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] 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
] 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.
] 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.
] 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,
] 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:
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 have
] 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.
] Remember, I beseech thee, the word
that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will
scatter you abroad among the nations:
] 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.
these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great
power, and by thy strong hand.
] 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
] 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
] 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,
] And said unto the king, Let the king live
for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my
fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with
] Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request?
So I prayed to the God of heaven.
] 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
] 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.
] 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
] 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
appertained 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
] 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
] 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.
] So I came to
Jerusalem, and was there three days.
] And I arose in the night, I
and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart
to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I
] And I went out by night by the gate of the valley,
even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of
Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with
] Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the
king's pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to
] Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the
wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so
] And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did;
neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles,
nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.
] Then said I
unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and
the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of
Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
] Then I told them of the
hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had
spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened
their hands for this good work.
] But when Sanballat the Horonite,
and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they
laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do?
will ye rebel against the king?
] Then answered I them, and said
unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will
arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in
] Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren
the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the
doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of
] And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next
to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.
] But the fish gate did the
sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors
thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
] And next unto
them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto them
repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto
them repaired Zadok the son of Baana.
] And next unto them the
Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their
] Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah,
and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the
doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the
men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor on this side the
] Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the
goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the
apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall.
And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part
] And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of
Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the
son of Hashabniah.
] Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son
of Pahath-moab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the
] And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh,
the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.
The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it,
and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a
thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate.
] But the dung gate
repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Beth-haccerem; he
built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars
] But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of
Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up
the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the
pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the
city of David.
] After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the
ruler of the half part of Beth-zur, unto the place over against the sepulchres
of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the
] After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani.
Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his
] After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of
Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.
] And next to him
repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against
the going up to the armoury at the turning of the wall.
] After him
Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of
the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.
After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, from
the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of
] And after him repaired the priests, the men of the
] After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their
house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his
] After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another
piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the
] Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the
wall, and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that was by the
court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh.
Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the water
gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out.
] After them
the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth
out, even unto the wall of Ophel.
] From above the horse gate
repaired the priests, every one over against his house.
them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his house. After him repaired
also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate.
After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of
Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah over
against his chamber.
] After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's
son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate
Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.
] And between the going
up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the
] But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we
builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the
] And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria,
and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they
sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of
the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?
] Now Tobiah the Ammonite
was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall
even break down their stone wall.
] Hear, O our God; for we are
despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey
in the land of captivity:
] And cover not their iniquity, and let
not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to
anger before the builders.
] So built we the wall; and all the wall
was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to
] But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and
the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of
Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they
were very wroth,
] And conspired all of them together to come and to
fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
] Nevertheless we made
our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of
] And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is
decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the
] And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see,
till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to
] And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by
them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return
unto us they will be upon you.
] Therefore set I in the lower
places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after
their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to
the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is
great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters,
your wives, and your houses.
] And it came to pass, when our
enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to
nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his
] And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of
my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the
spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were
behind all the house of Judah.
] They which builded on the wall,
and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his
hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded.
And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
] And I said unto the
nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and
large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto
us: our God shall fight for us.
] So we laboured in the work: and
half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars
] Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let
every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be
a guard to us, and labour on the day.
] So neither I, nor my
brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of
us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.
] And there was a great cry of the people and of their
wives against their brethren the Jews.
] For there were that said,
We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them,
that we may eat, and live.
] Some also there were that said, We have
mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of
] There were also that said, We have borrowed money for
the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
] Yet now
our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and,
lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of
our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to
redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.
] And I was
very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
] Then I
consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto
them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly
] And I said unto them, We after our ability have
redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye
even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their
peace, and found nothing to answer.
] 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 our enemies?
] I likewise, and my brethren, and my
servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this
] Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands,
their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the the hundredth part
of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of
] Then said they, We will restore 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
] 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 LORD. And the people did according to this promise.
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.
] But the former governors that had been
before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine,
beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the
people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.
] Yea, also I
continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my
servants were gathered thither unto the work.
] Moreover there were
at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came
unto us from among the heathen that are about us.
] Now that which
was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were
prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all
this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy
upon this people.
] Think upon me, my God, for good, according to
all that I have done for this people.
] Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and
Geshem 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;)
] That Sanballat and Geshem sent
unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the
plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
] And I sent
messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come
down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to
] Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I
answered them after the same manner.
] Then sent Sanballat his
servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his
] Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and
Gashmu saith 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
] 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 according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel
] Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things
done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own
] For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be
weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my
] Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of
Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet
together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of
the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to
] And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is
there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will
not go in.
] And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but
that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired
] Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so,
and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might
] My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat
according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of
the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
] So the wall was
finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two
] 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
] Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many
letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.
For there were many 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
Meshullam the son of Berechiah.
] Also they reported his good deeds
before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in
] 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
] That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler
of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God
] And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem
be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut 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.
the city was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses
were not builded.
] And my 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,
] These are the children of
the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried
away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again
to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;
] Who came with
Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan,
Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, I say, of the men of the people of
Israel was this;
] The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred
seventy and two.
] The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy
] The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and
] The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and
Joab, two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.
] The children
of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
] The children of
Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.
] The children of Zaccai,
seven hundred and threescore.
] The children of Binnui, six hundred
forty and eight.
] The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and
] The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty
] The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and
] The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and
] The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and
] The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and
] The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and
] The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and
] The children of Hariph, an hundred and
] The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.
The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and
] The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and
] The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.
The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and
] The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty and
] The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and
] The men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred twenty and
] The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.
The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and
] The children of Harim, three hundred and
] The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and
] The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty
] The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and
] The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of
Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.
] The children of Immer, a
thousand fifty and two.
] The children of Pashur, a thousand two
hundred forty and seven.
] The children of Harim, a thousand and
] The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and
of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four.
] The singers: the
children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.
] 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
] The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of
Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
] The children of Keros, the
children of Sia, the children of Padon,
] The children of Lebana,
the children of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,
] The children of
Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of
] The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the
children of Phaseah,
] The children of Besai, the children of
Meunim, the children of Nephishesim,
] The children of Bakbuk, the
children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,
] The children of
Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,
children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of
] The children of Neziah, the children of
] The children of Solomon's servants: the children of
Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,
children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of
] The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the
children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon.
] All the
Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and
] And these were they which went up also from Telmelah,
Telharesha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's
house, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel.
] The children
of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty
] 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.
These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it
was not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the
] And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should
not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and
] The whole congregation together was forty and two
thousand three hundred and threescore,
] Beside their manservants
and their maidservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty
and seven: and they had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing
] Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules,
two hundred forty and five:
] Their camels, four hundred thirty and
five: six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses.
] And some of
the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure
a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests'
] And some 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.
] And that which the rest of the people
gave was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and
threescore and seven priests' garments.
] So the priests, and the
Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the
Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month
came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
] And all the people gathered themselves together as one
man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the
scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to
] And Ezra the priest brought the law before the
congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding,
upon the first day of the seventh month.
] And he read therein
before the street that was 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.
] And Ezra
the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and
beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and
Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and
Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all
the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
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 LORD
with their faces to the ground.
] Also Jeshua, and Bani, and
Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah,
Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the
law: and the people stood in their place.
] So they read in the book
in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand
] And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the
priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the
people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all
the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
] 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.
the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is
holy; neither be ye grieved.
] And all the people went their way to
eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they
had understood the words that were declared unto them.
] And on the
second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people,
the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words
of the law.
] 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:
] 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
] So the 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 Ephraim.
] And all the congregation of
them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the
booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the
children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
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 was a
solemn assembly, according unto the manner.
] Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the
children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth
] And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all
strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their
] And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of
the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth
part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.
] Then stood
up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni,
Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their
] Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah,
Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD
your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted
above all blessing and praise.
] Thou, even thou, art LORD 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 worshippeth thee.
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;
] And foundest
his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land
of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the
Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast
performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
] And didst see the
affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red
] And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharoah, and on 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
] And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went
through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou
threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.
Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a
pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should
] Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them
from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and
] And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and
commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy
] 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 hadst sworn to give
] But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their
necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,
] And refused to
obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but
hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to
their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow
to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought
thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;
thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar
of the cloud 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
] Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and
withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their
] Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the
wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their
feet swelled not.
] Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations,
and didst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the
land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
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 should go in to possess it.
] So the children went in and
possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land,
the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the
people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
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 fat, and delighted themselves in thy
] Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled
against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which
testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great
] 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 heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies
thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their
] But after they had rest, they did evil again before
thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had
the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou
heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to
] And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest
bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto
thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he shall
live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not
] Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst
against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear:
therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the
] Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not
utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful
] Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the
terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem
little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on
our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people,
since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.
thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we
have done wickedly:
] Neither have our kings, our princes, our
priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and
thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.
they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou
gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them,
neither turned they from their wicked works.
] Behold, we are
servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the
fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in
] And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast
set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and
over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes,
Levites, and priests, seal unto it.
] Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha,
the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,
] Seraiah, Azariah,
] Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,
] Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
] Meshullam, Abijah,
] Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the
] And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui
of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;
] And their brethren, Shebaniah,
Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
] Micha, Rehob,
] Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
] The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam,
] Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
] Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,
] Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
] Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,
Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
] Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,
Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,
] Rehum, Hashabnah,
] And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,
] Malluch, Harim,
] And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the
porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves
from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and
their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having
] They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and
entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by
Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD
our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;
] And that we would
not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for
] And if the people of the land bring ware or any
victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the
sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the
exaction of every debt.
] Also we made ordinances for us, to charge
ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of
] For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering,
and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the
set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an
atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our
] And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the
people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the
houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar
of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law:
] And to bring
the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees,
year by year, unto the house of the LORD:
] Also the firstborn of
our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of
our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests
that minister in the house of our God:
] And that we should bring
the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of
trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our
God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might
have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
] And the priest
the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and
the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to
the chambers, into the treasure house.
] For the children of Israel
and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine,
and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the
priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake
the house of our God.
] And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the
rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the
holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities.
] And the people
blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at
] Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in
Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their
cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the
children of Solomon's servants.
] And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of
the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of
Judah; Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the
son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of
] And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Col-hozeh, the
son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the
son of Shiloni.
] All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem were
four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.
] And these are the
sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of
Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of
] And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and
] And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah
the son of Senuah was second over the city.
] Of the priests:
Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.
] Seraiah the son of Hilkiah,
the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub,
was the ruler of the house of God.
] And their brethren that did
the work of the house were eight hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of
Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of
Pashur, the son of Malchiah,
] And his brethren, chief of the
fathers, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of
Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,
] And their
brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer
was Zabdiel, the son of one of the great men.
] Also of the
Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah,
the son of Bunni;
] And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the
Levites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of
] And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of
Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the
second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the
son of Jeduthun.
] All the Levites in the holy city were two
hundred fourscore and four.
] Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon,
and their brethren that kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and
] And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites,
were in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance.
But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over the
] The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi
the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha.
Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of
] For it was the king's commandment concerning them, that a
certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.
Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was
at the king's hand in all matters concerning the people.
] And for
the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt at
Kirjath-arba, and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and in the villages
thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof,
] And at
Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Beth-phelet,
] And at Hazar-shual,
and at Beer-sheba, and in the villages thereof,
] And at Ziklag,
and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,
] And at En-rimmon,
and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,
] Zanoah, Adullam, and in their
villages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages
thereof. And they dwelt from Beer-sheba unto the valley of
] The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at
Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages,
] And at
Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,
] Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,
Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,
] Lod, and Ono, the valley of
] And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in
] Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up
with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah,
] Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
] Shechaniah, Rehum,
] Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,
] Miamin, Maadiah,
] Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jediah,
] Sallu, Amok,
Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in
the days of Jeshua.
] Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel,
Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his
] Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over
against them in the watches.
] And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim
also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada,
] And Joiada begat
Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.
] And in the days of Joiakim
were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah,
] Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah,
] Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah,
] Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;
Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;
] Of Abijah, Zichri; of
Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;
] Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah,
] And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah,
] Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;
Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.
] The Levites in the
days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the
fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian.
The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the
chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib.
And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of
Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks,
according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against
] Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon,
Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the
] These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the
son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the
priest, the scribe.
] And at the dedication of the wall of
Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to
Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and
with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.
] And the
sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country
round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi;
from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the
singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem.
] And the
priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the
gates, and the wall.
] Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon
the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof
one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:
And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah,
And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,
] Judah, and Benjamin, and
Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,
] And certain of the priests' sons with
trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of
Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of
] And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai,
Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the
man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.
] And at the fountain
gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of
David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the
water gate eastward.
] And the other company of them that gave
thanks went over against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon
the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad
] And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate,
and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even
unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate.
stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and
the half of the rulers with me:
] And the priests; Eliakim,
Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with
] And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and
Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with
Jezrahiah their overseer.
] Also that day they offered great
sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the
wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard
even afar off.
] And at that time were some appointed over the
chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the
tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the
law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the
Levites that waited.
] And both the singers and the porters kept
the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the
commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.
] For in the days of
David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and
thanksgiving unto God.
] And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel,
and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters,
every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the
Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.
] On that day they read in the book of Moses in the
audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the
Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;
Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired
Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse
into a blessing.
] Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law,
that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the
house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:
] And he had prepared for
him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the
frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the
oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the
porters; and the offerings of the priests.
] But in all this time
was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of
Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the
] And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that
Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house
] And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the
household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.
] Then I commanded,
and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels of the
house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense.
] And I
perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the
Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his
] Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the
house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their
] Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new
wine and the oil unto the treasuries.
] And I made treasurers over
the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites,
Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for
they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their
] Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not
out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices
] In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses
on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes,
and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the
sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold
] There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought
fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of
Judah, and in Jerusalem.
] Then I contended with the nobles of
Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the
] Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring
all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel
by profaning the sabbath.
] And it came to pass, that when the
gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the
gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the
sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden
be brought in on the sabbath day.
] So the merchants and sellers of
all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.
] Then I
testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye
do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on
] And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse
themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the
sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according
to the greatness of thy mercy.
] In those days also saw I Jews that
had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
] And their
children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews'
language, but according to the language of each people.
] And I
contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off
their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters
unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for
] Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things?
yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God,
and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish
women cause to sin.
] Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this
great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange
] And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the
high priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him
] Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the
priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the
] Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed
the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his
] And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for
the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.