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Ezra keepeth a fast.

CHAP. IX.

His fwayer. 400 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 ny 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 them for good that seck him ;

CHAP. IX. but his power and his wrath is against || 1 Ezra mourneth for the affinity of the piece all them that forsake him.

pile avith strangers. 5 He prayeth to God. 23 So we fasted and besought our God N OW when these things were done, for this : and he was entreated of us. W the princes came to me, saying, The

24 Then I separated twelve of the people of Israel, and the priests, and the chiet of the priests, Sherebiahi, 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, | itcs, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. and all Israel there present, had oflered: 2 For they have taken of their daugh

26 I even weighed unto their hands Il ters for themselves, and for their sons : so six hundred and fifty talents of silver, | that the holy seed have iningled themand silver vessels 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 led 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 your fathers.

God of Israel, because of the transgression 29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye Il of those that had been carried away; and weigh them, before the chief of the priests I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice. and the Levites, and chief of the fathers 5. And at the evening sacrifice Iarose of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers | up from my heaviness ; and having rent. cf 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, andi the gold, and the Lord my God, the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem 6 And said, () my God, I am ashamunto 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 grunto 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, I been in a great trespass unto this day ; and of such as lay in wait by tlle way. and for our iniquities have we, our kings,

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

hand of the kings of the lands, to the 33 I 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 sherved from the LORD Cul* and with lim 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, Levites;

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

Luath extended inercy unto us in the sight 35 Also the children of those that had "of the king's of Persia, to give us a Aviv

410 Ezra's confesciora

EZRA.

The people repeni. ing to set up the house of our God, and to 5 Then arose Ezra, and met thic repair the desolations thereof, and to give chief priests, the Levites, and Israel, us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. I 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 l 6 9 Then Ezra rose up from before thy commandmerts,

| the house of God, and went into the 11 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 i he transgression of them that ple of the lands, with their abominations, || had been carried way. which have filled it from one end to an 7 And they nade proclamation throughother with their uncleanness.

out Judah and Jer:1salem unto all the . 12 Now therefore give not your daugh children of the captivity, that they should urs unto their sons, neither take their gather themselves together unto Jerudaughter's unto your sons, nor seek their | salem ; peace or their wealth for ever: that ye 8 And that whosoever would not come inay 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 Judah 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, treinbling 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 the 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, lled and said with a loud voice, As thou at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and hast said, so must we do. promise amendinent. 18 The names of 13 But the people are many, and it is

them which had married strange wives. 2 tinie of much rain, and we are not able N OW when Ezra had prayed, and to stand without, neither is this a work

W when he had confessed, weeping and 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 whicli and women and children: for the people 1 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 ll the elders of every city, and the judges of the sons of Elam, answered and said thereof, until the herce wrath of our Godt anto Izra, We have trespassed against for this matter be turned from us. our God, and have taken Strange wives 15 4 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. Il ployed about this matter : and Meshul

3 Now therefore let us make a cove Liam and Shabbethai the Levite helped nant with our God to put away all the them. wives, and such as are born of them, ac 16 And the children 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 clay of the tenth month to examthce : we also will be with thee: be of line the matter. good courage, and do it.

17 Ard they made an end with all the

The names of them which
em which

Chap. 1. lad 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; Jehohathere 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; Meshulson of Jozadak, and his brethren ; Maa lam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and seiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Geda Sheal, and Ramoth. liah.

30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab ; Ad- 19 And they gave their hands that they na, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattawould put away their wives ; and being niah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh. guilty they offered a ram of the flock for 1 31 And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, their trespass.

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. liel, and Uzziah.

34 Of the sons of Bani ; Maadai, Am22 And of the sons of Pashur ; Elioenai, ram, and Uel, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, 35 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 at Eliashib: 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, Amuriah, and Joseph. chiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and 43 Of the sons of Nebo ; Jeiel, MattiMalchijah, and Benaiah.

thiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, 26 Aud of the sons of Elam; Matta Benaiahı. nialı, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, | 44 All these had taken strange wives : and Jeremoth, and Eliah.

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THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH.
CHAP. I.

11 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 prayeth. 5 His prayer. children of Israel thy servants, and con-
THE words of Nehemiah the son of fess the sins of the children of Israel,

1 Hachaljah. And it came to pass in which we have sinned against thee; both
the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, I and my father's house hare sinned.
as I was in Shushan the palace,

7 We have dealt very corruptly against
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, | thiee, and have not kept the command-
came, lie 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 Mom nant that are left of the captivity there in ses, saying, I/'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 ut4 And it came to pass, when I heard termost 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, O 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 0 LORD), I beseech thee, let now commandients:

thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thių 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and I seryayt, and to the prayer of thy $Cr":

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412 Nchemiah sent 10 Jerusalem. NEHEMAH. He vieweth the ruins. vants, who desire to fear thy name : ani: there any beast with me, save the beast prosper, I pray thee, 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 the 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 Artaxerxes sendeth Nehemiah to Jeru-were broken clown, and the gates there,

salem. 12 He viruveth the ruins ; 17 l of were consumed with fire. and criciteth the Jerus to buildi.

14 Then I went on to the gate of the AND) it came to pass in the month fountain, and to the king's pool: but

Nisan, in the twentieth year of Ar- there was no place for the beast that was taxerxes the king, that wine ras before under me to pass. him : and I took up the wine, and gave 15 Then went I up in the night by it unto the king. Now I had not been the brook, and viewed the wall, and beforetime 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 1 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 sad, 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 Judaii, into tiie city of my li and build. So they strengthened their fathers sepulchures, 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 it, they turn? So it pleased the king to send me; laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and and I set him a timc.

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

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

CHAP. III. timber to make beams for the gates of the The nanies and order of them that buildpalace which afspertained to the house, 1)

red the wall. and for the wall of the city, and for the T HEN Eliashib the high priest rose up house that I shall enter into. And the with his brethren the priests, and they king granted me, according to the good builded the sheep-gate ; they sanctified it, hand of my God upon mc.

and set up the doors of it; even unto the 9 9 Then I came to the governors be- tower of Meah they sancutied 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 with 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 thereot. 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 them 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 my Meshezabeel. nd next into them reheart to do at Jerusalem : neither was' paired Zacok the son of Baana.

The names and order of them CHAP. IV. that builled the wall. 413

5 And next unto them the Tekoites re- 1 19 And next to him repuired Ezer the paired; but their nobles put not thei! | son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, nothnecks to the work of their LORD.

er piece over against the going up to the 6 Moreover, the old gate repaired Je-armoury, at the turning fthe wall. hoiada the son of Pascal, and Meshullam 20 After him Baruch the son of Zabthe son of Besodeialı; they laid the beams | bai earnestly repaired the other piece, thereof, and set up the doors thereof, from the turning of the wall unto the door and the locks thereof, and the bars of the house of Eliashib the high priest. thereof.

21 After him repaired Meremoth the 7 And next unto them repaired Mel- , son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, atiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Me- from the door of the hcuse of Eliashib even monothite, the men of Gideon, and of to the end of the house of Eliashib. Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor 22 And after hiin repaired the priests, on this side the river.

the men of the plain. 8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the 23 After him repaired Benjamin and son of Harhaiah, of the goldsinitis. Next || Hashub over against their house. After unto him also repaired Hananith the son him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiof one of the apothecaries, and they for Hazh the son of Ananiah by his house. tihed Jerusalem unto the broad wall. 24 After him repaired Binnui the son

9 And next unto then repaired Repha- of Henadad another piece, from the house iah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, part of Jerusalem.

even unto the corner. * 10 And next unto them repaired Jed 25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against aiah the son of Harumaph, even over a. || the turning of the wall, and the tower gainst his house. And next unto him re- which lieth out from the king's high house, paired Hattush the son of Hashabniah. ll that was by the court of the prison. Afier

11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and | him, Pedaiah the son of Parosh. Hashub the son of Pahath-moab, repair- | 26 Moreover, the Nethinims dwelt in ed the other piece, and the tower of thie | Ophel, unto the place over against the furnaces.

Il water-gate toward the east, and the tow12 And next unto him repaired Shal- | er that lieth out. lum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the 27 After them the Tekoites repaired half part of Jerusalem, he and his daugh- another piece, over against the great towters.

er that lieth out, even unto the wall of 13 The valley-gate repaired Hanun, Ophel. and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built i 28 From above the horse-gate repaired it, and set up the doors thereof, the the priests, every one over against hiş locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and || house. a thousand cubits on the wall unto the 29 After them repaired Zadok the son dung-gate

of Immer over against his house, Afier 14 But the dung-gate repaired Mal- | him repaired also Shemaiah the son of chiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part | Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gite. of Beth-haccerem ; he built it, and set | 30 After him repaired Hananiah the up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixcha and the bars thereof.

son of Zalaph, another piece. After him 15 But the gate of the fountain repair- repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah ed Shallun the son of Col-liozeh, the rul- l over against his chamber. er of part of Mizpah; he built it, and | 31 After him repaired Malchiali the covered it, and set up the doors thereof, goldsmith's son, unto the place of the the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, l Nethinims, and of the merchants, over and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the | against the gate Miphkad, and to the go. king's garden, and unto the stairs that i ing up of the corner. go down from the city of David.

32 And between the going up of the 16 After him repaired Nehemiah the corner unto the sheep-gate repaired the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part || goldsmiths and the merchants. of Beth-zur, unto the place over against

CHAP. IV. the sepulchres of David, and to the pool i llhile the enemies scoff, Nehemial that was made, and unto the liouse of the frayeth. 7 He setteth a watch. nighty.

NUT it came to pass that when San17 Afier him repaired the Levites, D bulat heard that we builded the Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto bim wall, he was wroth, and took great inrepaired Hashabiah the ruler of the half dignation, and mocked the Jews. part of Keilah, in bis part.

2 And he spake before his bretliren, 18 After him repaired their brethren, and the army of Simaria, and said, What Bavai the son nf Henadad, the ruler of the li do these feele Jews ? will they fortify half part of Keilah.

Hi themselves ? will they sacrifice? will they

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