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Nehemiah's prayer.


He is sent to Jerusalem. 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,

42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph. 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,

43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithi37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau, alı, Zabad, Zebina, Jadaú, and Joel, Be38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,

naiah. 39 And Shelemialı, and Nathan, and Adaiah, 44 All these had taken strange wives: and 40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

some of them had wives by whom they had 41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah, children.

1 The Book of NEHEMIAH. CHAP. I.

commission to Jerusalem. 9 Nehemiah, to the 1 Nehemiah, understanding by Hanani the mise- grief of the enemies, cometh to Jerusalem. 12

ry of Jerusalem, mourneth, fasteth, and pray- He viereth secretly the ruins of the walls. eth, 5 His prayer.

17 He inciteth the Jews to build in despite of

the enemies. THI

THE words of Nehemiah the son of Hamonth Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I

chaliah. And it came to pass in the AND it came to pass in the month Nisan, was in Shushan the palace,

the king, that wine was before him: and I 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. he and certain men of Judah; and I asked. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his them concerning the Jews that had escaped, presence. which were left of the captivity, and con

2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why Acerning Jerusalem.

is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that sick ? this is nothing else but sorrow of are left of the captivity there in the province heart. Then I was very sore afraid, are in great affliction and reproach: the

3 And said unto the king, Let the king live wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and for ever: why should not my countenance the gates thereof are burned with fire.

be sad, when the city, the place of my fa-4 9 And it came to pass, when I heard these thers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates words, that I sat down and wept, and mourn- thereof are consumed with fire? ed certain days, and fasted, and prayed be

4 Then the king said unto me, For what fore the God of heaven,

dost thou make request ? So I prayed to 5 And said,

beseech thee, O Lord God the God of heaven. of heaven, the great and terrible God, that

5 And I said unto the king, If it please the keepeth covenant and mercy for them that king, and if thy servant have found favour love him and observe his commandments: in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepuleyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer

chres, that I may build it. of thy servant, which I pray before thee

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

7 Moreover, I said unto the king, If it please ? We have dealt very corruptly against the king, let letters be given me to the go. thee, and have not kept the commandments, vernors beyond the river, that they may connor the statutes, nor the judgments, which vey me over till I come into Judah; thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

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

wall of the city, and for the house that I 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my shall enter into. And the king granted me, commandments, and do them; though there according to the good hand of my God were of you cast out unto the uttermost part upon me. of the heaven, yet will I gather them from

9 | Then I came to the governors beyond thence, and will bring them unto the place the river, and gave them the king's letters. that I have chosen to set my name there.

Now the king had sent captains of the army 10 Now these are thy servants and thy and horsemen with me. people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy

10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and To. great power, and by thy strong hand. biah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, 11 OʻLORD, I beseech thee, let now thine it grieved them exceedingly that there was ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, come a man to seek the welfare of the chil. and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire dren of Israel. to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee,

11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there thy servant this day, and grant him mercy

three days. the sight of this man. For I was the king's 12 And I arose in the night, I and some cup-bearer.

few men with me; neither told I any man CHAP. II.

what my God had put in my heart to do at 1 Artaxerxes understanding the cause of Nehe- Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with miah's sadness sendeth him with letters and' me, save the beast that I rode upon.

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He incites the Jeus to build. CHAP. III.

Those who built the wall. 13 And I went out by night by the gate of the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the the valley, even before the dragon-well, and throne of the governor on this side the river. to the dung-port, and viewed the walls of Je. & Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of rusalem, which were broken down, and the Harhaiah, of the goldsıniths. Next unto him gates thereof were consumed with fire. also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the 14 Then I went on to the gate of the foun- apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem tain, and to the king's pool: but there was no unto the broad wall. place for the beast that was under me to pass. 9 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah 15 Then wentI

up in the night by the brook, the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of and viewed the wall, and turned back, and Jerusalem. entered by the gate of the valley, and so re- 10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah turned.

the son of Harumaph, even over against his 16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, house. And next unto him repaired Hattush or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the son of Hashabniah. the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the no- 11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub bles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that the son of Pahath-moab, repaired the other did the work.

piece, and the tower of the furnaces. 17 | Then said I unto them, Ye see the 12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of waste, and the gates thereof are burned with Jerusalem, he and his daughters. fire: come, and let us build up the wall of 13 The valley-gate repaired Hanun, and the Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. inhabitants of Zanoah'; they built it, and set

18 Then I told them of the hand of my God, up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and which was good upon me; as also the king's the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on words that he had spoken unto me. And they the wall into the dung-gate. said, Let us rise up and build. So they 14 But the dung-gate repaired Malchiah the strengthened their hands for this good wory) son of Rechah, the ruler of part of Beth-hac19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and cerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereTobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Ge- of, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. shem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us 15 But the gate of the fountain repaired to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, the king ?

and set up the doors thereof, the locks there20 Then answered I them, and said unto of, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the them, The God of heaven, he will prosper pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto us; therefore we his servants will arise and the stairs that go down from the city of David. build: but ye have no portjon, nor right, nor

16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of memorial, in Jerusalem.

Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Beth-zur, CHAP. III.

unto the place over against the sepulchrès The names and order of them that builded the of David, and to the pool that was made, and wall.

unto the house of the mighty. THEN Eliasbihrehe hie beprestano hep 17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum

with his brethren the priests, and they the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired builded the sheep-gate; they sanctified it, Hashabiah the ruler of the half part of Kei and set up the doors of it; even unto the lan, in his part. tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the 18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai tower of Hananeel.

the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part 2 And next unto him builded the men of of Keilah, Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur 19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son the son of Imri.

of Jeshua, the rulerof Mizpah, another piece 3 But the fish-gate did the sons of Hasse. over against the going up to the armoury, at naah build, who also laid the heams thereof, the turning of the wall.

the doors thereof, the locks there- 20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai of, and the bars thereof.

earnestly repaired the other piece, from the 4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth turning of the wall unto the door of the house the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next of Eliashib the high priest. unto them repaired Meshullam the son of 21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And Urijah, the son of Koz, another piece, from next unto them repaired Zadok the son of the door of the house of Eliashib even to the Baana.

end of the house of Eliashib, 5 And next unto them the Tekoites repair- | 22 And after him repaired the priests, the ed; but their nobles put not their necks to men of the plain. the work of their LORD.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Ha6 Moreover, the old gate repaired Jehoiada shub over against their house. After him rethe son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of paired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the sun Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and of Ananiah, by his house. set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, 24 After him repaired Binnui the son of and the bars thereof.

Henadad another piece, from the bouse of 7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even Ehe Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, I unto the corner.

and set up

The enemies scoff at the Jews. NEHEMIAH. Nehemiah appointeth a watch.

25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the four God, and set a watch against them day
turning of the wall, and the tower which and night, because of them.
lieth out from the king's high house, that was 10 And Judah said, Tlie strength of the
by the court of the prison. After him, Pe- bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is
daiah the son of Parosh.

much rubbish; so that we are not able to
26 Moreover, the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, build the wall.
unto the place over against the water-gate 11 And our adversaries said, They shall not
toward the east, and the tower that lieth out. know, neither see, till we come in the midst

27 After them the Tekoites repaired ano. among them, and slay them, and cause the
ther piece, over against the great tower that work to cease.
lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel. 12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews

28 From above the horse-gate repaired the which dwelt by them came, they said unto
priests, every one over against his house. us ten times, From all places whence ye shall
29 After them repaired Zadok the son of return unto us they will be upon you.
Immer, over against his house. After him 13 | Therefore set I in the lower places be-
repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechani- hind the wall, and on the higher places,
ah, the keeper of the east gate:

even set the people after their families with 30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of their swords, their spears, and their bows. Bhelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Za- 14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unið Japh, another piece. After him repaired the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: rehis chamber.

member the LORD which is great and terri31 After him repaired Malchiah the gold-ble, and fight for your brethren, yoursons, and smith's son, unto the place of the Netlinims, your daughters, your wives, and


houses. and of the merchants, over against the gate 15 And it came to pass, when our enemies Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner. hcard that it was known unto us, and God

32 And between the going up of the corner had brought their counsel to nought, that we unto the sheep-gate repaired the goldsmiths returned all of us to the wall, every one unto and the merchants.

his work. CHAP. IV.

16 And it came to pass from that time forth, I While the enemies scoff, Nehemiah prayeth that the half of my servants wrought in the

and continueth the work. 7 Understanding the work, and the other half of them held both wrath and secrets of the enemy, he setteth a the spears, the shields, and the bows, and watch. 13 He armeth the labourers, 19 and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind giveth military precepts.

all the house of Judah. UT it came to pass that when Sanballat 17 They which builded on the wall, and they

heard that we builded the wall, he was that bare burdens, with those that laded, wroth, and took great indignation, and mock- every one with one of his hands wrought in ed the Jews.

the work, and with the other hand held a 2 And he spake before his brethren, and the weapon. army of Samaria, and said, What do these 18 Forthe builders, every one had his sword** feeble Jews ? will they fortify themselves ? girded by his side, and so builded. And he will they sacrifice? will they make an end in that sounded the trumpet was by me. a day? will they revive the stones out of the 19 | And I said unto the nobles, and to the heaps of the rubbish which are burned ? rulers, and to the rest of the people, The

3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, work is great and large, and we are separa
and he said, Even that which they build, is ted upon the wall, one far from another.
go up,

he shall even break down their 20 In what place therefore ye hear the stone wall.

sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto 4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: us: our God shall fight for us. and turn their reproach upon their own head, 21 So we laboured in the work: and half and give them for a prey in the land of cap- of them held the spears from the rising of the tivity :

morning till the stars appeared. 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not 22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the their sin be blotted out from before thee: for people, Let every one with his servant lodge they have provoked thee to anger before the within Jerusalem, that in the night they may builders.

be a guard to us, and labour on the day. 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my o ned together unto the half thereof: for the servants, nor the men of the guard which fol. people had a mind to work.)2

lowed me, none of us put off our clothes, sad7 | But it came to pass, that when Sanbal- ing that every one put them off for washing. Jat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the

CHAP. V. Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that 1 The Jews complain of their debt, mortgage, the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and

and bondage. 6 Nehemiah rebuketh the usuthat the breaches began to be stopped, then rents, and causeth them to make a covenant of they were very wroth,

restitution. 14 He forbeareth his own allow3 And conspired all of them together to ance, and keepeth hospitality. come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.


and of their wives against their bre9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto thren the Jews.

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CHAP. VI. Insidious conduct of Sanballat. 2 For there were that said, We, our sons, 17 Moreover, there were at my table a hunand our daughters, are many: therefore we dred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, besides take up corn for them, that we may eat, and those that came unto us from among the Jive.

heathen that are about us 3 Some also there were that said, We have 18 Now that which was prepared for me mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also that we might buy corn, because of the fowis were prepared for me, and once in ten dearth.

days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all 4 There were also that said, We have bor- this required not I the bread of the governor, rowed money for the king's tribute, and that because the bondage was heavy upon this upon our lands and vineyards.

people. 5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our 19 Think upon me, my God, for good, acbrethren, our children as their children: cording to all that I have done for this people. and lo, we bring into bondage our sons and

CHAP. VI. our daughters to be servants, and some of our

I Sanballat practiseth by craft, by rumours, by daughters are brought into bondage already: hired prophecies, to terrify Nehemiah. 15 The neither is it in our power to redeem them; work is finished to the terror of the enemies for other men have our lands and vineyards. 17 Secret intelligence passeth betwcen the ene.

6 | And I was very angry when I heard mies and the nobles of Judah.
their cry and these words.
7 Then I consulted with myself, and I re-

VOW it came to pass, when Sanballat,

and Tobiali, and Geshem the Arabian, buked the nobles, and the rulers, and said and the rest of our enemies, heard that I haci unto them, Ye exact usary, every one of his builded the wall, and that there was no brother. And I set a great assembly against breach left therein; (though at that time I them.

had not set up the doors upon the gates;) 8 And I said unto them, We, after our abi. 2 That Sanballat and Gesliem sent unto lity, have redeemed our brethren the Jews, me, saying, Come, let us meet together in which were sold unto the heathen; and will some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be But they thought to do me mischief. sold unto us? Then held they their peace, 3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, and found nothing to answer.

I am doing a great work, so that I cannot 9 Also I said, It is not good that ve do come downwhy should the wnik cease, ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God whilst I leave it, and come down to you? because of the reproach of the heathen our 4 Yet they sent unto me four times after enemies?

this sort; and I answered them after the 10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my same manner. servants, might exact of them money and 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. in like manner the fifth time with an open 11 Restore, I pray yon, to them, even this letter in his hand; day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive- | 6 Wherein was written, It is reported among yards, and their houses, also the hundredth the heathen, and Gashimu saith it, that thou part of the money, and of the corn, the and the Jews think to rebel : for which cause wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be

12 Then said they, We will restore them, their king, according to these words. and will require nothing of them; so will we 7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to do as thou sayesi. Then I called the priests, preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There and took an oath of them, that they should is a king in Judah: and now shall it be redo according to this promise.

ported to the king according to these words. 13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God Come now therefore, and let us take counshake out every man from bis house, and sel together. from his labour, that perforineth not this pro

8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are mise, even thus be he shaken out, and emp- no such things done as thou sayest, but thou tied. And all the congregation said, Amen, feignest them out of thine own heart. and praised the LORD. And the people did 9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their according to this promise.

hands shall be weakened from the work, that 14 | Moreover, from the time that I was it be not done. Now therefore, O God, appointed to be their governor in the land strengthep my hands. of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto 10 Afterward I came into the house of Shethe two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the maiah the son of Delaialı, the son of Meheking, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren tabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Le have not eaten the bread of the governor. us meet together in the house of God, within 15 But the former governors that had been the temple, and let us shut the doors of the before me were chargeable unto the people, temple : for they will come to slay thee; yea, and had taken of them bread and wine, be in the night will they come to slay thee. sides forty shekels of silver; yea, even their 11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? servants bare rule over the people: but so and who is there, that, being as I am, would did not I, because of the fear of God. go into the temple to save his life? I will

16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this not go in. wall, neither bought we any land: and all my 12 And lo, I perceived that God liad not servants were gathered thither unto the work. I sent him; but that he propounced this pro..



The wall of Jerusalem finished.


A register of those who phecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanbal- | hemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Morlat had hired him.

decai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, 13 Therefore was he hired, that I should Baanah. The number, I say, of the men be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they of the people of Israel was this; might have matter for an evil report, that 8 The children of Paroshi, two thousand a they might reproach me.

hundred seventy and two. 14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and 9 The children of Shephatiah, three hunSanballat, according to these their works, and dred seventy and two. on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the 10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty prophets, that would have put me in fear.

and two. 15 9 So the wall was finished in the twenty 11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the and fisth day of the month Elul, in fifty and children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand two days.

and eight hundred and eighteen. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our 12 The children of Elam, a thousand two enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen hundred fifty and four. that were about us saw these things, they 13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred were much cast down in their own eyes : forty and five. for they perceived that this work was wrought 14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred of our God.

and threescore. 17 | Moreover, in those days the nobles of 15 The children of Binnui, six hundred for. Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and ty and eight. thc letters of Tobiah came unto them. 16 The children of Bebai, six hundred

18 For there were many in Judah sworn twenty and eight. unto him, because he was the son-in-law of 17 The children of Azgad, two thousand Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son three hundred twenty and two. Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshul- 18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred lam the son of Berechiah.

threescore and seven. 19 Also they reported his good deeds before 19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand me, and uttered my words to him. And To- threescore and seven. biah sent letters to put me in fear.

20 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty CHAP. VII.

and five. 1 Nehemiah committeth the charge of Jerusalem 21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, nine

to Hawani and Hananiah. 5 A register of the ty and eight. genealogy of them which came at the first out 22 The children of Hashum, three hundred of Babylon, 8of the people, 39 of the priests; twenty and eight. 43 of the Levites, 46 of the Nethinims, 57 of Solomon's servants, 63 and of the priests

23 The children of Bezai, three hundred which could not find their pedigree. 66 The twenty and four. whole number of them, with their substance.

24 The children of Hariph, a hundred and 70 Their oblations.

twelve. COW it came to pass, when the wall was 25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.

26 The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, the porters, and the singers, and the Levites a hundred fourscore and eight. were appointed,

27 The men of Anathoth, a hundred twen2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Ha- ty and eight. naniah the ruler of the palace, charge over 28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and two. feared God above many.

29 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, 3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three. of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; | 30 The men of Rainah and Gaba, six hun. and while they stand by, let them shut the dred twenty and one. doors, and bar them: and appoint watches 31 The men of Michmas, a hundred and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in twenty and two. his watch, and every one to be over against 32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, a hundred his house.

twenty and three. 4 Now the city was large and great: but 33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two. the people were few therein, and the houses 34 The children of the other Elam, a thouwere not builded.

sand two hundred fifty and four. 59 And my God put into my heart to ga. 35 The children of Harim, three hundred ther together the nobles, and the rulers, and and twenty. the people, that they might be reckoned by 36 The children of Jericho, three hundred genealogy. And I found a register of the forty and five. genealogy of them which came up at the 37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, first, and found written therein,

seven hundred twenty and one. 6 These are the children of the province, 38 The children of Senaah, three thousand that went up out of the captivity, of those nine hundred and thirty. mat had been carried away, whom Nebu- 39 T The priests: the children of Jedaiah, chadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred sevenaway, and came again to Jerusalem and to ty and three. Tidal, every one unto his city;

40 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Ne. I and two.

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