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ver. 15.

ver. 16.

ver. 17.

Before The offices of priests and Levites uppoini. ed in the temple.

vites out of all their places, to bring them CHRIST, 445.

to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with

gladness, both with thanksgivings, and Levites that went up with Zerub

with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, babel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: "Ezra 2. 1. and with harps. Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

1 or, Melicu, 28 And the sons of the singers assem2 Amariah, 1 Malluch, Hattush,

bled, both out of the plain country around

2 or, She. 3.2 Shechaniah, 3 Rehum, Meremoth,

Jerusalem, and from the villages of Ne

baniah, 4 Iddo, 5 Ginnetho, Abijah,

tophathi; 5 6 Miamin, 7 Maadiah, Bilgah,

3 or, Harim,

29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: 7 8 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. 1 or, for the singers had built them villages These were the chief of the priests and Meraioth, around Jerusalem. of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.

30 And the priests and the Levites po8 Moreover the Levites : Jeshua, Bin- 5 or, rified themselves, and purified the peonui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Ginnethon, ple, and the gates, and the wall. Mattaniah, who was over 9 the thanksgiv

31 Then I brought up the princes of

6 or, ing, he and his brethren.


Judah upon the wall, and appointed two 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their

great companies of them that gare thanks, brethren, were over against them in the 7 or, of which one went on the right hand upon watches.

Moadiah, the wall towards the dung-gate: 10 I And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joia- ver. 17. 32 And after them went Hoshaiah, kim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib or, Sallai, and half of the princes of Judah,

ver. begat Joiada,

33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshul

9 That is, il And Joiada begat Jonathan, and

the psalms

lam, Jonathan begat Jaddua.

of thanks 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shema12 And in the days of Joiakim were gidinge. iah, and Jeremiah, priests, the chief of the fathers: of Se-10 i Chr. 9. 35 And certain of the priests' sons raiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hana- 14, &c. with trumpets; namely, Zechariah the niah;

10 or, treas. son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, 13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, assemblies. the son of Mattaniab, the son of MichaJehohanan;

iah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Sheba

36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and niah, Joseph;

Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethan15 of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth,

eel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical Helkai;

instruments of David the man of God, 16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginne

and Ezra the scribe before them. thon, Meshullam;

37 And at the fountain-gate, which 17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin,

was over against them, they went up by of Moadiah, Piltai;

the stairs of the city of David, at the as18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shema

cent of the wall, above the house of Daiah, Jehonathan;

vid, even to the water-gate eastward. 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Je

38 And the other company of them daiah, Uzzi;

thai gare thanks went over against then, 20 Or Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

and I after them, and the half of the peo21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jeda

ple upon the wall, from beyond the tower iah, Nethaneel.

of the furnaces even to the broad wall; 22 7 The Levites in the days of Eli

39 And from above the gate of ashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua,

Ephraim, and above the old gate, and were recorded chief of the fathers : also 11 Heb. above the fish-gate, and the tower of Hathe priests, to the reign of Darius the made their naneel, and the tower of Meah, even to Persian.

voice to be the sheep-gate: and they stood still in the 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the

prison-gate. fathers, were written in the book of the

40 So stood the two companies of them b chronicles, even till the days of Joha

that gave thanks in the house of God, nan the son of Eliashib.

and I, and the half of the rulers with me: 24 And the chief of the Levites: Ha

41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseshabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son

iah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Ze. of Kadmiel, with their brethren over

chariah, and Hananjah, with trumpets; against them, to praise and to give thanks

42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and according to the commandment of Da

Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and vid the man of God, ward over against

Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And ward.

the singers 11 sang loud, with Jezrahiah 25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Oba

their overseer. diah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were

43 Also that day they offered great saporters keeping the ward at the 10 thresh

crifices, and rejoiced: for God had made holds of the gates.

them rejoice with great joy : the wives 26 These were in the days of Joiakim

also and the children rejoiced : so that the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak,

the joy of Jerusalem was heard even and in the days of Nehemiah the gover

afar off. nor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.

44 | And at that time were some ap27 | And at the dedication of the

pointed over the chambers for the treaswall of Jerusalem they sought the Le

ures, for the offerings, for the first-fruits,


2 Heb. ears.


Before and for the tithes, to gather into them out


for the Levites and the singers, that did of the fields of the cities the portions of 434. the work, had fled every one to his field. 12 the law for the priests and Levites: 13

11 Then I contended with the rulers, for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for

and said, Why is the house of God forthe Levites in that waited.

saken ? and I assembled them, and set 45 And both the singers and the por

12 That is, them in their 7 place. ters kept the ward of their God, and the by the law.


12 Then all Judah brought the tithe ward of the purification, according to 13 Heb. of the corn and the new wine and the the commandment of David, and of Sol- for the joy oil to the 8 treasuries. omon his son.

of Judah.

13 And I made treasurers over the

14 Heb. 46 For in the days of David, d and that stood. treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and ZaAsaph of old there were chief of ihe sin- i Chr. 25. dok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedagers, and songs of praise and thanksgiv- & 26. iah : and 9 next to them was Hanan the

di Chr. 25. ing to God.

1, &c.

son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: 47 And all Israel in the days of Ze- 15'That is, for they were accounted faithful; and 10 rubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, set apari. their office was to distribute to their

e Num. 18. gave the portions of the singers and the

brethren. porters, every day his portion: and they 1 Heb. 14 < Remember me, O my God, con15 sanctified holy things to the Levites; there was cerning this, and wipe not out my in good and the Levites sanctified them to the read. deeds that I have done for the house of children of Aaron.

Deut. 23. 3. my God, and for its 12 offices.

6 Num. 22. 5. 15 T In those days I saw in Judah 1 Upon the reading of the laro, separation is

Josh. 24. 9. some treading wine presses on the sabmade from the mixed multitude. 4 Nehe.

3 Heb.

bath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading miah at his return causeth the chambers to being set

asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and be cleansed. 10 He reformeth the offices in

4 Heb. the the house of God, 15 the violation of the sab.

all manner of burdens, which they bath, 23 and the marriages with foreign command; brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath wires.

ment of the

day: and I testified against them in the


day in which they sold provisions. Moses in the audience of the peo- the end of 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also ple; and therein was found written, 6 or, i earn.

therein, who brought fish, and all man& that the Ammonite and the Moabite

estly re.

ner of wares, and sold on the sabbath to should not come into the congregation quested. the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. of God for ever:

17 Then I contended with the nobles 2 Because they met not the children

of Judah, and said to them, What evil of Israel with bread and with water, but

thing is this that ye do, and profane the b hired Baalam against them, that he 7 Heb. sabbath day? should curse them: but our God turned standing. 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did the curse into a blessing.

pot our God bring all this evil upon us, 3 Now it came to pass, when they had

or, store.

and upon this city ? yet ye bring more

houses. heard the law, that they separated from

wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabIsrael all the mixed multitude.

bath. 4 And before this, Eliashib the Heb. at 19 And it came to pass, that, when the

their hand. priest, 3 having the oversight of the

gates of Jerusalem began to be dark bechamber of the house of our God, was

fore the sabbath, I commanded that the allied to Tobiah:

10 Heb. it gates should be shut, and charged that 5 And he had prepared for him a great

was upon

they should not be opened till after the

them. chamber, where formerly they laid the

sabbath: and I set some of my servants meat-offerings, the frankincense, and the

at the gates, that there should no burden vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the

be brought in on the sabbath day. new wine, and the oil, 4 which was com

20 So the merchants and sellers of all

11 Heb. manded to be given to the Levites, and kindnesses. kind of wares lodged without Jerusalem the singers, and the porters; and the of

once or twice. ferings of the priests.

21 Then I testified against them, and 6 But in all this time I was not at Je- serrations. said to them, Why lodge ye 13 about the rusalem: for in the two and thirtieth

wall ? if ve do so again, I will lay hands year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon 1 13 Heb. be on you. From that time forth they came came to the king, and 5 after certain fore, the

no more on the sabbath.

wall ? days I 6 obtained leave of the king :

22 And I commanded the Levites, that 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and un- 14 of, multi. they should cleanse themselves, and that derstood of the evil that Eliashib did for lude. they should come and keep the gates, to Tobiah, in preparing for him a chamber

sanctify the sabbath day. Remember in the courts of the house of God. 15 Heb. had me, O my God, concerning this also, and

8 And it grieved me greatly: therefore made to spare me according to the 14 greatness of I cast forth all the household stuff of To- duell with thy mercy.

them. biab out of the chamber.

23 1 In those days also I saw Jews that 9 Then I commanded, and they cleans-15 gebruikely 15 had married wives of Ashdod, of Amed the chambers: and thither I brought not to

mon, and of Moab: again the vessels of the house of God, speak. 24 And their children spoke half in the with the meat-offering and the frankin

17 Heb. of

speech of Ashdod, and 16 could not speak cense.

people and in the Jews language, but according to 10 1 And I perceived that the portions people. the language 17 of each people. of the Levites had not been given them :

25 And I contended with them, and


( ver. 22.

12 or, ob

Before 18 cursed them, and smote certain of


28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the them, and plucked off their hair, and 434. son of Eliashib the high priest, was sonmade them swear by God, saying, Ye

in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: thereshall not give your daughters to their

fore I chased him from me. sons, por take their daughters to your them.

18 or, reviled

29 Remember them, O my God, 19 besons, or for yourselves.

cause they have defiled the priesthood, 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin

and the covenant of the priesthood and by these things ? yet among many nations

of the Levites.

d 1 Kings 11. was there no king like him, who was be

1, &c.

30 Tbus I cleansed them from all loved by his God, and God made him

strangers, and appointed the wards of king over all Israel: dnevertheless even

the priests and the Levites, every one in him did outlandish women cause to sin.

19 Heb. for

his business; 27 Shall we then hearken to you to do the defil. 31 And for the wood-offering, at times all this great evil, to transgress against ings. appointed, and for the first-fruits. Reour God in marrying foreign wives?

member me, O my God, for good.


1 Heb.

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CHRIST, 1 Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts. 10 Vashti

519. to every man's pleasure. sent for, refuseth to come. 13 Ahasuerus by

9 Also Vashii the queen made a seast the counsel of Memucan, maketh the decree

for the women in the royal house which of men's sovereignty.


belonged to king Ahasuerus. W it came to pass in the days of

109 On the seventh day, when the Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus who 2 or, violet.

heart of the king was merry with wine, reigned from India even to Cush, over

he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Hara hundred and seven and lwenty pro- 3 or, of por., bona, Bigtba, and Abagtha, Zethar, and vinces :)

phyre, and Carcas, the seven 6 chamberlains that 2 That in those days, when the king marble and served in the presence of Ahasuerus the Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his king- and stone

king, dom, which was in Shushan the palace, of blue col.

Il To bring Vashti the queen before 3 In the third year of his reign, he or. the king with the crown royal, to show made a feast to all his princes and his

the people and the princes her beauty : servants; the power of Persia and Me- Heb. uine for she was 7 fair to look on. dia, the nobles and princes of the pro-dom.

of the king

12 But the queen Vashti refused to vinces, being before him :

come at the king's commandment s by 4 When he showed the riches of his 5 Heb. ac.

his chamberlains: therefore was the glorious kingdom and the honor of his cording to king very wroth, and his anger burned excellent majesty many days, even a hun-the hand of in him. dred and eighty days.

the king.

13 9 Then the king said to the wise 5 And when these days had expired,

men, who knew the times, (for so was the king made a feast for all the people

the king's manner towards all that knew that were i present in Shushan the pal-6 or, eu.

law and judgment: ace, both for great and small, seven days, nuchs.

14 And the next to him was Carshena, in the court of the garden of the king's

Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, palace;

Marsena, and Memucan, the a seven 6 Where were while, green, and 2 blue 1 Heb. good princes of Persia and Media, who saw hangings, fastened with cords of fine of counte. the king's face, and who sat ihe first in linen and purple to silver rings and pil-nance.

the kingdom;). lars of marble: the beds were of gold and

15 9 What shall we do to the queen silver, upon a pavement 3 of red, and

Vashti according to law, because she blue, and white, and black marble. 8 Heb. which hath not performed the commandment of 7 And they gave them drink in vessels was by the

hand of his lains ?

the king Ahasuerus by the chamberof gold, (the vessels being diverse one

eunuchs. from another,) and 4 royal wine in

16 And Memucan answered before abundance, 5 according to the state of a Ezra 7. 14. the king and the princes, Vashti the the king

queen hath not done wrong to the king 8 And the drinking was according to . Heb. What only, but also to all the princes, and to the law; none constrained : for so the to do?

all the people that are in all the provinces king had appointed to all the officers of

of the king Ahasuerus.


15 Heb. that

to the lan.


2 Chr.36.10.

3 Heb. nour.

Before 17 For this deed of the queen will


is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she come abroad to all women, so that they 518.

had neither fatber nor mother, and the will despise their husbands in their eyes,

maid was 4 fair and beautiful; whom when it shall be reported, The king

Mordecai, when her father and mother Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen is good with were dead, took for his own daughter. to be brought in before him, but she came

the king.

8 9 So it came to pass, when the

king's commandment and his decree 18 Likewise will the ladies of Persia u Heb. from were heard, and when many maidens and Media say this day to all the king's before him. were assembled at Shushan the palace, princes, who have heard of the deed of

to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was the queen. Thus will there arise too? Heb. that brought also to the king's house, to the much contempt and wrath.

it pass not

custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

away. 19.10 If it pleaseth the king, let a royal

9 And the maiden pleased him, and commandment go 11 from him, and let it 13 Heb. to her she obtained kindness from him; and he be written among the laws of the Per-companion. speedily gave her her things for purifisians and the Medes, 12 that it be not al

cation, with 5 such things as belonged to tered, That Vashti come no more before 11 Heb. was her, and seven maidens who were meet to king Abasuerus; and let the king, give good in the be given her, out of the king's house: her royal estate i3 to another that is bet-es of the and the preferred her and her maids to

king. ter than she.

the best place of the house of the women. 20 And when the king's decree which

10 Esther had not showed her people he shall make shall be published through-one should nor her kindred: for Mordecai had out all his empire, (for it is great,) all the publish it wives will give to their husbands honor, according charged her

that she should not show it.

11 And Mordecai walked every day both to great and small.

guage of

before the court of the women's house, 21 And the saying 14 pleased the king his people. 7 to know how Esther did, and what and the princes; and the king did ac- 1 Heb. 1o the would become of her. cording to the word of Memucan:

12 T Now when every maid's turn had 22 For he sent letters into all the king's 2 or, Hegui, come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after provinces, into every province according ver. 8. that she had been twelve months, accordto the writing of it, and to every people 2 Kings 24. ing to the manner of the women, (for so after their language, that every man

were the days of their purifications acshould bear rule in his own house, and Jer. 24. 1. complished, to wit, six months with oil 15 that it should be published according to

of myrrh, and six months with sweet the language of every people.

ished odors, and with other things for the puriCHAP. II.

fying of the women ;) 1 Out of the choice of virgins, a queen is to be

13 Then thus came every maiden to 5 Mordecai the nursing father of

the king; whatever she desired was giv8 Esther is preferred by Megui bé. Heb, fair en her to go with her out of the house of fore the rest.

the women to the king's house. tion, and going in to the king. 15 Esther and good best pleasing the king, is made queen. 21 of counte 14 In the evening she went, and on the Mordecai discovering a treason, is recorded

morrow she returned into the second in the chronicles.

house of the women, to the custody of FTER these things, when the wrath

Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, who

kept the concubines; she came in to the he remembered Vashti, and what she portions. king no more, except that the king dehad done, and what was decreed against

lighted in her, and she was called by her. 2 Then said the king's servants that

15 Now when the turn of Esther, the

6 Heb. he ministered to him, Let there be fair


daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordeyoung virgins sought for the king:

cai, who had taken her for his daughter, 3 Ånd let the king appoint officers in

had come to go in to the king, she requirall the provinces of his kingdom, that

ed nothing but what Hegai the king's they may collect all the fair young vir

chamberlain, the keeper of the women, gins to Shushan the palace, to the house 1 Heb. to appointed. And Esther obtained favor of the women, 1 into the custody of ? Hege know the in the sight of all them that looked upon the king's chamberlain, keeper of the peace. her. women; and let their things for purifi

16 So Esther was taken to king Ahacation be given them:

suerus into his house royal in the tenth 4 And let the maiden who pleaseth the

month, which is the month Tebeth, in king be queen instead of Vashti

. And

the seventh year of his reign. the thing pleased the king; and he did sor, kind. 17 And the king loved Esther above

all the women, and she obtained grace 51 Nov in Shushan the palace there

and 8 favor 9 in his sight more than all the was a certain Jew, whose name was Mor

virgins; so that he set the royal crown decai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei,

upon her head, and made her queen inthe son of Kish, a Benjaminite;

9 Heb. be. stead of Vashti. 6 « Who had been carried away from fore him. 18 Then the king made a great feast Jerusalem with the captivity which had

to all his princes and his servants, even been carried away with Jeconiah king of

Esther's feast; and he made a 10 release Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king

to the provinces, and gave gifts, accordof Babylon had carried away.

10 Heb. rest. ing to the state of the king. 7 And he 3 brought up Hadassah, that!

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Before bled the second time, then Mordecai sat


and I will 3 pay ten thousand talents of in the king's gate.

510. silver to the hands of those that have the 20 Esther had not yet showed her kin

charge of the business, to bring it into dred, nor her people, as Mordecai had

the king's treasuries. charged her: Tor Esther performed the

10 And the king took his ring from commandment of Mordecai, as when she

his hand, and gave it to Haman the son was brought up with him.

11 or, Big of Hammedatba the Agagite, the Jews 21 1 In those days, while Mordecai sat


4 enemy. in the king's gate, iwo of the king's cham.

11 And the king said to Haman, The berlains, 11 Bigthan and Teresh, of those

silver is given to thee, the people also, to who kept 12 the door, were wroth, and

do with them as it seemeth good to thee. sought to lay hand on the king Ahasue-12 Heb. the

12 Then were the king's s scribes callrus

ed on the thirteenth day of the first 22 And the thing was known to Mor

month, and there was written according decai, who told it to Esther the queen;

to all thai Haman had commanded to the and Esther certified the king of it in Mor

king's lieutenants, and to the governors decai's name.

that were over every province, and to the 23 And when inquisition was made of

rulers of every people of every province, the matter, it was discovered; therefore 1 Heb. meet, according to the writing of it, and to erthey were both hanged on a tree : and it or, equal.

ery people after their language; in the was written in the book of the chronicles

name of king Ahasuerus was it written, before the king.

and sealed with the king's ring. CHAP. III.

13 And the letters were sent by posts

into all the king's provinces, to destroy, 1 Flaman advanced by the king, and despised by Mordecai, seeketh rerenge upon all the Jews.

to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, 7 He casteth lots : 8 He obtaincth by calum. 2 Heb. to both young and old, lilile children and niation, a decree of the king to put the Jews destroy women, in one day, even upon the thir

them. teenth day of the twelfth month, which is FTER these things king Ahasuerus

the month Adar, and to take the spoil of

them for a prey. medatha the Agagite, and advanced him,

14 The copy of the writing for a comand set his seal above all the princes that

mandment to be given in every province, were with him.

was published to all people, that they 2 And all the king's servants that were

should be ready against that day. in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced


15 The posts departed, being hastened Haman; for the king had so command

by the king's commandment, and the deed concerning him. But Mordecai bow

cree was given in Shushan the palace, ed not, nor did him reverence.

And the king and Haman sat down to 3 Then the king's servants who were

drink; but the city Shushan was perin the king's gate, said to Mordecai, Why

plexed. dost thou transgress the king's command

CHAP. IV. ment ?

1 The great mourning of Mordecai and the 4 Now it came to pass, when they * or, oppres. Jeros. 4 Esther, understanding it, sendeta spoke daily to him, and he hearkened

to Mordecai, who showeth the cause, and ad.

viseth her to undertake the suit: 10 She er. not to them, that they told Haman, to

cusing herself, is threatened by Mordecai : see whether Mordecai's matters would

15 She appointing a fast, undertaket the stand: for he had told them that he was 5 or, secreta.

suit. a Jew.

5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence,

clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, then was Haman full of wrath.

and went oui into the midst of the city, 6 And he scorned to lay hands on Mor

and cried with a loud and & bitter cry; decai alone; for they had shown him the Heb. sack. 2 And came even before the king's people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman cloth and gate: for none might enter into the sought to destroy all the Jews that were ashes were king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

laid under throughout the whole kingdom of Ahas


3 And in every province whithersouerus, even the people of Mordecai.

ever the king's commandment and his 77 In the first month, (that is, the

decree came, there was great mourning month Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king

among the Jews, and fasting, and weepAhasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot,

ing, and wailing; and i many lay in sackbefore Haman from day to day, and from

cloth and ashes. month to month, to the twelfth month,

41 So Esther's maids and her 2 chamthat is, the month Adar.

2 Heb. berlains came and told it to her. Then 89 And Haman said to king Ahasue- eunuchs.

was the queen exceedingly grieved; and rus, There is a certain people scattered

she sent raiment lo clothe Mordecai, and abroad and dispersed among the people

to take away his sackcloth from him: in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and

but he received it not. their laws are diverse from all people ;

5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one neither keep they the king's laws: there

of the king's chamberlains, whom he fore it is not a for the king's profit to suf- Heb. sohom had appointed to attend upon her, and fer them.

he had set gave him a commandment to Mordecai, 9 If it shall please the king, let it be before her. to know what it was, and why it was. written 2 that they may be destroyed :

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai,



WHEN Mordecai perceived

all that

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