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Ezra at Jerusalem.

29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in a the chambers of the house of the LORD.

30 So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.

31 ¶ Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.

32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.

33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels jweighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;

34 By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at

that time.

35 Also the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, "twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.

36 And they delivered the king's ?commissions unto the king's "lieutenants, and to the "governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God.


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Nthe princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands," doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.

2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and a rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.

& 9. 3. Dan. 8. 2, 3,


& 6. 2, 3

in the
Ne. 2. 7, 9
& 3. 7.

7 Heb.
from mouth
to mouth.

Ex. 23. 32.

Deu. 7. 3.


Deu. 23. 6. ch. 6. 21, Deu. 12 30, 8 Heb. hast withheld beneath our Ex. 34. 16. iniquities.

ch. 10. 2.
Ne. 10. 30
& 13. 23, 27.

Deu, 7. 6. a Ne. 2. 16, &c. Ge. 1. 13. Job 1. 20. Ne. 9. 33.

Ps. 106. 35.

Job 8. 3. Ps. 119. 137. Dan. 9. 14 Jer. 12. 1. d ch. 10. 3. Iss. 66, 2, 5. el Ki. 18. 29.

4 Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening ƒ Ne. 1. 6. Bacrifice.

Dan. 9. 20.

He mourneth and prayeth.

5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God,

6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our 2 trespass dis grown up unto the heavens.

7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to iconfusion of face, as it is this day.

8 And now for a little 3space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us 4a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but "hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and 5 to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,

11 Which thou hast commanded 6 by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it 7from one end to another with their uncleanness.

12 Now therefore 'give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor "seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.

13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?

15 O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

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casting himself down "before the house a 2 ch. 20. 9. of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people 1 wept very sore.

2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.

3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God 4 to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done daccording to the law.

4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

Ne. 10. 31

& 13. 31. 1 Heb. wept a great weeping. 2 Or, till this

matter be dispatched. 3 Heb. stood.

4 Heb. to bring forth.

had taken strange wives.

14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God 2 for this matter be turned from us.

15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah 3 were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.

16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down d Deu. 7. 2, 3. in the first day of the tenth month to e ver. 9, 17. examine the matter.

e ch. 9. 4.

to Ne. 5. 12

5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware.

& 13. 25. g ch. 3. 2.

A ver. 1.

Ne. 12. 22,


6¶ Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned Lev. 6. 6. because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.

j2 Ki. 10. 15.

& Ne. 10. 5.

7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the ch. 2. 39 children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

8 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be 5 forfeited, and him- 5 Heb. self separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.

9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for 6the great rain.


Ex. 22 20. Lev. 27. 29.

6 Heb. the showers.

10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to in-7 Heb, have crease the trespass of Israel.

11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure; and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.

12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.

13 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for 8 we are many that have transgressed in this thing.

caused to dwell, or, have brought back. m Jon. 7. 19.

8 Or, we have greatly offended in this thing.

17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.

18 And an:ong the scns of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah.

19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered ka ram of the flock for their trespass.

20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.

21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah.

22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the same is Kelita.) Pethahiah, Judali, and Eliezer.

24 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri.

25 Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah.

26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.

27 And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.

28 Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai. 29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.

30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.

31 And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah. 33 Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai,

The names of those who

Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai,
Manasseh, and Shimei.

34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,

35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,

36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,

37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau, 38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,

39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,



Mabnadebai, according to some copies.

had taken strange wires.

40 1Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,

42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.

43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah.

44 All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.



THE words of Nehemiah the son of a ch. 10. 1.
Hachaliah. And it came to pass in
the month Chisleu, in the twentieth
year, as I was in "Shushan the palace,

2 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.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant
that are left of the captivity there in the
province are in great affliction and re-
proach: the wall of Jerusalem also his
broken down, and the gates thereof are
burned with fire.

6 ch. 2. 1.

e Esth. 1. 2.
Dan. 8. 2.

ch. 7.2.

e Esth. 3. 7.

fch. 1. 1.
g ch. 1. 11.

h ch. 2. 13.

4 And it came to pass, when I heard
these words, that I sat down and wept, Ezr. 9. 3.
and mourned certain days, and fasted,
and prayed before the God of heaven,

5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, k the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

j 1 Ki. 1. 31.

Dan. 9. 4.

See Deu, 7.


So ch. 1. 3.

m Deu. 7. 9.

o Ezr. 10, 1.

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I prayn ch. 1. 4, 5 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 sinned. 7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judg-1 Heb. wife. ments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

p ch. 5. 14
& 13. 6.

Deu. 4. 25-

& 28, 64.
Ezr. 8. 36.

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will 7 Lev. 26. 33. scatter you abroad among the nations: 9 'But af ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto Lev. 26. 39the 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.

10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine

Deu. 4. 29-


& 30, 2, 3.
t Deu. 30. 4.
u Deu. 12. 5.
v ch. 7. 2.
w ver. 18.
See Ezr. 7. 6.

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 cupbearer.


AND it came to pass in the month A 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 presence.

2 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,

3 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 fire?

4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to "the God of heaven.

5 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 build it.

6 And the king said unto me, (the 1 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.

7 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 Judah;

8 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 upon me. 9 Then I came to the "


Nehemiah at Jerusalem.


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12 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 rode upon.

17, 19

& 13. 4, 7, 8. Esth. 10. 3.

Ezr. 8. 32.

Judg. 5. 23.

h ch. 12, 39.

ch. 3. 13, 14.

13 And I went out by night by the igate of the valley, even before the dra-i2 Ch. 26. 9. gon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.

14 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 pass.

15 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 returned.

16 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.

17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem tieth 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.

18 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.

ch. 3. 15

& 12 37.

12 Ki. 20. 20.

ma ch. 2. 8.

28. 15. 23.

Ezr. 9. 2. 1 Or, left Jerusalem unto the broad wall. p ch. 12. 38. ver. 12.

ch. 1. 8.

Ps. 44. 13
& 79. 4.
ver. 8.

2 Heb. second


tech, 12, 38.

u 2 Sn. 2. 7.

2 Ch. 26. 9.

w ch. 6. 1,

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised 2, 6. us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

20 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 Jerusalem.


r ch. 6. 6.

y ch. 2. 13 & 12. 31. Ezr. 4 3.


ch. 2. 14.


ver. 20, 21. ch. 12. 10, 22, 23

&, 13, 4, 7, 28. Ezr. 10. 6.

e ver. 32.

ch. 12. 39. Jn. 5. 2


THEN&Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they d Isa. 8. 6. sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sancti-ch. 12 37. fied it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

2 And 3next unto him builded the men

Jn. 9. 7, 11. e 2 Ki. 25. 4.

3 Heb. at his hand.

Who repaired the gates.

of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.

3 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.

4 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.

5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

6 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.

7 And next unto them repaired MeJatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the "throne of the governor on this side the river.

8 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 1 fortified Jerusalem unto the "broad wall.

9 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem.

10 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. 11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahath-moab, repaired the 2 other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.

12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

13 The valley gate repaired Hannn, 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.

14 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 thereof.

15 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.

16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part

The city repaired.


The enemies scoff, but

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 mighty.

17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the hair part of Keilah, in his part.

18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to d the armoury at the turning of the wall. 20 After him Baruch the son of 2 Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.

21 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 Eliashib.

22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

a1 Ki. 2. 10. Isa. 22 11.

Ac. 2. 29.

c ch. 2. 10.

1 Heb. leave to themselves.

1 Ki. 10. 17. 2 Or, Zaceai.

Ezr. 2. 9.

e Lam. 5. 18.

P. 123, 3, 4. 3 Heb. despite. Ps. 79. 12

A P. 69. 27, 28

& 109. 14, 15.

i Ge. 13. 10 & 19. 17.

2 Sa. 18. 23. ch. 12. 28.

j ch. 2. 19.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house. 24 After him repaired Binnui the son of 4 Heb. Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the corner.


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Ge. 31. 7. 8 Or, That from all places ye

29 After 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. 30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiahm over against his chamber.

31 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 10 going up of the corner.

must return to us

9 Heb. from

the lower
parts of the
place, te.
Jer. 19. 2.


32 And between the 10 going up of the 10 Or, corner corner unto the "sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.

n ver. 1.


UT it came to pass, that when San

wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

2 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?

3. 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.

4 Hear, O our God; for we are 3 despised and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

5 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.


6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. But it came to pass, that when San ballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem 4 were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and 5 to hinder it.

9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. 10 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 wall.

11 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 cease.

12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, 8 From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.

13 Therefore set I 9 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.

14 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.

15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel

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