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Dedication of the wall.

NEHEMIAH. Separation from the multitude. country round about Jerusalem, and from the 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of villages of Netophathi;

old there were chief of the singers, and songs 29 Ålso from the house of Gilgal, and out of praise and thanksgiving unto God. of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbasingers had builded them villages round about |bel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the Jerusalem.

portions of the singers and the porters, every 30 And the priests and the Levites purified day his portion: and they sanctified holy themselves, and purified the people, and the things unto the Levites; and the Levites gates, and the wall.

sanctified them unto the children of Aaron. 31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah

CHAP. XIII. upon the wall, and appointed two great com

1 Upon the reading of the law, separation is panies of them that gave thanks, whereof

made from the mixed multitude. 4 Nehemiah one went on the right land upon the wall to

at his return causeth the chambers to be cleansward the dung-gate:

ed. 10 He reformeth the offices in the house of 32 And after then went Hoslaiah, and half God. 15 The violation of the sabbath, 23 ani of the princes of Judah,

the marriages with strange wives. 33 And Azarialı, Ezra, and Meshullam, 31 Judalı, and Benjanin, and Shemaiali, ON that day they read in the book of

Moses in the audience of the people; and Jeremiah,

and therein was found written, that the Am35 And certain of the priests' sons with monite and the Moabite should not come into trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jo- the congregation of God for ever; pathan, the son of Shemaialı, the son of Mat- 2 Because they met not the children of Israel Laniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zac- with bread and with water, but hired Balaam cur, the son of Asaplı:

against them, that lie should curse them: 36 And his brethren, Shemaialı, and Aza- howheit, our God turned the curse into a rael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and blessing. Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments 3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe the law, that they separated from Israel all before them.

the mixed multitude. 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was over 4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, against them, they went up by the stairs of having the oversight of the chamber of the the city of David, at the going up of the wall, house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah : above the house of David, even unto the wa- 5 And he had prepared for him a great ter-gate eastward.

chamber, whereaforetime they laid the meat38 And the other company of them that gave offerings the frankincense, and the vessels, thanks went over against them, and I after and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and them, and the half of the people upon the the oil, (which was commanded to be given wall, froin beyond the tower of the furnaces to the Levites, and the singers, and the poreven mto the broad wall;

ters,) and the offerings of the priests. 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, 6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusaand above the old gate, and above the fish- lem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Argate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the taxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the tower of Meali, even unto the sheep-gate: king, and after certain days obtained I leave and they stood still in the prison-gate. of the king :

40 So stood the two companies of them that 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in the half of the rulers with me:

preparing him a chamber in the courts of the 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, house of God. Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast and Hananiah, with trumpets;.

forth all the household-stuff of Tobiah out of 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Ele- the chamber. azar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchi- 9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed jah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers the chambers: and thither brought I again sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer. the vessels of the house of God, with the

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, meat-offering and the frankincense. and rejoiced: for God had made them re- 10 | And I perceived that the portions of joice with great joy: the wives also and the the Levites had not been given them: for children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusa- the Levites and the singers, that did the work, lem was heard even afar off.

were fled every one to his field. 44 | And at that time were some appointed 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and over the chambers for the treasures, for the said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And offerings, for the first-fruits, and for the tithes, I gathered them together, and set them in to gather into them out of the fields of the their

place. cities the portions of the law for the priests 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests corn and the new wine and the oil unto the and for the Levites that waited.

treasuries, 45 And both the singers and the porters 13 And I made treasurers over the treasukept the ward of their God, and the ward of ries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the the purification, according to the command- scribe; and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next ment of David, and of Solomon his son. to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the

Abuses reformed by Nehemiah. CHAP. XIII.

Ahasuerus' royal feasts. son of Mattaniah: for they were counted 22 And I commanded the Levites, that they faithful; and their office was to distribute should cleanse themselves, and that they unto their brethren.

should come and keep the gates, to sanctify 14 Remember me, O my God, concerning the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I concerning this also, and spare me accord, have done for the house of my God, and for ing to the greatness of thy mercy. the offices thereof.

23 | In those days also saw I Jews that had 15 || In those dayssaw I in Judah some tread. married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of ing wine-presses on the sabbath, and bring- Moab: ing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, 24 And their children spake half in the grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in which they brought into Jerusalem on the the Jews' language, but according to the lansabbath day: and I testified against them in guage of each people. the day wherein they sold victuals.

25 And I contended with them, and cursed 16 There dwelt men of 'Tyre also therein, them, and smote certain of them, and pluck. which brought fish, and all manner of ware, ed off their hair, and made them swear by and sold on the sabbath unto the children of God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughJudah, and in Jerusalem.

ters unto their sons, por take their daughters 17 Then I contended with the nobles of unto your sous, or for yourselves. Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by isthisthatye do, and profane the sabbath day? these things ? yet among many nations was

18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not there no king like him, who was beloved of his our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon God, and God made him king over all Israel: this city ? yet ye bring more wrath upon nevertheless even him did outlandish women Israel by profaning the sabbath.

cause to sin. 19 And it came to pass, that, when the gates 27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all of Jerusalem began to be dark before the this great evil, to transgress against our God sabbath, I commanded that the gates should in marrying strange wives? be shut, and charged that they should not be 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of opened till after the sabbathi: and some of Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law to my servants set I at the gates, that there Sanbailat the Horonite: therefore I chased should no burden be brought in on the sab- him from me. bath day.

29 Remember them, O my God, because 20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind they have defiled the priesthood, and the coof ware lodged without Jerusalem once or venant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. twice.

30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, 21 Then I testified against them, and said and appointed the wards of the priests and unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if the Levites, every one in his business ; ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From 31 And for the wood-offering, at times ap. that time forth came they no more on the pointed, and for the first-fruits. Remember sabbath.

me, O my God, for good.
| The Book of ESTHER.

lings, fastened with cords of fine linen and 1.Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts. 10 Vashti, sent purple to silver rings and pillars of marble :

for, refuseth to come. 13 Ahasuerus, by the the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavecounsel of Memucan, maketh the decree of ment of red, and blue, and white, and black men's sovereignty.

marble. TOW it came to pass in the days of Aha. 7 And they gave them drink in vessels of

suerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reign- gold, (the vessels being diverse one from ano. ed from India even unto Ethiopia, wer a ther,) and royal wine in abundance, accordhundred and seven and twenty provinces:) ing to the state of the king.

2 That in those days, when the king Aha- 8 And the drinking was according to the suerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, law; none did compel: for so the king had which was in Shushan the palace,

appointed to all the officers of his house, that 3 In the third year of his reign, he made a they should do according to every man's pleafeast unto all bis princes and his servants; sure. the power of Persia and Media, the nobles 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for and princes of the provinces, being before the women in the royal house which behim :

longed to king Ahasuerus. 4 When he shewed the riches of his glori- 10 9 On the seventh day, when the heart ous kingdom and the honour of his excellent of the king was merry with wine, he commajesty many days, even a hundred and four- manded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Big. score days.

tha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the 5 And when tliese days were expired, the seven chamberlains that served in the preking made a feast unto all the people that sence of Ahasuerus the king, were present in Shushan the palace, both 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the unto great and small, seven days, in the court king with the crown royal to shew the peoof the garden of the king's palace; ple and the princes her beauty: for she was 6 Where were white, green, and blue hang. I fair to look on.


Vashti's disobedience.


Esther advanced, 12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the the king's commandment by his chamber- provinces of his kingdom, that they may galains: therefore was the king very wroth, ther together all the fair young virgins unto and his anger burned in him.

Shushan the palace, to the house of the wo13 | Then the king said to the wise men, men, unto the custody of Hege the king's which knew the times, (for so was the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let manner toward all that knew law and judg- their things for purification be given them:

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, king be queen instead of Vashti. And the Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marse- thing pleased the king; and he did so. na, and Memucan, the seven princes of Per- 5 Now in Shushan the palace there was sia and Media, which saw the king's face, a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, and which sat the first in the kingdom ;) the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of

15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti Kislı, a Benjamite; according to law, because she hath not per- 6 Who had been carried away from Jeruformed the commandment of the king Aha- salem with the captivity which had been carsuerus by the chamberlains ?

ried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, 16 And Memucan answered before the king whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babyand the princes, Vashti the queen bath not lon had carried away. done wrong to the king only, but also to all 7 And he brought up Hadassah, (that is, the princes, and to all the people that are in Esther,) his uncle's daughter: for she had ail the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. neither father nor niother, and the maid was

17 For this deed of the queen shall come fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when abroad unto all women, so that they shall her father and mother were dead, took for despise their husbands in their eyes, when his own daughter. it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus 89 So it came to pass, when the king's commanded Vashti the queen to be brought commandment and his decree was heard, in before him, but she came not.

and when many maidens were gathered to18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and gether unto Shushan the palace, to the cusMedia say this day unto all the king's princes, tody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also: which have heard of the deed of the queen. unto the king's house, to the custody of HeThus shall there arise too much contempt gai, keeper of the women. and wrath.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and she ob19 If it please the king, let there go a royal tained kindness of him; and he speedily coinmandment from him, and let it be writ- gave her her things for purification, with such ten among the laws of the Persians and the things as belonged to her, and seven maidens Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti which were meet to be given her, out of the come no more before king Ahasuerus; and king's house: and he preferred her and her let the king give her royal estate unto ano-maids unto the best place of the house of the ther that is better than she.

20 And when the king's decree which he 10 Esther had not shewed her people nor shall 'make shall be published throughout all her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall that she should not shew it. give to their husbands honour, both to great 11 And Mordecai walked every day before and small.

the court of the women's house, to know how 21 And the saying pleased the king and the Esther did, and what should become of her. princes; and the king did according to the 129 Now when every maid's turn was come word of Memucan:

to go in to king Ahasierus, after that she had 22 For he sent letters into all the king's pro- been twelve months, according to the manvinces, into every province according to the ner of the women, (for so were the days of writing thereof, and to every people, after their purifications accomplished, to wit, six their language, that every man should bear months with oil of myrrh, and six months rule in his own house; and that it should be with sweet odours, and with other things for published according to the language of every the purifying of the women;) people.

13 Then thus came every maiden unto the CHAP. II.

king; whatsoever she desired was given her Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be to go with her out of the house of the women chosen. 5 Mordecai the nursing father of Es

unto the king's house. ther. 8 Esther is preferred by Hegai before the 14 In the evening, she went, and on the rest. 12 The manner of purification, and going morrow she returned into the second house in to the king. 15 Esther best pleasing the king of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, is made queen. 21. Mordecai discovering a the king's chamberlain, which kept the contreason is recorded in the chronicles.

cubines: she came in unto the king no more, FTER these things, when the wrath of except the king delighted in her, and that

king Ahasuerus was appeased, he re- she were called by name. membered Vashti, and what she had done, 15 | Now when the turn of Esther, the and what was decreed against her.

daughter of Abilail the uncle of Mordecai, 2 Then said the king's servants that minis- who had taken her for his daughter, was tered unto bin, Let there be fair young vir- come to go in unto the king, she required nogins sought for the king :

thing but what Hegai the king's chamber


and made queen.


CHAP. III, IV. Haman seeks the Jews' destruction. lain, the keeper of the wonen, appointed. Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king AhasueAnd Esther obtained favour in the sight of rus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before all them that looked


Haman from day to day, and from month to 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasue-month, to the iwelfth month, that is, the rus into his house-royal in the tenth month, month Adar. which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh 8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, year of his reign.

There is a certain people scattered abroad 17 And the king loved Esther above all the and dispersed among the people in all the women, and she obtained grace and favour provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are in his sight more than all the virgins; so that diverse from all people; neither keep they he set the royal crown upon her head, and the king's laws: therefore it is not for the made her queen instead of Vashti.

king's profit to suffer them. 18 Then the king made a great feast unto 9 Is it please the king, let it be written that all his princes and his servants, eren Esther's they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten feast; and he made a release to the pro-thousand talents of silver to the hands of vinces, and gave gifts, according to the state those that have the charge of the business, of the king;

to bring it into the king's treasuries. 19 And when the virgins were gathered to- 10 And the king took his ring from his hand, gether the second time, then Mordecai sat in and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammethe king's gate.

datha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy: 20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred, 11 And the king said unto Haman, The silnor her people, as Mordecai had charged ver is given to thee, the people also, to do her: for Esther did the commandment of with them as it seemeth good to thee. Mordecai, like as when she was brougļit up 12 Then were the king's scribes called on with him.

the thirteenth day of the first month, and 21 | In those days, while Mordecai sat in there was written according to all that Hathe king's gate, two of the king's chamber-man had commanded unto the king's lieutelains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which nants, and to the governors that were over kept the door, were wroth, and sought to rovince, and to the rulers of every lay hand on the king Ahasueruss

people of every province, according to the 22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, writing thereof, and to every people after who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther their language; in the name of king Ahasuecertified the king thereof in Mordecai's name. rus was it written, and sealed with the king's

23 And when inquisition was made of the ring. matter, it was found out; therefore they were 13 And the letters were sent by posts into both hanged on a tree: and it was written in all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, the book of the Chronicles before the king, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young CHAP. III.

and old, little children and women, in one 1 Haman, advanced by the king, and despised by day, even upon the thirteenth day of the Mordecai, seeketh revenge upon all the Jews. twelfth month, which is the month Adar, 7 He casteth lots. 8 He obtaineth by calumnia- and to take the spoil of them for a prey. tion a decree of the king to put the Jews to 14 The copy of the writing for a commanddeath.

ment to be given in every province was pubAFTER these things didoking Ahasuerus lished unto al people, that they should be tha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his 15 The posts went out, being hastened by seat above all the princes that were with him. the king's commandment, and the decree

2 And all the king's servants that were in was given in Shushan the palace. And the the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Ha- king and Haman sat down to drink; but the man; for the king had so commanded con- city Shushan was perplexed. cerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor

CHAP. IV. did him reverence. 3 Then the king's servants which were in

1 The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews.

4 Esther, understanding it, sendeth to Morthe king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why

decai, who sheveth the cause, and adviseth her transgressest thou the king's commandment? to undertake the suit. 10 She excusing herself

4 Now it came to pass, when they spake is threatened by Mordecai. 15 She appointing daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto a fast undertaketh the suit. Merade that they tels Wamaan to see whether Where

. Mordecai perceived all that was told them that he was a Jew.

puton sackcloth with ashes, and went out 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai into the midst of the city, and cried with a bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was loud and a bitter cry; Haman full of wrath.

2 And came even before the king's gate: 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on for none might enter into the king's gate Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him clothed with sackcloth. the people of Mordecai : wherefore Haman 3 And in every province whithersoever the sought to destroy all the Jews that were king's commandment and his decree came, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasue- there was great mourning among the Jews, rus, even the people of Mordecai. and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and 7 | In the first month (that is, the month | many lay in sackcloth and ashes.


diordecai's adrice to Esther.


The banquet of Esther 4 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains 9 Haman, proud of his advancement, repineth came and told it her. Then was the queen

at the contempt of Mordecai. 14 By the counexceedingly grieved; and she sent rainent

sel of Zeresh he buildeth for him a pair of to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his

gallows. sackcloth from him: but he received it NOW it came to pass on the third day, not.

that Esther put on her royal apparel, 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the and stood in the inner court of the king's king's chamberlains, whom he had appoint- house, over against the king's house: and ed to attend upon her, and gave him a com- the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal mandment to Mordecai, to know what it house, over against the gate of the house. was, and why it was.

2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, unto the queen standing in the court, that she ob. the street of the city, which was before the tained favour in his sight: and the king held king's gate.

out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had his hand. So Esther drew near, and touchhappened unto him, and of the sum of the ed the top of the sceptre. money that Haman had promised to pay to 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy thou, queen Esther? and what is thy rethem.

quest? it shall be even given thee to the half 8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the kingdom. of the decree that was given at Shushan to 4 And Esther answered, If it seen good destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to unto the king, let the king and Haman come declare it unto her, and to charge her that this day unto the banquet that I have preshe should go in unto the king, to make sup- pared for him. plication unto him, and to make request be- 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman 10 fore him for her people.

make haste, that he may do as Esther hath 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the said. So the king and Haman came to the words of Mordecai.

banquet that Esther had prepared. 10 | Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and 6 | And the king said unto Esther at the gave him commandment unto Mordecai; banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and

11 All the king's servants, and the people it shall be granted tliee : and what is thy reof the king's provinces, do know, that who- quest? even to the half of the kingdom it soever, whether man or woman, shall come shall be performed, unto the king into the inner court, who is 17. Then answered Esther, and said, My penot called, there is one law of his to put him tition and my request is : to death, except suci to whom the king shall 8 If I have found favour in the sight of the hold out the golden sceptre, that he may king, and if it please the king to grant my live: but I have not been called to come in petition, and to perform my request, let the unto the king these thirty days.

king and Haman come to the banquet that I 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's shall prepare for them, and I will do to-morwords.

row as the king hath said. 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer | 9 | Then went Haman forth that day joy. Esther, Think not with thyself that thou ful and with a glad heart: but when Haman shalt escape in the king's house, more than saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he all the Jews.

stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace of indignation against Mordecai. at this time, then shall there enlargement and 10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself: deliverance arise to the Jews from another and when he came home, he sent and called place; but thou and thy father's house shall for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. be destroyed : and who knoweth, whether 11 And Haman told them of the glory of his thou art come to the kingdoın for such a time, riches, and the multitude of his children, and

all the things wherein the king had promo15 | Then Esther bade then return Mor- ted him, and how he had advanced him decai this answer,

above the princes and servants of the king. 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and queen did let no man come in with the king peither eat nor drink three days, night or unto the banquet that she had prepared but day: I alfo and my maidens will fast like myself; and to-morrow am I invited unto her wis : and so will I go in unto the king, also with the king. which is not according to the law; and if I 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long perish, I perish.

as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the 17 Só Mordecai went his way, and did ac- king's gate. cording to all that Esther had commanded 14 | Then said Zeresh his wife and all his him.

friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of CHAP. V.

fifty cubits high, and to-morrow speak thou 2 Esther, adventuring on the king's favour, ob

unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged laineth the grace of the golden sceptre, and in- thereon: then go thou in merrily with ihe diteth the king and Haman to a banquet. 6 king unto the banquet. And the thing pleasSke, being encouraged by the king in her suit, ed Haman; and he caused the gallows to be inviteth them to another banquet ike nczi day. Imade.

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