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The Levites confession

CHAP. IX.

of God's goodness. 419 10 And shewedst signs and wonders || as the stars of heaven, and broughtest upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and hem into the land, concerning which on all the people of his land : for thou || thou hadst promised to their fathers, that knewest that they dealt proudly against they should go in to possess it. them. So didst thou get thee a name, as 24 So the children went in and possessed it is this day,

the land, and thou subduedst before them 11 And thou didst divide the sea before the inhabitants of tlie land, the Canaanthem, so that they went through the ites, and prest them into their hands, midst of the sea on the dry land ; and with their kings, and the people of the their persecutors thou threwest into the land, that they might do with them as deeps, as a 'stone into the mighty waters. || they would.

12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the 25. And they took strong cities, and a day by a cloudy pillar ; and in the night | fat land, and possessed houses full of all by a pillar of fire, to give them light in gools, wells digged, vineyards and olivethe war wherein they should go.

yards, and fruit-trees in abundance : so 13 Thou camest down also upon they (d eat, and were tilled, and became mount Sinai, and spakest with thein from fat, and delighted themselves in thy great heaven, and gavest them right judg goodness. ments, and tinc laws, good statutes and 26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, commandments:

and rebelled against thee, anal cast thy 14 Anil madeet known into them thy l law behind their backs, and slew thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them prophets which testifiad against them to precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand turn them to thee, and they wrouglıt of Moses thy serrant

great provocations. 15 And garest them bread from lieaven 27 Therefore thou deliveredst them in. for their hinnger, and broughtest forth ll to the hand of their enemies, who vexed water for them out of the rock for their them : and in the time of their trouble, thirst, and promisedst them that they when they cried unto thee, thou heardlest should go in to possess the land which them from heaven; and according to thy thou hadst sworn to give tliem.

manifold mercies thou gavest them sav16 But they and our fathers dealt iours, who saved them out of the hand proudly, and harvleued their necks, and of their enemies. hearkenci not to thy commandments, 28 But after they had rest, they did " 17 And refused to obey, neither were evil again before thee : therefore leftest mindful of thy wonders that thou didst | thou them in the hand of their enemies, among them, but hardened their necks, I so that they had the dominion over them : and in their rebellion appointed a captain il yet when they returned and cried unto to return to their bondage : but thou thee, thou heardest them from heaven ; urt a God ready to pardon, gracious and and many times zhvlet thou deliver them Merciful, slow to anger, and of great according to thy mercies; kindness, and forsookest them not.

29 And testifiedst against them, tilat 18 Yea, when they had made them a thou mightest bring them again unto thy molten calf, and said, This is thy god || law : yet they dealt proudly, and hearkthat brought thee up out of Egypt, and lened pot unto thy commandments, but had wrought great provocations;

sinned against thy judgments, (which if a 19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies man do, he shall live in them,) and withForsookest them not in the wilderness : drew the shoulder, and hardened their the pillar of the cloud departed not from | neck, and would not hear. them by day, to lead them in the way; \ 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them, and testifiedst against them by thy them light, and the way wherein they || spirit in thy prophets : yet would they should go.

Dot give ear: therefore gavest thou thein 20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to | into the hand of the people of the lands. instruct them, and withheldest not thy 1 31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies manna from their mouth, and gavest thein sake thou didst not utterly consume them, water for their thirst.

Il nor forsake them ; for thou art a gracious 21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain and merciful God. them in the wilderness, so that they lacked : 32 Now therefore, our God, the great, nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and the mighty, and the terrible God, who their feet swelled not.

keepest covenant and mercy, let not ail 22 Moreover, thou gavest them king- the trouble seem little before thee, that doms and nations, and didst dividle then hath come upon us, on our kings, on our into corners : so they possessed the land of i princes, and on our priests, and on our Sihon, and the land of the king of Hesh- prophets, and on our fathers, and on all bon, and the land of Og king of Bashan. || thy people, since the time of the kings of

23. Their children also multipliedst thou ' Assyria unto this day.

420 Those who sealed the covenant. NEHEMIAH. The points of the covenant.

i 33 Howbeit, thou art just in all that is 11 priests, the Levites, the porters, the singbrought upon us ; for thou bast done right, ers, the Nethinims, and all they that hai but we have done wickedly:7,"13 | separated themselves from the people of

34 Neither have our kings, our princes, the lands (wto the laws of God, their our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, wives, their sons, and their daughters, nor hearkened unto thy commandments every one having knowledge, tand having and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst | understanding ; PO testify against them. Dirbant ,

.. 29 They clave to their brethren, their 35 For they have not served thee in nobles, and entered into a curse, and into their kingdom, and in thy great goodness an oath, to walk in God's law, which was that thou garesi them, and in the large given by Moses the senvånt of God, and and fat land which thou gavest before to observe and do all the commandments them, neither tumed they from their of the LORD our Lord, and ilvis judgwicked works.

ments and his statutes ; *!** 36 Behold, we are servants this day, 30 And that we would not give our and for the land that thou gavest unto | daughters unto the people of the land, our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and nor take their daughters for our sons: the good thereof, behold, we are servants 31 And if the people of the land bring in it: . . . ","i d

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ware or any victuals on the sabbath day 37 and it yieldeth much increase unto to sell, that we would not buy it of them the kings whom thou hast set over us be on the sabbath, or on the chely day: and cause of our sins; also they have domin- that we would leave the seventh year, ion over our bodies, and over our cattle, and the exaction of every debt a n at their pleasure, and we are in great 32 Also we made ordinances for ås, to distress.

charge ourselves yearly with the third - $8 And because of all this we make a part of a shekel for the service of the sure covenant, and write it; and our house of our God; , g), to ..." princes, Levites, and priests, scal unto it. I 33 For the shew-breat!, and for the conLirik CHAP. X.

tinual ment-offering, and for the continu 1 The names of thein that sealed the cou- | al burnt-offering, of the sabbaths, of the

enant, 29 The points of the covenant. new moons, for the set feasts, and for N OW those that sealed were, Nehe the holy things, and for the sin-offerings IV. miah, the Tirsluatha, the son of to make an atonement for Israel, and for Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

all the work of the house of our God. 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, as 1 34 And we cast the lots among the 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah, ili priests, the Levites, and the people, for

4. Hattush, Shebaniah, Mallucha | the wood-offering, to bring it into the - 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadizil, ines house of our God, after the houses of our ".6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Daruch, in fathers, at times appointed year by year, 7 Meshillum, Aoijah, Mijamin, 's,.; to burn upon the altar of the LORD our

Dlaaniah, Bilgai, Shemaiah, these God, as it is written in the law ;?, were the priests.

35 And to bring the first-fruits of our 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the ground, and the first-fruits of all frait of son of Azanjah, Bingui of the sons of all trees, year by year, unto the house of Henadad, Kadmiel;

tlie LORD:,1321niin r ii, 10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, 36 Also the first-born of our sons, and Hodijah, Kelita, Pelajah, Hanan, till of our cattle, as it is written in the law,

11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,..i ll and the firstlings of our herds and of our 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebanjah, flocks, to bring to the house of our God, 13 Holijah, Bani, Beninu. ir unto the priests that ministerin the house

14 The chief of the people; Parosh, ll of our God: Pahath-moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani, ?, 37. And that we should bring the first15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

| fruits of our dough, and our offerings, and 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adlin,

the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine 17 Ater, Hizbijah, Azzur,

and of oil, unto the priests, to the cham18 Hoclijah, Ilashum, Bezai,

bers of the house of our God, and the 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

| tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, . l! the same Levites might have the tithes 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, || in all the cities of our tillage. 22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall 23 Hoşlıea, Hananiah, Hashub, 1 be with the Levites, when the Levites 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

take tithes; and the Levites shall bring 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, up the tithe of the tithes unto the house 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan, ll of our God, to the chambers, into the 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

treasure-house. 28 | And the rest of the people, the !! 59 For the children of Israel and the Who dwelt at Jerusalem, CHAP. XI.

and in the villages. 421 children of Levi shall bring the offering af || 14 And their brethren, mighty men of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, un- | valour, an hundred twenty and eight : to the chambers, where are the vessels of and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son the sanctuary, and the priests that minis- of one of the great men. ;;' ter, and the porters, and the singers : and 15 Also of the Levites : Shemaiah the we will not forsake the house of our God. ll son of Haslub; the son of Azrikam, the | CHAP. XI.

11 son of Hashabiah; the son of Bunni ; ! 1 The rulers, voluntary men, and the l 16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of

tenth man chosen by lot, dwcilat Jeru- | the chief of the Levites, had the over

salem. 3 A catalogue of their names. sight of the outward business of the house AND the rulers of the people dwelt of God.

l at Jerusalem: the rest of the people | 17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell || the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was in Jerusalem the lioly city, and nine parts the principal to begin the thanksgiving to dwelt in other cities.

ll in prayer : and Bakbukiah the second 2 And the people blessed ał the. men among his brethren, and Abda the son of that willingly offered themselves to dwell || Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of at Jerusalem. Oy,..

Jecluthun. 3. Now these are the chief of the 18 All the Levites in the holy city were province that dwelt in Jemisalem : but | two hundred fourscore and four. in the cities of Judah dwelt every one N 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, in his possession in their cities, ito ai!, || Talmon, and their brethren that kept Israel, the priests, and the Lerites, and the gates, were an hundred seventy and the Nethin us, and the children of Solo two. monis scrvans. ..

20 9 And the residue of Israel, of the 4 And It Jerusalem dwelt certain of the priests, and the Levites, avere in all the citchildren of Judah, and of the children of lies of Judalı, every one in his inheritance. Benjamin.' : Of the children of Judah ; 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in ()phel: Athaiah the son of Uzzialı, the son of land Ziha and Gispa were over the NeZechariah, the son of Ainariah, the son thinims. of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of 22 The overseer also of the Levites at the chillren of Perez;

Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the 5 And Maaseiah die son of Baruch, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, son of Col-hozehr; the son of Hazaiah, the | the son of Micha. . Of the sons of Asaph, son of Adaiah, the son of Joinib, the son the singers were over the business of the of Zechariah, the 501 of Shiloni. - house of God. :

6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at | 23 For it was the king's commandJerusalem were four hundred threescore 1 ment concerning them, that a certain and eight valiant men. *

Il portion should be for the singers, due for 7 And these are the sons of Benjamin; ll every day. Sallu the son of Mesuullamy, the son of | 24 And Pethahiah the son of MeshezaJoed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Ko-beel, of the children of Zerah the son of laiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Judah was at the king's hand in all matIthiel, the son of Jesaiahy. ;;,'', iesil ters concerning the people.

8 And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine 25 And for the villages, with their hundredi twenty and eight. :D

Il fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt 9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their | at Kirjath-arva, and in the villages thereoverscer; and Judah the son of Senuah of, and at Dibon, and in the villages therewas second over the city.

lof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages > 10 Of the priests : Jedaiah the son of | thereof, i Joiarib, Jachin.

1 26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladalı, and 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son at Beth-phelet, i of Meshullanı, the son of Zadok, the son 27 And at Hazar-shual, and at Beerof Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ll sheba, and in the villages thereof, ruler of the house of God.

28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, 12 And their brethren that did the land in the villages thereof, work of the house were eight hundred 29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zarcah, twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of and at Jarmuth, Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their vilAmzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of | lages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, Pashur, the son of Malchiah,

| at Azekali, and in the villages thereof. 13 And his brethren, chief of the fa- | And they dwelt from Beer-sheba unto the thers, two hundred forty and two ; and valley of Hinnom.

mashai the son of Azareel, the son of 31 The children also of Benjamin from Thasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son | Geba (livelt at Michmash, and Aija, and of Immer,

li Beth-el, and in their villages;

422 The priests names.

NEHEMIANI.

The walls dedicated. 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, them, to praise and to give thanks, accord33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

ing to the commandment of David the 34 Hadid, 'leboim, Neballat,

| man of God, ward over against ward. 35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of crafts- 25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obamen.

\/ diah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkuh, qucre 36 And of the Levites were divisions in porters keeping the ward at the threshJudah, and in Benjamin.

olds of the gates. CHAP. XII.

26 These were in the days of Joiakim 1 Thé priests which came up with Zerub- the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and

babct. 10 The succession of the high in the days of Nehemiah the governor, priests.

and of Ezra the priest, the scribe. N OW these are the priests and the 27 [ And at the dechication of the wall

N Levites that went up with Zerub- ll of Jerusalem they sought the Levites bahel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: l out of all their places, to bring them to Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with 2 Amarialı, Malluch, Haitushi,

gladness, both with thanksgivings, and S Shecliaviah, Rchum, Meremoth, with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, 4. Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

and with harps. 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

28 And the sons of the singers gather6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, ed themselves together, both out of the

7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedajah. These plain country round about Jerusalem, and · were the chief of the priests and of their from the villages of Netophathi';' brethren in the days of Jeshua.

29 Also froin the house of Gilgal, and 3 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Bin- | out of the fields of Geba and Azmanui, Kadmiel, Sherebiali, Judai, and Mat- | veth : for the singers had builded them taniah, which was over the thanksgiving, | villages round about Jerusalem."

30 And the priests and the Levites pu9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, theirbrethren, vereover against them in the watches and the gates, and the wall.

10 | And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joi 31 Then I brought up the princes of akim also begat Eliashib, and Elashib be || Judah upon the wall, and appointed two gat Joiada,

great companies of them that gave thanks, 11 And Joi: ca begat Jonathan, and Jon whereof one went on the right hand upon athan begat Jaddua.

the wall toward the dung-gate: 12 And in the days of Joiakim were 32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and priests, the chief of the fatiers : of Serai- half of the princes of Judah, ah, Meraiah ; of Jeremiah, Hananiah ; 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, || 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and ShemaiJehohanan;

ah, and Jeremiah, 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniali, 35 And certain of the priests sons with Joseph;

trumpets ; namely, Zechariah the son of 15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Jonathan, the son of Shemajah, the son of Tielkai ;

Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son · 16 Of Iddo, Zechariahı; of Ginnetlion, of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: Meshullam;

36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and 17 Of Abijah, Zichri ; of Miniamin, Azaracı, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaof Moadiah, Piltai;

Incel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musi18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemai cal instruments of David the man of God, ah, Jehonathan;

and Ezra the scribe before them. 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Je- 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was daiah, Uzzi;

over against them, they went up by the 90 Of Sallai, Kzllai; of Amok, Eber; // stairs of the city of David, at the going

21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabialı; of Jedaiah, || up of the wall, above the house of David, Xethaneel.

I even unto the water-gate eastward. 22 | The Levites in the days of Elia- || 38 And the other company of them that shib, Joiada, and Jchanan, and Jaddua, ll gave thanks went over against them, and were recorded chief of the fathers ; also | I after them, and the half of the people the priests, to the reign of Darius the upon the wall, from beyond the tower of Persian.

the furnaces eren unto the broad wall; 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the 39 And from above the gate of Efathers, were written in the book of the phrain, and above the old gate, and achronicles, even until the days of Joha- | bove the fish-gate, and the tower of Hanhan the son of Eliashib.

aneel, and the tower of Mcah, even in24 And the chief of the Levites: Hasha- | to the sheep-gate: and they stood still in biah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of the prison-gate. Kadiniel, with their brethren over against II 40 So stood the two companies of them

Nehemiah returnetli, CHAP. xIII. and reformeil abusca. 423 that gave thanks in the house of God, and commanded to be given to the Levites, I, and the half of the rulers withi me: 1 and the singers, and the porters; and the

41 And the priests; Eliakim, Marseiat, offerings of the priests. Miniamin, Michaiali, Elioenai, Zechariah, 6 But in all this time was not I at Jeand Hananiah, with trumpets;

i rusalem : for in the two and thirtieth 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and rear of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jeholanan, and I unto the king, and after certain days Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And obtained I leave of the king: the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their 1 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and unoverseer.

| derstood of the cvil that Eliashib did for 43 Also that day they offered great sac- || Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in rifices, and rejoicerl: for God had made the courts of the house of God. them rejoice with great joy: the wives al-| 8 And it grioved me sore: therefore I so and the children rejoiceil: so that the cast forth all the hon citold stuff oi Tobi

44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treas- ed the chambers : and thither brought I ures, for the offerings, for the first-fruits, again the vessels of the house of God, with and for the tithes, to gather into them out the meat-ofiering and the frankincense. of the fields of the cities the portions of 10 || And I perceiverl that the portions the law for the priests and Levites: for of the Levites had not been given them : Judah rejoiced for the priests and for for the Levites and the singers, that did the Levites that waited.

the work, were fled every one to his field. 45 And both the singers and the por 11 Thien contended I with the rulers, ters kept the ward of their Gol, and l and said, Why is the house of God forthe ward of the purification, according !! saken ? and I gathere I them together, to the commandment of David, anul of and set them in their place. Solomon his son

12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of 46 For in the days of David and Asaph the corn and the new wine and the oii of old there were chief of the singers, | unto the treasuries. and songs of praise and thanksgiving 13 And I made treasurers over thetreasunto God.

Juries, Shelemiah the priest, anl Zadok 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerub- the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaialı: babel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave and next to them was Hanan the son of the portions of the singers and the por Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah : for they ters, every day his portion : and they were counted faithful ; and their office sanctified holy things unto the Levites ; was to distribute unto their brethren. and the Levites sanctified them unto the 14. Remember me, my God, conchildren of Aaron.

cerning this, and wipe not out my gocd CHAP. XIII.

| deeds that I have done for the house of 1 Separation made from the mixed mul my God, and for the offices thereof.

titude. 4 Nehemiah's return, and reg 15 s In those days saw I in Judal some ulations.

treading wine presses on the sabbath, n that day they read in the book of and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; U Moses in the audience of the pecple; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all and therein was found written, that the manner of burdens, which they brought Ammonite and the Moabite should not into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and come into the congregation of God for I testified against them in the day wherein ever;

they sold victuals. 2. Because they, met not the children 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also thereof Israel with bread and, with water, in, which brought fish, and all manner et but hired Balaam against them, that he ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the should curse them: howbeit, our God children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. turned the curse into a blessing.

17 Then I contended with the nobles 3 Now it came to pass, when they had of Judah, and said unto them, What heard the law, that they separated from evil thing is this that ye do, and profane Israel all the mixed multitude. : | the sabbath day?

4 1 And betore this, Eliashib the U 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not priest, having the cversight of the cham our God bring all this evil upon us, and ber of the house of our Gal, was allied upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath unto Tobiah : ,

upon Israel by profaning the sabbatli. 5 And he had prepared for him a 19 And it came to pass, that, when the great chamber, where aforetime they ll gates of Jerusalem began to be dark ber laid the mcat-offerings, the frankincense, fore the sabbath, I commanded that thic and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, gates should be shut, and charged that the new wine, and the oil, which was 1l they should not be opened till after the

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