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The names of them that built the wall. i Then Eliashib the high priest Rephaiah the son of Hur, the rulrose up with his brethren the er of the half part of Jerusalem. priests, and theybuilded thesheep 10 And next unto them repaired gate; they sanctified it, and set Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, up the doors of it; even unto the even over against his house. And tower of Meah they sanctified next unto him repaired Hattush it, unto the tower of Hananeel. the son of Hashabniah.
2 And next unto him builded the 11 Malcijah the son of Harim, men of Jericho. And next to them and Hashub the son of Pahathbuilded Zaccur the son of Imri. moab, repaired the other piece,
3 But the fish gate did the sons and the tower of the furnaces. of Hassenaah build, wbo also 12 And next unto him repaired laid the beams thereof, and set Shallum the son of Halohesh, up the doors thereof, the locks the ruler of the half part of Jethereof, and the bars thereof. rusalem, he and his daughters 4 And next unto them repaired 13 The valley gate repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the Hanun, and the inhabitants of son of Kos. And next unto Zanoah; they built it, and set up them repaired Meshullam the the doors thereof, the locks son of Berechiah, the son of Me- thereof, and the bars thereof, and shezabeel. And next unto them a thousand cubits on the wall repaired Zadok the son of Baana. unto the dung gate.
5 And next unto them the Te- 14 But the dung gate repaired koites repaired; but their nobles Malchiah the son of Rechab, the put not their necks to the work ruler of part of Beth-haccerem; of their Lord.
he built it, and set up the doors 6 Moreover the old gate re- thereof, the locks thereof, and paired Jehoiada the son of Pa- the bars thereof. seah, and Meshullam the son of 15 But the gate of the fountain Besodeiah ; they laid the beams repaired Shallun the son of Colthereof, and set up the doors hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizthereof, and the locks thereof, pah; he built it, and covered it
, and the bars thereof.
and set up the doors thereof, the 7 And next unto them repaired locks thereof, and the bars there. Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Ja- of, and the wall of the pool of don the Meronothite, the men Siloah by the king's garden, and of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto unto the stairs that go down the throne of the governor on from the city of David. this side the river.
16 After him repaired Nehe8 Next unto him repaired Uz- miah the son of Azbuk, the ruler ziel the son of Harhaiah, of the of the half part of Beth-zur, uilgold-miths. Next unto him also to the place over against the repaired Hananiah the son of one sepulchres of David, and to the of the apothecaries, and they for- pool that was made, and uuto tified Jerusalem unto the broad the house of the mighty. wall.
17 After him repaired the Le9 And next unto them repaired vites, Rehum the son of Bani.
Next unto him repaired Hasha- from the king's high house, that biah, the ruler of the half part was by the court of the prison. of Keilah, in his part.
After him Pedaiah the son of 18 After him repaired theirbreth- Parosh. ren, Bavai the son of Henadad, 26 Moreover the Nethinims the ruler of the half part of Keilah. dwelt in Ophel, unto the place
19 And next to him repaired over against the water gate toEzer the son of Jeshua, the ruler ward the east, and the tower that of Mizpah, another piece over lieth out. against the going up to the ar- 27 After them the Tekoites remoury at the turning of the wall. paired another piece,overagainst
20 After him Baruch the son the great tower that lieth out, of Zabbai earnestly repaired the even unto the wall of Ophel. other piece, from the turning of 28 From above the horse gate the wall unto the door of the repaired the priests, every one house of Eliashib the high priest. over against his house.
21 After him repaired Mere- 29 After them repaired Zadok moth the son of Urijah the son the son of Immer over against his of Koz another piece, from the house. After him repaired also door of the house of Eliashib Shemaiah the son of Shechaneven to the end of the house of iah, the keeper of the east gate. Eliasbib.
30 After him repaired Hana22 And after him repaired the niah the son of Shelemiah, and priests, the men of the plain. Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph,
23 After him repaired Benja- another piece. After him repairmin and Hashub over against ed Meshullam the son of Bere. their house. After him repaired chiah over against his chamber. Azariah the son of Maaseiah the 31 After him repaired Malchison of Ananiah by his house. ah the goldsmith's son unto the
24 After him repaired Binnui place of the Nethinims, and of the son of Henadad another the merchants, over against the piece, from the house of Aza- gate Miphkad, and to the going riah unto the turning of the wall, up of the corner. even unto the corner.
32 And between the going up 25 Palal the son of Uzai, over of the corner unto the sheep gate against the turning of the wall, repaired the goldsmiths and the and the tower which lieth out merchants.
Of doing God's work earnestly. We see here that no sex, no station or profession of life, is exempt from the duty of working for God, or shut out from the privilege of being remembered everlastingly by Him for good. But above all others is Baruch the son of Zabbai mentioned with honour, as having done his portion of the work “earnestly.”. May we share with him this excellent commendation ! And whatever work we have to do for God, may it be seen by Him who sees the heart, that we do it heartily with all our might!
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Nehemiah prepareth at once to build and to fight. 1 But it came to pass, that watch against them day and when Sanballat heard that we night, because of them. builded the wall, he was wroth, 10 And Judah said, The strength and took great indignation, and of the bearers of burdens is democked the Jews.
cayed, and there is much rub2 And he spake before his bre- bish; so that we are not able to thren and the army of Samaria, build the wall. and said, What do these feeble 1 And our adversaries said, Jews? will they fortify them. They shall not know, neither selves ? will they sacrifice? will see, 'till we come in the midst they make an end in a day? among them, and slay them, and will they revive the stones out cause the work to cease. of the heaps of the rubbish which 12 And it came to pass,
that are burned ?
when the Jews which dwelt by 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite them came, they said unto us was by him, and he said, Even ten times, From all places whence that which they build, if a fox ye shall return unto us they will go up, he shall even break down be upon you. their stone wall.
13 Therefore set I in the lower 4 Hear, O our God; for we places behind the wall, and on are despised: and turn their re- the higher places, I even set the proach upon their own head, and people after their families with give them for a prey in the land their swords, their spears, of captivity:
their bows. 5 And cover not their iniquity, 14 And I looked, and rose up, and let not their sin be blotted and said unto the nobles, and to out from before thee: for they the rulers, and to the rest of the have provoked thee to anger be- people, Be not yeafraid of them: fore the builders.
remember the LORD, which is 6 So built we the wall; and all great and terrible, and fight for the wall was joined together un- your brethren, your sons, and to the half thereof: for the people your daughters, your wives, and had a mind to work.
7 But it came to pass, that 15 And it came to pass, when when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and our enemies heard that it was the Arabians, and the Ammo- known unto us, and God had nites, and the Ashdodites, heard brought their counsel to nought, that the walls of Jerusalem were that we returned all of us to the made up, and that the breaches wall, every one unto his work. began to be stopped, then they 16 And it came to pass from were very wroth,
that time forth, that the half of 8 And conspired all of them my servants wrought in the work, together to come and to fight and the other half of them held against Jerusalem, and to hinder both the spears, the shields, and it.
the bows, and the habergeons ; 9 Nevertheless we made our and the rulers were behind all prayer unto our God, and set a the house of Judah.
17 They which builded on the resort ye thither unto us: our wall, and they that bare burdens, God shall fight for us. with those that laded, every one
21 So we laboured in the work: with one of his hands wrought and half of them held the spears in the work, and with the other from the rising of the morning hand held a weapon.
till the stars appeared. 18 For the builders, every one 22 Likewise at the same time had his sword girded by his side, said I unto the people, Let eveand so builded. And he that ry one with his servant lodge sounded the trumpet was by me. within Jerusalem, that in the
19 And I said unto the nobles, night they may be a guard to and to the rulers, and to the rest us, and labour on the day. of the people, The work is great 23 So neither I, nor my breand large, and we are separated thren, nor my servants, nor the upon the wall, one far from men of the guard which followed another.
me, none of us putoff our clothes, 20 In what place therefore ye saving that every one put them hear the sound of the trumpet, off for washing.
LECTURE 735. Of uniting diligence, watchfulness, and courage. Here we find Nehemiah still turning himself to God in prayer, when under scorn, as well as in every other trouble : « Hear, O our God; for we are despised.” Nor does it surprise us to find him praying for the punishment of these scorners, when we see that he looks
their scorn as directed against God Himself: “for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.” In the midst of all this scorn the work made such rapid progress, that half the circuit of the city was soon complete; the materials of the old wall being nigh at hand, and large portions of it being probably still standing.
Moreover the people had a mind to work." And a willing mind makes all the difference in the progress of our work, whether it be for earth or heaven that we labour. But if scorn could not move Nehemiah from his purpose, he was equally resolved, that neither fraud nor force should hinder his success. For this purpose he bade the people be ever on their guard, and have their arms always at hand; and he himself kept constant watch that he might apprize them of the approaches of the enemy. A pattern this of the believer's course in this life, to labour for God with one hand, and to wield the sword of the Spirit against the adversary with the other; and to persevere in working from the morning of life until the evening thereof, with entire reliance on God's prospering our works, and on his ensuring us the victory. God grant that we may watch so carefully, and work so diligently, and contend against Satan so stedfastly, that neither scorn nor violence may prevent us from making constant progress in building up our souls for heaven!
The debts of the poor are remitted. 1 And there was a great cry of our enemies? the people and of their wives 10 I likewise, and my brethren, against their brethren the Jews. and my servants, might exact of
2 For there were that said, We, them money and corn: I pray our sons, and our daughters, are you, let us leave off this usury. many: therefore we take up 11 Restore, I pray you, to corn for them, that we may eat, them, even this day, their lands, and live.
their vineyards, their olive-yards, 3 Some also there were that and their houses, also the hunsaid, We have mortgaged our dredth part of the money, and of lands, vineyards, and houses, the corn, the wine, and the oil, that we might buy corn, because that ye exact of them. of the dearth.
12 Then said they, We will 4 There were also that said, restore them, and will require We have borrowed money for nothing of them; so will we do the king's tribute, and that upon as thou sayest. Then I called our lands and vineyards. the priests, and took an oath of 5 Yet now our flesh is as the them, that they should do acflesh of our brethren, our chil- cording to this promise. dren as their children: and, lo, 13 Also I shook my lap, and we bring into bondage our sons said, So God shake out every and our daughters to be servants, man from his house, and from and some of our daughters are his labour, that performeth not brought unto bondage already: this promise, even thus be he neither is it in our power to re- shaken out, and emptied. And deem them; for other men have all the congregation said, Amen, our lands and vineyards. and praised the LORD. And 6 And I was very angry when the people did according to this I heard their cry and these words. promise.
7 Then I consulted with my- 14 Moreover from the time that self
, and I rebuked the nobles, I was appointed to be their goand the rulers, and said unto vernor in the land of Judah, from them, Ye exact usury, every the twentieth year even unto the one of his brother. And I set a two and thirtieth year of Artagreat assembly against them. xerxes the king, that is, twelve 8 And I said unto them, We years, I and my brethren have not after our ability have redeemed eaten the bread of the governor. our brethren the Jews, which 15 But the former governors were sold unto the heathen; and that had been before me were will ye even sell your brethren? chargeable unto the people, and or shall they be sold unto us? had taken of them bread and wine, Then held they their peace, and beside forty shekels of silver; found nothing to answer.
yea, even their servants bare rule 9 Also I said, It is not good over the people: but so did not that
ye do : ought ye not to walk 1, because of the fear of God. in the fear of our God because 16 Yea, also I continued in the of the reproach of the heathen work of this wall, neither bought