Page images
PDF
EPUB

The builders of the wall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah. Nehemiah appointeth a watch house, that was by the court of the pri But it came to pass that when fon : after him, Pedaiah the fon of Pa- Sanballar and Tobiah,and the Arabians, rolb.

and the Ammonites, and the Ashdo26 Moreover, the Netbinims dwelt in dites heard that the walls of Jerusalem Ophel, unto the place over against the were made up, and that the breaches water-gare toward the cast, and the began to be stopped, then they were tower that lierh out.

very wroth, 27. After them the Tekoites repaired 8 And conspired all of them togecher, another piece, over against the great to come and to fight against Jerusalem, lower that liech out, even unto the wall and to hinder it. of Ophel.

9 Nevertheless, we made our prayer 28 From above the horse-gate, repair- unto our God, and fet a watch against ed the priests, every one over against his them day and night, because of them. houfe.

10 And Judah said, The strength of 29 After them repaired Zadok the con the bearers of burdens is decayed, and of linmer, over against his house: after there is much rubbish, so that we are not him repaired also Shenraiah, the son of able to build the wall. Shcchaniah, the keeper of the east 11 And our adversaries said, They shall Sate.

not know, neither fee, till we come in 30 After him repaired Hananiah the the midst among them, and say them, fon of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth and cause the work to cease. fon of Zalaph, another piece: after him 12 And it came to pass that when the repaired Melhullam che son of Bere- Jews which dwelt by them, came, they chiah, over against his chamber. said unto us ten cimes, From all places,

3. After him repaired Malchiah, the whence ye shall return unto us, they will goldsmiths son, unto the place of the be upon you. Nethinims, and of the merchants, over i} Therefore set I in the lower pla." against the gate Mipbkad, and to the ces behind the wall, and on the higher going up of the corner.

places, I even set the people after their 33 And between the going up of the families with their swords, their spears corner unto the sheep-gate, repaired the and their bows. goldsmiths and the merchants. 14 And I looked, and rose up, and CHAP. IV.

faid unto the nobles, and to the rulers, 1 Ilhile the enemies scoff, Nehemiah pray- and to the rest of the people, Be not se eth : 7 He setteth a watch.

afraid of them : remember the LORD Ut it came to pass, that when San- which is great and terrible, and fight for wall, he was wroth, and took great ters, your wives and your houses. indignation, and mocked the Jews. 15 And it came to pass, when our e

2 And he spake before his brethren nemies heard that it was known unto us, and the army of Samaria, and said, What and God had brought their counsel to do these feeble Jews? will they fortifie nought, chat we returned all of us to the chemselves? will they sacrifice? will chey wall every one unto his work. make an end in a day? will they revive 16 And it came to pass from that time the stones out of che heaps of the rubbish, forth, that the half of my servants which are burnt ?

wrought in the work, and the other 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by half of them held both the spears, the hin, and he said, Even that which they mields, and the bows, and the habergebuild, if a fox go up, he shall even break ons; and che rulers were behind all the down their stone-wall.

house of Judah. 4. Hear, O our God, for we are de 17 They which builded on the wall, fviled: and turn their reproach upon and they that bare burdens, with those their own head, and give them for a that laded, every one with one of his prey in the land of captivity:

hands wrought in the work, and with Ś And cover not their iniquity, and che other hand held a weapon. Ier nor their sin be blocrcd out from be 18 For the builders every one had his fore thee : for have provoked thee (word girded by his side, and so build, to anger before the builders.

ed: and he that sounded the trumpet 6So built we che wall; and all the wall was by me. was joyned together unto che half there 19 And I said unto che nobles, and -f. for the people had a mind to work, to therulers, and to the rest of the peo-]

plea

Nehemiahreformeth ufury: Chap. v.

His hospitality. ple, The work is great and large, and 9 Alfo I said, It is not good thar ye we are separated upon the wall, one far do: ought ye not to walk in the fear from another,

of our God, because of the reproach of 20 In what place therefore ye hearthe the heathen our enemies? found of the trumper, resort ye thither 10 I likewise, and my brethren, and anto us : our God shall fight for us. my servants, might exact of chem mo

21 So we laboured in the work: and ney and corn: I pray you let us leave off half of them held the spears, from the this usury. rising of the morning, till the stars ap 11 Reitore, I pray you, to them, even peared.

this day, their lands, their vineyards, 22 Likewise at the same time said I their olive-yards, and cheir houses, alsó unto the people, Let everyone with his the hundredth park of the money, and servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in of the corn, the wine, and the oyl, chac che night they may be a guard to us, and ye exact of them. labour on the day.

12 Then said they, We will restore 23. So neither 1, nor my brethren, nor them, and will require nothing of them my servants, nor the men of the guard so will we do as thou sayft. Then I calwhich followed me, none of us put off led the priests, and took an oach of them, our clothes, Saving that every one puc that they should do according to this chem off for washing.

promise. CHA P. V.

13 Allo I shook my lap, and said, I The Fews complain of their debt, mor- Șo God shake out every man from his

sage, and bondage. 6 Nehemiahs refti- house, and from his labour, that perturion : 14 He forbeareth his own al- formeth not this promise, even thus be lowance, and keepeth hospitality. he shaken out, and emptied. And all the

Nd there was a great cry of the peo- congregation laid, Amen, and praised their brethren the Jews.

ing to this promise. 2 For chere were that said, We, our 14 & Moreover, from the time that sons and our daughters are many: chere- I was appointed to be their governor in fore we take up corn for them, that we the land of Judah, from the twentieth may eat and live.

year, even unto the two and thirtieth 3 Some also there were that said, We year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, have morgaged ourlands, vineyards, and twelve years, I and my brethren have houses, that we might buy corn, because not eaten the bread of the governor. of the dearth.

15 But the former governors that 4 There were also that said, We have had been before me, were chargeable un borrowed money for the kings tribute, to the people, and had taken of them and that upon our lands and vineyards. bread and wine, beside forty shekels of

s Yet now our felh is as the Aesh of silver, yea, even their servants bare rule our brethren, our children as their chil- over the people: but so did not I, bedren: and lo, we bring into bondage our cause of the rear of God. fons and our daughters, to be servants, 16 Yea, also I continued in the work and some of our daughters are brought of this wall, neither bought we any land: unto bondage already, neither is it in and all my fervants were gathered chicher our power to redeem them : for other unto the work. men have our lands and vineyards. 17 Moreover, there were at my table an

6 4 And I was very angry when I hundred and fifty of the Jews and ruheard their cry, and thele words. Jers, besides chose that came unto lis

7. Then I consulted with my felf, and from among the heathen that are about I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, uş. and said unto them, You exact usury, ea 18 Now that which was prepared form very one of his brother. And I set a great me daily, was one ox, and fix choice assembly against them.

Theep; allo fowls were prepared for me, 8 And I said unto them, We, after and once in ten days store of all sorts of our ability, have redeemed our bre- wine : yer for all this required not I che thren che Jews, which were sold unto the bread of the governor, because tbe bonheathen; and will you even sell your dage was heavy upon this people. brechren? or shall chey be sold unto us? 19 Think upon me,my God, for good,

Then held they cheir peace, and found according to all that I have done for this noching to answer,

people.

СЕ

U 3

[ocr errors]

Sanballats design 10

Nehemiah.

terrifie Nehemiah C HOA P. VÌ.

12 And lo, I perceived that God baj Sanballet practiseth to terrifie Nehemiah. not sent him, but that he pronounced 15 The work is finifoed. 17 Secret intel- this prophecy against me : for Tobiah ligence between the enemies and the no- and Sanballat bad hired him. bles of Judah,

13 Therefore was he hired, that I and Tobiah, and Gelhem the Ara- that they might have matter for an evil bian, and the rest of our enemies heard report, that they might reproach me. that I had builded the wall, and that :14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah there was no breach left therein ; and Sanballat, according to these their (though at that time I had not set up works, and on the prophetess, Noadiah, she doors upon the gates)

and the rest of the prophets that would 2. That Sanballat, and Gefhem sent have pur me in fear. unto me, saying, Come ler us meet toge 15 So the wall was finished, in the ther in some one of the villages in the twenty and fisch day of the month Elul, plain of Ono: but they thought to do in fifty and two days. me mischief.

16 And it came to pass, that when all 3 And I fent meffingers unto them, our enemies heard thereof, and all the faying, I am doing a great work, so that heathen that were about usi faw these I cannot come down : why doukl the things, they were much cast down in work ceafe, whilft I leave it and come their own eyes : for chey perceived chat down to you?

this work was wrought of our God. 4 Yer they sent unto me four times 17 4 Moreover, in those days the afrer chis fort; and I answered them nobtes of Judah sent many leviers unto after the same manner.

Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came $ Tben sent Sanballat his servant unto unto them. me,' in like manner, che fifth time, with 18 For there were many in Judah 2.1 open leceer in his hand :

fworn unto him, because he was the 6 Wherein was written; It is report. fon in law of Shechaniah the fon of ed among the heathen, and Gafhmu Arah ; and his son Johara: had raken laith it, that chou and the Jews think the daughter of Menuliam, the fon of to rebel: for which cause thou buildert | Berechiah.

the wall, that thou mayst be cheir king, 19 Also they reported his good deeds according to these words.

before me, and utrered my words to 7 And thou hast also appointed pro- hin : and Tobiah sent letters to put me phets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, in fear. laying. There is a king in sudah : and

CHA P. VII. now shall it be reported to the king, 1 Nehemiah rommitteth the charge of Fc according to these words. Come now rufalem to Hanani and Hananiah. SA therefore, and let us take counsel toge register of the genealogy of them which ther.

came at the first out of Babylon, 9 of the 8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There people, 39 of the priefts, 43 of the Le are no such things done as thou sayft, vites, 46 of ihe Nethininis. bur chou feignest them out of chine own Ow ir came to pass when the wall hearr.

was built, and I had fer the 9 For ehey all made us afraid, faying, doors, and the porters, and the fingers

, Their hands shall be weakned from the and the Levites were appointed, work, that it be not done. Now there 2. That I gave my brother Harani, fore, O God, strengthen my hands. and Hananiah the ruler of the palace,

10 Afterward I came unto the house charge over Jerusalem : ( for he was of She ma'ah the son of Delaiah, the son a faithful man, and feared God above

of Meherabeel, who was shut up; and many) he said, Let us meer together in the And I said unto them, Let nor the house of God, wichin the temple, and gates of Jerusalem be opened, until Jer us shut the doors of the temple; for the sun be hot; and while they stand they will come to say thee, yea, in the by, let them shut ihe doors, and bar night will they come to say thee. them : and appoint watches of the in

11 And I said, Should such a man as habitants of Jerusalem, every one in his I fee? and who is there that being as I watch, and every one to be over against ain, would go into the temple to save his house. life? I will not go in.

4 Now che city was large and great :

bur

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

The number of those who

Chap. vil. returned from Babytok. but the people were few therein, and the 27 The men of Anachoth, an hundred houses were not builded.

twenty, and eight. 5. And my God put into mine heart, 28 The men of Beth-azmavech, forto gather together the nobles, and the ty and two. rulers, and the people, that they might 29 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Cher be reckoned by genealogy: and I found phirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred a register of the genealogy of them forty and three. which came up at the first, and found 30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, fixwritten therein,

hundred twenty and one. 6 These are the children of the pro 31 The men of Michmas, an hundred vince, that went up out of the captivi- and twenty and two. ty, of those that had been carried a 32. The men of Bech-el and Ai, an way, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of hundred twenty and three. Babylon had carried away, and came a 33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty gain to Jerusalem, and to Judah, every and two. one unto his city;

34 The children of the other Elam, it 7 Who came with Zerubbabel : Je- thousand two hundred fifty and four. fhua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, 39 The children of Harim, three hunNalamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispe- dred and twenty. reth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah ; the 36 The children of Jericho, three hunnumber, Isay, of the men of the people dred forty and five. of Israel, was this;

37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and 8 The children of Parosh, two thou. Ono, seven hundred twenty and one. Sand an hundred seventy and two. 38. The children of Senaah, three

9 The children of Shephaciab, three thousand pine hundred and thirty. hundred seventy and two.

394 The priests : che children of leo 10 The children of Arah, fix hundred daiah, of the house of Jefhua, nine hur fifty and two.

dred seventy and three. 11 The children of Pahath-moab, of 40 The children of Immer, a thouthe children of Jeshua and Joab,two thou- sand ffry and two. sand and eight hundred and eighteen. 41 The children of Pashur, a chou

12 The children of Elam, a thoufand fand two hundred forcy and seven. two hundred Gfry and four.

42 The children of Harim, a thousand 13 The children of Zattu, eight hun- and seventeen. dred forty and five.

43 1 The Levites : the children of 14 The children of Zaccai, seven Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the children hundred and threescore.

of Hodevah, seventy and four. 15 The children of Binnui, fix hun 44 ( The singers: the children of A. dred forty and eight.

saph, an hundred forty and eight. 16 The children of Bebai, six hun 45 ¢ The porters : the children of dred twenty and eight.

Shallum, the children of Ater, the chil. 17 The children of Azgad, two thou- dren of Talmon, the children of Akkub, fand three hundred twenty and two. che children of Harita, che children of

18. The children of Adonikam, fix Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight. hundred chreescore and seven.

46 ( The Nethinims: che ch ldren 19 The children of Bigvai, two thou- of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the Sand threescore and seven.

children of Tabbaoth, 20 The children of Adin, fix hundred 47 The children of Keros, the chilfifty and five.

dren of Sia, the children of Padon, 21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, 48 The children of Lebana, the chilninety and eighr.

dren of Hagaba, che children of Shalmai, 22 The children of Halbum, three 49 The children of Hanan, che chilo bundred twenty and eight,

dren of Giddel, the children of Gahar, 2} The children of Bczai, three hun so The children of Reaiah, che chidred twenty and four.

dren of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, 24 The children of Hariph, an bun 51 The children Gazzam, che chilo dred and twelve.

pren of Uzza, the children of Phaseah, 25 The children of Gibeon, ninety 52 The children of Belai, the chiland five,

dren of Meunim, the children of Ne26 The men of Beth-lehem and Neto- phishesim, shah, an hundred fourscore and eichel

A

1

The priests and Levites which Nehemiah. could not find their pedigree.

53 The children of Bakbuk, the chil 70 And some of the chief of the Fa. dren of Hakupha, the children of Har- hers gave unto the work: the Tirfha. hur,

tha gave to the crea[ure, a thousand 14 The children of Bazlith, the chil- drams of gold, fifty balons, five hundred dren of Mehida, che children of Har- and thirty priests garments. Sha,

71 And some of the chief of the fa. ss The children of Barkos, the chil- thers gave to the treasure of the work, dren of Sisera, the children of Tamah, twenty thousand drams of gold, and

56 The children of Neziah, the chil- two thousand and two hundred pound of dren of Hatipha.

filver. 57 ( The children of Solomons ser 72 And that which the reft of the vants: the children of Sotai, the chil- peoplegave, was twenty thousand drams dren of Sophereck, che children of of gold, and two thousand pound of Perida,

filver, and threescore and seven priests 58 The children of Jaala, the children garments. of Darkon, the children of Giddel, 73 So the priests and the Levices, and i

$2 The children of Shephatiah, che the porters, and the singers, and some of chilúren of Hattil, che children of Po- the people, and the Nethinims, and all cherech of Zebaim, the children of Ifrael, dwelt in their cities, and when Amoni

the seventh month came, the children 60 All the Nethinims, and the chil- of Israel were in their cities. dren of Solomons servants, were three

CHAP. VIII. hundred ninety and two.

The religious manner of reading and bear61 And these were they which went ing the law. up, also from Tel-melah, Tel-haresha, Nd all the people gathered themthey could not shew their fachers house, the Atreer that was before the waternor their seed, whecer they were of gate, and they {pake unto Ezra che Ifrae

Icribe, to bring the book of the law 62 The children of Delaiah, che chil- of Moses, which the LORD had comdren of Tobiah, the children of Neko- manded to Israel. da, fix hundred forty and two.

2 And Ezra the priest brought the law 63 I And of the priests : the chil- before the congregation, both of men dren of Habaiah, the children of Koz, and women, and all that could hear the children of Barzillai, which took with understanding, upon the first day one of the daughters of Barzillai the of the seventh month. Gileadite to wife, and was called after 3' And he read therein before the their name,

Atreet that was before the water-gate, 64 These fought their register among from the morning until mid-day, before those chat were reckoned by genealogy, the men and the women, and those that but it was not found : therefore were could understand ; and the ears of all chey, as polluted, put from the priest- the people were attentive unto the book i hood.

of the law. 65 And

the Tirlhacha said unto them, 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a that they should not eat of the most ho- pulpir of wood, which they bad made ly things, till there ftood up a priest for the purpose, and beside him ftood with lliim and Thummim..

Mattithiah, and Shema, and Spaiah, 66 9 The whole congregation toge- and llcijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, ther, was forty and two thousand three on his right hand; and on his left hand, hundred and threescore,

Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, 67 Beside their man servants and and Hashum, and Halhbadana, Zechatheir maid-servants, of whom there were riah and Melhullam, seven thousand three hundred thirty and s And Ezra opened the book in the Teven: and they had two hundred for- light of all the people, ( for he was aty and five singing-men and singing- bove all the people) and when he open

ed it, all the people stood up : 68 Their horses, seven hundred thir 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD the ky and fix: their mules, two hundred great God : and all the people answered, forty and five :

Amen, amen, with lifting up their 69 Their camels, four hundred thirty hands: and they bowed their i eads, and and five: fix thousand seven hundred worshipped the LORD with their faces to twenty affes,

the ground.

7 Also

vyomcn.

« PreviousContinue »