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with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
16:004:014 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.
16:004:015 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known
unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we
returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.
16:004:016 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my
servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held
both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the
habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
16:004:017 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens,
with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought
in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
16:004:018 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side,
and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
16:004:019 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest
of the people, The work is great and large, and we are
separated upon the wall, one far from another.
16:004:020 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet,
resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
16:004:021 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears
from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
16:004:022 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every
one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night
they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.
16:004:023 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of
the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes,
saving that every one put them off for washing.
16:005:001 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives
against their brethren the Jews.
16:005:002 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
16:005:003 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands,
vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the
16:005:004 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the
king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
16:005:005 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our
children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our
sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our
daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in
our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and
16:005:006 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
16:005:007 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and
the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of
his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
16:005:008 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our
brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will
ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us?
Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.
16:005:009 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk
in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen
16:005:010 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of
them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
16:005:011 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands,
their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the
hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and
the oil, that ye exact of them.
16:005:012 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing
of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the
priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do
according to this promise.
16:005:013 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from
his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this
promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the
congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people
did according to this promise.
16:005:014 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their
governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even
unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that
is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread
of the governor.
16:005:015 But the former governors that had been before me were
chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and
wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants
bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the
fear of God.
16:005:016 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought
we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto
16:005:017 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the
Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the
heathen that are about us.
16:005:018 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six
choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten
days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not
I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy
upon this people.
16:005:019 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have
done for this people.
16:006:001 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the
Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded
the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though
at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
16:006:002 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us
meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono.
But they thought to do me mischief.
16:006:003 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great
work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease,
whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
16:006:004 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I
answered them after the same manner.
16:006:005 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the
fifth time with an open letter in his hand;
16:006:006 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and
Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for
which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their
king, according to these words.
16:006:007 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at
Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it
be reported to the king according to these words. Come now
therefore, and let us take counsel together.
16:006:008 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as
thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.
16:006:009 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be
weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O
God, strengthen my hands.
16:006:010 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah
the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us
meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let
us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay
thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.
16:006:011 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there,
that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his
life? I will not go in.
16:006:012 And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he
pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat
had hired him.
16:006:013 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so,
and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report,
that they might reproach me.
16:006:014 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to
these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest
of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
16:006:015 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the
month Elul, in fifty and two days.
16:006:016 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof,
and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they
were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that
this work was wrought of our God.
16:006:017 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters
unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.
16:006:018 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was
the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son
Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of
16:006:019 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my
words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.
16:007:001 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up
the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites
16:007:002 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the
palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and
feared God above many.
16:007:003 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened
until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut
the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every
one to be over against his house.
16:007:004 Now the city was large and great: but the people were few
therein, and the houses were not builded.
16:007:005 And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles,
and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by
genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them
which came up at the first, and found written therein,
16:007:006 These are the children of the province, that went up out of
the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came
again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;
16:007:007 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah,
Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.
The number, I say, of the men of the people of Israel was
16:007:008 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and
16:007:009 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.
16:007:010 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.
16:007:011 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and
Joab, two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.
16:007:012 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
16:007:013 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.
16:007:014 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.
16:007:015 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.
16:007:016 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.
16:007:017 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and
16:007:018 The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.
16:007:019 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.
16:007:020 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.
16:007:021 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.
16:007:022 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.
16:007:023 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.
16:007:024 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve.
16:007:025 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.
16:007:026 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and
16:007:027 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.
16:007:028 The men of Bethazmaveth, forty and two.
16:007:029 The men of Kirjathjearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven
hundred forty and three.
16:007:030 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.
16:007:031 The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two.
16:007:032 The men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.
16:007:033 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.
16:007:034 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty
16:007:035 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
16:007:036 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.
16:007:037 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and
16:007:038 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and
16:007:039 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua,
nine hundred seventy and three.
16:007:040 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.
16:007:041 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and
16:007:042 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
16:007:043 The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the
children of Hodevah, seventy and four.
16:007:044 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and
16:007:045 The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater,
the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of
Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.
16:007:046 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha,
the children of Tabbaoth,
16:007:047 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of
16:007:048 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children
16:007:049 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of
16:007:050 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of
16:007:051 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of
16:007:052 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of
16:007:053 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children
16:007:054 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children
16:007:055 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children
16:007:056 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
16:007:057 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the
children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,
16:007:058 The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of
16:007:059 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the
children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon.
16:007:060 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants,
were three hundred ninety and two.
16:007:061 And these were they which went up also from Telmelah,
Telharesha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew
their father's house, nor their seed, whether they were of
16:007:062 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children
of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.
16:007:063 And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of
Koz, the children of Barzillai, which took one of the
daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called
after their name.
16:007:064 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by
genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were they, as
polluted, put from the priesthood.
16:007:065 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of
the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim
16:007:066 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand
three hundred and threescore,
16:007:067 Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there
were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they
had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women.
16:007:068 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two
hundred forty and five:
16:007:069 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven
hundred and twenty asses.
16:007:070 And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The
Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty
basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.
16:007:071 And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of
the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and
two hundred pound of silver.
16:007:072 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand
drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and
threescore and seven priests' garments.
16:007:073 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the
singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all
Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month
came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
16:008:001 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man
into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake
unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses,
which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
16:008:002 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation
both of men and women, and all that could hear with
understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
16:008:003 And he read therein before the street that was before the
water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and
the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of
all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
16:008:004 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they
had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and
Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on
his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael,
and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and
16:008:005 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for
he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the
people stood up:
16:008:006 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people
answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they
bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to
16:008:007 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub,
Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad,
Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to
understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
16:008:008 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and
gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
16:008:009 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the
scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all
the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn
not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the
words of the law.
16:008:010 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink
the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is
prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye
sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
16:008:011 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your
peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
16:008:012 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to
send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had
understood the words that were declared unto them.
16:008:013 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the
fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto
Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.
16:008:014 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded
by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths
in the feast of the seventh month:
16:008:015 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities,
and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch
olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and
palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as
it is written.
16:008:016 So the people went forth, and brought them, and made
themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and
in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in
the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of
16:008:017 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of
the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since
the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the
children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
16:008:018 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read
in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven
days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according
unto the manner.
16:009:001 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of
Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and
earth upon them.
16:009:002 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all
strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the
iniquities of their fathers.
16:009:003 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the
law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and
another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD
16:009:004 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and
Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani,
and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.
16:009:005 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah,
Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up
and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be
thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and
16:009:006 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the
heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all
things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein,
and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven
16:009:007 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and
broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him
the name of Abraham;
16:009:008 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a
covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the
Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites,
and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast
performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
16:009:009 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and
heardest their cry by the Red sea;
16:009:010 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his
servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest
that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a
name, as it is this day.
16:009:011 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went
through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their
persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the
16:009:012 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and
in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the
way wherein they should go.
16:009:013 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them
from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws,
good statutes and commandments:
16:009:014 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst
them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy
16:009:015 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and
broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their
thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess
the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
16:009:016 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their
necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,
16:009:017 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that
thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their
rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but
thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to
anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
16:009:018 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is
thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought
16:009:019 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the
wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by
day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by
night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.
16:009:020 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and
withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them
water for their thirst.
16:009:021 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so
that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and
their feet swelled not.
16:009:022 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst
divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon,
and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king
16:009:023 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven,
and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst
promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess
16:009:024 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou
subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the
Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their
kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with
them as they would.
16:009:025 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed
houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and
oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and
were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy
16:009:026 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee,
and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets
which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they
wrought great provocations.
16:009:027 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their
enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble,
when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and
according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours,
who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
16:009:028 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee:
therefore leftest thou them in the land of their enemies, so
that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned,
and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many
times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;
16:009:029 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them
again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not
unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments,
(which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the
shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.
16:009:030 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst
against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not
give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the
people of the lands.
16:009:031 Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not
utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a
gracious and merciful God.
16:009:032 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the
terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the
trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on
our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our
prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the
time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.
16:009:033 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou
hast done right, but we have done wickedly:
16:009:034 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our
fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and
thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.
16:009:035 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy
great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat
land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from
their wicked works.
16:009:036 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou
gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good
thereof, behold, we are servants in it:
16:009:037 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast
set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over
our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are
in great distress.
16:009:038 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it;
and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.
16:010:001 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son
of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,
16:010:002 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,
16:010:003 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,
16:010:004 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,
16:010:005 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
16:010:006 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
16:010:007 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,
16:010:008 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests.
16:010:009 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the
sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;
16:010:010 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah,
16:010:011 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,
16:010:012 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
16:010:013 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu.
16:010:014 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu,
16:010:015 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
16:010:016 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,
16:010:017 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,
16:010:018 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,
16:010:019 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
16:010:020 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
16:010:021 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,
16:010:022 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
16:010:023 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,
16:010:024 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,
16:010:025 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
16:010:026 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,
16:010:027 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.
16:010:028 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the
porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had
separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law
of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every
one having knowledge, and having understanding;
16:010:029 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a
curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given
by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the
commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his
16:010:030 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of
the land, not take their daughters for our sons:
16:010:031 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on
the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on
the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the
seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
16:010:032 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly
with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house
of our God;
16:010:033 For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and
for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new
moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for
the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all
the work of the house of our God.
16:010:034 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the
people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of
our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed
year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as
it is written in the law:
16:010:035 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the
firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the
house of the LORD:
16:010:036 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is
written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our
flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests
that minister in the house of our God:
16:010:037 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our
offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and
of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our
God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the
same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our
16:010:038 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites,
when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up
the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the
chambers, into the treasure house.
16:010:039 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall
bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil,
unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and
the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers:
and we will not forsake the house of our God.
16:011:001 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of
the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in
Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other
16:011:002 And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered
themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.
16:011:003 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in
Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his
possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and
the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's
16:011:004 And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and
of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah
the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah,
the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children
16:011:005 And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son
of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of
Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.
16:011:006 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem were four
hundred threescore and eight valiant men.
16:011:007 And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of
Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of
Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of
16:011:008 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.
16:011:009 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the
son of Senuah was second over the city.
16:011:010 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.
16:011:011 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of
Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler
of the house of God.
16:011:012 And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight
hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son
of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of
Pashur, the son of Malchiah.
16:011:013 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and
two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the
son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,
16:011:014 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty
and eight: and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of
the great men.
16:011:015 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of
Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;
16:011:016 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had
the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.
16:011:017 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of
Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer:
and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son
of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
16:011:018 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore
16:011:019 Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that
kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and two.
16:011:020 And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites,
were in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance.
16:011:021 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over
16:011:022 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son
of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son
of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the
business of the house of God.
16:011:023 For it was the king's commandment concerning them, that a
certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.
16:011:024 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah
the son of Judah, was at the king's hand in all matters
concerning the people.
16:011:025 And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children
of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba, and in the villages thereof,
and at Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel,
and in the villages thereof,
16:011:026 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,
16:011:027 And at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and in the villages
16:011:028 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,
16:011:029 And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,
16:011:030 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at Lachish, and the
fields thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And
they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom.
16:011:031 The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and
Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages.
16:011:032 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,
16:011:033 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,
16:011:034 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,
16:011:035 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.
16:011:036 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin.
16:012:001 Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with
Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah,
16:012:002 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
16:012:003 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,
16:012:004 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,
16:012:005 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,
16:012:006 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,
16:012:007 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the
priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.
16:012:008 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah,
Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and
16:012:009 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over against
them in the watches.
16:012:010 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and
Eliashib begat Joiada,
16:012:011 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.
16:012:012 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the
fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;
16:012:013 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;
16:012:014 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;
16:012:015 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;
16:012:016 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;
16:012:017 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai:
16:012:018 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;
16:012:019 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;
16:012:020 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;
16:012:021 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.
16:012:022 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and
Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests,
to the reign of Darius the Persian.
16:012:023 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in
the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the
son of Eliashib.
16:012:024 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua
the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to
praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of
David the man of God, ward over against ward.
16:012:025 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub,
were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.
16:012:026 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son
of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of
Ezra the priest, the scribe.
16:012:027 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the
Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem,
to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings,
and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.
16:012:028 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both
out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the
villages of Netophathi;
16:012:029 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba
and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round
16:012:030 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and
purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
16:012:031 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and
appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks,
whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the
16:012:032 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of
16:012:033 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,
16:012:034 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,
16:012:035 And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets; namely,
Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of
Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of
16:012:036 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai,
Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical
instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe
16:012:037 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they
went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of
the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate
16:012:038 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over
against them, and I after them, and the half of the people
upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto
the broad wall;
16:012:039 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate,
and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the
tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still
in the prison gate.
16:012:040 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the
house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me:
16:012:041 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah,
Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;
16:012:042 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and
Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers
sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.
16:012:043 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for
God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and
the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard
even afar off.
16:012:044 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the
treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the
tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities
the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah
rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.
16:012:045 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their
God, and the ward of the purification, according to the
commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.
16:012:046 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of
the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.
16:012:047 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of
Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters,
every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto
the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children
16:013:001 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of
the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite
and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God
16:013:002 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and
with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should
curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.
16:013:003 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they
separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
16:013:004 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of
the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:
16:013:005 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime
they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the
vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the
oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the
singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
16:013:006 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two
and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto
the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:
16:013:007 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that
Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the
courts of the house of God.
16:013:008 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the
household stuff to Tobiah out of the chamber.
16:013:009 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither
brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat
offering and the frankincense.
16:013:010 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been
given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the
work, were fled every one to his field.
16:013:011 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house
of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in
16:013:012 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine
and the oil unto the treasuries.
16:013:013 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the
priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and
next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of
Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office
was to distribute unto their brethren.
16:013:014 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my
good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for
the offices thereof.
16:013:015 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the
sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also
wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they
brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified
against them in the day wherein they sold victuals.
16:013:016 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and
all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children
of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
16:013:017 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them,
What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath
16:013:018 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this
evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon
Israel by profaning the sabbath.
16:013:019 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to
be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should
be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after
the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that
there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.
16:013:020 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged
without Jerusalem once or twice.
16:013:021 Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge
ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you.
From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.
16:013:022 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse
themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to
sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning
this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy
16:013:023 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of
Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
16:013:024 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and
could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the
language of each people.
16:013:025 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain
of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by
God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons,
nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
16:013:026 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among
many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of
his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless
even him did outlandish women cause to sin.
16:013:027 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to
transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?
16:013:028 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high
priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I
chased him from me.
16:013:029 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the
priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the
16:013:030 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the
wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his
16:013:031 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the
firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
Book 17 Esther
17:001:001 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is
Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over
an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)
17:001:002 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne
of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
17:001:003 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his
princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the
nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:
17:001:004 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the
honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and
17:001:005 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto
all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both
unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden
of the king's palace;
17:001:006 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with
cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of
marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of
red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
17:001:007 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels
being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance,
according to the state of the king.
17:001:008 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel:
for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his
house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
17:001:009 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal
house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
17:001:010 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with
wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and
Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that
served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
17:001:011 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown
royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she
was fair to look on.
17:001:012 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment
by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and
his anger burned in him.
17:001:013 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for
so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and
17:001:014 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha,
Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of
Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, and which sat the
first in the kingdom;)
17:001:015 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law,
because she hath not performed the commandment of the king
Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
17:001:016 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti
the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to
all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the
provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
17:001:017 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women,
so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when
it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the
queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
17:001:018 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day
unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of
the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.
17:001:019 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from
him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and
the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more
before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate
unto another that is better than she.
17:001:020 And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be
published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all
the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great
17:001:021 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king
did according to the word of Memucan:
17:001:022 For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every
province according to the writing thereof, and to every people
after their language, that every man should bear rule in his
own house, and that it should be published according to the
language of every people.
17:002:001 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was
appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and
what was decreed against her.
17:002:002 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let
there be fair young virgins sought for the king:
17:002:003 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his
kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young
virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women,
unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the
women; and let their things for purification be given them:
17:002:004 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of
Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
17:002:005 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name
was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of
Kish, a Benjamite;
17:002:006 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity
which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
17:002:007 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's
daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid
was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and
mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
17:002:008 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree
was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto
Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was
brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai,
keeper of the women.
17:002:009 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him;
and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with
such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were
meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he
preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house
of the women.
17:002:010 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai
had charged her that she should not shew it.
17:002:011 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's
house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.
17:002:012 Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king
Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to
the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their
purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of
myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things
for the purifying of the women;)
17:002:013 Then thus came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she
desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the
women unto the king's house.
17:002:014 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into
the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz,
the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in
unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and
that she were called by name.
17:002:015 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle
of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to
go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the
king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And
Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked
17:002:016 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal
in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh
year of his reign.
17:002:017 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she
obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the
virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and
made her queen instead of Vashti.
17:002:018 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his
servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the
provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.
17:002:019 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time,
then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.
17:002:020 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as
Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of
Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.
17:002:021 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of
the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which
kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king
17:002:022 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther
the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's
17:002:023 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out;
therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written
in the book of the chronicles before the king.
17:003:001 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of
Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat
above all the princes that were with him.
17:003:002 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate,
bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded
concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
17:003:003 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said
unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
17:003:004 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he
hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether
Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told them that he
was a Jew.
17:003:005 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him
reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
17:003:006 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they
had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought
to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom
of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
17:003:007 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth
year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot,
before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the
twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
17:003:008 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people
scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the
provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all
people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not
for the king's profit to suffer them.
17:003:009 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be
destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to
the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to
bring it into the king's treasuries.
17:003:010 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto
Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
17:003:011 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the
people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.
17:003:012 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of
the first month, and there was written according to all that
Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the
governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of
every people of every province according to the writing
thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name
of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's
17:003:013 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's
provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all
Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one
day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which
is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
17:003:014 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every
province was published unto all people, that they should be
ready against that day.
17:003:015 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment,
and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king
and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was
17:004:001 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his
clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into
the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
17:004:002 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter
into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
17:004:003 And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment
and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews,
and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in
sackcloth and ashes.
17:004:004 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her.
Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment
to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him:
but he received it not.
17:004:005 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains,
whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a
commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.
17:004:006 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city,
which was before the king's gate.
17:004:007 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and
of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the
king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
17:004:008 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that
was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther,
and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should
go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to
make request before him for her people.
17:004:009 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
17:004:010 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto
17:004:011 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's
provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women,
shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not
called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except
such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that
he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the
king these thirty days.
17:004:012 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
17:004:013 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with
thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than
all the Jews.
17:004:014 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then
shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from
another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be
destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the
kingdom for such a time as this?
17:004:015 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
17:004:016 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan,
and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days,
night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so
will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law:
and if I perish, I perish.
17:004:017 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther
had commanded him.
17:005:001 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her
royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's
house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon
his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of
17:005:002 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in
the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king
held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So
Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
17:005:003 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and
what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half
of the kingdom.
17:005:004 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the
king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have
prepared for him.
17:005:005 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do
as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet
that Esther had prepared.
17:005:006 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is
thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy
request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be
17:005:007 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;
17:005:008 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it
please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my
request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I
shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king
17:005:009 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart:
but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood
not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against
17:005:010 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home,
he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
17:005:011 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the
multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king
had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the
princes and servants of the king.
17:005:012 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come
in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but
myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the
17:005:013 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai
the Jew sitting at the king's gate.
17:005:014 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a
gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou
unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go
thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing
pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
17:006:001 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to
bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were
read before the king.
17:006:002 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana
and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the
door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
17:006:003 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to
Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that
ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.
17:006:004 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come
into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the
king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for
17:006:005 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth
in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
17:006:006 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be
done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now
Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to
do honour more than to myself?
17:006:007 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king
delighteth to honour,
17:006:008 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear,
and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal
which is set upon his head:
17:006:009 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one
of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man
withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on
horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before
him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth
17:006:010 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel
and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai
the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of
all that thou hast spoken.
17:006:011 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed
Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of
the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done
unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
17:006:012 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted
to his house mourning, and having his head covered.
17:006:013 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing
that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his
wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before
whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against
him, but shalt surely fall before him.
17:006:014 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's
chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that
Esther had prepared.
17:007:001 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
17:007:002 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the
banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it
shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall
be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.
17:007:003 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found
favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my
life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
17:007:004 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be
slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and
bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not
countervail the king's damage.
17:007:005 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the
queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his
heart to do so?
17:007:006 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.
Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
17:007:007 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath
went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make
request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that
there was evil determined against him by the king.
17:007:008 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place
of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed
whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the
queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of
king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
17:007:009 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king,
Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had
made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in
the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
17:007:010 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for
Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
17:008:001 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the
Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before
the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.
17:008:002 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman,
and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the
house of Haman.
17:008:003 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at
his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief
of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised
against the Jews.
17:008:004 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So
Esther arose, and stood before the king,
17:008:005 And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his
sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be
pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters
devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he
wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's
17:008:006 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my
people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my
17:008:007 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to
Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of
Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he
laid his hand upon the Jews.
17:008:008 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's
name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which
is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's
ring, may no man reverse.
17:008:009 Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third
month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth
day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai
commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the
deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto
Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every
province according to the writing thereof, and unto every
people after their language, and to the Jews according to
their writing, and according to their language.
17:008:010 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with
the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and
riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:
17:008:011 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to
gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to
destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the
people and province that would assault them, both little ones
and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,
17:008:012 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely,
upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the
17:008:013 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every
province was published unto all people, and that the Jews
should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their
17:008:014 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being
hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the
decree was given at Shushan the palace.
17:008:015 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal
apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and
with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of
Shushan rejoiced and was glad.
17:008:016 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
17:008:017 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the
king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and
gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of
the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
17:009:001 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the
thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and
his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that
the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though
it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over
them that hated them;)
17:009:002 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities
throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay
hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand
them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.
17:009:003 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and
the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews;
because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.
17:009:004 For Mordecai was great in the king's house, and his fame went
out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed
greater and greater.
17:009:005 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the
sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would
unto those that hated them.
17:009:006 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five
17:009:007 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
17:009:008 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
17:009:009 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,
17:009:010 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the
Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.
17:009:011 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the
palace was brought before the king.
17:009:012 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain
and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the
ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the
king's provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be
granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be
17:009:013 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to
the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according
unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged
upon the gallows.
17:009:014 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was
given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.
17:009:015 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together
on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three
hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their
17:009:016 But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered
themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest
from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five
thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,
17:009:017 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth
day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and
17:009:018 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the
thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on
the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day
of feasting and gladness.
17:009:019 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled
towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of
gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions
one to another.
17:009:020 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the
Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus,
both nigh and far,
17:009:021 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the
fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the
17:009:022 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and
the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and
from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days
of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another,
and gifts to the poor.
17:009:023 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as
Mordecai had written unto them;
17:009:024 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of
all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them,
and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to
17:009:025 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters
that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews,
should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons
should be hanged on the gallows.
17:009:026 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur.
Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which
they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto
17:009:027 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed,
and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it
should not fail, that they would keep these two days according
to their writing, and according to their appointed time every
17:009:028 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout
every generation, every family, every province, and every
city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among
the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.
17:009:029 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai
the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second
letter of Purim.
17:009:030 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred
twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with
words of peace and truth,
17:009:031 To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed,
according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had
enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for
their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.
17:009:032 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and
it was written in the book.
17:010:001 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon
the isles of the sea.
17:010:002 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the
declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king
advanced him, are they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
17:010:003 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great
among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren,
seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all
Book 18 Job
18:001:001 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and
that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and
18:001:002 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
18:001:003 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three
thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five
hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this
man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
18:001:004 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his
day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to
drink with them.
18:001:005 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone
about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in
the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the
number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have
sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job
18:001:006 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
18:001:007 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan
answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the
earth, and from walking up and down in it.
18:001:008 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and
an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
18:001:009 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for
18:001:010 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house,
and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed
the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the