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The Story of Nehemiah.

BY

ALEXANDER MACLEOD SYMINGTON.

• To Work without praying is presumption :
To Pray without working is hypocrisy.'

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LONDON:
JAMES NISBET & CO., 21 BERNERS STREET.

MDCCCLXXXI.

101. i . 564

i.

Ballantyne Press BALLANTYNE, HANSON AND CO.

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

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X. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES

XI. THE NATIONAL COVENANT

XII. A PECULIAR PEOPLE

XIII. THE DEDICATION OF THE WALL

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XIV. THOROUGH

XV. PRAYING TO THE LAST

WORK AND PRAYER.

INTRODUCTORY.

The interest of the Book of Nehemiah is, in part, historical : it covers some thirty or forty years in the later history of the City of God.

The position may be best understood by keeping in mind a few outstanding dates.

The year B.C. 606 is that of the Captivity. Then the long-deferred threatenings of Jehovah were fulfilled : 'the holy and beautiful house where the fathers praised Him was burned with fire, and all the pleasant things were laid waste' (Isaiah lxiv. 11).

In the year B.C. 536 there took place the Return under Zerubbabel and Joshua, in virtue of the decree of Cyrus, the seventy years being then fulfilled. The first six chapters of Ezra contain the record of this event, concluding

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