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CHAP. I.

i Nehemiah understanding by Hanani, the Misery es Jerusalem mourneth, sajleth and prayeth. 5 His Prayer.

Ver. 1 HHH H E Words of Nehemiah the Son of Ha"chaliah. And it came to pass in the Month Chisleu, in the twentieth Year, as I was in Shuslian 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: the Wall of Jerusalem also is broken down,

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and the Gates thereof are burn;.

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4 And it Came to pass when I heard these Words, that I fat down and Wept, and Mourned certain Days, and Fasted, and Prayed before the God of Heaven,

5 And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of Heaven, the Great and Terrible God, that keepeth Covenant and Mercy for them that Love him and Observe his Commandments:

6 Let thine Ear now be At Tentive, and thine Eyes oPen, that thou mayest hear the Prayer of thy Servant, which I pray before thee now, Day and Night, for the Children of Israel thy Servants, and Confess the Sins of the Children of Israel, which we have Sinned against thee: both I, and my Father's House have finned.

7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the Commandments, nor the Statutes, nor the Judgments which thou commandest thy Servant Moses.

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I will scatter you abroad a- contrary onto me,

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mong the Nations. contrary, and have brought them in

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and do them; though there Punishment of their Iniquity.

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unto the Place that I have chosen to set my Name there.

I o Now these are thy Servants, and thy People whom thou hast Redeemed by thy Great Power, and by thy Strong Hand.

II O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine Ear be AtTentive to the Prayer of thy Servants, who desire to Fear1 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 Cup-bearer,

CHAP. II.

1 Artaxerxes understanding the Cause of NehemiaVs Sadness,

sendetb him with Letters and Commission to Jerusalem. 9

N n n a "Nehfmiah Nehemiah to the Grief of the Enemies eometh to Jerusalem. 12 He vieiveth secretly the Ruins of the Walls. 17 He inciteth the Jews to build in Despite of the Enemies.

Ver. 1 A ND it came to pass in the Month Nisan, in the jfiL twentieth Year of 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 before Time Sad in his Prefence.

2 Wherefore the King said unto me, Why is thy Countenance Sad, seeing thou art not fick? this is nothing else but Sorrow of Heart. Then I was very fore asraid,

3 And said unto the King, Let the King live for ever: why should not my Countenance be sad, when 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.

And I said unto the King, If it please the King, and if thy Servant have sound Favour in thy Sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah unto the City of my Fathers Sepulchres, that I may build it.

6 And the King said unto me, (the Queen also fitting 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 a Time.

7 Moreover, I said unto the King, If it please the King, let Letters be given me to the Governors beyond' the Rives, 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, according to the good »L.id of my God upon me.

9 Then I came to the Go%'ernors beyond the River, and gave them the King's Letters. (Now the King had sent Captains of the Army, and Horsemen with me.)

10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the Servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a Man to seek the Welfare of the Children of Israel.

11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three Days.

17 Then

17 Then said I, Ye see the Distrefs that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the Gates thereof are burnt with Fire: come let us build up the Wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a Reproach.

18 Then I told them of the Hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the King's Words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their Hands for this good Work.

19 But when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Gesshem the Arabian heard it, they laughed us to Scorn, and defpised us, and said, What is this Thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the King.

20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God Of Heaven he will profper us; therefore we his Servants will arise and build: but you have no Portion, nor Right, nor Memorial in Jerusalem.

CHAP. III.

The Names and Order of them that builded the Wall.

CHAP. IV.

\ While the Enemies scoff Nehemiah prayeth and continueth the Work. 7 Under/landing the Wrath aud Secrets of the Enemy, he fetteth a Watch. 13 He armeth the Labourers, 19 And giveth military Precepts.

Ver. '"DUT it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard xJ that we builded the Wall, he was wroth, and took great Indignation, and mocked the Jews.

2 And he spake before his Brethren and the Army of Samaria, and said, What do thefe seeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an End in a Day? will they revive the Stones out of the Heaps of the Rubbish, which are burnt?

3 Now Tobiah said, Even that which they build, if a Fox go up, he shall even break down their Stone-wall.

4 Hear, O Our God, for we are defpised: and turn their Reproach upon their own Head, and give them for a Prey in the Land of Captivity.

5 And cover not their Iniquity, and let not their Sin be

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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 when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Afhdodites, beard 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 £ght against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

9 Nevertheless, we made our Prayer unto our God, and set a Watch against them Day and Night, because of them.

14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the Nobles, and to the Rulers, and to the rest of the People, Be not ye afraid of them: Remember the Lord which is Great and Terrible, and fight for your Brethren, your Sons and your Daughters, your Wives and your Houses.

CHAP. V.

I The Jews complain of their Debt, Mortgage, and Bondage. 6 Nehemiah rebuketh tie Usurers, and cause!h them to mate a Covenant of Restitution. 14 He for beareth his own Allowance, and keepeth Hospitality.

Ver. 1 AND there was a great Cry of the People, and of A their Wives against their Brethren the Jews.

2 For there were that said, We, 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.

5 Yet now our Flesh is as the Flesh of our Brethren, our Children as their Children: and lo, we bring into Bondage cur Sons and our Daughters to be Servants, and some of

our

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