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NEHEMIAH. The people are comforted. 65 And the Tirshatna said unto them, sight of all the people ; (for he was above that they should not eat of the most holy all the people;) and when he opened it, all things, till there stood up a priest with the people stood up: Urim and Thummim.

6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great 66 T The whole congregation together God. And aļl the people answered, Amen, was forty and two thousand three hundred Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they and threescore.

bowed their heads, and worshipped the 67 Besides their man-servants and their LORD with their faces to the ground. maid-servants, of whom there were seven 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, thousand three hundred thirty and seven : Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaand they had two hundred forty and five seiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, singing-men and singing-women. Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the peo

68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty ple to understand the law: and the people and six: their mules, two hundred forly stood in their place. and five:

8 So they read in the book in the law of 69 Their camels, four hundred thirty God distinctly, and gave the sense, and and five: six thousand seven hundred and caused them to understand the reading. twenty asses.

9 | And Nehemiah, which is the Tir709 And some of the chief of the fathers shatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave the Levites that taught the people, said to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, unto all the people, This day is holy unto fifty basins, five hundred and thirty priests' the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep; garments.

For all the people wept, when they heard 71 And some of the chief of the fathers the words of the law. gave to the treasure of the work twenty 10 Then he said unto them, Go your thousand drams of gold, and two thousand way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and and two hundred pounds of silver. send portions unto them for whom nothing

72 And that which the rest of the peo- is prepared: for this day is holy unto our ple gave was twenty thousand drams of LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, the LORD is your strength. and threescore and seven priests'garments, 11 So the Levites stilled all the people,

73 So the priests, and the Levites, and saying, Hold your peace, for the day is the porters, and the singers, and some of holy; neither be ye grieved. the people, and the Nethinims, and all 12 And all the people went their way to Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when eat, and to drink, and to send portions, the seventh month came, the children of and to make great mirth, because they had Israel were in their cities.

understood the words that were declared CHAP. VIII.

unto them. AN

ND all the people gathered them 13 | And on the second day were ga

selves together as one man into the thered together the chief of the fathers of street that was before the water-gate; and all the people, the priests, and the Levites, they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the book of the law of Moses, which the the words of the law. Lord had commanded to Israel.

14 And they found written in the law 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law which the Lordhad commanded by Moses, before the congregation both of men and that the children of Israel should dwell in women, and all that could hear with un-booths in the feast of the seventh month: derstanding, upon the first day of the 15 And that they should publish and seventh month.

proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusa3 And he read therein before the street lem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and that was before the water-gate from the fetch olive-branches, and pine branches, morning until mid-day, before the men and and myrtle-branches, and palm branches, the women, and those that could under- and branches of thick trees, to make booths, stand; and the ears of all the people were as it is written. attentive unto the book of the law.

16 I Șo the people went forth, and 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pul-jorought them, and made themselves booths, pit of wood, which they had made for the every one upon the roof of his house, and purpose; and beside him stood Matti- in their courts, and in the courts of the house thiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Uri- of God, and in the street of the water-gate, jah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiab, on his and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, 17 And all the congregation of them that and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, were come again out of the captivity made and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshul- booths, and sat under the booths; for since lam.

the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that 5 And Ezra opened the book in the day had not the children of Israel done

A solemn fast.

CHAP. IX. Confession of the Levites so. And there was very great gladness.ja pillar of fire, to give them light in the way

18 Also day by day, from the first day wherein they should go. unto the last day, he read in the book of 13 Thou camest down also upon mount the law of God. And they kept the feast Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, seven days; and on the eighth day was a and gavest them right judgments, and true • solemn assembly, according unto the laws, good statutes and commandments: manner.

14 And madest known unto them thy CHAP. IX.

holy sabbath, and commandedst them preTOW this month the children of Israel Moses thy servant:

laws, by the hand of were assembled with fasting, and with 15 And gavest them bread from heaven sackclothes, and earth upon them. for their hunger, and broughtest forth water 2 And the sced of Israel separated them - for tbem out

of the rock for their thirst, and selves from all strangers, and stoodand con- promisedst them that they should go in to fessed their sins, and the iniquities of their possess the land which thou hadst sworn to fathers.

give them. 3 And they stood up in their place, and 16 But they and our fathers dealt proud. read in the book of the law of the Lord ly, and hardened their necks, and hearkentheir God one fourth part of the day; and ed not to thy commandments, another fourth part they confessed, and 17 And refused to obey, neither were worshipped the LORD their God. mindful of thy wonders that thou didst

4. Then stood up upon the stairs, of among them; but hardened their necks, the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, and in their rebellion appointed a captain Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and to return to their bondage: but thou art a Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto God ready to pardon, gracious and merci. the Lord their God.

ful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kad- and forsookest them not. miel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodi 18 Yea, when they had made them a jah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand molten calí, and said, This is thy God that up and bless the LORD your God for ever brought thee up out of Fgypt, and had and ever: and blessed be thy glorious wrought great provocations; name, which is exalted above all blessing 19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies and praise.

forsookest them not in the wilderness: the 6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou pillar of the cloud departed not from them bast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, by day, to lead them in the way; neither with all their host, the earth, and all things the pillar of fire by night, to shew them that are therein, the seas, and all that is light, and the way wherein they should go. therein, and thou preservest them all; and 20 Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to the host of heaven worshippeth thee. instruct them, and withheldest not thy

7 Thou art the Lord the God, who manna from their mouth, and gavest them didst choose Abram, and broughtest him water for their thirst. forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest 21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain him the name of Abraham;

them in the wilderness, so that they lacked 8 And foundest his heart faithful before nothing ; their clothes waxed not old, and thee, and madest a covenant with him to their feet swelled not. give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, 22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingthe Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the doms and nations, and didst divide them Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I into corners : so they possessed the land of say, to his seed, and bast performed thy Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshwords ; for thou art righteous:

bon, and the land of Og king of Bashan. 9 And didst see the affliction of our 23 Their children also multipliedst thou fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them the Red sea;

into the land, concerning which thou hadst 10 And shewedst signs and wonders promised to their fathers, that they should upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and go in to possess it. on all the people of his land: for thou knew 24 So the children went in and possessest that they đealt proudly against them. So ed the land, and thou subducdst before them didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day. the inhabitants of the land, the Canaan

11 And thou didst divide the sea before ites, and gavest them into their hands, with them, so that they went through the midst their kings, and the people of the land, that of the sea on the dry land; and their per- they might do with them as they would. secutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a 25 And they took strong cities, and a stone into the mighty waters.

fat land, and possessed houses full of all 12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the goods, wells digged, vineyards and oliveday by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by yards, and fruit-trees in abundance : 50

and in the time of their trouble, when they NW the firshatha, the son of Hacha

A confession of disobedience. NEHEMIAH. Those who sealed the covenant. they did eat, and were filled, and became thereof, behold, we are servants in it: fat, and delighted themselves in thy great 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto goodness.

the kings whom thou hast set over us be. 26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, cause of our sins; also they have dominion and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law over our bodies, and over our cattle, at hebind their backs, and slew thy prophets their pleasure, and we arein great distress. . which testified against them to turn them to 38 And because of all this we make a thee, and they wrought great provocations. sure covenant and write it ; and our princes,

27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into Levites, and priests, seal unto it. the hand of their enemies, who vexed them:

CHAP. X.

, . cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold liah, and Zidkijah, mercies thou gavest them saviours, who 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, saved them out of the hand of theirenemies. 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

28 But after they had rest, they did evil 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, again before thee: therefore lestest thou 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, them in the hand of their enemies, so that 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, they had the dominion over them: yet 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, when they returned and cried unto thee, 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these thou heardest them from heaven; and many were the priests. times didst thou deliver them according to 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son thy mercies;

of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, 29 And testifiedst against them, that thou Kadmiel; mightest bring them again unto thy law: 10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hoyet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not dijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, untothy commandments, butsinned against 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, thy judgments, (which if a man do, he 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, shall live in them;) and withdrew the 13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu, shoulder, and hardened their neck, and 14 The chief of the people: Paroch, would not hear.

Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani, 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, them, and testifiedst against them by thy 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, Spirit in thy prophets : yet would they not 17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur, give ear: therefore gavest thou them into 18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai, the hand of the people of the lands. 19 Haripb, Anathoth, Nebai,

31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies' 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, sake thou didst not utterly consume them, 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious 22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, and merciful God.

23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub, 32 Now therefore, our God, the great, 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek, the mighty, and the terrible God, who 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan, trouble seem little before thee, that hath 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah. come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, 28 | And the rest of the people, the and on our priests, and on our prophets, priests, the Levites, the porters, the sing, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, sers, the Nethinims, and all they that had since the time of the kings of Assyria unto separated themselves from the people of this day.

the lands unto the law of God, their wives, 33 Howbeit, thou art just in all that is their sons, and their daughters, every one brought upon us ; for thou hast done right, having knowledge, and having underbut we have done wickedly :

standing; 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, 29 They clave to their brethren, their our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nobles, and entered into a curse, and into nor hearkened unto thy commandments an oath, to walk in God's law, which was and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst given by Moses the servant of God, and to testify against them

observe and do all the commandments of 35 For they have not served thee in their the LORD our Lord, and his judgments kingdom, and in thy, great goodness that and his statutes; thou gavest them, and in the large and fat 30 And that we would not give our land which ihou gavest before them, nei- daughters unto me people of the land, nor ther turned they from their wicked works. take their daughters for our sons:

36 Behold, we are servants this day, and 31 And if the people of the land bring for the land that thou gavest unto our ta- ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to thers to eat the fruit thereof and the good sell, that we would not buy it of them op

A catalogne of the names of CHAP. XI. those who dwelt at Jerusalem. the sabbath or on the holy day: and that ims, and the children of Solomon's servants. we would leave the seventh year, and the 4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the exaction of every debt.

children of Judah, and of the children of 32 Also we made ordinances for us, to Benjamin. Of the children of Judah ; charge ourselves yearly with the third Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zepart of a shekel for the service of the house chariah, the son of Amariah, the son of of our God;

Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the 33 For the shew-bread, and for the children of Perez ; continual meat-offering, and for the conti 5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the nual burnt-offering, of the sabbaths, of son of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the the new-moons, for the set feasts, and for son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son the holy things, and for the sin-offerings to of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni. make an atonement for Israel, and for all 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at the work of the house of our God. Jerusalem were four hundred threescore

34 And we cast the lots among the and eight valiant men. priests, the Levites, and the people, for 7 And these are the sons of Benjamin ; the wood-offering, to bring it into the house Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of of our God, after the houses of our fathers, Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiat times appointed year by year, to burn ah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, upon the altar of the Lord our God, as it the son of Jesaiah. is written in the law :

8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine 35 And to bring the first-fruits of our hundred twenty and eight. ground, and the first-fruits of all fruit of all 9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their trees, year by year, unto the house of the overseer: and Judah the son of Senuab Lord:

was second over the city. 36 Also the first-born of our sons, and 10 Of the priests : Jedaiah the son of of our cattle, as it is written in the law, Joiarib, Jachin. and the firstlings of our herds and of our 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son flocks, to bring to the house of our God, of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son unto the priests that minister in the house of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, wus the cf our God.

ruler of the house of God. 37 And that we should bring the first 12 And their brethren that did the work fruits of our dough, and our offerings, and of the house were eight hundred twenty the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the the house of our God; and the tithes of son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the our ground unto the Levites, that the same son of Malchiah, Levites might have the tithes in all the 13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, cities of our tillage.

two hundred forty and two: and Amashai 38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the be with the Levites when the Levites take son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, uithes : and the Levites shall bring up the 14 And their brethren, mighty men of tilhe of the tithes unto the house of our God, valour, a hundred twenty and eight: and to the chambers, into the treasure-house. their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one · 39 For the children of Israel and the of the great men. children of Levi shall bring the offering of 15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the the com, of the new wine, and the oil, son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the unto the chambers, where are the vessels son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni; of the sanctuary, and the priests that minis 16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of ter, and the porters, and the singers: and the chief of the Levites, had the oversight we will not forsake the house of our God. of the outward business of the house of God. CHAP. XI.

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the A , so

Jerusalem: the rest of the people al- principal to begin the thanksgiving in so cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in prayer; and Bakbukiah the second among Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts his breidren, and Abda the son of Shamto dwell in other cities..

mua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun. 2 And the people blessed all the men 18 All the Levites in the holy city were that willingly offered themselves to dwell two hundred fourscore and four. at Jerusalem.

19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, Tal3 | Now these are the chief of the pro- mon, and their breihren that kept the vince that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the gates, were a hundred seventy and two. cities of Judah dwelt every one in his 20 And the residue of Israel, of the possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, were in all the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethin! cities of Judah, everyone in bis inheritance,

Names of the prests

NEHEMIAH. who came up with Zerubbabel. 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: | 11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Joand Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethi- nathan begat Jaddua. nims.

12 And in the days of Joiakim were 22 The overseer also of the Levites at Je- priests, the chief of the fathers : of Serairusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son ah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son 13 Of Ezra, Meshullam ; of Amariab, of Micha. Or the sons of Asaph, the singers Jehohanan;. were over the business of the houseof God. 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah,

23 For it was the king's commandment Joseph ; concerning them, that a certain portion 15 Or Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, should be for the singers, due for every day. Helkai;

24° And Pethahiah the son of Mesheza 16 Of Iddo, Zechariah ; of Ginnethon, beel, of the children of Zerah the son of Meshullam; Judah, was at the king's hand in all mat 17 Of Ahijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of ters concerning the people.

Moadiah, Piltai; 25 And for the villages, with their fields, 18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, some of the children of Judah dwelt at Jehonathan; Kirjath-arba,and in the villages thereof, and 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiat Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and ah, Uzzi; at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof, 20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and 21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedajah, at Beth-phelet,

Nethaneel. 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer 22 | The Levites in the days of Eliasheba, and in the villages thereof, shib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua,

28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and were recorded chief of the fathers : also in the villages thereof,

the priests, to the reign of Darius the Per29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zareah, sian. and at Jarmuth,

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the 30 Zanoab, Adullam, and in their vil- fathers, were written in the book of the lages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Chronicles,

even until the days of Johanan Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And the son of Eliashib. they dwelt from Beer-sheba unto the val 24 And the chief of the Levites : Hashaley of Hinnom.

biah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of 31 The children also of Benjamin from Kadmiel, with their brethren over against Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and them, to praise and to give thanks, accordBeth-el, and in their villages.

ing to the commandment of David the 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, man of God, ward over against ward. 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadi. 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, ah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were 35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of crafts- porters keeping the ward at the thresholds

of the gates. 36 And of the Levites were divisions in 26 These were in the days of Joiakim Judah, and in Benjamin.

the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and CHÅP. XII.

in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and TOW vites that

27 And at the dedication of the wall the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua : Seraiah, of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites out Jeremiah, Ezra,

of all their places, to bring them to Jeru2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, salem, to keep the dedication with glad3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, ness, both with thanksgivings, and with 4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

barps. 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 28 And the sons of the singers gathered

7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedajah. These themselves together, both out of the plain were the chief of the priests and of their country round about Jerusalem, and from brethren in the days of Jeshua.

the villages of Netopbathi; 8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Bin 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and nui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mat- out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth : taniab, which was over the thanksgiving, for the singers had builded them villages he and his brethren.

round about Jerusalem. 9 Also Bakbukiahand Unni, their breth 30 And the priests and the Levites pu. ren, were over against them in the watches. rified themselves, and purified the people,

10 s And Jesbua begat Jojakim, Joia- and the gates,and the wall. kim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib be 31 Then I brought up the princes of gat Joiada,

Judah upon the wall, and appointed two

men.

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