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returned from Babylon.

CHAP. VIII. The law expounded by Ezra. 41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two forty and two thousand three hundred and hundred forty and seven.

threescore. 42 The children of Harim, a thousand and 67 Besides their man-servants and their seventeen.

maid-servants, of whom there were seven 43 | The Levites: the children of Jeshua, thousand three hundred thirty and seven: of Kadmiel, and of the children of Hodevali, and they had two hundred forty and five seventy and four.

singing-men and singing-women. 44 | The singers: the children of Asaph, 68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and a hundred forty and eight.

six: their mules, two hundred forty and five: 45 The porters: the children of Shallum, 69 Their camels, four hundred thirty and the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, five: six thousand seven hundred and twenthe children of Akkuh, the children of Ha- ty asses. tita, the children of Shobai, a hundred thirty 70 | And some of the chief of the fathers and eight.

gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave 46 | The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, the children of Hashupha, the children of fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' Tabhaoth,

garments. 47 The children of Keros, the children of 71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave Sia, the children of Padon,

to the treasure of the work twenty thousand 48 The children of Lebana, the children of |«rams of gold, and two thousand and two Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,

hundred pounds of silver. 49 The children of Hanan, the children of 72 And that which the rest of the people Giddel, the children of Gahar,

gave was twenty thousand drams of gold, 50 The children of Reaiah, the children of and two thousand pounds of silver, and three Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

score and seven priests' garments. 51 The children of Gazzam, the children of 73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the Uzza, the children of Plaseah,

porters, and the singers, and some of the 52 The children of Besai, the children of people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, Meunim, the children of Nephishiesim, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh 53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of month came, the children of Israel were in Hakupba, the children of Harhur,

their cities. 54 The children of Bazlith, the children of

CHAP. VIII. Mehida, the children of Harsha,

I The religious manner of reading and hearing 55 The children of Barkos, the children of thelaw. 9 They comfort the people. 13 The forSisera, the children of Tamahi,

wardness of them to hear and be instructed. 56 The children of Neziah, the children of 16 They keep the feast of tabernacles. Hatipha. 57 The children of Solomon's servants :

ND all the people gathered themselves A

together as one man into the street that the children of Sotai, the children of Sophe was before the water-gate; and they spake reth, the children of Perida,

unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the 58 The children of Jaala, the children of law of Moses, which the LORD had com Darkon, the children of Giddel,

manded to Israel. 59 The children of Shephatialı, the children 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law beof Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Ze-fore the congregation both of men and wobaim, the children of Amon.

men, and all that could hear with under60 All the Nethinims, and the children of standing, upon the first day of the seventh Solomon's servants, were three hundred month. ninety and two.

3 And he read therein before the street that 61 Ånd these were they which went up also was before the water-gate from the morning from Tel-melah, Tel-haresha, Cherub, Ad- until mid-day, before the men and the wodon, and Immer: but they could not shew men, and those that could understand; and their father's house, nor their seed, whether the ears of all the people were attentive unto they were of Israel.

the book of the law. 62 The children of Delaiah, the children of 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six bun- of wood, which they had made for the purdred forty and two.


and beside him stood Mattithiah, and 63 | And of the priests: the children of Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, Habaiah, the children of Koz., the children and Maaseial, on his right hand; and on of Barzillai, which took one of the daughters his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, called after their name.

Zechariah, and Meshullan. 64 These sought their register among those 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was all the people; (for he was above all the not found: therefore were they, as polluted, people ;) and when he opened it, all the peopot from the priesthood.

ple stood up: 65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great they should not eat of the most holy things, | God. And all the people answered, Amen, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they Thummim.

bowed their heads, and worshipped the 66 9 The whole congregation together was 'LORD with their faces to the ground.


The people are comforted.


A solemn fast kept. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebialı, selves from all strangers, and stood and conJamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maa- fessed their sins, and the iniquities of their seiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pe- fathers. laiah, and the Levites, caused the people to 3 And they stood up in their place, and understand the law: and the people stood in read in the book of the law of the LORD their place.

their God one fourth part of the day; and 8 So they read in the book in the law of God another fourth part they confessed, and wor distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused shipped the LORD their God. them to understand the reading.

4 T Then stood up upon the stairs, of the 97 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, Levites, Jesbua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Sheand Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Le- baniah, Runni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Che vites that taught the people, said unto all the nani, and cried with a loud voice unto the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your Lord their God. God; mourn not, nor weep.

For all the 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, people wept, when they heard the words of Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shethe law.

baniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send and blessed be thy glorious name, which is portions unto them for whom nothing is pre- exalted above all blessing and praise. pared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, is your strength.

with all their host, the earth, and all things 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, say- that are therein, the seas, and all that is ing, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; therein, and thou preservest them all; and neither be ye grieved.

the host of heaven worshippeth thee. 12 And all the people went their way to eat, ? Thou art the LORD the God, who didst and to drink, and to send portions, and to choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out make great mirth, because they had under- of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him th stood the words that were declared unto them. name of Abraham;

13 | And on the second day were gathered 8 And foundest his heart faithful before together the chief of the fathers of all the thee, and madest a covenant with him to people, the priests, and the Levites, unto give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, Ezra the scribe, even to understand the the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the words of the law.

Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I 14 And they found written in the law which say, to his seed, and hast performed thy the Lord had commanded by Moses, that words; for thou art righteous: the children of Israel should dwell in booths 9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in the feast of the seventh month :

in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red 15 And that they should publish and pro- sea; claim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, say- 10'And shewedst signs and wonders upon ing, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive- Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all branches, and pine-branches, and myrtle- the people of his land: for thou knewest oranches, and palm-branches, and branches that they dealt proudly against them.

So of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day. 16 | So the people went forth, and brought 11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, and made themselves booths, every them, so that they went through the midst one upon the roof of his house, and in their of the sea on the dry land; and their persecourts, and in the courts of the house of God, cutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a and in the street of the water-gate, and in the stone into the mighty waters. street of the gate of Ephraim.

12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the day 17 And all the congregation of them that by a cloudy pillar; and in the pight by a were come again out of the captivity made pillar of fire, to give them light in the way booths, and sat under the booths; forsince the wherein they should go. days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day 13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sihad not the children of Israel done so. And nai, and spakest with them from heaven, and there was very great gladness.

gavest them right judgments, and true laws, 18 Also day by day, from the first day unto good statutes and commandments: the last day, he read in the book of the law 14 And madest known unto them thy holy of God. And they kept the feast seven sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, days; and on the eighth day was a solemn statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy assembly, according unto the manner. CHAP. IX.

15 And gavest them bread from heaven for 1A solemn fast, and repentance of the people. their hunger, and broughtest forth water for

4 The Levites make a religious confession of them out of the rock for their thirst, and God's goodness, and their wickedness. promisedst them that they should go in to

OW in the twenty and fourth day of this possess the land which thou hadst sworn to

month the children of Israel were as- give them. sembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, 16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and earth upon them.

and hardened their necks, and hearkened 2 And the seed of Israel separated them. I not to thy commandments,


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The Levites' confession


of their disobedience. 17 And refused to obey, neither were mind-thy commandments, but sinned against thy ful of thy wonders that thou didst among judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live them; but hardened their necks, and in their in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and rebellion appointed a captain to return to hardened their neck, and would not hear. their bondage: but thou art a God ready to 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in and of great kindness and forsookest them not. thy prophets: yet would they not give ear:

18 Yea, when they had made them a molten therefore gavest tlou them into the hand of calf, and said, This is thy God that brought the people of the lands. thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies' sake provocations;

thou didst not utterly consume them, nor for19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsook- sake them; for thou art a gracious and merest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of ciful God. the cloud departed not from them by day, to 32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the lead them in the way; neither the pillar of mighty, and the terrible God, who keepeet fire by night, to shew them light, and the covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble way wherein they should go.

seem little before thee, that hath come upon 20 Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to in- us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our struct them, and withheldest not thy manna priests, and on our prophets, and on our fafrom their mouth, and gavest thein water for thers, and on all thy people, since the time their thirst.

of the kings of Assyria unto this day. ::21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them 33 Howbeit, thou art just in all that is in the wilderness, so that they lacked no- brought upon us; for thou hast done right, thing; their clothes waxed not old, and their but we have done wickedly: feet swelled not.

34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our 22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor and nations, and didst divide them into cor- hearkened unto thy commandinents and thy ners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify and the land of the king of Heslbon, and against them. the land of Og king of Bashan.

35 For they have not served thee in their 23 Their children also multipliedst thou as kingdom, and in tly great goodness that thou the stars of heaven, and broughtest them gavest them, and in the large and fat land into the land, concerning which thou badst which thou gavest before them, neither turnpromised to their fathers, that they should ed they from their wicked works. go in to possess it.

36 Behold, we are servants this day, and 24 So the children went in and possessed for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers the land, and thou subduedst before them to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, behold, we are servants in it. and gavest them into their hands, with their 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings, and the people of the land, that they kings whom thou hast set over us because of might do with them as they would.

our sins: also they have dominion over our 25 And they took strong cities, and a fat bodies, and over our cattle, at their plea land, and possessed houses full of all goods, sure, and we are in great distress. wells digged, vineyards and oliveyards, and 38 And because of all this we make a sure fruit-trees in abundance: so they did eat, covenant and write it; and our princes, Le. and were filled, and became fat, and de- vites, and priests, seal unto it. lighted themselves in thy great goodness.

CHAP. X. 26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, and 1 The names of them that sealed the covenant. rebelled against thee, and cast thy law be

28 The points of the covenant.

OW those that , which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations. and Zidkijah,

27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, the hand of their enemies, who vexed tiem: 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijali

, and in the time of their trouble, when they 4 Hattush, Shebanialı, Malluch, cried unto thee, thou heardest them from 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, heaven; and according to thy manifold mer- 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, cies thou gavest them saviours, who saved 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin them out of the hand of their enemies. 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were

28 But after they had rest, they did evil the priests. again before thee: therefore leftest thou 9 Ånd the Levites: both Jeshua the son them in the hand of their enemies, so that of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, they had the dominion over them: yet when Kadmiel; they returned and cried unto thee, thou 10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Houli heardest them from heaven; and many times jah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, didst thou deliver them according to thy | 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, mercies;

12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 29 And testifiedst against them, that thou 13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu. mightest bring them agaia unto thy law: yet 14 The chief of the people: Parosh, Pa they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto bath-Moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,


thinines, and the hey that had separated then A Jerusalem: the reste putere people also

The points of the covenant. NEHEMIAH. Those who dwelt at Jerusalem, 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

the tithes unto the house of our God, to the 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

chambers, into the treasure-house. 17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

39 For the children of Israel and the chil18 Hodijah, Haslum, Bezai,

dren of Levi shall bring the offering of the 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

chambers, where are the vessels of the sanc21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

tuary, and the priests that minister, and the 22 Pelatialı, Hanan, Anaiah,

porters, and the singers: and we will not for 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

sake the house of our God. 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

CHAP. XI. 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseial,

1 The rulers, voluntary men, and the tenth man 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

chosen by lot, dwell at Jerusalem. 3 A cata27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

logue of their names. 20 The residue dwell in 28 9 And the rest of the people, the priests, other cities. the porters, Ne

the dwelt at selves from the people of the lands unto the cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerulaw of God, their wives, their sons, and their salem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell daughters, every one having knowledge, and in other cities. having understanding;

2 And the people blessed all the men that 29 They clave to their brethren, their no- willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerubles, and entered into a curse, and into an salem. oath, to walk in God's law, which was given 39 Now these are the chief of the province by Moses the servant of God, and to observe that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of and do all the commandments of the Lord Judah dwelt every one in his possession in our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes; their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the

30 And that we would not give our daugh- Levites, and the Nethinins, and the children ters unto the people of the land, nor take of Solomon's servants. their daughters for our sons:

4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the chil31 And if the people of the land bring ware dren of Judah, and of the children of Benjaor any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, min. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah the that we would not buy it of them on the sab- son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son bath, or on the holy day: and that we would of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son leave the seventh year, and the exaction of of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez; every debt.

5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son 32 Ålso we made ordinances for us, to charge of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son ourselves yearly with the third part of a she- of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of kel for the service of the house of our God; Zechariahi, the son of Shiloni.

33 For the shew-bread, and for the conti- 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerunual meat-offering, and for the continual salem were four hundred threescore and burnt-offering, of the sabbaths, of the new eigbt valiant men. moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy 7 And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu things, and for the sin-offerings to make an the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son atonement for Israel, and for all the work of of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Mathe house of our God.

aseial, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah. 34 And we cast the lots among the priests, \ 8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hunthe Levites, and the people, for the wood- dred twenty and eight. offering, to bring it into the house of our 9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overGod, after the houses of our fathers, at times seer: and Judah the son of Senual was seappointed year by year, to burn upon the cond over the city. altar of the Lord our God, as it is written 10 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiain the law :

rib, Jacbin. 35 And to bring the first-fruits of our ground, 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of and the first-fruits of all fruit of all trees, year Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of by year, unto the house of the LORD:

Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of 36 Also the first-born of our sons, and of the house of God. our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the 12 And their brethren that did the work of firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to the house were eight hundred twenty and bring to the house of our God, unto the two : and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the priests that minister in the house of our God. son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of

37 And that we should bring the first-fruits Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit Malchiah, of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, 13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house two hundred forty and two: and Amashai oi our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the the Levites, that the same Levites might son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. 14 And their brethren, mighty men of va

33 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be lour, a hundred twenty and eight: and their with the Levites when the Levites take tithes: overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of the and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of great men.

and in other cities.

CHAP. XII. The succession of the high priesto 15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son, son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraial, Jereof Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of miah, Ezra, Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;

2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the 3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the 4 lado, Ginnetho, Abijah, outward business of the house of God. 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the prin-| 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These cipal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: were the chief of the priests and of their breand Bakbukiah the second among his brethren in the days of Jeshua. thren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the & Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, 18 All the Levites in the holy city were two which was over the thanksgiving, he and his bundred fourscore and four.

brethren. 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, Talmon, 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, and their brethren that kept the gates, were were over against them in the watches. a hundred seventy and two.

10 | And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim 20 | And the residue of Israel, of the priests, also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat and the Levites, were in all the cities of Ju-Joiada, dah, every one in his inheritance.

11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jona21 But the Nethiniins dwelt in Ophel: and than begat Jaddua. Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethinims. 12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests,

22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jeru- the chief of the fathers : of Seraiah, Meraisalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of ah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of 13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, JehoMicha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers hanan; were over the business of the house of God.

14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Jo23 For it was the king's commandment con- seph; cerning them, that a certain portion should 15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; be for the singers, due for every day.

16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Me24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, shullam; of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, 17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Minianin, of Moawas at the king's hand in all matters con- diah, Piltal; cerning the people.

18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Je. 25 And for the villages, with their fields, honathan; some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kir- 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, jath-arba, and in the villages thereof, and at Uzzi; Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and at Je- 20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; kabzeel, and in the villages thereof, 21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Ne26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at thaneel. Beth-phelet,

22 | The Levites in the days of Eliashib, 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer-sheba, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were reand in the villages thereof,

corded chief of the fathers: also the priests, 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and to the reign of Darius the Persian. in the villages thereof,

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, 29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zarealı, and were written in the book of the Chronicles, at Jarmuth,

even until the days of Johanan the son of 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, Eliashib. at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Aze- 24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, kah, and in the villages thereof. And they Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, dwelt from Beer-sheba unto the valley of with their brethren over against them, to Hinnom.

praise and to give thanks, according to the 31. The children also of Benjamin from commandment of David the man of God, Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and ward over against ward. Beth-el, and in their villages,

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

keeping the ward at the thresholds of the 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

gates. 35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen. 26 These were in the days of Joiakim the 36 And of the Levites were divisions in Ju- son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the dah, and in Benjamin.

days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra CHAP. XII.

the priest, the scribe. 1 The priests, 8 and the Levites, which came up Jerusalem, they sought the Levites out of all

27 | And at the dedication of the wall of priests. 22 Certain chief Levites. 27 The so- their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to lemnity of the dedication of the walls. 44 The keep the dedication with gladness, both with offices of the priests and Levites appointed in thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymthe temple.

bals, psalteries, and with happs. TOW these are the priests and the Le- 28 And the sons of the singers gathered

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