1: The words of Nehemi'ah the son of Hacali'ah. Now
it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the
2: that Hana'ni, one of my brethren, came with certain men
out of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that survived, who had
escaped exile, and concerning Jerusalem.
3: And they said to me, "The
survivors there in the province who escaped exile are in great trouble and
shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by
4: When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned
for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5: And I said, "O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God who
keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his
6: let thy ear be attentive, and thy eyes open, to hear
the prayer of thy servant which I now pray before thee day and night for the
people of Israel thy servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel,
which we have sinned against thee. Yea, I and my father's house have sinned.
7: We have acted very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the
commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances which thou didst command thy
8: Remember the word which thou didst command thy
servant Moses, saying, `If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the
9: but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do
them, though your dispersed be under the farthest skies, I will gather them
thence and bring them to the place which I have chosen, to make my name dwell
10: They are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast
redeemed by thy great power and by thy strong hand.
11: O Lord, let
thy ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy
servants who delight to fear thy name; and give success to thy servant today,
and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." Now I was cupbearer to the king.
1: In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of
King Ar-ta-xerx'es, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to
the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence.
2: And the king
said to me, "Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing else
but sadness of the heart." Then I was very much afraid.
3: I said to
the king, "Let the king live for ever! Why should not my face be sad, when the
city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lies waste, and its gates have been
destroyed by fire?"
4: Then the king said to me, "For what do you
make request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5: And I said to the
king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your
sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I
may rebuild it."
6: And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside
him), "How long will you be gone, and when will you return?" So it pleased the
king to send me; and I set him a time.
7: And I said to the king, "If
it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province
Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah;
8: and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, that he
may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple,
and for the wall of the city, and for the house which I shall occupy." And the
king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.
9: Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and
gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army
10: But when Sanbal'lat the Hor'onite and Tobi'ah the
servant, the Ammonite, heard this, it displeased them greatly that some one had
come to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
11: So I came to
Jerusalem and was there three days.
12: Then I arose in the night, I
and a few men with me; and I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do
for Jerusalem. There was no beast with me but the beast on which I rode.
13: I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Jackal's Well and
to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down
and its gates which had been destroyed by fire.
14: Then I went on to
the Fountain Gate and to the King's Pool; but there was no place for the beast
that was under me to pass.
15: Then I went up in the night by the
valley and inspected the wall; and I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate,
and so returned.
16: And the officials did not know where I had gone
or what I was doing; and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles,
the officials, and the rest that were to do the work.
17: Then I said
to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its
gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer
18: And I told them of the hand of my God which had
been upon me for good, and also of the words which the king had spoken to me.
And they said, "Let us rise up and build." So they strengthened their hands for
the good work.
19: But when Sanbal'lat the Hor'onite and Tobi'ah the
servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they derided us and
despised us and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling
against the king?"
20: Then I replied to them, "The God of heaven
will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build; but you have no
portion or right or memorial in Jerusalem."
1: Then Eli'ashib the high priest rose up with his
brethren the priests and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set
its doors; they consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the
Tower of Hanan'el.
2: And next to him the men of Jericho built. And
next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built.
3: And the sons of
Hassena'ah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and set its doors, its
bolts, and its bars.
4: And next to them Mer'emoth the son of Uri'ah,
son of Hakkoz repaired. And next to them Meshul'lam the son of Berechi'ah, son
of Meshez'abel repaired. And next to them Zadok the son of Ba'ana repaired.
5: And next to them the Teko'ites repaired; but their nobles did not
put their necks to the work of their Lord.
6: And Joi'ada the son of
Pase'ah and Meshul'lam the son of Besodei'ah repaired the Old Gate; they laid
its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
7: And next to
them repaired Melati'ah the Gib'eonite and Jadon the Mero'nothite, the men of
Gibeon and of Mizpah, who were under the jurisdiction of the governor of the
province Beyond the River.
8: Next to them Uz'ziel the son of
Harhai'ah, goldsmiths, repaired. Next to him Hanani'ah, one of the perfumers,
repaired; and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
Next to them Rephai'ah the son of Hur, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem,
10: Next to them Jedai'ah the son of Haru'maph repaired
opposite his house; and next to him Hattush the son of Hashabnei'ah repaired.
11: Malchi'jah the son of Harim and Hasshub the son of Pa'hath-mo'ab
repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens.
12: Next to him
Shallum the son of Hallo'hesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem,
repaired, he and his daughters.
13: Hanun and the inhabitants of
Zano'ah repaired the Valley Gate; they rebuilt it and set its doors, its bolts,
and its bars, and repaired a thousand cubits of the wall, as far as the Dung
14: Malchi'jah the son of Rechab, ruler of the district of
Beth-hacche'rem, repaired the Dung Gate; he rebuilt it and set its doors, its
bolts, and its bars.
15: And Shallum the son of Colho'zeh, ruler of
the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate; he rebuilt it and covered it
and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars; and he built the wall of the Pool of
Shelah of the king's garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the City of
16: After him Nehemi'ah the son of Azbuk, ruler of half the
district of Beth-zur, repaired to a point opposite the sepulchres of David, to
the artificial pool, and to the house of the mighty men.
him the Levites repaired: Rehum the son of Bani; next to him Hashabi'ah, ruler
of half the district of Kei'lah, repaired for his district.
him their brethren repaired: Bav'vai the son of Hen'adad, ruler of half the
district of Kei'lah;
19: next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, ruler of
Mizpah, repaired another section opposite the ascent to the armory at the Angle.
20: After him Baruch the son of Zab'bai repaired another section from
the Angle to the door of the house of Eli'ashib the high priest.
After him Mer'emoth the son of Uri'ah, son of Hakkoz repaired another section
from the door of the house of Eli'ashib to the end of the house of Eli'ashib.
22: After him the priests, the men of the Plain, repaired.
23: After them Benjamin and Hasshub repaired opposite their house.
After them Azari'ah the son of Ma-asei'ah, son of Anani'ah repaired beside his
24: After him Bin'nui the son of Hen'adad repaired another
section, from the house of Azari'ah to the Angle
25: and to the
corner. Palal the son of Uzai repaired opposite the Angle and the tower
projecting from the upper house of the king at the court of the guard. After him
Pedai'ah the son of Parosh
26: and the temple servants living on
Ophel repaired to a point opposite the Water Gate on the east and the projecting
27: After him the Teko'ites repaired another section opposite
the great projecting tower as far as the wall of Ophel.
28: Above the
Horse Gate the priests repaired, each one opposite his own house.
After them Zadok the son of Immer repaired opposite his own house. After him
Shemai'ah the son of Shecani'ah, the keeper of the East Gate, repaired.
30: After him Hanani'ah the son of Shelemi'ah and Hanun the sixth son
of Zalaph repaired another section. After him Meshul'lam the son of Berechi'ah
repaired opposite his chamber.
31: After him Malchi'jah, one of the
goldsmiths, repaired as far as the house of the temple servants and of the
merchants, opposite the Muster Gate, and to the upper chamber of the corner.
32: And between the upper chamber of the corner and the Sheep Gate
the goldsmiths and the merchants repaired.
1: Now when Sanbal'lat heard that we were building
the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he ridiculed the Jews.
2: And he said in the presence of his brethren and of the army of
Sama'ria, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? Will they
sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the
heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?"
3: Tobi'ah the Ammonite
was by him, and he said, "Yes, what they are building -- if a fox goes up on it
he will break down their stone wall!
4: Hear, O our God, for we are
despised; turn back their taunt upon their own heads, and give them up to be
plundered in a land where they are captives.
5: Do not cover their
guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from thy sight; for they have
provoked thee to anger before the builders.
6: So we built the wall;
and all the wall was joined together to half its height. For the people had a
mind to work.
7: But when Sanbal'lat and Tobi'ah and the Arabs and
the Ammonites and the Ash'dodites heard that the repairing of the walls of
Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed,
they were very angry;
8: and they all plotted together to come and
fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.
9: And we
prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
10: But Judah said, "The strength of the burden-bearers is failing,
and there is much rubbish; we are not able to work on the wall."
And our enemies said, "They will not know or see till we come into the midst of
them and kill them and stop the work."
12: When the Jews who lived by
them came they said to us ten times, "From all the places where they live they
will come up against us."
13: So in the lowest parts of the space
behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people according to their
families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
14: And I
looked, and arose, and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest
of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and
terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives,
and your homes."
15: When our enemies heard that it was known to us
and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his
16: From that day on, half of my servants worked on
construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail; and
the leaders stood behind all the house of Judah,
17: who were
building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were laden in such a way that
each with one hand labored on the work and with the other held his weapon.
18: And each of the builders had his sword girded at his side while
he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
19: And I
said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, "The work
is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one
20: In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet,
rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."
21: So we labored at
the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn till the stars
22: I also said to the people at that time, "Let every man
and his servant pass the night within Jerusalem, that they may be a guard for us
by night and may labor by day."
23: So neither I nor my brethren nor
my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our
clothes; each kept his weapon in his hand.
1: Now there arose a great outcry of the people and
of their wives against their Jewish brethren.
2: For there were those
who said, "With our sons and our daughters, we are many; let us get grain, that
we may eat and keep alive."
3: There were also those who said, "We
are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of
4: And there were those who said, "We have borrowed
money for the king's tax upon our fields and our vineyards.
our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children are as their children;
yet we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our
daughters have already been enslaved; but it is not in our power to help it, for
other men have our fields and our vineyards."
6: I was very angry
when I heard their outcry and these words.
7: I took counsel with
myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to
them, "You are exacting interest, each from his brother." And I held a great
assembly against them,
8: and said to them, "We, as far as we are
able, have bought back our Jewish brethren who have been sold to the nations;
but you even sell your brethren that they may be sold to us!" They were silent,
and could not find a word to say.
9: So I said, "The thing that you
are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent
the taunts of the nations our enemies?
10: Moreover I and my brethren
and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us leave off this
11: Return to them this very day their fields, their
vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the hundredth of money,
grain, wine, and oil which you have been exacting of them."
they said, "We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as
you say." And I called the priests, and took an oath of them to do as they had
13: I also shook out my lap and said, "So may God shake out
every man from his house and from his labor who does not perform this promise.
So may he be shaken out and emptied." And all the assembly said "Amen" and
praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised.
Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of
Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Ar-ta-xerx'es the
king, twelve years, neither I nor my brethren ate the food allowance of the
15: The former governors who were before me laid heavy
burdens upon the people, and took from them food and wine, besides forty shekels
of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so,
because of the fear of God.
16: I also held to the work on this wall,
and acquired no land; and all my servants were gathered there for the work.
17: Moreover there were at my table a hundred and fifty men, Jews and
officials, besides those who came to us from the nations which were about us.
18: Now that which was prepared for one day was one ox and six choice
sheep; fowls likewise were prepared for me, and every ten days skins of wine in
abundance; yet with all this I did not demand the food allowance of the
governor, because the servitude was heavy upon this people.
Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people.
1: Now when it was reported to Sanbal'lat and
Tobi'ah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built
the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had
not set up the doors in the gates),
2: Sanbal'lat and Geshem sent to
me, saying, "Come and let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain
of Ono." But they intended to do me harm.
3: And I sent messengers to
them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the
work stop while I leave it and come down to you?"
4: And they sent to
me four times in this way and I answered them in the same manner.
In the same way Sanbal'lat for the fifth time sent his servant to me with an
open letter in his hand.
6: In it was written, "It is reported among
the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel;
that is why you are building the wall; and you wish to become their king,
according to this report.
7: And you have also set up prophets to
proclaim concerning you in Jerusalem, `There is a king in Judah.' And now it
will be reported to the king according to these words. So now come, and let us
take counsel together."
8: Then I sent to him, saying, "No such
things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own
9: For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, "Their hands
will drop from the work, and it will not be done." But now, O God, strengthen
thou my hands.
10: Now when I went into the house of Shemai'ah the
son of Delai'ah, son of Mehet'abel, who was shut up, he said, "Let us meet
together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of
the temple; for they are coming to kill you, at night they are coming to kill
11: But I said, "Should such a man as I flee? And what man such
as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in."
12: And I
understood, and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the
prophecy against me because Tobi'ah and Sanbal'lat had hired him.
For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and
sin, and so they could give me an evil name, in order to taunt me.
14: Remember Tobi'ah and Sanbal'lat, O my God, according to these
things that they did, and also the prophetess No-adi'ah and the rest of the
prophets who wanted to make me afraid.
15: So the wall was finished
on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.
when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations round about us were afraid and
fell greatly in their own esteem; for they perceived that this work had been
accomplished with the help of our God.
17: Moreover in those days the
nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobi'ah, and Tobi'ah's letters came to
18: For many in Judah were bound by oath to him, because he was
the son-in-law of Shecani'ah the son of Arah: and his son Jehoha'nan had taken
the daughter of Meshul'lam the son of Berechi'ah as his wife.
Also they spoke of his good deeds in my presence, and reported my words to him.
And Tobi'ah sent letters to make me afraid.
1: Now when the wall had been built and I had set
up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been
2: I gave my brother Hana'ni and Hanani'ah the governor of
the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man
3: And I said to them, "Let not the gates of Jerusalem be
opened until the sun is hot; and while they are still standing guard let them
shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
each to his station and each opposite his own house."
4: The city was
wide and large, but the people within it were few and no houses had been built.
5: Then God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles and the
officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of
the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:
6: These were the people of the province who came up out of the
captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnez'zar the king of Babylon had carried
into exile; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town.
7: They came with Zerub'babel, Jeshua, Nehemi'ah, Azari'ah, Raami'ah,
Naham'ani, Mor'decai, Bilshan, Mis'pereth, Bigva'i, Nehum, Ba'anah. The number
of the men of the people of Israel:
8: the sons of Parosh, two
thousand a hundred and seventy-two.
9: The sons of Shephati'ah, three
hundred and seventy-two.
10: The sons of Arah, six hundred and
11: The sons of Pa'hath-mo'ab, namely the sons of Jeshua
and Jo'ab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen.
12: The sons of
Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four.
13: The sons of Zattu,
eight hundred and forty-five.
14: The sons of Zac'cai, seven hundred
15: The sons of Bin'nui, six hundred and forty-eight.
16: The sons of Be'bai, six hundred and twenty-eight.
The sons of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two.
sons of Adoni'kam, six hundred and sixty-seven.
19: The sons of
Bigva'i, two thousand and sixty-seven.
20: The sons of Adin, six
hundred and fifty-five.
21: The sons of Ater, namely of Hezeki'ah,
22: The sons of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight.
23: The sons of Be'zai, three hundred and twenty-four.
The sons of Hariph, a hundred and twelve.
25: The sons of Gibeon,
26: The men of Bethlehem and Neto'phah, a hundred and
27: The men of An'athoth, a hundred and twenty-eight.
28: The men of Beth-az'maveth, forty-two.
29: The men of
Kir'iath-je'arim, Chephi'rah, and Be-er'oth, seven hundred and forty-three.
30: The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.
31: The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty-two.
men of Bethel and Ai, a hundred and twenty-three.
33: The men of the
other Nebo, fifty-two.
34: The sons of the other Elam, a thousand two
hundred and fifty-four.
35: The sons of Harim, three hundred and
36: The sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.
37: The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one.
38: The sons of Sena'ah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
39: The priests: the sons of Jedai'ah, namely the house of Jeshua,
nine hundred and seventy-three.
40: The sons of Immer, a thousand and
41: The sons of Pashhur, a thousand two hundred and
42: The sons of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
43: The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, namely of Kad'mi-el of the sons
of Ho'devah, seventy-four.
44: The singers: the sons of Asaph, a
hundred and forty-eight.
45: The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum,
the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hati'ta,
the sons of Sho'bai, a hundred and thirty-eight.
46: The temple
servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasu'pha, the sons of Tabba'oth,
47: the sons of Keros, the sons of Si'a, the sons of Padon,
48: the sons of Leba'na, the sons of Hag'aba, the sons of Shalmai,
49: the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar,
50: the sons of Re-ai'ah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Neko'da,
51: the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Pase'ah,
52: the sons of Besai, the sons of Me-u'nim, the sons of
53: the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Haku'pha, the sons
54: the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehi'da, the sons of
55: the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sis'era, the sons of
56: the sons of Nezi'ah, the sons of Hati'pha.
The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of So'tai, the sons of So'phereth, the
sons of Peri'da,
58: the sons of Ja'ala, the sons of Darkon, the sons
59: the sons of Shephati'ah, the sons of Hattil, the sons
of Po'chereth-hazzeba'im, the sons of Amon.
60: All the temple
servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were three hundred and ninety-two.
61: The following were those who came up from Tel-me'lah,
Tel-har'sha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not prove their fathers'
houses nor their descent, whether they belonged to Israel:
sons of Delai'ah, the sons of Tobi'ah, the sons of Neko'da, six hundred and
63: Also, of the priests: the sons of Hobai'ah, the sons
of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzil'lai (who had taken a wife of the daughters of
Barzil'lai the Gileadite and was called by their name).
sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but it was
not found there, so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean;
65: the governor told them that they were not to partake of the most
holy food, until a priest with Urim and Thummim should arise.
whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
67: besides their menservants and maidservants, of whom there were
seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and
forty-five singers, male and female.
68: Their horses were seven
hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five,
their camels four hundred and thirty-five, and their asses six thousand seven
hundred and twenty.
70: Now some of the heads of fathers' houses gave
to the work. The governor gave to the treasury a thousand darics of gold, fifty
basins, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.
71: And some of
the heads of fathers' houses gave into the treasury of the work twenty thousand
darics of gold and two thousand two hundred minas of silver.
what the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, two
thousand minas of silver, and sixty-seven priests' garments.
the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the
temple servants, and all Israel, lived in their towns. And when the seventh
month had come, the children of Israel were in their towns.
1: And all the people gathered as one man into the
square before the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the book of
the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel.
2: And Ezra the
priest brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could
hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning
until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could
understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the
4: And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden pulpit which they had
made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithi'ah, Shema, Anai'ah, Uri'ah,
Hilki'ah, and Ma-asei'ah on his right hand; and Pedai'ah, Mish'a-el, Malchi'jah,
Hashum, Hash-bad'danah, Zechari'ah, and Meshul'lam on his left hand.
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.
6: And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God; and all the people
answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads and
worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7: Also Jesh'ua,
Bani, Sherebi'ah, Jamin, Akkub, Shab'bethai, Hodi'ah, Ma-asei'ah, Keli'ta,
Azari'ah, Jo'zabad, Hanan, Pelai'ah, the Levites, helped the people to
understand the law, while the people remained in their places.
they read from the book, from the law of God, clearly; and they gave the sense,
so that the people understood the reading.
9: And Nehemi'ah, who was
the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the
people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not
mourn or weep." For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.
10: Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet
wine and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy
to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
11: So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, "Be quiet, for
this day is holy; do not be grieved."
12: And all the people went
their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing,
because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
On the second day the heads of fathers' houses of all the people, with the
priests and the Levites, came together to Ezra the scribe in order to study the
words of the law.
14: And they found it written in the law that the
LORD had commanded by Moses that the people of Israel should dwell in booths
during the feast of the seventh month,
15: and that they should
publish and proclaim in all their towns and in Jerusalem, "Go out to the hills
and bring branches of olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees to
make booths, as it is written."
16: So the people went out and
brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their
courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water
Gate and in the square at the Gate of E'phraim.
17: And all the
assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and dwelt in
the booths; for from the days of Jeshua the son of Nun to that day the people of
Israel had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing.
day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the book of the law
of God. They kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a solemn
assembly, according to the ordinance.
1: Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the
people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth
upon their heads.
2: And the Israelites separated themselves from all
foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their
3: And they stood up in their place and read from the book
of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day; for another fourth of
it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God.
4: Upon the
stairs of the Levites stood Jeshua, Bani, Kad'mi-el, Shebani'ah, Bunni,
Sherebi'ah, Bani, and Chena'ni; and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD
5: Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kad'mi-el, Bani,
Hashabnei'ah, Sherebi'ah, Hodi'ah, Shebani'ah, and Pethahi'ah, said, "Stand up
and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be thy
glorious name which is exalted above all blessing and praise."
Ezra said: "Thou art the LORD, thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of
heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all
that is in them; and thou preservest all of them; and the host of heaven
7: Thou art the LORD, the God who didst choose Abram
and bring him forth out of Ur of the Chalde'ans and give him the name Abraham;
8: and thou didst find his heart faithful before thee, and didst make
with him the covenant to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanite, the
Hittite, the Amorite, the Per'izzite, the Jeb'usite, and the Gir'gashite; and
thou hast fulfilled thy promise, for thou art righteous.
9: "And thou
didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and hear their cry at the Red
10: and didst perform signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all
his servants and all the people of his land, for thou knewest that they acted
insolently against our fathers; and thou didst get thee a name, as it is to this
11: And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went
through the midst of the sea on dry land; and thou didst cast their pursuers
into the depths, as a stone into mighty waters.
12: By a pillar of
cloud thou didst lead them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to
light for them the way in which they should go.
13: Thou didst come
down upon Mount Sinai, and speak with them from heaven and give them right
ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments,
thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath and command them commandments and
statutes and a law by Moses thy servant.
15: Thou didst give them
bread from heaven for their hunger and bring forth water for them from the rock
for their thirst, and thou didst tell them to go in to possess the land which
thou hadst sworn to give them.
16: "But they and our fathers acted
presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey thy commandments;
17: they refused to obey, and were not mindful of the wonders which
thou didst perform among them; but they stiffened their neck and appointed a
leader to return to their bondage in Egypt. But thou art a God ready to forgive,
gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and didst
not forsake them.
18: Even when they had made for themselves a molten
calf and said, `This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,' and had
committed great blasphemies,
19: thou in thy great mercies didst not
forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud which led them in the way
did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night which lighted
for them the way by which they should go.
20: Thou gavest thy good
Spirit to instruct them, and didst not withhold thy manna from their mouth, and
gavest them water for their thirst.
21: Forty years didst thou
sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not
wear out and their feet did not swell.
22: And thou didst give them
kingdoms and peoples, and didst allot to them every corner; so they took
possession of the land of Sihon king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of
23: Thou didst multiply their descendants as the stars of
heaven, and thou didst bring them into the land which thou hadst told their
fathers to enter and possess.
24: So the descendants went in and
possessed the land, and thou didst subdue before them the inhabitants of the
land, the Canaanites, and didst give them into their hands, with their kings and
the peoples of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
25: And they captured fortified cities and a rich land, and took
possession of houses full of all good things, cisterns hewn out, vineyards,
olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance; so they ate, and were filled and
became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
"Nevertheless they were disobedient and rebelled against thee and cast thy law
behind their back and killed thy prophets, who had warned them in order to turn
them back to thee, and they committed great blasphemies.
Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of their enemies, who made them
suffer; and in the time of their suffering they cried to thee and thou didst
hear them from heaven; and according to thy great mercies thou didst give them
saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies.
28: But after
they had rest they did evil again before thee, and thou didst abandon them to
the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them; yet when they
turned and cried to thee thou didst hear from heaven, and many times thou didst
deliver them according to thy mercies.
29: And thou didst warn them
in order to turn them back to thy law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not
obey thy commandments, but sinned against thy ordinances, by the observance of
which a man shall live, and turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck
and would not obey.
30: Many years thou didst bear with them, and
didst warn them by thy Spirit through thy prophets; yet they would not give ear.
Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
31: Nevertheless in thy great mercies thou didst not make an end of
them or forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
"Now therefore, our God, the great and mighty and terrible God, who keepest
covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to thee that
has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our
fathers, and all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this
33: Yet thou hast been just in all that has come upon us, for
thou hast dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly;
34: our kings,
our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept thy law or heeded thy
commandments and thy warnings which thou didst give them.
did not serve thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness which thou gavest
them, and in the large and rich land which thou didst set before them; and they
did not turn from their wicked works.
36: Behold, we are slaves this
day; in the land that thou gavest to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good
gifts, behold, we are slaves.
37: And its rich yield goes to the
kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins; they have power also over
our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are in great distress."
38: Because of all this we make a firm covenant and write it, and our
princes, our Levites, and our priests set their seal to it.
1: Those who set their seal are Nehemi'ah the
governor, the son of Hacali'ah, Zedeki'ah,
2: Serai'ah, Azari'ah,
3: Pashhur, Amari'ah, Malchi'jah,
5: Harim, Mer'emoth, Obadi'ah,
Daniel, Gin'nethon, Baruch,
7: Meshul'lam, Abi'jah, Mi'jamin,
8: Ma-azi'ah, Bil'gai, Shemai'ah; these are the priests.
9: And the Levites: Jeshua the son of Azani'ah, Bin'nui of the sons
of Hen'adad, Kad'mi-el;
10: and their brethren, Shebani'ah, Hodi'ah,
Keli'ta, Pelai'ah, Hanan,
11: Mica, Rehob, Hashabi'ah,
Zaccur, Sherebi'ah, Shebani'ah,
13: Hodi'ah, Bani, Beni'nu.
14: The chiefs of the people: Parosh, Pa'hath-mo'ab, Elam, Zattu,
15: Bunni, Azgad, Be'bai,
16: Adoni'jah, Bigva'i,
17: Ater, Hezeki'ah, Azzur,
18: Hodi'ah, Hashum,
19: Hariph, An'athoth, Ne'bai,
21: Meshez'abel, Zadok, Jad'du-a,
Pelati'ah, Hanan, Anai'ah,
23: Hoshe'a, Hanani'ah, Hasshub,
24: Hallo'hesh, Pi'lha, Shobek,
25: Rehum, Hashab'nah,
26: Ahi'ah, Hanan, Anan,
27: Malluch, Harim,
28: The rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the
gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants, and all who have separated
themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their
sons, their daughters, all who have knowledge and understanding,
join with their brethren, their nobles, and enter into a curse and 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 ordinances and his
30: We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the
land or take their daughters for our sons;
31: and if the peoples of
the land bring in wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy
from them on the sabbath or on a holy day; and we will forego the crops of the
seventh year and the exaction of every debt.
32: We also lay upon
ourselves the obligation to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a
shekel for the service of the house of our God:
33: for the
showbread, the continual cereal offering, the continual burnt offering, the
sabbaths, the new moons, the appointed feasts, the holy things, and the sin
offerings to make atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our
34: We have likewise cast lots, the priests, the Levites, and
the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God,
according to our fathers' houses, at times appointed, year by year, to burn upon
the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law.
obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits
of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the LORD;
36: also to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who
minister in the house of our God, the first-born of our sons and of our cattle,
as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks;
37: and to bring the first of our coarse meal, and our contributions,
the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers
of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground,
for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.
38: And the priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when
the Levites receive the tithes; and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the
tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers, to the storehouse.
39: For the people of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the
contribution of grain, wine, and oil to the chambers, where are the vessels of
the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the gatekeepers and the
singers. We will not neglect the house of our God.
1: Now the leaders of the people lived in
Jerusalem; and the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live
in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine tenths remained in the other towns.
2: And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live
3: These are the chiefs of the province who lived in
Jerusalem; but in the towns of Judah every one lived on his property in their
towns: Israel, the priests, the Levites, the temple servants, and the
descendants of Solomon's servants.
4: And in Jerusalem lived certain
of the sons of Judah and of the sons of Benjamin. Of the sons of Judah: Athai'ah
the son of Uzzi'ah, son of Zechari'ah, son of Amari'ah, son of Shephati'ah, son
of Mahal'alel, of the sons of Perez;
5: and Ma-asei'ah the son of
Baruch, son of Col-ho'zeh, son of Hazai'ah, son of Adai'ah, son of Joi'arib, son
of Zechari'ah, son of the Shi'lonite.
6: All the sons of Perez who
lived in Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight valiant men.
And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshul'lam, son of Jo'ed,
son of Pedai'ah, son of Kolai'ah, son of Ma-asei'ah, son of I'thi-el, son of
8: And after him Gabba'i, Salla'i, nine hundred and
9: Jo'el the son of Zichri was their overseer; and
Judah the son of Hassen'u-ah was second over the city.
10: Of the
priests: Jedai'ah the son of Joi'arib, Jachin,
11: Serai'ah the son
of Hilki'ah, son of Meshul'lam, son of Zadok, son of Merai'oth, son of Ahi'tub,
ruler of the house of God,
12: and their brethren who did the work of
the house, eight hundred and twenty-two; and Adai'ah the son of Jero'ham, son of
Pelali'ah, son of Amzi, son of Zechari'ah, son of Pashhur, son of Malchi'jah,
13: and his brethren, heads of fathers' houses, two hundred and
forty-two; and Amash'sai, the son of Az'arel, son of Ah'zai, son of
Meshil'lemoth, son of Immer,
14: and their brethren, mighty men of
valor, a hundred and twenty-eight; their overseer was Zab'diel the son of
15: And of the Levites: Shemai'ah the son of Hasshub,
son of Azri'kam, son of Hashabi'ah, son of Bunni;
16: and Shab'bethai
and Jo'zabad, of the chiefs of the Levites, who were over the outside work of
the house of God;
17: and Mattani'ah the son of Mica, son of Zabdi,
son of Asaph, who was the leader to begin the thanksgiving in prayer, and
Bakbuki'ah, the second among his brethren; and Abda the son of Sham'mua, son of
Galal, son of Jedu'thun.
18: All the Levites in the holy city were
two hundred and eighty-four.
19: The gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon and
their brethren, who kept watch at the gates, were a hundred and seventy-two.
20: And the rest of Israel, and of the priests and the Levites, were
in all the towns of Judah, every one in his inheritance.
21: But the
temple servants lived on Ophel; and Ziha and Gishpa were over the temple
22: The overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the
son of Bani, son of Hashabi'ah, son of Mattani'ah, son of Mica, of the sons of
Asaph, the singers, over the work of the house of God.
23: For there
was a command from the king concerning them, and a settled provision for the
singers, as every day required.
24: And Pethahi'ah the son of
Meshez'abel, of the sons of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the king's hand in
all matters concerning the people.
25: And as for the villages, with
their fields, some of the people of Judah lived in Kir'iath-ar'ba and its
villages, and in Dibon and its villages, and in Jekab'zeel and its villages,
26: and in Jeshua and in Mola'dah and Beth-pelet,
Ha'zar-shu'al, in Beer-sheba and its villages,
28: in Ziklag, in
Meco'nah and its villages,
29: in En-rim'mon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth,
30: Zano'ah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, and
Aze'kah and its villages. So they encamped from Beer-sheba to the valley of
31: The people of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at
Michmash, Ai'ja, Bethel and its villages,
32: An'athoth, Nob,
33: Hazor, Ramah, Git'taim,
34: Hadid, Zebo'im,
35: Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.
And certain divisions of the Levites in Judah were joined to Benjamin.
1: These are the priests and the Levites who came
up with Zerub'babel the son of She-al'ti-el, and Jeshua: Serai'ah, Jeremiah,
2: Amari'ah, Malluch, Hattush,
3: Shecani'ah, Rehum,
4: Iddo, Gin'nethoi, Abi'jah,
6: Shemai'ah, Joi'arib, Jedai'ah,
Sallu, Amok, Hilki'ah, Jedai'ah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of
their brethren in the days of Jeshua.
8: And the Levites: Jeshua,
Bin'nui, Kad'mi-el, Sherebi'ah, Judah, and Mattani'ah, who with his brethren was
in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.
9: And Bakbuki'ah and Unno
their brethren stood opposite them in the service.
10: And Jeshua was
the father of Joi'akim, Joi'akim the father of Eli'ashib, Eli'ashib the father
11: Joi'ada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the
father of Jad'du-a.
12: And in the days of Joi'akim were priests,
heads of fathers' houses: of Serai'ah, Merai'ah; of Jeremiah, Hanani'ah;
13: of Ezra, Meshul'lam; of Amari'ah, Jehoha'nan;
Mal'luchi, Jonathan; of Shebani'ah, Joseph;
15: of Harim, Adna; of
16: of Iddo, Zechari'ah; of Gin'nethon,
17: of Abi'jah, Zichri; of Mini'amin, of Moadi'ah,
18: of Bilgah, Sham'mu-a; of Shemai'ah, Jehon'athan;
19: of Joi'arib, Matte'nai; of Jedai'ah, Uzzi;
Sal'lai, Kal'lai; of Amok, Eber;
21: of Hilki'ah, Hashabi'ah; of
22: As for the Levites, in the days of
Eli'ashib, Joi'ada, Joha'nan, and Jad'du-a, there were recorded the heads of
fathers' houses; also the priests until the reign of Darius the Persian.
23: The sons of Levi, heads of fathers' houses, were written in the
Book of the Chronicles until the days of Joha'nan the son of Eli'ashib.
24: And the chiefs of the Levites: Hashabi'ah, Sherebi'ah, and Jeshua
the son of Kad'mi-el, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to
give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, watch
corresponding to watch.
25: Mattani'ah, Bakbuki'ah, Obadi'ah,
Meshul'lam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers standing guard at the storehouses
of the gates.
26: These were in the days of Joi'akim the son of
Jeshua son of Jo'zadak, and in the days of Nehemi'ah the governor and of Ezra
the priest the scribe.
27: And at the dedication of the wall of
Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to
Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with
singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres.
28: And the sons of the
singers gathered together from the circuit round Jerusalem and from the villages
of the Netoph'athites;
29: also from Beth-gilgal and from the region
of Geba and Az'maveth; for the singers had built for themselves villages around
30: And the priests and the Levites purified themselves;
and they purified the people and the gates and the wall.
31: Then I
brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies
which gave thanks and went in procession. One went to the right upon the wall to
the Dung Gate;
32: and after them went Hoshai'ah and half of the
princes of Judah,
33: and Azari'ah, Ezra, Meshul'lam,
Judah, Benjamin, Shemai'ah, and Jeremiah,
35: and certain of the
priests' sons with trumpets: Zechari'ah the son of Jonathan, son of Shemai'ah,
son of Mattani'ah, son of Micai'ah, son of Zaccur, son of Asaph;
and his kinsmen, Shemai'ah, Az'arel, Mil'alai, Gil'alai, Ma'ai, Nethan'el,
Judah, and Hana'ni, with the musical instruments of David the man of God; and
Ezra the scribe went before them.
37: At the Fountain Gate they went
up straight before them by the stairs of the city of David, at the ascent of the
wall, above the house of David, to the Water Gate on the east.
The other company of those who gave thanks went to the left, and I followed them
with half of the people, upon the wall, above the Tower of the Ovens, to the
39: and above the Gate of E'phraim, and by the Old Gate,
and by the Fish Gate and the Tower of Hanan'el and the Tower of the Hundred, to
the Sheep Gate; and they came to a halt at the Gate of the Guard.
So both companies of those who gave thanks stood in the house of God, and I and
half of the officials with me;
41: and the priests Eli'akim,
Ma-asei'ah, Mini'amin, Micai'ah, Eli-o-e'nai, Zechari'ah, and Hanani'ah, with
42: and Ma-asei'ah, Shemai'ah, Elea'zar, Uzzi, Jehoha'nan,
Malchi'jah, Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang with Jezrahi'ah as their
43: And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced,
for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also
rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.
44: On that
day men were appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the
first fruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the
law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns;
for Judah rejoiced over the priests and the Levites who ministered.
45: And they performed the service of their God and the service of
purification, as did the singers and the gatekeepers, according to the command
of David and his son Solomon.
46: For in the days of David and Asaph
of old there was a chief of the singers, and there were songs of praise and
thanksgiving to God.
47: And all Israel in the days of Zerub'babel
and in the days of Nehemi'ah gave the daily portions for the singers and the
gatekeepers; and they set apart that which was for the Levites; and the Levites
set apart that which was for the sons of Aaron.
1: On that day they read from the book of Moses in
the hearing of the people; and in it was found written that no Ammonite or
Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God;
2: for they did not
meet the children of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them
to curse them -- yet our God turned the curse into a blessing.
When the people heard the law, they separated from Israel all those of foreign
4: Now before this, Eli'ashib the priest, who was appointed
over the chambers of the house of our God, and who was connected with Tobi'ah,
5: prepared for Tobi'ah a large chamber where they had previously put
the cereal offering, the frankincense, the vessels, and the tithes of grain,
wine, and oil, which were given by commandment to the Levites, singers, and
gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests.
6: While this was
taking place I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of
Ar-ta-xerx'es king of Babylon I went to the king. And after some time I asked
leave of the king
7: and came to Jerusalem, and I then discovered the
evil that Eli'ashib had done for Tobi'ah, preparing for him a chamber in the
courts of the house of God.
8: And I was very angry, and I threw all
the household furniture of Tobi'ah out of the chamber.
9: Then I gave
orders and they cleansed the chambers; and I brought back thither the vessels of
the house of God, with the cereal offering and the frankincense.
I also found out that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them; so
that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, had fled each to his field.
11: So I remonstrated with the officials and said, "Why is the house
of God forsaken?" And I gathered them together and set them in their stations.
12: Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain, wine, and oil into
13: And I appointed as treasurers over the
storehouses Shelemi'ah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedai'ah of the
Levites, and as their assistant Hanan the son of Zaccur, son of Mattani'ah, for
they were counted faithful; and their duty was to distribute to their brethren.
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 his service.
15: In those days I saw in Judah men treading wine presses on the
sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on asses; and also
wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem
on the sabbath day; and I warned them on the day when they sold food.
16: Men of Tyre also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all
kinds of wares and sold them on the sabbath to the people of Judah, and in
17: Then I remonstrated with the nobles of Judah and said
to them, "What is this evil thing which you are doing, profaning the sabbath
18: Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God
bring all this evil on us and on this city? Yet you bring more wrath upon Israel
by profaning the sabbath."
19: When it began to be dark at the gates
of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and
gave orders that they should not be opened until after the sabbath. And I set
some of my servants over the gates, that no burden might be brought in on the
20: Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares
lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice.
21: But I warned them and
said to them, "Why do you lodge before the wall? If you do so again I will lay
hands on you." From that time on they did not come on the sabbath.
22: And I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves
and come and guard the gates, to keep the sabbath day holy. Remember this also
in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of thy steadfast
23: In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of
Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab;
24: and half of their children spoke the
language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but the
language of each people.
25: And I contended with them and cursed
them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair; and I made them take oath
in the name of God, saying, "You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or
take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
26: Did not
Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations
there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king
over all Israel; nevertheless foreign women made even him to sin.
Shall we then listen to you and do all this great evil and act treacherously
against our God by marrying foreign women?"
28: And one of the sons
of Jehoi'ada, the son of Eli'ashib the high priest, was the son-in-law of
Sanbal'lat the Hor'onite; therefore I chased him from me.
Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the
covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
30: Thus I cleansed them
from everything foreign, and I established the duties of the priests and
Levites, each in his work;
31: and I provided for the wood offering,
at appointed times, and for the first fruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.