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that they should do according to this word.
And they sware.

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

7 And they made proclamation throughout
Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of
the captivity, that they should gather them-
selves 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 sub-
stance should be t forfeited, and himself




dPs. 103.10.

t Heb. hast

icWihdd be-

neatk our


e .lohn 5. 14.

2 Pet. 2. 20,


f ver. 2.

Neh. 13. 23,


g Deut. 9. 8.

h Neli.9.33.
Dan. 9. 14.

i Rom. 3.19

k 1 Cor. 15.


1 Ps. 130. 3.

a Dan. 9. 20.

b 2 Chron.
20. 9.

t IJeb. wevt
a ffrrat

c Neh. 13.

t\ 2 Chron.
M. 31.
t Hcb. to
hrins forth.

e rh. 9. 4.
f Deut. 7. 2,

r 1 Chron.
!8. 10.

k Deut 9.


t Heb.




1 See 1 Sam.
12. 18.

t Heb. the

t Hcb.
havfi caused
to dijDcll, or,
liabe brought

m Josh.?.


Prov. 28. 13.

II Or, me
have greatly
offended in
this tliing.

o 2 Chron.
30. 8.

II Or, till this
vtattrr be

t Heb. stood.

?2 KingB
0. 15.

1 Chron. 29.

2 Chron. 30.

q Lev. 6. 4,

to reform the strange marriages.

separated from the congregation of those
that had been carried away.

9 1i Then all the men of Judah and Benja-
min gathered themselves together unto Jeru-
salem 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 mat-
ter, and for tthe great rain.

10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said
unto them. Ye have transgressed, and t have
taken strange wives to increase 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

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 ||we are many that have
transgressed in this thing.

14 Let now our rulers of all the congre-
gation 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 || for this matter be
turned from us.

15 IF Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and
Jahaziah the son of Tikvah fwere employed
about this matter : and Meshullam and Shab-
belhai 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 sepa-
rated, and sat down in the first day of the
tenth month to examine the matter.

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 among the sons 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 Pgave their hands that they
would put away their wives; and being
''guilty, they offered a 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


The names of them, who

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

23 AJso of the Levites; Jozabad, and
Shimei, and Kelaiah (the same is Kehta,)
Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

24 Of the singers also ; EHashib : and
of the porters ; Shallum, and Telem, and

25 Moreover, of Israei : 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 Jere-
moth, and EHah.

27 And of the sons of Zattu ; EUoenai,
Ehashib, 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,
Mal-luch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal,
and Ramoth.

30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adna,







II Or,
bai, accord-
inj; to BOme

had married strange wives.

and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah,
Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.

31 And q/" the sons of Harim; Eliezer,
Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shiraeon,

32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.

33 Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai,
Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jercmai, Ma-
nasseh, and Shimei,

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

35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,

36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Ehashib,

37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,

38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,

39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and

40 II Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,

42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.

43 Of the sons of Nebo ; Jeiel, Matti-
thiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Be-

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




1 Nekemiah, understanding by Hanani the misery of
Jerusalem, mourneth, fasteth, and prayeth. 5 His

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 palace,

2 That Hanani, one of ray 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 con-
cerning Jerusalem.

3 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.

4 IT And it came to pass, when I heard these
words, that I sat down and wept, and mourn-
ed certain days, and fasted, and prayed before
the God of heaven,

5 And said, I beseech thee, "^O Lord
God of heaven, the great and terrible God,





about 446.

about 446.
e Exod. 20.

a ch. 10. 1.

f IKinesS.

28, 29.

2 Chron. 6.


Dan. 9. 17,


E Dan. 9. 20.

b Va. 106. 6.
Dun. 9. 5.

i Deut. 2a

b ch. 2. 17.
c 2 Kings
25. 10.

I( Lev. 26.


Deut. 4. 25,



1 Lev. 26.

39, &c.

Dout. 4. 29,

30, 31. & 36.


m Deu!. 30.


d Dan. 9. 4.

« that keepeth covenant and mercy for them
that love him and observe his command-
ments :

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and
f 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 s 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 command-
ments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments,
which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word
that thou commandedst thy servant Moses,
saying, ^If ja transgress, I will scatter you
abroad among the nations :

9 '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, yel will I gather them
from thence, and will bring them unto the


Artaxerxes sendeth Nehemiah to Jerusalem. NEHEMIAH. Nehemiah vieweth the ruins of the walls.

place that I have chosen to set my name

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 ear be attentive to the prayer of thy
servant, and to the prayer of thy servants,
who P 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 i cup-bearer.


1 Artaxerxes understanding the catcse of Nehemiah's
sadness sendeth him with letters and commission to
Jerusalem. 9 Nehemiah, to the grief of the enemies,
Cometh to Jerusalem. 12 He vieweth secretly the ruins
of the walls. 17 He inciteth the Jews to build in
despite of the enemies.

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

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 Judan, unto the city of my fathers' se-
pulchres, that I may build it.

6 And the king said unto me, (the t 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 eto 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 IT Then I came to the governors beyond

about 446.

n Dout. 9.


Dan. 9. IS.

over 6.

p Isal. 26. 8.
Ilebr. 13. X8.

q ch. 2. 1.

about 445.

c Prov. 15.

d 1 Kinn

1. 31.

Dan. 2. 4. &

5. 10. & 6. 6,


e ch. 1. 3.

t Heb.

fch. .5. 14.
& 13. 6.

g ch. 3. 7.

h Ezra .l 5.
&7. 6, 9.28.
vcr. 18.



i Ezra 8. 32

k 2 Chion.
26. ».
ch. 3. 13.

I ch. I. 3.

ver. 17.

m ch. 3. 15.

n 2 Sam. 15.


Jer. 31. 40.


o ch. 1. 3.
Pb. 44. 13. &
.ler. 24. 9.
Ezek. 5. 14,
15. & 22. 4.
p ver. 8.

I 2 Sam. 2.

r P.. 44. 13.
& 79. 4. &
80. 6.

t Ezra 4. 3.

a ch. 12. 10.
b John 5. 2.

the river, and gave them the king's letters,
Now the king had sent captains of the army
and horsemen with me.

10 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.

11 So I ' came to Jerusalem, and was there
three days.

12 U 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.

13 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 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 II 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.

18 Then I told them of Pthe 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
1 strengthened their hands for this good work.

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 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.

CHAP. m.

The names and order of them that builded the wait.

THEN " Eliashib the high priest rose up
with his brethren the priests, ""and they
builded the sheep-gate ; they sanctified it,

The names and order of them

and set up the doors of it ; " even unto the
tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the
tower of ^ Hananeel.

2 And tnext unto him builded *the men
of Jericho. And next to them builded Zac-
cur the son of Imri.

3 ''But the fish-gate did the sons of Hasse-
naah build, who also laid the beams thereof,
and sset up the doors thereof, the locks
thereof, and the bars thereof.

4 And. next unto them repaired Mere-
moth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz.
And next unto them repaired Meshullam
the son of Berechiah, the son of Mesheza-
beel. And next unto them repaired Zadok
the son of Baana.

5 And next unto them the Tekoites re-
paired ; 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 Melatiah
the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite,
the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the
''throne of the governor on this side the

8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son
of Ilarhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto
him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of
the apothecaries, and they || fortified Jeru-
salem unto the ' broad wall.

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

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 Ha-
shub the son of Pahath-moab, repaired the
t 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 Hanun,and
the inhabitants of Zanoah ; they built it,
and set up the doors thereof, the locks there-
of, 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

15 But Pthe gate of the fountain repaired
Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of
part of Mizpah ; he built it, and covered it,





c ch.13. 39.
d J«r.31.38.
Zecli. 14. 10.
t Heb. at
his kand.
e Ezra 8. 34.

33. 14.
ch. 12. 39.
Zeph. 1 10.

fSee ch. 6.

h Jude. ."i.


i ch. 13. 39.

k ch. 3. 8.

II Or, Zs/£
unto the
broad wall.
1 ch. 13. 38.

t Heb.
second mea-

n ch. 3. 13

o ch. 3. 13.

p ch. 2. 14.




q John 9. 7.

r 3 King!
20. SO.
bai. 22. 11.

B 2 Chron.


tlOr, Zaecai.

u Jer. 32. 2.
& 33. 1. &
37. 21.

I Ezra 2. 43.
ch. 11. 21.

II Or,

which dwelt
in Opltel, re-
paircfl unto,
y 2 Chron.
27. 3.

II Or, the
z ch. 8. 1.
3. & 12. 37.

a 2 King!

11. 16.

2 Chron. 23.


Jer. 31. 40.

that builded the wall.

and set up the doors thereof, the locks there-
of, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the
pool of iSiloah by the king's garden, and
unto the stairs that go down from the city of

16 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 mighty.

17 After him repaired the Levites, Re-
hum the son of Bani. Next unto him
repaired Hashabiah the ruler of the half
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 the armoury, at
the burning of the wall.

20 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.

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.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Ha-
shub 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
Henadad another piece, from the house of
Azariah unto * the turning of the wall, even
unto the_ corner.

25 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.

26 Moreover, ^the Nethinims || dwelt in
y II Ophel, unto the place over against Hhe
water-gate toward the east, and the tower
that lieth out.

27 After them the Tekoites repaired an-
other piece, over against the great tower that
lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

28 From above the "^ horse-gate repaired
the priests, every one over against his house.

29 After them repaired Zadok the son of
Immer, over against his house. After him
repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shecha-
niah, the keeper of the east gate.

30 After him repaired Hananiah the son
of Shelethiah, and Hanun the sixth son of
Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired


Nehemiah continueth the work.

Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against
his chamber.

31 After him repaired Malchiah the gold-
smith's son, unto the place of the Nethinims,
and of the merchants, over against the gate
Miphkad, and to the 1| going up of the corner.

32 And between the going up of the
corner unto the sheep-gate repaired the gold-
smiths and the merchants.


1 WTiite the enemies scoff, Nehemiah prayeth and con-
tinueth the work. 7 Understanding the wrath and
secrets of the enemy, he setteth a watch. 13 He
armeth the labourers, 19 and giveth military precepts.

BUT it came to pass *that when San-
ballat heard that we builded the 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 f fortify them-
selves ? 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 fde-
' spised : 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.

7 H 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 t were made up,
and that the breaches began to be stopped,
then they were very wroth,

8 And e conspired all of them together
to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and
fto 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.





II Or, eomer-

a ch. a. 10,

leave to

b ch. 2. 10.

c Pa. 123. 3.




d Pa. 79. 12.

Prov. 3. 34.

c Ps. 60.27,
28. & 109.
14, 15.
Jer. 18. 23.

t Hob.


to make an
error to it,
h Ps. 50. 15.




1] Or, TTiat
from all
places ye
must return
to us.

t Hob. from
the lower
parts of the
place, 4-c.

i Numb. 14.


Dent. 1. 29.

k Deut 10.


I 2 Sara. ID.


t Hch.

on his loins.

n Exnd. 14.
H, 2.').
Deut. 1.30.
t 3. 22. &
Josh. 23. 10.

II Or, every
one went
unth his
See Judg. 5.

He armeth the labourers.

12 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 he upon you.

13 H Therefore set 1 1 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

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 ene-
mies 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 work.

16 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.

17 They which builded on the wall, and
they that bare burdens, with those that
laded, every 07ie with one of his hands
wrought in the work, and with the other
hand held a weapon.

18 For the builders, every one had his
sword girded fby his side, and so builded.
And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

19 IT 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.

20 In what place therefore ye hear the
sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto
us : "our God shall fight for us.

21 So we laboured in the work : and halt
of them held the spears from the rising of
the morning till the stars appeared.

22 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.

23 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.


that every one put them off for


1 The Jews complain of their debt, mortgage, and Ion'
dage. 6 Nehemiah rebuketh the Tisurers, and causetk
them to make a covena7it of restitution. \i He for-
heareth his own allowance, and Jceepeth hospitality.


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