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Be not ye afraid of them: remem- | 23 So neither 1, nor my brethren, ber the LORD, which is great and nor my servants, nor the men of the terrible, and fight for your brethren, guard which followed me, none of your sons, and your daughters, your us put off our clothes, saving that wives, and your houses.

every one put them off for washing. 15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known

CHAP. V. unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned AND there was a great cry of the all of us to the wall, every one unto people and of their wives against his work.

their brethren the Jews. 16 And it came to pass from that 2 For there were that said, We, time forth, that the half of my ser our sons, and our daughters, are vants wrought in the work, and the many: therefore we take up corn other half of them held both the for them, that we may eat, and live. spears, the shields, and the bows, 3 Some also there were that said, and the habergeons; and the rulers We have mortgaged our lands, vinewere behind all the house of Judah. yards, and houses, that we might

17 They which builded on the buy corn, because of the dearth. wall, and they that bare burdens, 4 There were also that said, We with those that laded, every one with have borrowed money for the king's one of his hands wrought in the tribute, and that upon our lands and work, and with the other hand held vineyards. a weapon.

5 Yet now our flesh is as the Aesh 18 For the builders, every one of our brethren, our children as their had his sword girded by his side, children: and, lo, we bring into bonand so builded. And he that sound dage our sons and our daughters to ed the trumpet was by me.

be servants, and some of our daugh19 And I said unto the nobles, ters are brought unto bondage aland to the rulers, and to the rest of ready: neither is it in our power to the people, The work is great and redeem them; for other men have our large, and we are separated upon lands and vineyards. the wall, one far from another.

6 And I was very angry when I 20 In what place therefore ye hear heard their cry and these words. the sound of the trumpet, resort ye 7 Then I consulted with myself, thither unto us: our God shall fight and I rebuked the nobles, and the for us.

rulers, and said unto them, Ye ex21 So we laboured in the work: act usury, every one of his brother. and half of them held the spears And I set a great assembly against from the rising of the morning till them. the stars appeared.

8 And I said unto them, We after 22 Likewise at the same time said our ability have redeemed our breI unto the people, Let every one thren the Jews, which were sold unwith his servant lodge within Jeru to the heathen; and will ye even salem, that in the night they may sell your brethren? or shall they be be a guard to us, and labour on the sold unto us? Then held they their day.

peace, and found nothing to answer.

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

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

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

19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

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

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

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

12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise,

13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.

14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.

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

Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)

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

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

4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.

5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time I with an open letter in his hand;

fear.

6 Wherein was written, It is re- || biah and Sanballat according to these ported among the heathen, and their works, and on the prophetess Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Noadiah, and the rest of the proJews think to rebel: for which cause phets, that would have put me in thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to 15 So the wall was finished in the these words.

twenty and fifth day of the month 7 And thou hast also appointed Elul, in fifty and two days. prophets to preach of thee at Jeru 16 And it came to pass, that when salem, saying, There is a king in Ju all our enemies heard thereof, and all dah: and now shall it be reported to the heathen that were about us saw the king according to these words. these things, they were much cast Come now therefore, and let us take down in their own eyes: for they counsel together.

perceived that this work was wrought 8 Then I sent unto him, saying, of our God. There are no such things done as 17 Moreover in those days the thou sayest, but thou feignest them nobles of Judah sent many letters out of thine own heart.

unto Tobiah, and the letters of To9 For they all made us afraid, biah came unto them. saying, Their hands shall be weak 18 For there were many in Judah ened from the work, that it be sworn unto him, because he was the not done. Now therefore, O God, son in law of Shechaniah the son of strengthen my hands.

Arah; and his son Johanan had 10 Afterward I came unto the taken the daughter of Meshullam house of Shemaiah the son of De the son of Berechiah. laiah the son of Mehetabeel, who 19 Also they reported his good was shut up; and he said, Let us deeds before me, and uttered my meet together in the house of God, words to him. And Tobiah sent within the temple, and let us shut letters to put me in fear. the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the

CHAP. VII. night will they come to slay thee.

11 And I said, Should such a man Now it came to pass, when the as I flee? and who is there, that, being wall was built, and I had set up the as I am, would go into the temple doors, and the porters and the singers to save his life? I will not go in. and the Levites were appointed,

12 And, lo, I perceived that God 2 That I gave my brother Hanani, had not sent him; but that he pro and Hananiah the ruler of the panounced this prophecy against me: lace, charge over Jerusalem: for he for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired was a faithful man, and feared God him.

above many. 13 Therefore was he hired, that I 3 And I said unto them, Let not should be afraid, and do so, and sin, the gates of Jerusalem be opened and that they might have matter for until the sun be hot; and while they an evil report, that they might re stand by, let them shut the doors, proach me.

and bar them: and appoint watches 14 My God, think thou upon To- ll of the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

every one in his watch, and every || one to be over against his house.

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

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

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

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

8 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.

9. The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.

11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.

12 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.

14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.

15 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.

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

17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and two.

18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.

19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.

20 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.

21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

22 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.

23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.

24 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve.

25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.

26 The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and eight.

27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.

28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.

29 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.

30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

31 The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two.

32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.

33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.

34 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

35 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and one.

38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.

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

40 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

43 The Levites : the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four.

44 The singers : the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.

45 The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.

46 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,

48 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,

49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,

50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

51 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,

52 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephishesim,

53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

54 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,

55 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,

56 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

57 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,

58 The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

59 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon.

60 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and two.

61 And these were they which went up also from Tel-melah, Telharesha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel.

62 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.

63 And of the priests : the children of Habaiah, the children of | Koz, the children of Barzillai, which

took one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name.

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

65 And the Tirshatha said unto thein, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

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