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Nehemiah's prayer :
NEHEMIAH. He is sent to Jerusalem. 31 And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, 38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and
32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shema- Adaiah, riah.
40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 33 Of the sons of Hashum ; Mattenai, 41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Ma- 42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph. nasseh, and Shimei.
43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Matti34 Of the sons of Bani ; Maadai, Am-thiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, ram, and Vel,
Benaiah. 36 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,
44 All these had t.ken strange wives: 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, and some of them had wives by whom they 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau, had children.
1 The Book of NEHEMIAH. CHAP. I.
Jpeople, whom thou hast redeemed by thy T'achariah.and it came to pass in NHE words of Nehemiah the son of great power, and by thy strong band.
11 0 LORD, I beseech thee, let non the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy as I was in Shushan the palace,
servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I ! pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant asked them concerning the Jews that had bim mercy in the sight of this man. For escaped, which were left of the captivity, I was the king's cup-bearer. and concerning Jerusalem.
CHAP. II. 3 And they said unto me, The remnant
ND it came to pass in the month Nithat are left of the captivity there in the san, in the twentieth year of Artaxprovince are in great afiliction and re-erxes the king, that wine was beiore bim: proach: the wall of Jerusalem also is bro- and I took up the wine, and gave it unto ken down, and the gates thereof are burn- the king: Now I had not been beforetime ed with fire.
sad in his presence. 4 | And it came to pass, when I heard 2 Wherefore the king said unto me, these words, that I sat down and wept, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou and mourned certain days, and fasted, and art not sick ? this is nothing else but sorprayed before the God of heaven, row of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD 3 And said unto the king, Let the king God of heaven, the great and terrible live for ever: why should not my counteGod, that keepeth covenant and mercy nance be sad, when the city, the place of for them that love him and observe his my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the commandments:
gates thereof are consumed with fire ? 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and 4 Then the king said unto me, For what thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the dost thou make request? So I prayed to prayer of thy servant, which I pray before the God of heaven. thee now, day and night, for the children 5 And I said unto the king, If it please of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins the king, and if thy servant have found of the children of Israel, which we have favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send sinned against thee: both I and my father's me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' house have sinned.
sepulchres, that I may build it. 7 We have dealt very corruptly against 6 And the king said unto me, (the queen thee, and have not kept the command - also sitting by him.) For how long shall ments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, thy journey be? and when wilt thou rewhich thou commandedst thy servani turn? So it pleased the king to send me; Moses.
and I set him a time. 8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word 7 Moreover, I said unto the king, If it that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, please the king, let letters be given me to saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you the governors beyond the river, that they abroad among the nations:
may convey me over till I come into 9 But if ye turn upto me, and keep my Judah; commandments, and do them; thoughthere 8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of were of you castout unto the uttermost part the king's forest, that he may give me timof the heaven, yet will I gather them from ber to make beams for the gates of the pathence, and will bring them unto the place lace which appertained to the house, and that I have chosen to set my name there. for the wall of the city, and for the house 10 Now these are thy servants and thy that I shall enter into. And the king Nehemiah views the ruins. CHAP. III.
The building the wall. granted me, according to the good hand offunto the tower of Meab they sanctified it, my God upon me.
unto the tower of Hananeel. 9 Then I came to the governors be- 2 And next unto him builded the men yond the river, and gave them the king's of Jericho. And next to them builded letters. Now the king had sent captains of|Zaccur the son of Imri. the army and horsemen with me.
3 But the fish-gate did the sons of Has10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and senaah build, who also laid the beams Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the of it, it grieved them exceedingly that locks thereof, and the bars thereof. there was come a man to seek the welfare 4 And next unto them repaired Mereof the children of Israel.
moth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. 11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was And next unto them repaired Meshullam there three days.
the son of Berechiah, the son of Mesheza12 | And I arose in the night, I and beel. And next unto them repaired Zadok some few men with me; neither told I any the son of Baana. man what my God had put in my heart to 5 And next unto them the Tekoites re. do at Jerusalem: neither was there any paired; but their nobles put not their necks beast with me, save the beast that I rode to the work of their Lord. upon.
6 Moreover, the old gate repaired Je13 And I went out by night by the gate hoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullana of the valley, even before the dragon-well, the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beamns and to the dung-port, and viewed the walls thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. the gates thereof were consumed with fire. 7 And next unto them repaired Mela
14 Then I went on to the gate of the tiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Merofountain, and to the king's pool: but there nothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizwas no place for the beast that was underpah, unto the throne of the governor on me to pass.
This side the river. 15 Then went I up in the night by the 8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next back, and entered by the gate of the val- unto him also repaired Hananiah the son ley, and so returned.
of one of the apothecaries, and they forti16 And the rulers knew not whither I fied Jerusalem unto the broad wall. went, or what I did; neither had I as yet 9 And next unto them repaired Rephai. told it to the Jews, nor the priests, nor ah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the part of Jerusalem. rest that did the work.
10 And next unto them repaired Jedai17 | Tben said I unto them, Ye see ah the son of Harumaph, even over against the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem bis house. And next unto him repaired lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burn- Hattush the son of Hashabniah. ed with fire: come, and let us build up 11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more Hashub the son of Pahath-moab, repaired a reproach.
the other piece, and the tower of the fur18 Then I told them of the hand of my naces. God which was good upon me; as also the 12 And next unto him repaired Shallum king's words that he had spoken unto me. the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half And they said, Let us rise up and build. part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters. So they strengthened their hands for this 13 The valley-gate repaired Hanun, good work.
and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thouand Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they sand cubits on the wall unto the dung-gate. laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and 14 But the dung-gate repaired Malchiah said, What is this thing that ye do? will the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of ye rebel against the king ?
Beth-haccerem; he built it, and set up the 20 Then answered I them, and said unto doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the them, The God of heaven, he will prosper bars thereof. es; therefore we his servants will arise 15 But the gate of the fountain repaired and build: but ye have no portion, nor Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, CHAP. III.
and set up the doors thereof, the locks THEN THEN Eliashib the high priest rose up thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall
with his brethren the priests, and of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, they builded the sheep-gate; they sancti- and unto the stairs that go down from the bed it, and set up the doors of it; even city of David.
Those who built the wall. NEHEMIAH.
Nehemiah prays. 16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son
lat heard that builded the chres of David, and to the pool that was was wroth, and took great indignation, made, and unto the house of the mighty. and mocked the Jews.
17 After bim repaired the Levites, Re- 2 And he spake before his brethren, and hum the son of Bani. Next unto him re- the army of Samaria, and said, What do paired Hashabiah the ruler of the halfpart these feeble Jews ? will they fortify themof Keilah, in his part.
selves? will they sacrifice ? will they make 18 After him repaired their brethren, an end in a day? will they revive the stones Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the out of the heaps of the rubbish which are half part of Keilah.
burned? 19 And next to him repaired Ezer the 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another him, and he said, Even that which they piece over against the going up to the ar- build, if a fox go up, he shall even break noury, at the turning of the wall.
down their stone wall. 20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai 4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: earnestly repaired the other piece, from and turn their reproach upon their own the turning of the wall unto the door of the head, and give them for a prey in the land house of Eliashib the high priest. of captivity:
21 After him repaired Meremoth the son 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let of Urijah, the son of Koz, another piece, not their sin he blotted out from before from the door of the house of Eliashib even thee: for they have provoked thee to anger to the end of the house of Eliashib. before the builders.
22 And after him repaired the priests, 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall the men of the plain.
was joined together unto the half thereof: 23 After him repaired Benjamin and for the people had a mind to work. Hashub over against their house. After 7 1 But it came to pass, that when Sanhim repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah hallat, and Tobiab, and the Arabians, and the son of Ananiah, by his house. the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard
24 After him repaired Binnui the son of that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, Henadad another piece, from the house of and that the breaches Legan to be stopped, Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even then they were very wroth, unto the corner.
8 And conspired all of them together to 25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against come ani to fight against Jerusalem, and the turning of the wall, and the tower to hinder it. which lieth out from the king's high house, 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer that was by the court of the prison. After unto our God, and set a watch against them him, Pedaiah the son of Parosh.
day and night, because of them. 26 Moreover, the Netbinims dwelt in 10 And Judab said, The strength of the Ophel, unto the place over against the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is water-gate toward the east, and the tower much rubbish; so that we are not able to that lieth out.
build the wall. 27 After them the. Tekoites repaired 11 And our adversaries said, They shall another piece, over against the great tower not know, neither see, till we come in the that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel. midst among them, and slay them, and
28 From above the horse-gate repaired cause the work to cease. the priests, every one overagainst his house. 12 And it came to pass, that when the
29 After them repaired Zadok the son Jews which dwelt hy them came, they said of Immer, over against his house. Aiter untous tentimes, From all places whenceye him repaired also Shemaiah the son of She-shall return unto us they will be upon you. chaniah, the keeper of the east gate. 13 | Therefore set lin the lower places
SO After him repaired Hananiah the son behind the wall, and on the higher places, I of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of even set the people after their families with Zalaph, another piece. After him re- their swords, their spears, and their bows. paired Meshullam the son of Berechiah 14 And I looked, and rose up, and said over against his chamber.
unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to 31 After him repaired Malchiah the the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of goldsmith's son, unto the place of the Ne-them: remember the LORD which is great thinims, and of the merchants, over against and terrible, and fight for your brethren, the gate Miplikad, and to the goving up of your sons, and your daughters, your wives, the corner.
and your houses. 32 And between the going up of the 15. And it came to pass, when our enecorner unto the sheep-gate repaired the mies heard that it was kuown unto us, and goldsmiths and the merchants.
God had brought their counsel to nought,
Nehemiah reforms usury.
Nehemiah's hospitality. that we returned all of us to the wall, said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one every one unto his work.
of his brother. And I set a great assembly 16 And it came to pass from that time against them. forth, that the half of my servants wrought 8 And I said unto them, We, after our in the work, and the other half of them ability, have redeemed our brethren the held both the spears, the shields, and the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen ; bows, and the habergeons ; and the rulers and will ye even sell your brethren? or were behind all the house of Judah. shall they he sold unto us? Then held they
17 They wbich builded on the wall, and their peace, and found nothing to answer. they that bare burdens, with those that 9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do : laded, every one with one of his hands ought ye not to walk in the fear of our wrought in the work, and with the other God because of the reproach of the heathen hand held a weapon.
our enemies ? 18 For the builders, every one had his 10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my sword girded by his side, and so builded. servants, might exact of them money and And he that sounded the trumpet was by corn: 1 pray you, let us leave off this me.
usury. 19 | And I said unto the nobles, and to 11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even the rulers, and to the rest of the people, this day, their lands, their vineyards, their The work is great and large, and we are oliveyards, and their houses, also the hunseparated upon the wall, one far from dredth part of the money, and of the corn, another.
the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. 20 In what place therefore ye hear the 12 Then said they, We will restore sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto them, and will require nothing of them us : our God shall fight for us.
so will we do as thou sayest. Then i 21 So we laboured in the work : and called the priests, and took an oath of half of them held the spears from the rising them, that they should do according to this of the morning till the stars appeared.
22 Likewise at the same time said I unto 13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So the people, Let every one with his servant God shake out every man from his house, lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night and from his labour, that periormeth not they may be a guard to us, and labour on this promise, even thus be he shaken out, the day:
and emptied. And all the congregation 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And my, servants, nor the men of the guard the people did according to this promise. which followed me, none of us put off our 14 Moreover, from the time that I clothes, saving that every one put them off was appointed to be their governor in the for washing
land of Judah, from the twentieth year CHAP. V.
even unto the two and thirtieth year of ple and of their wives against their I and my brethren have not eaten the brethren the Jews.
bread of the governor. 2 For there were that said, We, our 15 But the former governors that had sons, and our daughters, are many: there- been before me were chargeable unto the fore we take up corn for them, that we people, and had taken of them bread and may eat, and live.
wine, besides forty shekels of silver; yea, 3 Some also there were that said, We even their servants bare rule over the peohave mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and ple: but so did not 1, because of the fear houses, that we might buy corn, because of God. of the dearth.
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of 4 There were also that said, We bave this wall, neither bought we any land : horrowed money for the king's tribute, and all my servants were gathered thither and that upon our lands and vineyards. unto the work.
5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our 17 Moreover, there were at my table a brethren, our children as their children: bundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, and lo, we bring into bondage our sons and besides those that came unto us from our daughters to be servants, and soine of among the heathen that are about us. our daughters are brought into bondage 18 Now that which was prepared for already: neither is it in our power to re-me daily was one ox and six choice sheep ; deem them ; for other men have our lands also lowls were prepared for me, and once and vineyards.
in ten days store of all sorts of wine : yet 6 1 And I was very angry when I heard for all this required not I the bread of the their cry and these words.
governor, because the bondage was heavy 7 Then I consulted with myself, and upon this people. I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and 19 Think upon me, my God, for good
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Insidious conduct of Sanballat. NEHEMIAH.
The wall is finished. according to all that I have done for this and Sanballat, according to these their people.
works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, CHAP. VI.
and the rest of the prophets, that would TOW it came to pass,
when Sanballat, bave put me in fear. and Tobiah, and Geshem the Ara- 15 T So the wall was finished in the bian, and the rest of our enemies, heard twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in that I had builded the wall, and that there Gifty and two days. was no breach left therein ; (though at 16 And it came to pass, that when all that time I had not set up the doors upon our enemies beard thereof, and all the the gates ;)
heathen that were about us saw these 2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto things, they were much cast down in their me, saying, Come, let us meet together in own eyes : for they perceived that this some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. work was wrought of our God. But they thought to do me mischief. 17 ! Moreover, in those days the nobles
3 And I sent messengers unto them, of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. cannot come down : why should the work 18 For there were many in Judah sworn cease, whilst I leave it, and come down unto him, because he was the son-in-law to you?
of Shechaniah the son of Arah ; and his 4 Yet they sent unto me four times after son Johanan had taken the daughter of this sort ; and I answered them after the Meshullam the son of Berechiah. same manner.
19 Also they reported his good deeds 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto before me, and utiered my words to bim. me in like manner the fifth time with an And Tobiah sent letters to put me in open letter in his hand ;
fear. 6 Wherein was written, It is reported
CHAP. VII. that thou and the Jews think to rebelo fo: Now it came to pass, when the wall
was built, and I had set up the which cause thou buildest the wall, that doors, and the porters, and the singers, and thou mayest be their king, according to the Levites were appointed, these words.
2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and 7 And thou hast also appointed pro- Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge phets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, say- over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, ing, There is a king in Judah : and now and feared God above many. shall it be reported to the king according 3 And I said unto them, Let not the to these words. Come now therefore, gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun and let us take counsel together. be hot; and while they stand by, let them
8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint are no such things done as thou sayest, but watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, thou feignest them out of thine own beart. every one in his watch, and every one to
9 For they all made us afraid, saying, be over against his house, Their hands shall be weakened from the 4 Now the city was large and great : work, that it be not done. Now there but the people were few therein, and the fore, O God, strengthen my hands. houses were not builded.
10 Afterward I came unto the house of 5 | And my God put into my heart to Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of gather together the nobles, and the rulers, Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he and the people, that they might be reckonsaid, Let us meet together in the house of ed by genealogy. And I found a register God, within the temple, and let us shut of the genealogy of them which came up the doors of the temple : for they will at the first, and found written therein, come to slay thee ; yea, in the night will 6 These are the children of the prothey come to slay thee.
vince, that went up out of the captivity, 11 And I said, Should such a man as I of those that had been carried away, whom flee ? and who is there, that, being as 1 Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon bad am, would go into the temple to save his carried away, and came again to Jerusalife? I will not in.
lem and to Judah, every one unto his city ; 12 And lo, I perceived that God had 7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, not sent him; but that he pronounced this Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, prophecy against me : for Tobiah and Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Sanballat had bired bim.
Nehum, Baanah. The number, I say, of 13. Therefore was he hired,that I should the men of the people of Israel was this ; be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that 8 The children of Parosh, two thous they might have matter for an evil report, sand a hundred seventy and two. that they might reproach me.
9 The children of Shephatiab, three 14 My God, think thou upon Tobiab hundred seventy and two.