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grace hath been shewed from the
Lord our God, to leave us a rem-
nant to escape, and to give us la
nail in his holy place, that our God
may 'lighten our eyes, and give
us a little reviving in our bondage.
9 »For we were bondmen; 'yet
our God bath not forsaken us in
our bondage, but "hath extended

NOW »when Ezra had prayed,
and when he had confessed,
weeping and casting himself
down b before the house of God,
there assembled unto him out of
Israel a very great congregation
of men and women and children:
for the people twept very sore.
2 And Shechaniah the son of

inercy unto us in the sight of the ' Jehiel, one of the sons of I Main,
kings of Persia, to give us a re-1 answered and said unto Ezra,
viving, to set up the house of; We have 'trespassed against
our God, and tto repair the deso- our God, and have taken strange
lations thereof, and to give us "a wives of the people of the land:
wall in Judah and in Jerusalem, yet now there is hope in Israel

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

11 Which thou hast commanded tby thy servants the prophets, saying, The laud, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the yfilthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it tfrom one end to another with their uncleanness.

12 Now therefore 2 give not

concerning this thing.

3 Now therefore let us make sa covenant with our God tto put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those thate tremble at 'the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

4 Arise; for this matter beiongrth unto thee: we also will be with thee: ebe of good courage, and do it.

5 Then arose Ezra, and made

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your daughters uuto their sons, : the chief priests, the Levites, and
neither take their daughters 1 all Israel, "to swear that they
unto your sons, "nor seek their
peace or their wealth for ever:
that ye may be strong, and cat
the good of the land, and bleave
it for an inheritance to your chil-
dren for ever.
13 And after all that is come
upon us for our evil deeds, and bread, nor drink water: for he
for our great trespass, seeing mourned because of the trans-
that thou our God c t hast puii- gression of them that had been
ished us less than our iniquities carried away.
deserve, and hast given us such 7 And they made proclamation

should do according to this
word. And they sware.
6 1 Then Ezra rose up from be-
fore the house of God, and went
into the chamber of Jolianan the
son of Eliashib: and when he
came thither, he 'did eat no

b Neb. 5. 12.

I Rom. 3. 19.

II Cor. IS. 17. k Ps. 130. 3.

deliverance as this

14 Should we J again break thy commandments, and 'Join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be 'angry with us till thou hadst consumed its, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?

15 O Loitn God of Israel, (thou art righteous; for we remain yet escaped,as if iathis day: behold, we (tec "before thee 'in our trespasses; for we cannot k stand before thee because of this.

CHAPTER X.

throughout Judah and Jerusalem
unto all the children of the cap-
tivity, that Ihey should gather
themselves together unto Jeru-
salem;

8 And that whosoever would
not come within three days, ac-
cording to the counsel of the,
princes and the elders, all his
substance should be t forfeited,
i and himself separated from the
congregation of those that had
■ been carried away,
i 0 1 Then all the men of Judah
I and Benjamin gathered them-
selves together unto Jerusalem

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CHAPTER I. 1 Nehemiah, iniderstandina hi ffanani the misery of Jerusalem, mourneth, fusteth, and prayeth, 5 Hie prayt r.

THE words of Nehemiah the son of Haehaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

2 That Haiuinl, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: bthe wall of Jerusalem also 'is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire?

4 If And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

5 And said, I beseech thee, dO Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and f confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.

7 'We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have I not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, kJf ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:

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9 I But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; "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.

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

11 O Lord, I beseech thee, "let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who P desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's 1 cupbearer.

CHAPTER II.

1 Artarerres vnderstnndittn the range of Xrhetniah's sadness sendeth him with tetters and commission to Jerusalem. !► S'fheminh, to the ariej'ofthe enemies, Cometh to Jemsalem. 12 //*■ ririreth secretin the ruins of the walls. 17 lie incitetlt the Jews to Imild in despite of the enemies,

AN D it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of a Artaxerxes the king, that wine Kvm before him: and bI took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been Ixforetime sad in his presence.

2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else butc sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

3 And said unto the king, "Let diKinc»i.;i. the king live for ever: whylj^fj^f should not my countenance be sad, when "the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, Ueth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?

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

5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy serv

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ant have found favour in thy' 10 And the rulers knew not
sight, that thou wouldest send 'whither I went, or what I did;
me unto Judah, unto the city of: neither had I as yet told it to the
my fathers' sepulchres, that I Jews, nor to the priests, nor to
may build it. I the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor

6 And the king said unto me, [ to the rest that did the work,
(the t queen also sitting by him,) 17 'j Then said I unto them, Ye

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For how long shall thy journey
be? and when wilt thou return?
So it pleased the king to send
me; and I set him 'a time.

see the distress that we are in,
how Jerusalem tilth waste, and
the gates thereof are burned
with fire : come, and let us build

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7 Moreover I said unto the up the wall of Jerusalem, that
king, If it please the king, let I we be no more °a reproach,
letters be given me to the gov- i 18 Then I told them of Pthe
ernors beyond the river, that | hand of my God which was good j
they may convey me over till I upon me; as also the king's I
come into Judah; ;words that he had spoken unto

8 And a letter unto Asaph the ■ me. And they said, Let us rise
keeper of the king's forest, that up and build. So they istreugtu-
■ie may give me timber to make , cued their hands for this good
beams for the gates of the puliieu 1 work.

which appertained n to the house, I 10 But when Sanballat the llor-
and for the wall of the city, and I unite, and Tobiah the servant,
for the house that I shall enter i the Ammonite, and Gesbem the!
into. And the king granted me, ' Arabian, heard it, they laughed |'
according to the good hand of us to scorn, and despised us, and t

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my God upon me.
9" T| Then I came to the govern-
ors beyond the river, and gave
them the king's letters. Sow

What is this thing that ye
'will ye rebel against the,

said,
do?
king?

20 Then answered I them, and i
the king had sent captains of the said unto them, The God of beav-!
army and horsemen with me. i en, he will prosper us; therefore ■

10 When Sanballat the Horonite, ■ we his servants will arise and,
and Tobiah the servant, the Am- build: 'but ye have no portion, j'
monite, heard of it, it grieved nor right, nor memorial, in Jem- i
them exceedingly that there was . saleni.
come a man to seek the welfare
of the children of Israel.

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

12 ^1 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither mi* there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.

13 And I went out by night k by the gate of the valley, even be- fore the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were 'broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.

14 Then I went on to the "gate of the fountain, and to the king's pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.

15 Then went I up in the night by the "brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned!

CHAPTER III.

» and order of them that builttrd
the wall. I

IEN •Ellashib the high priest!
rose up with his brethren
the priests, 11 and they bullded
the sheep gate; they sanctified it,
and set up the doors of it; ceven
unto the tower of Meali they
sanetilicd it, unto the tower of;
J Ilununeel.

3 And tnext unto him builded' 'the men of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imrl.

3 'But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaiih build, who aim laid the beams thereof, and is set up the doors thereof, the locks j thereof, and the bars thereof.

4 And next unto them repaired i Meremoth the son of Urijah, the' son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Iiaann.

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NEHEMIAH.

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

6 Moreover 'the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Judon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the k throne of the governor on this side the river.

8 Next unto him repaired I'zziel the son of Ilarhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Ilananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they I fortified Jerusalem unto the 1 broad wall.

9 And next unto them repaired Rephainh the son of llur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem.

10 And next unto them repaired Jcdaiah the son of Ilaruinaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Ilattush the son of Hashabniah.

11 Malchijah the son of Ilarim, and Ilashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the t other piece, "and the tower of the furnaces.

12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

13 "The valley gate repaired Hnnun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto "the dung gate,

14 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Beth-haccerein; he built It, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and

I the bars thereof.

| 15 ButPthe gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of iSiloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David.

10 After him repaired Neheniiab the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Beth-zur, unto t/ie place over against the sepulchres of David, and to the rpool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.

17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unlo him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part.

IS After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the 'turning of the wall.

20 After him Baruch the son of II Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Kliashib the high priest.

21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Lrijah the son of Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashlh even to the end of the house of Kliashib.

22 Aud after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Ilashub over against their house. After him repaired .Azariah the sou of Maaseiah the sou of Anauiah by his house.

24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azuriah unto 'the turning of the vail, even unto the corner.

25 Palal the son of Uzul, over against the turning of the vail, and the tower which licth out from the king's high house, that mi* by the " court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh.

26 Moreover Mhe Nethinim I dwelt in > I Ophel, unto the 2>lace over against zthe water gate toward the cast, and the tower that lieth out.

27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lictll out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

28 From above the 'horse gate

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