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house, tlutmubr the court of the pri-? tin: after him, Pcdaiah the son of Pa-i rosh.
26 Moreover, theNetbinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the wat.r-gatc toward the east, and the1 tower that lieth out.
27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall! of Ophel
Sanballat and Tobiah,and the Aral and the Ammonites, and the / dites heard that the walls of Jen were made up, and that the bread began to be stopped, then they' very wroth,
8 And conspired all of them 1 to come ar.d to fight against ]e and to hinder it.
9 Nevertheless, we made our prajr
28 Fromabovethe horse-gate,repair-! unto our God, and set a watch agani
ed the priests, every one over against his house.
19 AfterÆem repaired Zadok the (bnj of Immer, over against his house: after
them day and night, because of them to And Judah said, The strengths the bearers of burdens is decayed, si thtre is much rubbish, so that we arc ac:
■ 1 And our adversaries said,Tbeylh' not know, neither see, till we cone in
him repaired also Shemaiah, the son of) able to build the wall.
50 After him repaired Hananiah the the midst among them, and flay tbori
son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth and cause the work to cease,
son of Zalaph, another piece: after him 12 And it came to pass that when tr(
(repaired Mefhullam die son of Bere- Jews which dwelt by them, came. An
ichiab, over against his chamber. said unto us ten times, From all place*.
31 Afterhim repaired Malchiah, the whence ye (hall return unto us, they ni
goldsmiths son, unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over (against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.
32 And between the going up of the [corner unto the slieep-gate, repaired the jgoldfmitbs and the merchants.
CHAP. IV. I While the enemies scoff, Nehemiah pray
eth: 7 Hesetteth a watch.
BUt it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard 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 Samaria, and said. What <3o these feeble Jews? will they fortifie themselves? will theysictifice? will they make an end in a day ? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish,
he upon yelt.
1? f Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higfei places, I even set the people after tor: families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
14 And I looked, and rose up, aw said unto the nobles, and to the rules and to the rest of the people, Be not« afraid of them: remember the L011 which is great and terrible, and fight to your brethren,your sons and your da-S ters, your wives and your houses.
15 And it came to pass, when out '■' nemies heard that it was known unto it and God had brought their counsel nought, that wereturned all of ustotk wall every one unto his work.
16 And it came ro pass from that:ir< forth, that the half of my serva« wrought in the work, and the o:ho
which are burnt?
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by half of them held both the (pears, tfal jhini, and he said, Even chat which they shields, and the bows, and the baberat build, if a fox go up, he (hall even break ons; and the rulers were behind all tin down their stone-wall. house of Judah.
4 Hear, O out God, for we ate de- 17 They which builded on the ml'
spiled: and turn their reproach upon Their own head, and give diem for a firey in the land of captivity:
5 And cover not their iniquity, and 3ct not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked the* >to anger before the builders. I CSoiiuilt we the wall; and all the wall ■was ioyned together unto the half theref4 iut the people bad a mind £0 work.
and they that bare burdens, with t that laded, every in with one of hi hands wrought in the work, and wii the other hand held a weapon.
18 For the builders every one had hi sword girded by his side, and si buri cd: and he that sounded the trumps was by me.
tj> f And I said unto the nobles, anJ to tiit iiilcti, and to the rest of the pe ■
pie, The work is great and large, and K are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
»o In what place therefore ye hear the Found 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 of the morning, till the stars appeared.
ax Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let everyone with his servant lodge within jerulalem, that in the night they may be a guard to US, and labour on the day.
*3 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put oft' our clothes, saving that every one put them oft'for washing.
CHAP. V. I The Jew complain of thiir debt, morgage^ and bondage. 6 Nehemtahj restitution: 14 He forbeareih his own allowance, and leecpeth hospitality.
ANd there was a great cry of die people, and of their wives, against their brethren the Jews.
a For there were that said, We, our sons,and our daughtersunmany: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may cat and live.
3 Some also there were that said, We havemorgaged our lands,vineyards and heufes, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.
4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the kings tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
J Yet now our flelh is as the flesh os our brethren, our children as their children : and lo,we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters, to be servants, and some os our daughters are brought unto bondage already, neither is it in I our power to redeem them: for other men have our lands and vineyards.
6 % And I was very angry wheu I heard their cry, and these words.
7 Then I consulted with my self, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, land said unto them, You exact usury, e- j 'very one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
8 And Ifaidunto them, We, after i our ability, have redeemed our bre-' thren the Jews, which were fold Unto die , heathen; and will you even sell your j brethren i or shall they be fold unto us* Then held they their peace, and found nothing to anjwer.
9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the sear of our Cod, because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies)
10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you let us leave oft" this usury.
11 Restore, I pray you, to them, everr this day, their lands, their vineyards,their olive-yards, and their houses, alfa the hundredth pott of the money, anj> of the corn, the wine, and the oyl, chac ye exact of them.
li Then (aid they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them 5 so will we do as thou fayst. Then I called die 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 hi» house, and from his labour, that performed not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all rhe-i congregation laid, Amen, and praised the Lord. And the people did according to this promise.
14 1 Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieths year, even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxcs the king, 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 broad and wine, beside forty shekels of silver, yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but fodid not I, because of the leaT of God.
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this w all,neither bought we any land t and all my servants wen gathered thither unto the work.
17 Moreover, therewerextmy table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, besides those that came unto utj from among the heathen that are about us.
18 Now that which was prepared for me daily, was one ox, and fix choice sheep ; also fowls were prepared i or me, and once in ten days store of all forts 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 1 have done for this people,
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I Sanballat praflifeth toterrific Nehemiah. it Theiewk.il finished. 17 Secret intelligence between the enemies and the nobles of Judab.
Now itcame to pafowhen Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Gethem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had builded the wall, and that there Mite no breach left therein; ( though ac that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates )
I That Sanballat, and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come let us meet together in feme one of the villages in the plain of Ono: but they 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, whilst I leave it and come down to you?
4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this fort; and I answered them after the same manner.
5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me/in like manner, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand:
6 Wherein W<m written; It is reported among the heathen, and Gasomu iaith it, 'that thou and the Jews think to rebel: tor which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayst be their king, according to these words.
7 And chou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, laying, There a 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 toge ther.
8 Thenl sent unto him, saying,Thcre are no filch things done as thou sayst, but thou seignest diem out of thine own heatr.
9 For they all made us afraid, saying, 'Their hands shall be weakned from the |work, that it be not done. Now therefore, OGod, strengthen my hands.
10 Afterward I came unto the house os$hema!ah the son osDelaiah, d;e son (of Mehetabeel, who w«< 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 they will come to stay thee, yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.
II And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there that, being as I
, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
not sent him, but that he pronounce: this prophecy against me: for Tobiii and Sanballat had hired him.
1?. Therefore vat he hired, that should be afraid,anddo so, and sin, au! that they might have matter for an e»:. reporr. that they might reproach me. . 14 My God, think thou upon Tob<:iand Sanballat, according to these their works, and on the prophetess, Ncaif.aK and the rest of the prophets that wot'i have put me in fear.
15 ^ So the wall was finished, in v: twenty and fifth day of the vuntb Ei in fifty and two days.
16 And it came to pass, that when a! our enemies heard thereof, and all tte heathen that were about us, firwtki thirds, they were much cast cfoim it their own eyes: for they perceived ca:' this work was wroi ght of our God.
17 q Moreover, in those days the nobfes of Judah sent many letters mo Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah car unto them.
18 For there ttere rraay in Jnc'ih sworn unto him, because he writ son in law of Shecl-aniah the km N Arab; and his sonjoha-a;i bad are the daughter of Mesliuliam, 'the stats Betechiah.
-19 Also they reported bis good ice' before me, and uttered my words x him : and Tobiah sent letters to put re. in fear.
t" Nthemiah committeth the charge of rusatem to Hanani and Hananiah. t. A regijter os the genealogy of them iw." came at thefirst out of Babylon, y •fA people-, J9 ofthepriefil, 43 of the Lf . vites, 4*5 of the Nethmintr, \jO« it came to pass when the wait 1 >i was built, and I had let up tte doors, and the porters, and the singers, and the Levttes were appointed,
» That I gave my brother Harare and Hanaman the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: ( for he »< a faithful man, and feared God abo« many )
1 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened, tm:2 the sun be hot; and while they stars by, let them shut the doors, andbi: thtm: and appoint watches ot the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his' watch, and every one to be over again his house.
4 Now the city vm large and gear : . but,
>ut the people were few therein, and the
louse) Were not builded.
5 !f And my God put into mine heart, :o gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might 3e 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 captiviJ, of those that had been carried aNay, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came a
a'n to Jerusalem, and to Judah, every one unto his city;
7 Who came with Zerubbabel: Jo shua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Naliamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Blgvai, Nehum, Baanah ; the number, Isay, of the men of the people of Israel, vu this;
8 The children of Parofh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.
9 The children of Shephatiab, three hundred seventy and two.
10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.
11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the children ofjcshua and Joab,two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.
)2 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
it The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.
14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.
1? The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.
16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.
17 The children os Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and two.
18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.
19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.
10 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.
ai Thechildren osAterof Hezekiah, ninety and eight.
a» The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.
2? The children of Bczai, three hundred twenty and four.
14 The children of Hatipb, an hundred and twelve.
25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.
16 The men of Beth-lehem and Netcphah, an hundred fourscore and eight.
27 The men of Anathoth, an hundre d twenty and eight,
28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.
29 The men ofKirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth,' seven hundred forty and three.
30 The men of Ratnah and Gaba> six hundred twenty and one.
31 The men of Mlchmas, an hundred and twenty and two.
32 The men of Bertrand ;Ai, an hundred twenty and three.
3 3 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.
34 The children of rheother Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
3; The children of Harlem, three hundred and twenty.
3«The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.
37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and one.
38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
39 % The priests: the children oflo. daiah, of rhehousc of Jefiiua, nine hut*-1 dted scvenry and three.
40 The children of Immer, a. thousand fifty and two.
41 The children of Pafhur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.
41 The children ofHarim, a thousand and seventeen.
43 1 The Levites: the children of] Jefliua, ofKadmiel, aid of thechildren of Hodevah, seventy and four.
44 ^ The singers: the children of Aah, an handled forty and eight.
45 % The porters : tl e children of Shallum, the children of Ater, thechil-i dren of Talmon, the children of AkkubJ thechildren ofHatita, the children of; ShobaU an hundred thirty and eight.
46 ^ The Nethinims: the ch ldren ofZiha, the children ofHafliupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia. the children of Padon,
48 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children ofShalmai,
49 The children of Hanan, thechildren of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, thechildren ofNekoda,
51 The children Gazzam, the chilprenof Uzza, the children of Phaseah,
5» The children of Besai, the children of Meunimi the children of Nephishesun>
51 TFechi'drenof Bakbuk, thechildren of Hakupha, die children of Harhur,
J4 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mchida, the children of Harslia,
55 The children osBarkos, the children of Sisera, die children of Tamah,
5< The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
57 % The children of Solomons servants: die children of Sotai. die children of Sopbererb, the children of Perida,
58 The children of laala, thecfiildren ofDarkon, the children of Giddel,
59 The children of Shephatiah, die children of Hattil, the children of Pochcredi of Zcbaim, the children of Amort.
60 All the Nethinlms, and the children of Solomons servants, Here three hundred ninety and two.
61 And these were they which went up also from Tel-melah,- Tel-harcfha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer : but they could not (hew their fathers house, nor their feed, whether they Here of Israel.
61 The children os Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nckot, six hundred forty and two. 6\ J And of the priests : the chilrenofHabaiah, the children ofKoz, .c children of Batzillai, which took r.e of the daughters of Barzillai the ~ileadite to wile, and was called after eir name.
64 These sought their register among ose that were reckoned by genealogy, ut it was not found: thetefore were ley, as polluted, put from the priest
I 6 5 And the Ti r fliatha said unto them,
at they sliould not eat of the most hoy things, till there stood up a priest -ith llrimand Thummim.
66 t The whole congregation roge•hcT, w<« forty and two thousand three
undred and threescore, 1 67 Beside their man-servants and their maid-servants, of whom there Here seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they had two hundred forty and five singing-men and singingKvomcn. / I <>8 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two hundred forty and five:
69 VieircimcU, four hundred thirty iid five: six thousand seven hundred
1 twenty asses.
70 f And some of the chief of the lathers gave unto the work: the Titslu; tht gave to the treasure, a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty ptiests garments.
71 Andyinu of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the wotk, twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver.
71 And that which the rest of the pcoplcgavc, WiMtwenty thousand drarr.s os gold, and two thousand pound 0:' silver, and threescore and seven priests garments.
75 So trie priests and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, lndsemt o( the people, and the Nethinims, anc Israel, dwelt in.theit cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel Here in their cities.
CHAP. VIII. Tie religious manner of reading and bearing the lav.
ANd all the people gathered themselves together as one man, into the street that woe before the watergate, and they spake unto Ezra the scribe, to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.
z And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation, both of men and women, and all that could heat with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
3 And he read therein before t>e street that was before the water-gate, from the morning until mid-day, before the men and the women, and those that could undetftand ; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, wl.ich they had made for the purpose, and beside him stood Mattlthiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, andHilkiah, and Maasciah, on his right hand ; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Milhael, and Malchiah, and Hafhum, and Hafhbadana, Zechariah and MefhuJIam.
5 And Ezra opened the book, in the sight of all the people, ( for he was above all thepeople ) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
6 And Ezra blessed the Lord the gteat God: and all the people answered, Amen, amen, with lifting up their bands: and they bowed their 1 cads, and 'worshipped the Lorb with ;6«rfacesta (the ground. 7 Also