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son of Hachaliah.

And it

came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: b the b ch. 2. 17. wall of Jerusalem also c is broken 2 Kin. 25. down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,


5 And said, I beseech thee, d Od Dan. 9. 4. LORD God of heaven, the great

and terrible God, e that keepeth e Ex. 20. 6. covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his command

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Before CHRIST cir. 446.

p Is. 26. 8. Heb. 13. 18.

q ch. 2. 1.

cir. 445.

prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who P desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's q cup-bearer.

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ND it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year a Ezra 7. 1. of a Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.

b ch. 1. 11.

c Prov. 15. 13.

d1 Kings 1. 31. Dan. 2.4.

& 5. 10. &
6. 6, 21.
e ch. 1. 3.

2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but csorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

3 And said unto the king, d Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when e the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?

4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepul chres, that I may build it.

6 And the king said unto me, + Heb. wife. (the † queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him fa time.

If ch. 5. 14. & 13. 6.

g ch. 3. 7.

10 n Now these are thy servants n Deut. 9. 29. h Ezra 5. 5. and thy people, whom thou hast re& 7. 6, 9, 28. deemed by thy great power, and by

thy strong hand.

11 O LORD, I beseech thee, o leto ver. 6. now thine ear be attentive to the

ver. 18.


7 Moreover, I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;

8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, haccording to the good hand of my God upon


9 T Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had

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The builders of the wall. Before e the men of Jericho. And next CHRIST to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.


e Ezra 2. 34.
f 2 Chr. 33.
14. ch. 12.

39. Zeph. 1.


g See ch. 6.

11 So I i came to Jerusalem, and i Ezra 8. 32. I. & 7. 1. was there three days.

12 1 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode


13 And I went out by night k by k 2 Chr. 26.
the gate of the valley, even before 9. ch. 3. 13.
the dragon-well, and to the dung-
port, and viewed the walls of Jeru-

salem, which were 1 broken down, 1 ch. 1. 3. &
and the gates thereof were consum-ver. 17.
ed with fire.

14 Then I went on to the m gate m ch. 3. 15.
of the fountain, and to the king's
pool: but there was no place for
the beast that was under me to pass.

15 Then went I up in the night

by then brook, and viewed the wall, n 2 Sam. 15. and turned back, and entered by 23. Jer. 31. the gate of the valley, and so re- 40.


16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.

17 ¶ Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more o a re-och. 1. 3. Ps. proach. 44. 13. & 79.

p ver. 8.

18 Then I told them of p the hand 4. Jer 24. 9. of my God which was good upon Ezek. 5. 14, me; as also the king's words that 15. & 22. 4. he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they a strengthened their hands for q2 Sam. 2. 7. this good work.

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Ara

bian, heard it, they r laughed us to r Ps. 44. 18.
scorn, and despised us, and said, & 79. 4. &
What is this thing that ye do?s will 80. 6.
ye rebel against the king?

20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build :

8 ch. 6. 6.

t but ye have no portion, nor right, ❘t Ezra 4. 3. nor memorial, in Jerusalem.


The names and order of them that builded

the wall

THEN a Eliashib the high priest a ch. 12. 10.

rose up with his brethren the

h Judg. 5. 23.

i ch. 12. 39.

k ch. 2. 8.

Or, left Jerusalem unto the

3 f But the fish-gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and g set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baana.

5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to h the work of their Lord.

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6 Moreover, i the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto thek throne of the governor on this side the river.

8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the 1 broad wall.

9 And next unto them repaired broad wall. Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem.

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10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah.

11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the † other piece, and the tower of the furnaces. 12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

13 n The valley-gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto othe dung-gate.

14 But the dung-gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Beth-haccerem ; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

15 But p the gate of the fountain repaired Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah, he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereand the bars thereof, and the wall

John 5. 2. q John 9. 7. of the pool of a Siloah by the king's c ch. 12. 39. garden, and unto the stairs that go Jer. 31. 38. down from the city of David. Heb. at his Zech. 14. 10.

priests, band they builded the sheep-b gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; c even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of d Hananeel.

2 And † next unto him builded


16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Beth-zur, unto the

The builders of the wall.

place over against the sepulchres of David, and to the r pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.



r 2 Kin. 20.

17 After him repaired the Levites, 20. Is. 22. 11. Rehum the son of Bani. Next

unto him repaired Hashabiah the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part.

18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury, at the turning of the wall.

20 After him Baruch the son of 9. || Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the

wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.

21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz, another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib.

22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah, by his house.

24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the


25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall, and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that was by the

2 Chr. 26.

Or, Zaccai.

t ver. 19.

u court of the prison. After him, u Jer 32. 2. Pedaiah the son of Parosh.

& 33. 1. &

The enemies are wroth, and scuff

While the enemies scoff, Nehemiah
prayeth and continueth the work. 7
Understanding the wrath and secrets of
the enemy, he setteth a watch. 13 He
armeth the labourers, 19 and giveth
military precepts.

ach. 2. 10, BUT it came to pass a that when

Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the


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c Ps. 123. 3,


Heb. despite. d Ps. 79. 12. Prov. 3. 34.

e Ps. 69. 27, 29. & 109. 14, 15. Jer. 18. 23.

f ver. 1.

+ Heb. ascended.

4, 5.

26 Moreover, the Nethinims 37. 21. || dwelt in y || Ophel, unto the place x Ezra 2. 43. Ps. 83. 3, over against the water-gate to-ch. 11. 21. Or, which ward the east, and the tower that dwelt in lieth out. Ophel, re

+ Heb. to make an error to it.

3 Now bTobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.


4 c Hear, O our God; for we are † despised and d turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

5 And e cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof; for the people had a mind to work.

7 But it came to pass, that fwhen Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem † were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

8 And & conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and † to hinder it.

9 Nevertheless h we made our

watch against them day and night, because of them.

27 After them the Tekoites re-paired unto. Ps. 50. 15. prayer unto our God, and set a paired another piece, over against y 2 Chr. 27. the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

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10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.

13 Therefore set I tin the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the




Nehemiah guardeth against them. people, i Be not ye afraid of them:[ remember the Lord which is CHRIST k great and terrible, and 1 fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, m and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded † by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

19 T And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.

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i Num. 14.9.c Is. 58. 7. Deut. 1. 29. d Ex. 21. 7.

k Deut. 10.


12 Sam. 10. 12.

in Job 5. 12.

Lev. 25. 39.

+ Heb. my heart con

sulted in me. e Ex. 22. 25. Lev. 25. 36.

Ezek. 22. 12.

f Lev. 25. 48.

Heb. on his Lev. 25. loins.

20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: n our Godn Ex. 14. 14, shall fight for us. 25. Deut. 1. 30. & 3. 22. & 20. 4. Josh. 23. 10.

21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.

23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, || saving that every one put them off for washing.


The Jews complain of their debt, mortgage, and bondage. 6 Nehemiah rebuketh the usurers, and causeth them to make a covenant of restitution. 14 He forbeareth his own allowance, and keepeth hospitality.

Or, every one went

with his weapon for water, See Judg. 5. 11.

AND there was a great a cry of a Is. 6. 7. the people and of their wives

b Lev. 25. 35,

15. 7.

against their b brethren the Jews. 2 For there were that said, We, 36, 37. Deut. our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live

3 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.

4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.


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The practice of usury reformed. 5 Yet now cour flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children their children and lo, d bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought into bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.

6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. 7 Then I consulted with myself and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, e Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

8 And I said unto them, We, after our ability, have fredeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to

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10 I likewise, and 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 la bour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and temptied. 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 meven unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have n 1 Cor. 9. 4, not neaten the bread of the go

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18 Now that r which was pre-r1 Kings 4. pared for me daily was one ox and 22. 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 s ver. 14, 15. bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this peo


19 t Think upon me, my God, fort ch. 13. 22. good, according to all that I have done for this people.

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

6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, f that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, accordto these words.


7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.

8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

10 Afterward I came unto the

Or, Geshem,

ver. 1.

f ch. 2. 19.


The wall is finished. house of Shemaiah the son of DeCHRIST laiah, the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

g Ezek. 13. 22.

h ch. 13. 29.

i Ezek. 13. 17.


cir. 445.

k ch. 2. 10.

6. 1.

11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.

12 And lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that g he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

14 h My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and on the i prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

15 T So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

16 And it came to pass, that k when all our enemies heard & 4. 1, 7. & thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

1 Ps. 126. 2.

17 Moreover, in those days the + Heb. mul-nobles of Judah f sent many letters tiplied their unto Tobiah, and the letters of ToLetters pass-biah came unto them. ing to Tobiah.

Or, mat


a ch. 6. 1.

b ch. 2. 8.

18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.

19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.


1 Nehemiah committeth the charge of Jerusalem to Hanani and Hananiah. 5 A register of the genealogy of them which came at the first out of Babylon, 8 of the people, 39 of the priests, 43 of the Levites, 46 of the Nethinims, 57 of Solomon's servants, 63 and of the priests which could not find their pedigree. 66 The whole number of them, with their substance. 70 The ir obla tions.

NOW it came to pass, when the

wall was built, and I had a set up the doors, and the porters, and the singers, and the Levites were appointed,

2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler b of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for c Ex. 18. 21. he was a faithful man, and c feared God above many.

3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened luntil the sun be hot; and while

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