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The law is read.

Chap. viii, ix.

Alolemn faft. Allo Jeshua, and Bani, and Shere- Son of Nun, unto that day, had not tho biah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Ho- children of Israel done so: and there dijah, Maaseiab, Kelita, Azariah, Joza. was very great gladness. bad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites 18 alfo day by day, from the first day caused the people to understand the law: unto the laît day, he read in the book and the people stood in their place.

of the law of God: and they kept the 8 So they read in the book, in the feast seven days, and on the eighth day law of God diftin&ly, and gave the was a solemn assembly, according unto sense, and caused them to understand the manner. the reading

CH A P. IX. 9. And Nehemiah which is the 1 A folemn fast and repentance of the Tirshatha , and Ezra the priest the people. 4 The Levites confess Gods goodscribe, and the Levites that caught the ness, and their wickednefs.

Ow in the twenty and fourth day day is holy unto the LORD your God, of this month, the children of If mourn not nor weep : for all the peo- rael were assembled with fafting, and ple wept, when they heard the words with lackcloths, and earth upon them. of the law.

2 And the seed of Israel separated 10 Then he said unto them, Go your themse!ves from all strangers, and stood way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and confefled their fins, and the iniquiand send portions unto them for whom ties of their fathers. nothing is prepared : for this day is 3 And they ftood up in their place, holy unto our Lord : neither be you and read in the book of the law of the forry, for the joy of the Lord is your LORD their God, one fourth part of the strength.

day, and another fourth pact they con11 So the Levites stilled all the peo- feffed, and worshipped the LORD their ple, saying, Hold your peace, for the God. day is holy, neither be ye grieved. 4.4 Then stood up upon the fairs of

12 And all the people went their the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, ways to eat and to drink, and to send Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and portions, and to make great mirth, be- Chenani, and cried with a loud voice cause they had understood the words unto the Lord their God. that were declared unto them.

s Then the Levices, Jeshua and Kad13 And on the second day, were miel, Bani, Halhabniah, Sherebiah, Hogathered together the chief of the fa dijah, Shebaniah, and Pethabiah, said, thers of all the people, the priests and Srand up and bless the LORD your God the Levites, unto Ezra che scribe, even for ever and ever; and blessed be thy to understand the words of the law. glorious name, which is exalted above

14 And they found written in the all blessing and praise. law which the Lord had commanded 6 Thou, even thou are LORD alone, by Moses, that the children of Israel thou hast made heaven, the heaven of fhould dwell in booths, in the feast of heavens with all theic hoft, the earth the seventh month:

and all things that are therein, the seas 15. And that they should publish and and all that is therein, and thou prelerproclaim in all

their cities and in Jerufa- vest them all, and the host of heaven lem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, worshippech chee. and fetch olive-branches, aud pine 7 Thou art the LORD the God, who branches, and myrtle-branches, and didst choose Abram, and broughtest him palm-branches, and branches of thick forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and trees, to make booths, as it is written gavest him the name of Abraham:

16 ? So the people went forth, and 8 And foundeft his heart faithful bebrought them, and made themselves fore chee, and madeft a covenant with boons, every one upon the roof of his him, co give the land of the Canaanites, house, and in their coures, and in the the Hittites, the Amorites, and the pe courts of the house of God, and in the rizzites, and the Jebustes, and the Giro streer of the water-gate, and in the galhires, to give it

, Isay, to bis seed, and street of the gate of Ephraim.. haft performed thy words, for thou are

17 And all the congregation of them righteous : that were come again out of the capii 9 And-didft see the affli&ion of our viry, made booths, and' sar under the fathers in Egypt, and heardft their cry booths; for lince the days of Jelhua the by the red lea:


The Levites confession of God's Nehemiah. Soodness, and their wickedness. 10 And shewedît signs and wonders not old, and their feet swelled not. upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, 22 Moreover, thou gaveft them kingand on all the people of his land : for doms and nations, and didft divide thou knewest that chey dealt proudly a- them into corners : so they possefled the gainst chem : fo didít chou get chec a land of Sihon, and the land of the king name, as it is chis day.

of Helhbon, and the land of Og king 11 Arid chou did it divide che sea be- of Balhan. fore them, so chat they went through 23 Their children also multipliedit the midst of the sea on the dry land, and thou as the stars of heaven,and broughttheir persecutors chou threwest into eft them into the land, concerning which che deeps, as a stone into che mighty wa- thou hadft promised to their fachers that ters.

they should go in to poffefs it. 12 Moreover, thou leddest chem in 24. So the children went in and pof che day by a cloudy pillar; and in the sessed the land, and thou subdued it be night by a pillar of fire, to give them fore them the inhabitants of the land, light in the way wherein they Ihould go. the Canaanites, and gaveft them into mount Sinai, and spakert with them people of the land, that they might do ! from heaven, and gaveft them right with them as they would. judgments, and crue laws, good ftatures 25 And chey took strong cities, and and commandments:

a far land, and possessed houses full of 14. And inadest known unto them thy all goods, wells digged, vineyards and holy fabbath, and commandedft them olive-yards, and fruir-trees in abuoprecepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand dance : so they did eat, and were filled, 1 of Moses thy fervape :

and became fat, and delighted dem. 15 And gavest them bread from hea- selves in thy great goodness. ven, for their hunger, and broughtest 26 Nevertheless, they were disobediforch water for them out of the rock, for ent, and rebelled against thee, and caft sheir chirst, and promisedft them chac thy law behind their backs, and flew thy they should go in to possess che land, prophets, which teftified against them which chou hadft sworn to give them. to turn them to thee, and they wrought

16 But they and our fathers dealt great provocations. proudly, and hardned their necks, and 27 Therefore chou deliveredit chem hearkned not to thy commandmenis, into the hand of their enemics, who

17 And refused to obey, neicher vexed them; and in the time of their were mindful of thy wonders that chou trouble when they cried unto thee, thou didit among them: bur hardned their heard ft them from heaven; and accordnecks, and in their rebellion appointed ing to thy manifold mercies thou gaveft a captain to return to their bondage : chem saviours, who saved them out of but thou art a God ready to pardon, the hand of their enemies. gracious and merciful, Now to anger, 23 But after they had reft, they did and of great kindness, and forfookeft evil again before chee: therefore lefteft skem not.

thou them in the hand of their enemies, 18 Yca, when they had made them fo that chey had the dominion over a molten calf, and said, This is chy god them : yer when chey returned and that brought chee up out of Egypt, and cried unto thee, thou heardit them had wrought great provocations : from heaven, and many times didft

19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies, thou deliver thein, according to thy forlóokest them not in the wildernefs : mercies : the pillar of the cloud departed not 29 And testified At against them, that from them by day, to lead them in the thou mighift bring them again unto wav; neither the pillar of fire by night, thy law : yet they dealt proudly, and to fhéw them light, and the way where hearkned not unto thy commandin they should go.

ments, but finned against thy judga 20 Thou gaveft also thy good spirit, ments (which if a man do, he thall to instruct them, and withheldest rot live in them) and withdrew the shoul. thy manna from their mouth, and ga- der, and hardned their neck, and would veft them water for their thirst,

21 Yea, forty years didft thou fu 30 Yer many years didst thou forAain them in the wilderness, so that they bear them, and teftifiedít againftshem lacked nothing; their clothes waxed by thy fpirit in thy prophecs : yet would


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The names of them

Chap. x. that sealed the covenant. they not give ear: therefore gaveft thou 1o And their brethren, Shebaniah, them into the band of mine people of the Hodijah, Kelira, Pelaiah, Hanan, · lands.

11 Micah, Rehob, Hashabiah, 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mer

12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, cies sake, chou didft not utterly con

13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu. 4 sume them, nor forsake them; for thou 14 The chief of the people; Parosh, art a gracious and merciful God. Pahach-moab, Elam, Zatchu, Bani,

32 Now therefore our God, chegreat, 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, the mighty, and the terrible God, who 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, keepest covenant and mercy; let nor all 17 Arer, Hizkijah, Azzur, che trouble seem little before chee, chat 18 Hodijah, Hafhum, Bezai, hach come upon us, on our kings, on our 19 Haripb, Ana hoth, Nebai, princes, and on our priests, and on our 20 Magpiash, Melhullan, Heziry prophets, and on our fathers, and on all 21 Melhezabeel, Zadok, Jadduam thy people, since the time of the kings 22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, of Assyria, unto this day.

23 Holhea, Hananiah, Hashub, 33 Howbeit, thou art juft in all that 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek, is brought upon us ; for thou haft done 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, right, but we have done wickedly: 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anang

34 Neither have our kings, our prin 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah. ces, our priests, nor our fathers kept thy 28 ( And the reft of the people, the law, nor hearkned unto chy command- priests, che Levites, che porters, the ments, and thy testimonies wherewith fingers, che Nechinims, and all they that thou didft teftifie against chem. had feparated themselves from the peo

35 For they have not ferved chee in ple of the lands, unto che law of God, their kingdom, and in thy great good their wives, their sons, and their daughness char thou gaveft them, and in che ters, every one having knowledge, and large and fat land which thou gavest having understanding: before chem, neither turned they from 29 They clave to their brethren, their their wicked works.

nobles, and entred into a curse and in36 Behold, we are fervants this day, to an oath, to walk in Gods law, which and for the land that thou gaveft unto was given by Moses che servant of God, our fathers, to eat the fruit chereof, and and to observe and do all the commande the good thercof, behold, we are fer- ments of the LORD our Lord, and his vants in it.

judgments, and his statutes ; 37 And it yieldeth much increase un 30 And what we would not give our to the kings whom thou haft set over daughters unto the people of the land, us because of our fins : also they have nor take their daughters for our sons : dominion over our bodies, and over 31. And if the people of the land bring our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are ware, or any vi&uals on the fabbath in great distress.

day, to sell, that we would not buy it of 38 And because of all this, we make them on the sabbath, or on the holy-day: a sure covenant, and write it ; and our and that we would leave the seventh princes, Levites, and priests feal unto it. year, and the exa&ion of every debe. СНА Р. Х.

32 Alfowe made ordinances for us, to 1 The names of them that sealed the cove. charge our selves yearly with the third nant. '29 The points of the covenant. part of a shekel, for the service of the

Ow chose that sealed were Nehe house of our God,

miah che Tirthatha , the son of 33 For the shew-bread, and for the Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

continual meat-offering, and for the 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, continual burnt-offering of the labbachsz 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah, of the new-moons, for the set feasts, and 4 Hatcush, Shebaniah, Malluch, for the holy things, and for the fur-of5 Harim, Meremoch, Obadiah, ferings, to make an atonement for Il6 Daniel, Ginnechon, Baruch, rael, and for all the work of the house

Meshallam, Abijah, Mijamin, of our God. 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah : chese 34. And we cast che lots among the were che priests.

priests, the Levites, and the people, for 9 And the Levites : boch Jeshua che che wood-offering, to bring it into the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the fons of house of our God, afrer che houles Henadad, Kadmie) ;

our fachers, at times appointed, y



A catalogue of their names Nehemiah. who dwelt in Jerusalem. year to burn upon the altar of the LORD 5 And Maaseiab the son of Baruch, our God, as it is written in the law : the son of Col-hozeh, the son of Haz

35 And to bring the first-fruits of our zaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of ground, and the first-fruits of all fruit of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son all trees, year by year, unto the house of Shiloni. of the LORD:

6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at 36 Also the first-born of our sons and Jerusalem, were four hundred threescore of our cattle, ( as it is written in the and eight valiant men. law) and the firdlings of our herds, and 2 And these are the sons of Benjamin; of our focks, to bring to the house of Sallu che son of Melhullam, the son of our God, unto the priests that minister Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Koo in the house of our God :

laiah, che son of Maaseiah, the son of 37 And that we should bring the Ithiel, che son of Jesaiah. first fruits of our dough, and our offer 8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine ings, and the fruit of all manner of hundred twenty and eight. trees, of wine, and of oyl, unto the 9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their priests, to che chambers of the house of overseer : and Judah the son of Sennuah, our God, and the riches of our ground was second over the city. unto the Levites, that the same Levites 10 of the priests : Jedaiah'the son of might have the tithes, in all the cities of Joiarib, Jachin. our tillage.

11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son 38 And the priest the son of Aaron, of Melhullam, the son of Zadok, the son shall be with the Levites, when the Le- of Meraioth, the son of Ahicub, was vites take tithes ; and the Levites Thall the ruler of the house of God. bring up the tithe of the riches un 12 And their brechren that did the to the house of our God, to the cham- work of the house, were eight hundred bers, into the treasure-house.

twenty and two: and Adaiah the fon of 39 For the children of Israel, and the Jeroham, che son of Pelaliah, the son of children of Levi, shall bring the offer- Amzi, che son of Zechariah, the son of ing of the corn, of the new

wine, and Pashur, the son of Malchiah, the oyl, unto the chambers, where are 13 And his brethren chief of the fathe vessels of the sanctuary, and the chers, two hundred forcy and cwo: and priests that minister, and the porters, Amalhai, the son of Azarecl, the fon and the fingers: and we will not forsake of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemochi, the house of our God.

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14 And their brechren miglity, men of The rulers, voluntary men, and the tenth valour, an bundred twenty, and eight: man chosen by lot, dwell ar Jerusalem. and their overseer was Zabdiel, che fon 3 A catalogue of their names.

of one of the great men, Nd the rulers of the people dwelt 15 Also of che Levites : Shemaiah

at Jerufalem : the rest of the peo- the son of Halhub, che son of Azrikam, ple also caft lots, to bring one of ten, to the fon of Halhabiah, the son of Bunni. dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and 16 And Shabbethai, and Jozabad of nine parts to dwell in other cities. the chief of che Levites, had the over

2 And the people blessed all the men, sight of che outward business of the that willingly offered themselves to house of God, dwell at Jerusalem.

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, 3 ¢ Now these are the chief of the the son of Zabdi, che son of Asaph, was province chat dwelt in Jerusalem: but the principal to begin the chanksgiving in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in prayer: and Bakbukiah che second in his poffeflion in their cities, to wit, Il- among his brethren, and Abda the son rael, the priests, and the Levites, and of Shammua, che son of Galal, the son che Nechinims, and the children of Solo- of Jeduchun. mons servants.

18. All the Levites in the holy city, 4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of were two hundred fourscore and four. the children of Judah, and of the chil 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, dren of Benjamin: of the children of Talmon, and their brethren that kept Judah; Athaiah the lon of Uzział, che che gates, were an hundred seventy and son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, two. the son of Shephariah, the son of Maba 20 ( And the residue of Israel, of cicel, of the children of Perez i. the priests and the Levitesa were in all


Who dsvelt in the other cities. Chag. xil. The succession of the high priestie the cities of Judah, every one in his in- these were the chief of the priests, and of heritance.

their brechren in che days of Jeshua. 21 But che Nechinims dwelt in Ophel: 8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binand Ziha, and Gispa were over the Ne- nui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah and chinims.

Mattaniah, which was over the thankf22 The overseer also of the Levices at giving, he and his brethren. Jerusalem, was Uzzi che son of Bani, the 9 Also Bakbukiah, and Unni cheir son of Halhabiah, the son of Mactaniah, brethren were over against them in the the son of Micha: of che sons of Asaph, watches. the fingers were over che business of the 10 I And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joihouse of God.

akim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib 23 For it was the kings command-begat Joiada, mens concerning them, that a certain in And Joiada begat Jonachan, and portion (hould be for the singers, due Jonachan begat Jaddua. for every day.

12 And in the days of Joiakim, 24 And Pethahiah the son of Melhem were priefts, the chief of the fathers : zabeel, of che children of Zerah the son of Seraiah, Meraiah : of Jeremiah, Ha

of Judah, was at the kings band in all paniah : matters concerning the people.

13. Of Ezra,Melhullam : of Amariah, 25 And for the villages with their Jehohanan : felds, some of the children of Judah 14. Of Melicu, Jonathan : of Shebanidwelt at Kirjach-arba and in the villa- ah, Joseph : ges thereof, and ar Dibon and in the 15 of Harim, Adna: of Meraioth, villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel and Helkai: in che villages chereof,

16 Of Iddo, Zechariah : of Ginne26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, thon, Melhullam: and at Bech-phelet,

17 Of Abijah, Zichri: of Miniamin, 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer- of Moadiah, Piltai: sheba and in the villages chercof, 18 Of Bilgah, Shammua: of Shemai.

28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah ah, Jehonathan: and in the villages thereof,

19. And of Joiarib, Mattenai: of Je29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zare- daiah, Uzzi: ah, and at Jarmuth,

20 Of Sallai, Kallai: of Amok, Em 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their vil- ber : , lages, at Lachish and the fields chereof, 21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah : of Jedaiac Azekah and in the villages thereof. ab, Nechaneel. And they dwelt from Beer-fheba, unto 22. The Levites in the days of Eche valley of Hinnom.

liashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jade 31 The children also of Benjamin dua, were recorded chief of the fachers: from Geba, dwelt at Michmash,and Aija, also the priests, to the reign of Darius and Bech-el, and in cheic villages, che Persian.

32 And at Anathosh, Nob, Ananiah, 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, fathers were written in the book of the 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, chronicles, even until the days of Joha35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftf- nan the son of Eliashib.

24 And the chief of the Levites: Hae 36 And of the Levites, were divisions Thabiah,

Sherebiah, and Jelhua che son in Judab, and in Benjamin.

of Kadmiel, with their brethren over CHA P. XII.

againft them, to praise and to give 1 The priests which came up with Zerub- thanks according to the commandment babel. 10 The succession of high priests. of David the man of God, ward over

Ow these are the priests and the Le- against ward.

vices that went up with Zerubba 25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obabel che son of Shealtiel, and Jelhua : SC diah, Melhullam, Talmon, Akkub, were raiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

porters, keeping the ward, ar che chre« 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hatcush,

Tholds of the gates. 3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 26° These were in the days of Join 4 Iddo, Ginnecho, Abijab, akim the son of Jefhua, che son of Joza5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, dak, and in the days of Nehemiah the ó Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, governor, and of Ezra che prieft, ei 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah : (cribe.



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