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Ezra's gracious commission. EZRA, The companions of Ezra. them upon the altar of the house f gathered together out of Israel of your God which is in Jerusa- chief men to go up with me. lem.

CHAP. VIII. 18 And whatsoever shall seem Ezra's Companions from Babylon. good to thee, and to thy brethren, THESE are now the chief of

and the gold, that do after the will of genealogy of them that went up your God.

with me from Babylon, in the 19 The vessels also that are given reign of Artaxerxes the king. thee for the service of the house of 2 of the sons of Phinehas; Ger thy God, those deliver thou before shom: of the sons of Ithamar; the God of Jerusalem.

Daniel: of the sons of David; 20 And whatsoever more shall Hattush. be needful for the house of thy 3 of the sons of Shechaniah, of God, which thou shalt have occa- the sons of Pharosh ; Zechariah: sion to bestow, bestow it out of the and with him were reckoned by king's treasure-house.

genealogy of the males a hundred 21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the and fifty, king, do make a decree to all the 4 Of the so of Pahath-moab; treasurers which are beyond the Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and river, that whatsoever Ezra the with him two hundred males. priest, the scribe of the law of the 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the God of heaven, shall require of son of Jahaziel, and with him you, it be done speedily,

three hundred males. 22 Unto

a hundred talents of sil 6 of the sons also of Adin ver, and to a hundred measures of Ebed the son of Jonathan, and wheat, and to a hundred baths of with him fifty males. wine, and to a hundred baths of 7 And of the sons of Elam; Je oil, and salt without prescribing shaiah the son of Athaliah, and how much.

with him seventy males. 23 Whatsoever is commanded 8 And of the sons of Shepbatiah; by the God of heaven, let it be Zebadiah the son of Michael, and diligently done for the house of the with him

fourscore males. God of heaven: for why should 9 of the sons of Joab; Obadiah there be wrath against the realm of the son of Jehiel, and with

him the king and his sons ?

two hundred and eighteen males. 24 Also we certify you, that 10 And of the sons of Shelomith; touching any of the priests and the son of Josiphiah, and with him Levites, singers, porters, Nethi- a hundred and threescore males. nims, or ministers of this house of 11 And of the sons of Bebai; God, it shall not be lawful to Zechariah the son of Bebai, and impose toll, tribute, or custom, with him twenty and eight males. upon them.

12 And of the sons of Azgad; 25 And thou, Ezra, after the Johanan the son of Hakkatan, wisdom of thy God, that is in thy and with him a hundred and ten hand, set magistrates and judges, males. which may judgę all the people 13 And of the last sons of Adothat are beyond the river, all such nikam, whose names are these, as know the laws of thy God; Eliphelet, Jeiol, and Shemaiah, and teach ye them that know them and with them threescore males. not.

14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; 26 And whosoever will not do Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them the law of thy God, and the law of seventy males. the king, let judgment be executed 15 T And I gathered them togespeedily upon him, whether it be gether to the river that runneth to unto death, or to banishment, or to Ahava; and there abode we in confiscation of goods, or to im- tents three days: and I viewed the prisonment.

people, and the priests, and found 27 | Blessed be the LORD God of there none of the sons of Levi. our fathers, which hath pụt such a 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for thing as this in the king's heart, to Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elbeautify the house of the LORD nathan, and for Jarib, and for which is in Jerusalem :

Elnathan, and for Nathan, and 28 And hath extended mercy for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, unto me before the king, and his chief men; also for Joiarib, and counsellors, and before all the for Elnathan, men of understandking's mighty princes. And I was ing. strengthened as the hand of the 17 And I sont them with com LORD my God was upon me, and I mandment unto Iddo the chief at

Ezra keepeth a fast. CHAP. IX. He cometh to Jerusalem the place Casiphia, and I told of the priests and the Levites, and them what they should say unto chief of the fathers of Israel, at JeIddo,

and to his brethren the Ne- rusalem, in the chambers of the thinims, at the place Casiphia, house of the LORD. that they should bring unto us 30 So took the priests and the ministers for the house of our Levites the weight of the silver, God.

and the gold, and the vessels, to 18 And by the good hand of bring them to Jerusalem unto the our God upon us they brought us house of our God. a man of understanding, of the 31 1 Then we departed from the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the river of Ahava on the twelfth son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with day of the first month, to go unto his sons and his brethren, eigh- Jerusalem : and the hand of our teen;

God was upon us, and he deliver19' And Hashabiah, and with ed us from the hand of the enemy, him Jeshaiah of the sons of Me- and of such as lay in wait by the rari, his brethren and their sons, way. twenty;

32 And we came to Jerusalem, 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom and abode there three days. David and the princes had appoint 33 | Now on the fourth day was ed for the service of the Levites, the silver and the gold and the two hundred and twenty Nethi- vessels weighed in the house of nims: all of them were expressed our God by the hand of Meremoth by name.

the son of Uriah the priest; and 21 1 Then I proclaimed a fast with him was Eleazar the son of there, at the river of Ahava, that Phinehas ;, and with them was we might afflict ourselves before Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and our God, to seek of him a right Noadiah the son of Binnui, Leway for us, and for our little ones, vites; and for all our substance.

34 By number and by weight of 22 For I was ashamed to require every one: and all the weight was of the king a band of soldiers and written at that time., horsemen to help us against the 35 Also the children of those enemy in the way: because we that had been carried away, which had spoken unto the king, saying, were come out of the captivity, The hand of our God is upon all offered burnt-offerings onto the them for good that seek him; but God of Israel, twelve bullocks his power and his wrath is against for all Israel, ninety and six rams, all them that forsake him.

seventy and seven lambs, twelve 23 So we fasted and besought he-goats for a sin-offering all our God for this: and he was en- this was a burnt-offering unto the treated of us.

LORD. 24 | Then I separated twelve of 36 | And they delivered the the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, king's commissions unto the king's Hashabiah,, and ten of their bre- lieutenants, and to the governors thren with them,

on this side the river: and they fur25 And weighed unto them the thered the people, and the house of silver, and the gold, and the ves- God. sels, even the offering of the house

CHAP. IX. of our God, which the king, and Affinity with Strangers lamented. his counsellors, and his lords, and

OW when these things were all Israel there present, had offered: done, the princes came to me, 26 I even weighed unto their saying,

The people of Israel, and hand six hundred and fifty talents the priests, and the Levites, have of silver, and silver vessels a hun- not separated themselves from the dred talents, and of gold a hundred people of the lands, doing accordtalents;

ing to their abominations, even of 27 Also twenty basons of gold, of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the a thousand drams; and two ves- Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Amsels, of fine copper, precious as monites, the Moabites, the Egypgold.

tians, and the Amorites. 28 And I said unto them, Ye 2 For they have taken of their are holy, unto the LORD;, the yes- daughters for themselves, and for sels are holy also; and the silver their sons: so that the holy seed and the gold are a free-will-offer- have mingled themselves with the ing unto the LORD God of your people of those

lands : yea, the futhers.

hand of the princes and rulers hath 29 Watch ye, and keep them, been chief in this trespass. until ye weigh them, before the chiefl 3 And when I heard this thing,

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7 Since the days of our fathers Now when Ezra had prayed,

Ezra's confession of sins. EZRA, The covenant to refrain I rent my garment and my mantle, upon us for our evil deeds, and and plucked off the hair of my for our great trespass, seeing that head and of my beard, and sat thou our God hast punished us down astonied.

less than our iniquities deserve, and 4 Then were assembled unto me hast given us such deliverance as every one that trembled at the this; words of the God of Israel, be- 14 Should we again break thy cause of the transgression of those commandments, and join in affinity that had been carried away; and I with the people of these abominasat astonied until the evening tions? wouldest not thou be angry sacrifice.

with us till thou hadst consumed 5 11 And at the evening sacrifice us, so that there should be no remI arose up from my heaviness; and nant nor escaping? having rent my garment and my 15 O LORD God of Israel, thou mantle, I fell upon my knees, and art righteous: for .we remain yet spread out my hands unto the LORD escaped, as it is this day: behold, my God.

we are before thee in our tres6 And said,, O my God, I am passes; for we cannot stand before ashamed and blush to lift up my thee because of this. face to thee, my God : for our ini

CHAP. X. quities are increased over our head, Ezra reformeth Strange Marand our trespass is grown up unto

riages. the heavens.

and when he had confessed, a unto this day; and for our iniqui- before the house of God, there asties have we, our kings, and our sembled unto him out of Israel a priests, been delivered into the very great congregation of men hand of the kings of the lands, to and women and children: for the the sword, to captivity, and to a people wept very sore. spoil, and to confusion of face, as 2 And Shechaniah the son of it is this day.

Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, 8 And now for a little space answered and said unto Ezra, We grace hath been shewed from the have trespassed against our God, LORD our God, to leave us a and have taken strange wives of remnant to escape, and to give the people of the land: yet now us a nail in his holy place, that there is hope in Israel concerning our God may lighten our eyes, and this thing. give us a little reviving in our bon- Now therefore let us make a dage.

covenant with our God to put 9 For we were bond-men; yet away all the wives, and such as our God hath not forsaken us in are born

of them, according to the our bondage, but hath extended counsel of my lord, and of those mercy unto us in the sight of the that tremble at the commandment kings of Persia, to give us a re- of our God; and let it be done acviving, to set up the house of our cording to the law. God, and to repair the desolations 4 Arise; for this matter belongeth thereof, and to give us a wall in unto thee: we also will be with Judah and in Jerusalem.

thee: be of good courage, and 10 And now, o our God, what do it. shall we say after this ? for we have 5 Then arose Ezra, and made forsaken thy commandments, the_chief priests, the Levites, and

11 Which thoù hast commanded all Israel, to swear that they should þy thy servants the prophets, say- do according to this word. And ing, The land unto which ye go to they sware. possess it, is an unclean land with 6 11 Then Ezra rose up from before the filthiness of the people of the the house of God, and went into lands, with their abominations, the chamber of Johanan the son of which have filled it from one end to Eliashib: and when he came thianother with their uncloanness. ther, he did eat no bread, nor 12 Now

therefore give not your drink water: for he mourned bedaughters unto their sons, neither cause of the transgression of them take their daughters unto your that had been carried away. sons, nor seek their peace or their 7 And they made proclamation wealth for ever: that ye may be throughout Judah and Jerusalem strong, and eat the good of the unto all the children of the captiviland, and leave it for an inherit- ty, that they should gather themance to your children for ever. 13 And after all that is come

selves together unto Jerusalem;

8 And that whosoever would

from strange marriages. CHAP. X. Those married to strangers.
not come within three days, ac- 19 And they gave their hands
cording to the counsel of the princes that they would put away their
and the elders, all his substance wives; and being, guilty, they of
should be forfeited, and himself fered a ram of the flock for their
separated from the congregation trespass.
of those that had been carried 20 And of the sons of Immer;
away,

Hanani, and Zebadiah.
9 T Then all the men of Judah 21 And of the sons of Harim;
and Benjamin gathered themselves Maaseiah, and Elijah, and She-
together unto Jerusalem within maiah, and Jehiel, and'Uzziah.
three days. It was the ninth month, 22 And of the sons of Pashur ;
and the twentieth day of the month; Elioenai, Maasejah, Ishmael, Ne-
and all the people sat in the street thaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
of the house of God,

trembling be- 23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, cause of this matter, and for the and Shimei, and Kelaiah (the same great rain.

is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and 10 And Ezra the priest stood up, Eliezer. and said unto them, Ye have trans- 24 Of the singers also; Eliashib : gressed, and have taken strange and of the porters; Shallum, and wives to increase the trespass of Telem, and Uri. Israel

25 Moreover, of Israel: of the 11 Now therefore make confes- sons of Parosh ; Ramiah, and Jesion unto the LORD God of your ziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, fathers, and do his pleasure: and and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and separate yourselves from the peo- Benaiah. ple of the land, and from the 26 And of the sons of Elam; strange wives.

Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, 12 Then all the congregation and Abdi,and Jeremoth, and Eliah answered and said with a loud 27 And of the sons of Zattu; voice, As thou hast said, so must Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and we do.

Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza. 13 But the people are many, and 28 of the sons also of Bebai ; it is a time of much rain, and we Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, are not able to stand without, nei-and Athlai. ther is this a work of one day or 29 And of the sons of Bani; Metwo: for we are many that have shullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, transgressed in this thing.

Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.
14 Let now our rulers of all the 30 And of the sons of Pahath
congregation stand, and let ali moab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah,
them which have taken strange Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel,
wives in our cities come at ap- and Bionui, and Manasseh.
pointed times, and with them the 31 And of the sons of Harim;
elders of every city, and the judges Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, She-
thereof, until the fierce wrath of maiah, Shimeon,
our God for this matter be turned 32 Benjamin, Malluch, and She-
from us.

mariah.
15 1 Only Jonathan the son of 33 Of the sons of

Hashum; Mat-
Asahel and Jahaziah the son of tenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphe-
Tikvah were employed about this let, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shi-
matter and Meshullam and Shab- mei.
bethai the Levite helped them. 34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai,

16 And the children of the cap-Amram, and Uel, tivity did so. And Ezra the

priest, 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh, with certain chief of the fathers, 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, after the house of their fathers, 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and and all of them by their names, Jaasau, were separated, and sat down in 38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei, the first day of the tenth month to 39 And Shelemiah, and Naexamine the matter.

than, and Adaiah, 17 And they made an end with 40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, all the men that had taken strange 41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shewives by the first day of the first mariah, month.

42 Shallum, Amariah, andJoseph. 18 TT And among the sons of the 43 Of the sons of Nebo ; Jeiel, priests there were found that had Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, 'Jadau, taken strange wives: namely, of the and Joel, Benaiah, sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, 44 All these had taken strange and his brethren; Maaseiah, and wives: and some of them had Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah. I wives by whom they had children

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| The Book of NEHEMIAH. CHAP. I.

to fear thy name: and prosper, Nehemiah's Mourning and pray thee, thy servant this day, and Prayer.

grant him mercy in the sight of this THF wards of Nehemiah three in Bearer.For I was the king's cup

CHAP. II. pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan Nehemiah sent to Jerusalem. the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my bre-, AND it came to pass in the month

Nisan, in the twentieth year of thren, came, he and certain men of Artaxerxes the king, that wine Judah ; and I asked them concern- was before him: and I took up the ing. the Jews that had escaped, wine, and gave it unto the king which were left of the captivity, Now I had not been beforetime sac. and concerning Jerusalem.

in his presence. 3 And they said unto me, The 2 Wherefore the king said unto remnant that are left of the capti-me, Why is thy countenance sad, vity there in the province are in seeing thou art not sick

? this is great affliction and reproach: the nothing else but sorrow of heart. wall of Jerusalem also is broken Then I was very sore afraid, down, and the gates thereof are 3 And said unto the king, Let the burned with fire.

king live for ever: why should not 4 T And it came to pass, when I my countenance be sad, when the heard these words, that I sat down city, the place of my fathers' sepuland wept, and mourned certain chres, lieth waste, and the gates days, and fasted, and prayed before thereof are consumed with fire? the God of heaven,

4 Then the king said unto me, 5 And said, I beseech thee, o For what dost thou make request ? LORD God of heaven, the great and So I prayed to the God of heaven. terrible God, that keepeth covenant 5 And I said unto the king, Ifit and mercy for them that love him please the king, and if thy servant and observe his commandments: have found favour in thy sight, that 6 Let thine

ear now be attentive, thou wouldest send me unto Judah, and thine eyes open, that thou may unto the city of my fathers' sepulest hear the prayer of thy servant, chres, that I may build it. which I pray before thee now, day 6 And the king said unto me, (the and night, for the children of Israel queen also

sitting by him,) For how thy servants, and confess the sins of long shall thy journey be ? and when the children of Israel, which we wilt thou return? So it pleased the have sinned against thee: both I king to send me; and I set him a time. and my father's house have sinned. 7 Moreover, I said unto the king,

7. We have dealt very corruptly If it please the king, let letters be against thee, and have not kept the given me to the governors beyond commandments, nor the statutes, the river, that they may convey nor the judgments, which thou com-me over till I come into Judah; mandedst thy servant Moses. 8 And a letter unto Asaph the

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the keeper of the king's forest, that he word that thou commandedst thy may give me timber to make beams servant Moses, saying, If ye trans- for the gates of the palace which gress, I will scatter you abroad appertained to the house, and for among the nations:

the wall of the city, and for the 9 But if ye turn unto me, and house that I shall enter into. And keep my commandments, and do the king, granted me, according to them; though there were of you cast the good hand of my God upon me. out unto the uttermost part of the 9 T Then I came to the governors heaven, yet will I gather them from beyond the river, and gave them thence, and will bring them unto the king's letters. Now the king the place that I have chosen to set had sent captains of the army and my name there. 10 Now these are thy servants

horsemen with me.

10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and thy people, whom thou hast and Tobiah the servant, the Amredeemed by thy great power, and monite, heard

of it, it grieved them °11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let man to seck the welfare of the chilnow thine ear be attentive to the dren of Israel. prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desirel was there three days.

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