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408 The commission of Artaxerxes. EZRA. Those who reiurned with Ezra.

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the thce, and to thy brethren, to do with the sons of Pharosh ; Zechariah : and with rest of the silver and gold, that do after the him were reckoned by genealogy of the will of vour God.

males an hundred and fifty. 19 The vessels also that are given thee 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab ; Elifor the service of the house of thy God, those hoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem. him two hundred males.

20 And whatsoever more shall be need- 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah ; the son ful for the house of thy God, which thou of Jahaziel, and with him three hunshalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it dred males. out of the king's treasure-house.

6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son 21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, | of Jonathan, and with him fifty males. do make a decree to all the treasurers 7. And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah which are beyond the river, that whatso- | the son of Athaliah, and with him sevever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law enty males. of the God of heaven, shall require of 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah ; Zebyou, it be done speedily,

adiah the son of Michael, and with him 22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, | fourscore males. and to an hundred measures of wheat, 9 Of the sons of Joab ; Obadiah the and to an hundred baths of wine, and to son of Jchiel, and with him two hundred an hundred baths of oil, and salt without and eighteen males. prescribing how much.

10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the 25 Whatsoever is commanded by the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred God of heaven, let it be diligently done and threescore males. for the house of the God of heaven: for 11 And of the sons of Bebai ; Zechawhy should there be wrath against the riah the son of Bebai, and with him realm of the king and his sons ?

twenty and eight males. 24 Also we certify you, that touching 12 And of the sons of Azgad ; Johaany of the priests and Levites, singers, nan the son of Hakkatan, and with him porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this an hundred and ten males. house of God, it shall not be lawful to im- 13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, pose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them. whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel,

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom and Shemaiah, and with them threescore of thy God, that is in thinchand, set mag- inales. istrates and judgcs, which may judge 14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai and all the people that are beyond the river, Zabbud, and with them seventy males. all such as know tlie laws of thy God; 15 | And I gathered them together to and teach ye them that know them not. the river that runneth to Ahava ; and

26 And whosoever will not do the law there abode we in tents three days: and of thy Goul, and the law of the king, let I viewed the people, and the priests, and judgment be executed speedily upon him, found there none of the sons of Levi. whether it be unto death, or to banislı- 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, ment, or to confiscation of goods, or to for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for imprisonment.

Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, 27 | Blessed be the LORD God of our and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, fathers, which hath put such a thing as chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elthis in the king's heart, to beautify the nathan, men of understanding. house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem : 17 And I sent them with command

28 And hath extended mercy unto me ment unto Iddo the chief at the place before the king, and his counsellors, and Casiphia, and I told them what they before all the king's mighty princes. And should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren I was strengthened as the hand of the the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that Lord my God was upon me, and I gath- they should bring unto us ministers for ered together out of Israel chief men to go the house of our God. up with me.

18 And by the good hand of our CHAP. VIII.

God upon us ihey brought us a man of 1 Egra's companions from Babylon. 15 understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the

He sendtth to Iddo for ministers of the son of Levi, the son of Israel ; and Shetomme. 21 He kcepeth a fast.

rebiali, with his sons and his brethren, HESE are now the chief of their fa- eighteen;

19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jethem that went up with me from Baby- shaiah of the sons of Merari

, his brethlon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. ren and their sons, twenty ;

2. Of the sons of Phinehas ; Gershom : 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David of the sons of thamar; Daniel : of the and the princes had appointed for the sons of David ; Hattush.

service of the Levites, two hundred and

, of

Ezra keepeth a fast.


His prayer. 409 twenty Nethinims : all of them were ex- been carried away, which were come out pressed by name.

of the captivity, offered burnt-offerings 21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks at the river Ahava, that we might afflict for all Israel, ninety and six rams, sevenourselves before our God, to seek of him ty and seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a right way for us, and for our little ones, a sin-offering : all this was a burnt-offerand for all our substance.

ing unto the Lord. 22 For I was ashamed to require of 36 And they delivered the king's the king a band of soldiers and horse- commissions unto the king's lieutenants, men to help us against the ene ay in the and to the governors on this side the rivway: because we had spoken unto the er: and they furthered the people, and, king, saying, The hand of our God is the house of God. upon all ihem for good that seek him ;

CHAP. IX. but his power and his wrath is against 1 Ezramourneth for the affinity of the peot all them that forsake him.

Ale avith strangers. 5 He prayeth to God. 23 So we fasted and besought our God for this : and he was entreated of us.

COW when these things were done; NOW

the princes came to me, saying, The 24 9 Then I separated twelve of the people of Israel, and the priests, and the chiet of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, | Levites, have not separated themselves and ten of their brethren with them, from the people of the lands, duing ac

25 And weighed unto them the silver, cording to their abominations, even of the and the gold, and the vessels, even the of- || Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, fering of the house of our God, which the the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabking, and his counsellors, and his lords, ites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. and all Israel there present, had offered : 2 For they have taken of their daugh

26 I even weighed unto their hands ters for themselves, and for their sons : so six hundred and fifty talents of silver, | that the holy seed have iningled themand silver Tessels an hundred talents, and selves with the people of those lands : of gold an hundred talents ;

yea, the hand of the princes and rulers 37 Also twenty basons of gold, of a hath been chief in this trespass: thousand drams; and two vessels of fine 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent copper, precious as gold.

my garment and my mantle, and pluck28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy ed off the hair of my head and of my unto the LORD; the vessels are holy al- beard, and sat down astonied. so; and the silver and tlie gold are a 4 Then were assembled unto me every freewill-offering unto the Lord God of one that trembled at the words of the

God of Israel, because of the transgression 29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye || of those that had been carried away; and weigh them, before the chicf of the priests || I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice. and the Levites, and chief of the fathers 5.1 And at the evening sacrifice I arose of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers up from my heaviness ; and having rent. of the house of the LORD.

my garment and my mantle, I fell upon 30 So took the priests and the Levites my knees, and spread out my hands unto the weight of the silver, anci the gold, and the Lord my God, the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem 6 And said, () my God, I am asham-, unto the house of our Gal.

ed and blush to lift up my face to thee, 31 | Then we departed from the river my God : for our iniquities are increased Ahava on the twelfth day of the first over our head, and our trespass is grown.. mouth, to go unto Jerusalem: and the up unto the heavens. hand of our God was upon us, and he de- 7 Since the days of our fathers have we livered us from the hand of the enemy, been in a great trespass unto this day ; and of such as lay in wait by the way. and for our iniquities have we, our kings,

32 And we came to Jerusalem, and and our priests, been delivercr? into the. abole there three days.

hand of the kings of the lands, to the 33 1 Now on the fourth day was the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to. silver and the gold and the ressels weigh- confusion of face, as it is this day. ed in the house of our God by the hand 8 And now for a little space grace of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest ; hath been shewed from the LORD cui and with liim was Eleazar the son of God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad to give us a nail in his holy place, that the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of our God may lighten our eyes, and give us Binnui, Levics ;

a little reviving in our bondage. 34 By number and by weight of ev- 9 For we were bondmen; vet our God cry onc: ancl all the weiglit was written hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but at that tiine.

hath extended inercy unto us in the sight 35 liso the children of those thiat had of the king's of Persia, to give us a viv

your fathers.

410 Ezra's confestiora


The people repeni. ing to set up the house of our God, and to 5 Then arose Ezri, and not the repur the desolations thereof, and to give chief priests, the Levites, and in Israel, us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. to swear that they should do according to

10 And now, ( our God, what shall || this word. And they sware. we say after this ? for we have forsaken 6 9 Then Ezra rose up from before thy commandmerits,

the house of God, and went into the 1 Which thou hast commanded by thy | chamber of Johanan the son of Elrashib : servants the prophets, saying, The land, and when he came thither, he did eat no unto which ye go to possess it, is an un- bread, nor drink water : for he mourned clean land with the filthiness of the peo because Gi he transgression of them that ple of the lands, with their abominations, || had been carried way. which huve filled it from one end to an- 7 And they made proclamation throughother with their uncleanness.

out Judah and Jerisalem unto all the 12 Now therefore give not your daugh- | children of the captivity, that they should urs unto their sons, neither take their l gather themselves together unto Jerudaughters unto your sons, nor seek their || salem ; peace or their wealth for ever: that ye 8 And that whosoever would not come may be strong, and eat the good of the within three days, according to the counland, and leave it for an inheritance to sel of the princes and the elders, all his your children for ever.

substance should be forfeited, and him13 And after all that is come upon lis self separated from the congregation of for our evil deeds, and for our great tres- those that had been carried away. pass, seeing that thou our God hast punish- 9 | Then all the men of Judab and Bened us less than our iniquities deserve, and jamin gathered themselves together unto hast given us such deliverance as this ; Jerusalem within three days. It was the

14 Should we again break thy com- ninth month, and the twentieth day of the mandments, and join in affinity with the month ; and all the people sat in the street people of these abominations? wouldest of the house of God, trembling because of not thou be angry with us till thou hadst this matter, and for the great rain. consumed us, so that there should be no 10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and remnant nor escaping?

said unto them, Ye have transgressed, 15 () Lord God of Israel, thou art and have taken strange wives to increase righteous : for we remain yet escaped, as che trespass of Israel. it is this day: behold, we are before thet 11 Now therefore make confession unin our trespasses: for we cannot stand to the LORD God of your fathers, and do before thee because of this.

his pleasure : and separate yourselves CHAP. X.

from the people of the land, and from the 1 Shechaniah encourageth Ezra toreform strange wives. the strange marriages. 6 Ezra mourn- 12 Then all the congregation answering, assembleth the people. 9 The people, 1 ed and said with a loud voice, As thou at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and hast said, so must we do. promise amendment. 18 The names of 13 But the people are many, and it is them which had married strange wives. 1 time of much rain, and we are not able Nehehad confessed, weeping and

to stand without, neither is this a work

of one day or two: for we are many that casting himself down before the house of have transgressed in this thing. God, there assembled unto him out of 14 Let now cur rulers of all the conIsrael a very great congregation of men gregation stand, and let all them which and women and children : for the people i have taken strange wives in our cities wept very sore,

come at appointed times, and with them 2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one the elders of every city, and the judges of the sons of Elam, answered and said therect, until the fierce wrath of our Goot anto Ezra, We have trespassed against || for this matter be turned from us. our God, and have taken strange wives 15 | Only Jonathan the son of Asahel of the people of the land : yet now there and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were emis hope in Israel concerning this thing. ployed about this matter : and Meshul

3 Now therefore let us make a core- iam and Shabbethai the Leviie helped plant with our God to put away all the them. wives, and such as are born of them, ac- 16 And the childien of the captivity cording to the counsel of my lord, and of did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain those that tremble at the commandment chief of the fathers, after the house ct of our God ; and let it be done according their fathers, and all of them by their to the law.

names, were separated, and sat down in 4 Arise ; for this matter belongeth unto the first day of the tenth month to examthee: we also will be with thee: be of line the matier. good courage, and do it.

17 Ard they made an end with all the

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their trespass

The names of them which CHAP. I. had married strange wives. 411
men that had taken strange wives by the | Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and
first day of the first month.

Zabad, and Aziza.
18 [ And among the sons of the priests 28 Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehoha-
there were found that had taken strange nan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai.
wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the 29 And of the sons of Bani ; Meshul-
son of Jozadak, and his brethren ; Maa- lam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and
seiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Geda- | Sheal, and Ramoth.

30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Ad-
19 And they gave their hands that they | na, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Matta-
would put away their wives ; and being niah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.
guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for 31 And of the sons of Harim ; Eliezer,

Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,
20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, 32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.
and Zebadiah.

33 Of the sons of Hashum ; Mattenai,
21 And of the sons of Harim ; Maa- Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai,
seiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Je- || Manasseh, and Shimei.
liiel, and Uzziah.

34 Of the sons of Bani ; Maadai, Am-
22 And of the sons of Pashur ; Elioenai, ram, and Uel,
Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, 55 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,
and Elasah.

36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eljashib,
23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
Shimei, and Kelaiali, (the same is Kelita,) 38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,
Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and
24 Of the singers al; Eliashjb: and of Adaiah,
the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. 40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

25 Moreover, of Israel: of the sons of 41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,
Parosh ; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Mal- 42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.
chiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and 43 Of the sons of Nebo ; Jeiel, Matti-
Malchijah, and Benaiah.

thiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel,
26 And of the sons of Elam; Matta- | Benajal.
niah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, 44 All these had taken strange wives :
and Jeremoth, and Eljah.

and some of them had wives by whom
27 And of the sons of Zattu ; Elioenai, I they had children.

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thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear
1 Nehemiah understanding by Hanani | the prayer of thy servant, which I pray

the misery of Jerusalem, mourneth, | before thee now, day and night, for the
fusteth, and jirayeth. 5. His prayer.

children of Israel thy servants, and con-
HE words of Nehemiah the son of fess the sins of the children of Israel,
the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, I and my father's house have sinned.
as I was in Shushan the palace,

7 We have dealt very corruptly against
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, thee, and have not kept the command-
came, he and certain men of Judah; and ments, nor the statutes, nor the judg-
I asked them concerning the Jews that ments, which thou commandedst thy ser-
had escaped, which were left of the cap- vant Moses.
tivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word
3' And they said unto, me,

The rem

that thou commandedst thy servant Mor
nant that are left of the captivity there in ses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter
the province are in great affliction and you abroad among the nations :
reproach : the wall of Jerusalem also is 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my
broken down, and the gates thereof are commandments, and do them ; though
burned with fire.

there were of you cast out unto the ut-
4 [ And it came to pass, when I heard tcrmost part of the heaven, yet will i
these words, that I sat down and wept, gather them from thence, and will bring
and mourned certain days, and fasted, them unto the place that I have chosen to
and prayed before the God of hearen, set my name there.

5 And said, I beseech thee, () LORD 10 Now these are thy servants and thy
God of heaven, the great and terrible people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy
God, that keepeth covenant and mercy great power, and by thy strong hand.
for them that love him and observe his 11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now

thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and I servayt, and to the prayer of thy ser:

412 Nchemiah sent 10 Jerusalem. NEHEMIH. He vieweth the ruins. vants, who desire to fear thy name : and there any beast with me, save the beast prosper, I pray thice, thy servant this that I rode upon. day, and grant him mercy in the sight | 13 And I went out by night by the of this man. For I was tlie king's cup- gate of the valley, even before the dragbearer.

on-well, and to the dung-port, and CHAP. II.

viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which 1 Artaxerres sendeth Nihemiah to Jeru- were broken down, and the gates there

salem. 12 He virweth the ruins ; 17 of were consumed with fire. and criciteth the Jews to build.

14 Then I went on to the gate of the A

Nisan, in the twentieth year of Ar- || there was no place for the beast that was taxerxes the king, that wine wis before under me to pass. him ; and I tor k up the wine, and gave 15 Then went I up in the night by it unto the king. "Now I had not been the bronk, and viewed the wall, and beforeiime sad in his presence.

turned back, and entered by the gate of 2 Wherefore the king said unto me, the valley, and so returned. Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou 16 And the rulers knew not whither I art not sick ? this is nothing else but sorrow went, or what I did ; neither had I as of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests,

3 And said unto the king, Let the king nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor live for ever: why should not my coun- to the rest that did the work. tenance be said, when the city, the place 17 | Then said I unto them, Ye see of my fathers sepulchres, lieth waste, the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem and the gates thereof are consumed lieth waste, and the gates thereof are with fire?

burned with fire : come, and let us build 4 Then the king said unto me, For up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no what dost thou make request ? So I pray- more a reproach. ed to the God of heaven.

18 Then I told them of the hand of 5 And I said unto the king, If it please my God which was good upon me; as the king, and if thy servant have found also the king's words that he had spoken favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest unto me.

And they said, Let us rise up send me unto Judala, unto tie city of my and build. So they strengthened their fathers sepulchres, that I may build it. hands for this good work.

6 And the king said unto me, (the queen 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, also sitting by him,) For how long shall and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, thy journey be? and when wilt thou re- and Geshem the Arabian, heard ir, they turn? So it pleased the king to send me; laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and and I set him a time.

said, What is this thing that ye do? will 7 Moreover, I said unto the king, If it ye rehel against the king? please the king, let letters be given me 20 Then answered I them, and sail to the governors beyond the river, that unto them, The God of beaven, he will they may convey me over till I come prosper us; therefore welis servants will into Judah ;

arise and build: but ye have no portion, 8 And a letter unto Asaph the kceper nor right, nor memerial, in Jerusalem. of the king's forest, that he may give me

CHIP. III. timber to make beams for the gates of the The names and order of them that buildpalace which ,

cd the quall.

HEN the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good builded the sheep-gate ; they sanctified it, hand of my God upon me.

and set up the doors of it; even unto the 94 Then I came to the governors be- tower of Meah they sanctitied it, unto the yond the river, and gave them the king's tower of Hananeel. leiters. Now the king had sent captains of 2 and next unto him builded the men the army and horsemen witlı me. of Jericho. And next to them builded

10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Zaccur the son of Imri. Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard 3 But the fish-gate did the sons of Hasof it, it grieved them exceedingly that senaah build, who also laid the beams there was come a man to seek the wel thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the fare of the children of Israel.

locks thereof, and the bars thereof. 11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was 4 And next unto them repaired Merethere three days.

moth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. 12 | And I arose in the night, I and And next unto the repaired Meshulsome few men with me ; neriher told I / lam the son of Berechiah, the son of any man what my God had put in ny Meshezabeel. And next into them reheart to do at Jerusalem : neither was' paired Zadok the son of Baana.

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