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17 s Andatthededicaionoftheivall of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites out ot'all cheirplaces, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgiving, and with singing ytiih cymbals, psalteries, and with harp;.

28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netopia chi,

19 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba.and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded diem village round about Jerusalem. •■ . 30 And the prkfts and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates,arid die wall;

31 Then I brought up die princes of j Judah upon die «all, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, •tthemf trie went on the right hand npon the wall toward the dung-gate 1

}i And after them went Hofhaiah, and half of the ptinces ofJudah,

33 AndAzariah, Ezra, andMeshullam, v

34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,

35 And certain - of the priests sons with trumpets: namely, Zechatiah the fen of Jonathan, the ton of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the (on of Mi chajah', the son of Zaccur, the foirofj Asarh:

36V And his brethren, Shemaiah, and AzaraeljMilalai, Gilalai, Maai, Ncthaneel,and Judab, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David die man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them,

37 And at the fountain-gate, which was over against them, they went up by die stairs ot the city of David, at the going up of die wall, above the house of David, even unto die water-gate eastward.

38 And the other company ef them thai gave thanks, went over against them, and I after than, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces, even unto the broad wall:

:« And from above the gate of E

phtaim, and above the old gate, and a bove the fish-gate, and the towet of Ha naneel, and the tower of Meah, even

unto the sheep-gate; and they stood still in the prison-gate.

40 So stood the twa companies of them that gave thanks in die house of God,

and I, and the half of the rulers wiA

me:

41 And the priests; El'akim, Maa-'ciah. Miniafnin, Michaiah, Eliocnai, Zechariah,«miHananiahwidi trumpets:

41 And Maasciah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchi jah, and Elam, and Ezer: and die singers fang loud, with Jezrahiah their oveiseer.

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoyced ; for God had made diem rejoyce with great joy j die wives also and the children rejoyced s so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar oft'.

44 f And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the Treasures, for die offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into diem out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoyced for Ac priests and for the Levites that waited.

45 And both the fingers and the potters kept the ward of their God, and die ward of the purification, according ro the commandment of David, ana of Solomon his son.

40 For in the days of David and Afaph, ofoldjrtwwwr* chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in die days ofNchemiah. gave the portions of the singers, and die porters, every day his portion, and rhey sanctified holy things unto the Levites, and the Levites sanctified them unto rhe children of Aaron.

CHAP. XIII. Upon the reading of the law, separation i

made from the mixtd multitude.

ON that day they read in the book of Moses in the audienceof the people > and thereto was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into die congregation of God for ever>

a Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaamagainstthem,that he should curse them: howbeie our God turned the curse into a blessing.

3 Now it came to pass when rhey had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

4 «s And before this, Eliafhib the priest having the oversight of the chamber of the house of out God, Wat allied unto Tobiah;

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Divert alusa gn Chap j And he had prepared sorhimagreat chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat-offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tirhes of the corn, the new wine,and the oyl, (which was commanded it begivtn to the Levices, and the singers, and the potters) and the offerings of die priests.

6 But in ail this time was not I at Jer u salem •. 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:

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil chat Eliaihib did for Tobiah: in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God.

8 And it grieved me sore, therefore I cast forth all the houshold-stufF of Tobiah out of the chamber.

9 Then I commanded,and they cl canfed the chambers; and thither brought I again the vessels of the house of Cod, with the mt-at- offerin t &thc sank incense.

to ^ And I perceived that the portions of the Levices had not been given ihtm : for the Levites and the singers that did the work, were tied every one to his field.

n Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken i And I gathered them together, andsct them in their place. ■ ii Then brought all }udah the tithe of the corn, and the new wine, and'the oyl, unto the treasuries.

) 3 And I made trtarurers over the treasuries, Shclemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah I and next to them was Hanan me sonofZaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office w<u to distribute unto their brethren.

14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the houle of my God, and sot the offices thereof.

15 *f In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine-presses on the sabbach,and bringing in iheaves,and Jading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbathday: and I testified against them in the day » herein they sold victuals.

i« There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and fold on the sabbath unto the children osjudah, and in Jerusalem.

, Xlil. reformed by Nehemiah.

\1 Then Icontendcd with the noblej of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing it this that ye do, and profane the sabbath-day?

18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city > jet ye~ bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.

19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbach, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charted that they should not beopened till astet the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the (abbathday.

jo So the merchants, and sellers of all kind of ware, lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.

xi Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall Ms ye do/o again, I will lay) hands on you. From that time forth came theynom»r< on the sabbath.

ii And I commanded the Levftet, I that they should cleanse themselves, i and (hat they should come and keep the I gates, to sanctifie the sabbath-day. Re- j member me, O my God\ roncerningthis j also, and spare me according to rhe greatness of thy mercy.

a-3 f In those days alto saw I Jews that had married wives of-A(hdod,of Ammon, and of M*oab:

34 And their children (pake half in the speech of Aihdod, and could, not 'speak in the Jews language, but according to the language of each people.

55 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and fmotecertainof them, and plucktoft'their hair, and madethem swear by God, faying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons,nor take their daughters unto youi Ions, or for your (elves.

16 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 kirg over all Israel: nevertheless, even him did outlandish women cause to sin.

vi Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God , in marrying strange wives t

lS And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliaihib the high priest. K>m son in law to Sanballat the Hor

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tiitc: therefore I chased him from me. | strangers, and appointed the wards

2? Remember them, O my God, be cause they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levices.

50 Thus cleansed I them from all

the priests and the Levir.es, evert oM in his business:

31 And for the wood-offering, times appointed,and for d>csitst-fri 'Remember me, O my God, for

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CHAP. I. I *Ak*fwrus mahothroyalttafis. loj^ajhti sent for, refufeth to come,

NOW it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, ( this is Ahaluerus which reigned from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces) . .

z That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus fat on the throne of his kingdom, which teas in Shufhan the palace,

3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes, and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces being beforehim.

4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom, and the honour of his excellent majesty, many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. ;. ._

5 And when these days were expired, ■he king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace,

6 Where were white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple, to silver rings and pillars of marble: thcbsds'iwwo/goid, and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black marble.

7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being divers one from another ) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.

8 And the drinking teas according to the law, none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every mans pleasure.

9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.

10 T On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wise, he commanded Mehuman, Eiztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zetharand Caress, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,

11 To bring Vashti. the queen be the king, wirb the crown royal, the people and the princes her for fire was fair to look on.

II But the queen Vashti refused r come at the kings commandment by r. chamberlains: therefore was the Iii-; very wroth, and his anger burned in him.

1; q Then the king said to the »umen which knew the times, ( for so »c the kings manner towards all that kaca law and judgment 1

14 And the next unto him Imjcitshena, Sherhar, Admatha, Tarfhifb, Meres, Marsena, ana Men-mean, the itvta princes ol Persia and Media, which 1» the king lace, and which last the first in the kingdom )

is What Gall we do unto the q»tn Vashti, according to Law , because a hath not performed the commandoes: of the king Ahasuerus , by the cubic- berlains)

16 And Memucan answered before it king and the princes, Vashti the qaeca hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to it the people that are in all the province: of the king Ahasuerus. -. 7

17 For this deed of the queen Hull come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in* eyes, when it shall be reported,Thcki Ahasuerus commanded Vashti che qoeen to be brought in before him, but she came not.

18 Liketn/t shall the ladies of Persia and Media lay this day unto all die king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus jaall tbert artji too much contempt and wrath.

ifi If it please the king, let cberego a royal commandment from him, and leu; be written among the laws of the Persians and rhe Medes,that it be not altered, rial Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus and let' the king give her royal e state unto another that is better than she.

10 And when the king's decree which he (shall make , shall be pub,in throughout all hiscmplrc,(for it isgreaO all rhe wivesfhall give to their husband hwour, both to great and small.

»l And Mordecai and Esther. ~_"Cnaj

ii And die saying pleased rheTcing and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan:

21 For be sentletters inroall the kings provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.

CHAP. II. X Out of the choice of virgins, a micen is

to be chosen, i J hfiher is clcSUd.

After these things, when the wrath of king Ahafucrus was appeased, he remembred Valhti, and what (he had done, and what was decreed against her.

2 Then said the kings servants that mi nistred unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king.

? And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto SnuQian the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the kings chamberlain keeper ofche women, and let their things for purification be given them:

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king,be queen instead of Vashci. And the thing pleased the king, and he did so.

5 ^ INWinShushanthepalace, there was a certain Jew, whose name was, Mordecai, the son of jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kisli, a Bcnjamite:

6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconlah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king os Babylon had carried away.

7 And he brought up Hadassah (that is Esther) his uncles daughter, for (he bad neither father nor mother, and the maid ivmfalr and beautiful, whom Mordecal (when her father and mother were dead) took for his own daughter.

8 1 So it came to pass,whcn the kings commandment andhis decree was heard, ind when many maidens were gathered rogechecunto Shushan the palace, to the :ustodjrof Hegai,rhac Esther was brought also unto the Icings house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him, and he speclily gave her her things for purification, ,with such things as belonged to her, wd seven maidens which were meet to x given her, out of the kings house, and ie preferred her and her maids unto he best place of the house of the women.

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10 Esther had not sire wed her people not her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew iti

11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the womens house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

12 f Now when every maids turn was come to go in to king Ahafucrus, after that (he had been twelve months, according to die manner of the women, (for so were the days of theirpurifications accomplished, to wit, fix months withoylof myrrh, and six months with j sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women )

13 Then thus came every maiden upto the king j whatsoever she desired was given her, to go with her out of the house of the women, unto the kings house.

14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the kings chamberlain, ! which kept the concubines: (he came i in unto the king no more, except the

king delighted in her, and that they were ! called by name.

15 f Now when the turn of Esther, as the daughter of Abihail, the uncle of j j Mordecai ( who had taken her for his:

daughter ) was come to go in unto the! king, (he required nothing, but whaci Hegai the king's chamberlain, tbekeepec of the women appointed : and Esther obtained favour in the sight ot all them that looked upon her.

itJ So Esther was taken unto king Ahafuerus, into his house royal, in the tenth month (which is the month Tebeth ) in the seventh year of his reign.

17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and the obtained grace i and favour in his sight, more than all the virgins j so that he set the coy al crown upon her head, and made her queen in stead of Vashti.

18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast, and he made a release to the provinces, and gave giftsaccording to the state of the king.

19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai fat in the kings gate.

20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred, nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as j when the was brought up with him.

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~ii f In rhose'"days ( while Mordecai fat in the kings gate ) two of the kings chamberlains, Bigthan and Tercsh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to la; hand on rite king Ahaiucrus.

i» And the thing was known to Mordecai, who te0d»7unto Esther the queen, and Esther certified the king thmcf, in Mordecai's name.

a? And when Inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

CHAP. Us. Haman advanced tj the ^inf, and despised by Merdecai, seeks th reverse upon ell Ike Jew.

AFter these things-did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammcdatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that tme with him.

a And all the kings servants that were In the kings gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman j for the king had so commanded concerning him: but Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

3 Then the kings servants, which yrere in the kings fate, said unto Mordecai, Why tranfgrefsest thou the kings commandment r"

4 Now it came to rals, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkned not unto diem, d-at they told Haman, «o see whether Mordecai his matters would stand; sot he had told them dat he was a Jew.

5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bo«ed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people ot Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, rhatiwre throughout the whole kingdom of Ahafucrus, even the people of Mordecai.

7 1 In the first month ( that»the month Nisan) in the twelfth year of king Abasuerus, they cast Pur, that is the lor. before Haman, from day to day, ana from month to month, fe the twelfth ntcmh, that is the month Adar.

8 % And Haman said unto king Ahafuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad, and dispersed among the people, in all the provinces of thy kingdom, and their laws are divers from all people, neither keep they the kings

lie decree againfl thtjewi.

laws J^Jicrefore it is not for the kingprofit to suffer them.

o Ifit please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those d at have the charge of the business, to bring it into the kings treasuries.

10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman rhe son ofHammedatharhe Agagite,tbe]ews enemy.

11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver //given to thee, the people also,to do with them as it (cemeth good to thee.

i» Then were rhekings fcribescailcd on thethitteeenthday of the first month, and there was written according to alt that Haman had commanded unro the kings lieutenants, and to the governors that vert over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and u every people after their language; in the name of king Ahafucrus was it written, and sealed with the kings ting.

15 And the letters were sent by posts into all the kings provinces, ro destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in 0.1c day, even upon the thitteenth day of the twelfth month,(which is die month Adar) and ittA? the spoil ot them for a prey.

14 Thecopyofthe writing for a commandment to be given in every province, was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day.

t5 The posts wentoutbeing hastened by the kings commandment, and the decree was given inShufhan the palace: and the king and Haman fat down to dtink, but the city Shufhan was perplexed.

CHAP. IV. I Merdecai ana the Jews mourn, ij Esther appoinlelh s fast.

WHen Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into die midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry: s And came even before the* kings gate: for none might enter into the kings gate clothed with sackcloth.

3 And in evety province whithersoever the kings commandment, and his decree came, there was great mourning among

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