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Nehtmiah rtsormtth usury,. NEHEMIAH Sanballat's roilpraBict.

9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen pur enemies r

10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave on this usury.

11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and os the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact os them.

12 Then said they, We willrestore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them that they should do according to this promise.

!•} Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the Lo R D . And the people did according to this promise.

14 ff Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.

15 But the former governors thai itff been before me, were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver.; yea, e*en their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the tear of God.

16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants ivere gathered thither unto the work.

17 Moreover there ivere at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that arc about us.

ill Now that which was prepared for me daily, tuas one ox, and six choice (heep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days, store of all sorts of winei yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because tlie bondage was heavy upon this people.

ijTbink upon me, my God, for pood, according to all that I have done for this people.

G II A P. VI. 1 Sanballat praeiiseth to terrify Nehemiah. 15 The 'work is finished. 17 Secret intelligence between the enentiss and the nobles of Judah.

NO W it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshcm the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) .■

z That Sanballat and Gefhem sent unto me, faying, Come-, let us meet together \nsome an? of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought lodo me mischief.

3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilit I leave it, and come down to you i

4. Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.

5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

6 Wherein -was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gaihmu faith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.

7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying. There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king ac cording to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.

8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own lieart.

9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the v.onlc, that it be not done. Now thereto;?, O God, strengthen my hands.

it> Afterward 1 came unto the house of Shcmaiah the son of Del a i ah the sou of Mehetabeel, who <was shut up; and he s^id, Let us meet together In the house of God, within the temple, and let us sir.it the doors of the temple: for they will come to iiay thee: yea, in the night A ill they come to flay thee.

11 And I said, Should such a man at 1 flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life > I will not go in.

1* And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that lie pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him! 4

13 Therefore -was he hired, that, I should be afraid, and do so.,and sin, and that they might have matter,for p W^ report, that they might reproach me

Nehtm'uA's care of Jerusalem. Chap. vii. Who returned from Babylon.

14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballut according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

1 5 *\ So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about US saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God. • j 7 fl Moreover in those day s the nobles ofJudah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the /*M«-jof Tobiah came unto them. 1% s?or there were mvu\y in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Mefhullam the son of Berechiah.

19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. ..tWrobiah sent letters to pu t me in fear.

CHAP. VII. J Nehemiah commits et h the charge of Jerusalem to Hanani and Uananiah. 5 A register of the genealogy of them which tame at the first out of Babylon, 8 of the people, 190s the priestj, 43 ofthe'Lcvites, 46 of the Nethinims, &c.

NOW it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

2 That I gave my brother Hftnani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.

3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the fun be hot; and while they stand by, let them Ihut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.

4 Now the city -was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses tuere not builded.

5 «jf And ray God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of, them which came up at the first, and found written therein,

SThesear^thechildren of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carriedaway, whom Nebuchadnezzar thekingof Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem

and to Judah, every one unto his city 5

7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jelhua, Nehemiah, Azariah.Raamiah, Nahama. n^Mordecai.Bilfhan.Milpereth.Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, J fay, of the men of the people of Israel was t/ii>

8 f The children of Parofli, two thou I sand an hundred seventy and two.

9 The children of Shephatiah, threa hundred seventy and two.

10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.

n The children of Pahath-moab, of rhechildrenofjestiuaandjoab.twotlioufand and eight hundred and eighteen.

ix The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

15 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.

14 The children of Zacrai, seven hundred and threescore.

15 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.

16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.

17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three, hundred twenty and two.

18 The children of Adonikam, lix hundred threescore and seven.

19 The children or Bigvr.i, two thousand threescore and seven.

Io The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.

21 The children of Afer of Hczekiah, ninety and eight.

ii The children os Maslium, three hundred twenty and eight.

*i The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and sour.

14 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve.

15 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.

26 The men of Be'th-lehem and Netopliah, an hundred fourscore and eight. • 27 The men of Anathoth, ar. hundred twenty and eight.

28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.

19 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Bceroth, seven hundred forty and three.

30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, fix hundred twenty and one.

3r The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two.

32 The men of Bcth-ei and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.

33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.

3+ The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

Tlie register os those that NEHEMIAH

returned from Babylon.

35 The children ot' Harim, three hundred and twenty.

36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ouo, seven hundred twenty and one.

j8Thechildren of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.

39 fl The priests: the children of Tcdaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.

40 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

41 The children of Palhnr, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

43 f The Levitet: the children of Jefhua, of Kadmiel, end of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four.

44'rhe fingers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.

45 The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.

46 $ The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hafliupha, the children of Tabhaoth,

47 The childrenof Keros,the children of Sia, the children of Padon,

48The children of Lebana.thechildren of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,

49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,

5oThe children of Reaiah, tlie children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

51 The children of Gazzam, the chil-, dren of Uzza, the children of Phascah,

51 The children of Besai, the children pfMeunim,the children of Nephishesim, 53The children of Bakbuk.the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

54 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mchida, the children of Harsha,

55 The childrenof Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamali,

56 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

'57 tj The children of Solomon's servants : the children of Sotai, the children 9s Sophereth, the children of Perida,

58 The children of Jaala, the children of JDarkon, the children of Giddel,

59 The children of Shephatiah, the childrenof Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Anion.

60 All the Nethinims,and the children of Solomon's servants, ivere three hundred ninety and two.

61 And these <wm they which went

up also from Tel-melah, Tel-hareslia, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, nor their seed, whether they ivere of Israel.

62 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.

63 f And of the priests: the children, of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, which took one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name.

64 These sought their register among thole that were reckoned by genealogy, but. it was notfound: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.

65 And the Tirfhatha said unto them,: that they should not eat of the molt holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

66 fl The whole congregation together •was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,

67 Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there ivere Ieven thousand threehundred thirty and seven: and they had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women.

68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two hundred forty and five:

69 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven hundredand twenty a ties.,

70 tj And some of the chief of tlie fathers gave unto the work. TheTirihatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams, of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.

71 Andsome of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver.

72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore and leven priests' garments.

73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, M&fome of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month eanie, the children of Israel ivere in their cities.

CHAP. VIII.

1 The manner of reading and hearing the

law. j 6 The feast of tabernacles hpt^

AND all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street thattua/before the Watergate ;and they spake unusEzra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which

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the Lord had commanded to Israel.

» And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the firit day of the seventh month.

1 And he read therein before the street that ivas before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people •were attentive unto the book of the law.

4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and betide him stood Mattithiah,andShema,'and Anaiah.and Uriah, and Hilkiah, and Maasciah, on kit right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hilhum, and Halhbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the fight of all the people; (for he was above ail the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:

6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lor D with their faces to the ground.

7 AlsoJeshua,and Baui.andSherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita.Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the.law > and the peoplejfaxj in their place.

8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

'9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirsttatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, laid unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lor o your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

to Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

11 So the Levites stilled all the people, laying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.

iz And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to fend portions, and to make great mirth, because they bad understood the words that were de"clired unto them.

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thered together the chief os the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even t» understand the words of the law.

f+ And they found written in the law which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:

15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees to make booths,, as it is written.

16 q| So die people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house* and in their courts, and in the courts of the house.of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraira.

17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and fat under the booths: for since the days of Jelhua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladncsi.

iS Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast: seven days; and on the eighth day <nw a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

C H A E. IX i,4solemn fast, and repentance os'the people. 4 The Le-vitei confess God's goodness, and their •wickedness.

NOW in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of If. rael were assembled with fatting, and with Cickclothes, and earth upon them.

2 And the feed of Israel separated themselves frojrt all strangers, and stood and confessed their tins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God axe foui th part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and wormipped the Lor D their God.

4 4[ Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jelhua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunui, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voiueunto tlie LoR D their Go.j.

5 Then the Levites, Jefhua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hastiabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Petbahiah, said, Stand up and bjese the Lo ft 0 your God

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NEHEMIAH

os God's goodness.

for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

6 Thou, e-ven thou, art Lo R D alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worihippeth thee.

7 Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;

X And soundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him, to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and tjie Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgasliites, to give it, I fay, to his feed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:

9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their "cry by the Red sea;

io And sliewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and oil all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day.

11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through themidst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.

ii Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of nre, to give them light in the way wherein they should go. . i^Thoucamestdownalsouponmount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgements, and true laws, good statutes, and com-< mandments:

14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:

15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadft sworn to give them.

16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; b\it hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a trip

tain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookett them not.

18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This it thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;

19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forfookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the clpud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.

20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and vrithheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness,/) that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, anudidst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Silion, and the land of the king of Heslibon, and the land of Og king of Bastian.

*3 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they mould go in to possess it.

24 So the children went in and possessedthe land, and thou fubduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, theCanaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with tlieir kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them a3 they would.

25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became rat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and stew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.

27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardeS them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them seviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

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