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            The Book of NEHEMIAH


1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass

in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan

the palace,

1:2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of

Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped,

which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity

there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of

Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned

with fire.

1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down

and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before

the God of heaven,

1:5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and

terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love

him and observe his commandments:

1:6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou

mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee

now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and

confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned

against thee: both I and my fathers house have sinned.

1:7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the

commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou

commandedst thy servant Moses.


1:8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy

servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad

among the nations:

1:9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them;

though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the

heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them

unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

1:10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast

redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

1:11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the

prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who

desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this

day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the

kings cupbearer.


2:1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of

Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the

wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad

in his presence.

2:2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad,

seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart.

Then I was very sore afraid,

2:3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not

my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’

sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with


2:4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I

prayed to the God of heaven.

2:5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant

have found favor in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto

Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.


2:6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For

how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it

pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

2:7 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be

given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey

me over till I come into Judah;

2:8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the kings forest, that he

may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace

which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and

for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me,

according to the good hand of my God upon me.

2:9 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the

kings letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and

horsemen with me.

2:10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the

Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was

come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.

2:11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.

2:12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told

I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem:

neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode


2:13 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the

dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of

Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were

consumed with fire.

2:14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king’s pool:

but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.

2:15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and

turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.

2:16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had

I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles,

nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.


2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how

Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire:

come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more

a reproach.

2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me;

as also the kings words that he had spoken unto me. And they

said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for

this good work.

2:19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the

Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to

scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will

ye rebel against the king?

2:20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he

will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but

ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.


3:1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests,

and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the

doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto

the tower of Hananeel.

3:2 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them

builded Zaccur the son of Imri.

3:3 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the

beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and

the bars thereof.

3:4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son

of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of

Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired

Zadok the son of Baana.

3:5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not

their necks to the work of their LORD.


3:6 Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and

Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and

set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars


3:7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon

the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the

throne of the governor on this side the river.

3:8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the

goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of

the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall.

3:9 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of

the half part of Jerusalem.

3:10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even

over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son

of Hashabniah.

3:11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab,

repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.

3:12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler

of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

3:13 The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah;

they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and

the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung


3:14 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of

part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the

locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

3:15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh,

the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up

the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the

wall of the pool of Siloah by the kings garden, and unto the stairs

that go down from the city of David.

3:16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the

half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of


David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the


3:17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto

him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his


3:18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the

ruler of the half part of Keilah.

3:19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of

Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armory at

the turning of the wall.

3:20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other

piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of

Eliashib the high priest.

3:21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz

another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the

end of the house of Eliashib.

3:22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

3:23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house.

After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of

Ananiah by his house.

3:24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from

the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the


3:25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall, and the

tower which lieth out from the king’s high house, that was by the

court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh.

3:26 Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over

against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out.

3:27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the

great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

3:28 From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over

against his house.


3:29 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his

house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the

keeper of the east gate.

3:30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the

sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam

the son of Berechiah over against his chamber.

3:31 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmiths son unto the place of

the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate

Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.

3:32 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate

repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.


4:1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the

wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the


4:2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and

said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will

they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the

stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

4:3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that

which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their

stone wall.

4:4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach

upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of


4:5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out

from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the


4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the

half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

4:7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the

Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the


walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be

stopped, then they were very wroth,

4:8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against

Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch

against them day and night, because of them.

4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed,

and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

4:11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we

come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work

to cease.

4:12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them

came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall

return unto us they will be upon you.

4:13 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the

higher places, I even set the people after their families with their

swords, their spears, and their bows.

4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the

rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them:

remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your

brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your


4:15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known

unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we

returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

4:16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my

servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both

the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the

rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with

those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the

work, and with the other hand held a weapon.


4:18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so

builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

4:19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the

people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the

wall, one far from another.

4:20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye

thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

4:21 So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from

the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

4:22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one

with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may

be a guard to us, and labor on the day.

4:23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the

guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving

that every one put them off for washing.


5:1 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against

their brethren the Jews.

5:2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are

many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and


5:3 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands,

vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the


5:4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s

tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

5:5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as

their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our

daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought

unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them;

for other men have our lands and vineyards.

5:6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.


5:7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the

rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his

brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

5:8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our

brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye

even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held

they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

5:9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the

fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our


5:10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them

money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.

5:11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their

vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth

part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye

exact of them.

5:12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of

them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and

took an oath of them, that they should do according to this


5:13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from

his house, and from his labor, that performeth not this promise,

even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation

said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according

to this promise.

5:14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor

in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two

and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I

and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.

5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable

unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside

forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the

people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.


5:16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we

any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.

5:17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews

and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen

that are about us.

5:18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six

choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten

days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the

bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this


5:19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have

done for this people.


6:1 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the

Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the

wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time

I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)

6:2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us

meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But

they thought to do me mischief.

6:3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work,

so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I

leave it, and come down to you?

6:4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered

them after the same manner.

6:5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth

time with an open letter in his hand;

6:6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and

Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which

cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king,

according to these words.


6:7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at

Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be

reported to the king according to these words. Come now

therefore, and let us take counsel together.

6:8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as

thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

6:9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened

from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God,

strengthen my hands.

6:10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah

the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet

together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the

doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the

night will they come to slay thee.

6:11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that,

being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not

go in.

6:12 And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he

pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat

had hired him.

6:13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin,

and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might

reproach me.

6:14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these

their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the

prophets, that would have put me in fear.

6:15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month

Elul, in fifty and two days.

6:16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and

all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were

much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this

work was wrought of our God.

6:17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto

Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.


6:18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the

son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had

taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.

6:19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my

words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.


7:1 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the

doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were


7:2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the

palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared

God above many.

7:3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened

until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the

doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of

Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against

his house.

7:4 Now the city was large and great: but the people were few therein,

and the houses were not builded.

7:5 And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and

the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by

genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which

came up at the first, and found written therein,

7:6 These are the children of the province, that went up out of the

captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came

again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;

7:7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah,

Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.

The number, I say, of the men of the people of Israel was this;

7:8 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.

7:9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.


7:10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.

7:11 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab,

two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.

7:12 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

7:13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.

7:14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.

7:15 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.

7:16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.

7:17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and


7:18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.

7:19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.

7:20 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.

7:21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

7:22 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.

7:23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.

7:24 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve.

7:25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.

7:26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and


7:27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.

7:28 The men of Bethazmaveth, forty and two.

7:29 The men of Kirjathjearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred

forty and three.

7:30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

7:31 The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two.

7:32 The men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.

7:33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.


7:34 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and


7:35 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

7:36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

7:37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and


7:38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.

7:39 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine

hundred seventy and three.

7:40 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

7:41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

7:42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

7:43 The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the children

of Hodevah, seventy and four.

7:44 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.

7:45 The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the

children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita,

the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.

7:46 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the

children of Tabbaoth,

7:47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,

7:48 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of


7:49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of


7:50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of


7:51 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of


7:52 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of



7:53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of


7:54 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of


7:55 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of


7:56 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

7:57 The children of Solomons servants: the children of Sotai, the

children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,

7:58 The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of


7:59 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of

Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon.

7:60 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomons servants, were

three hundred ninety and two.

7:61 And these were they which went up also from Telmelah,

Telharesha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew

their fathers house, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel.

7:62 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of

Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.

7:63 And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz,

the children of Barzillai, which took one of the daughters of

Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name.

7:64 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by

genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were they, as polluted,

put from the priesthood.

7:65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the

most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and


7:66 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three

hundred and threescore,


7:67 Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there

were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they had

two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women.

7:68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two

hundred forty and five:

7:69 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven

hundred and twenty asses.

7:70 And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The

Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty

basons, five hundred and thirty priests garments.

7:71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the

work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two

hundred pound of silver.

7:72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand

drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore

and seven priests garments.

7:73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers,

and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in

their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of

Israel were in their cities.


8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into

the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra

the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD

had commanded to Israel.

8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both

of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding,

upon the first day of the seventh month.

8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate

from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and

those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were

attentive unto the book of the law.


8:4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had

made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and

Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his

right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and

Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and


8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he

was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people

stood up:

8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people

answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they

bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to

the ground.

8:7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai,

Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and

the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the

people stood in their place.

8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the

sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the

scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the

people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not,

nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of

the law.

8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the

sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:

for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the

joy of the LORD is your strength.

8:11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for

the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.

8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send

portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the

words that were declared unto them.


8:13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the

fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the

scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

8:14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had

commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in

booths in the feast of the seventh month:

8:15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in

Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive

branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm

branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is


8:16 So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves

booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts,

and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water

gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.

8:17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the

captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days

of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of

Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

8:18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in

the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days;

and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the



9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of

Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth

upon them.

9:2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and

stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law

of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another

fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.


9:4 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani,

Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried

with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.

9:5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah,

Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and

bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy

glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the

heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that

are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest

them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

9:7 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and

broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the

name of Abraham;

9:8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant

with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the

Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the

Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy

words; for thou art righteous:

9:9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest

their cry by the Red sea;

9:10 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his

servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that

they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as

it is this day.

9:11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went

through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors

thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.

9:12 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in

the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein

they should go.

9:13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them

from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good

statutes and commandments:


9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst

them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy


9:15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and

broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and

promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which

thou hadst sworn to give them.

9:16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks,

and hearkened not to thy commandments,

9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that

thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their

rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou

art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger,

and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

9:18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy

God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great


9:19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the

wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day,

to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew

them light, and the way wherein they should go.

9:20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest

not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their


9:21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that

they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet

swelled not.

9:22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide

them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the

land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.

9:23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and

broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst

promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.


9:24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst

before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest

them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land,

that they might do with them as they would.

9:25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses

full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit

trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat,

and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and

cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which

testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great


9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies,

who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried

unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy

manifold mercies thou gavest them saviors, who saved them out of

the hand of their enemies.

9:28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore

leftest thou them in the land of their enemies, so that they had the

dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee,

thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver

them according to thy mercies;

9:29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again

unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy

commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man

do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened

their neck, and would not hear.

9:30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against

them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear:

therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

9:31 Nevertheless for thy great mercies sake thou didst not utterly

consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and

merciful God.


9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible

God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem

little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our

princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our

fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of

Assyria unto this day.

9:33 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast

done right, but we have done wickedly:

9:34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers,

kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy

testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

9:35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great

goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which

thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked


9:36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest

unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof,

behold, we are servants in it:

9:37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set

over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our

bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great


9:38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and

our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.


10:1 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of

Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

10:2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

10:3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

10:4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

10:5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,


10:6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

10:7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

10:8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests.

10:9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the

sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;

10:10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

10:11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

10:12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

10:13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu.

10:14 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,

10:15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

10:16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

10:17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

10:18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

10:19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

10:20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

10:21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

10:22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

10:23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

10:24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

10:25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

10:26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

10:27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

10:28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the

singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves

from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their

sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having



10:29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse,

and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses

the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments

of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

10:30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the

land, not take their daughters for our sons:

10:31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the

sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the

sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh

year, and the exaction of every debt.

10:32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with

the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;

10:33 For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the

continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the

set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make

an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our


10:34 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the

people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our

God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by

year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written

in the law:

10:35 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all

fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:

10:36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in

the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to

the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of

our God:

10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our

offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil,

unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the

tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might

have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.


10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when

the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of

the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the

treasure house.

10:39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the

offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the

chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests

that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not

forsake the house of our God.


11:1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the

people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the

holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities.

11:2 And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered

themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.

11:3 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem:

but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their

cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the

Nethinims, and the children of Solomons servants.

11:4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and of the

children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of

Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of

Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez;

11:5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son of

Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of

Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.

11:6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem were four hundred

threescore and eight valiant men.

11:7 And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam,

the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of

Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah.

11:8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.


11:9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the son of

Senuah was second over the city.

11:10 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.

11:11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of

Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the

house of God.

11:12 And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight

hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son

of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of

Pashur, the son of Malchiah.

11:13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two:

and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of

Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,

11:14 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and

eight: and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of the great


11:15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of

Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;

11:16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the

oversight of the outward business of the house of God.

11:17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of

Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and

Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of

Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

11:18 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and


11:19 Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that

kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and two.

11:20 And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were in all

the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance.

11:21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over

the Nethinims.


11:22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of

Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of

Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of

the house of God.

11:23 For it was the kings commandment concerning them, that a certain

portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

11:24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah

the son of Judah, was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning

the people.

11:25 And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Judah

dwelt at Kirjatharba, and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and

in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof,

11:26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,

11:27 And at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and in the villages thereof,

11:28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,

11:29 And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,

11:30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at Lachish, and the fields

thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And they dwelt

from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom.

11:31 The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and

Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages.

11:32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

11:33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

11:34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

11:35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.

11:36 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin.


12:1 Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with

Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah,



12:2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

12:3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

12:4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

12:5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

12:6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

12:7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests

and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.

12:8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah,

and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his


12:9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over against them in

the watches.

12:10 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib

begat Joiada,

12:11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.

12:12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of

Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;

12:13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

12:14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;

12:15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;

12:16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

12:17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai:

12:18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

12:19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

12:20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

12:21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

12:22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and

Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the

reign of Darius the Persian.


12:23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book

of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of


12:24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the

son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise

and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the

man of God, ward over against ward.

12:25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub,

were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.

12:26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of

Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra

the priest, the scribe.

12:27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the

Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep

the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with

singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.

12:28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out

of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages

of Netophathi;

12:29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and

Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round about


12:30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified

the people, and the gates, and the wall.

12:31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and

appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof

one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:

12:32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah,

12:33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

12:34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,

12:35 And certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets; namely, Zechariah

the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah,

the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph:


12:36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai,

Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of

David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.

12:37 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went

up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall,

above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.

12:38 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against

them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall,

from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall;

12:39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and

above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of

Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison


12:40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house

of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me:

12:41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai,

Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;

12:42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and

Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers

sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.

12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God

had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the

children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar


12:44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the

treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to

gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the

law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests

and for the Levites that waited.

12:45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God,

and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of

David, and of Solomon his son.

12:46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the

singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.


12:47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of

Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every

day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites;

and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.


13:1 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the

people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the

Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;

13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with

water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them:

howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

13:3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they

separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

13:4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the

chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:

13:5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime

they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and

the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was

commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the

porters; and the offerings of the priests.

13:6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and

thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king,

and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:

13:7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib

did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the

house of God.

13:8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff

to Tobiah out of the chamber.

13:9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither

brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat

offering and the frankincense.


13:10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given

them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled

every one to his field.

13:11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of

God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their


13:12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and

the oil unto the treasuries.

13:13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and

Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was

Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were

counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their


13:14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my

good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the

offices thereof.

13:15 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the

sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine,

grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought

into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in

the day wherein they sold victuals.

13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all

manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of

Judah, and in Jerusalem.

13:17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them,

What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?

13:18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil

upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel

by profaning the sabbath.

13:19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be

dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be

shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the

sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there

should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.


13:20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without

Jerusalem once or twice.

13:21 Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye

about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From

that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.

13:22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves,

and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the

sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and

spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.

13:23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod,

of Ammon, and of Moab:

13:24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could

not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of

each people.

13:25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of

them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God,

saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take

their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among

many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his

God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him

did outlandish women cause to sin.

13:27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to

transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?

13:28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest,

was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him

from me.

13:29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the

priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.

13:30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards

of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;

13:31 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the

firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.