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: 4 And it came to pass when I heard these Words, that I fat down and wept, and MOURNED 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, that keepeth Covenant and Mercy for them that LOVË him and OBSERVE his COMMANDMENTS:
6 Let thine Ear now be ATTENTIVÉ, and thine Eyes ou PEN, that thou mayest hear the PRAYER of thy Servants which I pray before the now, DÀY 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 finned.
We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the COMMANDMENTS, nor the Statutes, nor the Judgments which thou commandeft thy Servant Moses. • 8 h Remember, I beseech h Levit. xxvi. 40. If key thall thee. the Word that thou confess their Iniquity, and the Ini
quity of their Fathers, with their commandest thy Servant Mo- Trespass which they trespassed against ses, saying, If ye transgress, me, and that also they have walked I will scatter you abroad a
contrary unto me;
41 And that I also have walked mong the Nations.
contrary, and have brought them in9 But if ye turn unto me, to the Land of their Enemies; if and keep my Commandments,
then their uncircumcised Hearts be
HUMBLED, and then they accept of the and do them; though there Punishment of their Iniquity: were of you cast out unto the 42 Then Will I remember my Co.
* venant with Jacob, and Isaac, and allo uttermolt part of the Heaven,
leaven, my Covenant with Abraham will i yet will I gather them from remember, and I will remember the . thence, and will bring them Land. 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.'
1 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine Ear be ATTENTIVE 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 Cup-bearer.
CH A P. II. i Artaxerxes understanding the cause of Nehemiah's Sadness, fendeth him with Letters and Commission to Jerusalem. 9 Nnnn
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.
Ver. 1 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 before Time SAD in his presence.
2 Wherefore the King said unto me, Why is thy Countenance sad, seeing thou art not fick ? this is nothing else but Sorrow of Heart. Then I was very fore 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.
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 Queen also fitting 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 Afaph the Keeper of the King's Fon rest, 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 Governors beyond 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 Ser. vant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a Man to seek the WELFARE of the Children of Israel. u So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three Days.
17 Then said I, Ye see the Distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the Gates thereof are burnt with Fire: come 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.
19 But when Sanballat, and Tobiah, 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 profper us; therefore we his Servants will arise and build: but you have no Portion, nor Right, nor Memorial in Jerusalem.
CH A P. III.
CHA P. IV.
Work, 7 Understanding the Wrath aud Secrets of the Enemy, he fetteth a Watch. 13 He armetb the Labourers, 19 And giveth military Precepts.
Ver. 1 DUT it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard
D 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 Saä maria, and said, What do these feble Jews? will they for- tify 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 burnt?
3 Now Tobiah 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 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,
7 But it came to pass that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the Walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the Breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth.
8 And conspired all of them together, to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
9 Nevertheless, we made our PRAYER unto our GOD, and set a Watch against them Day and Night, because of them.
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 Housas.
CH A P. - V.
1 The Yews complain of their Debt, Mortgage, and Bondage,
6 Nehemiah rebuketh the Ufurers, and causeth them to make a Covenant of Reftitution. 14 He forbeareth his own Allowance, and keepeth Hospitality.
r. 1 AND there was a great Cry of the People, and of
A 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 for them, that we may eat and live.
3 Some also there were that said, We have MORTGAGED our Lands, Vineyards, and Houses, that we might BUY Corn, because of the DEARTH.
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 unto Bondage already, neither is
it in our PowER TO REDEEM THEM : FOR OTHER MEN I HAVE OUR LANDS and VINEYARDS. i 6 And I was very angry when I heard their Cry, and these Words.
7 Then I consulted with my self, and I rebuked the Nobles, and the Rulers, and said unto them, You exact USURY, every one of his Brother. And I set a great AsSEMBLY against them.
8 And I said unto them, We after our Ability, have re- . deemed our Brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the Heathen; and will you 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 in the Fear of our God, because of the Reproach of the Heathen our Enemies?
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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 Oyl, that ye EXACT of them.
12 Then said they, We will RESTORE them, and will res quire 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, andemptied. And all the Congregation said, Amen, and PRAISED the LORD. And the People did according to this Promise. · 14 Moreover, from the Time tliat I was appointed to be their GOVERNOR, that is twelve Years, I and my Brethren have not eaten the Bread of the Governor.
15 But the former Governors that had been before me, . were chargeable unto the People, and had taken of them . Bread and Wine, besides forty Shekels of Silver, yea even their SERVANTs bear Rule OVER the People: but so DID Not I, because of the Fear of God.
16 Yea, also I continued in the Work of this Wall, neither bought we any Land,