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14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Beo not ye afraid of them:
He armeth the labourers.
He rebuketh the usurers.
4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
9 2Sa. 10.12.
15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought,r that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. 16 And it came to pass from thats 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 t Ex. 14.14, bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
5 Yet now our flesh c 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 d are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. 6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. 7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye
on his loins,
25. De.1.30. Zec. 14.3.
brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
17 They which builded on the u 1Co. 15. 10. exact usury, e every one of his 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.s
8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemedƒ our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will you even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.
9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fearg of our God because of the reproach h of the heathen our enemies?
18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded 7 by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
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.
20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort c Is.58.7. ye thither unto us: our God t shall fight for us.
21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
my heart consulted in me, Ps.4.4.
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 labour f Le.25.48. on the day.
h 2Sa. 12. 14.
23 So neither I, u nor my brethren, g ver. 15. nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, 8 saving that every one put them off for washing.
CHAPTER V. The Jews complain of their debt and bondage.
ND a of
A the people and of their wives
against their brethren the Jews.
2 For there were that said, We, 2 empty, or, void. our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn 1 De.27. 15,&c. for them, that we may eat, and live. 3 Some also there were that said, m 2Ki.23.3. We have mortgaged b our lands, n ch.13.6. vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.
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.
11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive-yards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact
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 i took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise. 13 Also I shook k my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and 2 emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And m the people did according to this promise.
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 n year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not o eaten the bread of the governor.
r ver. 14,15.
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land and all my servants were s Ps.37.21,26. gathered thither unto the work.
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 Mat.25.40. the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the nignt h will they come to slay thee. 11 And I said, Should i 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.
17 Moreover there were at my tablet ch.13.22. an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathenu
that are about us.
18 Now that which was prepared
1 or, Gashmu,
Sanballat practiseth by craft to terrify Nehemiah.
NOW it came to pass, when Sanhallat, a and Tobiah, and 1 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;)
2 That Sanballat and Geshem b sent unto me, saying, Come, let us g 1Sa.30.6. meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono.c But they d thought to do me mischief.
15 T So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
h Job 24.16.
3 And I sent messengers unto i Ps. 11.1. them, saying, I am doing a great 112.6.8. work, so that I cannot come down: Lu. 13.31why should the work cease, whilst 33. I leave it, and come down to you? Ac.20.24. 21.13.
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 n they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.
4 Yet they sent unto me four times Moreover in those days the after this sort; ande I answered k Eze. 13. 17, nobles of Judah 3 sent many letters them after the same manner. unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.
5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand; m ch. 13.29. 6 Wherein was written, It is f re- Ps.36.11,12. ported among the heathen, and 2 Gashmu saith it, that thou and n Ps. 126.2. the Jews think to rebel: for which Ac.5.38,39. cause thou buildest the wall, that 3 multiplied thou mayest be their king, according to these words.
7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jeru-4 or, matters. A salem, saying, There is a king in Judah and now shall it be report- (CHAP. 7.) ed to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.
The wall is finished.
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.
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, g strengthen my hands.
2 or, Geshem,
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.
13 Therefore k was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, I and that they might have matter for an evil report,that they might reproach me.
14 My God, think m thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to phetess Noahdiah, and the rest of these their works, and on the prothe prophets, that would have put me in fear.
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.
19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my 4 words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear. CHAPTER VII.
register of those who returned from
came to when the wall was built, and I had set up the a doors, and the porters and
5 And my God put d into mine heart to gather together the nobles. g 2Ki.24.14and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a registere of h Hag.1.1. the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein,
14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.
e 1Ch.9.1,&c. and eight.
6 These ƒ are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been 3 or, Bani. carried away, whom g Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;
returned from Babylon.
19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven. 20 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.
21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.
22 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.
2 or, Seraiah, dred and twenty and two.
32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.
33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.
34 The children of the other Elam,i a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
35 The children of Harim, three hundred nd twenty.
4 or, Jorah.
36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.
7 Who came with Zerubbabel, h Jeshua, Nehemiah, 2 Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, I say, of the 5 or, Gibbar. Ono,seven hundred twenty and one. men of the people of Israel, was this;
37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and
38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
8 The children of Parosh, two 6 or, Azmathousand an hundred seventy and veth. two.
9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two. 10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.
11 The children of Pahath-moab, i ver. 12. of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.
12 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
13 The children of Zattu, eight 1 1Ch.9.12. hundred forty and five.
8 or, Hada-
23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.
24 The children of 4 Hariph, an hundred and twelve. 25 The children of 5 Gibeon, ninety and five.
26 The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore
15 The children of 3 Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.
16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.
17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty 9 or, Siaha. and two.
18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.
27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.
28 The men of 6 Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.
29 The men of 7 Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah,and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.
30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.
31 The men of Michmas, an hun
39 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, k of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three. 40 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.
41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven. 42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
43 The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel,and of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four. 44 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight. 45 T 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.
46 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hushupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon, 48 The children of Lebana, the
49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
51 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,
10 or, Sham-
50 The children of Reaiah, the 11 or, Nephu- thirty and six: their mules, two children of Rezin, the children of hundred forty and five : Nekoda,
69 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses.
70 And 18 some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha u gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.
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.
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.
12 or, Baz-
13 or, Peruda,
14 or, Ami.
15 or, Addan.
52 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of 11 Nephishesim,
53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,
54 The children of 12 Bazlith, the 16 or, pedichildren of Mehida, the children gree. of Harsha.
55 The children of Barkos, then 2Sa. 17.27. children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,
56 The children of Neziah, the o Mat.22.11children of Hatipha.
57 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the p Mat.25.11, children of Sophereth, the children of 13 Perida,
58 The children of Jaala, the child-9 ch. 13.29. Le.4.3. ren of Darkon, the children of Giddel,
59 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of 14 Amon.
67 Beside their man-servants t and their maid-servants, of whom there
Manner of reading the law.
were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they had two hundred forty and five singingmen and singing-women.
68 Their horses, seven hundred
17 or, gover
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 v when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
The religious manner of reading and hearing the law.
Ex.28.30. AND all the people gathered
60 All the Nethinims, and the
v Ezr.3, 1.
62 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two. 63 T And of the priests: the child- (CHAP. 8.) ren of Habaiah, the children of a Ezr.3.1,&c. Koz, the children of Barzillai, n which took one of the daughters b ch.3.26. of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name.
c Ezr.7.6. 64 These sought o their register Is.34.16. among those that were reckoned by d Ac. 15.21. genealogy, but it was not p found: therefore were they, as polluted, g1 understood put from the priesthood."
65 And the 17 Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat r of the most holy things, till there 2 light. stood up a priest with Urims and Thummim.
4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a 3 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,
66 The whole congregation to
gether was forty and two thousand f Lu.4. 16, &c. and Hashum, and Hashbadana, three hundred and threescore,
3 And he read therein before the street that was before the watergate from the 2 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.
Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5 And Ezra opened f the book in the 4 sight of all the people; (for