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Jerusalem, in the chambers of the il people of Israel, and the priests, and house of the Lord.

the Levites, have not separated them30 So took the priests and the selves from the people of the lands, Levites the weight of the silver, and doing according to their abominathe gold, and the vessels, to bring tions, even of the Canaanites, the them to Jerusalem unto the house of Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebuour God.

sites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, 31 Then we departed from the the Egyptians, and the Amorites. river of Ahava on the twelfth day of 2 For they have taken of their the first month, to go unto Jerusa daughters for themselves, and for lem: and the hand of our God was their sons: so that the holy seed upon us, and he delivered us from have mingled themselves with the the hand of the enemy, and of such people of those lands: yea, the hand as lay in wait by the way.

of the princes and rulers hath been 32 And we came to Jerusalem, chief in this trespass. and abode there three days.

3 And when I heard this thing, I 33 Now on the fourth day was rent my garment and my mantle, the silver and the gold and the ves and plucked off the hair of my head sels weighed in the house of our and of my beard, and sat down God by the hand of Meremoth the astonied. son of Uriah the priest; and with 4 Then were assembled unto me him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; every one that trembled at the and with them was Jozabad the son words of the God of Israel, because of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of of the transgression of those that Binnui, Levites;

had been carried away; and I sat 34 By number and by weight of astonied until the evening sacrifice. every one: and all the weight was 5 And at the evening sacrifice I written at that time.

arose up from my heaviness; and 35 Also the children of those that having rent my garment and my had been carried away, which were mantle, I fell upon my knees, and come out of the captivity, offered spread out my hands unto the LORD burnt offerings unto the God of Is my God, rael, twelve bullocks for all Israel, 6 And said, O my God, I am a ninety and six rams, seventy and shamed and blush to lift up my face seven lambs, twelve he goats for a to thee, my God: for our iniquities sin offering: all this was a burnt offer are increased over our head, and our ing unto the LORD.

trespass is grown up unto the hea36 And they delivered the king's

vens. commissions unto the king's lieute 7 Since the days of our fathers nants, and to the governors on this have we been in a great trespass unto side the river: and they furthered this day; and for our iniquities have the people, and the house of God. we, our kings, and our priests, been

delivered into the hand of the kings CHAP. IX.

of the lands, to the sword, to cap

tivity, and to a spoil, and to conNOW when these things were done, fusion of face, as it is this day. the princes came to me, saying, The 8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD | 15 O LORD God of Israel, thou our God, to leave us a remnant to art righteous: for we remain yet escape, and to give us a nail in his escaped, as it is this day: behold, holy place, that our God may lighten we are before thee in our trespasses : our eyes, and give us a little reviving for we cannot stand before thee bein our bondage.

cause of this. 9 For we were bondinen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our

CHAP. X. bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of NOW when Ezra had prayed, and Persia, to give us a reviving, to set when he had confessed, weeping and up the house of our God, and to re casting himself down before the pair the desolations thereof, and to house of God, there assembled unto give us a wall in Judah and in Jeru him out of Israel a very great congresalem.

gation of men and women and chil10 And now, O our God, what dren: for the people wept very sore. shall we say after this? for we have 2 And Shechaniah the son of Jeforsaken thy commandments,

hiel, one of the sons of Elam, an11 Which thou hast commanded swered and said unto Ezra, We have by thy servants the prophets, saying, trespassed against our God, and have The land, unto which ye go to pos taken strange wives of the people of sess it, is an unclean land with the the land: yet now there is hope in filthiness of the people of the lands, Israel concerning this thing. with their abominations, which have 3 Now therefore let us inake a filled it from one end to another covenant with our God to put away with their uncleanness.

all the wives, and such as are born 12 Now therefore give not your of them, according to the counsel daughters unto their sons, neither of my lord, and of those that tremtake their daughters unto your sons, ble at the commandment of our nor seek their peace or their wealth God; and let it be done according for ever: that ye may be strong, and to the law. eat the good of the land, and leave 4 Arise; for this matter belongeth it for an inheritance to your children unto thee: we also will be with thee: for ever.

be of good courage, and do it. 13 And after all that is come upon 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the us for our evil deeds, and for our great chief priests, the Levites, and all Istrespass, seeing that thou our God rael, to swear that they should do hast punished us less than our ini according to this word. And they quities deserve, and hast given us

sware. such deliverance as this;

6 Then Ezra rose up from before 14 Should we again break thy the house of God, and went into the commandments, and join in affinity chamber of Johanan the son of Ewith the people of these abomina liashib: and when he came thither, tions? wouldest not thou be angry he did eat no bread, nor drink wawith us till thou hadst consumed us, ter: for he mourned because of the so that there should be no remnant transgression of them that had been nor escaping?

carried away.

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, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.

9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, and the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat 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 increase the trespass of Israel.

11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves 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 a 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 A. sahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam 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, after the house of their 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.

18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah.

19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass.

20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.

21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah.

22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the same is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

24 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.

25 Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah.

26 And of the sons of Elam; Mat

taniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and l tenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah. Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.

27 And of the sons of Zattu; E 34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, lioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Je Amram, and Uel, remoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.

35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh, 28 Of the sons also of Bebai; Je 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, hohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and JaaAthlai.

sau, 29 And of the sons of Bani; Me 38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei, shullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Ja 39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, shub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.

and Adaiah, 30 And of the sons of Pahath 40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, moab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, 41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, SheMaaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and mariah, Binnui, and Manasseh.

42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph. 31 And of the sons of Harim; 43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemai Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, ah, Shimeon,

and Joel, Benaiah. 32 Benjamin, Malluch, and She 44 All these had taken strange mariah.

wives: and some of them had wives 33 Of the sons of Hasbum; Mat- | by whom they had children.


CHAP. I. The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as 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 affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

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 sinned against thee: both I and my father's house haye sinned.

7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:

9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them 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 hand.

11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and 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 cupbearer.

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.

5 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 fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.

6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting 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 Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which uppertained 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 hand 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.

11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.

12 And I arose in the night, I and


AND it came to pass in the month Nisan, 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 beforetime 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

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