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some few men with me; neither told 20 Then answered I them, and I any man what my God had put in said unto them, The God of heaven, my heart to do at Jerusalem: nei he will prosper us; therefore we his ther was there any beast with me, servants will arise and build: but ye save the beast that I rode upon. have no portion, nor right, nor me
13 And I went out by night by morial, in Jerusalem. the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung
CHA P. III. port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, THEN Eliashib the high priest and the gates thereof were consumed rose up with his brethren the priests, with fire.
and they builded the sheep gate; 14 Then I went on to the gate of they sanctified it, and set up the the fountain, and to the king's pool: doors of it; even unto the tower of but there was no place for the beast Meah they sanctified it, unto the that was under me to pass.
tower of Hananeel. 15 Then went I up in the night 2 And next unto him builded the by the brook, and viewed the wall, men of Jericho. And next to them and turned back, and entered by the builded Zaccur the son of Imri. gate of the valley, and so returned. 3 But the fish gate did the sons
16 And the rulers knew not whi of Hassenaah build, who also laid ther I went, or what I did; neither the beams thereof, and set up the had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor doors thereof, the locks thereof, and to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor the bars thereof. to the rulers, nor to the rest that did 4 And next unto them repaired the work.
Meremoth the son of Urijah, the 17 Then said I unto them, Ye see son of Koz. And next unto them the distress that we are in, how Je repaired Meshullam the son of Berusalem lieth waste, and the gates rechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. thereof are burned with fire: come, And next unto them repaired Zadok and let us build up the wall of Je the son of Baana. rusalem, that we be no more a re 5 And next unto them the Teproach.
koites repaired; but their nobles 18 Then I told them of the hand put not their necks to the work of of my God which was good upon their Lord. me; as also the king's words that he 6 Moreover the old gate repaired had spoken unto me. And they Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and said, Let us rise up and build. So Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they strengthened their hands for they laid the beams thereof, and set this good work.
up the doors thereof, and the locks · 19 But when Sanballat the Ho thereof, and the bars thereof. ronite, and Tobiah the servant, the 7 And next unto them repaired Ammonite, and Geshem the Ara Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon bian, heard it, they laughed us to the Meronothite, the men of Giscorn, and despised us, and said, beon, and of Mizpah, unto the What is this thing that ye do? will throne of the governor on this side ye rebel against the king ?
ll the river.
-8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel 11 and to the pool that was made, and the son of Harhaiah, of the gold unto the house of the mighty. smiths. Next unto him also re 17 And after him repaired the Lepaired Hananiah the son of one of vites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next the apothecaries, and they fortified unto him repaired Hashabiah, the Jerusalem unto the broad wall. ruler of the half part of Keilah, in
9 And next unto them repaired his part. Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler 18 After him repaired their breof the half part of Jerusalem.
thren, Bavai the son of Henadad, 10 And next unto them repaired the ruler of the half part of Keilah. Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even 19 And next to him repaired Ezer over against his house. And next the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizunto him repaired Hattush the son pah, another piece over against the of Hashabniah.
going up to the armoury at the turn11 Malchijah the son of Harim, ing of the wall. and Hashub the son of Pahath-mo 20 After him Baruch the son of ab, repaired the other piece, and the Zabbai earnestly repaired the other tower of the furnaces.
piece, from the turning of the wall 12 And next unto him repaired unto the door of the house of EliaShallum the son of Halohesh, the shib the high priest. ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, 21 After him repaired Meremoth he and his daughters.
the son of Urijah the son of Koz 13 The valley gate repaired Ha another piece, from the door of the nun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; house of Eliashib even to the end of they built it, and set up the doors the house of Eliashib. thereof, the locks thereof, and the 22 And after him repaired the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits priests, the men of the plain. on the wall unto the dung gate.
23 After him repaired Benjamin 14 But the dung gate repaired and Hashub over against their house. Malchiah the son of Rechab, the After him repaired Azariah the son ruler of part of Beth-haccerem; he of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by built it, and set up the doors there his house. of, the locks thereof, and the bars 24 After him repaired Binnui the thereof.
son of Henadad another piece, from 15 But the gate of the fountain the house of Azariah unto the turnrepaired Shallun the son of Col ing of the wall, even unto the corner. hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; 25 Palal the son of Uzai, over he built it, and covered it, and set against the turning of the wall, and up the doors thereof, the locks there the tower which lieth out from the of, and the bars thereof, and the wall king's high house, that was by the of the pool of Siloah by the king's court of the prison. After him Pegarden, and unto the stairs that go daiah the son of Parosh. down from the city of David.
26 Moreover the Nethinims dwelt 16 After him repaired Nehemiah in Ophel, unto the place over against the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the the water gate toward the east, and half part of Beth-zur, unto the place the tower that lieth out. over against the sepulchres of David, 27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against || for a prey in the land of capthe great tower that lieth out, even t ivity: unto the wall of Ophel.
5 And cover not their iniquity, 28 From above the horse gate re and let not their sin be blotted out paired the priests, every one over from before thee: for they have against his house.
provoked thee to anger before the 29 After them repaired Zadok the builders. son of Immer over against his house. 6 So built we the wall; and all After him repaired also Shemaiah the wall was joined together unto the son of Shechaniah, the keeper the half thereof: for the people had of the east gate.
a mind to work. 30 After him repaired Hananiah 7 But it came to pass, that when the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Athe sixth son of Zalaph, another rabians, and the Ammonites, and piece. After him repaired Meshul the Ashdodites, heard that the walls lam the son of Berechiah over a of Jerusalem were made up, and gainst his chamber.
that the breaches began to be stop31 After him repaired Malchiah ped, then they were very wroth, the goldsmith's son unto the place of 8 And conspired all of them tothe Nethinims, and of the merchants, gether to come and to fight against over against the gate Miphkad, and Jerusalem, and to hinder it. to the going up of the corner.
9 Nevertheless we made our prayer 32 And between the going up of unto our God, and set a watch athe corner unto the sheep gate re gainst them day and night, because paired the goldsmiths and the mer of them. chants.
10 And Judah said, The strength
of the bearers of burdens is decayed, CHAP. IV.
and there is much rubbish; so that BUT it came to pass, that when we are not able to build the wall. Sanballat heard that we builded the 11 And our adversaries said, They wall, he was wroth, and took great shall not know, neither see, till we indignation, and mocked the Jews. come in the midst among them, and
2 And he spake before his bre slay them, and cause the work to thren and the army of Samaria, and cease. said, What do these feeble Jews? 12 And it came to pass, that when will they fortify themselves? will the Jews which dwelt by them came, they sacrifice? will they make an they said unto us ten times, From end in a day! will they revive the all places whence ye shall return stones out of the heaps of the rub unto us they will be upon you. bish which are burned?
13 Therefore set I in the lower 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was places behind the wall, and on the by him, and he said, Even that which higher places, I even set the people they build, if a fox go up, he shall | after their families with their swords, even break down their stone wall. their spears, and their bows.
4 Hear, O our God; for we are 14 And I looked, and rose up, despised: and turn their reproach and said unto the nobles, and to the upon their own head, and give them rulers, and to the rest of the people,
23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.
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.
15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.
16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.
AND there was a great cry of the people and of 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 myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, 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 ye 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 | 16 Yea, also I continued in the ye do: ought ye not to walk in the work of this wall, neither bought we fear of our God because of the re any land: and all my servants were proach of the heathen our enemies? gathered thither unto the work.
10 I likewise, und my brethren, 17 Moreover there were at my and my servants, might exact of table an hundred and fifty of the them money and corn: I pray you, Jews and rulers, beside those that let us leave off this usury.
came unto us from among the hea11 Restore, I pray you, to them, then that are about us. even this day, their lands, their vine 18 Now that which was prepared yards, their oliveyards, and their for me daily was one ox and six houses, also the hundredth part of choice sheep; also fowls were prethe money, and of the corn, the pared for me, and once in ten days wine, and the oil, that ye exact of store of all sorts of wine: yet for all them.
this required not I the bread of the 12 Then said they, We will re governor, because the bondage was store them, and will require nothing heavy upon this people. of them; so will we do as thou say 19 Think upon me, my God, for est. Then I called the priests, and good, according to all that I have took an oath of them, that they done for this people. should do according to this promise.
CH AP. VI. 13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from
Now it came to pass, when Sanhis house, and from his labour, that ballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the performeth not this promise, even Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, thus be he shaken out, and emptied. heard that I had builded the wall, And all the congregation said, A and that there was no breach left men, and praised the LORD. And therein; (though at that time I had the people did according to this not set up the doors upon the promise.
gates;) 14 Moreover from the time that 2 That Sanballat and Geshem I was appointed to be their governor sent unto me, saying, Come, let us in the land of Judah, from the twen meet together in some one of the tieth year even unto the two and villages in the plain of Ono. But thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, they thought to do me mischief. that is, twelve years, I and my bre 3 And I sent messengers unto thren have not eaten the bread of them, saying, I am doing a great the governor.
work, so that I cannot come down: 15 But the former governors that why should the work cease, whilst had been before me were chargeable I leave it, and come down to you? unto the people, and had taken of 4 Yet they sent unto me four them bread and wine, beside forty times after this sort; and I answered shekels of silver; yea, even their them after the same manner. servants bare rule over the people: 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant but so did not I, because of the fear | unto me in like manner the fifth time of God.
with an open letter in his hand;