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in of thy wonders that tliou didst among thy commandınents, but sinned against thy them; but hardened their necks, and in their judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live rebellion appointed a captain to return to their in them, and withdrew the shoulder, and bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, hardened their neck, and would not bear : gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, great kindness, and forsookest them not. and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in

13 Yea, when they had made them a molten thy prophets ; yet would they not give ear : calf, and said, This is thy god that brought therefore gavest thou them into the hand of thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great the people of the lands. provocations;

3i Nevertheless, for thy great mercies' 19 Yet thou, in thy manifold mercies, for- sake, thou didst not utterly consume them, sookest them not in the wilderness: the pil- nor forsake them : for thou art a gracious anú lar of the cloud departed not from them by merciful God. day, to ead them in the way, neither the 32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, miglity, and the terrible God, who keeprst and the way wherein they should go. covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble

20 Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to in- seem little before thee thai bath come upon struct them, and withheldest not thy mannaus, on our kings, on our princes, and on our from their mouth, and gavest them water priests, and on our prophets, and on our la for their thirst.

thers, and on all thy people, since the time 21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them of the kings of Assyria unto this day, in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing: 33 Howbeil thou art just in all mat is their clothes waxcd not old, and their feet brought upon us; for thou hast done right, welled not.

but we have done wickedly : 22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, ind nations, and didst divide thein into cor- our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, ters : so they possessed the land of Sihon, nor hearkened unto thy commandınents, and ind the land of the king of Heshibon, and thy testimonies, wberewith thou didst téstify ne land of Og king of Bashan.

against them. 23 Their children also multipliedst thou as 35 For they have not served thiee in their he stars of heaven, and broughtest them into kingdom, aid in thy great goodness that die land concerning which thou hadsı pro- thou gavest them, and in the large and far rised to their fathers, that they should go in land which thou gavest before them, veither possess it.

turned they from their wicked works. 24 So the children went in and possessed 36 Behold, we are servants this day; and she land, and thou subduedst before them the for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers, inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and so eat the fruit thereof, and the good thereof; pavest them into their hands, with their kings, behold, we are servants in it: ind the people of the land, that they migli 37 And it yieldeth muclı increase unto the lo with ilem as they would.

kings whom thou last set over us because of 25 And tliey took strong cities, and a fat our sins : also they have dominion over our and, and possessed houses fuli of all goods, bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure; xells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and and we are in great distress. 'suit-trees in abundance: so they did eat, and 38 And because of all this we make a sure were filled, and became fat, and delighied errenunt, and write il ; and our princes, Le. themselves in thy great goodness.

viles, and priests, seal unto it. 26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and

CHAP. X. rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind. Neishatliail.e son of Hachaliah, and heir backs, and slew thy prophets, which tesified against them to turn them to thee; and Zidkijab, hey wrough great provocations.

2 Seraialı, Azariah, Jeremialı, 27 Therefore thon deliveredst them into 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah, she hand of their enemies, who vexed them : 4 Haltush, Shelaniah, Malluch, and in the time of their trouble, when they 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadian, Bried unto thee, thou heardest them from 6 Daniel, Ginnetlion, Baruch, beaven ; and, according to thy manifold mer 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, cies, thou gavest them saviours, who saved | 3 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were them out of the land of their enemies the priests.

28 But after they liad rest, they did evil 9' And the Levites : both Jeshua the son agaiv before thee: therefore le test thou them of Azaniah; Binnui of the sons of Henadad; w the land of their enemies, so thai they had Kadmiel : tie dominion over thein : yet when they re 10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodi turned, and cried unto thee, tlou heardest jah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, them from leaven and many times didst thou 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, deliver them, according to thy mercies; 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

29 And testifiedst against them, that thou 13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu. migitest bring them again unto thy law : yet 14 The cnief of the people ; Parosh, Pathey dealt proudly, and hearkened pot unto'ball jset Llam, Zaubu, Bani,

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15 Bunni, Ang ed, Bebai,

tithies : and the Levites shall bring up the 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

lithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to 17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

the chambers, into the treasure-house. 18 Hodijah, Jiashum, Bezai,

39 For the children of Israel and the chil 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

dren of Levi shall bring the offering of the 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the 1 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, chambers, wliere are the vessels of the sanc22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

Luary, and the priests that minister, and the 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub, porters, and the singers: and we will not for4 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

sake the house of our God. 25 Rehum, Hashabnalı, Maaseiah,

CHAP. XI. 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

ND the rulers of the people dwelt at Je. 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

23 1 and the rest of the people, the priests, lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusathe Levites, the porters, the singers, the Ne- lem the holy city, and nine parts dwell in thinims, and all diey that had separaled them- other cities. selves from the people of the lands unto the 2 And the people blessed all the men that law of God, their wives, their sons, and their willingly offered themselves 10 dwell at Je. daughters, every one having knowledge, and rusalem. having understanding;

3 1 Now these are the chief of the pro29 They clave to their

brethren, their nobles, vince that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the ciand entered into a curse, and into an oath, ties of Judah dwelt every one in bis possession to walk in God's law, which was given by in their cities, to rit, Israel, the priests, and Moses, the servant of God, and to observe and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the chil. do all the commandinents of the LORD ourl-dren of Solomon's servants. Lord, and his judgments and his statutes; 4 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the

30 And that we would not give our dangh- children of Judah, and of the children of Benters unto the people of the land, nor take their jamin : of the children of Judah; Athaiah the daughters for our sons ;

son or Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son 31 And if the people of the land bring of Amariah, the son of Shephariah, the son of ware, or any victuals, on the sabbath-day to Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez; sell, that we would not buy it of them on the 5 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son sabbatdı

, or on the holy day; and that we of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of would leave the seventh year, and the exac- Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zecha. tion of every debt.

riah, the son of Shiloni. 32 Also we made ordinances for us,locharge 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jeru. ourselves yearly with the third part of a shie-salem were four hundred threescore and eight kel for the service of the house of our God; valiant men.

33 For the shew-bread, and for the con 7 And these are the sons of Benjamin ; Sallu linual meal-offering, and for the continual the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son burnt-uffering, of the sabbaths, of the new- of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maa. moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy seiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah. things, and for the sin-offerings, to make an 8 And aster him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hun. atoneinent for Israel, and for all the work or dred (wenty and eight. the house of our God.

9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their 34 And we cast the lots among the priests, overseer; and Judah the son of Senuah was the Levites, and the people, for the wood-of- second over the city. fering, to bring it into the house of our God, 10 Or the priests; Jedaiah the son of Jojafter the houses of our fathers,a! tiines appoint- arib, Jachin. ed, year hy yeni', to burn upon the altar of the il Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of LORD our God, as it is written in the law: Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of

35 And to bring the first-fruits of our ground, Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of and the first-fruits of all fruit of all trees, year the house of God. by year, unto the house of the LORD :

12 And their brethren that did the work of 36 Also the first-born of our sons, and of our the house were eight hundred (wenty and cattle, (as it is written in the law,) and the iwo: and Adaiah the son of Jerolam, che son firstlings of our lerds, and of our focks, to of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zebring to the house of our God, unto the chariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malpriests that minister in the house of our God: chiah,

37 And thul we should bring the first-fruits 13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, of our douglı, and our offerings, and the fruit two hundred forty and two; and Amashai of all manner of trees, of wine, and of oil, the son of Azareel, die son of 'Ahasai, the son anto the priests, to the chambers of the house of Mesbilleinoth, the son of Immer, of onr God; and the lithes of our ground unto 14 And their brethren, miglity men of the Levites, that the same Levites might have valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of

38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall the great men. be with the Levites, when the Levites takel 16 Also of the Lovites : Sbemaiah the son

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of Prashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgab, flashabiah, the son of Bunni;

6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These thief of the Levites, had the oversiglit of the were the chief of the priests, and of their outward business of the hoase of God. brethren, in the days of Jeshua.

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the 8 Moreover, the Levites : Jeshua, Binnai, mon of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the prin-Kadmiel, Sherebian, Judah, and Matianian, cipal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer; which was over the thanksgiving, he and his and Bakbukiah the second among his breth- brethren. ren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni,their brethren, of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

were over against them in the watches. 19 All the Levites in the holy city were 10 | And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim two hundred fourscore and four.

also hegatFliashib,and Eliashib begatJoiada, 19 Moreover, the porters: Akkub, Tal 11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jona. mon, and their brethren that kept the gates, than begat Jaddua. were an hundred seventy and two.

12 And in the days of Joiakim, were priests, 20 1 And the residue of Israel, of the priests the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah, and the Levites, were in all the cities of Ju- of Jeremiah, Hananiah; dah, every one in his inheritance.

13 Or Ezra, Mesbullam; of Amariah, Je21 Butihe Nethiniins dwelt in Ophel: and hohanan ; Ziha and Gispa were over the Netbinims. 14 or Melicu, Jonathan ; of Shebaniah,

22 I he overseer also of the Levites at Jeru- Joseph;. salem icas Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of 15 Or Harim, Adna;of Meraioth, Helkai. Hashabialı, the son of Mattaniah, the son of 16 Or Iddo, Zechariah; of Gipnethon, lle Micha of the sons of Asaph, the singers were shullan. ; over the business of the bouse of God. 17 Or Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin; o

23 For it was the king's commandment Moadiah, Piliai; concerning them, that a certain portion should 18 Or Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah be for the singers, due for every day. Jehonathan;

24 And Pethahiah the son of Meslezaheel, 19 And of Joiarib, Maltenai; of Jedaiah of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, Uzzi ; was at the king's hand in all matters con 20 Or Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; cerning the people.

21 or Hilkiah, Hasbabiah; of Jedaiah 5 And for the villages, witi their fields, Nethaneel. some of the cbildren of Judah dwelt at Kir. 22 1 The Levites, in the days of Eliashib, jath-arta, and in the villages thereof, and at Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were reÞibon, and in the villages thereof, and at corded chief of the saihers; also the priests Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof, 10 the reign of Darius the Persian.

26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the faat Beth-phelet,

thers, uere written in thie book of the Cliro2 And at Hazar-shual

, and at Beer-she- nicles, even until the days of Jonanan the ba, and in the villages thereof,

son of Eliasbib. 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and 24 And the chief of the Levites: Hasha in the villages thereof,

biah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kad 29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zareah, and miel, with their brethren over against them at Jarmuth,

to praise and to give thanks, according to tho 30 Zancah, Adullam, and in their villages, commandment of David the man of God, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, ward over against ward. and in the villages thereof. And they dweli 25 Maulanialı, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, from Beer-sheba unto the valley of Hin- Meshuliam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters,

keeping the ward at the thresholds of the 31 The children also of Benjamin from gates., Geba dwelt at Michmasli, and Aija, and 26 These were in the days or Joiakim the Beth-el, and in their villages,

son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the 32 And at Anathoth, Noh, Ananiah, days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ez33 Hazor, Ranah, Gittaim,

ra the priest, the scribe. 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

27 11 And at the dedication of die wall of 35 Lod, and (no, the valley of craftsmen. Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all

3t And :lie Levites were divisions in their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to Sudah, anu in Benjamin.

keep the dedication with gladness, both with CHAP. XII.

thanksgivings, and with singilig, with cymNelvese are the priests and the Levites bals

; psalteries

, and with barps.

23 'And the sons of the singers gathered of Shealuel, and Jeslua; Seraialı, Jeremiah, themselves together, both out of the plain Ezra,

country round about Jerusalem, and from 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

the villages of Netc phathi; 3 Shechaniah, Kehum, Meremotb, 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out 4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

of the fields or Geba and Azmaveth; for the

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singers had builded them villages round old there were chief of the singers and songs about Jerusalem.

of praise and thanksgiving unto God. 30 And the priests and the Levites purified 47 And ali Israel, in the days of Zerubba themselves, and purified the people, and the bel, and in the days of Nehemialı, gave the gates, and the wall.

portions of the singers and the porters every 31 Tlien I brought up the princes of Judah day his portion; and they sanctified holy upon the wall, and appointed two great com-things unto the Levites; and the Levites pinies of them that guve thanks, whereof one sanctified them unto the children of Aaron. went on the right hand upon the wall loward the dung-gate; 32. And after then went Hoshaiah, and Othat day, they read in the book of

Moses in the audience of the people ; bals of l!ie princes of Judah,

and therein was found written, that the Am33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshuliam, monite and the Moabite should not come in

34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, to the congregation of God for ever; and Jeremiah;

2 Because they met not the children of Israel 35 And certain of the priests' sons with with bread and with water, but hired Balaam trumpets ; namely, Zechariah the son of Jo- against them, that he should curse them: lownathan, the son of Shemaialı, the son of beit our God turned the curse into a blessMatlaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of sing. Zaccur, the son of Asaph ;

3 Now it came to pass, when they had 36 and his brethren, Shemaiah, and Aza: heard the law, that they separated from Israel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Netlianeel, and rael all the mixed mu'líude. Judah, Hanani, with the musical instru 4 1 And before this, Eliasliib the priest, ments of David the man of God, and Ezra having the oversight of the chamber of the the scribe before them.

house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah : 37 And at the fountain-gate, woich was 5 And he had prepared for him a great over against them, they, went up by the chamber, where asoretime they laid the meat. stairs of the city of David, at the going up offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, of the wall, above the house of David, even and the lithes of the corn, the new wine, unto the water-gate eastward.

and the oil, (whicl: was commanded to be 38 And the other company of them that gave given to the Levites, and the singers, and the Hanks went over against them, and I after porters,) and the offerings of the priests. them, and the half of the people upon the 6 But in all this time was not I at Jeruwall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces salem: for in the two and thirtieth year of even unto the broad wall;

Artaxerxes king of Babylon canie l'unto the 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, king, and afier certain days obtained I leave and above the old gate, and above the fish of the king. gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understand ower of Meah, even unto the sheep-gale: for the evil that Eliashil, did for Tuliah, is and they stood still in the prison-gate. preparing bim a cbamber in the courts of the

10 So stood the two companies of them that house of God. gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and 8 And it grieved me sore; therefore I cast ühe hall of the rulers with me:

forth all the liouschold-stuff of Tobial, out of 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, phe chamber. Miniamin, Michaiali, Elioenai, Zecharialı, 9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed and Hananiah, with trumpets;

the chambers; and thither brougli again 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and the vessels of the house of God, with the Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jeholianan, and meat-offering and the frankincense. Malchijal, and Elam, and Ezer: and the 109. And l perceived that the portions of singers sang loud with Jezrabiah their the Levites had not been given them: for the

Levites and the singers, thal uid the work, 43 Also that day they offered great sacri- were fled every one to his field. fices, and rejoiced; for God had inade them 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and rejoice with great joy : the wives also and said, IThy is ihe house of God forsaken? the children rejoiced; so that the joy of Je. And I gaihered them together, and set ilem rusalem was heard even afar off.

in their place. 44 1 and at tsat time were some appoint 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the ed over the chambers for the treasures, for corn, and the new wine, and the oil, unto the the offerings, for the first-fruits, and for the treasuries. tithes, to gather into them, out of the fields 13 And I made treasurers over the trea. of the cities, the portions of the law for the suries, Shielemiab the priest, and Zadok the priests and Levites: for Judalı rejoiced for scribe; and of the Levites, Pedaiah ; and The priests and for the Levites that waited. next to them wus Hanan the son of Zaccur,

45 And hoth the singers and the porters the son of Matianiah: for they were counted kept the ward of their God, and the ward of faithful; and their office toas to distribute the purification, according to the command- unto their brethren. ment of David, and of Solomon his son. 14 Remember me, O my God, concerning 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of this, and wipe no out my good deeds tirar

overseer,

have done for the house of my God, and for the sabbath-day. Remember me, O my the offices thereof.

God, concerning this also, and spare me ar 15.! In those days saw I in Judah some cording to the greatness of thy mercy. treading wine-presses on the sabbath, and 23 In those days also saw 1 Jews that bringing in sheaves, and lading asses ; as also had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, wine, grapes, and rigs, and all manner of bur- and of Moab : dens, which they brought into Jerusalem on 24 And their children spake half in the the sabbath-day; and I testified againsi them speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in in the day wherein they sold victuals. the Jews' language, but according to the

16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, langage of each people. which brouglit fish, and all manner of ware, -5 And I contended with them, and cursed and sold on ihe sabbath unto the children of them, and smote certain of them, and pluck Judah, and in Jerusalem.

ed off their liair, and made them swear by 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Ju- God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughdah, and said unto them, What evil thing islers unto their sons, nor take their daugh this that ye do, and profane the sabbath-day? ters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

18 Dil not your fathers thus, and did not 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by oor God bring all this evil upon us, and up- these things? yet among many nations was on this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon there no king like him, who was beloved of Israel, hy prolaning the sabbath.

his God, and God made him king over all 19 And it came to pass, that, when the Israel: nevertheless, even him did outlandish gales of Jerusalem began to be dark before the women cause to sin. sabbath, I commanded that the gates should 27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do be shut, and charged that they should not be all this great evil, to transgress against our opened till after die sabbath; and some of my God in marrying strange wives ? servauts sell at the gates, that there should 23 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son bo burden be brouglit in on the sabbath-day: of Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law

20 So the merchants, and sellers of all kind to Sanballat the Horonite : therefore I chased of ware, lodged without Jerusalem once or lim from me. Iwice.

29 Remember them, O my God, because 21 Then I testified against them, and said they have defiled the priesthood, and the coInto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? venant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. 30 Thus cleansed I them from all stran. From that time forth camne they no more on gers, and appointed the wards of the priests the sabbath.

and the Levites, every one in bis business ; 212 And I commanded the Levites, that 31 And for the wood-offering, at times apthey should cleanse themselves, and that they pointed, and for the first-fruits. Remember should come and keep the gates, to sanctify'me, O my God, for good.

1 The Book of ESTHER. CHAP. I.

7 And they gave them drink in vessels of NOW

ow it came to pass, in the days of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from

Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus wliich another,) and royal wine in abundance, acreigred, from India even unto Ethiopia, over cording to the state of the king. an hundred and seven and ewenty provinces:) 8 And the drinking was according to the

2 That in those days, when the king Aha- lav ; none did compel: for so the king had snerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, appointed to all the officers of his house, diat which was in Shushan the palace, they should do according to every man'

3 In the third year of his reign, he made pleasure. a feast unto all bis princes and his servants; 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the power of Persia and Media, the nobics the women in the royal house which belong. and urinces of the provinces, being before him: ed 10 king Ahasuerus.

4 When he sliewed the riches of his glo 10 10n the seventh day, when the heart rious kingdom, and the honour of his excel for the king was merry with wine, he com lent inajusly, many days, even an bundred manded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Big und fourscore days.

tha, and Abagtha, Zelbar, and Carcas, the 5 And when these days were expired, the seven chamberlains that served in the presking made a scast unto all the people that ence of Ahasuerus the king, were present in Sirushan the palace, both 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the unto great and small, seven days, in the king with the crown royal, to shew the peocourt of the garden of the king's palace; ple and the princes her beauty; for she was

6 Where were white, green, and blue hang- l'air to look on. ings, fastened with cords of fine lineu and 12 But the queen Vashti, refused to come purple to silver rings and pillars of marble : at the king's commandment by his chamber. the beds were of gold and silver, upon a lains: therefore was the king very wroth, pavement of red, and blue, and white, and and his anger burned in him. biack marble

13 1 Then the king said to the wise men,

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