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Ezra's Confession and Prayer concerning Mixed Marriages for ever. 13 And after all that is the captivity. 7 And they made come upon us for our evil deeds, proclamation throughout Judah and and for our great guilt, seeing that Jerusalem unto all the children of thou our God hast punished us less the captivity, that they should gather than our iniquities deserve, and hast themselves togetherunto Jerusalem; given us such a remnant, 14 shall 8 and that whosoever came not we again break thy commandments, within three days, according to the and join in affinity with the peoples counsel of the princes and the elders, that do these abominations? wouldest all his substance should be a forfeited, not thou be angry with us till thou and himself separated from the hadst consumed us, so that there assembly of the captivity. should be no remnant, nor any to 9 Then all the men of Judah and escape? 15 0 Jehovah, the God of Benjamin gathered themselves toIsrael, thou art righteous; for we gether unto Jerusalem within the are left a remnant that is escaped, I three days (it was the ninth month, as it is this day : behold, we are on the twentieth day of the month); before thee in our guiltiness; for and all the people sat in the broad none can stand before thee because place before the house of God, tremof this.

bling because of this matter, and for 10

Now while Ezra prayed and 3 the great rain. 10 And Ezra the

made confession, weeping priest stood up, and said unto them, and casting himself down before the Ye have trespassed, and have marhouse of God, there was gathered ried foreign women, to increase the together unto him out of Israel a guilt of Israel. 11° Now therefore very great assembly of men and make confession unto Jehovah, the women and children; for the people God of your fathers, and do his wept very sore. 2 And Shecaniah pleasure; and separate yourselves the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of from the peoples of the land, and Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, from the foreign women. 12 Then We have trespassed against our all the assembly answered and said God, and have married foreign with a loud voice, 5 As thou hast said women of the peoples of the land : concerning us, so must we do. 13 yet now there is hope for Israel con- But the people are many, and it is cerning this thing. 3 Now there a time of much rain, and we are not fore let us make a covenant with able to stand without: neither is our God to put away all the wives, this a work of one day or two; for and such as

born of them, we have greatly transgressed in this according to the counsel of my matter. 14 Let now our princes lord, and of those that tremble at 6 be appointed for all the assembly, the commandment of our God; and and let all them that are in our let it be done according to the law. cities that have married foreign 4 Arise; for the matter belongeth women come at appointed times, unto thee, and we are with thee: and with them the elders of every be of good courage, and do it.

city, and the judges thereof, until 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the the fierce wrath of our God be turned chiefs of the priests, the Levites, from us, 7 until this matter be deand all Israel," to swear that they spatched. 15 Only Jonathan the would do according to this word. son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son So they sware. 6 Then Ezra rose of Tikvah 8 stood up against this up from before the house of God, matter : and Meshullam and Shaband went into the chamber of Jeho- bethai the Levite helped them. hanan the son of Eliashib: and when 16 And the children of the caphe came thither, he did eat no bread,

2 Heb, deroted.

3 Heb. the rains. nor drink water; for he mourned 4 Or, give thanks because of the trespass of them of

5 Or, As thou hast said, so it behooveth us to do

6 Heb. stand. 7 Or, as touching this matter 1 Or, the Lord

8 Or, were appointed over this

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Mixed Marriages abandoned. List of those that had Foreign Wives tivity did so. And Ezra the priest, taniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and with certain heads of fathers' houses, Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Elijah. after their fathers' houses, and all 27. And of the sons of Zattu : of them by their names, were set Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and apart ; and they sat down in the Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. first day of the tenth month to 28 And of the sons of Bebai: Jehoexamine the matter. 17 And they hanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, Athlai. made an end with all the men that 29 And of the sons of Bani: Meshulhad married foreign women by the lam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, first day of the first month.

and Sheal, 1 Jeremoth. 30 And of 18 And among the sons of the the sons of Pahath-moab: Adna, priests there were found that had and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, married foreign women : namely, of Mattaniah, Bezalel, and Binnui, the sons of Jeshua, the son of Jo- and Manasseh. 31 And of the sons of zadak, and his brethren, Maaseiah, Harim: Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchiand Eliezer, and Jarib, and Geda- jah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32 Benliah. 19 And they gave their hand jamin, Malluch, Shemariah. 33 Of that they would put away their the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, wives; and being guilty, they offered Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jerea ram of the flock for their guilt. mai, Manasseh, Shimei. 34 Of the 21 And of the sons of Immer: sons of Bani : Maadai, Amram, and Hanani and Zebadiah. 21 And of Uel, 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, 2 Cheluhi, the sons of Harim: Maaseiah, and 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 37 Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, Mattaniah, Mattenai, and 3 Jaasu, and Uzziah. 22 And of the sons 38 and Bani, and Binnui, Shimei, of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, 39 and Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Adaiah, 40 Machnadebai, Shashai,

Sharai, 41 Azarel, and Shelemiah, 23 And of the Levites : Jozabad, Shemariah, 42 Shallum, Amariah, and Shimei, and Kelaiah (the same Joseph. 43 Of the sons of Nebo: is Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Eliezer.

4 Iddo, and Joel, Benaiah. 44 AIÍ 24 And of the singers : Eliashib. these had taken foreign wives; and And of the porters: Shallum, and some of them had wives by whom Telem, and Uri.

they had children. 25 And of Israel: Of the sons of Parosh: Ramiah, and Izziah, and 1 Another reading is, and Ramoth. Malchijah, and Mijamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah. 26 And of the sons of Elam: Mat 5 Or, some of the wives haul borne children

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2 Another reading is, Cheluhu.
3 Another reading is, Jaasai.
4 Another reading is, Jaddai.

THE BOOK OF

N E H E MI A H

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Nehemiah's Grief and Prayer concerning the Jews left at Jerusalem 1 The words of Nehemiah the Moses. 8 Remember, I beseech theret

Now it came to pass in the month thy servant Moses, saying, If ye Chislev, in the twentieth year, as trespass, I will scatter you abroad I was in Shushan the 2 palace, 2 that among the peoples : 9 but if ye reHanani, one of my brethren, came, turn unto me, and keep my comhe and certain men out of Judah; mandments and do them, though and I asked them concerning the your outcasts were in the uttermost Jews that had escaped, that were part of the heavens, yet will I gather left of the captivity, and concerning them from thence, and will bring Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto them unto the place that I have me, The remnant that are left of the chosen, to cause my name to dwell captivity there in the province are there. 10 Now these are thy serin great affliction and reproach : the vants and thy people, whom thou wall of Jerusalem also is broken hast redeemed by thy great power, down, and the gates thereof are and by thy strong" hand.

11 0 burned with fire.

Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine 4 And it came to pass, when I ear be attentive to the prayer of heard these words, that I sat down thy servant, and to the prayer of thy and wept, and mourned certain servants, who delight to fear thy days; and' I fasted and prayed be- name; and prosper, I pray thee, fore the God of heaven, 5 and said, thy servant this day, and grant him I beseech thee, O Jehovah, the God mercy in the sight of this man. (Now of heaven, the great and terrible I was cupbearer to the king.) God, that keepoth covenant and 2 And it came to pass in the him and keep his commandments: year of Artaxerxes the king, when 6 let thine ear now be attentive, wine was before him, that I took up and thine eyes open, that thou may- the wine, and gave it unto the king, est hearken unto the prayer of thy Now I had not been beforetime sad servant, which I pray before thee at in his presence. 2 And the king this time, day and night, for the said unto me, Why is thy counte: children of Israel thy servants, while nance sad, seeing thou art not sick? I confess the sins of the children of this is nothing else but sorrow of Israel, which we have sinned against heart. Then I was very sore afraid. thee. Yea, I and my father's house 3 And I said unto the king, Let the have sinned: 7 we have dealt very king live for ever: why should not corruptly against thee, and have not my countenance be sad, when the kept the commandments, nor the city, the place of my fathers' sepulstatutes, nor the ordinances, which chres, lieth waste, and the gates thou commandedst thy servant thereof are consumed with fire? 1 Or, history

2 Or, castle 4 Then the king said unto me, For

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Nehemiah visits the Jews at Jerusalem. He goes and views the city what dost thou make request? So I the night by the brook, and viewed prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And the wall; and I turned back, and I said unto the king, If it please the entered by the valley gate, and so king, and if thy servant have found returned. 16 And the rulers knew favor in thy sight, that thou would not whither I went, or what I did; est send me unto Judah, unto the neither had I as yet told it to the çity of my fathers' sepulchres, that Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the may build it. 6. And the king nobles, nor to the 2 rulers, nor to said unto me (the queen also sitting the rest that did the work. by him), For how long shall thy 17 Then said I unto them, Ye see journey be? and when wilt thou re- the evil case that we are in, how turn? So it pleased the king to Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates send me; and I set him a time. 7 thereof are burned with fire: come, Moreover I said unto the king, If and let us build up the wall of Je!

it please the king, let letters be rusalem, that we be no more a redek given me to the governors beyond proach. 18 And I told them of the

the River, that they may let me hand of my God which was good pass through till I come unto Ju- upon me, as also of the king's words dah; 8 and a letter unto Asaph the that he had spoken unto me. And keeper of the king's 1 forest, that he they said, Let us rise up and build. may give me timber to make beams So they strengthened their hands for the gates of the castle which ap- for the good work, 19 But when pertaineth to the house, and for the Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah wall of the city, and for the house the servant, the Ammonite, and

that I shall enter into. And the Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they webking granted me, according to the laughed us to scorn, and despised good hand of my God upon me.

us, and said, What is this thing that 9 Then I came to the governors ye do? will ye rebel against the beyond the River, and gave them king? 20 Then answered I them, the king's letters. Now the king and said unto them, The God of bad sent with me captains of the heaven, he will prosper us; therearmy and horsemen. 10 And when fore we his servants will arise and Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah build: but ye have no portion, nor the servant, the Ammonite, heard right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

toit frieved them exceedingly; 3 Then Flashib the bigh priest seek the welfare of the children of priests, and they builded the sheep Israel

. 11 So I came to Jerusalem, gate; they sanctified it, and set up and was there three days. 12 And the doors of it; eren unto the tower I arose in the night, I and some few of 3 Hammeah they sanctified it, men with me; neither told I any unto the tower of Hananel. 2 And man what my God put into my heart next unto him builded the men of to do for Jerusalem ; neither was Jericho. And next to them builded there any beast with 'me, save the Zaccur the son of Imri.

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3 And the fish gate did the sons went out by night by the valley gate, of Hassenaah build; they laid the even toward the jackal's well, and beams thereof, and set up the doors to the dung gate, and viewed the thereof, the bolts thereof, and the walls of Jerusalem, which were bars thereof. 4 And next unto them broken down, and the gates thereof repaired Meremoth the son of Uriah, were consumed with fire. 14 Then the son of Hakkoz. And next unto I went on to the fountain gate and them repaired Meshullam the son of to the king's pool: but there was no Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel. place for the beast that was under And next unto them repaired Zadok me to pass. 15 Then went I up in

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3 Or, The hundred 4 Heb. him.

Details of the Work on the Gates and the Wall the son of Baana. 5. And next unto of the pool of Shelah by the king's them the Tekoites repaired; but garden, even unto the stairs that go their nobles put not their necks to down from the city of David. 16 the work of their llord.

After him repaired Nehemiah the 6 And ? the old gate repaired Joi- son of Azbuk, the ruler of half the ada the son of Paseah and Meshul. district of Beth-zur, unto the place lam the son of Besodeiah ; they laid over against the sepulchres of David, the beams thereof, and set up the and unto the pool that was made, doors thereof, and the bolts thereof, and unto the house of the mighty and the bars thereof. 7 And next men. 17 After him repaired the unto them repaired Melatiah the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Gibeonite, and Jadon the Merono- Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, thite, the men of Gibeon, and of the ruler of half the district of KeiMizpah, that appertained to the lah, for his district. 18 After him throne of the governor beyond the repaired their brethren, Bavvai the River. 8 Next unto him repaired son of Henadad, the ruler of half Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, gold the district of Keilah. 19 And next smiths. And next unto him repaired to him repaired Ezer the son of Hananiah one of the perfumers, and Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another they 3 fortified Jerusalem even unto portion, over against the ascent to the broad wall. 9 And next unto the armory at the turning of the wall. them repaired Rephaiah the son of 20 After him Baruch the son of Hur, the ruler of half the district of 5 Zabbai earnestly repaired another Jerusalem. 10 And next unto them portion, from the turning of the wall repaired Jedaiah the son of Haru- unto the door of the house of Eliamaph, over against his house. And shib the high priest. 21 After him next unto him repaired Hattush the repaired Meremoth the son of Uriah son of Hashabneiah. 11 Malchijah the son of Hakkoz another portion, the son of Harim, and Hasshub the from the door of the house of Eliason of Pahath-moab, repaired an- shib even to the end of the house of other portion, and the tower of the Eliashib. 22 And after him repaired furnaces. 12 And next unto him the priests, the men of the 6 Plain. repaired Shallum the son of Hallo- 23 After 7 them repaired Benjamin hesh, the ruler of half the district and Hasshubover against their house. of Jerusalem, he and his daughters. After 7 them repaired Azariah the

13 The valley gate repaired Ha- son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah nun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah ; | beside his own house. 24 After him they built it, and set up the doors repaired Binnui the son of Henadad thereof, the bolts thereof, and the another portion, from the house of bars thereof, and a thousand cubits | Azariah unto the turning of the wall, of the wall unto the dung gate. and unto the corner. 25 Palal the

14 And the dung gate repaired son of Uzai repaired over against Malchijah the son of Rechab, the the turning of the wall, and 8 the ruler of the district of Beth-hac- | tower that standeth out from the cherem; he built it, and set up the upper house of the king, which is by doors thereof, the bolts thereof, and the court of the guard. After him the bars thereof.

9 Pedaiah the son of Parosh repaired. 15 And the fountain gate repaired 26 (Now the Nethinim dwelt in Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the Ophel, unto the place over against ruler of the district of Mizpah; he the water gate toward the east, and built it, and covered it, and set up the tower that standeth out.) 27 the doors thereof, the bolts thereof,

4 In Is. 8. 6, Shiloah.

6 Or, Circuit and the bars thereof, and the wall 5 Another reading is, Zaccai.

8 Or, the upper tower ... from the house of 1 Or, lorris Or, Lord

the king ? Or, the gate of the old city (or, of the old wall) 9 Or, Perlaiah the son of Parosh (now ...

Ophel) repaired unto &c.

7 Heb. him.

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