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NEHEMIAH. who came up with Zerubbabel. 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel : 11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jo. and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethi- nathan begat Jaddua. nims.

12 And in the days of Joiakim were 22 The overseer also of the Levites at Je-'priests, the chief of the fathers : of Serairusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son ah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah ; of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son 13 Of Ezra, Meshullam ; of Amariah, of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers Jehohanan; were over the business of the houseof God. 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniab,

23 For it was the king's commandment Josepb ; concerning them, that a certain portion 15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, should be for the singers, due for every day. Helkai;

24 And Pethabiah the son of Mesheza- 16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, beel, of the children of Zerah the son of Meshullam ; Judah, was at the king's hand in all mat- 17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of ters concerning the people.

Moadiah, Piltai; 25 And for the villages, with their fields, 18 or Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, some of the children of Judah dwelt at Jehonathan; Kirjath-arba,and in the villages thereof, and 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiat Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and ah, Uzzi; at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof, 20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and 21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, at Beth-phelet,

Nethaneel. 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer- 22 The Levites in the days of Eliasheba, and in the villages thereof, shib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua,

28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and were recorded chief of the fathers : alsó in the villages thereof,

the priests, to the reign of Darius the Per29 And at En-riminon, and at Zareah, sian. and at Jarmuth,

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their vil- fathers, were written in the book of the lages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Chronicles, even until the days of Johanan Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And the son of Eliashib. they dwelt from Beer-sheba unto the val. 24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashaley of Hinnom.

biah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of 31 The children also of Benjamin from Kadmiel, with their brethren over against Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and them, to praise and to give thanks, accordBeth-el, and in their villages,

ing to the commandment of David the 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, man of God, ward over against ward. 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadi34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, ah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were 35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of crafts- porters keeping the ward at the tbresholds

of the gates. 36 And of the Levites were divisions in 26 These were in the days of Joiakim Judah, and in Benjamin.

the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and CHÅP. XII.

in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and OW vites that

27 | And at the dedication of the wall the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua : Seraiah, of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites out Jeremiah, Ezra,

of all their places, to bring them to Jeru2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, salem, to keep the dedication with glad. 3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, ness, both with thanksgivings, and with 4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

harps. 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 28 And the sons of the singers gathered

7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These themselves together, both out of the plain were the chief of the priests and of their country round about Jerusalem, and from brethren in the days of Jeshua.

the villages of Netopbathi ; 8 Moreover the Levites : Jeshua, Bin- 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and nui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mat- out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: taniah, which was over the thanksgiving, for the singers bad builded them villages he and his brethren.

round about Jerusalem. 9 Also Bakbukiahand Unni, their breib- 30 And the priests and the Levites puren, were over against them in the watches. rified themselves, and purified the people,

10 T And Jeshua begat Joiakin, Joia- and the gates, and the wall. kim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib be- 31 Then I brought up the princes of gat Joiada,

Judah upon the wall, and appointed two


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Dedicator of the wall. CHAP. XIII. Separation from the multitude. great companies of them that gave thanks, habel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave whereof one went on the right hand upon the portions of the singers and the porters, the wall toward the dung-gate:

every day his portion: and they sanctified 32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and holy things unto the Levites; and the Lekalf of the princes of Judah,

vites sanctified them unto the children of 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, Aaron. 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah,

CHAP. XIII. and Jeremiah, 35 And certain of the priests sons

O of

Moses in the audience of the peowith trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son ple; and therein was found written, that of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son ihe Ammonite and the Moabite should not of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son come into the congregation of God for ever; of Zaccur, the son of Asaph:

2 Because they met not the children of 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Israel with bread and with water, but Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, hired Balaam against them, that he should and Judah, Hanani, with the musical in-curse them: how beit, our God turned the struments of David the man of God, and curse into a blessing. Ezra the scribe before them.

3 Now it came to pass, when they had 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was heard the law, that they separated from over against them, they went up by the Israel all the mixed multitude. stairs of the city of David, at the going 4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, up of the wall, above the house of David, having the oversight of the chamber of the even unto the water-gate eastward. house of our God,

was allied unto Tobiah : 38 And the other company of them that 5 And he had prepared for him a great gave thanks went over against them, and I chamber, where aforetime they laid the after them, and the half of the people upon meat-offerings, the frankincense, and the the wall, from beyond the tower of the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the furnaces even unto the broad wall; new wine, and the oil, (wbich was com

39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, manded to be given to the Levites, and the and above the old gate, and above the singers, and the porters,) and the offerings ksb-gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and of the priests. the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep- 6 But in all this time was not I at Jerugate: and they stood still in the prison-gate. salem: for in the two and thirtieth year of

40 So stood the two companies of them Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto that gave thanks in the house of God, and the king, and after certain days obtained 1, and the half of the rulers with me: I leave of the king :

41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and underMiniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, stood of the evil that Eliashib did for Toand Hananiah, wi:h trumpets ;

biah, in preparing him a chamber in the 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and courts of the house of God. Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the cast forth all

the household-stuff of Tobiala singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their out of the chamber. overseer.

9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed 43 Also that day they offered great sa- the chambers: and thither brought I again crifices, and rejoiced; for God had made the vessels of the house of God, with the them rejoice with great joy: the wives meat-offering and the frankincense. also and the children rejoiced: so that the 10 And I perceived that the portions joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. of the Levites had not been given them :

44 | And at that time were some ap- for the Levites and the singers, that did pointed over the chambers for the trea- the work, were fled every one to his field. sures, for the offerings, for the first-fruits, 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and for the tithes, to gather into them out and said, Why is the house of God forof the fields of the cities the portions of saken? And I gathered them together, and the law for the priests and Levites : for set them in their place. Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of Levites that waited.

the corn and the new wine and the oil 45 And both the singers and the porters unto the treasuries. kept the ward of their God, and the ward 13 And I made treasurers over the treaof the purification, according to the com- suries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the mandment of David,and of Solomon his son. scribe; and of the Levites, Pedaia!: and

46 For in the days of David and Asaph next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, of old there were chief of the singers, and the son of Mattaniah: for they were countsongs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. ed faithful; and their office was to distribute 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerub- unto their brethren.

Abuses reformed by Nehemiah. ESTHER. Ahasuerus makes royal feasts.

14 Remember me, O my God, concern- they should cleanse themselves, and that ing this, and wipe not out my good deeds they should come and keep the gates, to that I have done for the house of my God, sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, and for the offices thereof.

O my God, concerning this also, and spare 15 9 In those days saw I in Judah some me according to the greatness of thy mercy, treading wine-presses on the sabbath, and 23 | In those days also saw I Jews that bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, also wine, grapes, and figs, and all man- and of Moab: ner of burdens, which they brought into 24 And their children spake half in the Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I tes- speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in tified against them in the day wherein they the Jews' language, but according to the sold victuals.

language of each people. 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also there- 25 And I contended with them, and in, which brought fish, and all manner of cursed them, and smote certain of them, ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the and plucked off their hair, and made them children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give

17 Then I contended with the nobles your daughters unto their sons, nor take of Judah, and said unto them, What evil their daughters unto your sons, or for yourthing is this that ye do, and profane the selves. sabbath day?

26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did by these things.? yet among many nations not our God bring all this evil upon us, was there no king like him, who was beand upon this city? yet ye bring more loved of his God, and God made him king wrath upon Israel by profaning the sab- over all Israel: nevertheless even him did bath.

outlandish women cause to sin. 19 And it came to pass, that, when the 27 Shall we then bearken unto you to gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before do all this great evil, to transgress against the sabbath, I commanded that the gates our God in marrying strange wives? should be shut, and charged that they 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the should not be opened till after the sabbath: son of Eliashib the high priest, was sonand some of my servants set I at the gates, in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: therethat there should no burden be brought in fore I chased him from me. on the sabbath day:

29 Remember them, O my God, be20 So the merchants and sellers of all cause they have defiled the priesthood, kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem and the covenant of the priesthood, and once or twice.

of the Levites. 21 Then I testified against them, and 30 Thus cleansed I them from all stransaid unto them, Why lodge ye about the gers, and appointed the wards of the priests wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands and the Levites, every come in his business ; on you. From that time forth came they 31 And for the wood-offering, at times no more on the sabbath.

appointed, and for the first-fruits. Re22 And I commanded the Levites, that member me, O my God, for good.

I The Book of ESTHER.

the king made a feast unto all the people NOM

TOW it came to pass in the days of that were present in Shushan the palace,

Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which both unto great and small, seven days, in reigned from India even unto Ethiopia, the court of the garden of the king's palace; over a hundred and seven and twenty 6 H'here were wbite, green, and blue provinces :)

hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen 2 That in those days, when the king and purple to silver rings and pillars of Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his king- marble : the beds were of gold and silver, dom, which was in Shushan the palace, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and

3 In the third year of bis reign, he made white, and black marble. a feast unto all his princes and his ser- 7 And they gave them drink in vessels vants ; the power of Persia and Media, the of gold, (the vessels being diverse one nobles and princes of the provinces, being from another,) and royal wine in abunbefore him :

dance, according to the state of the king4 When he shewed the riches of his 8 And the drinking was according to glorious kingilom and the honour of his the law; none did compel : for so the excellent majesty many days, even a king had appointed to all the officers of his bundred and fourscore days.

house, that they should do according to 5 And when these days were expired, every man's pleasure.

Vashti's disobedåence.


A queen to be chosen. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast 22 For he sent letters into all the king's for the women in the royal house which provinces, into every province ac

according belonged to king Ahasuerus.

to the writing thereof, and to every people 10°1 On the seventh day, when the after their language, that every man should heart of the king was merry with wine, he bear rule in his own house; and that it commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, should be published according to the lanBigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, guage of

every people. the seven chamberlains that served in the

CHAP. II. presence of Ahasuerus king,

11. To bring Vashti the queen before AFTER these things, when the wrath the king with the crown royal, to shew the remembered Vashti, and what she had people and the princes her beauty : for done, and what was decreed against her. she was fair to look on.

2 Then said the king's servants that 12 But the queen Vashti refused to ministered unto him, Let there be fair come at the king's commandment by his young virgins sought for the king : chamberlains: therefore was the king very 3 And let the king appoint officers in all wroth, and his anger burned in him. the provinces of his kingdom, that they

13 'T Then the king said to the wise may gather together all the fair young virmen, which knew the times, (for so was gins unto Shushan the palace, to the house the king's manner toward all that knew of the women, unto the custody of Hege las and judgment :

the king's chamberlain, keeper of the 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, women; and let their things for purificaShethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Mar- tion be given them: sena, and Memucan, the seven princes of 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth Persia and Media, which saw the king's the king be queen instead of Vashti. And face, and which sat the first in the king- the thing pleased the king; and he did so. dom,).

5 Now in Shushan the palace there 15 What shall we do unto the queen was a certain Jew, whose name was MorVashti according to law, because she decai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, hath not performed the commandment of the son of Kish, a Benjamite; the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains ? 6 Who had been carried away from

16 And Memucan answered before the Jerusalem with the captivity which had king and the princes, Vashti the queen been carried away with Jeconiah king of hath not done wrong to the king only, but Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of also to all the princes, and to all the people Babylon had carried away. that are in all the provinces of the king 7 And he brought up Hadassah,(that is, Ahasuerus.

Esther,)his uncle's daughter: for she had 17 For this deed of the queen shall neither father nor mother, and the maid come abroad unto all women, so that they was fair and beautiful ; whom Mordecai, sball despise their husbands in their eyes, when her father and mother were dead, when it shall be reported, The king took for his own daughter. Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the que n 8 T So it came to pass, when the king's to be brought in before him, but she came commandment and his decree was heard, not.

and when many maidens were gathered 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia together unto Shushan the palace, to the and Media say this day unto all the king's custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought princes, which have heard of the deed of also unto the king's house, to the custody the queen. Thus shall there arise too of Hegai, keeper of the women. mucb contempt and wrath.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and she 19 If it please the king, let there go alobtained kindness of him; and he speedily royal commandment from him, and let it gave her her things for purification, with be written among the laws of the Persians such things as belonged to her, and seven and the Medes, that it be not altered, maidens which were meet to be given her,

That Vashti come no more before king out of the king's house: and he preferred Ahasuerus ; and let the king give her her and her maids unto the best place of royal estate unto another that is better the house of the women. than she.

10 Esther had not shewed her people 20 And when the king's decree which norher kindred: for Mordecai hadcharged he shall make shall be published through her that she should not shew it. out all his empire, (for it is great,) all the 11 And Mordecai walked every day wives shall give to their husbands honour, before the court of the women's house, to both to great and small.

know how Esther did, and what should 21 And the saying pleased the king and become of her.. the princes; and the king did according 12 | Now when every maid's turn was to the word of Memucan:

come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that Esther us chosen queen.

ESTHER. Haman adotaced by the king. she had been twelve months, according to medatha the Agagite, and advanced him, the manner of the women, (for so were the and set his seat above all the princes that days of their purifications accomplished, were with him. to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six 2 And all the king's servants that were months with sweet odours, and with other in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced things for the purifying of the women;) Haman; for the king had so commanded

13 Then thus came every maiden unto concerning him. But Mordecai bowed the king; whatsoever she desired was not, nor did him reverence. given her to go with her out of the house 3 Then the king's servants which were of the women unto the king's house. in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai,

14 In the evening she went, and on the Why transgressest thou the king's commorrow she returned into the second house mandment? of the women, to the custody of Shaash- 4 Now it came to pass, when they spake gaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto the concubines: she came in unto the king them, that they told Haman, to see whether no more, except the king delighted in her, Mordecai's matters would stand: for he and that she were called by name. had told them that he was a Jew.

15 | Now when the turn of Esther, the 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then who had taken her for his daughter, was was Haman full of wrath. come to go in unto the king, she required 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on nothing but what Hegai the king's cham- Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him berlain, the keeper of the women, ap- the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman pointed. And Esther obtained favour in sought to destroy all the Jews that were The sight of all them that looked upon her. throughout the whole kingdom of Abasue

16 So Esther was taken unto king Aha- rus, even the people of Mordecai. suerus into his house-royal in the tenth 39 In the first month (that is, the montb month, which is the month Tebeth, in the Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king Ahasue. seventh year of his reign.

rus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before 17 And the king loved Esther above all Haman from day to day, and from month the women, and she obtained grace and to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the favour in his sight more than all the vir- month Adar. gins; so that he set the royal crown upon 8 And Haman said unto king Ahasueher head, and made her queen instead of rus, There is a certain people scattered Vashti.

abroad and dispersed among the people in 18 Then the king made a great feast all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their unto all his princes and his servants, even laws are diverse from all people; neither Esther's feast; and he made a release to keep they the king's laws: therefore it is the provinces, and gave gifts, according to not for the king's profit to suffer them. the state of the king.

9 If it please the king, let it be written 19 And when the virgins were gathered that they may be destroyed: and I will together the second time, then Mordecai pay ten thousand talents of silver to the sat in the king's gate.

hands of those that have the charge of the 20 Esther had not yet shewed her kin- business, to bring it into the king's trea. dred, nor her people, as Mordecai had suries. charged her: for Esther did the command. 10 And the king took his ring from his ment of Mordecai, like as when she was hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of brought up with him.

Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' 21 T In those days, while Mordecai sat enemy: in the king's gate, two of the king's cham- 11 And the king said unto Haman, The berlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those silver is given to thee, the people also, to which kept the door, were wroth, and do with them as it seemeth good to thee. sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 12 Then were the king's scribes called

22 And the thing was known to Morde- on the thirteenth day of the first month, and cai, who told it unto Esther the queen; there was written according to all that and Esther certified the king thereof in Haman had commanded unto the king's Mordecai's name.

lieutenants, and to the governors that were 23 And when inquisition was made of over every province, and to the rulers of the matter, it was found out; therefore every people of every province, according they were both hanged on a tree: and it to the writing thereof, and to every people was written in the book of the Chronicles after their language; in the name of king before the king.

Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with CHAP. III.

the king's ring. A

FTER these things did king Ahague- 13 And the letters were sent by posts rus promote Haman the son of Ham-linto all the king's provinces, to destroy, to

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