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unto us ten times, 1 From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be 15 upon you. Therefore set I 2 in the lower places behind the wall, and on the

higher places, I even set the people after their families, with their swords, their 14 spears, and their bows. 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 enemies heard that it was known unto us, and

God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, 16 every one unto his work. 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 17 behind all the house of Judah. They which builded on the wall, and they that

bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in 18 the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one

had his sword girded 3 by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the 19 trumpet was by me. 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 20 wall, one far from another. 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 half of them held the spears from the rising 22 of the morning till the stars appeared. Likewise at the same time said I unto

the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the 23 night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day. 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, 4 saving that every one put them off for washing. 5 AND there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their

brethren the Jews. For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, 2, 3 are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live. Some

also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, 4 that we might buy corn, because of the dearth. There were also that said, We

have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vine. 5 yards. 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 have our lands and vineyards. 6,7 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then 5 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 8 against them. 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 9 found nothing to answer. 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 10 enemies? I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them 11 money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you,

to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their

houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the 12 oil, that ye exact of them. 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 emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the

Lord. And the people did according to this promise. 14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land

of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of

1 Or, That from all places ye must return 2 lleb. from the lower parts of the place, fc. 3 Heb. on his loins.

to us.

4 Or, every one went with his weapon

for water,
5 Heb. my heart consulted in me.
6 Heb. empty, or, void.

Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten 15 the bread of the governor. 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 silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but 16 so did not I, because of the fear of God. Yea, also I continued in the work

of this wall, neither bought we any land : and all my servants were gathered 17 thither unto the work. Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of

the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen 18 that are about us. 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 people. 19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this

people. 6 NOW it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and ? Geshem the

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 up the 2 doors upon the gates;) that Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come,

let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they 3 thought to do me mischief. And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am

doing a great work, so that I cannot come down : why should the work cease, 4 whilst I leave it, and come down to you? 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 6 an open letter in his hand; wherein was written, It is reported among the

heathen, and 2 Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which

cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these 7 words. And thou hast also appointed prophets 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 8 together. Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou 9 sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. 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 11 they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee. And

I said, Should such a inan as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would 12 go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in. And, lo, I perceived that

God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for 13 Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. Therefore was be hired, that I should

be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matler 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 fear. 15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in 16 fifty and two days. And it came to pass, that when all 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 God 17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah Ssent many letters unto Tobiah, 18 and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. 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 Meshullam the son of Berechiah. 19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my 4 words to him.

And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear, 7 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, that I gave my | Or, Gashmu, ver. 6.

3 Heb. multiplied their letters passing to Tobiah. 2 Or, Geshem, ver 1.

4 Or, matters.

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2 brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem : 3 for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many. 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.

Now the city was ' large and great: but the people were few therein, and the 5 houses were not builded. 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 Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon

had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto 7 his city; who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, 2 Azariah, Raamiah,

Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The 8 number, I say, of the men of the people of Israel was this; The children of 9 Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two. The children of Shephatiah, 10 three hundred seventy and two. The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and 11 two. The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two 12 thousand and eight hundred and eighteen. The children of Elam, a thousand

13 two hundred fifty and four. The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and 14, 15 five.

The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore. The children of 16 3 Binnui, six hundred forty and eight. The children of Bebai, six hundred

17 twenty and eight. The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty 18,19 and two. The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven. The

20 children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven. The children of Adin,

21 six hundred fifty and five. The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight. 22, 23 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight. The children of

24 Bezai, three hundred twenty and four. The children of 4 Hariph, an hundred 25, 26 and twelve. The children of 5 Gibeon, ninety and five. The men of Beth

27 lehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscure and eight. The men of Anathoth, 28 an hundred twenty and eight. The men of 6 Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.

29 The men of 7 Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty 30, 31 and three. The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one. The

32 men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two. The men of Beth-el and

33 Ai, an hundred twenty and three. The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two. 34, 35 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four. The

36 children of Harim, three hundred and twenty. The children of Jericho, three 37 hundred forty and five. The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred 38 twenty and one. The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and

thirty. 39 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred 40, 41 seventy and three. The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two. The 42 children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven. The children of

Harim, a thousand and seventeen. 43

The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the children of

8 Hodevah, seventy and four. 44 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight. 45 The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of

Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.

The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the chil. 47 dren of Tabbaoth, the children of Keros, the children of 9 Sia, the children of 48 Padon, the children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of

49 ''Shalmai, the children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, 50, 51 the children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the

52 children of Gazzam, the children of Ozza, the children of Phaseah, the children

1 Heb. broad in spaces.
2 Or, Seraiah : see Ezra ii. 2.
3 Or, Bani.
4 Or, Jora.

5 Or, Gibbar.
6 Or, Azmaveth.
7 Or, Kirjath-arim.

8 Or, Hudaviah, Ezra ii. 40;

or, Judah, Ezra iii. 9.
9 Or, Siaha.
10 Or, Shamiai.

53 of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of 1 Nephisheshim, the children 54 of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, the children of 55 2 Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha, the children of 56 Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah, the children of Neziah, 57 the children of Hatipha. The children of Solomon's servants: the children of 58 Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of 3 Perida, the children of Jaala, 59 the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel, the children of Shephatiah, the

children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of 4 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,

5 Addon, and Immer: but they could not show their father's house, nor their 62 seed, whether they were of Israel. The children of Delaiah, the children of

Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two. 63 And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the

children of Barzillai, which took one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite 64 to wife, and was called after their name. These sought their register among

those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were 65 they, as polluted, put from the priesthood. And 7 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. 66 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred 67 and threescore, beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there

were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven : and they had two hundred 68 forty and five singing men and singing women. Their horses, seven hundred 69 thirty and six : their

mules, two hundred forty and five : their camels, four hundred thirty and five : six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses. 70 And 8 some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha

gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basins, five hundred and 71 thirty priests' garments. 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 72 hundred pound of silver. And that which the rest of the people gave was

twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound 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. 8. 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 commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and

women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the 3 seventh month. And he read therein before the street that was before the water

gate 10 from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and

those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the 4 book of the law. And Ezra the scribe stood upon a l pulpit of wood, which they

had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiahs and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his

left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, 5 Zechariah, and Meshullam. And Ezra opened the book in the 12 sight of all the

people ; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people 6 stood up: and Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people

answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads, 7 and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, and Bani,

and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah,

Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the 8 law: and the people stood in their place. So they read in the book in the law

1 Or, Nephusim.
2 Or, Bazluth.
3 Or, Peruda.
4 Or, Ami.

5 Or, Addan.
6 Or, pedigree.
7 Or, the governor.
Heb. part.

9 Heb. that understood in hearing,
10 Heb. from the light.
11 Heb. Touer of tocd.
12 Heb. cycs.

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of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading:

And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, 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, 10 when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way,

eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing

is prepared : for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the 11 joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, 12 Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people

went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great

mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. 13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all

the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even ? to under14 stand the words of the law. And they found written in the law which the LORD

had commanded 3 by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in 15 the feast of the seventh month: and that they should publish and proclaim in all

their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive

branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and 16 branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. So the people went

forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the

roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and 17 in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. And all

the congregation of them that were 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.

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 4 a solemn assembly, according unto the manner. 9 NOW in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were

assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the 2 seed of Israel separated themselves from all 5 strangers, and stood and confessed 3 their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. 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 worshipped the Lord their 4 God. Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel,

Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice 5 unto the Lord their God. Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand

up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy 6 glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. 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 thee. 7 Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him 8 forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham ; 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 say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:

And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry 10 by the Red Sea; and showedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his

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servants, and on all the people of his land : for thou knewest that they dealt 11 proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day. And

thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of

the sea on the dry land ; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as 12 a stone into the mighty waters, Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a

cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way 13 wherein they should go. Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest

1 Or, the governor.
2 Or, that they mighl instruct in the words of the lau'.
3 Heb. by the hand of.

4 Heb, a restraint.
5 Heb. strange children.
6 Or, scarld.

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