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NEHEMIAH

 

Chapter 1 Chapter 4 Chapter 7 Chapter 10 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 5 Chapter 8 Chapter 11  
Chapter 3 Chapter 6 Chapter 9 Chapter 12  

 

CHAPTER 1

 

1 These are the Actes of Nehemiah the sonne of Hachalia. It fortuned in e 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 commaundementes:
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 synned also.
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 nacyons.
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.

 

CHAPTER 2

 

1 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 e capptaynes beyond the water, that they may conueye me ouer, tyll I come into Iuda:
8 & letters vnto Asaph the Lord of e kynges wood that he may geue me wood for beames to the gates of the palace, which are hard on e house and harde on the walles of the citie, and for e 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 t, 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 e 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 e 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 e Iewes & the priestes, for the councelers and e rulers, & the other that laboured in e 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.

 

CHAPTER 3

 

1 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 e 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 e half quarter of Bethzur, vntyll the other side ouer agaynste the sepulchres of Dauid, & to e 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 Eliasib extended.
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 hys house.
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 e merchauntes ouer agaynste the councel gate, and to the parler in the corner.
32 And betwene e parloure of the corner vnto the shepegate builded the goldsmythes and the merchauntes.

 

CHAPTER 4

 

1 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 e stones whole agayn t are broughte to dust, & brent?
3 And Tobiah e 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, t thou mayest geue them ouer into despysynge in the land of theyr captiuite.
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 e 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 houses.
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 another.
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.

 

CHAPTER 5

 

1 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 vyneyardes.
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 e 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 to aunswere.
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 thys people.

 

CHAPTER 6

 

1 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 me euyll.
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 e 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 e 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.

 

CHAPTER 7

 

1 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 e 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 and fortye:
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 & fyftye:
35 e 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, e 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, e chyldren of Hasupha, the chyldren of Tebahoth,
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 of Israel.
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 Priestes garmentes.
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,

 

CHAPTER 8

 

1 (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 the lawe.
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 e 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 seuenth moneth.
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 e strete by the Watergate, and in the strete by porte Ephraim.
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.

 

CHAPTER 9

 

1 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 & prayse.
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 t 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 arte ryghteous,
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 e 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 e 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 statutes,
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 commaundementes,
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 not.
18 And thoughe they made a moulten calfe (and sayde: Thys is thy God, t 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 not.
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 e 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 done ryghte.
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.

 

CHAPTER 10

 

1 These sealers were: Nehemiah (that is) Hathirsatha the sonne of Hachaliah & Zedekiah,
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 vnderstande it,
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 oure GOD:
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 e 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 e 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, t we forsake not the house of oure God.

 

CHAPTER 11

 

1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Ierusalem. But e 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 t 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 Phares.
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 Siloni.
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 skore.
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 Nethinims.
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, Bethphalet,
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 of Hennom.
31 The children of Beniamin of Gaba, dwelt at Machmas, Aia, Bethel and in theyr vyllages.
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.

 

CHAPTER 12

 

1 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 e raygne of Darius the Persian.
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 agaynst another
25 Mathania, Balbukiah, Obadiah, Mosolam, Talmon and Abub were porters in e watche at the thresholdes of the gates.
26 These were in the tyme of Ioiakim the sonne of Iesua e 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 e 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 watergate Eastewarde.
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 e 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 e 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 sonne:
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.

 

CHAPTER 13

 

1 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 t 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 e 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 e courte of the house of God,
8 and it greued me sore, and I cast forthe all the vessels of e 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 e treasure.
13 And I made treasures ouer the treasure, euen Selemiah the prieste, and Zadoc e scrybe, and of the Leuytes Phadaiah & vnder theyr hande Hanan the sonne of Zacur e 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, t they shulde not be opened tyl after e Saboth & some of my seruauntes set I at the gates, t 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 Moab,
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 e 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 synne?
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.