let us meet together 11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even in some one of the villages in the plain of this day, their lands, their vineyards, || Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. their oliveyards, and their houses, also 3 And I sent messengers into them, the hundredth part of the money, and saying, I am doing a great work, so that of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that I cannot come down : why should the ye exact of them..

work cease, whilst I leave it, and come 12 Then said they, We will restore | down to you? them, and will require notling of them ; ! 4 Yet they sent unto me four times, So will we do as thou sayest. Then I after this sort ; and I answered them after called the priests, and took an oath of the same manner. them, that they should do according to 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto this promise.

me in like manner the fifth time with 13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So an open letter in his hand; God shake out every man from his house, 6 Wherein was written, It is reporteil and from his labour, that perforineth not among the heathen, and Gashimu saitli this promise, even thus be he shaken out, it, that thou and the Jews think to reand emptied. And all the congrega- bel: for which cause thou buildest the tion said, Amen, and praised the LORD. wall, that thou mayest be their king, acAnd the people did according to this cording to these words. promise.

7 And thou hast also appointed proph14 ! Moreover, from the time that I ets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saywas appointed to be their governor in ing, There is a king in Judah : and now the land of Judah, from the twentieth shall it be reported to tlie king according year even into the two and thirtieth to these words. Come now therefore, year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, || and let us take counsel together. twelve years, I and my bretiiren have il 8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There not eaten the bread of the governor. are no such things done as thou sayest,

15 But the former governors that had but thou feignest them out of thine own been before me were chargcable unto the heart. people, and had taken of them bread 9 For they all made us afraid, saying, and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; Their hands shall be weakened from the yea, even their servants bare rule over work, that it be not done. Now therethe people : but so did not I, because of fore, O God, strengtheiı my hands. the fear of God.

10 Afterward I came into the house 16 Yea, also I continued in the work of il of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the sont this wall, neither bought we any land : \ of Mehetabeel, who rias shut up ; anii and all my servants were gathered thitirer he said, Let us meet together in tlic house into the work.

of God, within the temple, and let iis 17 Moreover, there were at my table shut the doors of the temple : for they an hundredi and fifty of the Jews and rul- || will come to slay thee; yea, in the nigi:t ers, beside those that came into us from il will they come to slay thice. among tlic heathen that are about us. 11 And I said, Should such a in:in ag

13 Now that wirich was prepared for I flce? and who is there, that, beings as I. mc daily suas one ox and six choice am, would go into the temple to save his. theep; also fowls were prepared for me, life? I will not go in. and once in ien clays store of all sorts of | 12 And to, I perceived that God hac! whe: yet for all ibis requirerl not I the not sent him; but that he pronounced trcall of the governor, because the bond this proplices erainst me: for Tobial and age was healy upon this people.

Szabalit haired him. 19 Think upon me, my Goxl, for goodl.

Therefore we he hirer!, that I according to thit I neve dore for this shouki be afraid, anxico so, an sil, ai! pome.

hut they imight liue matter for aller

416 A register of those that NEHEMIAH. returned from Babylon report, that they might reproach me yli, Mordecai, Bishan, Mispereth, Bigvai.

14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah Nehum, Baanah. The number, I say, of and Sanballat according to these their the men of the people of Israel was works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, this ; and the rest of the prophets, that would 8 The children of Parosh, two thouhave put me in fear.

sand an hundred seventy and two. 15 So the wall was finished in the 9 The children of Shephatiah, three twenty and fifth day of the month Elui, hundred seventy and two. in fifty and two days.

10 The children of Arah, six hundred 16 And it came to pass, that when all | fifty and two. our enemies heard ihereof, and all the 11 The children of Pahath-mosb. of the heathen that were about us saw these || children of Jeshua and Joab, two 11.00things, they were much cast down in their sand and eight hundred and eighteen. own eyes ; for they perceived that this l 12 The children of Elam, a thousand work was wrought of our Gol.

Il two hundred fitty and four. 17 | Moreover, in those days the noblos 13 The children of Zattu, eight hunof Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, | dret forty and five. and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. 14 The children of Zaccai, seven hun

18 For there were many in Judah sworn i dred and threescore. unto him, because he was the son-in-law | 15 The children of Binnui, six hunof Shechaniah the son of Arah ; and his dred forty and eight. son Johanan had taken the daughter of 16 The children of Bebai, six hundred Mesbullam the son of Berechiah.

twenty and eight. 19 Also they reported his good deeds be-i 17 The children of Azgad, two thoufore me, and uttered my words to him.sand tiree hundred twenty and two. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fcar1 18 The children of Adonikain, six hun

CHAP. VII. . dred threescore and seven. 1 Nehemiah committeth the charge of Je- 19 The children of Bigvai, two thourusalem 10 Hanani and Hunaniah. 5 sand threescore and seven. A register of the genealogy of them | 20 The children of Adin, six hundred which came at the first out of Babylon, fifty and five. 8 of the people, 39 of the fricais, 43 of 1121 The children of Ater of Hezekiah,

thi Lrrites, 46 of the Nethinims, oc, ninety and eight. N OW it came to pass, when the wall 22 The children of Hashum, three hun

I was built, and I had set up the doors, dred twenty and eight. and the porters and the singers and the 23 The children of Bezai, three hunLevites were appointed,

drer twenty and four. 2 That I gave my brother Ilanani, und I 24 The children of Haviph, an hunHananial the ruler of the palace, charge dred and twelve. over Jerusalem : for hie *143 a faithtul 25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and. man), and feared Goxl above many.

five. S And I said unto them, Let not the 1! 20 The men of Beth-lchem and Netogates of Jerusalem be opened until the phrh, li hundrell fourscore and eight. sun be hot; and while they stand by, let 1 27 Tire men of Anathoth, an liundred them shut the doors, and bar them: and twents and cigit. appoint watches of the inhabitants of Je- 28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty rusalem, every one in his watch, and ev- and two), cry one to be over against his irouse.

29 The men of Kirjath-jcarim, Che4 Now the city i'ils large and great : | phirali, and Beerouli, seren liundred forty: but the people were few thercin, and the and three. liouses were not builded.

30 The men of Ramal and Gaba, six, 5 ! And my God put into mine heart | hundreil twenty ard one. to guher together the nobles, and the 31 The men of Michimas, an hundred rulers, and the people, that they might and twenty and two.

e reckoned by genealogy. And I found in 32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, an it register of the genealogy of them which hundred twenty anni diuree. came up at the first, and found writien 53 Tie men of the oiher Nebo, fifty therein,

and two. 6 Theseare the children of the province, 1 34 The children of the other Elam, a that went up out of the captivity, of those thousud two hundredi fifty and four. What had been carried away, whom Nebu- 35 The chuldren of Harim, three hunChatinezzar the king of Babylon hal car- dred and twenty. ried away, and came again to Jerusalem 1 36 The children of Jericho, three hunand to Judah, every one unto his city; drei forly and live.

7 Who came withi Zerubhavel, Jeshua, / S7 The children of Lol, Hadid, and Nelieryiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nalama- 10:10), selen laur.died twenty and cne.

\Vho returned from Babylon: Cuap. VIII.

The law is read. 417 38 The childiren of Senaah, three thou- y daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to sand nine hundred and thirty

wife, and was called after their name. 59 . The priests: the children of Je-l 64 These sought their register among daiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hun those that were reckoned by genealogy, dred seventy and three.

I but it was not found: therefore were they, 40 The children of Immer, a thousand as polluted, put from the priesthood. fifty and two.

65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, 41 The children of Pashur, a thousand that they should not eat of the most holy two hundred forty and seven.

things, till there stood up a priest with 42 The children of Harim, a thousand | Urim and Thummim. and seventeen.

66 | The whole congregation together 43 The Levites: the children of Jesh quas forty and two thousand three hunua, of Kadmiel, and of the children of dred and threescore, Hodevah, seventy and four.

67 Beside their man-servants and their 44 f The singers: the children of A-maid-servants, of whom there were sevsaph, an hudred forty and eight. len thousand three hundred thirty and

45 f The porters: the children of Shal- | seven : and they had two hundred forty lum, the children of Ater, the children of and five singing-men and singing-women. Talmon, the children of Akkub, the 68 Thcir horses, scren hundred thirty children of Hatita, the children of Sho- and six: their mules, two hundred forty bai, an hundred thirty and eight.

and five: 46 The Nethinims; the children of 69 Their camels, four hundred thirty Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the chil- and five: six thousand seven hundred and dren of Tabbaoui,

twenty asses. 47 The children of Keroz, the children 70 I And some of the chief of the faof Sia, the children of Padon,

48 Tlie children of Lebana, the chil thagave to the treasure a thousand drams dren of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai, ll of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and

49 The Children of Hanan, the child | thirty priests garments. dren of Giddel, the children of Gahar, l 71 And some of the chief of the fathers

50 The children of Reaiah, the chile gave to the treasure of the work twenty dren of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, thousand drams of gold, and two thou

51 The children of Gazzan, ihe chile sand and two hundred pounds of silver. dren of Uzza, the children of Phaseah, 72 And that which the rest of the peo

52 The children of Besai, the chikiren ple gave was twenty thousand dran's of of Mennim, the children of Nephisliesim, gold, and two thousand pounds of silver,

53 The children of Bakbuk, the chil- || and threescore and seven priests gardren of Habupha, the children of Harhur, i ments.

54 The cudiren of Hazliti, the chil 73 So the priests, and the Levites, and dren of Mehida, the children of Ilarsha, the porters, and the singers, and some of

55 The children of Barkos, the child the people, and the Nethinims, and all dren of Sisera, the children of Tamalı, Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when

56 The children of Neziah, the chilli the seventh month caine, the children of dren of Hatipla.

Israel were in their cities. 57 | The chikiren of Solomon's ser

CHAP. VIII. vants: the children of Sotai, the children | 1 The manner of learin' and reading the of Sophereth, the children of Perida,

law. 16 The feast of labernacles kept. 58 The children of Jaala, the children AND all the people gathered themof Darkon, the children of Giddel, Al selves together as one man into the

59 The children of Shephatiah, the street that was betore the water-gate; children of Hatiil, the children of Poche and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to reth of Zebaimi, the children of Amon. bring the book of the law of Moses, which

60 All the Nethinims, and the children | the LORD had commanded to Israel of Solomon's servants, were three hun 2 And Ezra the priest brought the dred ninety and two.

law before the congregation both of men 61 And ihese were they which went up and women, and all that could hear with also from Tel-ızcla, Tel-haresha, Cher understanding, upon the first day of the ub, Addon, and Immer: but they could seventh month. pot shew their fathers house, nor their 3 And he read therein before the street secd, whether they were of Israel. ll that was before the water-gate from the

62 The children of Delajah, the chil morning until mid-day, before the men dren of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, and the women, and those that could unsix hundred forty and two.

derstand ; and the ears of all the people 63 [ And of the priests: the children were attentive unto the book of the law. of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the chil 4 And Ezra the scribe stond upon a dren of Barzillai, which took one of the Il pulpit of wood, which they had made for 418 The puesfue muke merry. NEHEMIAH.

A solemn fust kejit. the purpoxe; and beside him soal Mat- courts of the house of God, and in the Lithi n, ani Siem., and inaiah, and street of the water-gate, and in the street Uriah, and liikit, au. Maseith, en of the gate of Ephraim. his right hand; and on his left hund, Pe- 17 And all the congregation of them clajah, and Mishel, and Mulchiah, and that were come again out of the captivity liashim, and Fashbaclana, Zechariah, mide booths, and sit under the booths : and Mashulam.

o since the days of Jeshua the son of 5 An Ezra (pened the book in the Nun unto that day had not the children of sight of all the people; (for he was above | Israel done so. And there was very great all the people;) and when he opened it, gladness. all the people stood up:

13 Who day by dlav, from tie first day 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the into the last day; he read in the book of greit God. And all the people answered, the law of God. And they kept the feast Amen, Amen, with lifcing up their hands: seven days; and on the eighth day was and they bowed their heads, and worship- a solemnn assembly, according unto the pedthe LORD with theirfaces tothe ground manner. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebi

CHAP. IX. ah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, l1 A solemn fast and repentance of the Maasciah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Ha- fieofile. 4 The Levites confi'ss God's nan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the goodness, and their own wickedness. people to understand the law: and the N OW in the twenty and fourth day of people stood in their place.

IV this month the children of Israel 8 So they read in the book in the law of were assembled with fasting, and with God distinctly, and gave the sense, and sackclothes, and earth upon them. caused them to understand the reading. 2 And the seed of Israel separated

9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirsh- themselves from all strangers, and stood atha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and and confessed their sins, and the iniquities the Levites that taught the people, said of their fathers. unto all the people, This day is holy unto 3 And they stood up in their place, and the LORD your God; mourn not, nor read in the book of the law of the LORD weep. For all the people wept, when their God one fourth part of the day ; and they heard the words of the law. , another fourth part they confessed, and

10 Then he said unto them, Go your worshipped the LORD their God. way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and 4 1 Then stood up upon the stairs, of send portions unto them for whoni noth- || the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, ing is prepared: for this day is holy un- Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and to our LORD: neither be ye sorry ; for || Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unthe joy of the Lord is your strength. ll to the LORD their God

11 So the Levites stilled all the people, 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadsaying, Hold your peace, for the day is miel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebialı, Hoholy ; neither be ye grieved.

Il dijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, 12 And all the people went their way Stand up and bless the LORD your God to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, for ever and ever: and blessed be the and to make great mirth, because they glorious name, which is exalted above all had understood the words that were de- blessing and praise. clared into them.

6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone ; 13 | And on the second day were gath-ll thou hast made leaven, the heaven of ered together the chief of the fathers of heavens, with all their host, the earth, all the people, the priests, and the Levites, ll and all thinges that are therein, the seas, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand | and all that is therein, and thou preserv

est them all; and the host of heaven wor14 And they found written in the law | shippeth thee. which the Lord had commanded by Mo 7 Thou art the Lord the God, who ses, that the children of Israel should dwell didst choose Abram, and broughtest him in booths in the feast of the seventh month: forth out of Ur of the Chaldecs, and gave

15 And that they should publish and l est him the name of Abraham; proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerus- 8 And foundest his heart faithful before salem, saving, Go forth unto the mount, I thee, and inadest a covenant with him to and fetch olive branches, and pinebranchi- l give the land of the Canaanites, the Hites, and myrtle branches and palm branch tites, the Amcrites, and the Perizzites, es, and branches of thick trees, to make and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, booths, as it is written.

to give it, I say, to his secd, and hast per16 So the people went forth, and I forined tw words; for thou art righteous: brought them, and made themselves || 9 And didst see the affliction of our fabooths, every one upon the roof of his | thers in Egypt, and heardlest their cry house, and in their courts, and in the l br the Red sca ;

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