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;old, and the vessels, to bring ii<m to Jeusa]em unto die house of our God.

ji f Then we departed from the iver of Ahava, on the twelfch day of he first month, to go unto Jerusalem J md the hand of out God was upon us, ind he delivered us from die hand of lie enemy, and of such as lay in wait by he way.

And we came to Jerusalem) and ibodc therethree'days.

53 ^ Now on the fourth day was the [liver tlnd die gold, and the vessels weighed in die houlc of our God, by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest, and with him iv<u Eleazar the son of Phinchas, and with them *<u Jnzabad the son of Jcfhua, and Noadiah the son ofl Binoui, levites':' •'. 3 4 By number andby weight of every

one: and all the weigbt was written ac that time.

a" 5 Also the children of those that had been catried away,which were come cut of the captivity, offered burnt-offerings unto die God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a ,sin-offeting: alUWjwis a:burnt-offering unto the ibrtD.

".~fi6And tliey delivered the kings commissions unto the kings lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river, and they furthered the people, and the house of God.

CHAP. IX. I H^ra meumeth for the affinity of the people with strangers: % He prayetb UMo God vith confession of fins ■^yl O.v when these things were done;

the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites have not separated themselves from the people of the land', doing according to their abominations, nen of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzite<,the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites

2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons:

jGod of Israel, because ol the transgression of those that had been carried away, and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.

5 % And at the evening sacrifice, I aroseup from my heaviness, and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell; upon my knees, and spread out my; hands uivo the Lord my God,

6 And (aid, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my; God: for our iniquities are increaled o-j ver our head, and our trespass Is grown; up unto the heavens.

7 Since the days of our fathers, have we been in a great trespass unto this day, and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priest? been delivered into the hand ot the kings of the landi to the sword, to captivity, and tb a| spoil, and to confusion* of face, as it » this day. - •'" ">'

8 And now for as little space, grace hath been stewed from 'the Lo KD1'but God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give usa little reviving inourbondagev

9 For we were bondmen, yet out God hath hot forftkenus in otir bbndage, but hath extended mercy" unto us | in the sight of the kings of Persia, ten give us a reviving to sec np d e house of' our God, and to repair rite desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

10 And now, Ooar God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,

11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, faying, The land unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filrhi« ness ofche people of the lands,wi-h their abominations,which have filled ft from one end to another, with their un- j cleannef'. '.

i a Now rheresoregive not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons; nor seek their peace, or their wealth for ever: that'

behat the holy seed have mingled them- ye may be strong, and eat the good of

elves with the people of those lands; the land, and leave it for an inheritance

rea, the hand ofche princes and rulers toyour children sot ever,

lath been chief in this trespass. m 13 And after all that is come upon us

3 And when I heard this thing, T rent hy garment and my mantle, and pluckt iff the hair of my head,and of my beard, ind fat down astonieJ

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die counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that, bad been carried away.

9 % Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin, gathered themselves together unto Jcrulaleni,. within three days: it iv* the ninth month, and the twentieth day of the month, and all die people fat in the street of the house of God, trembling, because ollh 'u matter, and for die great rain.

10 And Ezra die prLst stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives to increase the trespass of Israel.

11 Now therefore make confession i unto the Lord God of your fathers,

14 Should we again break thy comitndments, and join in affinity with the ople of these abominations r wouldst Boedioubc angry with us till thou hadst consumed ut, so that there should be no remnant nor estaping f i 15 O Lord God of Israel, thou art righte us, for we remain yet escaped, as it it this day: behold, we art before thee In our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee, because of this.

CHAP. X. Shechaniah eticourageth Ezra Ureferm the strange marriages. 6 Ezra mourn' *ȣ> affemUelh the people. 9 The people at the exhortation of Eva, repent and promise amendment. 15 The care to perform it. 18 The names of [hose who had

married strange wives. . _ _

NOw when Ezra had prayed, and j and do his pleasure: And separate your when he bad confessed, weeping | selves from the people of the land, and and casting himielf down before the j from die strange wives. Jiouse of God, there assembled unto him 12 Then all the congregation answerjoutoflstael, avety great congregation! ed andsaidwith aloud voice, As Aou ot men, and women, and children: ton hast said, so must we do. the people wept very sore. 15 But the people are many, and/;a

1 And Shecrianiah the son of Jehiel, a time of much tain, and we are not able tneof the sons of Elam, answered and to stand without, neirheT a this a work said unto Ezra, We have trespassed a-1 of one day or two: sot we are many gainst our God, and have taken strange1 d at have transgressed in this thing, wives, .of ,rhe people of the land: yet 14 Let no • iir rulers of all the connow mere- is hope in Israel concerning negation stand, and let all them which this thing. , ;nave taken strange wives in our cities,

a Now therefore let us makea cove-j come at appointed times, and widi them nant with our God, to put away all the the elders of every city, and the judges wjves, and such as are born of them, thereof, until die fictee wrath of out

according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God, and let it be done according to the law.

4 Arise : {omhii matter belongetlum to thee; we also frill be with thee: be of good coutage, and do it.

5 Then atole Ezra, and made the

God for this matter be turned from us.

15 f Only Jonathan the ton of Asahel, and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah, were employed about this mailer: and Mcshullam, and Sfcabbethai the Levitt helped them.

16 And the children of the captivirj

chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel did so: and Ezra the ptiest, with cer

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the house or God, and wentinro the; down in the first day of the tenth month chamber of Johanan the son of Elia-. to examine the matter, sliib : and when he came thither, he did 17 And they made an end with all cat no bread, nor drink water: for he. Ac men that had taken strange wives, mourned because of the transgression of by the first day of die first month, thern that had been carried away. '8 T And among the sons of rn<

7 And they made proclamation priests, there were found that had takoi throughout Judah. and Jerusalem, unto! strange wives: naoisfy, of the sons 0: all the children of the captivity, thaq Jesti.ua the son of Jczadak, andhisbre i they should gaiher themselves togethi unto Jerusalem.;

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house, and for the wall of the dry, ax for the house that I shall enter it And the king granted me, according « the good hand of my God upon me.

9 ^ Then I came to the govern.""' beyond the river, and gave them kings letters. ( Now the king had ser captains of the army and horsemen me)

10 WhenSanballattheHoronite.it Tabiah the servant the Ammonite,her 'fit, it grieved them exceedingly, there was come a man to feck the w... fare of the children of Israel.

11 So I came to Jerusalem, and n there three days.

11 % And I arose in the night, Iaai some few men with me, neither lad I any man what my God had pat is ■) heart to do at Jerusalem: neither there any beast with me, five the bear that I rode upon.

15 And I went out by night, by oc gate of the valley, even before the cr.gon-well, and to the dung-port, viewed the walls of Jerusalem, whid were broken down, and the gates that of were consumed with fire.

14 Then I went on to the gate of dt fountain, and to the kings pool: he there itu no place for the beast that under me to pass.

15 Thenwentlupinthenightbytfc brook, and viewed the wal 1, and turn, back, and entred by the gate of the vi-. ley, and se returned.

16 And the rulers knew not whirrr I went, or what I did, neither had 11 yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priestnor to the nobles, nor to the rulers,rt: to the rest that did the work.

17 T ThensaidIuntothem,Yefert distress that we are in,' how Jenfa.ta Heth waste, and the gates thereof «t burnt with fire: come and let us Ni: up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be o more a reproach.

18 Then I told them of the hand my God which was good upon me;:: also the kings words that he had spoter unto me. And they said, Let us riser and build. So they strengthned the:: hands for this good w«4.

19 But when Sanballat the Horrr i Ok iivci, and Tobiah the servant the AmmonB over till I and Gesliem the Arabian heard tf.thrr

...;miu.<uuu, laughed us to scorn, and despised •

8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper and said, What is this thingtbatyedo) of the kings forest, that he may give will ye rebel against the king t |me timber to make beams for the gates to Thenanswered I them,and said ■> of the palace which appertained to the to them,The God of heaven, he will pro-

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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.

io Now these are thy servants, and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by chy great power, and by thy strong hand.

it OLonD, 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 i and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the kings cup-bearer.

CHAP. II.
Artaxerxes understanding the cause ef\
Hehemiahs sadness sendeth him ttith*
letters and ammifiun te Jerusalem.

ANd it came to raising the month
Nisan, in the twentieth year of
Artaxerxes the king, that wine vat be-
fore him : and I took up the wine, and
lave it unto the king, Now I had not
iccn hefuretime fad in his presence.

a Wherefore die king (said unto me, Why u thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this a nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

| i And said unto the king, Let the [king live for ever : why should not my countenance be lad, when the city, the place of my fathers sepulchres, Heth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire

4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request i So I prayed to the God of heaven.

5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found savour in thy sight, that thou wouldst send me unto Judah unto the city of my fathers sepulchres, that I may build it.

6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him ) For now long shall thy journey be ? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me, and I set him a time.

T 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 ■**■ "—~I come into Judah;

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CHAP. HI. The names and order of them that kiildtd the swill.

THcn E'iafliib the high priest roseup with his brethren the priests, and ihcy buih the stwcp-gati:, they sanctified It, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Mean they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananecl

a And next unto him builded the men of Jericho: and next to them builded Zstccur the son of Imri.

5 But the fish- gate did the foni os Hassenaah build, who also hid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, che locks thereof, and rhe bars thereof.

4 And next unto them repaired Me re moth the son of lltijah, the ion of Koz: and next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiab, the Ion ol Mcshczabeel: and next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baana.

5 And next unto them the Tekoitcsrepaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

6 Moreover, the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Pafcah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah > they laid rhe beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonitc , and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and fof Mizpab. unto the throne of the governor on this fide the river.

8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah,of the goldsmiths: next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of cne cf rhe apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad Wall

9 And next unto them repaired Re khaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the naif part of Jerusalem. I io And next unto them repaired ]c paiah the son os Harumaph, even over against his house: and next unto him repaired Hattuih the son of Hastiabniah.

1 11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hafhub the son of Pahadi-moab, repairfed the other piece, and tlie t jwer of the furnaces.

1 12 And next unto him repaired Shaljum the son of Halohelh, the ruler of the halt part of Jerusalem, he and bis ^augh'.cts*

13 The valley-gate repaired Hanon> and the inhabitants of Zanoah; the] built it, and set up the doors thcreor, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof; and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung-gatei

14 But the dunp-gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of rartof Bcth-haccerem : he built it and sccupthedoors thereof, the locks there of, and the bars thereof.

it But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah: he built it, and covered ir, and let up the doom thereof, the locks thereof, and the bar* 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.

6 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbnk the ruler of the half part of Bedi-zur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and to rhe pool that •»*» made, and unto the house of the mighty.

17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani: next unto him repaired Hashabiah rhe ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part.

18 Aftet him repai red their brethren, Eavai the fen of Henatiad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

19 And next to him repaired Ezec the sen of Jclhua, the roler of Mizpah, another piece over against the goings up to the armoury at the turning cf the [wall.

10 After him Enrich the son of Zabbai, earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning cf the vail unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.

21 After him repaired Merernoth the son of Urijah, the son of Km, another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib, even to the end of the house |of Eliashib.

at And afterhimrepaired thepriestsj the men of the plain.

23 After him repaired Benjamin, and Hafhub, overaf.iinst their house: aftec himrepaired Azariahtbcson ofMaasei* ah, the son qf Ananiah, by his house.

14 After him repaired Rinnui the son of Henatiad, anothet piece, from the house of Azari.th, unto the turning of the wall, even unto the corner.

25 Palal the son of llrai, overagai.isl the turning cf the wall, and the towe which lierh out from the i'

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