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Nehemiah rebuketh the usurers.

AND there was a great *cry of the
people and of their wives against their
••brethren the Jews.

2 For there were that said, We, our sons,
and our daughters, are many : therefore we
take up corn ybr them, that we may eat, and

3 Some also there were that said, We have
mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses,
that we might buy corn, because of the

4 There were also that said. We have
borrowed money for the king's tribute, and
that upon our lands and vineyards.

5 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 into bondage already:
neither is it in our power to redeem them;
for other men have our lands and vineyards.

6 II And I was very angry when I heard
their cry and these words.

7 Then 1 1 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 against

8 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.

9 Also I said. It is not good that ye do :
ought ye not to walk sin the fear of our God
'' because of the reproach of the heathen
our enemies ?

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

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

12 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 promise.

13 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
t emptied. And all the congregation said,
Amen, and praised the Lord. ^And the
people did according to this promise.

14 IT Moreover, from the time that I was
appointed to be their governor in the land

CHAP. vr.




a Taai. 5. 7.
b Lev. 25.
35, 3B, 37.
Dout. ]S. 7.

c Isai. S8. 7.

d Exod. 21.


Lev. 25. 39.

t Ileb. mt/
heart con-
sulted in me.

e Exod. 22.


Lev. 25. 36.

Ezok. ^. 13.

f Lev. 25.


Lev. 25.

h 2 Sam. 12.

Rom. 2. 24.
1 Pet. 2. 12.

i Ezra 10. 5.
Jei.34. 8, y.

k Mutt. 10.

Acts 13. 51.
&. 13. 6.

t Heb.
empty, or,
I 3 Kings




m ch. 13. 6.

n 1 Cor. 9.
4, 15.

o2Cor. n.
9. & 12. 13.

p ver.9.

I 2 Sara. 9.

1 Kings la

r 1 Kings 4.


a ch. 2. 10,
19. & 4.1. 7.
II Or,
ver. 6.

c Prov. 26.
24, 25.

d 1 Cliron.
8. 12.
ch. 11. 35.
e Ps. 37. 12,

II Or,
ver. 1.
r cl]. 2. 19.

He heepeth hospitality,

of Judah, from the twentieth year "even
unto the two and thirtieth year of Artax-
erxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my
brethren have not " eaten the bread of the

15 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 sflver ; yea, even their ser-
vants bare rule over the people : but °so did
not I, because of the pfear of God.

16 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.

17 Moreover, there were ^at my table an
hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers,
besides those that came unto us from among
the heathen that are about us.

18 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

19 * Think upon me, my God, for good,
according to all that I have done for this


1 Sanballat practiseth by craft, by rumours, by 'hired
prophecies, to terrify Nehemiah. 15 The work is
finished to the terror of the enemies. 17 Secret
intelligence passeth between the enemies and, the noble.,
of Judah.

NOW it came to pass, °^when Sanballat,
and Tobiah, and || Geshem the Ara-
bian, 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 ;)

2 That Sanballat and Geshem " sent unto
me, saying, Come, let us meet together in
some one q/" the villages in tlie plain of ^ Ono.
But they ^ thought to do me mischief.

3 And I sent messengers unto them, say-
ing, 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

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

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

6 Wherein was written, It is reported
among the heathen, and || Gashmu saith it,
Uhat thou and the Jews thmk to rebel:


The work is finished.

for which cause thou buildest the wall, that
thou mayest be their king, according to these

7 And thou hast also appointed propliets
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 together.

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

9 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 hands.

10 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 slay thee.

11 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.

12 And lo, I perceived that God had not
Bent him ; but that s he pronounced this
prophecy against me : for Tobiah and San-
ballat had hired him.

13 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 reproach me.

14 ''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

15 IT So the wall was finished in the twenty
and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and
two days.

16 And it came to pass, that ^ when all
our enemies heard thereof, and all the hea-
then that were about us saw these things,
they were much cast down in their own
eyes : for ' they perceived that this work was
wrought of our God.

17 H Moreover, in those days the nobles
of Judah t sent many letters unto Tobiah,
and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.

18 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 Me-
shullam the son of Berechiah.

19 Also they reported his good deeds
before me, and uttered my || words to him.
And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.







about 445,

a ch. 6. 1.

b ch. 2. 8.

c Exod. IS.



: Ezek. 13.

j Ezek. 13.

about 445.

k ch. 2, 10.
& 4. 1, 7. t
6. 1.

I Pa. 126. 2.

t Heb.
their letters
passing to

II Or.

t Heb.
broad in

about 536.
d Ezra 2. 1,

Seraiah i
Ezra 2. 2.

II Or,

A register of the genealogy of them

1 Nchemiah committeth the charge of Jerusalem to
Hanani and Hananiah. 5 A register of the genealogy
of them which came at the first out of Babylon, 9 of
the people, 39 of the priests, 43 of tJie Levites, 46 of
the Nethinims, 57 of Solomon's servants, 63 and of
the priests which could not find their pedigree. 60
The whole number of them with their substance. 70
Their oblations.

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

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

3 And I said unto them, Let not the
gates of Jerusalem be opened until the 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.

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

5 IT 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,

6 *• These are the children of the province,
that went up out of the captivity, of those
that had been carried away, whom Nebu-
chadnezzar the king of Babylon had car-
ried away, and came again to Jerusalem and
to Judah, every one unto his city ;

7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua,
Nehemiah, || Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani,
Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Ne-
hum, Baanah. The number, / say, of the
men of the people of Israel was this ;

8 The children of Parosh, two thousand
an hundred seventy and two.

9 The children of Shephatiah, three hun-
dred seventy and two.

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

11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the
children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand
and eight hundred and eighteen.

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

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

14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred
and threescore.

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


which came at the first

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

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

18 The children of Adonikam, six hun-
dred threescore and seven.

19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand
threescore and seven.

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

21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah,
ninety and eight.

22 The children of Hashum, three hun-
dred twenty and eight.

23 The children of Bezai, three hundred
twenty and four.

24 The children of |1 Hariph, an hundred
and twelve.

25 The children of |1 Gibeon, ninety and

26 The men of Beth-lehem and Neto-
phah,anhnndredfourscore and eight.

27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred
twenty and eight.

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

29 The men of || Kirjath-jearim, Chephi-
rah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and

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

31 The men of Michmas, an htrndred and
twenty and two.

32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, an hun-
dred twenty and three.

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

34 The children of the other «Elam, a
thousand two hundred fifty and four.

35 The children of Harim, three hun-
dred and twenty.

36 The children of Jericho, three hun-
dred forty and five.

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

38 The children of Senaah, three thou-
sand nine hundred and thirty.

39 1 The priests: the children of ""Jedaiah,
of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy
and three.

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

■ 41 The children of ""Pashur, a thousand
two hundred forty and seven.

42 The children of 'Harim, a thousand
and seventeen.

43 ^ The Levites : the children of Jeshua,
of Kadmiel, and of the children of || Hode-
vah, seventy and four.

44 II The singers : the children of Asaph,
anhundredforty and eight.


about 536.


II Or.

II Or, ^

ft. ,



about 536.


II Of'. .

e See
ver. 13.

ri Chion.

e 1 Chron.

k 14.

h See

1 Chron. 9.

12. & 34. 9.

i I Chron.
24. 8.

II Or,
Ezra 3. 41),
or, JudaJtt
Ezra 3. 9.

II Or,



II Or,

k Ezra 2. 59.

II Or,
II Or,

II Or. the
ch. 8. 9.

out of Babylon.

45 1[ The porters : the children of Shallum,
the children of Ater, the children of Tal-
mon, the children of Akkub, the children
of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hun-
dred thirty and eight.

46 1[ The Nethinims : the children of
Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the chil-
dren of Tabbaoth,

47 The children of Keros, the chi dren
of II Sia, the children of Padon,

48 The children of Lebana, the children
of Hagaba, the children of ||Shalmai,

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

50 The children of Reaiah, the children
of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

51 The children of Gazzam, the children
of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,

52 The children of Besai, the children of
Meunim, the children of | Nephishesim,

53 The children of Bakbuk, the children
of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

54 The children of || Bazlith, the children
of Mehida, the children of Harsha,

55 The children of Barkos, the children
of Sisera, the children of Tamah,

56 The children of Neziah, the children
of Hatipha.

57 IT The children of Solomon's servants :
the children of Sotai, the children of Sophe-
reth, the children of || Perida,

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

59 The children of Shephatiah, the chil-
dren of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of
Zebaim, the children of || Amon.

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

61 "^And these were they which went up
also from Tel-melah, Tel-haresha, Cherub,
II Addon, and Immer: but they could not
shew their father's house, nor their || seed,
whether they were of Israel.

62 The children of Delaiah, the children
of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hun-
dred forty and two.

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

64 These sought their register among
those that were reckoned by genealogy, but
it was not found : therefore were they as
polluted, put from the priesthood.

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


The religious manner of

66 IT The whole congregation together
was forty and two thousand three hundred
and threescore.

67 Beside their man-servants and their
maid-servants, of whom there were seven
thousand three hundred thirty and seven :
and they had two hundred forty and five
singing-men and singing-women.

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

69 Their camels, four hundred thirty and
five : six thousand seven hundred and twenty

70 IT And t 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'

71 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 pounds of silver.

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

73 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.


1 The religious manner of reading and hearing the law.
9 They comfort the people. 13 The forwardness of
them to hear and be instructed. 16 Theij keep the
feast of tabernacles.

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 com-
manded to Israel.

2 And Ezra the priest brought ^ the law
before the congregation both of men and
women, and all t that could hear with under-
standing, «upon the first day of the seventh

3 And he read therein before the street
that was before the water-gate f from the
morning until mid-day, before the men and
the women, and those that could understand ;
and the ears of all the people were attentive
unto the book of the law.

4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a t pul-
pit 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;





t Ilcb part.
I ch. 8. 9.

about 445.

ni So Ezra

n Ezra 3. 1.

about 445.
a Ezra 3. 1.

b ch. 3. 26.
c Ezra 7. 6.

d Dcul. Si-
ll, 12.

t Heb.
that uvder-
stood in
Lev. 23.

t Heb. .from
the light.

t Heb.
tower of

t Heb. eves.

f Jndg.3.

e 1 Cor. 14.


b Lam. 3.


1 Tim. 2. 8.
i Exod.4.

& 13. 27.

2 Chron. 20.


k Lev. 10.

Dcut, 33. 10.
2 Chron. 17.
7. 8, 9.
Mai 2. 7.

lEzra 2.63.
ch. 7. 65. Si.
10. 1.
II Or, the
m 2 Chron
35. 3.
ver. 8.
n Lev. 23.

Numb. 20.1.
o Dcut. 16.
14, iS.
Eccles. 3. 4.

p Esth. 9.
)9, 22.
Rev. 11. 10.

q ver. 10.
r ver. 7, 8.

II Or, that
tlint might
instruct in
the words
of the law.

t Hob. hi
tlie hand of.

B Lev. 23.
34, 42.
Deut. 16. 13,
t Lev. 23. 4.

u Deut. 16.

X Lev. 23.

reading and hearing the law.

and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael,
and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashba-
dana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the t si^ht
of all the people ; (for he was above all the
people;) and when he opened it, all the
people ''stood up :

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

7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah,
Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maa-
seiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan,
Pelaiah, and the Levites, ■'caused the people
to understand the law : and the people stood
in their place.

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

9 IT 'And Nehemiah, which IS ||the Tir-
shatha, 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.

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

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

12 And all the people went their way to
eat, and to drink, and to "J send portions, and
to make great mirth, because they had ■■ un-
derstood the words that were declared unto

13 H And on the second day were gath-
ered 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.

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

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

16 IT So the people went forth, and brought
them, and made themselves booths, every one


about 445.

J Dout. 22.

z'cli. ]2. 37.
a 2 Kings
14. 13.
ch. 12. 39.

b 2 Chron.
30. 21.
c Dout, 31.
10, &c.


1 A solemn fast, and repentance of the people. 4 The
Levites make a religious confession of God's goodness,
and their wickedness.

NOW in the twenty and fourth day of
^this month the children of Israel were
assembled with fasting, andivith sackclothes,
•■and earth upon them.

2 And "the seed of Israel separated them-
selves from all f strangers, and stood and
confessed their sins, and the iniquities of
their fathers.

3 And they stood up in their place, and
••read in the book of the law of the Lord
their God one fourth part of the day ; and
another fourth part they confessed, and wor-
shipped the Lord their God.

4 IT Then stood up upon the [| stairs, of the
Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Sheba-
niah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani,
and cried with a loud voice unto the Lord
their God.

5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel,
Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, She-
baniah, 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.

6 ''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

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

8 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


t Hob.

a restraint.

Numb. 29.

I ch. a 2.

b Josh. 7. 6.

1 Sam. 4. 12.

2 Sam. 1. 2.
Job 2. 12.

c Ezra 10.


ch. 13. 3, 30.

t Heb.



d ch.8. 7,8.

II Or,

e 1 Chron.
29. 13.


15, 10.

Ps, 86. 10.

I»ai.37. 16,


f Gon. 1. 1.

Exocl.20. 11.

Kcv. 14. 7.

h Deut.10.


1 Kiiiss 8.


i Geo. 2. 1.

k Pb. 36. 6.

1 Gen. 11.
31. & 12. 1.

m Gen. 17.


n Gen. 15.


Gen. 12.7.

& 15. 18. &

17. 7, 8.



A solemn general fast and humiliation. CHAP. IX.

upon the ^roof of hie 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.

17 And all the congregation of them that
wore 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.

18 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 t a solemn
assembly, * according unto the manner.

p Josh. 23.


a Exod. 2.

25. & 3. 7.

r E.«d. 14.


B Exod. 7.8,
9, 10 12, &
14, chaplora.

t E.\od. 18.


n Exod. 9.


Isai. 63. 12,


Jer. 32. 20.

Dan. 9. 15.

X Exod. 14.



Ps. 78. 13.

7 Exod. 15.


z Exod. 13.

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