The wordes of Nehemiah the sonne of Hachalia. In the moneth Chisleu, in the
twentie yere, as I was in the castell at Susan,
2 Came Hanani, one of my brethren, he and the men of Iuda: and I asked them howe
the Iewes dyd that were deliuered and escaped from the captiuitie, and howe it
went at Hierusalem.
3 And they sayde vnto me: The remnaunt that are left of the captiuitie there in
the lande, are in great affliction and rebuke: the wall of Hierusalem also is
broken downe, and the gates thereof are burnt with fire.
4 And when I hearde these wordes, I sat downe and wept, and mourned certayne
dayes, and fasted and prayed before the God of heauen,
5 And sayde: O Lorde God of heauen, thou great and terrible God, thou that
kepest couenaunt and mercie for them that loue thee & obserue thy
6 Let thyne eares hearken I beseche thee, and let thyne eyes be open, that thou
mayest heare the prayer of thy seruaunt, whiche I pray nowe before thee day and
night for the children of Israel thy seruauntes, and knowledge the sinnes of the
children of Israel which we haue sinned against thee: I and my fathers house
7 We haue greeuously sinned against thee, and haue not kept thy commaundementes,
statutes, and iudgementes, whiche thou commaundedst thy seruaunt Moyses.
8 I beseche thee call to remembraunce the worde that thou commaundedst thy
seruaunt Moyses, and saydest, Ye will transgresse, and I will scatter you abrode
among the nations:
9 But if ye turne vnto me, and kepe my commaundementes, & do them: though ye
were cast out vnto the vttermost part of heauen, yet wil I gather you from
thence, and will bring you vnto the place that I haue chosen, to set my name
10 They are thy seruauntes and thy people, whom thou hast deliuered through thy
great power, and in thy mightie hande.
11 O Lorde I besech thee, let thyne eare hearken to the prayer of thy seruaunt,
and to the prayer of thy seruauntes, whose desire is to feare thy name: and let
thy seruaunt prosper this day, and graunt him mercie in the sight of this man.
For I was the kinges butler.
1 It came to passe, that in the moneth Nisan in the twentith yere of king
Arthaxerxes, the wine stoode before him: and I toke vp the wine, and gaue it
vnto the king: And I had not ben before heauy in his presence.
2 And the king sayde vnto me: Why lokest thou so sadly, seyng thou art not sicke?
It is nothing els, but that thou art heauy hearted. And I was sore afrayde,
3 And sayde vnto the king, God saue the king for euer: Howe shoulde I not loke
sadly, when the citie and place of my fathers burials lye waste, and the gates
therof are consumed with fire?
4 And the king sayde vnto me: What is then thy request? I made my prayer also to
the God of heauen,
5 And sayd vnto the king: If it please the king, and if thy seruaunt haue founde
fauour in thy sight, sende me vnto Iuda vnto the citie of my fathers burialles,
that I may buylde it.
6 And the king sayd vnto me (the queene his wyfe sitting by him:) Howe long shal
thy iourney continue, and when wilt thou come againe? And it pleased the king to
sende me, and I set him a time,
7 And sayde vnto the king: If it please the king, let hym geue me letters to the
captaynes whiche are beyonde the water, that they may conuay me ouer, till I
come into Iuda:
8 And letters vnto Asaph the lorde of the kinges wood, that he may geue me
timber to make beames for the gates of the palace which is harde by the house,
and for the walles of the citie, and for the house that I shall enter into. And
the king gaue me according to the hande of my God which was good vpon me.
9 And when I came to the captaynes beyonde the water, I gaue them the kinges
letters: And the king had sent captaynes of the armie and horsemen with me.
10 Sanaballat also the Horonite, and Tobia a seruaunt the Ammonite hearde of it,
& it greeued them sore, that there was come a man which sought the wealth of
the children of
11 And I came to Hierusalem, and was there three dayes,
12 And I gat me vp in the night season, and a fewe men with me, neither tolde I
any man what God had geuen me in my heart to do at Hierusalem: and there was not
one beast with me, saue it that I rode vpon.
13 And I departed in the night by the valley port, before the dragon well, and
to the doung port, & considered the walles of Hierusalem howe they were
broken downe, and the portes therof consumed with the fire.
14 And I went ouer vnto the well port, and to the kinges conduite, and there was
no roome for the beast that was vnder me to passe.
15 Then went I on in the night by the brooke side, and considered the wall, and
turned backe, and came home againe by the valley port.
16 And the rulers knewe not whyther I went or what I dyd: neither dyd I as yet
tel it vnto the Iewes, to the priestes, to the noble men, to the rulers, and to
the other that laboured in the worke.
17 Afterwarde sayde I vnto them: Ye see the miserie that we are in, howe
Hierusalem lyeth waste, and howe the gates thereof are burnt with fire: come
therefore, and let vs buylde vp the wall of Hierusalem, and that we be no more a
18 Then I tolde them of the hand of my God that it was gratious ouer me, and the
kinges wordes that he had spoken vnto me: And they sayde, Let vs get vp and
buylde. And they strengthed their handes to good.
19 But when Sanaballat the Horonite, and Tobia the seruaunt an Ammonite, and
Gesem the Arabian hearde it, they laughed vs to scorne, & despised vs, and
sayde: What is this that ye do? Will ye fall away from the king?
20 Then aunswered I them, and sayde: The God of heauen, he it is that hath
graunted vs prosperitie, and we his seruauntes will get vp and buylde: As for
you, ye haue no portion, nor right, nor remembraunce in Hierusalem. The number
of them that buylded the walles.
1 And Eliasib the hye priest gat him vp with his brethre the priestes, and they
buylded the sheepe gate: they repaired it, and set vp the doores of it: euen
vnto the towre Mea repaired they it, and vnto the towre of Hananeel.
2 Next vnto him also buylded the men of Iericho: And beside him buylded Sachur
the sonne of Amri.
3 But the fishe port did the children of Asnaa buyld, which also layed the
beames therof, and set on the doores, lockes, and barres of it.
4 And next vnto them buylded Meremoth the sonne of Uria, the sonne of Hakoz: and
next vnto them buylded Mesullam the sonne of Berachia, the sonne of Mesesabel:
and next vnto them buylded Zadoc the sonne of Baana.
5 And next vnto hym buylded they of Thekoa: But the great men that were among
them put not their neckes to the worke of their Lorde.
6 The olde gate buylded Iehoiada the sonne of Paseah, & Mesullam the sonne
of Besodia, they layed the beames therof, and set on the doores, lockes, &
barres of it.
7 Next vnto them buylded Melatiah of Gibeon, and Iadon of Merona, men of
and of Mispah, vnto the throne of the duke [which was] beyond the riuer.
8 Next vnto him buylded Uzziel the sonne of Harhaiah of the goldesmythes: Next
vnto hym also buylded Hananiah the sonne of Harakahim, and they repaired
Hierusalem vnto the brode wall.
9 Next vnto them buylded Raphaiah the sonne of Hur, the ruler of the halfe part
10 Next vnto him buylded Iedaia the sonne of Harumaph ouer against his house:
and next vnto him buylded Hattus the sonne of Hasabnia.
11 But Melchia the sonne of Harim, and Hasub the sonne of the captayne of
buylded the other peece, and the towre beside the fornaces.
12 Next vnto hym buylded Sallum the sonne of Hallohes, the ruler of the halfe
part of Hierusalem, he & his daughters.
13 The valley gate buylded Hanun, and the citezins of Zanoa: They buylded it,
and set on the doores, lockes, and barres thereof, and a thousande cubites on
the wall, vnto the doung port.
14 But the doung port buylded Melchiah the sonne of Rechab, the ruler of the
fourth part of Beth acharem: he repaired it, and set on the doores, lockes, and
15 But the wel gate repaired Sallum the sonne of Cholhosah, the ruler of the
fourth part of Mispah: He buylded it, and couered it, and set on the doores,
lockes and barres thereof: and the wall vnto the poole Siloah by the kinges
garden, and vnto the steppes that go downe from the citie of Dauid.
16 After him buylded Nehemiah the sonne of Asbok, the ruler of the halfe parte
of Bethzur, vntill the other side ouer against the sepulchres of Dauid, and to
the poole that was repaired, and vnto the house of the mightie.
17 After him buylded the Leuites, Rehuin the sonne of Bani: and next vnto him
buylded Hasabia the ruler of the halfe part of Keilah in his quarter.
18 After him buylded their brethren Bauai the sonne of Henadad the ruler of the
halfe part of Keilah.
19 And after him buylded Ezer the sonne of Iesua the ruler of Mispah the other
peece, harde ouer against the goyng vp to the house of ordinaunce [that was] in
20 Againe, after him brake foorth Baruch the sonne of Zachai of indignation, and
repaired the other peece from the turning corner, vnto the doore of the house of
Eliasib the hie priest.
21 After him also buylded Merimoth the sonne of Uria, the sonne of Haccos, the
other peece, from the doore of the house of Eliasib, euen as long as the house
of Eliasib extended.
22 After him buylded the priestes, the men of the playne.
23 After him buylded Beniamin and Hasub ouer against their house: and after him
wrought Asaria the sonne of Maasia the sonne of Anania by his house.
24 After hym also buylded Bennui the sonne of Henadad the other peece, from the
house of Azaria vnto the turning [of the wall] and vnto the corner.
25 After him buylded Pala the sonne of Usai, ouer against the corner and the
high towre whiche lyeth out ouer from the kinges house, that was beside the
court of the prison: After him Phadaia the sonne of Pharos.
26 As for the Nethinims they dwelt in the strong hold vnto the water gate toward
the east, and to the towre that lyeth out.
27 After him buylded they of Thekua the other peece ouer against the great towre
that lyeth outwarde, vnto the wall of the strong holde.
28 But from aboue the horse gate foorth buylded the priestes, euery one ouer
against his house.
29 And after them buylded Zadoc the sonne of Immer ouer against his house: After
him buylded also Semeia ye sonne of Sechania the keper of the east gate.
30 After him buylded Hanania the sonne of Selemia, and Hanun the sonne of Zalaph
the sixt, the other peece: And after him buylded Mesullam the sonne of Barachia
ouer against his store house.
31 After him buylded Melchia the goldsmithes sonne vnto the house of the
Nithinims and of the marchauntes, ouer against the gate Mephkad, and to the
parlour in the corner.
32 And betweene the parlour of the corner vnto the sheepegate, buylded the
goldesmithes, and the marchauntes.
1 But when Sanaballat hearde that we buylded the wall, he was wroth in him selfe,
and toke great indignation, and mocked the Iewes:
2 And sayde before his brethren and the souldiers of
: what do these impotent Iewes? will the [heathen] suffer them? shall they
offer? shal they perfourme it in one day? shal they make the stones whole againe
that are brought to dust and brent?
3 And Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and sayde: Though they buyld, yet if a
foxe go vp, he shall breake downe their stony wall.
4 Heare O thou our God, for we are despised, turne their shame vpon their owne
head, & geue them ouer into despising in the lande of their captiuitie.
5 Couer not their wickednesse, and let not their sinne be put out in thy
presence: for they haue prouoked the buylders.
6 And so buylded we the wall, and it was ioyned whole together vnto the halfe
heyght thereof: And the people were minded to labour.
7 But when Sanaballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, Ammonites, and Asdodites,
heard that the walles of Hierusalem were made vp, & that the breaches began
to be stopped, they were very wroth,
8 And conspired all together to come and fight against Hierusalem, and to make
an hinderaunce therin.
9 Neuerthelesse, we made our prayer vnto our God, and set watchmen by them day
and night, because of them.
10 And Iuda sayde: The strength of the bearers is feeble, and there is yet much
more morter, and we are not able to buylde on the wall.
11 And our aduersaries sayde: They shall not knowe, neither see, till we come in
the middes among them, and slay them, and cause the worke to ceasse.
12 But when the Iewes which dwelt beside them, came, they told vs as good as ten
times, that in all places where ye go vnto, they are appoynted to fal vpon vs.
13 Therefore set I the people after their kinredes, with their swordes, speares,
and bowes, beneath in the lowe places behinde the wall vpon the toppes of the
14 And I loked, and gat me vp, and sayde vnto the chiefe men, to the rulers, and
to the other people, Be not ye afrayde of them: but thinke rather vpon the great
Lorde whiche ought to be feared, and fight for your brethre, your sonnes, your
daughters, your wiues, & your houses.
15 Neuerthelesse, when our enemies heard that we had gotten worde of it, God
brought their counsell to naught: and we turned all againe to the wall, euery
one vnto his labour.
16 And from that time foorth, the halfe part of the young men dyd the labour,
and the other halfe part of them helde the speares, shieldes, bowes, and
brestplates: and the rulers stoode behinde all the house of Iuda.
17 They which buylded on the wall and they that bare burthens, and those that
laded them, with one hande did euery one his worke, and with the other helde his
18 For euery one that buylded had his sword girded by his thingh, and so buylded
they: And he that blewe the trumpet was beside me.
19 And I saide vnto the principall men, to the rulers, and to the other people:
The worke is great and large, & we are seperated vpon the wall one farre
20 Loke in what place therefore ye heare the noyse of the trumpet, resort ye
thither vnto vs, and our God shall fight for vs:
21 And we wil be labouring in the worke. And the halfe part of them helde their
speares from the morning spring, tyll the starres came foorth.
22 And at the same time saide I vnto the people: Let euery one with his seruaut
lodge within Hierusalem, that in the night season we may watch, and labour on
the day time.
23 As for me and my brethren, my seruauntes, and the men of the watch which
folowed me, we put neuer of our clothes, saue onely because of the wasshing.
1 And there arose a great complaynt of the people and their wyues against their
brethre the Iewes.
2 For there were some that saide, Our sonnes and daughters and we are very many:
therefore wyll we take corne for them, that we may eate and liue.
3 Some also there were that saide: Let vs set our landes, vineyardes, and houses
to pledge, and take vp corne in the dearth.
4 But some there were that saide: We haue borowed money for the kinges tribute,
and that vpon our landes & vineyardes.
5 And now our fleshe is as the fleshe of our brethren, and our children as their
children: and loe we bring into subiection our sonnes and our daughters as
seruauntes, and some of our daughters are subdued vnto bondage alredie, and no
strength is there in our handes to redeeme them, and other men haue our landes
6 And when I heard their complaynt and such wordes, it displeased me sore.
7 And I aduised so in my minde, that I rebuked the counsellers and the rulers,
and saide vnto them: Euery one of you layeth great burdens vpon his brother. And
I brought a great congregation against them,
8 And saide vnto them: We after our habilitie haue redeemed our brethren the
Iewes, which were solde vnto the heathen: And wyll you sell your brethre againe,
and shall they be solde vnto vs? Then held they their peace, and coulde finde
nothing to aunswere.
9 And [Nehemia] saide, It is not good that ye do: Ought ye not to walke in the
feare of our God, because of the rebuke of the heathen that are our enemies?
10 I and my brethren, and my seruauntes, do lende them money and corne: I pray
you let vs leaue of this burden.
11 Therefore this same day I pray you see that ye restore them their landes
againe, their vineyardes, olyue gardens, and their houses, and remit the hundred
parte of the money, of the corne, wine, and oyle that ye haue exacted of them.
12 Then saide they: We wyll restore them againe, & wyll require nothing of
them, and wyll do as thou hast spoken. And I called the priestes, and tooke an
oth of them that they should do so.
13 And I shooke my lappe and saide: God shake out euery man after the same maner
from his house & laboure that maintaineth not this worde, euen thus be he
shaken out, and voyde. And all the congregation saide, Amen, and praysed the
Lorde: And the people did according to this promise.
14 And from the time foorth that the king committed vnto me to be captayne of
them that were in the lande of Iuda, euen from the twentie yere, vnto the
thirtie & two yere of king Artaxerxes, that is twelue yeres, I with my
brethre liued not of such sustinaunce as was geuen to a captayne.
15 For the olde captaynes that were before me, had ben chargeable vnto the
people, and had taken of them bread & wine, beside fouretie sicles of siluer,
yea and their seruauntes had oppressed the people: But so did not I, and that
because of the feare of God.
16 But I laboured also in the worke vpon the wall, and we bought no lande: and
all my seruauntes came thither together vnto the worke.
17 Moreouer, there were at my table an hundred and fiftie of the Iewes and
rulers, which came vnto me from among the heathen that are about vs.
18 And there was prepared for me dayly an oxe and sixe chosen sheepe, and birdes
were prepared for me: and euer once in ten dayes wine for all in aboundance: Yet
required not I the liuing of a captayne, for the bondage was greeuous vnto the
19 Thinke vpon me my God vnto the best, according to all that I haue done for
1 And when Sanaballat, Tobia, and Gesem the Arabian, and the other of our
enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there were no mo gappes
therein: (howebeit at the same time had I not hanged the doores vpon the gates,)
2 Sanaballat and Gesem sent vnto me, saying: Come, that we may meete & take
counsel together in the villages that are in the playne of the citie Ono.
Neuerthelesse, they thought to do me euill.
3 And I sent messengers vnto them, saying: I haue a great businesse to do, and I
can not come downe: Why should the worke ceasse, whilest I leaue it and come
downe to you?
4 Howbeit, they sent vnto me as good as foure times after the same maner: And I
gaue them the same aunswere.
5 Then sent Sanaballat his seruaunt againe vnto me the fift time, with an open
letter in his hande,
6 Wherein was written: It is tolde the heathen, and Gesem hath saide it, that
thou and the Iewes thinke to rebel: for the which cause thou buildest the wall,
that thou mayst be their king, according to these wordes:
7 And hast ordayned the prophetes to preache of thee at Hierusalem, and to say,
He is king of Iuda. And now shall this come to the kinges eares: come now
therefore, and let vs take our counsell together.
8 And I sent vnto him, saying: There is no such thing done as thou sayest, for
thou fainest them out of thyne owne heart.
9 For they were all minded to make vs afrayde, saying, They shall withdrawe
their handes from their worke, that it shall not be finished: Nowe therefore
strengthen thou my hande.
10 And I came vnto the house of Semaia the sonne of Delaia, the sonne of
Mehetabeel, & he had shut him selfe within, and saide: Let vs come together
in the house of God, euen vnto the middest of the temple, & shut the doores
of the temple, for they wyll come to slay thee, yea euen in the night wyll they
come to put thee to death.
11 And I saide: should any such man as I flee? Who is, that being as I am, wyll
go into the temple to saue his life? I wil not go in.
12 And loe, I perceaued that God hath not sent him, but that he pronounced this
prophecie against me: For Tobia and Sanaballat had hired him for money.
13 Therfore was he hyred, that through feare I should so do, & sinne, that
they might haue an euill report of me to lay to my charge.
14 My God, thinke thou vpon Tobia and Sanaballat according vnto these their
workes, and on the prophetisse Noadia, and the other prophetes that would haue
put me in feare.
15 And the wall was finished on the twentie and fifth day of the moneth Elul, in
fiftie and two dayes.
16 And when all our enemies hearde thereof, all the heathen that was about vs
were afrayd, and their courage fayled them: For they perceaued that this worke
came of our God.
17 And at the same time were there many of the chiefe of Iuda whose letters
wente vnto Tobia, and againe from Tobia vnto them.
18 For there were many in Iuda that were sworne vnto him: for he was the sonne
in lawe of Sechania, the sonne of Arah, and his sonne Iehonathan had the
daughter of Mesullam the sonne of Barachia,
19 And they spake good of him before me, and tolde him my wordes: and Tobia sent
letters to put me in feare.
1 Now when the wall was builded, I hanged on the doores also, and the porters,
singers, and Leuites, were appoynted:
2 And I commaunded my brother Hanani, and Hanania the ruler of the castle at
Hierusalem, (for he was a faithfull man, and feared God more then did many
3 And saide vnto them: Let not the gates of Hierusalem be opened vntil the sunne
be whot: and while they stand by, let them shut the doores & barre them. And
we appoynted certaine citezins of Hierusalem to be watchmen, euery one to keepe
his watch, and euery one to be ouer against his house.
4 As for the citie, it was large of roome, and great, but the people were fewe
therein, and the houses were not builded.
5 And God gaue me in myne heart that I gathered together the principal men, and
the officers, & the people, to number them: and I founde a register of the
number of them which came vp before, and founde written therein,
6 These are the sonnes of the lande that went vp from the captiuitie that was
caried away, whom Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had brought away, and came
againe to Hierusalem and Iuda, euery one vnto his citie.
7 They which came with Zorobabel are these: Iesua, Nehemia, Asariah, Raamia,
Nahamani, Mardochee, Belsan, Mesperath, Beguai, Nahum, and Baanah. This is the
number of the men of the people of
8 The children of Pharaos, were two thousand an hundred seuentie and two.
9 The children of Saphatia, three hundred seuentie and two.
10 The children of Arah, sixe hundred fiftie and two.
11 The children of the captayne of
among the children of Iesua & Ioab, two thousand eyght hundred and
12 The children of
, a thousand two hundred fiftie and foure.
13 The children of Zathua, eyght hundred fouretie and fiue.
14 The children of Zachai, seuen hundred and threescore.
15 The children of Bannui, sixe hundred fouretie and eyght.
16 The children of Bebai, sixe hundred twentie and eyght.
17 The children of Asgad, two thousand three hundred twentie and two.
18 The children of Adonicam, sixe hundred threescore and seuen.
19 The children of Beguai, two thousand threescore and seuen.
20 The children of Adin, sixe hundred fiftie and fiue.
21 The children of Ater of Hezekia, ninetie and eyght.
22 The children of Hasem, three hundred twentie and eyght.
23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twentie and foure.
24 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelue.
25 The children of
, ninetie and fiue.
26 The men of
and Nethophah, an hundred fourescore and eyght.
27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twentie and eyght.
28 The men of Bethasmaueth, fouretie and two.
29 The men of Kariathiarim, Cephira, and Beeroth, seuen hundred fouretie and
30 The men of Ramah and Geba, sixe hundred twentie and one.
31 The men of Michmas, an hundred twentie and two.
32 The men of
and Ai, an hundred twentie and three.
33 The men of the other Nebo, fiftie and two.
34 The childre of the other
, a thousand two hundred fiftie and foure.
35 The children of Harim, three hundred and twentie.
36 The children of Iericho, three hundred fourtie and fiue.
37 The children of Lodhadid and Ono, seuen hundred twentie and one.
38 The children of Senaa, three thousand nine hundred and thirtie.
39 The priestes: The children of Iedaia, of the house of Iesua, nine hundred
seuentie and three.
40 The children of Immer, a thousand fiftie and two.
41 The children of Phashur, a thousand two hundred fourtie and seuen.
42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seuenteene.
43 The Leuites: The children of Iesua of Cadmiel and of the children of Hodiiah,
seuentie and foure.
44 The singers: The children of Asaph, an hundred fourtie and eyght.
45 The porters: The childre of Sallum, the children of Ater, the children of
Talmon, the children of Accub, the children of Hatita, the children of Sobai,
[altogether] an hundred thirtie & eyght.
46 The Nethinims: The children of Siha, the children of Hasupha, the children of
47 The children of Ceros, the children of Sia, the children of Phadon,
48 The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagaba, the children of Salmai,
49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gaher,
50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Resin, the children of Necodah,
51 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phasea,
52 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephussim,
53 The children of Bacbuc, the children of Hacupha, the children of Harhur,
54 The children of Baslith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsa,
55 The children of Barcos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,
56 The children of Nesiah, the children of Hatipha,
57 The childre of Solomons seruautes, the children of Sotai, the children of
Sophereth, the children of Pharida,
58 The children of Iaala, the children of Darcon, the children of Giddel,
59 The children of Sephatiath, the childre of Hattil, the children of Phochereth
of Sabaim, the children of Amon.
60 All these Nethinims and the children of Solomons seruauntes, were three
hundred ninetie and two.
61 And these went vp also from Thelniela: Thelharsa, Cherub, Addon, and Immer:
but they could not shew their fathers house, nor their seede, and that they were
62 The children of Dalaiah, the children of Tobia, and the children of Necoda,
sixe hundred fourtie and two.
63 And of the priestes: the children of Habaiah, the children of Haccos, the
childre of Barzillai, which toke one of ye daughters of Barzillai the Gileadice
to wyfe, and was named after their name.
64 These sought their writing in the register of their generation, but they were
not founde: therfore they were put from the priesthood.
65 And Athirsatha saide vnto them that they shoulde not eate of the most holy,
tyll there came vp a priest which should were Urim and Thunimim.
66 And so the whole congregation together, was fourtie and two thousande three
hundred and threescore,
67 Beside their seruauntes and maydens, of whom there were seuen thousand three
hundred thirtie and seuen: And they had two hundred fourtie and fiue singing men
68 Their horses seuen hundred thirtie and sixe: and their Mules two hundred
fourtie and fiue:
69 The Camels foure hundred thirtie and fiue: sixe thousand seuen hundred and
70 And certaine of the auncient fathers gaue vnto the worke: Athirsatha gaue to
the treasure a thousand peeces of golde, fiftie basons, fiue hundred and thirtie
71 And some of the chiefe fathers gaue vnto the treasure of the worke, twentie
thousand peeces of gold, & two thousand and two hundred pounde of siluer.
72 And the other people gaue twentie thousand peeces of golde, and two thousand
pound of siluer, and threescore and seuen priestes garmentes.
73 And the priestes and Leuites, the porters, and the singers, and the other of
the people, and the Nethinims, and all
, dwelt in their cities: And whe the seuenth moneth came, the children of
were in their cities.
1 And all the people gathered them selues together as one man, in the streete
that was before the water gate, and they saide vnto Esdras the scribe, that he
should fetch the booke of the law of Moyses, which the Lorde commaunded to
2 And Esdras the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men
& women, and all that could vnderstand did hearken vnto it vpon the first
day of the seuenth moneth.
3 And he read therein in the streete that was before the water gate, from the
morning vntill the noone day, before men and women that did hearken to it: and
the eares of all the people were inclined vnto the booke of the law.
4 And Esdras the scribe stoode vpon a pulpet of wood which they had made for the
preaching, and beside him stoode Mathathia, Sema, & Anaiah, Uriah, Helkia,
& Maaseiah, on his right hande: and on his left hand stoode Pedaia, Misael,
& Melchia, & Hasum, Hasabadana, Zachari, and Mesullam.
5 And Esdras opened the booke before all the people, (for he stoode aboue al the
people:) and when he opened it, all the people stoode vp.
6 And Esdras praysed the Lorde the great God: And all the people aunswered,
Amen, Ame, lifting vp their handes, and bowed them selues and worshipped the
Lord falling downe vpon their faces to the grounde.
7 And Iesua, Bani, Serebiah, Iamin, Accub, Sebbethai, Hodaia, Maasia, Celita,
Azariah, Iozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, & the Leuites caused the people to geue
heede vnto the law: and the people stoode in their place.
8 And they read in the booke of the lawe of God distinctly, and gaue the sense,
and caused them to vnderstand the reading.
9 And Nehemia which is Athirsatha, and Esdras the priest and scribe, and the
Leuites that caused the people to take heede, said vnto al the people, This day
is holy vnto the Lorde your God, be not ye sory, and weepe not: For all the
people wept when they heard the wordes of the lawe.
10 And he saide vnto them: Go your way, and eate the fat, and drinke the sweete,
and send part vnto them also that haue not prepared for them selues, for this
day is holy vnto our Lorde: be not ye sory therefore, for the ioy of the Lorde
is your strength.
11 And the Leuites stilled all the people, and saide: Holde your peace, for the
day is holy, be not sad therefore.
12 And all the people went their way to eate, and to drinke, & to sende part
vnto other, and to make great mirth, because they had vnderstand the wordes that
were declared vnto them.
13 And on the next day were gathered together the chiefe fathers among all the
people, and the priestes, and leuites, vnto Esdras the scribe, that they might
vnderstand the wordes of the law.
14 And they founde written in the lawe which the Lorde had commaunded by Moyses,
that the children of Israel should dwell in boothes in the feast of the seuenth
15 And that they should cause it to be declared and proclaymed in all their
cities, and throughout Hierusalem, saying: Go foorth vnto the mount and fetch
Olyue brauches, Pine braunches, Myrtel braunches, Palme braunches, &
braunches of the thicke tree, to make boothes, as it is written.
16 And so the people went foorth, and fet them and made them boothes, euery one
vpon the roofe of his house, and in their courtes, and in the courtes of the
house of God, and in the streete by the water gate, and in the streete of the
port of Ephraim.
17 And all the congregation of them that were come againe out of the captiuitie,
made boothes, & sat vnder the boothes: for since the time of Iosua the sonne
of Nun, vnto this day, had not the children of Israel done so: And there was
very great gladnesse.
18 And euery day from the first day vnto the last, read Esdras in the booke of
the lawe of God: And seuen dayes held they the feaste, and on the eyght day they
gathered together, according vnto the maner.
1 In the twentie and fourth day of this moneth, came the children of Israel
together againe, with fasting, and sackeclothes, and earth vpon them,
2 And they that were of the seede of Israel, were separated from all the
straunge children, and stoode & knowledged their sinnes, & the wickednes
of their fathers:
3 And stoode vp in their place, & read in the booke of the law of the Lorde
their God foure times on the day, and they knowledged and worshipped the Lord
their God foure times on the day.
4 Then stoode vpon the stayres of the Leuites, Iesua, Bani, Cadmiel, Sabaniah,
Bunni, Serebiah, Bani, and Chanani, and cryed loude vnto the Lorde their God:
5 And the Leuites, Iesua, and Cadmiel, Bani, and Hasabnia, Serebiah, and Hodia,
Sebania, and Phathahia, sayde: Stand vp, and prayse the Lorde your God for euer,
and let thankes be geue vnto the name of thy glory, which excelleth all thankes
geuing and prayse.
6 Thou art Lorde alone, thou hast made heauen and the heauen of all heauens with
all their hoast, the earth and all thinges that are therein, the sea & all
that is therin, & thou preseruest them al, & the hoast of heauen
7 Thou art, O Lorde, the God that hast chosen Abraham, and broughtest him out of
Ur in Chaldea, and calledst him Abraham:
8 And foundest his heart faithfull before thee, & madest a couenaunt with
him, to geue vnto his seede the lande of the Chanaanites, Hethites, Amorites,
Pherezites, Iebusites, and Gergesites, and hast made good thy wordes: for thou
9 And hast considered the miserie of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their
complaynt by the red sea:
10 And shewed tokens and wonders vpon Pharao and all his seruauntes, and on all
the people of his lande: For thou knowest that they were presumptuous and cruell
against them: and so madest thou thee a name as it is this day.
11 And the [red] sea diddest thou deuide in sunder before them, so that they
went through the middest of the sea drye shod: and their persecuters threwest
thou into the deepe, as a stone in the mightie waters:
12 And leddest them on the day time in a cloudie piller, and on the night season
in a piller of fyre, to shewe them light in the way that they went.
13 Thou camest downe also vpon mount Sinai, and speakest vnto them from heauen,
and gauest them right iudgementes, true lawes, good commaundementes and
14 And declaredst vnto them thy holy Sabbath, and commaundedst them preceptes,
ordinaunces, and lawes, by the hande of Moyses thy seruaunt:
15 And gauest them bread from heauen when they were hungry, and broughtest
foorth water for them out of the rocke when they were thirstye, and promysedst
them that they should go in and take possession of the lande ouer which thou
haddest lyft vp thyne hand for to geue them.
16 But they and our fathers were proud and hardnecked, so that they folowed not
17 And woulde not obey, neither were mindeful of the wonders that thou diddest
for the: but hardened their neckes, and had in their heades to returne to their
bondage by their rebellion: But thou O God of mercies, gracious, and full of
compassion, of long suffering, and of great mercie, yet forsookest them not.
18 Moreouer, when they had made them a moulten calfe, and saide. This is thy God
that brought thee out of the lande of Egypt, and did blasphemies:
19 Yet forsookest thou them not in the wildernesse, according to thy great
mercies: And the cloudy piller departed not from them on the day time to leade
the the way, neither the piller of fire in the night season, to shewe them light
in the way by which they should go.
20 And thou gauest them thy good spirite to enfourme them, and withheldest not
thy Manna from their mouth, and gauest them water when they were thirstie.
21 Fourtie yeres long didst thou feede them in the wildernesse, so that they
lacked nothing: their clothes waxed not olde, and their feete swelled not.
22 And thou gauest them kingdomes and nations, and scatteredst them into
corners: so they possessed the lande of Sehon and the lande of the king of
Hesebon, and the lande of Og king of Basan.
23 And their children multipliedst thou as the starres of heauen, and broughtest
them into the lande whereof thou haddest spoken to their fathers, that they
should go into it, and haue it in possession.
24 And the children went in, and possessed the lande, and thou subduedst before
them the inhabiters of the lande, euen the Chanaanites, and gauest them into
their handes, with their kinges and the people of the lande, that they might do
with them what they would.
25 And they wanne their strong cities, and a fat lande, and toke possession of
houses that were full of all maner of goodes, welles digged out, vineyards,
oliue gardens , & many fruiteful trees: and they did eate, and were filled,
and became fat, and liued in pleasure through thy great goodnesse.
26 Neuerthelesse, they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy
law behinde their backes, & slue their prophetes, which exhorted them
earnestly that they might bring them againe vnto thee, and did great
27 Therefore thou gauest them ouer into the hand of their enemies that vexed
them: And in the time of their trouble whe they cryed vnto thee thou heardest
them from heauen, and through thy great mercie thou gauest them sauiours which
helped them out of the hande of their enemies.
28 But when they came to rest, they turned backe againe to do euill before thee:
therefore leftest thou them in the hande of their enemies, so that they had the
dominion ouer them: And when they conuerted, & cryed vnto thee, thou
heardest them from heauen, and many times hast thou deliuered them according to
thy great mercie,
29 And testifiedst vnto them, that thou mightest bring them againe vnto thy lawe:
Notwithstanding, they were proude, and hearkened not vnto thy commaundementes,
but sinned in thy lawes, which if a man do, he shall lyue in them: and turned
the shoulder away, and were stiffenecked, and would not heare.
30 Yet many yeres diddest thou forbeare them, and testifiedst vnto them through
thy spirite, euen by the hand of thy prophetes, and yet would they not heare:
therefore gauest thou them into the hand of the nations of the landes.
31 And for thy great mercies sake, thou hast not vtterly consumed them, neither
forsaken them: for thou art a gratious and mercifull God.
32 Now therfore our God, thou great God mightie and terrible, thou that kepest
couenaunt and mercie, regarde not a litle al the trauaile that hath come vnto vs,
and our kinges, our princes, our priestes, our prophetes, and our fathers, and
all the people since the time of the kinges of Assur, vnto this day.
33 And truely thou art iust in al that thou hast brought vpon vs, for thou hast
done right: As for vs, we haue ben vngodly,
34 And our kinges, and our princes, our priestes, and our fathers, haue not done
thy lawe, nor regarded thy commaundementes, and thy earnest exhortations,
wherewith thou hast exhorted them,
35 And they haue not serued thee in their kingdome, and in thy great goodnesse
that thou gauest them, and in the large and plenteous lande which thou gauest
before them, and haue not conuerted from their wicked workes.
36 Beholde, we are in bondage this day, and so is the lande that thou gauest
vnto our fathers to eate the fruites and goodnesse thereof, beholde there are we
37 And great is the increase of it vnto the kinges whom thou hast set ouer vs
because of our sinnes, and they haue dominion ouer our bodies and cattaile, euen
as they wyll them selues: and we are in great trouble.
38 Now because of all this make we a sure couenaunt and write it, & our
princes, leuites, and priestes, seale vnto it.
1 The sealers were, Nehemiah [that is] Athirsatha the sonne of Hachaliah, and
2 Seraiah, Azariah, Irmeiah,
3 Pashur, Amariah, Malachiiah,
4 Hattus, Sebeniah, Malluch,
5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
6 Daniel, Ginethon, Baruch,
7 Mesullam, Abiiah, Miiamin,
8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Semaiah: these were priestes.
9 The Leuites were, Iesua the sonne of Azaniah, Bennui among the children of
Henadad, and Cadmiel.
10 And their brethren, Sebaniah, Hodiiah, Celita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
11 Micha, Rehob, Hasabiah,
12 Zacchur, Serebiah, Sebaniah,
13 Hodiiah, Bani, Beninu.
14 The heads of the people were, Pharos the captayne of
, Zatthu, Bani,
15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
16 Adoniiah, Biguai, Adin,
17 Ater, Hizciiah, Azur,
18 Hodiiah, Hasum, Besai,
19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai.
20 Magpias, Mesullam, Hezir,
21 Mesesabel, Sadoc, Iaddua,
22 Phelatia, Hanan, Anaaia,
23 Hosea, Hanania, Hasub,
24 Halohes, Phaleha, Sobek,
25 Rehum, Hasebna, Maasia,
26 Ahia Aanan, and Anan,
27 Malluch, Harim, and Baana:
28 And the other people, the priestes, Leuites, porters, singers, Nethinims, and
all they that had separated them selues from the people of the landes vnto the
law of God, with their wyues, their sonnes, and their daughters, & as many
as could vnderstand,
29 And their lordes that had rule of the, receaued it for their brethren: And
they came to sweare, & to binde them selues with an oth to walke in gods
lawe, which was geuen by Moyses the seruaunt of God, and that they would obserue
and do according vnto all the commaundementes, iudgementes, and statutes of the
Lorde our God:
30 And that we woulde not geue our daughters vnto the people of the lande,
neither to take their daughters for our sonnes.
31 And if the people of the land brought ware on the Sabbath, and all maner
vitailes to sell, that we would not take it of them on the Sabbath and on the
holy dayes, and that we would let the seuenth yere be free, and the debtes of
32 And we decreed a statute vpon our selues, to geue yerely the third part of a
sicle to the ministration in the house of our God,
33 To the shewe bread, to the dayly meate offering, to the dayly burnt offering,
of the Sabbathes, of the new Moones, and feaste dayes, and to the thinges that
were sanctified, & to the offringes of attonement, to reconsile Israel
withal, and to all the busines in the house of our God.
34 And we cast the lot among the priestes, Leuites, and the people, for the
offering of the wood, to be brought vnto the house of our God from yere to yere,
after the houses of our fathers, that it might be brent at times appoynted vpon
the aulter of the Lorde God, as it is written in the lawe:
35 And to bring the first fruites of our land, and the firstlinges of our
fruites of all trees yere by yere vnto the house of the Lorde.
36 And the first borne of our sonnes, and of our cattel, (as it is written in
the law) and the firstlinges of our oxen and of our sheepe, whiche we shoulde
bring to the house of our God vnto the priestes that minister in the house of
37 And that we shoulde bring the first fruites of our dough and our heaue
offeringes, and the fruites of all maner of trees, of wine also and of oyle,
vnto the priestes to the chestes of the house of our God, and the tythes of our
lande vnto the Leuites, that the Leuites might haue the tythes in all the cities
of our ministration.
38 And the priest the sonne of Aaron shalbe with the Leuites when the Leuites
take tythes: so that the Leuites shall bring vp the tythes of their tythes vnto
the house of our God, to the store houses and to the treasure houses.
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Leui shall bring vp the heaue
offeringes of the corne, wine, and oyle, vnto the store houses, there as are the
vessels of the sanctuarie and the priestes that minister, and the porters and
singers, and we will not forsake the house of our God.
1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Hierusalem: The other people also cast
lottes, that among ten one part should go to Hierusalem into the holy citie to
dwell, and nyne partes to be in the cities.
2 And the people thanked all the men that were willing to dwel at Hierusale.
3 These are the heades of the prouince that dwelt in Hierusalem, and in the
cities of Iuda, euery one in his possession, and in their cities: they of
, the priestes, Leuites, the Nethinims, & the children of Solomons
4 And at Hierusalem dwelt certayne of the children of Iuda, and of Beniamin: Of
the children of Iuda, Athaiah, the sonne of Uzzia, the sonne of Zacharia, the
sonne of Amaria, the sonne of Saphatia, the sonne of Mahalaleel, of the children
5 And Maasia the sonne of Baruch, the sonne of Chol Hosa, the sonne of Hasaia,
the sonne of Adaia, the sonne of Ioiarib, the sonne of Zacharia, the sonne of
6 All these were the children of Phares that dwelt at Hierusalem, euen foure
hundred three score and eyght valiaunt men.
7 These are the children of Beniamin: Salu the sonne of Mesullam, the sonne of
Ioed, the sonne of Pedaia, the sonne of Colaia, the sonne of Masia, the sonne of
Ithiel, the sonne of Isai.
8 And after hym Gabai, Sellai, nine hundred and twentie and eyght.
9 And Ioel the sonne of Zichri had the ouersight of them: and Iuda the sonne of
Senua was the second ouer the citie.
10 Of the priestes: Iedatah the sonne of Ioiarib, Iachin,
11 Saraiah the sonne of Helkia, the sonne of Mesullam, the sonne of Zador, the
sonne of Meraioth, the sonne of Achitob, was chiefe in the house of God,
12 And their brethren that dyd the worke in the temple, eyght hundred and
twentie and two: And Adaia the sonne of Ieroham, the sonne of Pelaliah, the
sonne of Amzi, the sonne of Zachari, the sonne of Phashur, the sonne of Malchia,
13 And his brethren chiefe among the fathers, two hundred and fourtie & two:
And Amasai the sonne of Azrael, the sonne of Ahasai, the sonne of Moselemoth,
the sonne of Immer,
14 And their brethren valiaunt men, an hundred and twentie and eyght: And their
ouersear was Zabdiel a sonne of one of the great men.
15 Of the Leuites: Semeia the sonne of Hasub, the sonne of Azarikam, the sonne
of Hasabia, the sonne of Buni,
16 And Sabathai, and Iosabad of the chiefe of the Leuites, had the ouersight of
the outwarde businesse of the house of God.
17 And Mathania, the sonne of Micha, the sonne of Zabdi, the sonne of Asaph, was
the principall to begin the thankesgeuing and prayer: and Bacbucia the seconde
among his brethren, and Abda the sonne of Sammua, the sonne of Galal, the sonne
18 All the Leuites in the holy citie, were two hundred foure score and foure.
19 And the porters Accub and Talmon, and their brethren that kept the portes,
were an hundred and seuentie and two.
20 As for the residue of
, of the priestes and Leuites, they were in al the cities of Iuda, euery one in
21 And the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, and Ziha and Gispa were set ouer the
22 The ouersear of the Leuites at Hierusalem was Azzi, the sonne of Bani, the
sonne of Hasabia, the sonne of Matthania, the sonne of Micha: Of the children of
Asaph, singers were ouer the busines in the house of God:
23 For it was the kinges commaundement concerning them, that the singers should
deale faythfully euery day, as was according.
24 And Pathaia the sonne of Mesebazel of the children of Zerah the sonne of Iuda,
was next the king in al matters concerning the people.
25 And in the villages in their landes, some of the children of Iuda that were
without in the townes of their land dwelt at Kiriath arba, and in the villages
therof: and in Dibon and in the villages therof, and at Iecabzeel and in the
26 At Iesua, Moladath, Bethphalet:
27 In the towne of Sual, Beerseba, and in the villages therof:
28 At Siklag, and Moconah, and the villages therof:
29 And at En rimmon, Zarah, Ierimuth,
30 Zonoa, Odollam, & in their villages, at Lachis, and in the fieldes therof:
at Aseka, and in the villages therof, and they dwelt from Beerseba vnto the
valley of Hinnom.
31 The children also of Beniamin from Geba, dwelt at Machmas, Aia, Bethel, and
in their villages,
32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,
33 Hazor, Ramah, Gethaim,
34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballath,
35 Lod, and Ono, in the carpenters valley.
36 And the Leuites had possession both in Iuda and in Beniamin.
1 These are the priestes and Leuites that went vp with Zorobabel the sonne of
Salathiel: and with Iesua, Saraia, Ieremia, and Esdras,
2 Amaria, Malluch, Hattus,
3 Sechania, Rehum, Merimoth,
4 Iddo, Genthon, Abia,
5 Miamin, Madaia, Belga,
6 Semaia, Ioiarib, Iedaia,
7 Salu, Amok, Helkia, and Iedaia: These were the heades among the priestes and
their brethren in the dayes of Iesua.
8 The Leuites were these: Iesua, Bennui, Cadmiel, Sarebia, Iuda, and Mathania,
whiche was ouer [the office] of thankesgeuing, he and his brethren.
9 Bacbucio, and Hanni, and their brethren, were about them in the watches.
10 Iesua begat Ioakim, Ioakim also begat Eliasib, and Eliasib begat Ioiada:
11 Ioiada begat Ionathan, and Ionathan begat Iaddua.
12 In the dayes of Ioakim were these the chiefe fathers among the priestes:
vnder Saraia, Maraia: vnder Ieremi, Hanania:
13 Under Esdras, Mesullam: vnder Amaria, Iehoanan:
14 Under Milico, Ionathan: vnder Sebania, Ioseph:
15 Under Horim, Adna: vnder Maraioth, Helka:
16 Under Iddo, Zacharie: vnder Genthon, Mesullam:
17 Under Abia, Zichri: vnder Miniamin, and Moadia, Piltat:
18 Under Belga, Sammua: vnder Semaia, Iehonathan:
19 Under Ioiarib, Mathenai: vnder Iadaia, Uzzi:
20 Under Selai, Kellai: vnder Amok, Eber:
21 Under Helchia, Hasabia: vnder Iadaia, Nathanael.
22 And in the time of Eliasib, Ioiada, Iohanan, and Iadua, were the chiefe
fathers among the Leuites & the priestes written, in the raigne of Darius
23 The children of Leui the principall fathers, were written in the cronicles,
vntill the time of Ionathan the sonne of Eliasib.
24 And these were the chiefe among the Leuites: Hasabia, Serebia, and Iesua the
sonne of Cadmiel, and their brethren in their presence, to geue prayse and
thankes, according as Dauid the man of God had ordeyned it, one watch ouer
25 Mathania, Bacbukia, Obadia, Mesullam, Talmon, and Accub, were porters in the
watch at the thresholdes of the gates.
26 These were in the dayes of Ioiakim the sonne of Iesua, the sonne of Iosedec,
and in the dayes of Nehemia the captayne, & of the priest Esdras the scribe.
27 And in the dedication of the wall at Hierusalem they fought the Leuites out
of all their places, that they might be brought to Hierusalem, to kepe the
dedication and gladnesse with thankesgeuinges, & singing, with cymbales,
psalteries, and harpes.
28 And the children of the singers gathered them selues together from euery
side, out of the playne countrey about Hierusalem, and from the villages of
29 From the house of Gilgal, and out of the countreys of Geba, and Asmaueth: for
the singers had buylded them villages round about Hierusalem.
30 And the priestes and Leuites were purified, & clensed the people, &
the gates, and the wall.
31 And I brought the princes of Iuda vpon the wall, and appoynted two great
quyers of men to geue thankes, whiche went on the right hande of the wall
towarde the doung gate.
32 And after them went Hosaia, and halfe of the princes of Iuda,
33 And Asaria, Esdras, and Mesullam,
34 Iuda, Beniamin, Semeia, & Ieremi,
35 And certayne of the priestes children, with trumpettes: namely Zacharie the
sonne of Ionathan, the sonne of Semeia, the sonne of Mathania, the sonne of
Michaia, the sonne of Zaccur, the sonne of Asaph,
36 And his brethren, Semeia, Asarael, Melalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nathanael, and
Iuda, and Hanani, with the musicall instrumentes of Dauid the man of God: And
Esdras the scribe went before them.
37 And beside the wel gate, they went vp ouer against them vpon the steppes of
the citie of Dauid at the goyng vp of the wall, beyonde the house of Dauid, vnto
the water gate eastwarde.
38 The other quyer of them that gaue thankes went ouer against them, and I after
them, and the halfe part of the people vpon the wall beyond the fornace gate,
vntill the brode wall,
39 And beyonde the port of Ephraim, and beyonde the old gate, beyonde the fishe
gate, and the towre of Hananeel, & the towre of Mea, euen vnto the sheepe
gate and they stoode still in the prison gate.
40 And so stoode the two quyers of them that gaue thankes in the house of God,
and I, & the halfe of the rulers with me.
41 And the priestes, namely Eliakim, Maasia, Miniamin, Michaia, Elionai, Zachari,
& Hanania, with trumpettes:
42 And Maasia, Semeia, Eleaser, Uzzi, Ichohanan,
, & Ezer: And the singers sange loude, hauing Iesrahiah for their ouerfear.
43 And the same day they offered great sacrifices, and reioyced: for God had
geuen them great gladnesse, so that both the wiues & children were ioyfull,
& the mirth of Hierusale was hearde farre of.
44 At the same time were the men appoynted ouer the treasure houses, wherin were
the heaue offeringes, the firstlinges, and the tythes, that they shoulde gather
them out of the fieldes about the cities, to distribute them vnto the priestes
and Leuites according to the lawe: for Iuda was glad of the priestes and Leuites
45 And there stoode and wayted vpon the office of their God, whiche is a pure
office, both the singers and porters, after the commaundement of Dauid, and of
Solomon his sonne:
46 For in the time of Dauid and Asaph, of olde were the chiefe singers [founded]
& the songes of prayse and thankesgeuing vnto God.
47 In the time of Zorobabel and Nehemia, did all they of
geue portions vnto the singers and porters euery day his portion: and they gaue
tythes vnto the Leuites, & the Leuites gaue tythes againe vnto the children
1 And that day dyd they read in the booke of Moyses in the audience of the
people, and therein was founde written, that the Ammonites, & Moabites
shoulde neuer come into the congregation of God,
2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and water, but hired
Balaam against them that he should curse them: and our God turned the curse into
3 Nowe when they had hearde the law, they separated from
euery one that had mixt him selfe therin.
4 And before this had the priest Eliasib the ouersight of the treasurie of the
house of our God, and he was kynsman vnto Tobia,
5 And had made hym a great chamber, and there had they afore time layed the
offringes, frankencence, vessels, and the tythes of corne, wine, and oyle
according to the commaundementes geuen to the Leuites, singers and porters, and
the heaue offringes of the priestes.
6 But in all this time was not I at Hierusalem: for in the two and thirtie yere
of Artaxerxes king of
, came I vnto the king, & after certayne dayes obtayned I licence of the
king to come to Hierusalem.
7 And I gat knowledge of the euyll that Eliasib dyd for Tobia, in that he had
made hym a chamber in the court of the house of God,
8 And it greeued me sore: therefore I cast foorth all the vessels of the house
of Tobia out of the chamber:
9 And commaunded them to clense the chambers, and thyther brought I againe the
vessels of the house of God, with the meate offring, and the incense.
10 And I perceaued that the portions of the Leuites had not ben geuen them, and
that euery one was fled to his land, euen the Leuites and singers that executed
11 Then reproued I the rulers, and sayd: Why is the house of God forsaken? And I
gathered them together, and set them in their place.
12 Then brought all Iuda the tythes of corne, and wine, and oyle, vnto the
13 And I made treasures ouer the treasure, euen Selemiah the priest, and Zadoc
the scribe, and of the Leuites, Phadaia: and vnder their hand was Hanan the
sonne of Zacur, the sonne of Mathania: for they were counted faythful, and their
office was to distribute [the portions] vnto their brethren.
14 Thinke vpon me O my God herein, and wype not out my mercie that I haue shewed
on the house of my God, and on the offices therof.
15 And the same time sawe I in Iuda some treading wine presses on the Sabbath,
and bringing in sheues, and which laded asses also with wine, grapes, and figges,
and all burthens, and brought them into Hierusalem vpon the Sabbath day: And I
rebuked them earnestly the same day that they solde the vitayles.
16 There dwelt men of
also therein, which brought fish and all maner of ware, and solde on the
Sabbath vnto the childre of Iuda, euen in Hierusalem.
17 Then reproued I the rulers in Iuda, & sayd vnto them: What euyl thing is
this that ye do, & breake the Sabbath day?
18 Dyd not your fathers euen thus, and our God brought all this plague vpon vs,
and vpon this citie? And ye make the wrath more yet vpon
, in that ye breake the Sabbath?
19 And when the portes of Hierusalem began to be darke in the euening before the
Sabbath, I commaunded to shut the gates, and charged that they should not be
opened till after the Sabbath: and some of my seruauntes set I at the gates,
that there shoulde no burthen be brought in on the Sabbath day.
20 Then remayned the chapmen and marchauntes once or twyse ouer night without
Hierusalem with all maner of wares.
21 Then reproued I them sore, and sayde vnto them: Why tary ye all night about
the wall? If ye do it once againe, I will lay handes vpon you: From that time
foorth came they no more on the Sabbath.
22 And I said vnto the Leuites, that they should clense them selues, and that
they shoulde come and kepe the gates, to halowe the Sabboth day: Thinke vpon me
O my God concerning this also, and spare me, according to thy great mercie.
23 In those dayes also sawe I Iewes that maried wyues of Asdod, of Ammon, and of
24 And their children spake halfe in the speach of Asdod, and could not speake
in the Iewes language, but according to the language of the one people and of
the other people.
25 Then I reproued them, and cursed them, and smote certayne men of them, and
made them bare: and toke an oth of them by God, Ye shall not geue your daughters
vnto their sonnes, neither shall ye take their daughters vnto your sonnes, or
for your selues.
26 Dyd not Solomon the king of
sinne by these thinges? and yet among many heathen was there no king like him,
which was deare vnto his God, & God made hym king ouer all
: and yet neuerthelesse outlandishe women caused him to sinne.
27 Shall we then obey vnto you to do al this great euyll, and to transgresse
against our God, and marie straunge wyues?
28 And one of the children of Iehoiada the sonne of Eliasib the hye priest, was
the sonne in law of Sanaballat the Horonite: but I chased him from me.
29 O my God, thinke thou vpon them that defile the presthod, and the couenaunt
of the presthod and of the Leuites.
30 Thus clensed I them from all such as were outlandishe, and appoynted the
courses of the priestes and Leuites, euery one in his office:
31 And to offer the wood at times appoynted, and the first fruites: Thinke thou
vpon me O my God for the best.