These are the Actes of Nehemiah the sonne of Hachalia. It fortuned in şe moneth
Casleu in the twentye yeare, that I was in the castell at Susan:
2 and Hanani one of my brethren came with certayne men of Iuda, and I asked them
how the Iewes dyd that were delyuered and escaped from the captyuite, and how it
wente at Ierusalem.
3 And they sayde vnto me: The remnaunt of the captiuite are there in the lande
in great misfortune and rebuke. The walles of Ierusalem are broken doune, and
the gates thereof are brente wyth fyre.
4 When I hearde these wordes, I sat me doune and wepte, and mourned two dayes,
& fasted and prayed before the God of heauen
5 & sayde: O Lorde God of heauen, thou greate & terryble God, thou that
kepest couenaunt and mercy for them that loue the, and obserue thy
6 let thyne eares herken & thyne eyes be open, that thou mayeste heare the
prayer of thy seruaunte, whiche I praye nowe before the daye and nyghte for the
chyldren of Israel thy seruauntes, and knowledge the synnes of the chyldren of
Israel, which we haue commytted agaynst the. And I and my fathers house haue
7 We haue bene corrupt vnto the, in that we haue not kepte the commaundementes,
statutes and lawes, which thou commaundedst thy seruaunt Moyses.
8 Yet call to remembraunce the word that thou commaundest thy seruaunt Moses,
and saydeste: Yf ye transgresse, then wyll I scater you abroade among the
9 But yf ye turne vnto me, and kepe my commaundementes and do them: though ye
were caste oute vnto the vttermost parte of heauen yet wyll I gather you from
thence, and wyll brynge you from thence, euen vnto the place, that I haue chosen
for my name to dwel there
10 They are thy seruauntes, & thy people whom thou haste delyuered thorowe
thy greate power and myghtye hande.
11 O Lorde, let thyne eares herken to the prayer of thy seruaunte, & the
prayer of thy seruauntes, whose desyre is to feare thy name, and let thy
seruaunte prospere thys daye, and graunte hym mercye in the syght of thys man:
for I was the kynges buttelar.
In the moneth Nisan in the twentieth yeare of kynge Arthaxerses, when the wyne
stode before him, I toke vp the wyne, & gaue it vnto the kynge & I was
heauy in hys presence.
2 Then sayd the kyng vnto me: why lokest thou so sadly? Thou arte not sick, that
is not the matter, but thou arte heuy herted. Neuerthelesse I was sore afrayed
3 & sayde vnto the kynge: God saue the kynges lyfe for euer, shulde I not
loke sadly? the cytye of my fathers buryall lyeth waste & the gates thereof
are consumed with fyre.
4 Then sayde the kyng vnto me: what is then thy request? then made I my prayer
to the God of heauen,
5 and sayde vnto the king: yf it please the kyng, and yf thy seruaunte be
fauoured in thy syghte, I be seke the sende me into Iuda vnto the cytye of my
fathers buriall, that I maye buylde it.
6 And the kynge sayde vnto me, & so dyd the quene that sat by him: how long
shal thy iourney continue, & when wylt thou come againe? And it pleased the
kinge to sende me, and I set hym a tyme,
7 and sayde vnto the kynge: yf it please the kynge, let hym geue me letters to
şe capptaynes beyond the water, that they may conueye me ouer, tyll I come into
8 & letters vnto Asaph the Lord of şe kynges wood that he may geue me wood
for beames to the gates of the palace, which are hard on şe house and harde on
the walles of the citie, and for şe house that I shall entre into. And the
kynge gaue me accordynge to the good hand of God vpon me:
9 And when I came to the captaynes beyond the water, I gaue them the kynges
letters. And the kyng sent captaynes and horsmen with me.
10 But when Sanabalat the Horonite and Tobiah the seruaunt of the Ammonites
heard şt, it greued them sore, that there was come a man which soughte the
welth of the chyldren of Israel.
11 And when I came to Ierusalem, & had bene there thre dayes,
12 I gat me vp in şe night season, & a fewe men wyth me: for I tolde no man
what God had geuen me in my hert to do at Ierusalem: and there was not one beast
wt me, saue it that I rode vpon.
13 And I rode by nyghte vnto the valey porte before the Dragon well, and to the
Donge porte, and consydered the walles of Ierusalem that were broken doune, and
the portes thereof consumed with the fyre.
14 And I went ouer vnto the welporte, and to the kynges conduyte, & there
was no roume for my beaste, that it coulde go vnder me.
15 Then went I on in the nyghte by şe broke syde, & consydered the wall,
and turned backe and came home agayne to the valeye porte.
16 And the rulers knewe not whether I went or what I dyd: for hyther to had I
not told şe Iewes & the priestes, for the councelers and şe rulers, &
the other that laboured in şe worcke.
17 And I sayde vnto them: ye se the myserye that we are in, how Ierusalem lyeth
waste, & how the gates thereof are brente with fyre, come let vs buylde vp
the walles of Ierusalem, that we be no more a rebuke.
18 And I tolde them of the good hande of my God whiche was vpon me: and the
kynges wordes that he had spoken vnto me. And they sayde: then let vs gette vp,
and buylde: and theyr handes were strenghted to good.
19 But when Senabalat the Horonite, and Tobiah the seruaunte of the Ammonites,
and Gesem the Arabian hearde it, they laughed vs to skorne, and despysed vs,
& sayde: what is thys that ye do? Wyll ye fall away againe from the kynge?
20 Then answered I them, and sayde: the God of heauen he it is that causeth vs
to prospere: and we be hys seruauntes. Let vs get vp and buylde. As for you, ye
haue no porcyon nor ryghte nor remembraunce in Ierusalem.
And Eliasib the hye priest gat hym vp wyth hys brethren the priestes, and
buylded the Shepegate. They repared it, & set vp the dores of it, euen vnto
the toure Meah repared they it, namely vnto the toure of Hananeel.
2 Next vnto hym buylded the men of Iericho. And beside hym builded Sachur the
sonne of Amri.
3 But the fyshport dyd the chyldren of Asanah build, they couered it, and set on
the dores, lockes & barres of it.
4 Nexte vnto hym buylded Marimoth the sonne of Vriah the sonne of Hakoz. Nexte
vnto hym buylded Mosolam the sonne of Barachiah the sonne of Mesesabeel. Nexte
vnto hym, buylded Zadoc the sonne of Baana.
5 Next vnto hym buylded they of Thekua. But theyr greate men put not theyr
neckes to the seruyce of theyr Lorde.
6 The Oldegate buylded Iehoiadah the sonne of Paseah, and Masolam the sonne of
Besodiah they couered it, and set on the dores lockes and barres of it.
7 Nexte vnto them builded Malatiah of Gabaon, and Iadon of Merano, men of Gabaon
and of Mazphah for the seate of the captayne on thys syde the water.
8 Nexte vnto hym buylded Vsiel the sonne of Harhaiah the goldsmyth. Nexte vnto
hym buylded Hananiah the Apotecarys sonne, & they repayred Ierusalem vnto
the brode wal.
9 Nexte vnto him builded Raphaiah the sonne of Hur the ruler of the halfe
quarter of Ierusalem.
10 Nexte vnto hym buylded Iedaiah the sonne of Haremaph ouer agaynst his house.
Nexte vnto hym buylded Hatus the sonne of Hasaboniah.
11 But Melchia the sonne of Harim, and Hasub the sonne of Pahath. Moab buylded
the other pece, and the tower besyde the fornace.
12 Nexte vnto hym buylded Selum the sonne of Halohes the ruler of the halfe
quarter of Ierusalem, and hys doughters.
13 The valeye gate buylded Hanun, and the cytesins of Zanoah. They buylded it,
and set on the dores, lockes and barres thereof, and a thousand cubites on the
wal, vnto the Dong porte.
14 But the donge port buylded Melchiah the sonne of Rechab, the ruler of the
fourthe parte of the vyneyardes: he buylded it, & set on the dores, lockes
and barres therof.
15 But şe Wellgate buylded Selum the sonne of Cholhosah, the ruler of the
fourthe parte of Masphah. He buylded it, and couered it, and set on the dores,
lockes, and barres therof, & the wall vnto the pole of Siloah by the kynges
garden, vnto the steppes that go doune from the cytye of Dauid.
16 After hym builded Nehemiah the sonne of Asdok, the ruler of şe half quarter
of Bethzur, vntyll the other side ouer agaynste the sepulchres of Dauid, &
to şe pole Asuia, and vnto the house of the myghtye.
17 After hym buylded the Leuites, Rehum the sonne of Bani. Nexte vnto hym
buylded Hasabiah the ruler of the halfe quarter at Keilah in hys quarter.
18 After him buylded theyr brethren, Bauai the sonne of Henadad, the ruler of
the halfe quarter of Keylah.
19 After hym builded Ezer the sonne of Iosua the ruler of Masphah the other pece
harde ouer agaynst the harnesse corner.
20 After hym buylded Baruch the sonne of Zabai the other pece worshipfully and
costly, from the corner vnto the dore of the house of Ehasib the hye priest.
21 After him buylded Marimoth the sonne of Vriah the sonne of Hacos the other
pece, from the dore of the house of Eliasib euen as longe as the house of
22 After hym builded the priestes, the men of the countreye.
23 After hym builded Beniamin & Hasub ouer against theyr house. After them
Asariah the sonne of Maasiah the sonne of Ananiah next vnto his house.
24 After hym buylded Benui the sonne of Henadad the other pece from the house of
Asariah vnto the turnynge, and vnto the corner.
25 After hym buylded Phalel the sonne of Vsai ouer agaynst the corner and the
hye toure, which lyeth oute ouer from the kynges house besyde the court of the
preson. After hym Phadaiah the sonne of Pharos
26 (as for the Nethinims they dwelte in Ophel, vnto the Watergate, towarde the
easte where the tower lyeth oute).
27 After hym buylded they of Thekua the other pece ouer agaynst the greate toure,
that lyeth outward, and vnto the wall of Ophel.
28 But from the Horsgate forthe buylded the priestes, euerye one ouer agaynst
29 After them buylded Zadock the sonne of Emer ouer agaynste hys house. After
hym buylded Semeiah the sonne of Sechaniah the keper of the eastgate.
30 After hym buylded Hananiah the sonne of Selemiah, and Hanun the sonne of
Zalaph the sixte, the other peace. After hym buylded Mosolam the sonne of
Barachiah ouer agaynste hys cheste.
31 After hym buylded Melchiah the goldesmythes sonne, vntyll the house of the
Nethinims & of şe merchauntes ouer agaynste the councel gate, and to the
parler in the corner.
32 And betwene şe parloure of the corner vnto the shepegate builded the
goldsmythes and the merchauntes.
But when Sanabalat heard that we buylded the wall, he was wroth, and toke great
indignacion and mocked the Iewes,
2 and sayde before hys brethren, and the hoste of Samaria: what do the impotente
Iewes? shall they be thus suffered? shall they offre? shal they perfourme it in
one daye? shal they make şe stones whole agayn şt are broughte to dust, &
3 And Tobiah şe Ammonite besyde him said: let them buyld on, yf a foxe go vp he
shall breake doune theyr stonye wall.
4 Hear O thou oure God, howe we are despysed, turne theyr shame vpon theyr owne
heade, şt thou mayest geue them ouer into despysynge in the land of theyr
5 Couer not their wickednesse, and put not oute theyr synne from thy presence:
for they haue prouoked the buylders.
6 Yet buylded we the wall, and ioyned it whole together, vnto the halfe heyght.
And şe people were well mynded to laboure.
7 But when Sanabalat, and Tobiah, & the Arabians, and Ammonites, and
Asdodites hearde that the walles of Ierusalem were made vp, and that they had
begonne to stoppe vp the gappes they were very wroth,
8 and conspyred all together to come & fyghte agaynste Ierusalem, and to
make an hinderaunce there in.
9 Neuertheles we made our prayer vnto our God, and set watchemen vpon the wall
daye & nyght ouer agaynst them.
10 And Iuda sayd: the strength of the bearers is to feble, & there is to
muche duste, we are not able to buylde on the wall.
11 And oure aduersaryes thoughte: they shall not knowe nether se, tyll we come
in the myddes amonge them, and slaye them and hynder the worcke.
12 But when the Iewes that dwelt besyde them, came out of al the places where
they dwelt aboute vs, and tolde vs as good as ten tymes,
13 then set I the people after theyr kinredes with their swerdes, speares and
bowes beneth in the lowe places behynde the wal,
14 and loked, and gat me vp, and sayde vnto the chefe men and rulers, & to
the other people: be not ye afraied of them thinke vpon the greate Lord, which
ought to be feared and fyghte for youre brethren, sonnes, doughters, wyues, and
15 Neuertheles when oure enemyes hearde, that we had gotten worde of it, God
broughte their councell to nought, and we turned all agayue to the wall, euery
one vnto his laboure.
16 And from that tyme forth it came to passe, that the halfe parte of the younge
men dyd the laboure, and the other halfe parte helde the speares, shyldes, bowes,
and brestplates: and the rulers stode behynde all the house of Iuda,
17 whyche buylded on the wall, and bare burthens, from those that laded them.
Wyth one hande dyd they the worke, and wyth the other held they theyr weapen.
18 And euerye one that buylded, had hys swerde gyrde by hys syde, and so buylded
they. And the trompetters stode besyde me.
19 And I sayde vnto the pryncipall men, and rulers, and to the other people: the
worcke is greate and large, and we are separated vpon the wall one farre from
20 Loke in what place now ye heare the noyse of the trompet, resorte ye thether
vnto vs. Oure God shall fyght for vs,
21 and we wyl be labouring in the worcke. And the halfe parte of them helde the
speares from the morninge springe, tyll the starres came forth.
22 And at the same time saide I vnto the people: euery one abyde wyth hys
seruaunt at Ierusalem, that in the nyght season we maye geue attendannce to the
watche, and to laboure on the daye tyme.
23 As for me and my brethren, and my seruauntes, and the men of the watche
behynde me, we put neuer of oure clothes, so muche as to washe oure selues.
And there arose a greate complaynte of the people, and of theyr wyues agaynst
their brethren the Iewes.
2 And there were some that sayde: oure sonnes and doughters are to manye, let vs
take corne for them and eate, that we maye lyue.
3 Some sayde: let vs set oure landes, vyneyardes and houses to pledge, and take
vp corne in the darth.
4 But some sayde: let vs borowe money of the kynges trybute for oure landes and
5 Now are oure brethrens bodyes as oure owne bodyes and their children as oure
chyldren: els shoulde we subdue oure sonnes and doughters vnto bondage, &
some of oure doughters are subdued already, and no strength is there in oure
handes, and other men shall haue oure landes and vyneyardes.
6 But when I hearde theyr complaynte and such wordes, it displeased me sore,
7 and I aduysed so in my mynde, that I rebuked şe councelers, and the rulers,
and sayde vnto them: wyll ye requyre vsury one of another? And I brought a
greate congregacion against them
8 and sayde vnto them: we (after oure abilyte) haue bought oure brethren the
Iewes, which were solde vnto the heythen. And wyll ye sell youre brethren, whom
we haue boughte vnto vs? Then helde they theyr peace, and coulde fynde nothynge
9 And I sayde: It is not good that ye do. Oughte ye not to walcke in the feare
of God because of the rebuke of the Heythen oure enemyes?
10 I and my brethren, and my seruauntes haue lente them moneye and corne: but as
for vsury, let vs leaue it.
11 Therfore thys same day se that ye restore them theyr landes agayne, theyr
vyneyardes, oyle gardens and houses, and the hundred part of the money of the
corne, wyne and oyle that ye haue wonne of them.
12 Then sayde they: we wyll restore them agayne and wyll requyre nothynge of
them, and wyl do as thou haste spoken. And I called the priestes, and toke an
othe of them, that they shuld do so.
13 And I shoke my lappe, and sayde: God shake oute euerye man after the same
maner from hys house and laboure, that maynteyneth not thys worde: euen thus be
he shaken oute, and voyde. And all the congregacyon sayde: Amen, and praysed the
Lorde. And the people dyd so.
14 And from the tyme forth that it was commytted vnto me to be a captayne in the
lande of Iuda, namely from the twentyeth year vnto the two and thyrtyeth yeare
of kynge Arthaxerses (that is twelue yeare) I and my brethren lyued not of suche
sustenaunce as was geuen to a captayne.
15 For the olde capytaynes that were before me, had bene chargeable vnto the
people, and had taken of them bread and wyne, and fourtye sycles of syluer: yea
and theyr seruauntes had oppressed the people. But so dyd not I, and that
because of the feare of God.
16 I laboured also in the worke vpon the wall, and boughte no lande. And all my
seruauntes came thither together vnto the worck.
17 Moreouer there were at my table an hundred and fyftye of the Iewes and
rulers, whiche came vnto me, from among the Heythen, that are aboute vs.
18 And there was prepared me dayly an oxe, and syxe chosen shepe, and byrdes,
and euer once in ten dayes a greate summe of wyne. Yet requyred not I the
lyuynge of a captayne for the bondage was greuous vnto the people.
19 Thyncke vpon me my God vnto the best, accordynge to all that I haue done for
And when Sanabalat, Tobiah and Gesem the Arabian, and the other of oure enemyes
hearde that I had buylded the wall, and that there were no mo gappes therein
(howbeit at the same time had I not hanged the dores vpon the gates)
2 Sanabalat & Gesem sent vnto me, sayinge: come, and let vs mete together in
the vyllages vpon the playne of the cytye Ono. Neuerthelesse they thoughte to do
3 Notwythstandynge I sente messengers vnto them, sayinge: I haue a greate
busynes to do, I can not come doune. The worcke shuld stand styll, yf I were
negligent, and came doune to you.
4 How be it they sente vnto me as good as .iiij. times after the same maner. And
I gaue şe same aunswere.
5 Then sent Sanabalat hys seruaunt vnto me the fyfth tyme, wyth an open letter
in hys hande,
6 wherein was wrytten: It is tolde the Heythen, and Gesem hath sayd it, that
thou and the Iewes thinke to rebell: for şe whiche cause thou buyldest the
wall, & wylte be theyr kynge in these matters,
7 and haste ordeyned the Prophetes to preache of the at Ierusalem, and to saye:
He is kynge of Iuda. Now shall this come to the kinges eares: come now therfore,
& let vs take oure councell together.
8 Neuertheles I sente vnto him sayinge: there is no such thyng done as thou
sayest: thou haste fayned it oute of thyne owne herte.
9 For they were all mynded to make vs afrayed and thoughte: they shall wythdrawe
theyr handes from the worke, that they shall not laboure. Howbeit I strengthed
my hande the more.
10 And I came vnto the house of Semaiah the sonne of Delaiah the sonne of
Mehetabeel, and he had shut hym selfe within, & sayde: let vs come together
into the house of God, euen vnto the myddes of the temple, & shut the dores
of the temple: for they wyll come to slaye the, yea euen in the nyght wil they
come to put the to death.
11 But I sayde: shulde any suche man as I flye? Who is that, beyng as I am, that
wyll go into the temple, to saue hys lyfe? I wyll not go in.
12 For I perceyued, that God had not sente hym: Yet spake he prophecye vpon me,
neuerthelesse Tobiah & Sanabalat had hyred hym for money.
13 Therfore toke he the moneye, that throughe feare I shulde so do, and synne:
that they myght haue an euil reporte of me, to blaspheme me.
14 My God thinke thou vpon Tobiah and Senabalat accordyng vnto these their
workes, and of the Prophet Noadiah and of the other Prophetes, that wolde haue
put me in feare.
15 And the wall was fynyshed on the fyue & twentye daye of the moneth Elul,
in two & fyftye dayes.
16 And when all oure enemyes hearde thereof, all the Heythen that were about vs,
were afrayed, and theyr courage fayled them: for they perceyued, that thys worke
came of God.
17 And at the same time were ther many of the chefe of Iuda, whose letters went
vnto Tobiah, and from Tobiah vnto them
18 (for there were manye in Iuda that were sworne vnto hym: for he was the sonne
in lawe of Sechaniah the sonne of Arah, and hys sonne Iehohanan had the doughter
of Mosolam the sonne of Barachiah
19 and they spake good of hym before me, and tolde hym my wordes, & Tobiah
sente letters, to put me in feare.
Now when we had buylded the wal I hanged on the dores, and the porters syngers
and Leuites were appoynted.
2 And I commaunded my brother Hanani, & Hananiah the ruler of the palace at
Ierusalem: for he was a faithfull man, and feared God more then dyd many other)
3 and I sayde vnto them: let not the gates of Ierusalem be opened vntil the
sonne be whole. And whyle they are yet standyng in the watche, the dores shal be
shut and barred. And there were certayne citesins of Ierusalem appoynted to be
watchmen euerye one in hys watche, and aboute his house.
4 As for the citie, it was large of roume, & great but the people were fewe
therein, and the houses were not buylded.
5 And my God gaue me in my herte, that I gathered together the princypall men
& the people to nombre them, & I founde a regyster of the nombre of
them, which came vp afore out of the captiuite:
6 and founde wrytten therein: these are the sonnes of the lande, that wente vp
from the captyuyte of the cariynge awaye (whome Nabuchodonosor the kynge of
Babilon had broughte awaye) and came agayne to Ierusalem and Iuda, euery one
vnto his citie
7 which came with Zorobabel: Iesua, Nehemiah, Asariah, Raamiah, Nahamani,
mardochee Belsan, Mesparath, Beguai, Nahum & Baanah. This is the nombre of
the men of the people of Israel.
8 The chyldren of Pharos were two thousande, an hundred & two & seuentye:
9 the chyldren of Saphatiah, thre hundred & two & seuentye:
10 the chyldren of Arah, syxe hundred & two and fyfty:
11 the children of Pahath Moab amonge the chyldren of Iesua and Ioab, two
thousande, eyght hundred, & eighten:
12 the children of Elam, a thousande, two hundred & foure & fyftye:
13 the children of Zathua, eight hundred & fyue & fortye,
14 the chyldren of Zachai seuen hundred & thre skore:
15 the children of Banu sixe hundred and eyght & fortie:
16 the chyldren of Bebai, sixe hundred and eyght & twentye:
17 the chyldren of Asgad, two thousande .iij. hundred & two and twentye:
18 the children of Adonicam, sixe hundred & seuen & thre skore:
19 şe chyldren of Begoai, two thousande, & seuen & thre skore:
20 the chyldren of Adin, sixe hundred and fyue and fyftye:
21 the children of Ater of Hezekiah, eyght and nyentye.
22 The chyldren of Hasom, thre hundred and eyghte & twentye:
23 the chyldren of Bezai, thre hundred and foure & twentye:
24 the chyldren of Hariph, an hundred and twelue:
25 the chyldren of Gabaon, fyue & nyentye:
26 the men of Bethlehem & Nethophah, an hundred and eyght & foure skore:
27 the men of Anathoth, an hundred & eyght and twenty:
28 the men of Beth Asmoth two and fortye:
29 the men of Kariath Iarim, Cephirah & Beeroth, seuen hundred & thre
30 the men of Ramah and Gaba, sixe hundred & one and twenty:
31 the men of Machmas an hundred and two and twentye:
32 the men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred and thre and twentye:
33 the men of Nebo, an hundred and two & fyftye:
34 the chyldren of the other Elam, a thousande, two hundred and foure &
35 şe chyldren of Harim, thre hundred and twenty:
36 the chyldren of Iericho: thre hundred and fyue & forty:
37 the chyldren of Lodhadid and Ono, seuen hundred and one and twentye:
38 the chyldren of Senaah, thre thousande, nyne hundred and thyrtye.
39 The priestes. The chyldren of Iadaiah of the house of Iesua, nyne hundred and
thre and seuentye:
40 the chyldren of Emer, a thousande and two and fyftye:
41 the chyldren of Pashur, a thousand, two hundred and seuen and forty:
42 the chyldren of Harim, a thousande and seuentene.
43 The Leuytes. The chyldren of Iesua of Cadmiel amonge the chyldren of Hoduah,
foure and seuenty.
44 The syngers. The chyldren of Asaph, an hundred and eyghte and fortye.
45 The porters: The chyldren of Selum, the chyldren of Ater, the chyldren of
Thalmon, şe chyldren of Acub, the chyldren of Hatita, the chyldren of Sobai,
all together an hundred & eyght and thyrtye.
46 The Nethinims. The chyldren of Ziha, şe chyldren of Hasupha, the chyldren of
47 the chyldren of Ceros, the chyldren of Sia, the chyldren of Phadon,
48 the chyldren of Lebanah the chyldren of Hagaba, the chyldren of Salmai,
49 the chyldren of Hanan the children of Gidel, the children of Gaher,
50 the chyldren of Raaia, the chyldren of Razin, the chyldren of Necoda,
51 the chyldren of Gesem, the chyldren of Vsa, the chyldren of Phaseah,
52 the chyldren of Besai, the chyldren of Meunim, the chyldren of Nephusasim,
53 the chyldren of Bachuc, the chyldren of Hacupha, the chyldren of Harhur,
54 the chyldren of Bazlith, the chyldren of Mahida, the chyldren of Harsa,
55 the children of Bercos, the chyldren of Sissera, the chyldren of Thamah,
56 the chyldren of Neziah, the chyldren of Hatipha.
57 The chyldren of Salomons seruauntes: The chyldren of Sotai, the chyldren of
Sophereth, the chyldren of Pherida,
58 the chyldren of Iaala, the chyldren of Darcon, the children of Gydel,
59 the chyldren of Saphatiah, the children of Hatill, the chyldren of Pochereth
of Zabaim, the chyldren of Amon.
60 All the Nethinims and the chyldren of Salomons seruauntes, were thre hundred
and two and nynetye.
61 And these wente vp also of Thel Mela, Thel Harsa, Cherub, Adon & Emer:
but they coulde not shewe theyr fathers house nor theyr sede, whether they were
62 The chyldren of Dalaiah, the children of Tobiah, and the chyldren of Necoda,
sixe hundred and two and fortye.
63 And of the priestes the children of Habaiah: the chyldren of Hacos, the
chyldren of Bersilai, which toke one of the doughters of Bersilai the Galaadite
to wyfe, and was named after theyr name.
64 These soughte the regyster of theyr generacion, & when they founde it
not, they were put from the priestehode.
65 And Hathirsatha sayde vnto them, that they shulde not eate of the mooste
holye, tyll there came vp a Prieste with the lyghte and perfectnesse.
66 The whole congregacyon as one man was two and fortye thousande, thre hundred,
and thre skore:
67 besyde theyr seruauntes and maydens, of whome there were seuen thousande,
thre hundred and seuen and thyrtye. And they had two hundred and seuen and
fortye syngynge men and wemen,
68 seuen hundred and syxe and thyrtye horses, two hundred & fyue and fortye
Mules, foure hundred and fyue and thyrtye
69 Camels: syxe thousande, seuen hundred and twentye asses.
70 And certayne of the auncyent fathers gaue vnto the worcke. Hathirsatha gaue
to the treasure a thousande drammes, fyfty basens, fyue hundred and thyrtye
71 And some of the chefe fathers gaue vnto the treasure of the worcke, twentye
thousande drammes, two thousande and two hundred pounde of syluer.
72 And the other people gaue twentye thousande drammes, and two thousande pounde
of syluer, & seuen and thre skore prestes garmentes.
73 And the prestes and Leuites, the Porters, the syngers, and the other of the
people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel dwelt in theyr cytyes. (8:1) Nowe when
the seuen moneth drue nye, and the chyldren of Israel were in theyr cytyes,
(8:2) al the people gathered themselues together as one man vpon the strete
before the Watergate, and sayde vnto Esdras the scrybe, that he shulde fetche
the boke of the lawe of Moses, whiche the Lorde commaunded to Israell.
2 (8:3) And Esdras the prieste broughte the lawe before the congregacyon bothe
of men and wemen, and of all that coulde vnderstande it, vpon the fyrste daye of
the seuenthe moneth,
3 (8:4) and red therein in the strete that is before the watergate, from the
mornynge vntyll the noone daye before men and wemen, and suche as coulde
vnderstand it: and the eares of all the people were inclined vnto the boke of
4 (8:5) And Esdras the scrybe stode vpon an hye pulpyte of woode, whiche they
had made for the preachyng, and besyde hym stode Mathathiah, Sema, Ananiah,
Vriah, Helkiah, and Maaseiah, on hys ryghte hande: and on hys lefte hande stode
Phadaiah, Misael, Melchiah, Hasum, Hasebadanah, Zachary and Mosolam.
5 (8:6) And Esdras opened the boke before all the people, for he stode aboue all
the people. And when he opened it, all the people stode vp.
6 (8:7) And Esdras praysed the Lorde the greate God. And all the people answered
Amen, Amen, with theyr handes vp, & bowed them selues, & worshipped the
Lorde with theyr faces to the grounde.
7 (8:8) And Iesua, Baani, Serabiah, Iamin, Acuba, Sebathai, Hodaiah, Maasiah,
Celita, Azariah, Iozabed, Hanan, Phalaiah, and the Leuites, caused şe people to
geue hede vnto the law, & the people stode in theyr place.
8 (8:9) And they red in the boke of the lawe of God distinctly & planely, so
the men vnderstode the thinge that was red.
9 (8:10) And Nehemiah (whyche is Hathirsatha) & Esdras the prest and scrybe,
and the Leuites that caused the people to take hede, sayde vnto all the people:
thys daye is holy vnto the Lord youre God: be not ye sory therfore, & wepe
not. For all the people wepte when they hearde the wordes of the lawe.
10 (8:11) Therfore sayde he vnto them: go youre waye, and eate the fat, and
dryncke the swete, and sende parte vnto them also that haue not prepared them
selues: for this daye is holye vnto our Lorde, be not ye sory therfore: for the
ioye of the Lorde is youre strength.
11 (8:12) And the Leuites stilled al the people, and sayde: holde youre peace
for the daye is holye, vexe not ye youre selues.
12 (8:13) And all the people wente theyr waye to eate and drincke, and to sende
parte vnto other, and to make great myrth, because they had vnderstande the
wordes that were declared vnto them.
13 (8:14) And on the nexte daye were geathered together the chefe fathers amonge
all the people and the prestes and Leuites, vnto Esdras the scrybe, that he
shulde teach them the wordes of the lawe.
14 (8:15) And they founde written in the lawe how that the Lorde had commaunded
by Moses that the chyldren of Israel shulde dwell in bothes in the feaste of the
15 (8:16) And so they caused it be declared and proclaimed in all theyr cytyes,
and at Ierusalem, sayinge: go vp vnto the mount and fetche Olyue braunches,
Pynebraunches, Myrtbraunches, Palmebraunches, & braunches of thicke trees,
to make bothes as it is wrytten.
16 (8:17) And the people wente vp, and fet them, & made them bothes, euerye
one vpon the rofe of hys house, and in theyr courtes, and in the courtes of the
house of GOD, and in şe strete by the Watergate, and in the strete by porte
17 (8:18) And all the congregacyon of them that were come agayne oute of the
captyuyte, made bothes, and dwelte therin: for sence the tyme of Iosua the sonne
of Nun vnto thys daye, had not the chyldren of Israell done so, and there was
verye greate gladnesse.
18 (8:19) And euerye daye from the fyrste daye vnto the last, red he in the boke
of the lawe of God. And seuen dayes helde they the feaste, & on the eyght
daye of the gatherynge together, accordynge vnto the maner.
In the foure & twentye daye of thys moneth came the children of Israell
together wyth fastynge sack clothes, and earthe vpon them,
2 & separated the sede of Israell from all the straunge chyldren, and stode
& knowleged theyr synnes, and the wyckednesses of theyr fathers
3 & stode vp in theyr place, & red in the boke of the lawe of the Lord
theyr God foure tymes on the day, and they knowleged & worshypped the Lorde
theyr God foure tymes on the daye.
4 And the Leuytes stode on hye, namely Iesua, Bani, Cadmiel, Sabaniah, Buni,
Serebiah, Bani & Chanani, & cryed loude vnto the Lorde theyr God.
5 And the Leuites, Iesua, Cadmiel Bani, Hasabniah, Serebiah, Hodiah, Sebaniah,
Phathahiah, sayde: stande vp, prayse the Lorde youre God for euer, & let
thankes be geuen vnto the name of thy glorye, which excelleth all thankesgeuing
6 Lorde, thou alone haste made heauen, & the heauen of al heauens, with all
theyr host the earth & all that is therein, the sea and all şt is therein:
thou geuest lyfe vnto all, & the host of heauen bowe them selues vnto the.
7 Thou arte the Lorde God, thou haste chosen Abram, & broughtest hym oute of
Vr in Chaldea, & calledst hym Abraham,
8 & foundest hys herte faythfull before the, & madest a couenaunte wyth
hym to geue vnto hys sede the lande of the Cananites, Hethites, Amorites,
Pheresites, Iebusytes & Gergesytes, and haste made good thy wordes: for thou
9 & haste consydered the mysery of oure fathers in Egypte, & hearde
theyr complaynte by the read sea,
10 & shewed tokens and wonders vpon Pharao, & on all hys seruauntes, and
on al şe people of his land: for thou knewest that they were presumptuous &
cruell agaynst them, & so madest thou the a name as it is this daye.
11 And the reed sea dyddest thou deuyde in sunder before them, so that they
wente thorowe şe myddes of the sea drye shoed: and theyr persecuters threwest
thou into the depe as a stone, in the myghtye waters,
12 and leddest them on the daye tyme in a cloudy pyler, and on the nyghte season
in a pyler of fyre, to shew them lyghte in the waye that they wente.
13 Thou camest doune also vpon mount Sinai, and spakest vnto them from heauen,
and gaueste them ryght iudgementes, true lawes good commaundementes and
14 and declaredeste vnto them thy holye Sabboth, & commaundedst them
preceptes, ordinaunces, and lawes, by Moses thy seruaunte:
15 and gaueste them breade from heauen when they were hongrye, and broughtest
forthe water for them out of the rock when they were thyrstye: and promysedest
them, that they shulde go in, and take possessyon of the lande, ouer whiche thou
haddest lyfte vp thyne hande for to geue them.
16 But oure fathers were proude and hardnecked, so that they folowed not the
17 and refused to heare, and were not myndefull of the wonders that thou
dyddeste for them: but became obstynate & heady in so muche that they turned
backe to theyr bondage in theyr disobedience. But thou my God forgauest, and
wast gracyous, mercyfull, pacyente, and of greate goodnesse, and forsokest them
18 And thoughe they made a moulten calfe (and sayde: Thys is thy God, şt
brought the oute of the lande of Egypte) & dyd greate blasphemyes,
19 yet forsokeste thou them not in the wyldernes, accordynge to thy great mercye.
And the cloudye pyler departed not from them on the daye tyme to leade them the
way neyther the pyler of fyre in the nyght season, to shewe them lyghte in the
waye that they wente.
20 And thou gaueste them thy good spryte to enforme them, & withheldest not
thy Manna from theyr mouthe, and gauest them water when they were thyrstye.
21 Fortye yeares longe madest thou prouysyon for them in the wyldernesse, so
that they lacked nothynge: theyr clothes waxed not olde, and theyr fete swelled
22 And thou gauest them kyngedomes and nacyons, and partedst them accordynge to
theyr porcyons, so that they possessed the lande of Sehon kynge of Hesebon, and
the lande of Og the kynge of Basan.
23 And theyr chyldren multyplyedst thou as the starres of heauen, and broughtest
them into the lande whereof thou haddest spoken vnto their fathers, that they
shulde go into it, and haue it in possessyon.
24 And the chyldren wente in, and possessed şe lande, and thou subdudest before
them the inhabyters of the lande, euen the Cananites, & gauest them into
theyr hande, & theyr kynges and the people of the lande, that they myghte do
with them what they wolde.
25 And they wanne theyr stronge cytyes, & a fat lande, and toke possession
of houses that were ful of al maner goodes, welles digged oute, vyneyardes,
oylegardens, and manye frutefull trees: & they ate & were fylled, &
became fat, and lyued in welthe thorow thy great goodnesse.
26 Neuerthelesse they were disobedient, & rebelled against the, and caste
thy lawe behynde their backes, and slewe thy Prophetes (which exhorted them so
earnestlye, that they shulde conuerte vnto the) and dyd greate blasphemyes.
27 Therfore gauest thou them ouer into the hande of theyr enemyes that vexed
them. And in the tyme of theyr trouble they cried vnto the, and thou hardest
them from heauen and thorowe thy greate mercye thou gaueste them sauyours, which
helped them oute of the hande of theyr enemyes.
28 But when they came to reste, they turned backe agayne to do euyll before the:
therefore lefteste thou them in the hande of theyr ennemyes, so that they had
the domynyon ouer them. So they conuerted, and cryed vnto the, and thou
heardeste them from heauen, and manye tymes haste thou delyuered them accordynge
to thy greate mercye,
29 and testyfyest vnto them, that they should turne agayne vnto thy lawe.
Notwythstandyng they were proude, and herkened not vnto thy commaundementes, but
synned in thy lawes (whiche a man shuld do, & lyue in them) & turned the
shoulder awaye & were styfnecked, and wolde not heare.
30 And manye yeares dyddest thou forbeare them, & testifyedst vnto them
thorowe thy spryte, euen by the offyce of thy Prophetes, and yet wold they not
heare Therfore gauest thou them into the hande of the nacyons in the landes.
31 But for thy greate mercyes sake thou haste not vtterlye consumed them, nether
forsaken them: for thou arte a gracyous and mercyfull God.
32 Nowe oure God, thou great God, mightye and terryble, that thou kepest
couenaunte and mercy, regarde not a lytle of the trauaile that hath happened
vnto vs, and our kynges prynces, priestes, prophetes, fathers and all thy
people, sence the tyme of the kynges of Assur vnto thys daye.
33 Thou arte ryghteous in all that thou haste broughte vpon vs, for thou haste
34 As for vs, we haue bene vngodly, and oure kynges, princes priestes and
fathers haue not done after thy lawe, nor regarded thy commaundementes, &
thy earnest exhortacyons wherewith thou hast exhorted them,
35 and haue not serued the in their kyngedome, and in thy greate goodes that
thou gauest them, and in the large and plenteous lande whiche thou gauest them,
and haue not conuerted from theyr wycked workes.
36 Beholde, therfore are we in bondage thys daye: yea euen in the lande that
thou gaueste vnto oure fathers, to enioye the frutes and goodes thereof, beholde
there are we bondemen.
37 And greate is the increase of it vnto the kynges, whome thou haste set ouer
vs because of oure synnes, and they haue domynyon ouer oure bodyes and cattell,
and we are in great trouble.
38 And in all thys make we a sure couenaunt, and wryte it, and let oure prynces,
Leuites, & priestes seale it.
These sealers were: Nehemiah (that is) Hathirsatha the sonne of Hachaliah &
2 Saraiah, Asariah, Ieremye,
3 Phashur, Amariah, Malchiah,
4 Hatus, Sebaniah, Malluch,
5 Harim, Merimoth, Obadiah,
6 Daniel Ienthon, Baruch,
7 Mosolam, Abiah, Miamin,
8 Maasiah, Belgai and Semeiah: these were priestes.
9 The Leuites were: Iesua the sonne of Azariah, Benui amonge the chyldren of
Henadad & Cadmiel.
10 And theyr brethren: Sechaniah, Hodiah, Celita, Phalaiah, Hanan,
11 Micha, Rohob, Hasabiah,
12 Sachur, Serebiah, Sabaniah,
13 Hodiah Bani and Baninu.
14 The heades of the people were Phares, Pahath Moab, Elam, Zathua, Bani,
15 Boni, Asgad, Bebai,
16 Adoniah, Begoai, Adin,
17 Ater, Hezekiah, Asur,
18 Hodiah, Hasum, Bezai,
19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
20 Magphias, Mosolam, Hesir,
21 Mesesabel, Zadoc, Iaddua,
22 Phalatia, Hanan, Anaiah,
23 Hosea, Hananiah, Hasub;
24 Halohes, Phaleha, Sobek,
25 Rehum, Hasebnah, Maasiah,
26 Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,
27 Malluch, Harim and Baanah.
28 And the other people, the priestes, Leuytes, Porters, syngers, Nethinims, and
al they that had separated them selues from the people in the landes vnto the
lawe of God, with theyr wyues sonnes and doughters, as many as coulde
29 and theyr Lordes that had rule of them, receyued it for theyr brethren. And
they came to sweare, and to bynde them selues wyth an othe to walke in Gods lawe,
whiche was geuen by Moses the seruaunte of God, that they wolde obserue and do
accordynge vnto all the commaundementes, iudgementes, and statutes of the Lorde
30 and that we wolde not geue oure doughters vnto the people in the lande,
nether to take theyr doughters for oure sonnes.
31 And yf the people of the lande broughte ware on the Saboth, and all maner of
vytayles to sell, that we wolde not take it of them on the Saboth and on the
holye dayes. And that we wolde let the seuenth yeare be fre concernynge all
maner of charge.
32 And we decreed a statute vpon our selues, to geue yearlye the thyrde parte of
a sycle to the mynystracyon in the house of oure God,
33 namelye to the shewebreade, to the daylye meateofferynge, to the daylye
burntoffering of the Sabothes, of the newe mones & feaste dayes, and to the
thynges that were sanctyfyed, and to the synofferynges, to reconcyle Israel
wythall, and to all the busynes in şe house of oure God.
34 And we caste the lot amonge the pryestes, Leuytes and the people, for
offerynge of the woode to be broughte vnto the house of oure God from yeare to
yeare, after the houses of oure fathers, that it myghte be brente at tymes
appoynted, vpon the aultare of the Lord oure God, as it is wrytten in the lawe:
35 and yearelye to brynge the fyrstlinges of oure land and the fyrstlynges of
oure frutes of al trees yeare by yeare, vnto the house of the Lorde,
36 & the fyrstlynges of oure sonnes, and of our catell, as it is wrytten in
the lawe and the fyrstlynges of oure oxen and of our shepe, that we shulde
brynge all thys to the house of oure God vnto the pryestes that mynyster in the
house of oure God:
37 and that we shulde bryng the fyrstlynges of oure dowghe, and of oure
heaueofferynges, and the frutes of all maner trees, of wyne also and of oyle,
vnto the priestes to the chestes of the house of oure God. And the tythes of
oure lande vnto the Leuytes, that the Leuytes myghte haue the tithes in all the
cytyes of oure mynystracyon.
38 And the prieste the sonne of Aaron shall wt the Leuytes haue also of the
tythes of the Leuytes, so that the Leuytes shall brynge vp the tythes of theyr
tythes vnto the house of oure God to the cheste in the treasure house.
39 For şe children of Israel & the chyldren of Leui shall brynge vp the
heaueofferynges of the corne, wine and oyle vnto the chestes. And ther shal be
the vessels of the sanctuarye, & the priestes that minyster, and the porters
and syngers, şt we forsake not the house of oure God.
And the rulers of the people dwelt at Ierusalem. But şe other people cast
lottes therfor, so that amonge ten one parte wente to Ierusalem into the holy
citie to dwell, and nyne partes in the cytyes.
2 And the people thanked al the men that were wylling to dwell at Ierusalem.
3 These are the heades of the lande şt dwelte in Ierusalem and in the cities of
Iuda. And euery one dwelt in hys possession, & in their cyties of Israel,
the priestes, Leuites, the Nethinims, and the chyldren of Salomons seruauntes.
4 And at Ierusalem dwelte certayne of the chyldren of Iuda and Beniamin. Of the
chyldren of Iuda: Athaiah the sonne of Vsiah the sonne of Zachary, the sonne of
Amariah, the sonne of Saphatiah, the sonne of Mahalaleel, of the children of
5 And Maasiah the sonne of Baruch, the sonne of Chal Hose, the sonne of Hasoi,
the sonne of Adaia, the sonne of Ioiarib, the sonne of Zachary the sonne of
6 And the children of Phares that dwelt at Ierusalem, were four .C. and eight
and thre score valeaunt men.
7 These are the children of BenIamin: Sallu the sonne of Mesullam, the sonne of
Ioeb, the sonne of Phadaiah, the sonne of Colaiah the sonne of Masiah, the sonne
of Ithiel, the sonne of Isaiah.
8 And after hym Abai, Selai nyne hundreth and eyght and twentye.
9 And Ioel the sonne of Zechri had the ouersyght of them: and Iuda the sonne of
Senuah ouer the seconde parte of the cytye.
10 Of the priestes there dwelte: Iedaiah the sonne of Ioiarib, Iachin.
11 Saraiah the sonne of Helkiah the sonne of Mosolam, the sonne of Zadoc, the
sonne of Meraioth, the sonne of Ahitob, was prince in the house of God:
12 and his brethren that perfourmed the worke in the house: of whom there were .viij.C.
and .xxij. And Adaiah the sonne of Ieroham, the sonne of Plalahel, the sonne of
Amazi, the sonne of Zachary, the sonne of Phashur the sonne of Melchiah
13 and hys brethren, chefe among the fathers: of whome there were two hundreth
and two and fortye. And Amasai the sonne of Asarael the sonne of Ahasai the
sonne of Mosolamoth, the sonne of Emer:
14 and hys brethren were valeaunt men, of whom there were an hundreth &
eyght & twentye. And theyr ouersear was Zabdiel the soune of Hagdolim.
15 Of the Leuites: Semeiah the sonne of Hasub, the sonne of Aserikam, the sonne
of Hasabiah the sonne of Boni,
16 and Sabathai and Iosabad of the chefe of the Leuytes, in the outewarde
busynes of the house of GOD.
17 And Mathaniah the sonne of Micha, the sonne of Zabdi, the sonne of Asaph,
whiche was the pryncypall to begynne the thankesgeuyng vnto prayer. And
Bakbukiah the seconde amonge hys brethren, and Abda the sonne of Sammua, the
sonne of Galal, the sonne of Iduthun.
18 All the Leuytes in the holye cytye were two hundreth and foure and foure
19 And the porters Acub and Talmon and theyr brethren that kepte the portes,
were an hundreth and two and seuenty.
20 As for the residue of Israel, the priestes and Leuytes, they were in all the
cytyes of Iuda, euerye one in hys inheritaunce.
21 And the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gaspha belonged vnto the
22 The ouersear of the Leuites at Ierusalem, was Vsi the sonne of Baani, the
sonne of Hasabiah, the sonne of Mathaniah, the sonne of Micha. Of the chyldren
of Asaph there were syngers aboute the busynes in the house of God:
23 for it was the kynges commaundemente concernyng them, that the syngers shulde
deale faythfullye euerye daye as accordynge was.
24 And Pathaiah the sonne of Mesesabel of the chyldren of Zarah the sonne of
Iuda next the kynge in all matters concernyng the people and theyr vyllages,
thorowoute all theyr regyons.
25 And the children of Iuda that were without in the tounes of theyr lande,
dwelte some at Kariath Arbe, & in the vyllages there of, and at Dibon, and
in the vyllages there of:
26 and at Cabzeel, & in the vyllages thereof: & at Iesua, Moladah,
27 Hazersuall, Bersabe and in theyr vyllages:
28 and at Sikelag and Moconah, & in theyr vyllages:
29 And at Euremon, Zarah, Ierimuth,
30 Zonoah, Odollam and in theyr vyllages: At Lachys, and in the feldes there of.
At Asekah, and in the vyllages thereof: and dwelt from Bersabe vnto the valleye
31 The children of Beniamin of Gaba, dwelt at Machmas, Aia, Bethel and in theyr
32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,
33 Hazor, Ramah, Gethaim,
34 Hadid Zeboim, Nabalath
35 Lod, Ono & in the carpenters valleye.
36 And certayne of the Leuites that had porcyons in Iuda, dwelte in BenIamin.
These are the priestes & Leuytes that wente vp with Zorobabell the sonne of
Salathiell & wyth Iesua: Saraiah, Ieremye, Esdras,
2 Amariah, Meluth, Hatus
3 Sechaniah, Rehum, Merimoth,
4 Ado, Genthoi, Abiah,
5 Miamin, Maadiah, Belgah,
6 Semaiah, Ioiarib, Iadaiah,
7 Salu, Amok, Helkiah and Iadaiah. These were the heades amonge the priestes and
their brethren in the tyme of Iesua.
8 The Leuites were these: Iesua, Bennui, Cadmiel, Sarabiah, Iuda and Mathaniah
ouer the offyce of thankesgeuyng, they and theyr brethren:
9 Backbukiah and Vni and theyr brethren, were about them in the watches.
10 Iesua begat Ioakim. Ioakim begat Eliasib. Eliasib begat Ioiada.
11 Ioiada begat Ionathan. Ionathan begat Iadua.
12 And in the tyme of Ioakim were these the chefe fathers amonge the priestes:
vnder Saraiah Maraiah, vnder Ieremy Hananiah,
13 vnder Esdras Mosolam, vnder Amariah Iehoanan,
14 vnder Milico Ionathan, vnder Sebaniah Ioseph,
15 vnder Harim Edna, vnder Maraioth Helcai,
16 vnder Adia Zachari, vnder Genthon Mosolam,
17 vnder Abia Zechri, vnder Miniamin & Moadia Peltai,
18 vnder Belgah Samua, vnder Semeiah Iehonathan,
19 vnder Ioiarib Mathnai, vnder Iadaiah Vsi,
20 vnder Selai Kelai, vnder Amok Eber,
21 vnder Helchiah Hasabiah, vnder Iadaiah Nathanael.
22 And in the tyme of Eliasib. Ioiada, Iohanan & Iadua were the cheif
fathers amonge the Leuytes, and the prestes wrytten vnder şe raygne of Darius
23 The chyldren of Leui the princypall fathers were written in the Cronycles,
vntyll the tyme of Ionathan the sonne of Eliasib.
24 And these were the chefe amonge the Leuytes, Hasabiah, Serebiah and Iesua the
sonne of Cadmiel, and theyr brethren ouer agaynste them, to geue prayse and
thankes, according as Dauid the man of God had ordeyned it, one watche ouer
25 Mathania, Balbukiah, Obadiah, Mosolam, Talmon and Abub were porters in şe
watche at the thresholdes of the gates.
26 These were in the tyme of Ioiakim the sonne of Iesua şe sonne of Iosedec,
and in the tyme of Nehemiah the captayne and of the prieste Esdras the scrybe.
27 And in the dedycacyon of the wall at Ierusalem, were the Leuytes soughte oute
of all theyr places, that they myghte be broughte to Ierusalem, to kepe the
dedicacyon and gladnesse, with thankesgeuynges, wyth syngyng with Cymbales,
Psalteries and harpes.
28 And the chyldren of the syngers gathered them selues together from the playne
countreye aboute Ierusalem, and from the vyllages of Nethophathi,
29 and from the house of Galgal, and out of the feldes of Geba and Asmaueth: for
the syngers had buylded them vyllages aboute Ierusalem.
30 And the priestes and Leuytes puryfyed them selues, and clensed the people,
the gates and the wall.
31 And I caused the princes of Iuda to go vp vpon the wall, and appoynted two
greate queers of thankesgeuynge, whiche wente on the ryghte hande of the wall
towarde şe Dong gate,
32 and after them wente Hosaiah, and half of the princes of Iuda,
33 & Asaria, Esdras, Mosolam
34 Iuda, Ben Iamin, Semeiah and Ieremy,
35 and certayne of the priestes chyldren wyth trompettes, namely Zachary the
sonne of Ionathan, the sonne of Semeiah, the sonne of Mathaniah, the sonne of
Michaiah, the sonne of Zecur, the sonne of Asaph,
36 and hys brethren, Semeiah, Asarael, Melalai, Galalai, Maai Nathanael and Iuda
and Hanani, wyth the musicall instrumentes of Dauid the man of God. And Esdras
the Scrybe before them,
37 towarde the wellgate, and they went vp ouer agaynste them vpon the steppes of
the cytie of Dauid at the goynge vp of the wall to the house of Dauid, vnto the
38 The other queer of thankesgeuynge went ouer agaynste them, and I after them,
& the halfe parte of the people vpon the wall, towarde the Fornacegate
vpwarde, vntyll the brode wall,
39 and to the porte of Ephraim, and to the oldegate, and to the Fyshgate, and to
the tower of Hananeel, and to the tower of Meah, vntyll the shepegate. And in
the presongate stode they styll,
40 and so stode the two queers of thankesgeuynge of the house of God, and I and
the halfe of the rulers wyth me,
41 and the priestes, namelye Eliakim, Maasiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai,
Zachary, Hananiah with trompettes,
42 and Maasiah Semeiah, Eleasar, Vrsi, Iehohanan, Melchiah, Elam and Ser. And
the syngers sang loud & Iestahiah was the ouerseer.
43 And the same daye were there greate sacrifyces offered, and they reioysed:
for God had geuen them greate gladnesse, so that both the wyues & chyldren
were ioyfull, & the myrthe of Ierusalem was hearde farre of.
44 At the same tyme were there men appoynted ouer the treasure chestes (wherein
were şe heaueofferynges, the fyrste lynges and the tythes) that they shulde
gather them oute of the feldes aboute the cytyes, to destrybute them vnto the
pristes and Leuytes accordynge to şe lawe: for Iuda was glad of the priestes,
and Leuytes, that they stode and wayted
45 vpon the offyce of theyr God, and the offyce of the purificacion. And the
singers and porters stode after the commaundement of Dauid and of Salomon hys
46 for in the tyme of Dauid and Asaph, were the chefe syngers founded, and the
songes of prayse and thankesgeuynge vnto God.
47 In the tyme of Zorobabel and Nehemiah, dyd all Israel, geue porcyons vnto the
syngers and porters, euerye daye his porcyon, and they gaue thynges halowed vnto
the Leuytes, and the Leuites gaue thinges that were sanctyfyed, vnto the
chyldren of Aaron.
And what tyme as the boke of Moses was read in the eares of the people there was
found wryten therein, that the Ammonytes and Moabites shulde neuer come into the
congregacyn of God,
2 because they met not the chyldren of Israel with bread and water, and hyred
Balaam agaynste them, that he shulde curse them: neuerthelesse oure GOD turned
the curse into a blessynge.
3 Nowe when they hearde the lawe, they separated from Israell euerye one şt had
myxte hym selfe therein.
4 And before this had the prieste Eliasib delyuered the cheste of the house of
oure God vnto hys kynsman Tobiah:
5 for he had made hym a greate cheste, and there had they afore tyme layed the
meatofferynges, frankencense vessel, and the tythes of corne, wyne and oyle (accordynge
to the commaundement geuen to the Leuytes, syngers & porters) and the
heaueofferynges of the priestes.
6 But in all thys was not I at Ierusalem: for in the two and thyrthyeth year of
Arthaxerses kynge of Babilon, came I vnto şe king, and after certayne dayes
obtayned I lycence of the king
7 to come to Ierusalem. And I gat knowledge of the euyll that Eliasib byd vnto
Tobiah, in that he had made hym a chest in şe courte of the house of God,
8 and it greued me sore, and I cast forthe all the vessels of şe house of
Tobiah out of the chest,
9 and commaunded them to clense the cheste. And thyther broughte I agayn the
vessels of the house of God, the meateofferynge and the incense.
10 And I perceyued, that the porcyons of the Leuites were not geuen them, for
the whiche cause the Leuytes & syngers were fled, euerye one to hys lande
for to worke.
11 Then reproued I the rulers, and sayde: why forsake we the house of God. But I
gathered them together & set them in theyr place.
12 Then brought al Iuda the thythes of corne, wyne and oyle vnto şe treasure.
13 And I made treasures ouer the treasure, euen Selemiah the prieste, and Zadoc
şe scrybe, and of the Leuytes Phadaiah & vnder theyr hande Hanan the sonne
of Zacur şe sonne of Mathaniah: for they were counted faythfull, and theyr
offyce was to dystrybute vnto theyr brethren.
14 Thyncke vpon me O my God herein, and wype not oute my mercye, that I haue
shewed on the house of my God, and on the offycers thereof.
15 At the same tyme sawe I some tredynge wynepresses on the Saboth, and
bryngynge in clusters, and asses laden wyth wyne, grapes, fygges, and bryngynge
al maner of burthens vnto Ierusalem, vpon the Saboth day. And I rebuked them
earnestlye the same daye that they solde the vytayles.
16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, whiche brought fyshe & all maner of
ware, and solde on the Sabboth vnto the chyldren of Iuda, and Ierusalem.
17 Then reproued I the rulers in Iuda, and sayd vnto them: what euyll thynge is
thys that ye do, & breake the Saboth day?
18 Dyd not our fathers euen thus, and oure GOD brought all thys plage vpon vs
& vpon thys cytye? And ye make the wrathe more yet vpon Israel, in that ye
breake the Saboth.
19 And it fortuned, that when the porters of Ierusalem made shadowe before the
Saboth, I commaunded to shut the gathes, & charged, şt they shulde not be
opened tyl after şe Saboth & some of my seruauntes set I at the gates, şt
here shulde no burthen be broughte in on the Saboth daye.
20 Then remayned the chapmen and marchauntes ones or twyce ouer nyghte wythoute
Ierusalem wyth all maner of wares.
21 Then reproued I them sore, and sayd vnto them: why tarye ye all nyghte aboute
the wall? If ye do it ones agayne, I wyll lay handes vpon you. From that tyme
forthe came they no more on the Saboth.
22 And I sayde vnto the Leuytes whiche were cleane, that they shulde come and
kepe the gates, to halowe the Saboth daye. Thynke vpon me (O my God) concernynge
this also, and spare me according to thy greate mercy.
23 And at the same tyme sawe I Iewes, that maryed wyues of Asdod, Ammon & of
24 and theyr chyldren spake halfe in the speache of Asdod, and could not speake
in the Iewes language, but by the tonge myghte a man perceyue euerye people.
25 And I reproued them, & cursed them, and smote certaine men of them, and
pluckte them vp, and toke an othe of them by God: Ye shall not gene youre
doughters vnto theyr sonnes, neyther shal ye take theyr doughters vnto youre
sonnes, or for your selues.
26 Dyd not Salomon şe king of Israel synne there in? & yet among many
Heythen was there no kynge lyke hym, and he was deare vnto hys God, and God made
hym kynge ouer al Israel, and yet neuertheles outlandyshe wemen caused hym to
27 And shall we then obeye vnto you, to do all thys greate euyll, & to
transgresse agaynst oure God, and marye straunge wyues?
28 And one of the chyldren of Iehoiada the sonne of Eliasib the hye prieste, had
made a contracte wyth Sanabalat the Horonite: but I chaced him from me.
29 O my God, thinke thou vpon them that are quyte of the priesthode, & haue
defyled the couenaunte of the priesthode and of the Leuites.
30 Thus clensed I them from all suche as were outlandyshe, and appointed the
courses of the priestes and Leuites, euerye one to hys offyce,
31 and to offre the wood at times appoynted, & the fyrste frutes. Thinke.
thou vpon me (O my God) for the beste.