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The dedicuion of the wall. Nehemiah. The multitude separated.

27 And at che dedica'ion of the wall and I, and the half of che rulers wich of Jerusalem, they fought the Levites me : out of all cheir places, to bring them to 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaic Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with iah. Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zegladness, both with thanksgiving, and chariah, and Hananiah wich trumpets: with singing wi:h cymbals, psalteries, 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and and with harps.

Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and 28 And the sons of the fingers ga- Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer: and che thered themselves together, both out of fingers fang loud, with Jezrahiah their the plain country round about Jeru- overseer. salem, and from the villages of Neto 43. Also chat day they offered great phachi,

sacrifices, and rejoyced ; for God had 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and made chem rejoyce with great joy; the out of the fields of Geba,and Azmavech : wives also and the children rejoyced: fo for the fingers had builded chem villa. that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even ges round about Jerusalem.

afar off. 30 And the priests and the Levites 44 ? And at that time were some appurified themselves, and purified the pointed over the chambers for the rreapeople, and the gares, and the wall, lures, for che offerings, for the first

31 Then I brought up che princes of fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into Judah upon the wall, and appointed

two them out of the fields of the cities the great conipanies of them that gave thanks, portions of the law for the priests and Whereof one went on the right hand ap- Levites : for Judah rejoyced for the on the wall toward the dung-gale: priests and for the Levices that waited.

32 And after them went Hoshaiah, 45 And boch che fingers and che porand haif of the princes of Judah, ters kept the

ward of their God, and the 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Melhul- ward of the purification, according to

the commandment of David, and of 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and She- Solomon his son. maiah, and Jeremiah, 5,

46 Por in the days of David and A35. And certains of the priests fons saph, of old, there were chief of the singwich trumpets: namely, Zechariah the ers, and songs of praise and chanksgiving Son of Jonathan, che son of Shemaiah, unto God. the son of Martaniah, che son of Mi. 47 And all Ifrael in the days of Zechaiah, che fon of Zaccurgi che son of rubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, Asaph:

gave the portions of che fingers, and the 36. And his brethren, Shemaiah, and porcers, every day his portion, and they Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Necha- fan&ified holy things unto the Levites, neel, and Judab, Hanani, with the mu- and the Levites fan&ified them unto the fical instruments of David the man of children of Aaron. God, and Ezra che scribe before them.

CHA P. XIII. 37 And at the fountain-gate, which upon the reading of the law, feparation is was over against chem, they went up by made from the mixed multitude. the stairs of the city of David, at the go N chat day they read in the book of David, even unto the water-gate caft- ple; and therein was found written, that ward.

the Ammonite and the Moabite (hould 38 and the other company of them not come into the congregation of God that gave chanks, went over against for ever; . them, and l-atier chem, and the half of 2 Because they met nor the children the people upon the wall, from beyond of Israel wich bread and with water, but the tower of the furnaces, even unto che hired Balaamagainst them, that he should broad wall :

curse them : howbeit our God turned 29 And from above the gate of E- the curse into a blessing. phraim, and above the old gate, and a 3 Now it came to pass when chey had bove the filh-gate, and the tower of Ha- heard che law, that chey separated from naneel, and the tower of Meah, even Ifrael all che mixed multitude. unto che sheep-gate; and they stood ftill 4 ( And before this, Eliashib the in the prison-gate.

priest having che oversight of the cham40 So ftood the two companies of them her of the house of our God, was allied thai gave thanks in che house of God, unto Tobiab :

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Chap) xiii.

reformed by Nehemiah. 5 And he had prepared for him a great 17 Then I contended with the nobles chamber, where aforetime they laid the of Judah, and said unto them, What emeat-offerings, the frankincense, and the vil thing is this char ye do, and profane vessels, and the riches of the corn, the the fabbath-day? new wine,and the oyl, (which was com 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did manded to be given to the Levites, and not our God bring all this cvil upon us, the fingers, and the potters) and the of- and aponthis city? yer ye bring more ferings of the priests.

wrach upon Israel by profaning che sabe 6 Buc in all this time was not I at Je- bach. rusalem : for in the cwo and thirtieth 19 And it came to pass, chat when year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark came I unto the king, and after ceriain before the sabbach, I commanded that days obrained I leave of the king : the gates should be shut, and charged

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and un- that they should not be opened till after derftood of the evil chat Eliashib did for che sabbach : and some of my servants Tobiah: in preparing him a chamber in set ) at che gates, that there thould no the courts of the house of God. burden be brought in on the labbath

8 And it grieved me fore, therefore I day. cast forth all che houshold-stuff of To 20 So the merchants, and sellers of biah our of the chamber.

all kind of ware, lodged without Jeru9 Then I commanded, and they clean. Ialem once or twice. fed che chambers; and chither brought I 21 Then I restified against them, and again che vessels of the house of God, said unto them, Why lodge ye about with the meat-offering&the fankincense. the wall ? If ye do so again, I will lay á 10 ( And I perceived char che porti- hands on you. From that time forch ons of che Levites had not been given came they no more on the fabbath. Bhen : for che Levices and the singers 23 And I commanded the Levites, that did the work, were fed every one that they should cleanse themselves, co his field.

and that shey should come and keep the 11 Then contended I with the rulers, gares, to fan&ifie the fabbath-day. "Reand said, Why is the house of God for- member me, O my God, concerning this saken? And I gachered them together, also, and spare me according to the and let them in their place.

greatness of thy

mercy. 12 Then brought all judah the tiche 23. (In those days also saw ! Jews, of the corn, and the new wine, and che that had married wives of Ashdod, of oyl, unto the trealuries.

Ammon, and of Moab: 13 And I made trea'urers over the 34 And cheir children spake half in treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Za- the speech of Ashdod, and could not dok che fcribe, and of the Levites, Pe- speak in the Jews language, but accorddaiah : and next to chem was Hanan the ing to the language of each people. son of Zaccur, the son of Matraniah : 25 And I contended with them, and for they were counted faithful, and curfed them, and fmote certain of them, their office was to distribute unto their and pluckt off their hair, and madethem brethren.

swear by God, saying, Ye shall not 14 Remember me, o 'my God, con give your daughters unto their sons noe cerning this, and wipe not out my good take their daughters unto your lons, deeds that I have done for the house of or for your selves. my God, and for the offices thereof. 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel

'Is In those days law I in Judah sin by these things ? yet among many some treading wine-presies on the fab- nations was there no king like him, who bath, and bringing in fheaves and lading was beloved of his God, and God made asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and him king over all Israel ; nevertheless, all manner of burdens, which they even him did outlandish women cause brought into Jerusalem on the fabbath- to fin. day: and I teftified against them in the 27 Shall we then hearken unto you day wherein they sold victuals. to do all this great evil, to transgrels a

16 There dwelt men of Tyre also gainst our God, in marrying strange theruin, which brought 6th and all wives? inanner of ware, and sold on the sabbath 28 And one of the fons of Joiada, unto the children of Judah, and in Jeru- the son of Eliashib the high priest (alem.

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29 Remember chem, O my God, be the pricfts and che Levites, every one cause they have defiled the priesthood, in his business : and the covenant of che priesthood, and 31 And for the wood-offering, at of che Levires.

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and for the first-fruits 30 Thus cleansed I them from all Remember me, O my God, for good.

The Book of ESTHER.
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11 To bring Vashti the queen before 1 Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts, 10V

asb- the king, with the crown royal, to fhew ti sent for, refusech to come.

the people and the princes her beauty: TOW it came to pass in the days for The was fair to look on.

of Ahasuerus, this is Abalue 12 But the queen Vashti refused to rus which reigned from In- come at the kings commandment by his

dia even-unto Ethiopia, over chamberlains : therefore was the king an hundred and seven and twenty pro- very wroth, and his anger burned in him. vinces)

13 ( Then die king faid to the wie. 2 That in those days, when the king men which knew the times, ( for so was Ahasuerus sat on che throne of his king- the kings manner towards all that knew dom, which was in Shushan the palace, law and judgment :

3 In che third year of his reign, he 14 And the next unto him was Carmade a feast unto all his princes, and thena, Shechar, Admatba, Tarshish, Mehis servants; che power of Persia and res, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven Media, the nobles and princes of the princes of Persia, and Media, which saw provinces being before him.

che kings face, and which fat che firft in 4 Wben he shewed the riches of his the kingdom) glorious kingdom, and the honour of 15 What shall we do unto che queen his excellent majesty, many days, even Valhui, according to law, because she' an hundred and fourscore days. hath not performed the commandment

s And when these days were expired, of the king 'Ahasuerus , by the chamthe king made a feast unto all the peo- berlains ? ple that were present in Shushan the pa 16 And Memucan answered before che lace, both unto great and small, seven king and the princes, Valbti che queen days, i19 che court of the garden of che hath not done wrong to the king onkings palace,

ly, buc allo to all the princes, and to all 6 Where were white, green, and blue che people that are in all the provinces hangings, faftned with cords of fine linen of the king Ahasuerus.in, and purple, to filver rings and pillars of 19 For this deed of the queen shall marble: the beds were of goid, and filver, come abroad unto all women, so that upon a pavement of red, and blue, and they shall despise their husbands in their white, and black marble.

cyes, when it shall be reported, The king 7 And chey gave them drink in vel- Ahasuerus commanded Valhți che queen fels of gold, (the vessels being divers to be brought in before him, but the one from another ) and royal wine in came nor. abundance, according to the state of -18. Likewife fall the ladies of Persia the king;

and Media lay this day unto all dhe kings 8 And the drinking was according to princes, which

have heard of the deed the law, none did compel: for so che of the queen. Thus foall there arife too king bad appointed to all the officers of much contempt and wrach. his house, that they should do according 19 If it please the king, let sherego a to every mans pleafure.

royal commandment from him, and let it 9 allo Valhei che queen made a feast be written among the laws of the Persians for the women in the royal house which and the Medes, that it be not altered, chac belonged to king Ahasuerus.

Vashti come no more before king Ahad 10° C On the seventh day, when the suerus and let the king give her royale heart of the king was merry with wine, state unto another chat is better chan the. he commanded Mehuman, Bizcha, Har. 20 And when the kings decree which bona, Bigtha, and Abagcha, Zeth ar and he hall make , Thall be published Carcas, the seven chamberlains that ser- throughour all his empire,(for it is great) ved in the presence of Abasuerus che all the wives shall give to their husbands king,

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Mordecai and Esther.

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Esther is made

queen. 21. And the saying pleased the king 10 Esther had not shewed her people and the princes, and the king did accord. nor her kindred: for Mordecai had ing to the word of Memucan: charged her that she should not liew it.

22 For he sent letters into all the kings 11 And Mordecai walked every day provinces, into every province according before the court of the womens bouse, to che writing chereof, and to every peo to know how Esther did, and what ple after their language, that every man should become of her. should bear rule in his own house, and 12 ( Now when every maids turn that it should be published according to was come to go in to king, Ahasuerus, the language of every people.

after that she had been twelve months, CHA P. II.

according to the manner of the women, 1 Out of the choice of virgins, a queen is (for so were the days of chcir purificatito be chosen. 15 Esther is elected. ons accomplished, to wit, fix months

Frer chese things, when the wrach of with oyl of myrrh, and six months with remembred Vashti, and what she had the purifying of the women) dove, and what was decreed against her. 13 Then thus came every maiden un

2 Then said the kings servants chat mi- to the king; whatsoever the delired nifred unto him, Let there be fair young was given her, to go wich her out of virgins sought for the king.

che house of the women, unto the kings 3. And let the king appoint officers in house. all the provinces of his kingdom, chat 14 In the evening she went, and on they may gacher together all the fair the morrow she returned inco che seyoung virgins unto Shulhan the palace, cond house of the women, to the custoto the house of the women, unto the dy of Shaalhgaz, the kings chamberlain, cuftody of Hege the kings chamberlain which kept the concubines: she came keeper of the women, and let their chings in unto the king no more, except the for purification be given them : king delighted in her, and chat she were

4. And let the maiden which pleasech called by name. the king, be queen instead of Vashri. And 15 ( Now when the turn of Esther, che ching pleased the king, and he did so. the daughter of Abihail, the uncle of

5. Now in Shushan the palace, where Mordecai ( who had taken her for his was a certain Jew, whose name was Mor- daughter ) was come to go in unto the decai, che son of Jair, che

son of Shimei, king, the required nothing, but what the son of Kilh, a Benjamite:

Hegai the kings chamberlain, the keeper 6 Who had been carried away from of the women appointed : and Esther Jerusalem, wich the captivity which had obtained favour in the light of all them been carried away with Jeconiah king of that looked upon her. Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king 16 Sɔ Esther was taken unto king Aof Babylon had carried away.

hasuerus, into his house royal, in the 7. And he brought up Hadassah (char tenth month (which is the month Teis Esther) his uncles daughter, for the beth) in the seventh year of his reign. bad neider facher nor mother, and the 17. And the king loved Esther above maid was fair and beautiful, whom Mor- all the women, and the obtained grace decai (when her father and mother were and favour in his light, more than all dead) took for his own daughter. the virgins ; so that he ser the royal

8 T So it came to pass, when the kings crown upon her head, and made her commandment and his decree was heard, queen in stead of Vashti. and when many maidens were gathered 18 Then the king made a great feast togechec unto Shushan che palace, to che unto all his princes and his servants, custody of Hegai, chat Esther was brought even Esthers feaft, and he made a release also unto the kings house, to the custody to the provinces, and gave gifts according of Hegai, keeper of the women. to the state of the king.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and the 19 And when the virgins were gatherobtained kindness of him, and he spee- ed together the second time, then Mordily gave her her things for purification, decai sar in the kings gate. with such things as belonged to her, 20 Esther had not yet shewed her and seven maidens which were meet to kindred, nor her people; as Mordecai be given her, out of the kings house, and had charged her: for Esther did the he preferred her and her maids unto commandment of Mordecai, like 23 che best place of the house of the women. when she was brought up with him.

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Himan despised by Mordecai. Esther. The decree against the Jews.

2! In those days (while Mordecai laws; therefore it is not for the kings sat in the kings gate) two of the kings profit to suffer chem. chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of 9 Ifit please che king, let it be writchole which kept the door, were wroch, cen that they may be destroyed : and I and sought to lay hand on the king Aha- will pay ren ehousand talents of silver to fuerus.

the hands of those thar have the charge 22 And the thing was known to Mor- of the business, to bring it into the kings decai, who told it unto Esther the queen, treasuries, and É{ther certified che king thereof, in 19 And the king took his ring from Mordecai's name.

his hand, and gave it unto Haman che 23 And when inquisition was made son of Hammedatha che Agagite, the Jews of the matter, it was found our ; there enemy. fore they were both hanged on a tree : 11 And the king said unto Haman, and it was written in the book of the The filver is given to thee, che people chronicles before the king.

also, to do wiñ them as it seemeth good CHA P. II.

to thee. Haman advanced by the king, and de 12 Then were che kings scribes called

Spised by Mordecai, seeketh revenge upon on the thirteeenth day of che firft month, all the Jews.

and there was written according to alt rus promote Haman the son of kings lieutenants, and to the goverHammedatha che Agagite, and advan- nors that were over every province, ced him, and set his feat above all the and to the rulers of every people of eveprinces that were with him.

ry province according to the writing 2. And all the kings servants chat were thereof, and to every people after their in die kings gate, bowed, and reveren-language; in the name of king Abafueced Haman; for the king had fo com- rus was it written, and sealed with stie manded concerning him: but Mordecai kings ring. bowed not, nor did him reverence. 13. And the letters were sent by posts

3. Then che kings servants, which were into all the kings provinces, to deftros, in the kings gate, fald unto Mordecai, co kill, and to cause co perish all Jews, Why transgresleft thou the kings com- both young and old, little children and mandment

women, in one day, even upon the thir4 Now if came to pass, when they teenth day of the twelfth month,(which (pake daily unto him, and he hearkned is the month Adar) and to take the spoili nor unto chem, chat they told Haman, of them for a prey. to see whether Mordecai his matters 14 The copy of the writing for a comwould stand; for he had cold them cat mandment to be given in every prohe was a Jew.

vince, was published unto all people, 5 And when Haman saw that Morde. that chey should be ready again thar 1 cai boned nor, nor did him reverence, day. then was Haman full of wrach.

15. The posts went out being haftened 6 And he chought scorn to lay hands by the kings commandment, and the on Mordecai alone; for chey had few decree was given in Shushan the palace: ed him the people of Mordecai : where and the king and Haman sat down to fore Haman sought to destroy all the drink, but che city Shushan was per Jews, that were throughout the whole plexed. kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the peo

CHA P. IV. ple of Mordecai.

, Mordecai and the Fews mourn, 15 EA7 In the first month ( chat is the her appointerh a fast.

W Heas Mores and received all thing Ahasuerus, wey caft Pur, that is che lo

was done, Mordecai tent his before Haman, from day to day, and clothes, and put un sackcloth wich alhes, from month to monch, to che twelfth and went out into the midft of the city, month, that is the month Adar.

and cried with a loud and a bicter cry: 8 And Haman said unto king A 2 And came even before the kings basuerus, There is a cerrain people icat- gate : for none might enter into

the kings tered abroad, and dispersed among the gate clothed with fackcloth. people, in all the provinces of thy king 3 And in every province whitherdom, and their laws are divers from foever the kings commandment, and his all people, neicher keep thcy chc kings decree came, there was great mourning

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