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we remain yet escaped, as it is this Day: behold, we are before thee in our TRESPASSES : for we cannot stand before thee, because of this.

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i Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the firange Marriage.

6 Ezra Mourning assembleth the People. 9 The People at

the Exhortation of Ezra, repent and promise Amendment. · 15 Their Care to perform it. 18 The Names of them

which had married strange Wives.

ery great Copeople wept very afwered and

Ver. I N OW when Ezra had prayed, and when he had

CONFESSED, WEEPING and casting himself down before the House of God, there allembled unto him out of Israel a very great Congregation of Men, and Women, and Children : for the People wept very sore.

2 And Shechaniah one of the Sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange Wives, of the People of the Land: yet now there is Hope in Israel concerning this Thing.

3 Now therefore let us make a COVENANT with our God, to put away all the Wives, and such as are born of them, according to the Counsel of my LORD, and of those that TREMBLE at the COMMANDMENT of our God, and let it be done according to the Law.

4 Arise: for this Matter belongeth unto thee; we also will be with thee: be of good Courage, and do it.

5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief Priests, the Levites, and all Israel to swear, that they should do according

vites, and and and they swaren before the H

6 Then Ezra rose up from before the House of God, and went into the Chamber of Johanan the Son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no Bread, nor drink Water: for he MOURNED because of the TRANSGRESSION of them that had been carried away.

7 And they made Proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem, unto all the Children of the Captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem.

8 And that whosoever would not come within three Days, all his Substance should be forfeited, and himfelf separated from the Congregation. 9 Then all the Men of Judah and Benjamin gathered


themselves together unto Jerusalem, and all the People fat in the Street of the House of God, TREMBLING because of this Matter. and for the GREAT Rain.

10 And Ezra the Priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange Wives, to encrease the Trespass of Israel.

11 Now therefore make CONFESSION unto the LORD God of your Fathers, and do his PLEASURE:' and separate your selves from the People of the Land, and from the strange Wives.

12 Then all the Congregation answered, and said with a loud Voice, as thou hast said, so must we do.

13 But the People are many, and it is Time of much Rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a Work of one Day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this Thing.

14 Let now our Rulers of all the Congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange Wives in our Cities, come at appointed Times, and with them the Elders of every City, and the Judges thereof, until the fierce Wrath of our God for this Matter, be turned from us.

15 Only Jonathan the Son of Asahel, and Jahaziah the Son of Tikvah, were employed about this Matter: and MeThullam, and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.

16 And the Children of the Captivity did so: and Ezra the Priest, with certain chief of the Fathers, and all of them by their Names, were separated, and sat down in the first Day of the tenth Month to examine the Matter.

17 And they made an End with all the Men that had taken strange Wives, by the first Day of the first Month.

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Of the Book of

C H A P. I. 1 Nehemiah understanding by Hanani, the Misery of Jerusalem

mourneth, fasteth and prayeth. 5 His Prayer.

Ver. I

HE Words of Nehemiah the Son of Ha'chaliah. And it came to pass in the

Month Chisleu, in the twentieth Year, as 2 I was in Shushan the Palace.

2 That Hanani one of my Brethren, came, he and certain Men of Judah, and I asked them concerning the Jews that had ESCAPED, which were left of the Captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3 And they said unto me, The Remnant that are left of the Captivity there in the Province, are in great Affiliation and Reproach: the Wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the Gates thereof are burni.

4 And it came to pass when I heard these Words, that I sat down and WEPT, and MOURNED certain Days, and FASTED, and PRAYED before the God of HEAVEN,

5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of HEAVEN, the Great and TERRIBLE GOD, that keepeth COVENANT and Mercy for them that love him and OBSERVE his COMMANDMENTS:

6 Let thine Ear now be ATTENTive, and thine Eyes oPEN, that thou mayest hear the PRAYER of thy Servant, which I pray before thee now, Day and NIGHT, for the Children of Israel thy Servants, and CONFESS the Sins of the Children of Israel, which we have ŚINNËD against thee: both ), and my Father's House have sinned.

7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the COMMANDMENTS, nor the Statutes, nor the Judgments which thou commandeft thy Servant Moses.

8 " Remember, I beseech Levit. xxvi. 40. If they thall thee. the Word that thou confess their Iniquity, and the Ini

quity of their Fathers, with their commandest thy Servant Mo- Trespass which they trespassed against ses, saying, If ye transgress, me, and that also they have walked I will scatter you abroad a- COA I will reatter von abroad as contrary unto me; '

41 And that I also have walked mong the Nations.

contrary, and have brought them in9 But if ye turn unto me, to the Land of their Enemies; if

then their uncircumcised Hearts be. and keep my Commandments,

PS HUMBLED, and then they accept of the and do them; though there Punishment of their Iniquity. were of you cast out unto the 42 Then will I remember my Couttermost part of the Heaven, my Covenant with Abraham will i

venant with Jacob, and Ifaac, and also vet will I gather them from remember, and I will remember the thence, and will bring them Land. unto the Place that I have chosen to set my Name there.

10 Now these are thy Servants, and thy People whom thou hast REDEEMED by thy GREAT Power, and by thy

STRONG LORD, I beleer of thy Serva thee, thy of this Man

11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine Ear be ATTENTIVE to the Prayer of thy Servants, who desire to FEAR thy NAME: and prosper, I pray thee, thy Servant this Day, and GRANT him Mercy in the Sight of this Man. For I was the King's Cup-bearer,

С НА Р. ІІ. i Artaxerxes understanding the Cause of Nehemiah's Sadness, jendeth him with Letters and Commision to Jerusalem. 9 Nann


Nehemiah to the Grief of the Enemies cometh to Jerusalem. 12 He vierveth secretly the Ruins of the Walls. 17 He inciteth the Jews to build in Despite of the Enemies.

Ver. I AND it came to pass in the Month Nifan, in the

twentieth Year of Artaxerxes the King, that Wine was before him: and I took up the Wine, and gave it unto the King: now I had not been before Time SAD in his presence.

2 Wherefore the King said unto me, Why is thy Countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but Sorrow of Heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

3 And said unto the King, Let the King live for ever : why should not my Countenance be sad, when the City, the Place of my Fathers Sepulchres, lieth waste, and the Gates thereof are consumed with Fire?

4 Then the King said unto me, For what dost thou make Request ? So I PRAYED to the God of HEAVEN.

And I said unto the King, If it please the King, and if thy Servant have found Favour in thy Sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah unto the City of my Father's Sepulchres, that I may build it.

6 And the King laid unto me, (the Queen also fitting by him) For how long shall thy Journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the King to send me, and I set him a Time.

7 Moreover, I said unto the King, If it please the King, let Letters be given me to the Governors beyond the River, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;

8 And a Letter unto Afaph the Keeper of the King's Forest, that he may give me Timber to make Beams for the Gates of the Palace which appertained to the House, and for the Wall of the City, and for the House that I shall enter into: and the King granted me, according to the good od of my God upon me.

9 Then I came to the Governors beyond the River, and gave them the King's Letters. (Now the King had sent Captains of the Army, and Horsemen with me.)

10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the Servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a Man to seek the WELFARE of the Children of Israel. ji So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three Days.

17 Then

tter unto Afaphatill I come intond the River;

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