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Other Inhabited Places. Priests and Levites who came with Zerubbabel Judah, every one in his inheritance. Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hil21 But the Nethinim dwelt in Ophel: kiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs and Ziha and Gishpa were over the of the priests and of their brethren Nethinim.

in the days of Jeshua. 22 The overseer also of the Levites 8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son and Mattaniah, who was over 4the of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, of the thanksgiving, he and his brethren. sons of Asaph, the singers, over the 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unno, their business of the house of God. 23 brethren, were over against them For there was a commandment from according to their offices. 10 And the king concerning them, and la Jeshua begat Joiakim, and Jojakin settled provision for the singers, as begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat every day required. 24 And Petha- Joiada, 11 and Joiada begat Jonahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the than, and Jonathan begat Jaddua. children of Zerah the son of Judah, 12 And in the days of Joiakim was at the king's hand in all matters were priests, heads of fathers' houses: concerning the people.

of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, 25. And as for the villages, with Hananiah 13 of Ezra, Meshullam; their fields, some of the children

of of Amariah, Jehohanan; 14 of Judah dwelt in Kiriath-arba and the 5 Malluchi, Jonathan ; of Shebaniah,

towns thereof, and in Dibon and Joseph ; 15 of Harim, Adna; of the ? towns thereof, and in Jekabzeel Meraioth, Helkai; 16 of Iddo, Zechand the villages thereof, 26 and in ariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam; Jeshua, and in Moladah, and Beth- 17 of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, pelet, 27 and in Hazar-shual, and in of Moadiah, Piltai; 18 of Bilgah, Beer-sheba and the 2 towns thereof, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehona28 and in Ziklag, and in Meconah than; 19 and of Joiarib,

Mattenai; and in the 2 towns thereof, 29' and in of Jedaiah, Uzzi; 20 of Sallai, Kal. En-rimmon, and in Zorah, and in lai; of Amok, Eber; 21 of Hilkiah, Jarmuth, 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and Hashabiah ; of Jedaiah, Nethanel. their villages, Lachish and the fields 22 As for the Levites, in the days thereof, Azekah and the 2 towns of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, thereof. So they encamped from and Jaddua, there were recorded Beer-sheba unto the valley of Hin- the heads of fathers' houses ; also the nom. 31 The children of Benjamin priests, in the reign of Darius the also dvelt from Geba onward, at Persian. 23 The sons of Levi, heads Michmash and Aija, and at Beth-el of fathers' houses, were written in and the 2 towns thereof, 32 at Ana- the book of the chronicles, even until thoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33 Hazor, the days of Johanan the son of EliaRamah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, shib. 24 And the chiefs of the LeNeballat, 35 Lod, and Ono, 3 the vites : Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and valley of craftsmen. 36 And of the Jeshua the son of Kadmiel,' with Levites, certain courses in Judah their brethren over against them, to were joined to Benjamin.

praise and give thanks, according to 12 Now these are the priests the commandment of David the man with Zerubbabel the son of Sheal- Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, tiel

, and Jeshua : Seraiah, Jeremiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, porters keeping the watch at the 3 Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 store houses of the gates. 26 These Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, 5 Mijamin, were in the days of Joiakim the son Maadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, and of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and

in the days of Nehemiah the gov10r, a sure ordinance concerning 2 Heb. daughters, 3 Or, Ge-haharashim See 1 Chr. 4. 14.

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5 Another reading is, Velicu,

6 Or, to

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Dedication of the Wall. Ordinances for the Temple Service ernor, and of Ezra the priest the 39 and above the gate of Ephraim, scribe.

and by the old gate, and by the fish 27 And at the dedication of the gate, and the tower of Hananel, and wall of Jerusalem they sought the the tower of 2 Hammeah, even unto Levites out of all their places, to the sheep gate: and they stood still bring them to Jerusalem, to keep in the gate of the guard. 40 So the dedication with gladness, both stood the two companies of them with thanksgivings, and with sing. that gave thanks in the house of ing, with cymbals, psalteries, and God, and I, and the half of the with harps. 28 And the sons of 3 rulers with me; 41 and the priests, the singers gathered themselves to- Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Mi gether, both out of the plain round caiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and about Jerusalem, and from the vil- Hananiah, with trumpets; 42 and lages of the Netophathites; 29 also Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleafrom Beth-gilgal, and out of the zar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and fields of Geba and Azmaveth; for Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. the singers had builded them villages And the singers sang loud, with round about Jerusalem. 30 And Jezrahiah their overseer. 43 And the priests and the Levites purified they offered great sacrifices that themselves; and they purified the day, and rejoiced; for God had people, and the gates, and the wall. made them rejoice with great joy ;

31 Then I brought up the princes and the women also and the children of Judah upon the wall, and ap- rejoiced : so that the joy of Jerusapointed two great companies that lem was heard even afar off. gave thanks and went in procession; 44 And on that day were men apwhereof one went on the right hand pointed over the chambers for the upon the wall toward the dung gate: treasures, for the heave-offerings, 32 and after them went Hoshaiah, for the first-fruits, and for the tithes, and half of the princes of Judah, to gather into them, according to 33 and Azariah, Ezra, and Meshul- the fields of the cities, the portions lam, 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and appointed by the law for the priests Shemaiah, and Jeremjah, 35 and and Levites : for Judah rejoiced for certain of the priests' sons with the priests and for the Levites that trumpets: Zechariah the son of 5 waited. 45 And they kept the Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the charge of their God, and the charge son of Mattaniah, the son of Mi- of the purification, and so did the caiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of singers and the porters, according to Asaph ; 36 and his brethren, She- the commandment of David, and of maiah, and Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Solomon his son. 46. For in the days Maai, Nethanel, and Judah, Hanani, of David and Asaph of old 6 there with the musical instruments of was a chief of the singers, and songs David th man of God; and Ezra of praise and thanksgiving unto the scribe was before them. 37 And God. 47 And all Israel in the days by the fountain gate, and straight of Zerubbabel, and in the days of before them, they went up by the Nehemiah, gave the portions of the stairs of the city of David, at the singers and the porters, as every ascent of the wall, above the house day required; and they set apart of David, even unto the water gate that which was for the Levites; and eastward.

the Levites set apart that which was 38 And the other company of for the sons of Aaron. them that gave_thanks went to meet them, and I after them, with 13 On that day they read in the

book of Moses in the audience the half of the people, upon the of the people; and therein was found wall, above the tower of the furaces, even unto the broad wall,

3 Or, deputies 1 Or, Circuit

6 Another reading is, there were chiefs.

2 Or, The hundred

4 Heb. of the law.
5 Heb. stood.

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Tobiah expelled from the Temple. Sabbath-breaking suppressed written, that an Ammonite and a scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: Moabite should not enter into the and next to them was Hanan the assembly of God for ever, 2 because son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah ; they met not the children of Israel for they were counted faithful, and with bread and with water, but their business was to distribute unto hired Balaam against them, to curse their brethren, 14 Remember me, them: howbeit our God turned the 0. my God, concerning this, and curse into a blessing. 3 And it came wipe not out my good deeds that to pass, when they had heard the have done for the house of my God, law, that they separated from Israel and for the observances thereof. all the mixed multitude.

15 In those days saw I in Judah 4 Now before this, Eliashib the some men treading winepresses on priest, who was appointed over the the sabbath,

and bringing in chambers of the house of our God, 3 sheaves, and lading asses therebeing allied unto Tobiah, 5 had pre- with ; as also wine, grapes, and figs, pared for him a great chamber, and all manner of burdens, which where aforetime they laid the meal- they brought into Jerusalem on the offerings, the frankincense, and the sabbath day: and I testified against vessels, and the tithes of the grain, them in the day wherein they sold the new wine, and the oil, which were victuals. 16 There dwelt men of given by commandment to the Le- Tyre also therein, who brought in vites, and the singers, and the fish, and all manner of wares, and porters; and the heave-offerings for sold on the sabbath unto the chilthe priests. 6 But in all this time I dren of Judah, and in Jerusalem. was not at Jerusalem ; for in the two 17 Then I contended with the nobles and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Judah, and said unto them, What of Babylon I went unto the king: and evil thing is this that ye do, and proafter certain days asked I leave of fane the sabbath day? 18 Did not the king, 7 and I came to Jerusalem, your fathers thus, and did not our and understood the evil that Elia- God bring all this evil upon us, and shib had done for Tobiah, in prepar- upon this city ? yet ye bring more ing him a chamber in the courts of wrath upon Israel by profaning the the house of God. 8 And it grieved sabbath. me sore: therefore I cast forth all 19 And it came to pass that, when the household stuff of Tobiah out of the gates of Jerusalem began to be the chamber. 9 Then I commanded, dark before the sabbath, I comand they cleansed the chambers: manded that the doors should be and thither brought I again the shut, and commanded that they vessels of the house of God, with should not be opened till after the the meal-offerings and the frankin- sabbath: and some of my servants

set I over the gates, that there 10 And I perceived that the por- should no burden be brought in on tions of the Levites had not been the sabbath day. given them; so that the Levites and chants and sellers of all kind of the singers, that did the work, were wares lodged without Jerusalem fled every one to his field. 11' Then once or twice. 21 Then I testified contended I with the 2 rulers, and against them, and said unto them, said, Why is the house of God for- Why lodge ye 4 about the wall? if saken? And I gathered them to ye do so again, I will lay hands on gether, and set them in their place. you.

From that time forth came 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe they no more on the sabbath. 22 of the grain

and the new wine and And I commanded the Levites that the oil unto the treasuries. 13 And I they should purify themselves, and made treasurers over the treasuries, that they should come and keep the Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. 2 Or, deputies

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4 Heb. before.

Mixed Marriages condemned. Recapitulation Remember unto me, O my God, this and God made him king over all Isalso, and spare me according to the rael : nevertheless even him did forgreatness of thy lovingkindness. eign women cause to sin. 27 Shall

23 In those days also saw I the we then hearken unto you to do all Jews that I had married women of this great evil, to trespass against Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: our God in marrying foreign women? 24 and their children spake half in 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the speech of_Ashdod, and could not the son of Eliashib the high priest, speak in the Jews' language, but ac was son-in-law to Sanballat the cording to the language of each peo- Horonite: therefore I chased him ple. 25 And I contended with them,

from me.

29 Remember them, O and ? cursed them, and smote certain my God, 3 because they have defiled of them, and plucked off their hair, the priesthood, and the covenant of and made them swear by God, say- the priesthood, and of the Levites. ing, Ye shall not give your daugh 30 Thus cleansed I them from all ters unto their sons, nor take their foreigners, and appointed charges daughters for your sons, or for your for the priests and for the Levites, selves. 26 Did not Solomon king of every one in his work; 31 and for Israel sin by these things? yet among the wood-offering, at times apmany nations was there no king like pointed, and for the first-fruits. Rehim, and he was beloved of his God, member me, O my God, for good. 1 Heb. hall made to dwell with them.

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The Feast of Ahasuerus. Queen Vashti refuses to attend it 1 Now it came to pass in the appointed to all the officers of his Ahasuerus who reigned from India ing to every man's pleasure. even unto. Ethiopia, over a hun 9 Also Vashti the queen made a dred and seven and twenty prov- feast for the women in the royal inces), 2 that in those days, when house which belonged to king Ahasuthe king Ahasuerus sat on the erus. 10 On the seventh day, when throne of his kingdom, which was the heart of the king was merry in Shushan the palace, 3 in the with wine, he commanded Mehuthird year of his reign, he made a man, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and feast unto all his princes and his Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the servants; the power of Persia and seven chamberlains that ministered Media, the nobles and princes of in the presence of Ahasuerus the the provinces, being before him; 4 king, 11 to bring Vashti the queen when he showed the riches of his before the king with the crown glorious kingdom and the honor of royal, to show the peoples and the his excellent majesty many days, princes her beauty ; for she was fair even a hundred and fourscore days. to look on. 12 But the queen Vashti And when these days were ful refused to come at the king's comfilled, the king made a feast unto mandment by the chamberlains : all the people that were present in therefore was the king very wroth, Shushan the palace, both great and and his anger burned in him. small, seven days, in the court of 13 Then the king said to the wise the garden of the king's palace. 6 men, who knew the times (for so was There were hangings of 3 white cloth, the king's manner toward all that Qi *green, and of blue, fastened with knew law and judgment; 14 and the cords of fine linen and purple to next unto him were Carshena, Shesilver rings and pillars of marble: thar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, the couches were of gold and silver, Marsena, and Memucan. the seven upon a pavement of red, and white, princes of Persia and Media, who and yellow, and black marble. 7 saw the king's face, and sat first in And they gave them drink in ves- the kingdom), 15 Wbat shall we do sels of gold (the vessels being diverse unto the queen Vashti according to one from another), and royal wine in law, because she hath not done the abundance, according to the bounty bidding of the king Ahasuerus by of the king. 8 And the drinking the chamberlains? 16 And Memuwas according to the law; none

can answered before the king and could compel: for so the king had the princes, Vashti the queen hath

not done wrong to the king only, but ? Or, Xerres Heb. Ahashrerosh. 2 Or, castle also to all the princes, and to all the Or, of porphyru, and white marble, and

alą peoples that are in all the provinces baster, and stone of blue color

7 Or, eunuchs (and so in ver. 12, &c.)

6 Hob, hand.

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