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The words of Nehemiyeh the son of Hachaliyeh.
And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 that Hanani, one of my brethren, and certain men of Yehudah came, and I asked them concerning the Yehudi that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and about Jerusalem.
3 And they said to me, “The remnant that are left of the captivity, which are there in the province, are in great affliction and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates of it have been burned with fire.”
4 And when I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days, and fasted, and prayed before the Elohim of heaven,
5 and said, “I beseech You, O YEHOWAH Elohim of heaven, the great and reverent El, who keeps covenant and mercy for those that love Him and observe His commandments,
6 let Your ear now be attentive, and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant, which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against You; both I and my father’s house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which You commanded Your servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech You, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations,
9 but if you turn back unto Me, and keep My commandments, and do them, even if they had been cast out to the outmost part of the heavens, yet will I gather them from there, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set My Name.’
10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.
11 O Master, I beseech You, let now Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to revere Your Name, and prosper Your servant this day, I pray You, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cup-bearer.
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 before this time, I had not been sad in his presence.
2 So the king said to me, “Why is your countenance sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing except sorrow of heart”. Then I was very fearful,
3 and said unto the king, “Let the king live forever. Why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ burying places, lies waste, and the gates of it are consumed with fire?”
4 Then the king said to me, “For what would you make request?” So I prayed to the Elohim of heaven,
5 and I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you would send me to Yehudah; to the city of my fathers’ burying places, that I may build it.”
6 And the king said to me, (the queen also sitting by him,) “For how long will your journey be? And when wilt you return?” So it pleased the king to send me, and I set for him a time.
7 Moreover I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me, to the governors beyond the river, that they may allow me passage until I come into Yehudah.
8 And a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace, which is by 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 Elohim upon me.
9 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had also sent with me captains of the army and horsemen.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiyeh the Ammonite servant, heard, it grieved them a great deal, that there had come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
12 And I arose in the night; I and a few men with me, for I did not tell anyone what my Elohim had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem. Neither was there any beast with me, except the beast that I rode upon.
13 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon’s well, and to the rubbish gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates of it that were consumed with fire.
14 And I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king’s pool, but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.
15 So I went up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.
16 And the rulers knew not where I went, nor what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Yehudi, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.
17 Then said I unto them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and the gates of it are burned with fire. Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we will no more be a reproach.”
18 Then I told them of the hand of Elohim, which was good upon me, and also the king’s words that he had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiyeh the Ammonite servant, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, “What is this thing you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?”
20 Then I answered them, and said, “The Elohim of heaven, He will prosper us. Therefore, we His servants will rise up and build, but you have no portion, nor right, nor memorial in Jerusalem.”
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they built the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and hung its doors, even to the tower of Meah they sanctified it, and to the tower of Hananeel.
2 And beside him built the men of Jericho, and next to them built Zaccur the son of Imri.
3 But the fish gate the sons of Hassenaah built, who also laid the beams of it, and set up the doors of it, with its locks and its bars.
4 And next to them Meremoth the son of Uriyeh, the son of Koz made repairs. And next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiyeh, the son of Meshezabeel made repairs. And next to them Zadok the son of Baana made repairs.
5 And next to them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not put their necks to the work of their lord.
6 And Yehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiyeh laid the beams of the old gate, and set up the doors of it, with its locks and its bars.
7 And next to them Melatiyeh the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite; the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, made repairs unto the throne of the governor on this side the river.
8 And next to him Uzziel the son of Harhaiyeh, of the goldsmiths, made repairs, and next to him also repaired Hananiyeh the son of one of the perfumers, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall.
9 And next to them Rephaiyeh the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem made repairs.
10 And next to them Jedaiyeh the son of Harumaph made repairs, even over opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabniyeh made repairs.
11 Malchiyeh the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired another measure, and the tower of the furnaces.
12 And next to them Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem; he and his daughters made repairs.
13 Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the valley gate. They built it, and set up the doors of it, with its locks and bars, and one thousand cubits of the wall to the dung gate.
14 But Malchiyeh the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Beth-haccerem repaired the dung gate. He built it, and set up the doors of it, with its locks and bars.
15 And Shallun the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah, built the gate of the fountain. He built it, and covered it, and set up the doors of it, with its locks and bars, and the wall, from the pool of Shiloah by the king’s garden, to the stairs that go down from the city of David.
16 And next to him Nehemiyeh the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Beth-zur made repairs; to the point opposite the burying places of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.
17 Next to him the Levite, Rehum the son of Bani made repairs, and next to him Hashabiyeh, the ruler of the half part of Keilah made repairs, even with a crutch.
18 After him their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah made repairs.
19 And next to him Ezer the son of Yehoshuah, the ruler of Mizpah repaired another measure over against the ascent to the armory, at the corner of the wall.
20 And after him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired another measure, from the turning of the wall to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.
21 After him Meremoth the son of Uriyeh the son of Koz repaired another measure, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib.
22 And after him the priests, the men of the plain made repairs.
23 After them Benyehmin and Hashub repaired over against their house. And after him Azariyeh the son of Maaseiyeh the son of Ananiyeh repaired by his house.
24 After him Binnui the son of Henadad repaired another measure, from the house of Azariyeh to the turning of the wall, even to the corner.
25 Palal the son of Uzai, repaired over against the turning of the wall, and the tower, which goes out from the king’s upper house, that was by the court of the prison. And after him Pedaiyeh the son of Parosh made repairs.
26 Moreover the Nethinims from Ophel made repairs; from the front of the water gate toward the east, and the tower that goes out.
27 After them the Tekoites repaired another measure; over against the great tower that goes out, even to the wall of Ophel.
28 And the priests repaired from above the horse gate; each one opposite his house.
29 After them Zadok the son of Immer repaired over against his house. And after him Shemaiyeh the son of Shechaniyeh, the keeper of the east gate, made repairs.
30 After him Hananiyeh the son of Shelemiyeh, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, repaired another measure. And after him Meshullam the son of Berechiyeh repaired over against his chamber.
31 After him Malchiyeh the goldsmith’s son repaired to the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, to the ascent of the corner.
32 And between the ascent of the corner to the sheep gate, the goldsmiths and the merchants made repair.
But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was very angry, and with great indignation, he mocked the Yehudi.
2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Yehudi doing, that they fortify 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 burned?”
3 Now Tobiyeh the Ammonite was by him, and he said, “Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.”
4 Hear, O our Elohim; for we are despised! 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 You. For they bring trouble before the builders.
6 So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together up to the half of it; for the people had a mind to work.
7 But it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiyeh, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being repaired, and that the breaches began to be closed, then they were very angry,
8 and they conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem; and to hinder the repairs.
9 Nevertheless we prayed unto Elohim, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
10 And Yehudah said, “The strength of the burden bearers is wavering, and there is much rubbish, so that we are not able to build the wall.”
11 And our adversaries said, “They will not know or see, until we are in their midst, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.”
12 And it came to pass, when the Yehudi who dwelt among them came, they said to us ten times, “From all places where you might retreat; they will be upon you.”
13 Therefore I sat in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people and their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
14 And I looked, and rose up, and said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, “Be not afraid of them. Remember the Master, Who is great and to be revered, 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 Elohim had brought their counsel to nothing, that we returned, all of us, to the wall; each one to their work.
16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that half of my servants performed the work, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates. And the rulers were behind all the house of Yehudah.
17 And those who built on the wall, and those that bore burdens, took their loads with one hand doing the work, and with the other hand holding a weapon.
18 And each builder had their sword girded by their side, and so they built. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
19 And I said to 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 wall, one far from another.
20 In whatever place therefore, you hear the sound of the trumpet, assemble unto us there. And our Elohim will fight for us.”
21 So we did the work while half of them held the spears from dawn until the stars appeared.
22 And at the same time I said to the people, “Let everyone with their servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labor in the day.”
23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me; none of us took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.
And there was a great cry of the people, and of their wives, against their brethren the Yehudi.
2 For there were those that said, “We, our sons, and our daughters, are many. Therefore we take up grain for them, that we may eat, and live.”
3 There were others that said, “We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain, because of the famine.”
4 There were also some who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute that is 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 force our sons and our daughters into bondage; and some of our daughters are forced unto bondage already, and we are powerless to redeem them; for other men have our fields and vineyards.”
6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
7 And I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said to them, “You are exacting usury, each one from his brethren.” And I set a great assembly against them.
8 And I said to them, “We, according to our ability, have redeemed our brethren the Yehudi, who were sold unto the nations, and will you even sell your brethren, that they may be sold unto us?” But they held their peace, and found nothing to answer.
9 Also I said, “It is not a good thing that you do. Should you not walk in the fear of our Elohim, because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?
10 And likewise I, my brethren, and my servants, are lending them money and grain, but please, let us leave off this usury.
11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves and their houses; also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the wine and the oil, that you exact of them.”
12 Then said they, “We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as you say.” Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they would do according to this promise.
13 I also shook the breast of my garment, and said, “So may Elohim shake out everyone from His house, and from His labor, that does not perform this promise; even thus be they shaken out, and emptied.” And all the assembly said, “Amen”, and praised YEHOWAH. 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 Yehudah, from the twentieth year, even unto the thirty second year of Artaxerxes the king; twelve years, neither I nor my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.
15 But the former governors that had been before me were burdens to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants ruled over the people. But this I did not do, because of the fear of Elohim.
16 I also continued in the work of the wall. We did not buy any fields, and all my servants were gathered there for the work.
17 Moreover there were at my table one hundred and fifty of the Yehudi and the rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the nations that are about us.
18 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, I did not demand the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon the people.
19 Remember me, my Elohim, for good; according to all that I have done for this people.
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiyeh, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had built the wall, and that there was no breach left therein (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates);
2 Sanballat and Geshem sent for me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at a village on the plain of Ono”, but they thought to do evil.
3 And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down, for why should the work cease, while I leave it and come down to you?”
4 And they sent unto me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way.
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in like manner the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand,
6 and thereon it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem reports, that you and the Yehudi think to rebel, for which cause you build the wall, and that you may be their king, according to these words.
7 And you have also appointed prophets to preach of you at Jerusalem, saying, ‘There is a king in Yehudah!’ And now it shall be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.”
8 Then I sent to him, saying, “There are no such things done as you say, but you devise them out of your own heart.”
9 For they all made us fear, saying, ‘Their hands will weaken, because of the work; and it will not be done. Now therefore, strengthen my hands.
10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiyeh the son of Delaiyeh the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut in, and he said, “Let us meet together in the house of Elohim, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple. For they will come to slay you! Yes, in the night they will come to slay you.”
11 And I said, “Should such a man as I flee? And who is there, being as I am, that would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.”
12 And, lo, I perceived that Elohim had not sent him, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me, because Tobiyeh and Sanballat had hired him.
13 He was hired, therefore, to frighten me, that I would do as he said; that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin. And that they might have an evil report, that they might reproach me.
14 My Elohim, remember Tobiyeh and Sanballat according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiyeh, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul; in fifty-two days.
16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard, and all the nations that were about us saw, they were very overwhelmed in their own eyes, for they perceived that this work was the work of our Elohim.
17 Moreover, in those days the nobles of Yehudah sent many letters to Tobiyeh, and the letters of Tobiyeh came unto them.
18 For there were many in Yehudah sworn unto him, because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniyeh the son of Arah; and his son Yehanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiyeh.
19 Also they reported his good deeds to me, and reported my words to him. And Tobiyeh sent letters to put me in fear.
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,
2 that I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiyeh the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man, and feared Elohim above many.
3 And I said unto them, “Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot, and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them, and appoint watches from the inhabitants of Jerusalem; each one in their watch, and each one to be opposite their own house.
4 Now the city was exceedingly large, but the people were few within it, and the houses were not built.
5 And my Elohim put into my 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 those that came up at the first, and found the following record:
6 These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been exiled, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Yehudah; each one unto their city,
7 who came with Zerubbabel, Yehoshuah, Nehemiyeh, Azariyeh, Raamiyeh, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, of the men of the people of Israel was this:
8 The children of Parosh, two thousand one hundred seventy two.
9 The children of Shephatiyeh, three hundred seventy two.
10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty two.
11 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Yehoshuah and Yehab, two thousand eight hundred eighteen.
12 The children of Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty four.
13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty five.
14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred sixty.
15 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty eight.
16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty eight.
17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty two.
18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty seven.
19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand sixty seven.
20 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty five.
21 The children of Ater of Hezekiyeh, ninety eight.
22 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty eight.
23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty four.
24 The children of Hariph, one hundred twelve.
25 The children of Gibeon, ninety five.
26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred eighty eight.
27 The men of Anathoth, one hundred twenty eight.
28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty two.
29 The men of the villages of Kirjathjearim and Beeroth, seven hundred forty three.
30 The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty one.
31 The men of Michmas, one hundred twenty two.
32 The men of Bethel and Ai, one hundred twenty three.
33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty two.
34 The children of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty four.
35 The children of Harim, three hundred twenty.
36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty five.
37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty one.
38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred thirty.
39 The priests: The children of Jedaiyeh, of the house of Yehoshuah, nine hundred seventy three.
40 The children of Immer, one thousand fifty two.
41 The children of Pashur, one thousand two hundred forty seven.
42 The children of Harim, one thousand seventeen.
43 The Levites: The children of Yehoshuah, of Kadmiel, and of the children of Hodevah, seventy four.
44 The singers: The children of Asaph, one hundred forty 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, one hundred thirty eight.
46 The Nethinims: The children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
47 the children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,
48 the children of Lebanah, the children of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,
49 the children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
50 the children of Reaiyeh, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,
51 the children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,
52 the children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephishesim,
53 the children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,
54 the children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,
55 the children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,
56 the children of Neziah and the children of Hatipha.
57 The children of Solomon’s servants: The children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,
58 the children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,
59 the children of Shephatiyeh, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-hazzebaim and the children of Amon.
60 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon’s servants, were three hundred ninety two.
61 And these are they who went up from Telmelah: Telharsa, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not show their father’s house, or their seed, whether they were of Israel:
62 The children of Delaiyeh, the children of Tobiyeh, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty two.
63 And of the priests: The children of Habaiyeh, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, who took one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite as a wife, and was called after their name.
64 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found. Therefore they were considered unclean, and were put out of the priesthood.
65 And the governor said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.
66 The whole assembly together was forty two thousand three hundred sixty,
67 beside their servants and handmaids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty seven. And they had two hundred forty five male and female singers.
68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty six; their mules, two hundred forty five;
69 their camels, four hundred thirty five, and their asses, six thousand seven hundred twenty.
70 And some of the chiefs of the fathers gave to the work. And the governor gave to the treasury one thousand drams of gold, fifty basins and five hundred and thirty priests’ garments.
71 And some of the chiefs of the fathers gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand two hundred pounds of silver.
72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, and sixty 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, dwelled in their cities. And when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
And all the people gathered themselves together as one person on the street that was in front of the water gate, and they spoke to Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which YEHOWAH had commanded to Israel.
2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
3 And he read from it on the street that was in front of the water gate, from the morning until midday; in front of the men and the women, and those that could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose, and beside him stood Mattithiyeh, and Shema, and Anaiyeh, and Uriyeh, and Hilkiyeh, and Maaseiyeh, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiyeh, and Mishael, and Malchiyeh, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariyeh, and Meshullam.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, (for he was above all the people), and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
6 And Ezra blessed YEHOWAH, the great Elohim, and all the people answered, “Amen! Amen!” with uplifted hands, and they bowed their heads, and worshipped YEHOWAH with their faces to the ground.
7 Also Yehoshuwah, and Bani, and Sherebiyeh, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiyeh, Maaseiyeh, Kelita, Azariyeh, Yehozabad, Hanan, Pelaiyeh, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the law; and the people stood in their place.
8 So they read from the book of the law of Elohim; showing and making sense, and helping them to understand the reading.
9 And Nehemiyeh, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites that helped the people, said unto all the people, “This day is holy unto YEHOWAH your Elohim; mourn not, nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy unto our Master. Do not be grieved, for the joy of YEHOWAH is your strength.”
11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Hold your peace, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.”
12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great gladness, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
13 And on the second day were gathered together the chiefs of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to gain wisdom regarding the words of the law.
14 And they found written in the law, which YEHOWAH had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month,
15 and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go forth unto the hills, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.
16 So the people went forth, and brought them, and made for themselves booths; every one upon the roof of their house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of Elohim, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.
17 And the whole assembly of them that had come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths, for since the days of Yehoshuwah the son of Nun unto that day, the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very much rejoicing.
18 And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read in the book of the law of Elohim. And they kept the feast seven days, and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according to the ordinance.
Now on the twenty fourth day of this month the children of Israel assembled with fasting, and with sackcloth, and with earth upon them.
2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of YEHOWAH their Elohim for one fourth of the day, and for another fourth of the day they confessed, and worshiped YEHOWAH their Elohim.
4 Then standing upon the platform were the Levites: Yehoshuwah, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniyeh, Bunni, Sherebiyeh, Bani, and Chenani, who cried out with a loud voice unto YEHOWAH their Elohim.
5 Then the Levites, Yehoshuwah, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniyeh, Sherebiyeh, Hodiyeh, Shebaniyeh, and Pethahiyeh, said, “Stand up and bless YEHOWAH your Elohim forever and ever, and blessed be Your glorious Name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
6 You, even You, are YEHOWAH alone. You have made the heavens; the heaven of heavens, with all their host; the earth, and all that is on it; the seas, and all that is in them; and You preserve them all, and the host of heaven worships You.
7 You are YEHOWAH Elohim, Who did choose Abram, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham;
8 and found his heart faithful before You, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it to his seed, and have performed Your words, for You are righteous.
9 And You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their cry by the Red Sea,
10 and showed signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants, and on all the people of his land, for You knew that they dealt proudly against them. And so You made a Name for Yourself, as it is this day.
11 And You did divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and their persecutors You threw into the deep, as a stone into the mighty waters.
12 Moreover You led them by day in a cloudy pillar, and by night in a pillar of fire; to give them light in the way that they should go.
13 You came down also upon mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them righteous judgments, true laws, good statutes and commandments,
14 and made known to them Your holy Sabbath, and gave them commandments, statutes and laws, by the hand of Moses Your servant.
15 And You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, and brought forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promised them that they should go in to possess the land that You had sworn to give them.
16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and stiffened their necks, and listened not to Your commandments,
17 and refused to obey. Neither were they mindful of Your wonders that You did among them, but stiffened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage. But you are an Eloah ready to pardon, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy; and forsook them not.
18 Moreover when they made for themselves a molten calf, and said, “This is your elohim that brought you up out of Egypt, and committed great blasphemes,
19 even then You, in Your abundant compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day; to lead them on the way, nor the pillar of fire by night; to light for them the way in which they were to go.
20 You also gave Your Good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.
21 Yes, forty years You sustained them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not blister.
22 Furthermore you gave them kingdoms and nations, and did divide them into quarters. So they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
23 You also multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, and brought them into the land that You had promised to their fathers; that they should go in to possess it.
24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and You subdued the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, before them, and gave them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
25 And they took strong cities, and a rich land, and possessed houses full of all good things; with wells dug, and vineyards, and olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance. And so they ate, and were filled, and grew fat, and delighted themselves in Your great goodness.
26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against You, and cast Your law behind their backs, and killed Your prophets, who testified against them to turn them back to You, and they blasphemed greatly.
27 Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who oppressed them. And yet in the time of their trouble, when they cried out to You, You heard them from heaven, and according to Your abundant mercy You gave them rescuers, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before You, therefore You left them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them. Yet when they returned, and cried unto You, You heard them from heaven; and many times did You rescue them according to Your mercy.
29 And You testified against them, that You might bring them again unto Your law, yet they dealt proudly, and heeded not unto Your commandments, but sinned against Your judgments, (which if a person will do, they shall live in them); and withdrew their shoulder, and stiffened their neck, and would not hear.
30 Yet for many years did You bear with them, and testified against them by Your Spirit through Your prophets, yet would they not give ear. Therefore You gave them into the hand of the people of the lands.
31 Nevertheless for the sake of Your great mercy, You did not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for You are a gracious and merciful El.
32 Now therefore, our Elohim, the great, the mighty, and the revered El, Who keeps covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble that has come upon us; on our kings, on our princes, on our priests, on our prophets, on our fathers and on all Your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day, seem little before You.
33 However, You are just in all that is brought upon us, for You have done right, but we have done wickedly.
34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept Your law, nor heeded Your commandments or Your testimonies, with which You did testify against them.
35 For they did not serve You in their kingdom, which in Your great goodness You gave them; and in the large and rich land, which You set before them, they did not turn from their wicked works.
36 Behold, we are servants this day, and the land that You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit, and of its good, behold, we are servants in it.
37 And it yields much increase to the kings whom You have set over us because of our sins. They also have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, as they please, and we are in great distress.
38 And because of all this we make a covenant in writing; and our princes, Levites and priests seal it.”
Now those that sealed were, Nehemiyeh, the governor, the son of Hachaliyeh, and Zidkiyeh,
2 Seraiyeh, Azariyeh, Jeremiyeh,
3 Pashur, Amariyeh, Malchiyeh,
4 Hattush, Shebaniyeh, Malluch,
5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiyeh,
6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
7 Meshullam, Abijyeah, Mijamin,
8 Maaziyeh, Bilgai, Shemaiyeh: these were the priests.
9 And the Levites, both Yehoshuwah the son of Azaniyeh, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel,
10 and their brethren: Shebaniyeh, Hodiyeh, Kelita, Pelaiyeh, Hanan,
11 Mikayeh, Rehob, Hashabiyeh,
12 Zaccur, Sherebiyeh, Shebaniyeh,
13 Hodiyeh, Bani, Beninu.
14 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,
15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
16 Adoniyeh, Bigvai, Adin,
17 Ater, Hizkiyeh, Azzur,
18 Hodiyeh, Hashum, Bezai,
19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,
22 Pelatiyeh, Hanan, Anaiyeh,
23 Hoshea, Hananiyeh, Hashub,
24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,
25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiyeh,
26 And Ahiyeh, Hanan, Anan,
27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.
28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of Elohim, their wives, their sons, their daughters, and everyone having knowledge and understanding,
29 did cleave to their brethren, and their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in Elohim’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of Elohim, and to observe and do all the commandments of YEHOWAH our Master, and His judgments and His statutes;
30 and that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons.
31 And if the people of the land bring wares or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day, and that we would let the land lie still on the seventh year, and eliminate the usury of every debt.
32 We also we made a commandment for ourselves, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our Elohim,
33 for the showbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering; of the Sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our Elohim.
34 And we cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our Elohim, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of YEHOWAH our Elohim, as it is written in the law;
35 and to bring the first fruits of our ground, and the first fruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of YEHOWAH.
36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks; to bring to the house of our Elohim, to the priests that minister in the house of our Elohim.
37 And that we should bring the first fruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our Elohim; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
38 And the priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our Elohim; to the chambers, into the treasure house.
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi, shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine, and of the oil, into the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, the priests that minister, the porters, and the singers. And we will not forsake the house of our Elohim.
And the rulers of the people dwelled at Jerusalem, but the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in the cities.
2 And the people blessed all the men who freely offered to dwell in Jerusalem.
3 Now these are the chiefs of the provinces that dwelled in Jerusalem, but in the cities of Yehudah dwelled each on their own possession in their cities: Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon’s servants.
4 And in Jerusalem dwelled the children of Yehudah, and some of the children of Benyehmin. Of the children of Yehudah: Athaiyeh the son of Uzziyeh, the son of Zechariyeh, the son of Amariyeh, the son of Shephatiyeh, the son of Mahalalel. Of the children of Perez:
5 Maaseiyeh the son of Baruch, the son of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiyeh, the son of Adaiyeh, the son of Yehoiarib, the son of Zechariyeh, the son of Shiloni.
6 All the sons of Perez that dwelled in Jerusalem were four hundred sixty eight valiant men.
7 And these are the sons of Benyehmin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Yehed, the son of Pedaiyeh, the son of Kolaiyeh, the son of Maaseiyeh, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiyeh.
8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty eight.
9 And Yehel the son of Zichri was their overseer. And Yehudah the son of Hassenaah was second over the city.
10 Of the priests: Jedaiyeh the son of Yehoiarib, Jachin.
11 Seraiyeh the son of Hilkiyeh, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the house of Elohim.
12 And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight hundred twenty two. And Adaiyeh the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliyeh, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariyeh, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiyeh,
13 and his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty two. And Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,
14 and their brethren, mighty men of valour, one hundred twenty eight; and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of Gedolim.
15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiyeh the son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiyeh, the son of Bunni;
16 and Shabbethai and Yehozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of Elohim.
17 And Mattaniyeh the son of Mikayeh, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer, and Bakbukiyeh the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
18 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred eighty and four.
19 Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, were one hundred seventy two.
20 And the remainder of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were in all the cities of Yehudah; each one in their own inheritance.
21 But the Nethinims dwelled in Ophel, and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethinims.
22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiyeh, the son of Mattaniyeh, the son of Mikayeh. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of Elohim.
23 For it was the king’s commandment concerning them that a fixed portion should be for the singers, due every day.
24 And Pethahiyeh the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Yehudah, was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning the people.
25 And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Yehudah dwelled at Kirjath-arba, and in the villages of it, and at Dibon, and in the villages of it, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages of it,
26 and at Yehoshuwah, and at Moladah, and at Beth-phelet,
27 and at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and in the villages of it,
28 and at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages of it,
29 and at En-rimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,
30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at Lachish, and the fields of it, at Azekah, and in the villages of it. And they dwelled from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom.
31 The children also of Benyehmin from Geba dwelled at Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages,
32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiyeh,
33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,
34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,
35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.
36 And of the Levites were divisions in Yehudah, and in Benyehmin.
Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Yehoshuwah: Seraiyeh, Jeremiyeh, Ezra,
2 Amariyeh, Malluch, Hattush,
3 Shechaniyeh, Rehum, Meremoth,
4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijyeh,
5 Miamin, Maadiyeh, Bilgah,
6 Shemaiyeh, and Yehoiarib, Jedaiyeh,
7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiyeh, Jedaiyeh. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Yehoshuwah.
8 Moreover the Levites: Yehoshuwah, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiyeh, Yehudah, and Mattaniyeh, who were over the songs of thanksgiving; they and their brethren.
9 Also Bakbukiyeh and Unni, and their brethren, stood opposite them during their watches.
10 And Yehoshuwah begat Yehoiakim, Yehoiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Yehoiada,
11 and Yehoiada begat Yehnathan, and Yehnathan begat Jaddua.
12 And in the days of Yehoiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers, of Seraiyeh, Meraiyeh; of Jeremiyeh, Hananiyeh;
13 of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariyeh, Yehohanan;
14 of Melicu, Yehnathan; of Shebaniyeh, Yehoseph;
15 of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;
16 of Iddo, Zechariyeh; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;
17 of Abijyeh, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiyeh, Piltai;
18 of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiyeh, Yehonathan;
19 and of Yehoiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiyeh, Uzzi;
20 of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;
21 of Hilkiyeh, Hashabiyeh; of Jedaiyeh, Nethaneel.
22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Yehoiada, and Yehanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers; also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian.
23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Yehanan the son of Eliashib.
24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiyeh, Sherebiyeh, and Yehoshuwah the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren opposite them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of Elohim, ward over against ward.
25 Mattaniyeh, and Bakbukiyeh, Obadiyeh, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.
26 These were in the days of Yehoiakim the son of Yehoshuwah, the son of Yehozadak, and in the days of Nehemiyeh the governor, and of Ezra the priest; the scribe.
27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness; both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.
28 And the children of the singers gathered themselves together; both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathite;
29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built them villages round about Jerusalem.
30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
31 Then I brought up the princes of Yehudah upon the wall, and appointed two great choirs that gave thanks: The first went to the right on top of the wall toward the rubbish gate,
32 and after them went Hoshaiyeh, and half of the princes of Yehudah,
33 and Azariyeh, Ezra, and Meshullam,
34 Yehudah, and Benyehmin, and Shemaiyeh, and Jeremiyeh,
35 and certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets; namely, Zechariyeh the son of Yehnathan, the son of Shemaiyeh, the son of Mattaniyeh, the son of Michaiyeh, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,
36 and his brethren, Shemaiyeh, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Yehudah; Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of Elohim, and Ezra the scribe before them.
37 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.
38 And the other choir giving thanks went over against them, and I followed them, and half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces, to the broad wall.
39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate. And they stood still at the prison gate.
40 So stood the two choirs that gave thanks in the house of Elohim, and I, and half of the rulers with me.
41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiyeh, Miniamin, Michaiyeh, Elyehenai, Zechariyeh, and Hananiyeh, with trumpets;
42 and Maaseiyeh, and Shemaiyeh, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Yehohanan, and Malchiyeh, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiyeh their overseer.
43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for Elohim had made them rejoice with great joy; the wives also and the children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
44 And at that time some were appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes; to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites; for Yehudah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites who served.
45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their Elohim, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.
46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old, there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise, and thanksgiving unto Elohim.
47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiyeh, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day their portion; and they sanctified holy things for the Levites, and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.
On that day they read in the book of Moses, in the audience of the people, and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of Elohim for ever,
2 because they did not meet the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them; that he should curse them. However, our Elohim turned the curse into a blessing.
3 Now it came to pass when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having oversight of the chamber of the house of our Elohim, was allied to Tobiyeh.
5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where formerly they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the grain, wine and oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
6 But during this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon, I came to the king, and after some time I obtained leave from the king.
7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood the evil that Eliashib was doing for Tobiyeh, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of Elohim.
8 And it grieved me greatly, so I threw out all the household stuff of Tobiyeh from the chamber.
9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers, and there I brought again the vessels of the house of Elohim, with the meat offering and the frankincense.
10 I also learned that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so the Levites and the singers that did the work, had gone away, each to his own field.
11 And I contended with the rulers, and said, “Why is the house of Elohim forsaken?” And I gathered them together, and set them in their places.
12 Then all Yehudah brought the tithe of the grain, and the new wine, and the oil, into the treasuries.
13 And I set treasurers over the treasuries: Shelemiyeh the priest, and Zadok the scribe; and of the Levites: Pedaiyeh, and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniyeh, for they were counted faithful, and their duty was to distribute to their brethren.
14 Remember me, O my Elohim, concerning this, and do not wipe the good deeds that I have done for the house of my Elohim, and for the offices of it.
15 In those days I saw in Yehudah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and putting loads upon the asses, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, and I admonished them on the day they sold food.
16 There dwelled men of Tyre also, who brought fish, and all manner of wares, and sold them on the Sabbath to the children of Yehudah, and in Jerusalem.
17 And I contended with the nobles of Yehudah, and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you do, by profaning the Sabbath day?
18 Did not your fathers do this, and did not our Elohim bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet you bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
19 And it came to pass that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I set some of my servants at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the Sabbath day.
20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice,
21 and I testified against them, and said to them, “Why do you lodge outside of the wall? If you do so again, I will forcibly send you away.” And from that time forth they came no more on the Sabbath.
22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates; to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my Elohim, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy.
23 In those days I also saw Yehudi that had married wives of Ashdod, Ammon and Moab,
24 and their children spoke half in the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Yehudi; but according to the language of their own people.
25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and even struck some of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by Elohim, saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons, or for yourselves.
26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his Elohim; and Elohim made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless, the foreign women even caused him to sin.
27 Shall we then hear that you have also done this great evil; to transgress against our Elohim in marrying strange wives?”
28 And one of the sons of Yehoiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite, so I chased him from me.
29 Remember them, O my Elohim, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.
30 Thus I cleansed them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites; each one in their own work,
31 and for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the first fruits. Remember me, O my Elohim, for good.
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