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CHAP. IX.

of God's goodness that were come again out of the, into the deeps as a stone into the captivity made booths, and sat under mighty waters the booths : for since the days of 19 Morcover thou leddest tbem in Jeshua the son of Nnn unto that day the day by a cloudy pillar; and in had not the children of Israel done the night by a pillar of fire, to give 60. And there was very great glad- them light in tbe way wherein they Dess.

18 Also day by day, from the first 13 Thou camest down also upon day unto the last day, he read in the mount Sinai, and spakest with them book of the law of God. And they from heaven, and gavest them right kept the feast seven days; and on the judgments, and true laws, good, staeighth day was a solema assembly, tules and commandments; according unto the manner.

14 And madest known unto them CHAP. IX.

thy boly sabbath, and commandedst

the of the Israel were assembled with fasting, 15 And gavest them bread from hea. and with sackcloths, and earth upon ven for their hunger, and broughtese thern.

forth water for them out of the rock 2 And the seed of Israel separated for their thirst, and promisedst them themselves from all strangers, and that they should go in to possess the stood and confessed their sins, and land whicb thou hadst sworn to give the iniquities of their fathers.

them. 3 And they stood up in their place, 16 But they and our fathers dealt and read in the book of the law or prondly, and hordered their necks, che LORD their God one fourth part and hearkened not to thy commandof the day ; and another fourth partments, they confessed, and worshipped the 17 And refused to obey, neither LORD their God.

were mindful of thy wonders that Then stood up upon the stairs, thou didst among them : but hardened of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kad their necks, and in their rebellion apmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, pointed a captain to return to their Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a bondage : but thou art a God ready to loud voice unto the LORD their God. pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to

5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, agdanger, and of great kindness, and forKadmiel, Bani, Hashabpiah, Shere-sookest them not. biah, Hodijah, shebaniah, and Petha. 18 Yea, when they had made them hiah, said, Stand up and bless the a molten call, and said, This is tby LORD your God for ever and ever: God that brought thee up out of and blessed be thy glorious name, Egypt, and had wrought great prorowhich is exalted above all blessing cations, and praise.

19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies 6 Tbou, even thou, art LORD alone ; forscokest them not in the wilderness: thou hast made heaven, the heaven the pillar of the cloud depaited not of bearens, with all their host, the from them by day, to lead them in earth, and all things that are therein, the way ; neither the piilar of fire by the seas, and all that is therein, and night, to shew them light, and the tbou preservest thein all, and the way wherein they sbould go. kost of heaven worshippeth thee. 20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit

7. Thou art the LOŃD the God, who to instruct them, and withheldest Dot didst choose Abram, and broughtest thy manna from tbeir mouth, and him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, gavest them water for their lirsi. and gavest him the pame of Abraham ; 21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain

8 And foundest his heart faithful them in the wilderness, so that they before thee, and madest a covenant lacked nothing; their clothes waxed with himn to give the land of the not old, and their feet swelled not Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amo 12 Moreover thou gavest them king: rites, and the Pefizzites, and the doms and nations, and didst divide Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give them into corners : so they possessed it, I say, to bis seed, and hast per the land of Sihon, and the land of the Formed thy words: for thou art king of Hesbbon, and the land of Og righteous :

king of Bashan. 9. And didst see the affliction of our 23 Their children also multipliedst. fathers in Egypt, and heardest their bou as the stars of heaven, and cry by the Red Sea ;

broughtest them into the land, conio And shewedst 'signs and wonders cerning wbich thou hadst promised to upon Pharaoh, and on all bis servants, their fatbeng, that they should go ia and on all the people of bis land : ior to pussess it. tbou knewest that they dealt proudly 94 So the children went io and pos. against them. So didst thou get thee sessed the land, and thou subduedss name,,as 11 is this day.

before them the inhabitants of the 11 And thou didst divide the sea land, the Canaanites, and gavest them before thern, so that they went through into their hands, with their xings, and the midst of the sea on the dry land the people of the land, that they might and their persecutors idou threwest I do win them as shes wouid

The Leuttes' wickedness

NEHEMIAH. The sealing of the covenant, 25 And they took strong cities, aod 36 Behold, we are servants this day, A fat land, and possesseri houses full and for the land that thou gavest une of all goods, weils digged, vineyards our fathers to eat the fruit thereof, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in and the good thereof, bebold, we are abundance : so they did eat, and were servants in it : filled, and became fat, and delighted 37 And it yieldeth much increase theniseives in thy great goodness. unto the kings wbom thou hast set

26 Nevertheless they were disobe- over us because of our sios : also they dient, and rebelled against thee, and have dominion over our bodies, and cast thy law behind their backs, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and slew thy propoets which testitied we are in great distress. agains: ibem to turn them to thee, 39 And because of all this we make and they wrought great provocations. a sure covenant, and write it ; and our

97 Therefore ibou deliveredst then princes, Levites, and priests, seal into the band of their enemies, wbounto it. Yexed them and in the time of their

CHAP. X. trouble, when they cried unto thee; Now those that sealed were, Nehe: thou beardest them from beaven; and miah, the Tirshatha, the son of according to thy manifold mercies, Hachaliah, and Zidkijah, thou gavest them saviours, who saved 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, them out of the band of their ene 3 Pas Amariab, Malchijah, mies.

4 Hattusb, Shehaniah, Malluch, 29 But after they had rest, they did 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, evil again before thee: therefore le t 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, est thou them in the band of their ene 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, unies, so that they had the dominion 8 Maaziab, Bilgai, Shemaiah : these orer' tbem: yet when they returned, were the priests. and cried unio tbee, thju heardest 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the them from heaven: and many times son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of didist thou deliver them according to Henadad, Kadmiel ; thy mercies;

10 And their brethren, Shebaniak, 29 And testifiedst against thein, that Hodijab, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, thou rnightest bring them again unto 11 Micha, Rehob, Hasbabiah, thy law : yet they dealt proudly, and 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebania), hearkened not unto thi command 13 Hodijab, Bani, Beninu, ments, but sinned agaicst thy judg. 14 The chief of the people ; Parosh, ments, (which if a man do, he shall Pabath-moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani, live in them :) and withares the shoul 15 Bunci, Azgad, Bebas, dar, and hardened tbeir neck, and 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin would not bear

17 Ater, Hizkujal, Azzur, 30 Yet many yeas didst thou for. 19 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai, bear them, and testifiedst against them 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai, by thy spirit in thy prophets' yet 20 Magpiash, Meshullain, Hezir, would they not give ear: therefore 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, gavest thou them into the hand of the 22 Pelatiab, Hanan, Anaiah, people of the lands.

23 Hoshea, Hananiab, Hasbub, 31 Nevertheless for thy great mer. 24 Hallobesh, Pileha, Sbobek, cies' sake thou didst not utterly con 25 Renum, Hashabnah, Maaseiab, sutne them, nor forsake them ; for 26 And Ahijab, Hanan, Anan, thou art a giacious and merciful God. 97 Malluch, Harim, Baanab.

39 Now there'ore, our God, the great, 28 And the rest of the people, the the mighty, and the terrible God, who priests, the Levites, the porters, the keepest covenant and mercy, let not singers, the Nethinims, and all they all be trouble seem little before :bee, that had separated themselves from. that hath come upon us, on our kings, the people of the lands unto the law on our princes, and on our priests, of God, their wives, their sons, ard and on our propbets, and on our their dauglaters, every one having fathers, and on all thy people, since knowledge and baving understand the time of the kings of Assyria unto ing ; this day.

29 They clare to their brethren, 33 Howbeit thou art just in all that their poble, and entered into a curse, is brought upon us; for thou hast done and into an oath, to waik in God's aight, but we have done wickedly : law, which was given by Moses the 34 Neither have

our king our servant o! God, and to observe and princes, our priests, nor our fathers, do all the commandments of the LORD kept thy law, nor bearkened unto thy our LORD, and his judgments and bis commandments and thy testimonies, statutes ; where with thou didst testily against 30 And that we would not give our them.

daugbrers unto the people of the lana, 35 For they have not served ther, in inoriake their daughters for our sons, their kingdoin, and in thy great good. 31 And if the people of the land ness that thoi gavest them, and in bring ware or any victuals on the a barre and fatlard which thou sabbath-day to sell, that we would not

them, neither turned buy it of them on the sabbath, or on wiched works.

the holy day: and that we would

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The points of the covenant. CHAP. Xi. Who doelt at Jerusalem leave the seventh year, 20d the es, children of Benjamin. 0. the chil. action of every debt.

dren of Judah: Atbaiah the son of 39 Also we made ordinances for us, Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the to charge ourselves yearly, with the son of Amariab, the son of Shepbathird part of a shekel for the service ciab, the son of Mabalaleel, of the of the house of our God;

children of Perez ; 33 For the shew-bread, and for the 5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, continual meat-offering, and for the the son of Col-bozeb, the son of continua! burat-offering, of the sab- Hazaiah, tbe son of Adaiah, the son baths, of the new moons, for the set of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the feasts, and for the holy things, and son of Shiloni. for the sin-offerings to make an atone 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt ment for Israel, and for all the work at Jerusalem were four bundred threeof tbe house of our God.

score and eigbt valiant men. 34 And we cast the lots among the 7 And these are the sons of Benpriests, the Levites, and the people, jamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam. for the wood-offering, to bring it into the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the house of our God, after the bouses the son of Kolaiah, the son of of our fathers, at times appointed Maaseiah, the son of Itbiel, the son year by year, to buru upon the altar of Jesaiah. of the LORD our God, as it is writed 8 And after him, Gabbai, Sallai, nine in the law :

bundred twenty and eight. 35 And to bring the first-fruits of 9 And Joel 'the son of Zickri was our ground, and the first-fruits of all their overseer : and Judab the son of fruit

of all trees, year by year, unto Senuah was second over the city, the house of the LORD:

10 Of the priests : Jedaiah the son 36 Also the first-born of our sons, of Joiarib, Jachin. and of our cattle, as it is written in 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the the law, and the firstlings of our herds son of Mesbullam, the son of Zadok, and of our flocks, to bring to the the son of Merajoth, the son of Ahitub, house of our God, unto the priests was the ruler of the house of God. that minister in the house of our 12 And their brethrer. tbat did the God:

work of the house were eight buod red 37 And that we should bring the twenty and two: and Adaiah the son first-fruits of our dough, and our offer- of Jerobam, the son of Pelaliah, the ings, and the fruit of all manner of son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, trees, of wine and of oil, unto the the son of Pashur, the son of Mal. priests, to the chambers of the house chiah, of our God; and the tithes of our 13 And his brethren, chief of the ground unto the Levites, that the fathers, two hundred forty and two: same Levites mighe have the tithes in and Ainashai the son of Azareel, the all the cities of our tillage.

son of Ahasai, the son of Meshille38 And the priest the son of Aaron moth, the son of Immer, sball be with the Levites, when the 14 And their brethren, mighty men Levites take tithes: and the Levites of valour, an hundred twenty and shall bring up the tithe of the tithes eight: and their overseer was Zab unto the house of our God, to the diel, the son of one of the great men. chambers, into the treasure-house. 15 Also of the Levites : Shemajab

39 For the children of Israel and the son of Hasbub, the son of Azrithe children of Levi shall bring the kam, the son of Hasbabiah, the sea offering of the corn, of the new wine, of Bunni; and the oil, unto the chambers, where 16 And Shabbet bai and Jozabad, of are the vessels of the sanctuary, and tbe chief of the Levites, had the overthe priests that minister, and the sight of the outward business of the porters, acd the singers : and we will house of God. not forsake the house of our God.

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, CHAP. XI.

the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, ANDrethe rulers of the people was the principal to begin the thanks

dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of giving, in prayer: and Bakbukiah the the people also cast iols, to bring one second among his brethren, and Abda of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy the son of Sbainmua, the son of Galal, city, and nine parts to dwell in other the son of Jeduthun. cities.

18 All the Levites in the holy city 2 And the people blessed all the were two hundred fourscore and fuur. men that willingly offered themselves 19 Moreover the porters, Akkub, to dwell at Jerusalem.

Taliron, and their brethren that kept 3 Now these are the chief of the the gates, were an hundred seventy province that dwelt in Jerusalem : and two. but in the cities of Judah dwelt every 20 And the residue of Israel, of the one in his possession in their cities, priests, and the Levites, were in all to wit, Israel, the priests, and the the cities of Judat, every one in bis Levites, and the Nethinus, and the inberitance. children of Solomon's servants.

21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: 4 And at Jerusalemn dwelt certain of and Ziha and Gispa were over the the children of Judab, and of the Nethimits.

The inhabitants of the cities. NEHEMIAH. The succession of the high priesto.

29 The overseer also of the Levites 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan ; of Shebe at Jerusalem was Uzzi che son of Bani, niah, Joseph; the son of Hasbabiah, the son of Mat. 15 of Harim, Adua; of Meraiotá, tantab, the son of Micha. Of the sons Helkai; of Asaph, the singers were over the 16. of Iddo, Zechariah ; of Ginnebusiness of the house of God.

thon, Meshullam; 23 For it was the king's command 17 of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamis, ment concerning tbem, that a certain of Moadiah, Pntai; portion should be for the singers, due 18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shefor every day.

maiah, Jehonatban ; 24 And Petbahiah the son of Meshe 19. And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jezabeel, of the children of Zerah, the daiah, Uzzi; son of Judah, was at the king's hand 20 of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, in all matters concerning the people. Eber;

25 And for the villages with their 'Of Hilkiah, Hasbabiah ; of Je. fields, some of the children of Judah daiah, Nethaneci. dwelt at Kirjath-arba, and in the vil 92 f The Levites in the days of Elialages thereof, and at Dibon, and in sbib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jadthe villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, dua, were recorded cbief of the fa. and in the villages thereof,

thers: also the priests, to the reign og 2 And at Jesbua, and at Moladah, Darius the Persian. ard at Beth-phelet,

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer fathers, were written in the book of sheha, and in the villages thereof, the chronicles, even until the days of

28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonab, Jobanan the son of Eliashib. and in the villages thereof,

24 And the chief of the Lerites ; 99 And at En-rimmon, and at Za- Hashabjab, Sherebjab, and Jeshia the reah, and at Jarmuth,

son of Kadmiel, with their brethren 30° Zanoah, Adullain, and in their over against them, to praise and to villages, at Lachish, and the fields give thanks, according to the comthereof, at Arekab, and in the villages inandment of David the man of God, thereol. And they dwelt from Beer- ward over against ward. sheba unto the valley of Hinnom. 25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Oba

31 The cbildren also of Benjamin diah, Meshullám, Talmon, Akkub, from Geba direlt at Michmash; and were porters keeping the ward at the Aija, and Beth-el, and in their villages. thresholds of the gates.

32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiab, 26 These were in the days of Joiakim 33 Hazor, Rawali, Giitam,

the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, and in the days of Nehemiah the goo

35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of vernor, and of Ezra the priest, the craftsmen.

scribe. 36 And of the Levites were divisions 27 | And at ibe dedication of the wall in Judah, and in Benjamin.

of Jerusalem they sought the Levites CHAP. XII.

out of all their places, to bring them Now these are the priests and the to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication

Levites that went up with Zerub- with gladness, both with thanksgiv. bahe! the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua : ing, and with singing, with cymbals, Seraiab, Jeremiah, zra,

psalteries, and with harps. 2 Anariab, Malluci, Hattush,

23 And the sons of the singers ga3 Shechanian, Rehun, Meremoth, thered theinselves togetber, both out 4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Anijan,

of the plain country round about Je5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

rusalem, and from the villages of 6 Shemaiah, and Joinrib, jedaiah, Netopbathi ; 7 Sailu. Ainol, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. 29 Also from the bouse of Gilgal, These were the chief of the pries's and out of the fields of Geba and Az and of their brethren in the days of maveth: for the singers had builded Jeshua.

tbem villages round about Jerusalem. 8 Moreover the Levites : Jeshua, 30 And the priests and the Levites Binan, Kamiel, Sherebiah, Judah, purified themselves, and purified the and Mattanian, which tras over the people, and the gates, and the wall. thanksgivin, je and his bietbren. 31 Then I brought up the princes of

9 Alo Bixbutiah and Unni, their Judah upon the wall, and appointed brethren, reere over against them in two great companies of them that the watches

gare thanks, whercof one went on the 10 « Anu Jestua begat Joiakim, Jo- right hand upon the wall toward the jakim so begat Eliashil, and Eliashib dung gate: begat Jonia,

32 And after them went Hoshaiah, 11 And jonda begat Jonathan, and and half of the princes of Judah, Jonathan hegat Jaddua.

33 And Azariab, Ezra, and Mo14 ind in the elys or Joiakim wcra shullam, priests, the chief of the fathers : of 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and SheSeraiah, Merarak; of Jeremiah, Ha- maiah, and Jeremijab, paniab;

35 And certain of the priests' sons 13 Of Ezra, Meshullain; of mariah, with trumpets, namely, Zechariah the Lohanan;

son of Jonatban, the son of Shemajab,

The dedication of the wall. CHAP, XII. Nehemiah reforms abuses. the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mi-I people : and therein was found writ. chaiab, the son of Zaccur, the son of ten, that the Ammonite and the MoAsaph:

abite should not come into the congre36 And his brethren, Shenajah, gation of God for over; 2nd Azarael, Milalai, Gílalas, Maai, 2 Because they met not the children Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with of Israel with bread and with water, the musical instruments of David the but hired Balaam against them, that man of God; and Ezra the scribe be- be should curse them; howbeit our føre them.

God turned the curse into a blessing. 37 And at the fountain-gate, which 3 Now it came to pass, when they was over against them, they went up had heard the law, that they separated by the stairs of the city of David, at from Israel ali the mixed multitude. the going up of the wall, above the 4 And before this, Eliasbib the house of David, even unto the water- priest, having the oversight of the gate eastward.

chamber of the house of our God, was 39 And the other company of them allied unto Tobiab : that gave thanks went over against 5 And he had prepared for him a them, and I after them, and the hall great chamber, where aforetime they of the people upon the wall, from be- laid the meat offerings, the frank yond the tower of the furnaces even incense, and the vesseis, and the uoto the broad wall;

tithes of the corn, the new wine, and 39 And from above the gate of the oil, which was commanded to be Ephraim, and above the old gate, and given to the levites, and the singers, abovc tbe fish-gate, and the tower of and the porters; and the offerings of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, the priests. even unto the sheep-gate : and they 6 Bui in all this time was not I at Jestood still in the prison-gate.

rusalem: for in the two and thirtieth 40 So stood the two companies of year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon them that gare thanks in the house of carne I unto the sing, and after certain God, and I, and the half of the rulers days obtained I leave of the king : with me:

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and 41 And the priests: Eliakim, Maa- understood of the evil that Eliasbib seizh, Miniamin, Micbaiah, Elioenai, did for Tobian, in preparing hiin a Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trum- chamber in the courts of the house pets :

of God. 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, 8 And it grieved me sore. therefore and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jeho- I cast forth all the household stutt of lanan and Malchijah, and Elam, and Tobiah out of the champer. Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with 9 Then I cominanded, and they Jezrabiah, their overseer.

cleansed the chambers : and thither 43 Also that day they offered great brought I again the ressels of the sacrifices, and rejoiced : for God bad house of Goi, with the meat-offering made them rejoice with great joy: the and the frankincense. wives also and the children rejoiced : 10 And I perceived that the por. so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard lions of the Levites bad not been even arar oif.

given them : for the Levites and the 44 And at that time were some singers, that did the work, were fled Rppointed over the chanibers for the every one to his field. Treasures, for the offerings, for the 1! Then conten led l with the rufirst-fruits, and for the tithes, to lers, and sanit, Why is the house of gather in:o them out of the fields of God forsaken . And I gathered them the cities the portions of the law for together, and set them in their place. the priesis and Lerites: for Judah 19 Then brough all Judab the rejoiced for the priests and for the tite of the corn and the new wine, Levites that waited.

and the oil, unto the treasuries. 45 And both the singers and the 13 And I made treasurers over the porters kept the ward of their God, treasuries, Sbelemiah the priest, and and the ward of the purification, ac- Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, cording to the commandment of Da- Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan vid, and of Solomon his son.

the son of Zaccur, the son of Matta46 For in the days of David and niah: for they were counted faithful ; Asaph of old, there were chief of the and their office was to distribute unto singers, and songs of praise and their brethren. thanksgiving unto God.

14 Remember me, my God, con47 And all Israel in the days of Ze- cerning this, and wipe not out my rubbabel, and in the days of Nehe- good deeds that I have done for the mial, gave the portions of the singers, house of my God, and for the offices and the porters, every day bis por- thereof. tion: and they sanctified holy things 15 | In those days saw I in Judah unto the Levites : and the Levites some treading wine-presses on the sanctified them unto the children of sabbath and bringing in sheaves, and Aaroo.

lading asses; as also wine, grapes, CHAP. XIII.

and tigs, and all manner of burdens, ON N that day, they read in the book which they brought into Jerusalem on of Moses in the audience of the the sabbath-day: and I testified agaita

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