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40 So stood the two companies of them
that gave thanks in the house of God, and I,
and the half of the rulers with me :

41 And the priests ; Eliakim, Maaseiah,
Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah,
and Hananiah, with trumpets ;

42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and
Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and
Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the
singers f sang loud, with Jezrahiah their

43 Also that day they offered great sacri-
fices, and rejoiced : for God had made them
rejoice with great joy : the wives also and the
children rejoiced : so that the joy of Jerusa-
lem was heard even afar off".

44 IT'' And at that time were some ap-
pointed over the chambers for the treasures,
for the offerings, for the first-fruits, 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: t for Judah
rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites
t that waited.

45 And both the singers and the porters

f 1 Chron.
9. 14, &c.

; 1 Chron.

a. & 35, &


II Or, .
or, assem-

i.ch. 8. 9.

k Ezra 7. 6,

1 Deiit. 20. 5.
Ps. 30. Ulle.

m 1 Chron.
25. 6.

2 Chron. 5.
13. & 7. 6.

q 1 Chron.

r ch. 2. 14.
& 3.15.

8. 1, 3, 10.
u See
vcr. 31.

X ch. 3. 11.

r ch. 3. 8.

z 2 Kings
14. 13.
ch. 8. 10.
a ch. 3. 6.
b ch. ;(. 3.
c ch. 3. 1.

d ch. 3. 32.

e Jer. 32. 2.

t Heb
made their
voice to he

1 2 Chron.
ch. 13. 5, 12,

II That is,

t Heb.
for tkejojf
of Judah.

that stood.

The chambers are cleansed.

kept the ward of their God, and the ward of
the purification, s according to the command-
ment of David, and of Solomon his son.

46 For in the days of David ^ and Asaph
of old there were chief of the singers, and
songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

47 And all Israel in the days of Zerub-
babel, 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 Le-
vites sanctified them unto the children of


' Upon the reading of the law separation is made from
the mixed multitude. 4 Nehemiah at his return causeth
the chamiers to be cleansed. 10 He reformeth the offices
in the house of God. 15 The violation of the sabbath,
23 and the marriages with strange wives.

ON that day "^ f they read in the book of
Moses in the f 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 ;

2 Because they met not the children of
[srael with bread and with water, but ■= hired
Balaam against them, that he should curse
them : ^ howbeit, our God turned the curse
into a blessing.

3 Now it came to pass, when they had
heard the law, *that they separated from
Israel all the mixed multitude.

4 IT And before this, Eliashib the priest,
t having the oversight of the chamber of the
house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah :

5 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, (f f which was commanded
to he given to the Levites, and the singers,
and the porters,) and the offerings of the

6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusa-
lem : ^ for in the two and thirtieth year of
Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto
the king, and f after certain days || obtained
I leave of the king :

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and under-
stood of the evil that Eliashab did for To-
biah, in 'preparing him a chamber in the
courts of the house of God.

8 And it grieved me sore : therefore I
cast forth all the household-stuff of Tobiah
out of the chamber.

9 Then I commanded, and they ''cleanse'd
the chambers : and thither brought I again
the vessels of the house of God, with the
meat-offering and the frankincense.

10 IF And I perceived that the portions







about 434.
1 Mai. 3. 8.

g 1 Chron.
25. &26.

m Numb. 35.


n ver. 17,

h 1 Chron.

25. I, &c.


2 Chron. 29.

Prov. 28. 4.


och. 10.39.



p ch. 10. 38,
39. & 12. 44.

i Numb. 18.
21, 24.

II That ia,
get apart.
k Numb. 18.

II Or,

ch. 12. 44.
2 Chron. 31.

t Heb. at

their hand.

r ch.7.2.

1 Cor. 4. 2.

t Heb. it

W.18 upon


a ver. 22,31.

ch. 5. 19.


a Deut. 31.

11, 12.

2 Kinga 23.


II Or, ohser-

ch. 8. 3, 8.


b. 9. 3.

Isai. 34. 16.

t Heb. there
was read.

I Eiod. 20.

t Heb. cars.
b Deut. 23.


c Numb. 22.

u Jer. 17.

I'oBb. 24. 9,

21. 22.
ch. 10. 31.


d Numb. 23.

11. & 24. 10.

Deut. 23. 5.

e ch. 9. 2.

&. 10. 28.

X ver. U.

tHeb. being

set over,

ch. 12.44.

f ch. 12. 44.

jrJor. 17.21,

t Heb. the


ment of the



7. Lev. 23.


h ch. 5. 14.

about 434.

a Jer. 17.

21, 22.


at the end

of days.


/ earnestly


i ver. I, 5.


before the


, k 2 Chron;

t^. 5, 15, 16,

h ch. 12.


c ver. 14,


Certain abuses reformed.

of the Levites had 'not been given them
for the Levites and the singers, that did the
work, were fled every one to ■" his field.

11 Then "contended I with the rulers,
and said, " Why is the house of God for-
saken? And I gathered them together, and
set them in their f place.

12 P Then brought all Judah the tithe of
the corn and the new wine and the oil unto
the II treasuries.

13 1 And I made treasurers over the trea-
suries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the
scribe ; and of the Levites, Pedaiah : and
t next to them was Hanan the son of Zac-
cur, the son of Mattaniah : for , they were
counted 'faithful; and t their office was to
distribute unto their brethren.

14 'Remember me, O my God, concern-
ing this, and wipe not out my f good deeds
that I have done for the house of my God,
and for the || offices thereof.

15 IT 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 victuals.

16 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.

17 ^Then I contended with the nobles of
Judah, and said unto them. What evil thing
is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath

18 yDid 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.

19 And it came to pass, that, when the
gates of Jerusalem ^ began to be dark be-
fore the sabbath, I commanded that the gateS
should be shut, and charged that they should
not be opened till after the sabbath: "anjj
some of my servants set I at the gates, that
there should no burden be brought in on the
sabbath day,

20 So the merchants and sellers of all
kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once
or twice.

21 Then I testified agamst them, and said
unto them. Why lodge ye t about the wall ?
if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you.
From that time forth came they no more
on the sabbath.

22 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,


Nehemiah reformeth

O my God, concerning this also, and spare
me according to the || greatness of thy mercy.

23 IF In those days also saw I Jews that
f^had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon,
and of Moab :

24 And their children spake half in the
speech of Ashdod, and f could not speak in
the Jews' language, but according to the
language f of each people.

25 And I "contended with them, and
11 cursed them, and smote certain of them,
and plucked off their hair and made them
f swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give
your daughters unto their sons, nor take their
daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

26 sDid not Solomon king of Israel sin
by these things? yet "^ among many nations
was there no king like him, ' who was be-
loved of his God, and God made him king


nbout 434.

II Or,
about 434.
t Hob.
dwell with
d Ezra 9. 2.

t Hob. thev
not to speak.

t Hob. of
people and
vcr. II.
Prov. 28. 4.
II Or,
reviled them.

f Ezra 10. 5.
ch. 10. 29,

1. 1, &c.

h 1 Kiflga

3. 13.

2 Chron. 1.


i 2 Sum. 12.



about 434.

k 1 Kings
11. 4, &.C.

I Ezra 10.

m ch. 12. ID,


n ch. 6. 14.
t Heb. for
the doings.

o Mnl. 2. 4,
11, 13.

p ch. 10. 3D.
q ch. 12. 1,

r ch. ID. 34.
8 ver. 14,^22

the Strange marriages.

over all Israel: •= nevertheless even him did
outlandish women cause to sin.

27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do
all this great evil, to 'transgress against our
God in marrying strange wives ?

28 And one of the sons "of Joiada, the
son of Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-
law to Sanballat the Horonite : therefoKe I
chased him from me.

29 "Remember them, O my God, f be-
cause they have defiled the priesthood, and
"the covenant of the priesthood, and of the

30 P Thus cleansed I them from all stran-
gers, and ^ appointed the wards of the priests
and the Levites, every one in his business ;

31 And for 'the wood-offering, at times
appointed, and for the first-fruits. "Re-
member me, O my God, for good.




1 Ahasuerits maketh royal feasts. 10 Vashti, sent for,
refuseth to come. 13 Akasuervs, hy the counsel of Me-
mucan, maketh the decree of men's sovereignty.

NOW it came to pass in the days of
"Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which
reigned '•from India even unto Ethiopia,
"ouer an hundred and seven and twenty pro-
vinces :)

2 That in those days, when the king Aha-
suerus * sat on the throne of his kingdom,
which was in =Shushan the palace,

3 In the third year of his reign, he '"made
a feast unto all his princes and his servants ;
the power of Persia and Media, the nobles
and princes of the provinces, heing before


4 When he shewed the riches of his
glorious kingdom and the honour of his ex-
cellent majesty many days, even an hundred
and fourscore days.

5 And when these days were expired, the
king made a feast unto all the people that
were t present in Shushan the palace, both
unto great and small, seven days, in the court
of the garden of the king's palace ;

6 Where were white, green, and Hblue
hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen
and purple to silver rings and pillars of
marble: ^ the beds icere q/" gold and silver,
upon a pavement |lof red, and blue, and
white, and black marble.

about 521.

a Ezra 4. 6.
Dan. 9. 1.

b ch. 8. 9.

A 1 Kines 1.


e Neb. 1. 1.

about 519.
f Gen. 4D.

ch 2.18.
Mark 6. 21.


II Or, violet.
g See ch. 7.

Ezek. 23.

Amos 2. 8.
&6. 4.
II Or, of
and marble,
and alabas-
ter, and
stone of
ilue colour.

about 519.

t Hcb.
vine of the
t Hub.
according to
the hand of
the kme

h 2 Sam. 13.

i cb. 7. 9.

II Or,



good of

t Heb.
wliich Wfti
bp the hand
of his

k Jer. 10. 7.
Dan. 2. J2.
Matt. 2. 1.
1 1 Ohron.
12. 32.

7 And they gave them drink in vessels of
gold, (the vessels being diverse one from
another,) and t royal wine in abundance,
t according to the state of the king.

8 And the drinking was according to the
law ; none did compel : for so the king had
appointed to all the officers of his house,
that they should do according to every man's

9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for
the women in the royal house which belonged
to king Ahasuerus.

10 IT On the seventh day, when ''the heart
of the king was merry with wine, he com-
manded Mehuman, Biztha, 'Harbona, Big-
tha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the
seven |1 chamberlains that served in the pre-
sence of Ahasuerus the king,

11 To bring Vashti the queen before the
king with the crown royal, to shew the
people and the princes her beauty : for she
was ffair to look on.

12 But the queen Vashti refused to come
at the king's commandment tby ^«* cham-
berlains : therefore was the king very wroth,
and his anger burned in him.

13 IT Then the king said to the •'wise men,
'which knew the times, (for so was the king's
manner toward all that knew law and judg-
ment : ,

14 And the next unto him was Carshena,
Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Mar-


Vashti's disobedience, and punishment,

sena, and Memucan, the "seven princes of
Persia and Media, "which saw the king's
face, and Avhich sat the first in the king-

15 tWhat shall we do unto the queen
Vashti according to law, because she hath
not performed the commandment of the king
Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?

16 And Memucan answered before the
king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath
not done wrong to the king only, but also
to all the princes, and to all the people that
are in all the provinces of the king Aha-

17 For this deed of the queen shall come
abroad unto all women, so that they shall
"despise their husbands in their eyes, when
it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus
commanded Vashti the queen to be brought
in before him, but she came not.

18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and
Media say this day unto all the king's
princes, which have heard of the deed of
the queen. Thus shall there arise too much
contempt and wrath.

19 flf it please the king, let there go a
royal commandment f from him, and let it
be written among the laws of the Persians
and the Medes, fthat it be not altered. That
Vashti come no more before king Ahasue-
rus ; and let the king give her royal estate
t unto another that is better than she.

20 And when the king's decree which he
shall make shall be published throughout all
his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall
Pgive to their husbands honour, both to great
and small.

21 And the saying f pleased the king and
the princes; and the king did according to
the word of Memucan :

22 For he sent letters into all the king's
provinces, linto every province according to
the writing thereof, and to every people after
their language, that every man should ■■ bear
rule in his own house; and fthat it should
be published according to the language of
every people.


1 Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be chosen.
5 Mordecai the nursing father of Esther. 8 Esther
is preferred by Hegai before the rest. 12 The manner
of purification, and going in to the king. 15 Esther
best pleasing the king is made queen. 21 Mordecai,
discovering a treason is recorded in the Chronicles.

AFTER these things, when the wrath of
king Ahasuerus was appeased, he re-
membered Vashti, and what she had done,
and ''what was decreed against her.

2 Then said the king's servants that mi-
nistered unto him, Let there be fair young
virgins sought for the king :


about 519.

m Ezra?.


II 2 Kings

25. 19.

t Heb.
What to do.

o Eph. 5. 33.

t Heb. // ,•(
i/e gciid with
the lanff.
t Heb. frOTji

t Heb. that
It pass not
rh. 8. 8.
Dan. B.S,
12, 15.

t Heb.
vnto her

p Eph. 5. 33.
Col. 3. 18.
1 PcL 3. 1.

t Heb. waa
good in UiB
eves of the

Q ch. 8. 9.

r Eph. 5. 23,
23, 24.
] Tim. 2.

t Heb. tliat
one should
publish, it
according to
the language
of his peo-

a ch. 1. 19,




t Heb. unto
the hand.
II Or, Hegai,
ver. 8.

b 2 Kings
24. 14, IS.
2 Chroii. 36.
10, 20.
J or. 24. 1.
11 Or,

2 Kings 24.

t Heb.
Eph. 6. 4.
c ver. 15.

t Heb.
fair of form,
and good of

d ver. 3.

e ver. 3, 13.

t Heb. Iter

t Heb. U
changed her.

f ver. 20.

t Heb. to
know the

about 515.

A new queen to be chosen.

3 And let the king appoint officers in all
the provinces of his kingdom, that they may
gather together all the fair young virgins
unto Shushan the palace, to the house of
the women, funto the custody of || Hege the
king's chamberlain, keeper of the women;
and let their things for purification be given
them :

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the
king be queen instead of Vashti. And the
thing pleased the king; and he did so.

5 IT Now in Shushan the palace there was
a certam Jew, whose name was Mordecai,
the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son
of Kish, a Benjamite ;

6 ^ Who 'had been carried away from Je-
rusalem with the captivity which had been
carried away with || Jeconiah king of Judah,
whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon
had carried away.

7 And he t brought up Hadassah, (that is,
Esther,) "^his uncle's daughter: for she had
neither father nor mother, and the maid was
t fair and beautiful ; whom Mordecai, when
her father and mother were dead, took for
his own daughter. *

8 IT So it came to pass, when the king's
commandment and his decree was heard,
and when many maidens were ^ gathered
together unto Shushan the palace, to the
custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought
also unto the king's house, to the custody of
Hegai, keeper of the women.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and she
obtained kindness of him ; and he speedily
gave her her ''things for purification, with
t such things as belonged to her, and seven
maidens which were meet to be given her,
out of the king's house : and t he preferred
her and her maids unto the best place of the
house of the women.

10 f Esther had not shewed her people
nor her kindred : for Mordecai had charged
her that she should not shew it.

11 And Mordecai walked every day be-
fore the court of the women's house, t to
know how Esther did, and what should be-
come of her.

12 IT Now when every maid's turn was
come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that
she had been twelve months, according to
the manner of the women, (for so were the
days of their purifications accomphshed, to
wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six
months with sweet odours, and with other'
things for the purifying of the women ;)

13 Then thus came every maiden unto the
kmg ; whatsoever she desired was given her
to go with her out of the house of the women
unto the king's house.


Esther is preferred, and made queen.

14 In the evening she went, and on the
morrow she returned into the second house
of the women; to the custody of Shaash-
gaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the
concubines : she came in unto the king no
more, except the king delighted in her, and
that she were called by name.

15 ^ Now when the turn of Esther, e the
daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai,
who had taken her for his daughter, was come
to go in unto the king, she required nothing
but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the
keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther
obtained favour in the sight of all them that
looked upon her.

16 So Esther was taken unto king Aha-
suerus into his house-royal in the tenth
month, which is the month Tebeth, in the
seventh year of his reign.

17 And the king loved Esther above all
the women, and she obtained grace and
II favour t in his sight more than all the
virgins ; so that he set the royal crown upon
her head, and made her queen instead of

18 Then the king ''made a great feast
unto all his princes and his servants, even
Esther's feast ; and he made a t release to
the provinces, and gave gifts, according to
the state of the king.

19 And when the virgins were gathered
together the second time, then Mordecai
sat 'in the king's gate.

20 ''Esther had not yet shewed her kin-
dred, nor her people, as Mordecai had
charged her: for Esther did the command-
ment of Mordecai, like as when she was
brought up with him.

21 IT In those days, while Mordecai sat
in the king's gate, two of the king's cham-
berlains, I Bigthan and Teresh, of those
which kept t the door, were wroth, and
sought to lay hand on the king AhasuerUs.

22 And the thing was known to Morde-
cai, ""who told it unto Esther the queen;
and Esther certified the king thereof in
Mordecai's name.

23 And when inquisition was made of the
matter, it was found out; therefore they
were both hanged on a tree : and it was
written in "the book of the Chronicles before
the king.


1 Haman, advanced by the king, and despised by Morde-
cai, seeketh revenge upon all the Jews. 7 He casteth
lots. 8 He obtaineth by calumniation a decree of the
king to put the Jews to death.

AFTER these things did king Ahasue-
rus promote Haman the son of Ham-
inedatha the '•Agagite, and advanced him,



about 515.

about 510.

cch. 2.19.

d vor. 5.
P«. 15. 4.

about 515.
g vor. 7.

a ver. 2.

ch. 5. 9.

E Dan. 3.

t Heb.
htforc Aim.

h Fa. 83. 4.

Bbout 514.
h ch. I. 3.


t Hob. rtat.

1 ch. 9. 24.

\ VRr.21.
k ver. 10.

k Ezra 4.


AcU 16. 20.

t Heb. meet,
or, equal.

II Or.
ch. 6. 2.
T Heb. the

t Hob. to





m ch. 6. 2.

I Gen. 41.

m'ch.S. 2,

II Or,

cii. 7. 6.

n ch. G. 1.

n ch. 8. 9.
II Or, .

o ch. 1. K.
&8. 9.

about 510.

b Numb. 24.


ch. 8.8,10.

Haman seeheth to destroy the Jews,

and set his seat above all the princes that
were with him.

2 And all the king's servants that were
<= in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced
Haman ; for the king had so commanded
concerning him. But Mordecai ^ bowed not,
nor did him reverence.

3 Then the king's servants which were
m the king's gate, said unto Mordecai,
Why transgressest thou the ® king's com-
mandment ?

4 Now it came to pass, when they spake
daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto
them, that they told Haman, to see whether
Mordecai's matters would stand : for he had
told them that he was a Jew.

5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai
•" bowed not, nor did him reverence, then
was Haman e full of wrath.

6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on
Mordecai alone ; for they had shewed him
the people of Mordecai : wherefore Haman
'' sought to destroy all the Jews that were
throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus,
even the people of Mordecai.

7 IT In the first month (that is, the month
Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king Ahasue-
rus, ' they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before
Haman from day to day, and from month
to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the
month Adar.

8 IT And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus,
There is a certain people scattered abroad
and dispersed among the people in all the
provinces of thy kingdom ; and ''their laws
are diverse from all people ; neither keep they
the king's laws : therefore it is not f for the
king's profit to suffer them.

9 If it please the king, let it be written
t that they may be destroyed : and I will
t pay ten thousand talents of silver to the
hands of those that have the charge of the
business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.

10 And the king 'took ""his ring from his
hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of
Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' || enemy.

11 And the king said unto Haman, The
silver is given to thee, the people also, to do
with them as it seemeth good to thee.

12 "Then were the king's || scribes called
on the thirteenth day of the first month,
and there was written according to all that
Haman had commanded unto the king's
lieutenants, and to the governors that were
over every province, and to the rulers of
every people of every province, " according
to the writing thereof, and-^o every people
after their language ; p in the name of king
Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the

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