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The names and order of eon of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baan;

6 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of the 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 thereoljand the bare thereof.

7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Merouothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor on tiiis side the river.

3 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, ol the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one o/the apothecaries; and they 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 In in repaired Hattush the sou of Hashabniah.

11 Malchijah the sou of Harim, and Hashub tlie sou of Pahath-moab, paired tlie other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.

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

13 The valley-gate repaired H; and the inhabitants of Zanoah; 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 Kecliab, the ruler of part of Betl'-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 ShalJum the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, ami covered it, arid set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by tlie king's garden, and unto tlie stairs that go down from the city of David.

16 After him repaired Nehemiali the I

NEHEMiAH. them that buildedtht wall.

6on of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Belh-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, Helium, the son of Baui. 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 ol Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the turning of the wall.

20 After him Baruch the son of Zah bai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib tlie high priest.

21 After him repaired Meremolli tlui son of Urijah the son of Koz anothei 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 tlie plain.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. Aftei him repaired Azariah the sou of Maaseiah the eon of Ananiah by his house.

24 After him repaired Binnui the sou of Henadad another piece, 'rom the house of Azariah unto the turning oj' the ivall, even unto the come*

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.

■2G Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the waier-gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out.

27 After them the Tekoites lepaired mother piece, over against the great ower that lieth out, even unto the vail of Ophel.

28 Erom above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against 'lis house.

29 After them repaired Zadok the son of Iminer over against his house, AC ter him repaired also Shemaiah the

of Shechaniali, the keeper of the rast ;;ate.

Nchemiuh npjmntclk CHAP. IV

iiO Alter him repaired Hananiah the tkjn of Shelemiah,andHanun the sixth fon of Zalaph, another piece. Aller J■ iin repaired Mesliuliain the son of Uerechiah over against his chamber.

31 Alter him repaired Malchiali the ^oldsinitu's eon unto the place of the Netbinims, and of the inerchunts,over against the gate Miphkad, and to the ^.oiogup of the corner.

32 And between the going up of the comer unto the sheep-gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.


BUT it came to pass.lhat when Sanballat lieard tliat we builded the wall, h-e was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

And he spake before his orethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What dolhese feeble Jews? will they loriify themselves? will they sacrilice r will theymake an end in a day? wi|] they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burn


3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite iww by him ; and he said, Even that which Ihey build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

4 Hear, 0 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 eiu be blotted out from before thee: fur they have provoked :/(eeto anger before tnc builders.

o' 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 ft But it came to pass, that when Sunballat, 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 ihey were, very wroth,

S And conspired all of them together !u come and to fi^ht againslJerusaleui, and to binder it.

y Nevertheless we made our prayei unto our God, and set a watch agaiusi them day and uight, because of them

1,0 Aud'Judah said, The strength, of 'he bearers of burdens is decayed,and Cia-oisinucli rubbish ; so that wvare not able to build the wt

a watch.

11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and 8laythem,and cause the work to cease.

And itcame to pass,that when the Jews which dwelt by thein came, ihey said unto us ten times,From ah" places whence ye shall return unto us Uuy oillbe upon you.

1? IT Therefore set 1 in the lower pi a :es behind the wall, and ou the high:r places, I even set the people alter heir families, with their swords, their ■pears, and their bowe.

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 LoRzjft/;/<i'c/j is great and terrible.and light lor your brethren,'your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

15 And it came to pass, when our en■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 hie work.

16 And it came to pass from lhat time forth, that the half of my servant*, wrought iu the work, and the other half of them held both the speaxs, the shields, and the bows, and the haberjeous; aud the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdeus,with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with

he other/ia/ttiheld a weapou. lSForthebuilders,every one had his word girded by his side, and so build ed. And he lhat sounded the trumpet w/tf by me.

l'J TI And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The w ork « great and large, aud

k'e are separated upon the wall, one

arfiom another.

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

1 So we laboured in the work; and half of them held the spears from the _ of the morning till the stars appeared.

x2 Likewise at the same time said I. Uo the poople, Let every one with s servant lodge within Jeru««wUri»

The Jews complain that in tlie night they may be to on, ami labour on the day.

23 So neither I,nor my brethren, my servauts,nor the men of the guaM which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving thai every one put them oil" for washing.


AND there was a great cry of the
people and of their wived against
their brethren the Jews.
'2 For there were that said, We, our]
sons, and our daughters, are many,
therefore we lake up corn for them.
that we may eat, and live.
iiSome also there were thalsaid, We
have mortgaged our lands, vineyards,
and houses, that we might buy corn,
because of the dearth.
4There were ulso that said,We have
borrowed money for the king's trib-
ute, and that upon our lauds and

5 Vet now our flesh is as the flesh of
our brethren, our children as their]
children : and, 'o. we bring into bon
dage our sons and our daughters to b(
servants, and some of our daughters an
brought in to bondage alread>i: neilhe
is it in our power to redeem them ; for
other men have our lands and

0 IT And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

7 Then 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 1 set a great assembly against them.

8 And 1 said unto them, We alter our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell y brethren ? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

9 Also 1 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?

10 1 likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of then ney and corn: I pray you,let us oil' this usury

11 Restore, I pray you, to them,even this day, their lands, their vineyards,| t heir olive-yards,and their houses,also the hundredth /wi of the money,and

NKH EMI AH of thdr debts,

,uard|of the corn,the wir.e.and the oil, that ye exact of them.

12 Then said they, Wc .will restore Uiem,and will require nothing of then., so will we do as thou sayesU Tbei: I called the priests, and took an oath uf them,that they should do according to this promise.

13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man Irom hia house, and from his labour, that performed] not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said Amen,and (li aised the Loan. And the people did according to this promise.

14 TT Moreover from the time that 1 was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Arlaxcrxes the king, t/iat i--, twelve years, 1 and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.

1513ui the former governors that hec 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 bare rule over the people : but so did not J, because of the fear of God.

16 Yea, also 1 continued in the work of this wall, ueilberbouglit we any laud : and all my servants icere gathered thither unto the work.

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

15 Now that which was piepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep ; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of ak sorts of wine : yet lor all this required not 1 the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.

19 Think upon me,my God, for good, according to all that 1 have done for this people.


NOW it came to pass,when Sanbal
lal, and Tobiah, and Geshcm Hie
Arabian, 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 uji
the doors upon the gates ;)
'2That Sanballat and Gci shcm srn'

Smthalhifs CHAP unto me, buying, Come, let us meet to gether in sorne one of the villages in the plain Ono. JJut tliey thought to do ine mischief.

3 And 1 scut messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so thai 1 cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst 1 leave it, and come down lo you?

4 Yet tliey sent unto me four times after this sort; ami I answered them after the Maine manner.

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

6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashinu f.aith il, that thou and the Jews think to rebel; for which cause thou the wall, that thou may est be their king, according to these words.

7 Ami ihou hastalso appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saving, 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 tilings done as liiou say est,

ut thou feignesl them out of thine own heart

9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened J'roin the work, thai it be not done. Now therefore, 0 God, strengthen my

JO Afterward 1 came unto the house of Shemaiah, the son of Delaiah, the ■Ma of Mchelabeel, who icas shut up; aiul ;;e said. Let us meet together in I he house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: lor tliey will come to slay thee; yea, in the night wiLI they come to slav thee.

] I And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being a* 1 nvi, would Eo into the ttmple to save his life? 1 will not go in.

1'2 And lo, 1 perceived that God had lml sent him ; hut that he pronounced tins propiiery against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

13 Therefore was he hired, that 1 rliould bfi afratd, and do so, and sin, and thai they might have maiur lor an evil reuort, that they might reproach m*

VII. evil practice

U iUy God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their work, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets,that would have put me in fear.

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

16 And it came to pass, that when ai, our enemies heard thereof, and all the, heathen 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 G-od.

17 1T Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters ofTobiuh came unto them.

IS For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he teas the sou-iii-law of Shechaiiiah the son of Arab; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Me.shullam the son of Uere>-In ah.

19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words lo him. Jud Tobiah scut letters to put me in fear.


NOW it. came to pass, when '.he wall was built, and I had set up I he doors, and the porters and the sing eis and the Levileswere appointed, •2 That 1 gave my brother Hanani, aj;d Hananiah, the ruler of the palace, charge of Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.

3 And I said unto them, Let not. the gales of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they st;uul 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 teas large and great: but the people twre few therein, and the houses were notbuilded.

fi IT And my God put into my lif-wrt to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that 1 hey might lie reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written 1 herein,

6 These arc the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried awav, .'J register "J 1'iose tliat JN1 Ell]'!

whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon hud curried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;

7 Who came wiili Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nebemiah, Azariab, Ramiah, Naliainani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Misperelh, Bigvai, Nelium, Buanah. The number, I say, of the men of the people of Israel was l/iL<;

S The children ol'Parosh, two thousand a hundred seventy and two.

9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

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

11 The children of Pahatli-moab,of the children of Jeshua and Joab, twoj thousand and eight hundred and eigli

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

13 The children of Zatu, eight hundred forty and live.

14 The children of Zaccai,seven hundred and threescore.

15 The children of Binnui, six hundren forty and eight.

l(j The children of Bebai, six hem.ciren twenty and eight.

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

18 The children of Adoiiikain, six hundred threescore and seven.

19 The children of Bigvai, two thou Band threescore and seven.

20 The children of Adiu,six hundred ifty and live.

'21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, linety and eight.

22 The children of Hashum, three juiulred twenty and eight.

2:3 The,children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.

2-1 The children of lfaripb,a hundred and twelve.

26 The men of Beth-Jehem and Ketophah, a huudred fourscore and eight.

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

23 The men of Belh-azmaveth, forty and two.

29 The men of Kirjah-jearim, Chcphirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.

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

MI AH. relumed to Jerwta.em.

31 The men of Miehnias, a hundred and twenty and two.

32 The "men of Beth-el and Ai, a hundred twenty and three.

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

1 The children of the other Klam. a thousand two hundred fifty and four

35 The children of Hariin,tln-ee hundred and twenty.

36 The children of Jericho, three huudred fortv and 'Ive.

37 The children of Loci, Hadid, and Ouo, seven hundred twentvand one.

3S The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.

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

•10 The children of limner, a thousand fifty and two.

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

42 The children of Harhn, a thousand and seventeen.

43 TT The Levites: the children o.' Jeshua, of Xadmeil, mid of the chiv dren of Hodevah, seventy and four.

44 TT The singers: the children oi' Asaph, a hundred forty and eight.

45 IT The porters: the children of Shallura, the children of Ater, the children of Tulmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobia, a hundred thirtj and eight.

46 TT The Nethiuims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children ofTabbaoth,

47 The children of Keros, the children of Sin, the children of Padon,

43 The children of Lebana, the cliilIren of Hagaba, the children of Shal

49'The children of Hainan,'the chilIren of Giddel, ihe children of Gahat, 50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Keziu, the children of Nekoda, 01 The children ofGazzam, the did li en of Uzza, the children of Phaseuli,

52 The children of Besai, the chi!Iren of Meunim, the children of JNc


53 The children of Bakbuk, thechiidren of Haltupha, the children of Harhur,

54 The children of Bazlitb, the children of Mehida, the children of Hivr

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