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of God's goodness, bec 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua and Kaimiel, 20 Thou gareft also thy good Spirit to in. Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebania Atruct them, and withheldelt not thy manna ah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the from their mouth, apd gaveft them water for LORD your God for ever and ever: and bleired their thirft. be thy glorious name, which is exalted above 21 Yea, forty years didit thou suftain them all blefling and praise.

in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou their clothes waxed not old, and their feet haft made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with swelled not. all their hoft, the earth, and all things that 22 Moreover, thou gaveft them kingdoms are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and nations, aud didtt divide them into corners: and thou preservent them all; and the hoft vi lo they poifeifcd the land of Sihon, and the land heaven worthippeth thee.

of the king of Herhbon, and the land of Og 7 Thou ari 'the LORD the God, who didnt king of Baihan. choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of 23 Their children also moltipliedft thou as the Ur at the Chaldees, and gayeft him the name ftars of heaven, and broughtest them into the of Abraham ;

land, concerning which thou hadit promised 8 And fundeft his heart faithful before to their fathers, that they ihçuld go in to thee, and ma leit a covenant with him, to give poffess it. the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the 24 So the children went in and pollefted the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the jebu- land, and thou subdued before them the inha. files, and the Girgafhites, to give it, 1" say's bitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gaven to his seed, and hatt performed thy words; for them into their bands, with their kings, and thou art righteous :

the people of the land, that they migbedo with 9 And didt see the affliction of our fathers them as they would. in Egypt, and heardent, chcir cry by

the Red

25 And they took arong cities, and a fat

landi, and poiiefred houses full of all good, 1o And thewedft signs and wonders upon wells digget, vineyards, and oliveyards, and Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all fruit trees ia abundance: so they did eat and the people of his land; for thou knewest that were filled, and becanie fat, and delighted they deait proudly wait them. So didit themselves in thy great goodness. thou get thee a name. It is this day. 25 Nevertheless, they were disobedient,a::4

11 And thou didit diskleihe fea before them, rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behint so that they went through the midt of the their backs, and flew thy prophets, which sea on the dry land: and their perfecutors thou tenlied again?t them to win them to thee, threweft into the deeps, as a stone into the and they wrought great provocations. nighty waters.

2Therefore thou deliveredt them into the 12 Moreover, thou leddlet them in the day hand of their enemies, who vexed them : and by a cloudy pillar, and in the night by a pillar in the time of their trouble, when they cried of fire, to give them light in the way wher:. unto thee, thou heardeft ilym froni heaven; in they thould go..

and according to thy mapitold mercics thou 13 Thou camert down also upon mount Sinai, giveft them faviours, who saved them out of and spakeit with them from heaten, und ga- the hand of their enemies. veit them right judgments, a 11 truc laws, 28 But after they had reft, thcy did eil good ftatutes and commandments:

az in before thee: therefore leftcit thou then 14 And madett known unto then thy holy in the hand of their enemies, so that they fabbath, and commanded them precepts, 1:a! the dominion cver them yet when Atatnies, and laws, by the hand of Mules tay they returned, and cried unto tice, sul servant:

hear icit them from heaven, and many times 15 And gaveft them bread from heaven for dilt thou deliver them, according to thy their hunger, and broughteft forth water for mercies; them out of the rock for their thirit, and 29 And teftifiedit against their that thou proinisedit them that they should go in to mightest bring them again unto thy lawr ; vel poffefs the land which them.

, again ant hardened their necks, and hearkened uot to them, and withdrew the shoulder, and hardi. thy commandinents,

ened their neck, and would not her: iy And refuse to obey, neither were mind- 30 Yet many yess ditt thoa furiscurilon, ful of thy wonniers that enou didit among and teftifiedit against them by thy Spirit in v them; but hardened their necks, and in their prophets; yet would they not give ear: there. rebellion appointed a captain to return to fore gaveit thou them into the hand of the peo. their bondage: but thou art a God ready to ple of the lands. pardon, gracious and merciful, now to an. 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies suke ger, and of great kindness, and forfookeit thou diilit not utteriy contune them, not torthem not

fake them; for thou art a gracious and merci. 18 Yea, when they had made them a mol. ful God. ten calf, and said, This is thy god that brought 32 Now therefore, our God, the great. the thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great mighty, and the terrible God, who keepeit provocasions ;

covenant and mercy, let not all the trolle 19. Yet thou, in thy manifold mebties, for. ble secm little before thee that

hath come fookert them not in the wilderne. Mie pillar upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and of the cloud departed not from theid by day, to on our priefts, and on our prophets, and lead them in the way; neither this pillar of fire on our iathers, and on all thy people, lince by night, to thew them light, and the way the time of the kings of Affyria unto this wherein they should go.



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fealed the covenaar. 33 Howteit, thou art juft in all that is 30 And that we would not give our daughten brought upon us; for thou šait done right, but unto the people of the land, nor take their we have done wickedly ::

daughters for our fons : 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our 31 And is the people of the land bring ware priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor or any victuals on the fabbath day to sell, that hearkened unto thy commandments, and thy we would not buy it of them on the rabe testimonies, wherewith thou didnt teftify a bath, or on the holy day; and that we would gainst them.

leave the seventh year, and the exaction of 35 For they have not ferved thee in their every debt. kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou . 32 Also we made ordinances, for us to charge gavert them, and in the large and tat land ourselves yearly with the third part of a which thou gaveft before them, neither turned Mekel, for the service of the houie of our they from their wicked works.

God; 36. Behold, we are servants this day; and 33 For the shewbread, and for the continual for the land that thou gavert unto our fathers, meat-oftering, and for the continual burnt. to eat fruit thereof, and the good thereof, be ortering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, hold, we are servants in it.

for the set featts, and for the holy things, and 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the for the in-offerings, to make an atonement kings whom hou hart set over us because of for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our fins: also they have dominion over our our God. bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, 34 And we cait the lots among the priets, and we are in great distress.

the Levites, and the people, for the woodt-of 38 And because of all this, we make a fure fering, to bring it into the house of our God; covenant, and write it, and our princes, Le. after the houses ofour fathers, at umes appoint: vites, and priests, seal unto it.

ed, year by year, to birn upon the altar of the C'HA P. X.

LORD Our God, as it is pariston in the law : The names of them this sealed the crvenant. 35 And to bring the first fruits of our

29 The points of the covenant. ground, and the first fruits of all truit of all Now Tow those thul sealed were, Nehemiah the trees, year by year, unto the house of the

Tirihatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zid. LORD: kijah,

36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

cattle, (as it is written in the law,) and 3 Pathur, Amariah, Malchijah,

the firflings of our herds, and of our fiocks, 4 Hattuth, Shebaniah, Malluch,

to bring to the house of our God, unto the s Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

priests that minister in the house of our ô Daniel, Ginuethon, Burich,

God: } Methullam, abjah, Mijamin,

37 And that we should bring the first fruits Maaziah, Bilgai, sienaiah: there were the of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit pricits.

of all manner of arces, of wine and of cil, 9 Andike Levites: both Jethua the son of unto the priests, to the chambers of the Azaniah ; Binnui of the suns of Henadad, kad house of our God; and the tithes of our ground miel;

unto the Levites, that the fame Levites inigt? 10 and their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, have the tithes in all the cities of our til. Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

lage. IT Micha, Rchob, Hashabiah,

38 And the prieft the son of Aaron thall 32 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shobaniah,

be with the Levites when the Levites take 13 Holijan, Bani, Beninu.

tithes; and the Levites thall bring up the 14 The chief of the people; Parom, Pahath. tithe of the tithes unto the house of our moab, Flam, Zatthu, Rani,

God, to the chambers, into the treasure 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

house. o Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

39 for the children of Ifrael and the chil. 12 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

dren of levi shall bring the othering of the corn, 18 Hodijah, Haihum, Bezai,

of the new wine, and th oil, unto the chama 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

bers, where are the vehels of the sanctuary, 20 Magpiath, Methullam, Hezir,

and the prieits ihat minifter, and the porters, 21 Menezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

and the lingers: and we will noc, for take the 22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

house of our God. 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

c H A P. XI. 24 llalloheth, Pileha, Shobek,

i The rulers, voluntary men, and the tenih 25 Rehum, Hathabnah, Maaseiah,

man chojen hy lot, dwell at Jerusalem: 3 25 And Anijah, Hanan, Anan,

a catalogue of their names. Malluch, Harim, .

ND the rulers of the people dwelt at Je. the Levites, the porters, the fingers, the Ne. lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem Tinims, and all they that had separated them. the holy city, and nine parts 10 dwellin other selves from the people of the lands unto the law cities. or God, their ivives, their fons, and their • 2 And the people blessed all the men, that daughters, every one having knowledge, and willingly offered themselves to dwell at je having underitanlingi

ruralen:. 20 They clave to their brethren, their 31 Now these are the chief of the province nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of oath, to walk in God's law, which was Judlah Jwelt every one in his poireition in their given by Moses the servant of God, and to cities, r7 wil, Israel, the priefts, and the I c. Obrerve and do all the commandments of the vites, and the Nethinims, and the children of LURD our Lord, and his judgments and his Sotoman's servants,

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chap xi. The inhabitants of the cities. I 4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the be for the fingers, due for every day. children of Judah, and of the children of Ben. 24 And Pethahiah the son of Methezabeel, jamin. of the children of Judah; Atha. of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was lah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, at the king's hand in all matters concerning the the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, people. the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of 25 And for the villages, with their fields, Perez;

some of the childrer of Judah dwelt at Kirjathe And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son arba, and in the villages thereof, and at Didon, of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of and in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zecha. and in the villages therenf, riah, the son of Shiloni.

26 And at Jethua, and at Moladah, and at 6 All the fons of Perez that dwelt at Jerufa. Beth-phelet, lem were four hundred threescore and eight 27 And at Hazar.Thual, and at Beer-lieba, valiant men.

and in the villages thereof, 7. And there are the cons of Benjamin; 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonat, and in Sailu the son of Methullam, the son of Joed, the villages thereol, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the 29 And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and Son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of at Jarmuth, Jesaiah.

zo Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, 8 And after him Gabbal, Sallai, nine hundred at 1achin, and the ficlds thereof, at Azekah, twenty and eight.

and in the villages thereof. And they dwelt 9 And Joel che son of Zichri was their over. from Beer-hheda unto the vailey of Hin. feer: and Judah the son of Senuah was second nom. over the city.

31 The children alio of Benjamin from Gehe 19. Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, develt at Michmath, and Aija, and at Bethel Jachin.

and in their villages, 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Me. 31 And at Anathoth, Nos, Ananiah, thullam, the son of Zadak, the son of Meraioth, 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the house 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, of Gol.

35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of crafts. 12 And their brethren that did the work of men. the house were eight hundred twenty and 35 And of the Levites were divisions in Ju. two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the fon dah, and in Benjamin. cf Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zes

CHAP. XII. chariah, the son of Paihur, the son of Mal. I The pries which

came up with Zerulbabei. high and his brethren, chief of the fathers: Nihat went up with Zerubbabel the son of

10 The fuccefon of the high priekis. two hundred forry and two: and Amashai the $0:1 of Azureel, the ton of Ahasai, the son of Shealtiel, and Jelua: Seraiah, Jercanian, Merhillemoth, the son of Immer,

Ezra, !4 And their brethren, mighty men of va- 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattnih," Torir, an hunred twenty and eight: and their 3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, averseer was 2abdicl, the son of one of the 4 Iddo, Ginnctho, Abijah, great men.

Miamia, Miariah, Bilgah, 15 Alio of the Levites : Shemaiah the son of ó Shemaith, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, Haihub, the son of Az ikam, the son of Hasha.. 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiab, Jedaiah.

Thelt biah, the son of Bunni.

were the chief of the priests, and of their 16'And Shabbethai and fozabad, of the chief brethren, in the days of Jethua. of the Leviles, had the oversight of the out 8 Moreover, the Levites; jeinua, Binnui, ward business of the house of God.

Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and vattanian, 17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son which was over the iħankigiving, he and his of Zabdi, the fon of Afaph, was the principal, brethren.

9. Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethrer, Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and were over againft them in the watches. Atada the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, 10 $ And Jethua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also the son of Jeduthun.

begat Eliathib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, 18 All the Levites in the holy city were two ir And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan hundred fourscore and four.

begat Jad:lua. 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub Talmon, iz And in the days of Joiakim were priests, and their brethren that kept the gates, were an the chief of the fathers : of Seraiah, Meraiah; hundred seventy and two.

of Jeremiah, Hananiah ; 20 9 And the residue of Israel, of the pricfts, 13 Of Ezra, Methullam; of Amarish, Joand the Levites were is all the cities of Judah, hohanan; every one in his inheritance.

14 of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, je. 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: feph; and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethi. 15 for Hurim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; nims.

Jo of Iduo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, M. 22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jeru. Tullam; falem as Uzzi che son of Bani, the son of !7 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Mo. Hathabíah, the son of Mattaniah, the son adiah, Piltai; of Micha. Of the sons of Afaph, the ting. 18 or Bilga!!, Shammua; of shemaiah, sem ers were over the business of the house of honathan,

Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedzish, 23 For it was the king's commandment Uzzi; concerning them, that a certain portion thould 20 Or Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Ebert



The fucceffion of the high priets. NEHEMIA H. The dedication of the wall.

21 Of Hilkiah, Hafiabiah; of jedaiah, Ne. 40 So ftood the two companies of them tha thaneel.

gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the 22 ! The Levites, in the days of Eliashib, half of the rulers with me: Jojada, and Jolanan, and Jaddua, were record- 41. And the prioits; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Mi. ed chief of ihe fathers: also the prieits, to the niamin, Michaiah, Elisenai, Zechariah, and reign of Darius the Persian.

Hananiah, with trumpers: 27 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, 42 And Maasciah, and Shemaiah, and Elea. were written in the book of the chronicles, zar, and lizz, and Jehchanan, and Malchijah, even until the days of Johanan the son of Elia- and Elam, and Ezer: and the fingers sang loud, thib.

with Jezrahiah their overseer. 24 And the chief of the levites : Hasabiah, 43 Allo that day they oftered great sacrifices, sterebiah, and Jerliua the son or Kadmill, with and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice sacir brethren over againit them, to praise and with great joy: the wives also and the childrea to give thanks, according to the commandment rejoiced: 10 that the joy of Jerusalem was of David the man of God, ward over againft heard even a far off. ward.

44 Ard at that time were some appointed 25 Mattaniah, and bakbukiah, Obadiah, Me over the chambers for the treasures, for the of. mullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keep. ferings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes, io ing the ward at the thresholds of the gates. gather into them, out of the fields of the cities

26 These were in the days of joiakim the fon the portions of the law for the priests and Lea of Jethua, the son of Jozádak, and in the days vites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests, and for of Nelemiah the governor, and of Ezra the the Levites that waited. priett, the cribe,

45 And both the singers and the porters 27 And at the dedication of the wall of kept the ward of their God, and the ward of Jerusalem they fought the Levites out of all the purification, according to the comırand. their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to ment o: David, and of Solomon his son. keep the dedication with gladness, both with 46 For in the days of David and Afaph of thanksgivings, and with singing, with cym. old there were chiet of the fingers, and songs of bals, plalteries, and with harps.

prajíc an 1 thank!giving unto God. 28 and the cons of the fingers gathered 47 Andall Israel in the days of Zerubbabe!, Chemselves together, hoth out of the plain and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions country round about Jerusalem, and from the of the fingers and the porters every day his villages of Netoplachi;

portion: and they fanctified holy things 'unto 29 Also from le house of Gilgal, and out of the Levites, and the levites fanctified rbom the fields of Gela, atid Azmaveth: for the unto the children of Aaron. ringers had builded tiem villages round about

CHA P. XIII, Jerulaiem.

i Upon the reading of the law jeparation is 30 And the priefts and the Levites purified made from the mixed multitude. 10 Nebe. themselves, and purified the people, and the miah reformeth the offices in the house of God. gates, and the wall.

on Then I brought up the princes of Judah O Mortent day they read" in the 630 **** upon the wall, and appointed two great come and therein was found written, that the Ampanies of them that gave thanks, whereof one monite and the Moabite should not come into went on the right hand upon the wall toward the congregation of God forever; the dung gate;

2 Becaule they met not the children of 32 And after them went Hofhaiah, and half Israel with bread and with water, but hired the princes of Judah,

Balaam against them, that he mould curse 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Methullam, them; howbeit, our God turned the curre into 31 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and a bletling. Jeremiah,

3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard 15 And certain of the prietts sons with the law, that they separated from Israel all the trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of mixed multitude. Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the fon of 4 And before this Eliashib the priest, haMattaniah, the son of Michaiah," the fon of ving the oversight of the chamber of the house Zaccur, the son of Alaph:

of our God, was allied unto Tobiah ; 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Aza- s And he had prepared for him a great cham. rael, Mialai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Ju- ber, where aforetime they laid the meat-offer. dah, Hanani, with the muîcal instruments of ings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the David the man of God, and Ezra che scribe be. çithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, tore thein.

which was commanded to be given to the le. 37 And at the fountain gate, which was over vites, and the fingers, and the porters; and againt them, they went up by the itairs of the the otferings ofthe priests. city of David, at the going up of the wall, 6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem : above the house of David, even unto the water for in the two and thirtieth year of Artascrxes pale caitward.

king of Babylon came 1 unto the king, and 38 And the other company of them that after certain days obtained I leave of the kave thanks went over againīt them, and I king : after them, and the half of the people upon the 1 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood wall, from beyond the lower of the furnaces of the evil that Eliathib did ior Tobiah, in even unte the broad wall;

preparing him a chainber in the courts of the 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, house of God. and ahove the old gate, and above the fith gate, 8 And it grieved me fore: therefore 1 caft and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of forth all the household ftutf of Tobiah out of Meah, even unto the sheep gace: and they the chamber. food fill in the prison 8416,

Theo companies, and they cleansed

Divers abufes reformed

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by Nebemiab. the chambers: and thither brought I again the 20 So the merchants, and sellers of all kind vefsels of the house of God, with the meate of ware, lodged without Jerusalem once of offering and the frankincense.

twice. 10 And 1 perceived that the portions of 21 Then I teftified again them, and said unto the Levites had not been given them: for the them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye Levites and the fingers, that did the work, do so again, I will lay hands on you. From were fled every one to his field.

that time forth came they no more on the lab. 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and bath. faid, Why is the house of God forsaken! And I, 22 And I commanded the Levites that gathered them together, and let them in their they thould cleanse themselves, and that place.

they should come and keep the gates, to 12 Then brought all ju lah the tithe of the lanétify the fabbath day. Remember me, corn and the new wine and the oil unto the o my God, concerning this also, and spare treasuries.

me according to the greatness of thy 13 And I made treasurers over the treasu. mercy. ries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the 23. In those days also saw I Jews tvar had fcribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah : and next married wives of áthdod, of Ammon, and of to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the lon Moab. of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, 24 And their children Spake half in the and their oifice was to distribute unto their speech of Athdod, and could not speak in the brethren.

Jews language, but according to the language of 14 Remember me, O my God, concerning each people. this, and wipe not out my good deeds that i 25 And I contended with them, and curred have done for the house of my God, and for the them, and smote certain of them, and plucked offices thereof.

off their bair, and made them fwear by God, 15 I In those days saw I in Judah somie Jaying, Ye thall not give your daughters into treading wine preises on the fabbath, and their sons, nor take their daughters unto your bringing in thcaves, and lading asses; as also sons, or for yourselves. wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of bur. 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel fin by dens, which they brought into Jerusalem on these things! yet anong many nations was the labbath day: and I tertified agoinfi them in there no king like him, who was beloved of the day wherein they sold victuals.

his God, and God made him king over all if. 16 There dwelt men of Tyre alfo therein, rael: nevertheless, even him did outlandish wo. which brought fith, and all manner of ware, men cause to fin. and sold on the fabbath unto the children of Jus 27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all dah, and in Jerusalem,

this great evil, to transgress againft our God in 17 l'hen I contended with the nobles of Ju. marrying itrange wives? dah, and said unto them, What evil thing is 28 'And one of the fons of Joiada, the son of this that ye do, and profane the fabbath day? Eliathib the high priest, was son-in-law to Sar.

18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not ballat the Horonite: therefore 1 chased him our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon from me. this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel 29 Remeiber them, o my God, because by profaning the sabbath.

they have detiled the priesthood, and the co. 19 And it came to pass, that when the venant of the priestood, and of the Le. gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before vites. the fabbath, I commanded that the gates 30 Thus cleansed I them from all trangers, thould be thut, and charged that they thould and appointed the wards of the priests and the not be opened till atter the fabbath : and forle Levites, every one in his buincis; of my fervants set 1 at the gates, that there 31 And for the wood offering, at times aphouiú no burden be brought in on the sabbath pointed, and for the firf-truits. Remember day.

ine, O my God, for good.


1 The Book of EST HER, CHAP. I.

5 And when these days were expired, thic 1 Ahasuerus maketh royai frafts. 10 Vashti king made a feast unto all the people that were Sent for, refuserh to come.

prelent in Shushan the palace, both unto great ow it came to pass in the days of and small, seven days, in the court of the gar

Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which dea of the king's palace ; reigned from India even unto Ethiopia, 6 Where were white, green, and blue, bang. over an hundred and leveo and twenty pro. ings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purvinccs :) 2 Tbar in those days, when the king Aha.. beds were of gold and filver, upon a pavement

ple to filver rings, and pillars of marble: the suerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which of red, and blue, and white, and black mar. was in Shuthan the palace,

ble. 3. In the third year of his reign, he made a 7. And they gave them drink in veifels of east untold his princes, and his fervants; ebe gold, (the vereis being diverse one from ano. power et ir hidan Melia, the noble and prin. ther,) and royal wine in abundance, according ces or imovinces, being before him: to the ftate of the king :

4 s. en die Mhewed the riches of haiglo. 8 And the drinking was according to the rious kin' lum and the honour of his excellent law ; none di compei : tor fo the king hadap. majetty many days, even an hundred and four. pointed to all the omcers of his house, that they score days.

ihould do according to every man's plearic.

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