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The Levites confession of God's NETIEMÁN goodness and their wickedness

6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thon bastpoople of the land, that they might do with them made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all as they would. their host, the carth, and all things that are 25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and and possessed houses full of all goods, wells dig. thou preservest them all; and the host of hea-ged, vineyards and olive-yards, and fruit-trees ven worshippeth thee.

in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, Thou ari the LORD the God, who didst choose and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the great goodness. Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham ; 26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, and re& And foundest his heart faithful before thee, belled against thee, and cast thy law behind theit and inadest a covenant with him to give the land backs, and slew thy prophets which testified of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Ainorites, and against them to turn them to thec, and they the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Gir- wrought great provocations. gashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast, 27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the perforined thy words; for thou art righteous : hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in 9 And didst see the atfliction of our fathers in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea; thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and ac

10 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pha-cording to thy manifold mercies thou gavest raoli, and on all his servants, and on all the peo- them saviours, who saved them out of the hand ple of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt of their enemies. proudly against them. So didst thou get thee al. 28 But after they had rest, they did evil again name, as it is this day.

before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the 11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, liand of their enemies, so that they had the doso that they went through the midst of the sea on ininion over them: yet when they returned and the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heainto the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters. ven; and many times didst thou deliver them

12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the day by a according to thy mercies; cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of 29 And testifiedst against them, that thou might-' fire, to give them light in the way wherein they est bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt should go.

proudly, and hearkened not into thy command. 13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, ients, but sinned against thy judgments, (which and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest if a man do, he shall live in them ;) and withthem right judgments, and true laws, good sta- drew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and tutes and commandments:

would not hear. 14 And madest known unto them thy holy sab- 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and batlı, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in "ly proand laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: phets : yet would they riot give ear: therefore

15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their gavest thou them into the hand of the people of hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out the lands. of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies' sake that they should go in to possess the land which thou didst not utterly consume thein, nor forsake thou hadst sworn to give them.

them; for thou art å gracious and merciful God. 16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and 32 Now therefore, our God, thegreat, the mighty, hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and commandinents,

mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before 17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, ou of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but our princes, and on our priests, and on our prohardened their necks, and in their rebellion ap- phets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, pointed a captain to return to their bondage: but since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day. ihou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and 33 Howbeit, thon art just in all that is brought merciful, siow to anger, and of great kindness, upon is; for thou hast done right, but we have and forsookest them not.

done wickedly: 18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our and said, This is tliy God that brought thee up out priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor incarof Egypt, and had wrought great provocations; kened unto thy commandments and thy testimo

19 Yel ihou in thy manifold mercies forsookest nies, wherewith thou didst testify against theni. them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud 35 For they have not served thee in their kingdeparted not from them by day, to lead them in dom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest the way; neither the pillarof tire by night, lo shew them, and in the large and fat land which thou them light, and the way wherein they should go.gavest before them, neither turned they from

20 Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to instruct their wicked works. them, and withheldest not thy manna from their 36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for mouth, and gavest then water for their thirst. the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat 21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their we are servants in it: clothes waxed not old, their feet swelled not. 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings

22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms and whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: nations, and didst divide them into corners: so also they have dominion over our bodies, and they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king great distress. of Bashani.

38 And because of all this we make a sure co23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the venant and write it; and our princes, Levites, stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the and priests, seal unto it. land, concerning which thou hadst promised to

CHAP. X. their fathers, that they should go in to possess it. The obligations of the covenant. 2.8 and children went ber and possense in the Noshlache, the sealed were Nehemiah the

TirshathaZid. bitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest kijah, them into their hands, with their kings, and thel 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

The points of the copenant.


Who dwell in Jerusalem 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

the Levites when the Levites take tithes: and 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into 7 Meshullain, Abijali, Mijamin,

the treasure-house. 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shenaiah: these were the 39 for the children of Israel and the children of priests.

Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Aza- new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, wiicre niah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel ; are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests 10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Ilodijah, Ke- that minister, and the porters, and the singers: lita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

and we will not forsake the house of our God. 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,


i 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

Names of the dwellers in Jerusalem. 14 The chief of the people: Paroslı, Pahain. AND the rulers of the peopie dwelt at Jeru

salem : the rest of the people also cast lots, Moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,

to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the lioly 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

city, and nine parts dwell in other cities. 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

2 And the people blessed all the men that wil17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

lingly offered thieniselves to dwell at Jerusalem. 18 Hodijah, Hashim, Bezai,

3 11 Now these are the chief of the province that 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, lo 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

wit, Israel, ihe priests, and the Levites, and the Ne22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

thinims, and the children of Solomon's servants. 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

i 4 And at Jerusalem dwell certain of the children 24 Hallohesh, Pilelia, Shobek,

of Juilah, and of the children of Benjamin. Oi 25 Rehum, Haslabnah, Maaseial,

the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of Uz 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

zial, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariali, 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of 28 !! And the rest of the people, the priests, the the children of Perez;' Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, 5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of and all they that had separated themselves froin Cot-lozeh, the son of Ilazaiah, the son of Adaithe people of the lands unto the law of God, their ah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one son of Shiloni. having knowledge, and having understanding; 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem

29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, were four hundred thrcescore and eighit valiant and entered into a curse, and into an oath, 10 men. walk in God's law, which was given by Moses 7 And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the the servant of God, and to observe and do all son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, his judgments and his statutes ;

the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah. 30 and that we would not give our daughtersj 8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine bundred unto the people of the land, nor take their daugh- twenty and eight. ters for our sons:

9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: 31 And if the people of the land bring ware or and Judah the son of Senuah was second over any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we the city. would not buy it of thein on the sabbath, or on 10 or the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, the holy day; and that we would leave the se. Jachin. venth year, and the exaction of every debt. 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Me

32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge shullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the housc of God. for the service of the house of our God;

12 And their brethren that did the work of the 33 For the shew-bread, and for the continual house were eight hundred twenty and two: ani meat-offering, and for the continual burnt-offer- Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, ing, of the sabbaths, of the new-inoons, for the the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the of Pashur, the son of Małchiah, sin-offerings to make an atonement for Israel, 13 Aud his brethren, chief of the fathers, two and for all the work of the house of our God. hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of 34 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Azarecl, the son of Ahasai, the son of MeshilleLevites, and the people, for the wood-offering, moth, the son of Immer, to bring it into the house of our God, after the 14 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, a houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our was Zabdiel, tlie son of one of the great men. God, as it is written in the law:

15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of 35 And to bring the first-fruits of our ground, Hashiub, the son of Azrikam, the son of llashaand the first-fruits of all fruit of all trees, year biah, the son of Bunni; by year, unto the house of the LORD:

16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief 36 Also the first-born of our sons, and of our of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward caitle, as it is written in the law, and the first-business of the house of God. lings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to 17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of the house of our God, unto the priests that minis- Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin ter in the house of our God.

the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukial the 37 And that we should bring the first-fruits of secoud among his brethren, and Abda the son of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun. manuer of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the 18 All the Levites in the holy city were two priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; hundred fourscore and four. and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and that the same Levites might have the titles in their brethren that kept the gates, were a hunall the cities of our tillage.

Idred seventy and two.


The succession of high priests. NEHEMIAH.

Cerlain chief Levites 2017 And the residue of Israel, of the priests, | 22 11 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiaand the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, da, and Jolanan, and Jaddua, were recorded every one in his inheritance.

chief of the fathers : also the priests, to the reign 21 But the Nethinins dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha or Darius the Persian. and Gispa were over the Nethinims.

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, 22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem were written in the book of the Chronicles, even was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the 24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, sons of Asaph, the singers were over the busi- Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, ssith ness of the house of God.

their brethren over against them, to praise and 23 For it was the king's commandment con- co give thanks, according to the conmandment or cerning them, that a certain portion should be David the man of God, ward over against ward. for the singers, due for every day

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Me-
24 And Petbahiah the son of Aleshezabeel, of shullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping
the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the he ward at the thiresholds of the gates.
king's hand in all matters concerning the people. 26 These roere in the days of Joiakim the son of

25 And for the villages, with their fields, some Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of
of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjath-arba, Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest,
and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and in the scribe.
the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the 27 11 And at the dedication of the wall of Jeru-
villages thereof,

salem, they sought the Levites out of all their 26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Beth- places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the phelet,

dedication with glauness, both with thanksgi27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beer-sheba, and vings, and with singing, with cymbals, psallein the villages thereof,

ries, and with harps. 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the 'And the sons of the singers gathered themvillages thereof,

selves together, both out of the plain country 29 And at F.u-riumon, and at Zareah, and at round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Jarmu:h,

Netophathi; 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had in the villages thereof. And they dwelt Trom builded them villages round about Jerusalem. Beer-sheba unto the valley of llinnom.

30 And the priests and the Levites purified 31 The children also of Benjamin from Gebatheinselves, and purified the people, and the duelt at Michmash, and Aija, and Beth-el, and gates, and the wall. in their villages,

31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, the wall, and appointed two great companies of 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittain,

them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

right liand upon the wall toward the dung-gate: 35 Lod, and Duo, the valley of craftsinen. 32 And after them went lloshajali, and half of 36 And of the Levites ere divisions in Judah, the princes oi' Judah, and in Benjamin.

33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, CHAP. XII.

34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiali, and
Dedication of the wall, de.

OW these are the priests and the Levites 35 And certain of the priests' sons with trum-
Shcaltiel, and Jeshua : Seraialı, Jeremiah, Ezra, son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the sose of
2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: 3 Shcchaniah, Relum, Meremoth,

36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azaraci, 4 lddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judalı, ila 5 Mianıin, Maadiah, Bilyalı,

nani, with the musical instruments of David thic 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them. 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedlaiah. These were 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was over the chief of the priests and of their brethren in against then, they went up by the stairs of the the days of Jeshua.

ciiy of David, at ihe going up of the wall, above 8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kad- the house of David, even unto the water-gate miel, Sherebiah, Judall, and Mattaniali, which eastward. was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren. 38 And the other company of their that gave

9 Also Bakbukiah and Unu, their brethren, thanks went over against them, and I after them, were over against them in the watches. and the half of the people upon the wall, from

10 $ And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, broad wall;

li And Joinda begat Jonathan, and Jonathan 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and begat Jaddua.

above thc old gate, and above the tish-gate, and 12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the the lower of liananeel, and the tower of Meali, chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of even unto the sheep-gate: and they stood still Jeremiah, Hananiah;

in the prison-gate. 1307 Ezra, Meshullain; of Amariah, Jehohanan; 40 So stood the two companies of them that gave 14 Of Melici, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph; thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half 15 Or Harini, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; of the rulers with me : 16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshul-| 41 And the priests ; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Minialain;

min, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hana. 17 Or Abijalı, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadi- niah, with trumpets ; al, Piltai;

42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaial, and Eleazar. 18 Of Bilgah, Shanmua; of Shemaiah, Jeho- and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijalı, and Dathan;

Elain, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with 19 And of Joiarib, Matienai; of Jedaialı, Uzzi; Jezralıiah their overseer. 20 Or Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber:

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and 210C Hilkiali, llaslabial;of Jedaiah, Neshaneel. rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice wicb

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The violation of the sabbath. great joy: the wives also and the children rejoic-, for they were counted faithful; and their office ed: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even was to distribute unto their brethren. afar off.

14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, 44 11 And at that time were some appointed over and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. for the first-fruits, and for the tithes, to gather 15 11 In those days saw I in Judah some treadinto them out of the fields of the cities the por- ing wine-presses on the sabbath, and bringing in tions of the law for the priests and Levites: for sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, Judal rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they that waited.

brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and 45 And both the singers and the porters kept 1 testified against them in the day wherein they the ward of their Gud, and the ward of the puri- sold

victuals. fication, according to the commandmentor David, 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which and of Solomon his son.

brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in There were chief of the singers, and songs of praise Jerusalem. and thanksgiving unto God.

17 'Then I contended with the nobles of Judali, 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and and said unto thein, What evil thing is this thai in the days of Nehemiah, gavcthc portions of the ye do, and profane the sabbath day? singers and the porters, every day his portion 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not out and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites ; God bring all this cvil upon us, and upon this and the Levites sanctified them unto the yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by dren of Aaron.

profaning the sabbath. CHAP. XIII.

19 And it came to pass, that, when the gates of Nehemiah's zeal and reformation. Jerusalem began to he dark before the sabbath, I ON N that day they read in the book of Moses in commanded that the gates should be shut, and

the audience of the people; and therein was charged that they should not be opened till after found written, that the Ammonite and the Mo- the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at abite should not come into the congregation of the gates, that there should no burden be brought God for ever ;

in on the sabbath day. 2 Because they met not the children of Israel 20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of with bread and with water, but hi Balaam ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. against them, that he should curse them: how- 21 Then I testified against them, and said unto beit, our God turned the curse into a blessing. them, Why lodge ye about the wall ? if ye do so

3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard again, I will lay hands on you. From that time the law, that they separated from Israel all the forth came they no more on the sabbath. mixed multitude.

22And I commanded the Levites, that they should 4 11 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having cleanse themselves, and that they should come and the oversight of the chamber of the house of our keep the gates, io sanctify the sabbath day. ReGod, was allied unto Tobiah :

meniber me, O my God, concerning this also, and 5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. where aforetime they laid the ineat-offerings, the 23 11 In those days also saw I Jews that had marfrankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of ried wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: uie corn, the new wine, and the oil, (which was 24 And their children spake half in the speech of commanded to be given to the Levites,andthesing. Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' laners,and the porters,) and the offerings of the priests. guage, but accordingto the languageofeach people. 6 But in all this time was not l' at Jerusalem : 25 And I contended with thein, and cursed them, for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes and smote certain of them, and plucked off their king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye certain days obtained I leave of the king: shall not give your daughters into their sons, nor

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of lakc their daughters unto your sons, or for yourthe evil that Eliashibdid for Tobiah, in preparing selves. him a chainber in the courts of the house of God. 26 Did not Solomon king of Isracl sin hy these

8 Anditgrieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all things ? yet among many nations was there no the household-stuff of Tobiahout of the chamber. king like him, who was beloved of his God, and

9 Then I coinmanded, and they cleansed thc God made liim king over all Israel : nevertheless chanibers: and thither brought l again the ves- even him did outlandish women cause to sin. sels of the house of God, with the meat-offering 27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this and the frankincense.

great evil, to transgress against our God in mar. 10 !! And I perceived that the portions of the frying strange wives? Levites had not been given them for the Levites 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of and the singers, that did the work, were fled every Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law to Sanbalone to his field.

lat the lloronite: therefore I chased him froin me. 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, 29 Remember them, O my God, because they Why is the house of God forsaken? AndI gather-Have defiled the priestlinoil, and the covenant or eil them together, and set them in their place. the priesthood, and of the Levites.

12. Then brought all Judah the tithe of ihe corn 30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and and the new wine and the oil unto the treastıries. appointed the wardsof the priests and the Levites, 13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, every one in luis business; Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe; and 31 And for the wood-offering, at times appointof the Levites, Pedaiah : and next to them was cd, and for the first-fruits. Remember me,'o my Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah:'God, for good.

4 The Book of ESTHER. CHAP. I.

dred and seven and twenty provinces :) Ahasuerus' royal feasts.

2 That in those days, when the king Aliasueris NO

OW it came to pass in the days of Aba- sat on the throne of his kingdoni, which was in

suerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reign- Shushan the palacc. ed from India even unto Ethiopia, over a hun-| 3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast

Vashti's disobedience.


A new queen to be chosen on:o all his princes and his servants; the power ces, into every province according to the writing of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of thereof, and to every people after their language, the provinces, being before him:

that every man should bear rule in his own 4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious king-house; and that it should be published accos. dom and the honour of his excellent majesty nauy ding to the language of every people. days, even a hundred and fourscore days.

CHAP. II. 5 And when these days were expired, the king

Esther chosen queen. made a feast unto all

the people blue were prea After these things, when the wrath of king small, seven days, in the court of the garden of Yashti, and what she had done, and what was the king's palace;.

decreed against her. 6 Where were white, green, and blue hangings, 2 Then said the king's servants that ministered fastened with cords of fine linen and purpie to unto him, Let there be fair young virgins souglio silver rings and pillars of marble : the beds were for the king : of gold and silver, upon pavement of red, and 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the problue, and white, and black marble.

vinces of his kingdon, that they may gather to7 And they gave them drink iu vessels of gold, gether all the fair young virgins unto Shushan (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and the palace, to the house of the women, unto the royal wine in abundance, according to the state custody of Llege the king's chanıberlain, keeper of the king

of the women; and let their things for purifica8 And the drinking was according to the law; tion be given them : none did compel: for so the king had appointed 4 And let the maidon which plcaseth the king to all the officers of his house, that they should be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing do according to every man's pleasure.

pleased the king; and he did so. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the 5 11 Noro in Shushan the palace there was a cerwomen in the royal house which belonged to tain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of king Ahasuerus.

Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Ben10 :1 On the seventh day, when the heart of the jamite ; king was merry with wine, he commanded Me Who had been carried away from Jerusalem hunan, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, with the captivity which had been carried away Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains thai with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadserved in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, nezzar the king of Babylon bad carried away.

11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king. 7 And he brought up Hadassah, (that is, Esther,) with the crown royal, to shew the people and the his uncle's daughter : for she had neither father princes her beauty: for she was fair io look on. nor mother, and the maid was fair and beauti

12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the ful; whom Morilecai, when her father, and king's comioandment by his chamberlains: there- mother were dead, took for his own daughter. fore was the king very wroth, and his anger 8 11 So it came to pass, when the king's comburned in him.

inandment and his decree was heard, and when 13 11 Then the king said to the wise men, which many maidens were gathered together unto Shuknew the times, (for so was the king's manner shan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that toward all that knew law and judgment: Esther was brought also unto the king's house,

14 And the next unto him was Carshena, She- to the custody of Hegai, kecper of the women. thar, Admatlia, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and 9 And the maiden pleased hiin, and she obtain Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Me-ed kindness of hiin; and he speedily gave her dia, which saw the king's face, and which sat lier things for purification, with such things as the first ia the kingdom ;)

belonged to her, and seven maidens which were 15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti ac- meet to be given hier, out of the king's house: cording to law, because she hath not per- and he preferred her and her maids unto the best formed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus place of the house of the women. by the chamberlains ?

10 Esther had not shewed her people nor hier 16 And Memucan answered before the king and kindred : for Mordecai had charged her that she the princes, Vashti tbe queen hath vot done should not shew it. wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, 11 And Mordecai walked every day before the and to all the people that are in all the provinces court of the women's house, to know how Esther of the king Ahasuerus.

did, and what should become of her. 17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad 19 4 Now when every maid's turn was come to unto all women, so that they shall despise their go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, iwelve months, according to the manner of the The king Ahasuerus cominanded Vashti the queen women, (tor so were the days of their purifito be brought in before him, but she came not. cations accomplished, to wit, six months with

18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, say this day unto all the king's princes, which and with other things for the purifying of the wohave heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall men;) there arise too much contempi and wrath. 13 'T'hen thus came every maiden unto the king;

19 If it please the king, let there go a royal com- whatsoever she desired was given her to go with mandment from him. and let it be written among her out of the house of the women unto the the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it king's house. be not altered, That Vashti come no more before 14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her coyal she returned into the second house of the wo estate unto another that is better than she. meu, to the custody or Shaashgan, the king's

20 And when the king's decree which he shall chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she make shall be published throughout all his em- came in unto the king no inore, except the king depire, (for it is great,) all thc wives shall give to lighted in her, and that shc were called by name. iheir liusbands honour, both to great and small. 15 1 Now when the turn of Esther, the daugh.

21 And the saying pleased the king and the ter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had princes; and the king did according to the word taken hier for his daughter, was come to go in un. of Memucan:

to the king, she required nothing but what llegal 22 For hc sent leuters into all the king's provin- the king's chanıberlain, the keeper of the wo


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