Holy Bible, King James Version, Book 16: Nehemiah

Book 16        Nehemiah

16:001:001 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to
           pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in
           Shushan the palace,

16:001:002 That Hanani, 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.

16:001:003 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the
           captivity there in the province are in great affliction and
           reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the
           gates thereof are burned with fire.

16:001:004 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,

16:001:005 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and
           terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that
           love him and observe his commandments:

16:001:006 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 confess the sins of the children of Israel,
           which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s
           house have sinned.

16:001:007 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept
           the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which
           thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

16:001:008 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy
           servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you
           abroad among the nations:

16:001:009 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.

16:001:010 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast
           redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

16:001:011 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
           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 cupbearer.

16:002:001 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year
           of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took
           up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been
           beforetime sad in his presence.

16:002:002 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad,
           seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of
           heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

16:002:003 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should
           not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my
           fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are
           consumed with fire?

16:002:004 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request?
           So I prayed to the God of heaven.

16:002:005 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy
           servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest
           send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres,
           that I may build it.

16:002:006 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,)
           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.

16:002:007 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 me over till I come into Judah;

16:002:008 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that
           he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the
           palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the
           city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king
           granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.

16:002:009 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them
           the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army
           and horsemen with me.

16:002:010 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the
           Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there
           was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.

16:002:011 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.

16:002:012 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 was there any beast with me, save the beast
           that I rode upon.

16:002:013 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before
           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.

16:002:014 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.

16:002:015 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.

16:002:016 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither
           had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to
           the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the
           work.

16:002:017 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how
           Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with
           fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we
           be no more a reproach.

16:002:018 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me;
           as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they
           said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their
           hands for this good work.

16:002:019 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the
           Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to
           scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye
           do? will ye rebel against the king?

16:002:020 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven,
           he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and
           build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in
           Jerusalem.

16:003:001 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the
           priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it,
           and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they
           sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

16:003:002 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them
           builded Zaccur the son of Imri.

16:003:003 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also
           laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the
           locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

16:003:004 And next unto them repaired 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 Baana.

16:003:005 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put
           not their necks to the work of their LORD.

16:003:006 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.

16:003:007 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon
           the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the
           throne of the governor on this side the river.

16:003:008 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the
           goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of
           one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the
           broad wall.

16:003:009 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler
           of the half part of Jerusalem.

16:003:010 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even
           over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the
           son of Hashabniah.

16:003:011 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab,
           repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.

16:003:012 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the
           ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

16:003:013 The valley gate repaired Hanun, 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.

16:003:014 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the
           ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the
           doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

16:003:015 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of
           Colhozeh, 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 Siloah by
           the king’s garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the
           city of David.

16:003:016 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the
           half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the
           sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto
           the house of the mighty.

16:003:017 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next
           unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of
           Keilah, in his part.

16:003:018 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad,
           the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

16:003:019 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.

16:003:020 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the
           other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the
           house of Eliashib the high priest.

16:003:021 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz
           another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to
           the end of the house of Eliashib.

16:003:022 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

16:003:023 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their
           house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son
           of Ananiah by his house.

16:003:024 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece,
           from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even
           unto the corner.

16:003:025 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall,
           and the tower which lieth out from the king’s high house, that
           was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of
           Parosh.

16:003:026 Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over
           against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that
           lieth out.

16:003:027 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against
           the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

16:003:028 From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over
           against his house.

16:003:029 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his
           house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah,
           the keeper of the east gate.

16:003:030 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun
           the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired
           Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against his chamber.

16:003:031 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith’s son unto the place
           of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate
           Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.

16:003:032 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate
           repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.

16:004:001 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded
           the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked
           the Jews.

16:004:002 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and
           said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves?
           will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they
           revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are
           burned?

16:004:003 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that
           which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down
           their stone wall.

16:004:004 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach
           upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of
           captivity:

16:004:005 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted
           out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger
           before the builders.

16:004:006 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together
           unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

16:004:007 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the
           Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that
           the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches
           began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

16:004:008 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight
           against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

16:004:009 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch
           against them day and night, because of them.

16:004:010 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is
           decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to
           build the wall.

16:004:011 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see,
           till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause
           the work to cease.

16:004:012 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them
           came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye
           shall return unto us they will be upon you.

16:004:013 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on
           the higher places, I even set the people after their families
           with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

16:004:014 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to
           the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of
           them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and
           fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your
           wives, and your houses.

16:004:015 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known
           unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we
           returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

16:004:016 And it came to pass from that 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 bows, and the
           habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

16:004:017 They which builded on the 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.

16:004:018 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side,
           and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

16:004:019 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.

16:004:020 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet,
           resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

16:004:021 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears
           from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

16:004:022 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 on the day.

16:004:023 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of
           the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes,
           saving that every one put them off for washing.

16:005:001 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives
           against their brethren the Jews.

16:005:002 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are
           many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and
           live.

16:005:003 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands,
           vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the
           dearth.

16:005:004 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the
           king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

16:005:005 Yet now our flesh 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 are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in
           our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and
           vineyards.

16:005:006 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

16:005:007 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and
           the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of
           his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

16:005:008 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our
           brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will
           ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us?
           Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

16:005:009 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk
           in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen
           our enemies?

16:005:010 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of
           them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.

16:005:011 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands,
           their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the
           hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and
           the oil, that ye exact of them.

16:005:012 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 took an oath of them, that they should do
           according to this promise.

16:005:013 Also I shook 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 emptied. And all the
           congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people
           did according to this promise.

16:005:014 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 year of Artaxerxes the king, that
           is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread
           of the governor.

16:005:015 But the former governors that had been before me were
           chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and
           wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants
           bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the
           fear of God.

16:005:016 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought
           we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto
           the work.

16:005:017 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the
           Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the
           heathen that are about us.

16:005:018 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six
           choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten
           days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not
           I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy
           upon this people.

16:005:019 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have
           done for this people.

16:006:001 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and 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;)

16:006:002 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us
           meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono.
           But they thought to do me mischief.

16:006:003 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great
           work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease,
           whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

16:006:004 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I
           answered them after the same manner.

16:006:005 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the
           fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

16:006:006 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and
           Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for
           which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their
           king, according to these words.

16:006:007 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at
           Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it
           be reported to the king according to these words. Come now
           therefore, and let us take counsel together.

16:006:008 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as
           thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

16:006:009 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be
           weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O
           God, strengthen my hands.

16:006:010 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 the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay
           thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

16:006:011 And I said, Should 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.

16:006:012 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.

16:006:013 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so,
           and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report,
           that they might reproach me.

16:006:014 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to
           these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest
           of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

16:006:015 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the
           month Elul, in fifty and two days.

16:006:016 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 they perceived that
           this work was wrought of our God.

16:006:017 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters
           unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.

16:006:018 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.

16:006:019 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my
           words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.

16:007:001 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up
           the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites
           were appointed,

16:007:002 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the
           palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and
           feared God above many.

16:007:003 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened
           until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut
           the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the
           inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every
           one to be over against his house.

16:007:004 Now the city was large and great: but the people were few
           therein, and the houses were not builded.

16:007:005 And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles,
           and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by
           genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them
           which came up at the first, and found written therein,

16:007:006 These are the children of the province, that went up out of
           the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom
           Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came
           again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;

16:007:007 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah,
           Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.
           The number, I say, of the men of the people of Israel was
           this;

16:007:008 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and
           two.

16:007:009 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

16:007:010 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.

16:007:011 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and
           Joab, two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.

16:007:012 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

16:007:013 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.

16:007:014 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.

16:007:015 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.

16:007:016 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.

16:007:017 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and
           two.

16:007:018 The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.

16:007:019 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.

16:007:020 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.

16:007:021 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

16:007:022 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.

16:007:023 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.

16:007:024 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve.

16:007:025 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.

16:007:026 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and
           eight.

16:007:027 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.

16:007:028 The men of Bethazmaveth, forty and two.

16:007:029 The men of Kirjathjearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven
           hundred forty and three.

16:007:030 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

16:007:031 The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two.

16:007:032 The men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.

16:007:033 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.

16:007:034 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty
           and four.

16:007:035 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

16:007:036 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

16:007:037 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and
           one.

16:007:038 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and
           thirty.

16:007:039 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua,
           nine hundred seventy and three.

16:007:040 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

16:007:041 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and
           seven.

16:007:042 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

16:007:043 The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the
           children of Hodevah, seventy and four.

16:007:044 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and
           eight.

16:007:045 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.

16:007:046 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha,
           the children of Tabbaoth,

16:007:047 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of
           Padon,

16:007:048 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children
           of Shalmai,

16:007:049 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of
           Gahar,

16:007:050 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of
           Nekoda,

16:007:051 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of
           Phaseah,

16:007:052 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of
           Nephishesim,

16:007:053 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children
           of Harhur,

16:007:054 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children
           of Harsha,

16:007:055 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children
           of Tamah,

16:007:056 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

16:007:057 The children of Solomon’s servants: the children of Sotai, the
           children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,

16:007:058 The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of
           Giddel,

16:007:059 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the
           children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon.

16:007:060 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon’s servants,
           were three hundred ninety and two.

16:007:061 And these were they which went up also from Telmelah,
           Telharesha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew
           their father’s house, nor their seed, whether they were of
           Israel.

16:007:062 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children
           of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.

16:007:063 And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of
           Koz, the children of Barzillai, which took one of the
           daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called
           after their name.

16:007:064 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by
           genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were they, as
           polluted, put from the priesthood.

16:007:065 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of
           the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim
           and Thummim.

16:007:066 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand
           three hundred and threescore,

16:007:067 Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there
           were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they
           had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women.

16:007:068 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two
           hundred forty and five:

16:007:069 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven
           hundred and twenty asses.

16:007:070 And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The
           Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty
           basons, five hundred and thirty priests’ garments.

16:007:071 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.

16:007:072 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.

16:007:073 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 when the seventh month
           came, the children of Israel were in their cities.

16:008:001 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man
           into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake
           unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses,
           which the LORD had commanded to Israel.

16:008:002 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation
           both of men and women, and all that could hear with
           understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

16:008:003 And he read therein before the street that was before the
           water gate from the 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.

16:008:004 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a 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, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and
           Meshullam.

16:008:005 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 up:

16:008:006 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people
           answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they
           bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to
           the ground.

16:008:007 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub,
           Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad,
           Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to
           understand the law: and the people stood in their place.

16:008:008 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and
           gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

16:008:009 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the
           scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all
           the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn
           not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the
           words of the law.

16:008:010 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink
           the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is
           prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye
           sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

16:008:011 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your
           peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.

16:008:012 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to
           send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had
           understood the words that were declared unto them.

16:008:013 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the
           fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto
           Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

16:008:014 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded
           by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths
           in the feast of the seventh month:

16:008:015 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities,
           and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch
           olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and
           palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as
           it is written.

16:008:016 So the people went forth, and brought them, and made
           themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and
           in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in
           the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of
           Ephraim.

16:008:017 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of
           the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since
           the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the
           children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

16:008:018 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read
           in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven
           days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according
           unto the manner.

16:009:001 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of
           Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and
           earth upon them.

16:009:002 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all
           strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the
           iniquities of their fathers.

16:009:003 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the
           law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and
           another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD
           their God.

16:009:004 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and
           Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani,
           and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.

16:009:005 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah,
           Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up
           and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be
           thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and
           praise.

16:009:006 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the
           heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all
           things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein,
           and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven
           worshippeth thee.

16:009:007 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and
           broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him
           the name of Abraham;

16:009:008 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a
           covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the
           Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites,
           and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast
           performed thy words; for thou art righteous:

16:009:009 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and
           heardest their cry by the Red sea;

16:009:010 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his
           servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest
           that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a
           name, as it is this day.

16:009:011 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went
           through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their
           persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the
           mighty waters.

16:009:012 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and
           in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the
           way wherein they should go.

16:009:013 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them
           from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws,
           good statutes and commandments:

16:009:014 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst
           them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy
           servant:

16:009:015 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and
           broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their
           thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess
           the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.

16:009:016 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their
           necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

16:009:017 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that
           thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their
           rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but
           thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to
           anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

16:009:018 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is
           thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought
           great provocations;

16:009:019 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the
           wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by
           day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by
           night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.

16:009:020 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and
           withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them
           water for their thirst.

16:009:021 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so
           that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and
           their feet swelled not.

16:009:022 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst
           divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon,
           and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king
           of Bashan.

16:009:023 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven,
           and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst
           promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess
           it.

16:009:024 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou
           subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the
           Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their
           kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with
           them as they would.

16:009:025 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed
           houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and
           oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and
           were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy
           great goodness.

16:009:026 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee,
           and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets
           which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they
           wrought great provocations.

16:009:027 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their
           enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble,
           when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and
           according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours,
           who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

16:009:028 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee:
           therefore leftest thou them in the land of their enemies, so
           that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned,
           and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many
           times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;

16:009:029 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them
           again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not
           unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments,
           (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the
           shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.

16:009:030 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst
           against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not
           give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the
           people of the lands.

16:009:031 Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not
           utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a
           gracious and merciful God.

16:009:032 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the
           terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the
           trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on
           our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our
           prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the
           time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

16:009:033 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou
           hast done right, but we have done wickedly:

16:009:034 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our
           fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and
           thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

16:009:035 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy
           great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat
           land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from
           their wicked works.

16:009:036 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou
           gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good
           thereof, behold, we are servants in it:

16:009:037 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast
           set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over
           our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are
           in great distress.

16:009:038 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it;
           and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

16:010:001 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son
           of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

16:010:002 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

16:010:003 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

16:010:004 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

16:010:005 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

16:010:006 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

16:010:007 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

16:010:008 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests.

16:010:009 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the
           sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;

16:010:010 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah,
           Hanan,

16:010:011 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

16:010:012 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

16:010:013 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu.

16:010:014 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu,
           Bani,

16:010:015 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16:010:016 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

16:010:017 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

16:010:018 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

16:010:019 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

16:010:020 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

16:010:021 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

16:010:022 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

16:010:023 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

16:010:024 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

16:010:025 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

16:010:026 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

16:010:027 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

16:010:028 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the
           porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had
           separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law
           of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every
           one having knowledge, and having understanding;

16:010:029 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a
           curse, and into 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 judgments and his
           statutes;

16:010:030 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of
           the land, not take their daughters for our sons:

16:010:031 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on
           the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on
           the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the
           seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

16:010:032 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly
           with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house
           of our God;

16:010:033 For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and
           for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new
           moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for
           the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all
           the work of the house of our God.

16:010:034 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the
           people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of
           our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed
           year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as
           it is written in the law:

16:010:035 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the
           firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the
           house of the LORD:

16:010:036 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is
           written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our
           flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests
           that minister in the house of our God:

16:010:037 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our
           offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and
           of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our
           God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the
           same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our
           tillage.

16:010:038 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites,
           when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up
           the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the
           chambers, into the treasure house.

16:010:039 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall
           bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil,
           unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and
           the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers:
           and we will not forsake the house of our God.

16:011:001 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of
           the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in
           Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other
           cities.

16:011:002 And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered
           themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.

16:011:003 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in
           Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his
           possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and
           the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon’s
           servants.

16:011:004 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and
           of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah
           the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah,
           the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children
           of Perez;

16:011:005 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son
           of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of
           Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.

16:011:006 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem were four
           hundred threescore and eight valiant men.

16:011:007 And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of
           Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of
           Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of
           Jesaiah.

16:011:008 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.

16:011:009 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the
           son of Senuah was second over the city.

16:011:010 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.

16:011:011 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of
           Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler
           of the house of God.

16:011:012 And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight
           hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son
           of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of
           Pashur, the son of Malchiah.

16:011:013 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and
           two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the
           son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,

16:011:014 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty
           and eight: and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of
           the great men.

16:011:015 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of
           Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;

16:011:016 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had
           the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.

16:011:017 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of
           Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer:
           and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son
           of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

16:011:018 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore
           and four.

16:011:019 Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that
           kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and two.

16:011:020 And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites,
           were in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance.

16:011:021 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over
           the Nethinims.

16:011:022 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son
           of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son
           of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the
           business of the house of God.

16:011:023 For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that a
           certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

16:011:024 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah
           the son of Judah, was at the king’s hand in all matters
           concerning the people.

16:011:025 And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children
           of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba, and in the villages thereof,
           and at Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel,
           and in the villages thereof,

16:011:026 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,

16:011:027 And at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and in the villages
           thereof,

16:011:028 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,

16:011:029 And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,

16:011:030 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at Lachish, and the
           fields thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And
           they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom.

16:011:031 The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and
           Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages.

16:011:032 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

16:011:033 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

16:011:034 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

16:011:035 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.

16:011:036 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin.

16:012:001 Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with
           Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah,
           Jeremiah, Ezra,

16:012:002 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

16:012:003 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

16:012:004 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

16:012:005 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

16:012:006 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

16:012:007 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the
           priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.

16:012:008 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah,
           Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and
           his brethren.

16:012:009 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over against
           them in the watches.

16:012:010 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and
           Eliashib begat Joiada,

16:012:011 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.

16:012:012 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the
           fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;

16:012:013 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

16:012:014 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;

16:012:015 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;

16:012:016 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

16:012:017 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai:

16:012:018 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

16:012:019 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

16:012:020 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

16:012:021 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

16:012:022 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and
           Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests,
           to the reign of Darius the Persian.

16:012:023 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in
           the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the
           son of Eliashib.

16:012:024 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua
           the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to
           praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of
           David the man of God, ward over against ward.

16:012:025 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub,
           were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.

16:012:026 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son
           of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of
           Ezra the priest, the scribe.

16:012:027 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the
           Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem,
           to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings,
           and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.

16:012:028 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both
           out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the
           villages of Netophathi;

16:012:029 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba
           and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round
           about Jerusalem.

16:012:030 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and
           purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.

16:012:031 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and
           appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks,
           whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the
           dung gate:

16:012:032 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of
           Judah,

16:012:033 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

16:012:034 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,

16:012:035 And certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets; namely,
           Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of
           Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of
           Asaph:

16:012:036 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai,
           Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical
           instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe
           before them.

16:012:037 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they
           went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of
           the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate
           eastward.

16:012:038 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over
           against them, and I after them, and the half of the people
           upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto
           the broad wall;

16:012:039 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate,
           and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the
           tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still
           in the prison gate.

16:012:040 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the
           house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me:

16:012:041 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah,
           Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;

16:012:042 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and
           Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers
           sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.

16:012:043 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for
           God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and
           the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard
           even afar off.

16:012:044 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the
           treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the
           tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities
           the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah
           rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

16:012:045 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their
           God, and the ward of the purification, according to the
           commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.

16:012:046 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of
           the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

16:012:047 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of
           Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters,
           every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto
           the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children
           of Aaron.

16:013:001 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of
           the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite
           and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God
           for ever;

16:013:002 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and
           with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should
           curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

16:013:003 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they
           separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

16:013:004 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of
           the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:

16:013:005 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime
           they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the
           vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the
           oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the
           singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.

16:013:006 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two
           and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto
           the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:

16:013:007 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that
           Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the
           courts of the house of God.

16:013:008 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the
           household stuff to Tobiah out of the chamber.

16:013:009 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither
           brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat
           offering and the frankincense.

16:013:010 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been
           given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the
           work, were fled every one to his field.

16:013:011 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house
           of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in
           their place.

16:013:012 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine
           and the oil unto the treasuries.

16:013:013 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the
           priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and
           next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of
           Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office
           was to distribute unto their brethren.

16:013:014 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
           the offices thereof.

16:013:015 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the
           sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also
           wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they
           brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified
           against them in the day wherein they sold victuals.

16:013:016 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and
           all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children
           of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

16:013:017 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them,
           What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath
           day?

16:013:018 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this
           evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon
           Israel by profaning the sabbath.

16:013:019 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to
           be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should
           be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after
           the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that
           there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.

16:013:020 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged
           without Jerusalem once or twice.

16:013:021 Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge
           ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you.
           From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.

16:013:022 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse
           themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to
           sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning
           this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy
           mercy.

16:013:023 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of
           Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

16:013:024 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and
           could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the
           language of each people.

16:013:025 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain
           of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by
           God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons,
           nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

16:013:026 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among
           many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of
           his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless
           even him did outlandish women cause to sin.

16:013:027 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to
           transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?

16:013:028 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high
           priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I
           chased him from me.

16:013:029 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the
           priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the
           Levites.

16:013:030 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the
           wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his
           business;

16:013:031 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the
           firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

 


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