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17 Then said I, Ye see the Distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the Gates thereof are burnt with Fire: come let us build up the Wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a Reproach.
18 Then I told them of the Hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the King's Words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their Hands for this good Work.
19 But when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian heard it, they laughed us to Scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this Thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the King.
20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of Heaven he will prosper us; therefore we his Servants will arise and build: but you have no Portion, nor Right, nor Memorial in Jerusalem.
CHA P. III.
CH A P. IV. ✓ While the Enemies scoff Nehemiah prayeth and continueth the Work. 7 Understanding the Wrath and Secrets of the Enemy, he setteth a Watch. 13 He armeth the Labourers, 19 And giveth military Precepts.
Ver, I DUT it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard
D that we builded the Wall, he was wroth, and took great Indignation, and mocked the Jews.
2 And he spake before his Brethren and the Army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews ? will they fortify themselves ? will they facrifice? will they make an End in a Day? will they revive the Stones out of the Heaps of the Rubbish, which are burnt?
3 Now Tobiah said, Even that which they build, if a Fox go up, he shall even break down their Stone-wall.
4 Hear, O Our God, for we are despised: and turn · their Reproach upon their own Head, and give them for a Prey in the Land of Captivity. 5 And cover not their Iniquity, and let nat their Sin be
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blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to Anger before the Builders.
6 So built we the Wall; and all the Wall was joined to gether unto the half thereof: for the People had a Mind to work.
7 But it came to pass that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the Walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the Breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth.
8 And conspired all of them together, to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
9 Nevertheless, we made our PRAYER unto our God, and set a Watch against them Day and Night, because of them.
14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the Nobles, and to the Rulers, and to the rest of the People, Be not ye afraid of them: REMEMBER the LORD which is GREAT and TERRIBLE, and fight for your Brethren, your Sons and your Daughters, your Wives and your Houses.
CH A P. V.
· The Yews complain of their Debt, Mortgage, and Bondage.
6 Nehemiah rebuketh the Usurers, and causeth them to make a Covenant of Reftitution. 14 He forbeareth his own Allowance, and keepeth Hospitality.
Ver. I AND there was a great Cry of the People, and of
n their Wives against their Brethren the Jews. 2 For there were that said, We, our Sons, and our Daughters are many: therefore we take up Corn for them, that we may eat and live.
3. Some also there were that said, We have MORTGAGED our Lands, Vineyards, and Houses, that we might BUY CORN, because of the DEARTH.
4 There were also that said, We have BORROWED MoNEY for the King's TRIBUTE, and that upon our LANDS and VINEYARDS.
5 Yet now our Flesh is as the Flesh of our Brethren, our Children as their Children: and lo, we bring into BONDAGE our Sons and our Daughters to be Servants, and some of
our Daughters are brought unto Bondage already, neither is it in our Power TO REDEEM THEM : FOR OTHER MEN HAVE OUR LANDS and VINEYARDS.
6 And I was very angry when I heard their Cry, and these Words.
7 Then I consulted with my self, and I rebuked the Nobles, and the Rulers, and said unto them, You exact U. SURY, every one of his Brother. And I set a great AsSEMBLY against them.
8 And I said unto them, We after our Ability, have redeemed our Brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the Heathen; and will you even sell your Brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? then held they their Peace, and found nothing to answer,
9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to WALK in the Fear of our God, because of the Reproach of the Heathen our Enemies!
10 I likewise, and my Brethren, and my Servants, might exact of them Money and Corn: I pray you let us leave OFF this USURY
u Restore, I pray you, to them even this Day, their LANDS, their VINEYARDS, their Olive YARDS, and their Houses, also the hundredth Part of the Money, and of the Corn, the Wine, and the Orl, that ye eXACT of them.
12 Then said they, We will Restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the PRIESTS, and took an Oath of them, that they should do according to this Promise.
13 Also I shook my Lap, and said, So God shake out e. very Man from his House and from his Labour, that performeth not this Promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the Congregation said, Amen, and PRAISED the LORD. And the People did according to this Promise.
14 Moreover, from the Time that I was appointed to be their GOVERNOR, that is twelve Years, I and my Brethren have not eaten the Bread of the Governor.
15 But the former Governors that had been before me, were chargeable unto the People, and had taken of them Bread and Wine, besides forty Shekels of Silver, yea even their Servants bear RULE OVER the People: but so DID NOT I, because of the Fear of GOD.
16 Yea, also I continued in the Work of this Wall, nei. ther bought we any Land.
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17 Moreover, there were at my Table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and Rulers, besides those that came unto us, from among the Heathen that are about us.
18 Now that which was prepared for me daily, was one Ox, and fix choice Sheep; also Fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten Days, Store of all sorts of Wine : yet for all this required not I the Bread of the Governor, because the BONDAGE was heavy upon this people.
19 Think upon me, my God for Good, according to all that I have done for this People.
C H A P. VI. Sanballat praktiseth by Craft, by Rumours, by hired Prophefies, to terrify Nehemiah. 15 The Work is finished to the Terror of the Enemies. 17 Secret Intelligence palleth between the Enemies, and the Nobles of Judah.
Ver. 10 AFTERWARD I came unto the House of She
A maiah who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the House of God, within the Temple, and let us shut the Doors of the Temple; for they will come to slay thee in the Night.
u And I said, Should sucH A Man as I FLEE? and who is there that being as I am, would go into the Temple to save his Life? I will not go in.
12 And lo, I perceived that God had not sent him, but that he pronounced this Prophecy against me, for Tobiah and Sanballat had HIRED him.
13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be AFRAID, and do so, and sin, and that they might have Matter for an evil Report, that they might REPROACH ME.
14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat, aecording to these their Works, and on the PROPHETESS Noadiah, and the rest of the PROPHETS, that would have put me in Fear.
16 And it came to pass, when all our Enemies heard thereof, and all the Heathen that were about us saw these
Things, they were much cast down in their own Eyes : for . they perceived that this Work was wrought of our God.
Norling to these think thou upon EPROACH M
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CH A P. VII. 1 Nehemiah committetb the Charge of Jerusalem to Hanani and
Hananiah. 5 A Register of the Genealogy of them which came at the first out of Babylon. 8 Of the People, 39 Of the Priests, 43. Of the Levites, 46 Of the Nethinims, 57 Of Solomon's Servants, 63 And of the Priests which could not find their Pedigree. 66 The whole Number of them being 42360, their Substance. 70 Their Oblatians.
CHA P. VIII. The Religious Manner of reading and hearing the Law. 9 They comfort the People. 13 The Forwardness of them to hear, and be instructed. 16 They keep the Feast of Taber. nacles.
Ver. 1 AND all the People gathered themselves together,
and they spake unto Ezra the Scribe, to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
Ź And Ezra the Priest brought the Law before the Con. gregation.
3 And he read therein, from the Morning until Mid-day, before the Men and the Women, and those that could understand, and the Ears of all the People were attentive unto the Book of the Law.
4 And Ezra stood upon a Puipit of Wood, which they had made for the Purpose.
5 And Ezra opened the Book, and all the People stood up:
6 And Ezra BLÉSSED the LORD the GREAT God: and all the People answered AMEN, Amen, with LIFTING up their Hands: and they Bowed their Heads, and WORSHIPPED the LORD with their Faces to the Ground.
7 Also Jeshua, and others, and the Levites caused the People to understand the Law: and the People food in their Place.
8 So they read in the Book, in the Law of God diSTINCTLY, and gave the SENSE, and caused them to UNDERSTAND the Reading
o And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the Priest, the Scribe, and the Levites that taught the People, vid unto all the People, This Day is HOLY unto the LORD