These are the actes of Nehemias the sonne of Hachalia. It fortuned in ye moneth
Chisleu in ye twetieth yeare, that I was in the castell at Susan:
2 and Hanani one of my brethren came with certayne me of Iuda, and I axed
them how the Iewes dyd that were delyuered and escaped from the captiuyte, &
how it wente at Ierusale.
3 And they sayde vnto me: The remnaunt of the captiuyte are there in the
londe in greate mysfortune & rebuke. The walles of Ierusalem are broken
downe, and the portes ther of are brent with fyre.
4 Wha I herde these wordes, I sat me downe & wepte, & mourned two
dayes, & fasted & prayed before the God of heauen,
5 & sayde: O LORDE God of heauen, thou greate & terrible God, thou
yt kepest couenaunt & mercy for them yt loue the & obserue thy
6 let yi eares marke, & let thine eies be open, yt thou mayest heare
the prayer of yi seruaunt, which I praye now before ye daye and nighte for the
children of Israel thy seruauntes, & knowlege the synnes of the children of
Israel, which we haue commytted agaynst the. And I & my fathers house haue
7 We haue bene corrupte vnto the, in yt we haue not kepte the
comaundementes, statutes & lawes, which thou comaundedst yi seruaunt Moses.
8 Yet call to remembraunce ye worde that thou comaundedst thy seruaunt
Moses, and saydest: Yf ye trasgresse, then wil I scater you abrode amonge the
9 But yf ye turne vnto me, and kepe my commaundementes & do them:
though ye were cast out vnto the vttemost parte of heauen yet wyl I gather you
from thence, and wyll brynge you from thence, eue vnto the place, that I haue
chosen for my name to dwell there.
10 They are thy seruauntes, and thy people, whom thou hast delyuered
thorow thy greate power & mightie hande.
11 O LORDE, let thine eares marke the prayer of thy seruaunt, & the
prayer of thy seruauntes, whose desyre is to feare thy name, & let thy
seruaunt prospere this daye, & graunte him mercy in the sight of this man:
for I was the kynges butlar.
1 In the moneth Nisan of the twentieth yeare of kynge Artaxerses, wha the
wyne stode before him, I toke vp the wyne, and gaue it vnto ye kynge, and I was
heuy in his presence.
2 Then sayde ye kynge vnto me: Why lokest thou so sadly? Thou art not
sicke, that is not ye matter, but thou art heuy harted. Neuertheles I was sore
3 & sayde vnto the kynge: God saue the kynges life for euer, shulde I
not loke sadly? the cite of my fathers buryall lyeth wayest, & the portes
therof are consumed wt the fyre.
4 Then sayde the kynge vnto me: What is the thy request? Then made I my
prayer to the God of heaue,
5 and sayde vnto the kynge: yf it please the kynge, and yf thy seruaunt be
fauoured in thy sighte, I beseke the sende me in to Iuda vnto ye cite of my
fathers buryall, that I maye buylde it.
6 And ye kynge sayde vnto me, & so dyd the quene yt sat by him: How
loge shal thy iourney cotynue, and wha wilt thou come agayne? And it pleased ye
kynge to sende me, and I set him a tyme,
7 & sayde vnto the kynge: Yf it please the kynge, let him geue me
letters to the Debites beyonde ye water, yt they maye conueye me ouer, tyll I
come in to Iuda:
8 & letters vnto Assaph the lorde of the kynges wod, yt he maye geue
me wodd for balkes to the gates of the palace, which are harde on the house
& harde on the walles of the cite, & for the house that I shal entre in
to. And ye kynge gaue me acordinge to the good hande of God vpo me.
9 And whan I came to ye Debites beyonde the water, I gaue them ye kynges
letters. And the kynge sent captaynes and horsmen with me.
10 But whan Saneballath the Horonite, & Tobias the seruaunt of the
Ammonites herde yt, it greued them sore, yt there was come a man which soughte
the welth of the children of
11 And whan I came to Ierusalem, & had bene there thre daies,
12 I gat me vp in ye night season, & a fewe men with me: for I tolde
no man what God had geue me in my hert to do at Ierusalem: & there was not
one beest wt me, saue it yt I rode vpon.
13 And I rode by nighte vnto the valley porte before the Dragon well,
& to the Dongporte, & considered ye walles of Ierusalem that were broken
downe, & the portes therof consumed wt the fyre.
14 And I wente ouer vnto ye Well porte, & to the kynges condyte, &
there was no rowme for my beest, yt it coulde go vnder me.
15 Then wete I on in the nighte by the broke syde, & cosidered ye
wall, & turned back, & came home agayne to ye valley porte.
16 And ye rulers knewe not whither I wete, or what I dyd: for hither to
had I not tolde the Iewes & the prestes, the councelers & the rulers,
& the other yt laboured in the worke,
17 & I saide vnto the: Ye se the myserye yt we are in, how Ierusale
lyeth wayst, & how ye gates therof are brent wt fyre, come, let vs buylde vp
ye walles of Ierusale, yt we be nomore a rebuke.
18 And I tolde the of the good hade of my God which was vpo me: And ye
kynges wordes yt he had spoke vnto me. And they saide: Then let vs get vp. And
we buylded, and their handes were strengthed to good.
19 But whan Saneballat ye Horonite, and Tobias the seruaunt of ye
Ammonites, & Gosem the Arabian herde it, they laughed vs to scorne, and
despised vs, & sayde: What is this that ye do? Wyll ye fall awaye agayne
from the kynge?
20 Then answered I them, and sayde: The God of heauen shal cause vs to
prospere: for we his seruauntes are gotten vp, & are buyldinge. As for you,
ye haue no porcio ner right, ner remembraunce in Ierusale.
1 And Eliasib the hye prest gat him vp with his brethren the prestes, and
buylded the Shepegate. They halowed it, and set vp the dores of it: euen vnto
the tower Mea halowed they it, namely vnto the tower of Hananeel.
2 Nexte vnto him buylded ye men of Iericho. And besyde him buylded Sachur
the sonne of Imri.
3 But the Fyshporte dyd the children of Senaa buylde, they couered it, and
set on the dores, lockes and barres of it.
4 Nexte vnto him buylded Meremoth the sonne of Vria the sonne of Hacoz.
Nexte vnto him buylded Mesullam ye sonne of Barachias ye sonne of Mesesabeel.
Nexte vnto him buylded Sadoc ye sonne of Baena.
5 Nexte vnto him buylded they of Thecoa. But their greate me put not their
neckes to ye seruyce of their lorde.
6 The Oldgate buylded Ioiada ye sonne of Passeah, & Mesullam the sonne
of Besodia: they couered it, and set on the dores, lockes & barres of it.
7 Nexte vnto them buylded Melacia of Gibeon, and Iadon of Morono, me of
and of Mispa, for the seate of the Debyte on this syde the water.
8 Nexte vnto him buylded Vsiel the sonne of Harhaia the goldsmyth. Nexte
vnto him buylded Hanania ye Apotecarys sonne, & they repayred Ierusale vnto
the brode wall.
9 Nexte vnto him buylded Rephaia the sonne of Hur, the ruler of the halfe
quarter of Ierusalem.
10 Nexte vnto him buylded Iedaia the sonne of Harumaph, ouer agaynst his
house. Nexte vnto him buylded Hattus the sonne of Hasabema.
11 But Malchia the sonne of Harim, and Hasub the sonne of Pahath
buylded ye other pece, and the tower beside the fornace.
12 Nexte vnto him buylded Sallum the sonne of Halohes the ruler of the
halfe quarter of Ierusalem, and his daughters.
13 The valley gate buylded Hanum, and the citesins of Sanoah. They buylded
it, and set on the dores, lockes and barres therof, and a thousande cubytes on
the wall, vnto the Dogeporte.
14 But the Dongeporte buylded Malechia the sonne of Rechab, the ruler of
the fourth parte of the vynyardes: He buylded it, & set on the dores, lockes
& barres therof.
15 But the Wellgate builded Sallum ye sonne of ChalHose, the ruler of the
fourthparte of Mispa: He builded it, & couered it, & set on ye dores,
lockes, & barres therof, & the wall vnto the pole of Sybah by the kynges
garden, vnto the steppes that go downe from the cite of Dauid.
16 After him builded Nehemia the sonne of Asbuk, the ruler of the halfe
quarter of Bethzur, vntyll the other side ouer agaynst the sepulcres of Dauid,
and to the pole Asuia, & vnto the house of the mightie.
17 After him buylded the Leuites, Rehum the sonne of Bani. Nexte vnto him
buylded Hasabia ye ruler of the halfe quarter at Regila in his quarter.
18 After him buylded their brethre, Banai the sonne of Henadab, the ruler
of the halfe quarter of Segila.
19 After him buylded Eser the sonne of Iesua ye ruler of Mispa, the other
pece hard ouer against the Harnesse corner.
20 After him buylded Baruc the sonne of Sabai the other pece worshipfully
& costly, fro the corner vnto ye dore of ye house of Eliasib ye hye prest.
21 After him builded Meremoth the sonne of Vria the sonne of Hacos the
other pece, fro ye dore of Eliasibs house, vnto the ende of the house of Eliasib.
22 After him buylded the prestes, the me of the countre.
23 After him buylded BenIamin and Hasub ouer against their house. After
the buylded Asaria the sonne of Maeseia the sonne of Anania nexte vnto his
24 After him buylded Benui ye sonne of Henadad the other pece from the
house of Asaria vnto the turnynge, and vnto the corner.
25 After him buylded Palal the sonne of Vsai, ouer agaynst the corner
& the hye tower, which lieth out ouer fro the kynges house, besyde the
courte of the preson. After him Pedaia the sonne of Pareos
26 (As for ye Nethinims they dwelt in Ophel, vnto ye Watergate, towarde
the east where ye tower lieth out)
27 After him buylded they of Thecoa ye other pece ouer against ye greate
tower, yt lieth outwarde, and vnto the wall of Ophel.
28 But from the Horsgate forth buylded ye prestes, euery one ouer agaynst
29 After them buylded Sadoc ye sonne of Immer ouer against his house.
After him buylded Semaia the sonne of Sachania ye keper of the eastgate.
30 After him buylded Hanania the sonne of Selemia, & Hanum the sonne
of Zalaph ye sixte, ye other peace. After him builded Mesullam the sonne of
Berechia ouer against his chest.
31 After him builded Malchia the goldsmythes sonne, vntyll ye house of the
Nethinims, and of the marchauntes ouer agaynst the councell gate, and to the
perler in the corner.
32 And betwene the perler of the corner vnto the Shepegate builded the
goldsmythes and the marchauntes.
1 Bvt whan Saneballat herde that we builded ye wall, he was wroth, &
toke greate indignacio & mocked ye Iewes
2 & saide before his brethre & the mightie men of Samaria: What do
the impotet Iewes? shall they be thus suffred? shall they offre? shal they
perfourme it in one daie? shal they make ye stones whole againe, yt are brought
to dust, & brent?
3 And Tobias the Ammonite beside him saide: Let the builde on, yf a foxe
go vp, he shall breake downe their stonye wall.
4 Heare O thou oure God, how we are despysed, turne their shame vpon their
awne heade, yt thou mayest geue them ouer in to despisinge in the londe of their
5 Couer not their wickednesse, & put not out their sinne fro yi
presence: for they haue prouoked the buylders.
6 Yet buylded we the wall, & ioyned it whole together, vnto ye halfe
heigth. And the people were well mynded to labor.
7 But whan Saneballat, & Tobias, and ye Arabias, & Ammonites,
& Asdodites herde, yt the walles of Ierusalem were made vp, and that they
had begonne to stoppe vp ye gappes, they were very wroth,
8 and cospyred all together, to come and fight against Ierusalem, & to
make an hinderaunce therin.
9 Neuertheles we made or praier vnto oure God, & set watchme vpo the
wall daye & night ouer against them.
10 And Iuda saide: The stregth of the bearers is to feble, & there is
to moch dust, we are not able to builde on the wall.
11 And or aduersaries thought: They shall not knowe nether se, tyll we
come in the myddes amonge the, and slaye them, & hynder ye worke.
12 But whan the Iewes that dwelt besyde them, came out of all the places
where they dwelt aboute vs, and tolde vs as good as te tymes,
13 then set I the people after their kynreds with their swerdes, speares
& bowes beneth in the lowe places behynde the wall,
14 & loked, and gat me vp, and sayde vnto the chefe men and rulers,
& to the other people: Be not ye afrayed of them, thynke vpon ye greate
LORDE which ought to be feared, & fighte for yor brethren, sonnes,
daughters, wyues, & houses.
15 Neuertheles whan or enemies herde yt we had gotten worde of it, God
broughte their councell to naughte, and we turned all againe to the wall, euery
one vnto his labor.
16 And from that time forth it came to passe, yt the halfe parte of the
yonge men dyd the laboure, & the other halfe parte helde the speares,
shyldes, bowes, and brestplates, and the rulers stode behynde all the house of
17 which buylded on the wall, & bare burthes, from those that laded
the. With one hande dyd they ye worke, and with the other helde they the weapen.
18 And euery one yt buylded, had his swerde girde by his side, & so
builded they. And the trompetters stode beside me.
19 And I sayde vnto the pryncipall men, & rulers, and to ye other
people: The worke is greate & large, & we are separated vpon the wall
one farre from another.
20 Loke in what place now ye heare the noise of ye trompe, resorte ye
thither vnto vs. Oure God shal fight for vs,
21 & we wil be labourige in ye worke. And the halfe parte of the helde
ye speares fro ye morninge springe, till ye starres came forth.
22 And at ye same tyme sayde I vnto ye people: Euery one abyde with his
seruaunt at Ierusalem, yt in the night season we maye geue attendaunce to ye
watch, and to laboure on the daye tyme.
23 As for me and my brethren, & my seruauntes, and ye men of the watch
behynde me, we put neuer of oure clothes, so so moch as to washe oure selues.
1 And there arose a greate complaynte of ye people, & of their wyues
against their brethren the Iewes.
2 And there were some yt sayde: oure sonnes and doughters are to many, let
vs take corne for the, & eate, that we maye lyue.
3 Some saide: Let vs set or londes, vynyardes & houses to pledge,
& take vp corne in the derth.
4 But some saide: Let vs borowe money of the kinge vpo vsury for oure
londes and vynyardes.
5 Now are oure brethrens bodies as oure awne bodies, and their children as
oure children: els shulde we subdue oure sonnes and doughters vnto bondage, and
some of oure doughters are subdued allready, and no strength is there in oure
handes, and other men shal haue oure londes and vynyardes.
6 But whan I herde their complaynte and soch wordes, it displeased me
7 and I aduysed so in my mynde, yt I rebuked the councelers, and the
rulers, and sayde vnto them: Wyl ye requyre vsury one of another? And I broughte
a greate congregacion agaynst them,
8 and sayde vnto them: We (after oure abilyte) haue boughte oure brethren
the Iewes, which were solde vnto the Heythen. And wyl ye sell youre brethren,
whom we haue boughte vnto vs? Then helde they their peace, & coulde fynde
nothinge to answere.
9 And I sayde: It is not good that ye do. Oughte ye not to walke in the
feare of God, because of the rebuke of the Heythen oure enemies?
10 I and my brethre, and my seruauntes haue lent them money and corne: but
as for vsury, let vs leaue it.
11 Therfore this same daye se that ye restore the their londes agayne,
their vynyardes, oyle gardens and houses, and the hundreth parte of the money of
the corne, wyne and oyle that ye haue wonne of them.
12 Then sayde they: We wyl restore them agayne, and wyl requyre nothinge
of them, and wyl do as thou hast spoken. And I called the prestes, and toke an
ooth of the, that they shulde do so.
13 And I shoke my lappe, and sayde: God shake out euery man after the same
maner fro his house and laboure, that maynteyneth not this worde: euen thus be
he shaken out, and voyde. And all ye congregacion sayde: Amen, and praysed the
LORDE. And the people dyd so.
14 And from the tyme forth that it was commytted vnto me to be a Debyte in
the londe of Iuda, namely from the twentieth yeare vnto the two and thirtieth
yeare off kynge Artaxerses (that is twolue yeare) I and my brethre lyued not of
soch sustenaunbe as was geuen to a Debyte:
15 For the olde Debytes that were before me, had bene chargeable vnto the
people, and had take of the bred and wyne, and fortye Sycles of syluer: Yee and
their seruauntes had oppressed the people. But so dyd not I, and that because of
the feare of God.
16 I laboured also in the worke vpon the wall, and boughte no lode. And
all my seruautes came thither together vnto ye worke.
17 Morouer there were at my table an hundreth and fiftie of the Iewes and
rulers, which came vnto me, from amonge the Heythen, that are aboute vs.
18 And there was prepared me daylie an oxe, and sixe chosen shepe, and
byrdes, and euer once in ten dayes a greate summe of wyne. Yet requyred not I
the lyuynge of a Debyte for ye bondage was greuous vnto ye people.
19 Thynke vpo me my God vnto ye best, acordige to all that I haue done for
1 And whan Saneballat, Tobias and Gosem the Arabian, and the other of oure
enemyes herde, that I had buylded the wall, and that there were no mo gappes
ther in (howbeit at the same tyme had I not hanged the dores vpon the gates)
2 Saneballat and Gosem sent vnto me, sayenge: Come and let us mete
together in the vyllages vpon the playne of the cite Ono. Neuertheles they
thoughte to do me euell.
3 Notwithstondynge I sent messaungers vnto them, sayenge: I haue a greate
busynes to do, I can not come downe. The worke shulde stonde still, yf I were
necligent, and came downe to you.
4 Howbeit they sent vnto me as good as foure tymes after the same maner.
And I gaue the same answere.
5 Then sent Saneballat his seruaunt vnto me the fifth tyme, with an open
letter in his hande,
6 wherin was wrytten: It is tolde the Heythen, & Gosem hath sayde it,
that thou and the Iewes thynke to rebell: for ye which cause thou buyldest the
wall, and wylt be their kynge in these matters,
7 and hast ordeyned the prophetes to preach of the at Ierusalem, and to
saye: He is kynge of Iuda. Now shal this come to the kynges eares: come now
therfore, and let us take oure councell together.
8 Neuertheles I sent vnto him, sayenge: There is no soch thinge done as
thou sayest: thou hast fayned it out of thine owne hert.
9 For they were all mynded to make us afrayed, and thoughte: They shal
withdrawe their handes from the worke, yt they shal not laboure. Howbeit I
stregthed my hande the more.
10 And I came vnto ye house of Semaia ye sonne of Delaia the sonne of
Mechetabeel, & he had shut him selfe within, & sayde: Let us come
together in to ye house of God, eue vnto ye myddes of ye teple, & sparre ye
dores of ye teple: for they wyl come to slaye ye, yee eue in the night wyl they
come to put the to death.
11 But I sayde: Shulde soch a ma flye? Shulde soch a ma as I am, go in to
ye teple, to saue his life? I wyl not go in.
12 For I perceaued, that God had not sent him: Yet spake he prophecye vpon
me, neuerthelesse Tobias and Saneballat had hired him for money.
13 Therfore toke he the money, that I shulde be afrayed, and so to do and
synne, that they might haue an euell reporte of me, to blaspheme me.
14 My God thynke thou vpon Tobias and Saneballat, acordynge vnto these
their workes, and of ye prophet Noadia, and of the other prophetes, yt wolde
haue put me in feare.
15 And the wall was fynished on the fyue & twentyeth daye of the
moneth Elul, in two and fyftye dayes.
16 And whan all or enemies herde therof, all the Heithen yt were aboute vs,
were afraied, and their corage failed the: for they perceaued, that this worke
came of God.
17 And at ye same tyme were there many of ye chefe of Iuda, whose letters
wete vnto Tobias, & from Tobias vnto them
18 for there were many in Iuda that were sworne vnto him: for he was the
sonne in lawe of Sachania the sonne of Arah, and his sonne Iohanan had the
doughter of Mesullam the sonne of Barachia,
19 and they spake good of him before me, and tolde him my wordes. And
Tobias sent letters, to put me in feare.
1 Now whan we had buylded the wall I hanged on the dores, and the porters,
syngers and Leuites were appoynted.
2 And I comaunded my brother Hanam, and Hanama the ruler of the palace at
Ierusalem: for he was a faithfull man, and feared God more then dyd many other
3 and I sayde vnto them: Let not the gates of Ierusale be opened vntyll
the Sonne be whote. And whyle they are yet stondinge in the watch, the dores
shall be shut and barred. And there were certayne citesyns of Ierusalem
appoynted to be watchmen, euery one in his watch, and aboute his house.
4 As for ye cite, it was large of rowme, and greate, but ye people were
fewe therin, and the houses were not buylded.
5 And my God gaue me in my hert, that I gatherd together the pryncipall
men and ye people, to nombre them, and I founde a register of their nombre,
which came vp afore out of the captiuyte
6 (whom Nabuchodonosor ye kynge of Babilo had caryed awaie) and dwelt at
Ierusalem and in Iuda, euery one vnto his cite,
7 and were come with Zorobabel, Iesua, Nehemias, Asaria, Raamia, Naheman,
Mardachai, Bilsan, Mispereth, Bigeuai, Nehum and Baena. This is the nombre of
the men of the people of
8 The children of Pareos were two thousande, an hundreth and two and seuentye:
9 The children of Sephatia, thre hundreth & two and seuentye:
10 the children of Arah, sixe hundreth and two and fiftye:
11 ye children of Pahath Moab amonge the childre of Iesua and Ioab, two
thousande, eight hudreth, and eightene:
12 the childron of Elam, a thousande, two hundreth, and foure and fyftye:
13 the children of Sathu, eight hundreth & fyue and fortye,
14 the children of Sacai, seuen hundreth and thre score:
15 the children of Benni, sixe hundreth, and eight and fortye:
16 ye children of Bebai, sixe hundreth and eight and twentye:
17 the children of Asgad, two thousande, thre hundreth and two and twentye:
18 the children of Adonicam, syxe hundreth & thre score:
19 the children of Bigeuai, two thousande, and seuen and thre score:
20 the childre of Adin, sixe hudreth & fiue and fiftye:
21 the childre of Atter of Ezechias, eight and nyentye.
22 The children of Hasum, thre hundreth & eighte and twentye:
23 the children of Bezai, thre hundreth and foure and twentye:
24 the children of Hariph, an hundreth and twolue:
25 the children of Gibeon, fyue and nyentye
26 the men of Bethleem and Netopha, an hudreth and eight and foure score:
27 the men of Anathot, an hundreth and eight and twentye:
28 the men of Beth Asmaueth, two and fortye:
29 the men of Ririath Iearim, Caphira and Beeroth, seuen hundreth and thre
30 the men of Rama and Gaba, sixe hudreth and one and twentye:
31 the men of Michmas, an hundreth and two and twentye:
32 the men of Bethel and Ai, an hundreth and thre and twentye:
33 the men of Nebo, an hundreth and two and fiftye:
34 the children of the other Elam, a thousande, two hundreth and foure and
35 the children of Haram, thre thre hundreth and twentye:
36 the children of Iericho: thre hundreth and fyue and fortye
37 the children of Lodhadid & Ono, seuen hundreth and one and twentye:
38 the children of Senaa, thre thousande, nyne hundreth and thirtye.
39 The prestes. The children of Iedaia of the house of Iesua, nyne
hundreth and thre and seuentye:
40 the children of Immer, a thousande and two and fyftye:
41 the children of Pashur, a thousande, two hundreth and seue and fortye:
42 the children of Harim, a thousande and seuentene.
43 The Leuites. The children of Iesua of Cadmiel amonge the children of
Hodua, foure & seuentye.
44 The syngers. The children of Assaph, an hundreth and eight and fortye.
45 The porters were: The children of Sallum, the children of Ater, the
childre of Talmon, the children of Acub, the children of Hatita, the children of
Sobai, alltogether an hundreth and eight and thirtye.
46 The Nethinims, The children of Ziha, ye childre of Hasupha, the childre
47 the children of Ceros, the children of Sia, ye children of Padon,
48 the children of Libana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Salmai,
49 the children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
50 the children of Reaia, the children of Rezin, the children of Necoda,
51 the childre of Gasam, the childre of Vsa, the children of Passeah,
52 the children of Bessai, the children of Megunim, the children of Nephusim,
53 the children of Bachuc, the children of Hacupha, the childre of Harhur,
54 the children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsa,
55 the children of Barcos, the children of Sissera, the children of Thamah,
56 the children of Neziah, ye children of Hatipha.
57 The childre of Salomons seruauntes were: The children of Sotai, the
childre of Sophereth, the children of Prida,
58 the childre of Iaela, the children of Darcon, the childre of Giddel,
59 the childre of Sephatia, the childre of Hatil, ye childre of Pochereth
of Zebaim, the children of Amon.
60 All the Nethinims & the childre of Salomons seruauntes, were thre
hundreth and two and nynetye.
61 And these wente vp also: Michel, Mela, Thel, Harsa, Cherub, Addo, Immer:
but they coulde not shewe their fathers house ner their sede, whether they were
62 The childre of Delaia, ye children of Tobia, & the childre of
Necoda, were sixe hudreth & two & fortye.
63 And of the prestes were, the children of Habaia, the childre of Hacoz,
the children of Barsillai, which toke one of ye doughters of Barsillai the
Gileadite to wyfe, and was named afther their name.
64 These soughte the register of their generacion, and whan they foude it
not, they were put from ye presthode.
65 And Hathirsatha sayde vnto them, yt they shulde not eate of ye most
holy, tyll there came vp a prest wt ye light and perfectnesse.
66 The whole congregacio as one ma, was two and fortye thousande there
hundreth, and thre score:
67 besyde their seruauntes and maydes, of whom there were seuen thousande,
thre hundreth and seue and thirtye. And they had two hundreth and seuen and
fortie synginge men and wemen,
68 seuen hundreth and sixe and thirtie horses, two hudreth and fyue and
fortie Mules, foure hundreth and fyue and thirtie
69 Camels: sixe thousande, seue hundreth and twentye Asses.
70 And certayne of the awnciet fathers gaue vnto the worke. Hathirsatha
gaue to the treasure a thousande guldens, fiftie basens, fyue hundreth and
thyrtie prestes garmentes.
71 And some of the chefe fathers gaue vnto ye treasure of the worke,
twetye thousande guldens, two thousande and two hundreth poude of siluer.
72 And the other people gaue twetye thousande guldens, and two thousande
pounde of siluer, and seue and thre score prestes garmentes.
73 And the prestes and Leuites, the Porters, the syngers, and the other of
the people, and the Nethinims, and all
, dwelt in their cities.
1 Now whan the seuenth moneth drue nye, and ye children of Israel were in
their cities, all the people gathered them selues together as one man vpon the
strete before the Watergate, and sayde vnto Esdras the scrybe, that he shulde
fetch the boke of the lawe of Moses, which the LORDE commaunded Israel.
2 And Esdras the prest brought ye lawe before the congregacio both of men
and wemen, and of all that coulde vnderstonde it, vpon the first daye of the
3 and red therin in the strete that is before the Watergate, from ye light
mornynge vntyll the noone daye before men and wemen and soch as coulde
vnderstonde it: and the eares of all the people were inclyned vnto the boke of
4 And Esdras the scrybe stode vpon an hye pulpit of wod, which they had
made for the preachynge, & beside him stode Mathithia, Sema, Anania Vria,
Ezechias, and Maeseia on his righte hand: And on his lefte honde stode Pedaia,
Misael, Malchia, Hasum, Hasbadana, Zachary and Mesullam.
5 And Esdras opened ye boke before all ye people, for he stode aboue all
ye people. And whan he opened it, all the people stode vp.
6 And Esdras praysed the LORDE the greate God. And all the people answered
Amen, Amen, with their handes vp, and bowed the selues, and worshipped ye LORDE
with their faces to the grounde.
7 And Iesua, Bani, Serebia, Iamin, Acub, Sabthai, Hodaia, Maeseia, Celita,
Asaria, Iosabad, Hanam, Plaia, and the Leuites, caused ye people to geue hede
vnto the lawe, & the people stode in their place.
8 And they red in the boke of the lawe of God distinctly and planely, so
that men vnderstode the thinge that was red.
9 And Nehemias (which is Hathirsatha) and Esdras the prest and scrybe, and
the Leuites yt caused the people to take hede, sayde vnto all the people: This
daye is holy vnto the LORDE youre God: be not ye sory therfore, & wepe not.
For all ye people wepte, wha they herde the wordes of the lawe.
10 Therfore sayde he vnto them: Go youre waye, and eate the fat, and
drynke the swete, and sende parte vnto them also that haue not prepared
themselues: for this daye is holy vnto oure LORDE, be not ye sory therfore: for
the ioye of the LORDE is youre strength.
11 And the Leuites stylled all the people, and sayde: Holde youre peace,
for the daye is holy, vexe not ye youre selues.
12 And all the people wente their waye to eate and drinke, and to sende
parte vnto other, and to make greate myrth, for they had vnderstonde the wordes
that were declared vnto them.
13 And on the nexte daye were gathered together the chefe fathers amonge
all the people, and the prestes and Leuites, vnto Esdras the scrybe, that he
shulde teach them ye wordes of the lawe.
14 And they founde written in the lawe, how that the LORDE had commaunded
by Moses, that the childre of
shulde dwell in bothes in the feast of the seuenth moneth.
15 And so they caused it be declared and proclamed in all their cities,
& at Ierusalem, sayenge: Go vp vnto ye mout and fetch Olyue braunches,
Pynebraunches, Myrtbraunches, Palmebraunches, & braunches of thicketrees, to
make bothes as it is wrytten.
16 And ye people wente vp, and fetched the, and made them bothes, euery
one vpon the rofe of his house, and in their courtes, and in the courtes of the
house of God, and in the strete by the Watergate, and in the strete by Ephraims
17 And all the congregacion of them that were come agayne out of the
captyuite, made bothes, and dwelt therin: for sence the tyme of Iosua the sonne
of Nu vnto this daye, had not the children of Israel done so, and there was very
18 And euery daye from the first daie vnto the last, red he in the boke of
the lawe of God. And seuen dayes helde they the feast, & on the eight daye
the gatherynge together, acordynge vnto the maner.
1 In the foure and twentieth daye of this moneth came the children of
Israel together with fastinge and sack clothes, and earth vpon them,
2 and separated the sede of Israel from all the straunge children, and
stode and knowleged their synnes, and the wyckednesses of their fathers,
3 and stode vp in their place, and red in the boke of the lawe of the
LORDE their God foure tymes on the daye, and they knowleged, and worshipped the
LORDE their God foure tymes on the daye.
4 And the Leuites stode on hye, namely Iesua, Bani, Cadmiel, Sebania, Buni,
Serebia, Bani, and Chenani, and cryed loude vnto the LORDE their God.
5 And the Leuites, Iesua, Cadmiel, Bani, Hasabenia, Serebia, Hodia,
Sebania, Pethahia, sayde: Stonde vp, prayse the LORDE oure God for euer: and let
thankes be geue vnto the name of thy glorye, which excelleth all thankesgeuynge
6 LORDE, thou art alone, thou hast made heauen, and the heauen of all
heauens, with all their hoost, the earth and all that therin is, the See and all
that is therin: thou geuest life vnto all, and ye hoost of heauen bowe
themselues vnto the.
7 Thou art the LORDE God, that hast chosen Abra, and broughte him out of
Vr in Chaldea, & called him Abraham,
8 and founde his hert faithfull before the, and madest a couenaut with
him, to geue vnto his sede the londe of the Cananites, Hethites, Amorites,
Pheresites, Iebusites, and Girgosites, and hast made good thy wordes: for thou
9 And hast considered the mysery of oure fathers in Egipte, and herde
their complainte by the reed See,
10 and shewed tokes and wonders vpo Pharao, and on all his seruautes, and
on all his people of his londe: for thou knewest yt they were presumptuous &
cruell against them, & so madest thou the a name as it is this daie.
11 And the reed See partedst thou in sunder before them, so that they wete
thorow the myddes of the See drye shod: & their persecuters threwest thou in
to the depe as a stone, in the mightie waters,
12 and leddest them on the daye tyme in a cloudy pyler, and on the nighte
season in a piler of fyre, to shewe them lighte in the waye yt they wente.
13 Thou camest downe also vpo mount Sinai, and spakest vnto them from
heauen, and gauest them righte iudgmentes, true lawes, good commaundementes and
14 and declared vnto them thy holy Sabbath, and commaunded them preceptes,
ordinaunces, and lawes, by Moses thy seruaunt:
15 and gauest them bred from heauen whan they were hongrye, and broughte
forth water for them out of the rock whan they were thyrstye: and promysed them,
that they shulde go in, and take possession of the londe, where ouer thou
haddest lyfte vp thine hande for to geue them.
16 Neuertheles oure fathers were proude and hardnecked, so that they
folowed not yi comaundementes,
17 and refused to heare, and were not myndefull of the wonders yt thou
dyddest for them: but became obstynate and heady, in so moch that they turned
back to their bondage in their dishobedience. But thou my God forgauest, and
wast gracious, mercifull, pacient, and of greate goodnesse, and forsokest them
18 And though they made a molten calfe (and sayde: This is thy God, that
broughte the out of the londe of Egipte) and dyd greate blasphemies,
19 yet forsokest thou them not in the wyldernes, acordinge to thy greate
mercy. And ye cloudy piler departed not from them on ye dayetyme to lede them
the waye, nether the piler of fyre in the night season, to shewe them lighte in
the waye that they wente.
20 And thou gauest them thy good sprete to enfourme them, and withheldest
not thy Manna from their mouth, and gauest the water wha they were thirstie.
21 Fortye yeares longe madest thou prouysion for them in the wyldernesse,
so that they wanted nothinge: their clothes waxed not olde, and their fete
22 And thou gauest the kigdomes & nacions, & partedst the
acordinge to their porcions, so that they possessed the londe of Sihon kynge of
Hesbon, & the londe of Og ye kynge of Basan.
23 And their childre multiplyedst thou as the starres of heauen, and
broughtest the in to the londe wherof thou haddest spoken vnto their fathers,
that they shulde go in to it, and haue it in possession.
24 And ye children wente in, and possessed the londe, and thou subdudest
before the the inhabiters of the londe, euen the Cananites, & gauest them in
to their hande, and their kynges and ye people of the londe, yt they might do
with them what they wolde.
25 And they wanne their stronge cities, & a fat londe, and toke
possession of houses yt were full of all maner goodes, welles dygged out,
vynyardes, oylgardens, & many frutefull trees: and they ate & were
fylled, & became fat, & lyued in welth thorow thy greate goodnes.
26 Neuertheles they were disobedient, and rebelled agaynst the, and cast
thy lawe behynde their backes, and slewe thy prophetes (which exhorted them so
earnestly, that they shulde couerte vnto the) and dyd greate blasphemies.
27 Therfore gauest thou them ouer in to the hade of their enemies that
vexed them. And in ye tyme of their trouble they cried vnto the, and thou
hardest them from heauen: and thorow thy greate mercy thou gauest them sauiours,
which helped the out of the hande of their enemies.
28 But whan they came to rest, they turned back agayne to do euell before
the: therfore leftest thou them in the hande of their enemies, so yt they had ye
dominion ouer them. So they couerted, and cryed vnto the, and thou herdest them
from heauen, and many a tyme hast thou delyuered them acordinge to yi greate
29 and testified vnto them, that they shulde turne agayne vnto thy lawe.
Notwithstodinge they were proude, and herkened not vnto thy comaundementes, but
synned in thy lawes (which a man shulde do, & lyue in them) & turned
their shulder awaye, & were styffnecked, & wolde not heare.
30 And many yeares dyddest thou forbeare them, & testified vnto them
thorow yi sprete, euen by the office of yi prophetes, & yet wolde they not
heare. Therfore gauest thou the in to ye hade of ye nacions in the londes.
31 But for thy greate mercies sake thou hast not vtterly cosumed them,
nether forsaken them: for thou art a gracious and mercifull God.
32 Now oure God, thou greate God, mightie and terrible, thou that kepest
couenaunt and mercy, regarde not a litle all the trauayle yt hath happened vnto
vs, & oure kynges, prynces, prestes, prophetes, fathers & all thy
people, sence the tyme of the kynges of Assur vnto this daie.
33 Thou art righteous in all yt thou hast broughte vpo vs: for thou hast
34 As for vs, we haue bene vngodly, and or kynges, prynces, prestes &
fathers haue not done after yi lawe, ner regarded yi comaundementes, & thy
earnest exhortacios wherwith thou hast exhorted them,
35 & haue not serued ye in their kyngdome, and in thy greate goodes yt
thou gauest them, and in the large and plenteous lode which thou gauest them to
good, and haue not conuerted from their wicked workes.
36 Beholde, therfore are we in bondage this daye: Yee euen in the lode
that thou gauest vnto oure fathers, to enioye the frutes and goodes therof,
beholde, there are we bondmen.
37 And greate is the increase of it vnto the kynges, whom thou hast set
ouer vs because of oure synnes, and they haue dominion ouer oure bodies and
catell, and we are in greate trouble.
38 And in all this made we a sure couenaunt, & wrote it, & let or
prynces, Leuites & prestes seale it.
1 The sealers were: Nehemias (that is) Hathirsatha the sonne of Hachalia
2 Seraia, Asaria, Ieremy,
3 Pashur, Amaria, Malchia,
4 Hattus, Sebania, Malluch,
5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadia,
6 Daniel, Sinthun, Baruch,
7 Mesullam, Abia, Meiamin,
8 Maasga, Bilgai and Semaia: these were prestes.
9 The Leuites were: Iesua ye sonne of Asania, Binui amonge the childre of
10 And their brethren: Sechania, Hodia, Celita, Plaia, Hauan,
11 Micha, Rehob, Hasabia,
12 Sachur, Serebia, Sebania,
13 Hodia, Bani and Beninu.
14 The heades of the people were: Pareos, Pahath Moab, Elam, Sathu, Bani,
15 Buni, Asgad, Sebai,
16 Adonia, Bigenai, Adiu,
17 Ater, Hezechias, Asur,
18 Hodia, Hasum, Bezai,
19 Hariph, Anathot, Neubai,
20 Magpias, Mesullam, Hesir,
21 Mesesabeel, Sadoc, Iaddua,
22 Platia, Hanan, Anaia,
23 Hoseia, Hanania, Hasub,
24 Halohes, Pilha, Sobek,
25 Rehum, Hasabna, Maeseia,
26 Ahia, Hanan, Anan,
27 Malluch, Harim and Baena.
28 And the other people, the prestes, Leuites, Porters, syngers.
Nethinims, & all they that had separated them selues from ye people in the
lodes vnto the lawe of God, with their wyues, sonnes and daughters, as many as
coulde vnderstonde it,
29 and their lordes that had rule of them, receaued it for their
brethren. And they came to sweare, and to bynde them selues with an ooth to
walke in Gods lawe, which was geuen by Moses the seruaunt of God, that they
wolde obserue and do acordinge vnto all the commaundementes, iudgmentes and
statutes of the LORDE oure God:
30 and that we wolde not geue oure doughters vnto the people in the lode,
nether to take their doughters for oure sonnes.
31 And yf ye people of the lode broughte ware on the Sabbath, and all
maner of vytayles to sell, that we wolde not take it of them on the Sabbath and
on the holy dayes. And that we wolde let the seueth yeare be fre concernynge all
maner of charge.
32 And we layed a statute vpon oure selues, to geue yearly ye thirde
parte of a Sycle to the mynistracion in the house of oure God,
33 namely to the shewbred, to the daylie meatofferynge, to the daylie
burntofferynge of ye Sabbathes, of the new mones and feast dayes, and to the
thinges that were sanctified, and to the synofferynges, to reconcyle Israel with
all, and to all the busynes in ye house of oure God.
34 And we cast the lot amonge the prestes, Leuites and the people, for
offerynge of ye wod, to be brought vnto ye house of or God from yeare to yeare,
after the houses of oure fathers, that it might be brent at tymes appoynted,
vpon the altare of the LORDE oure God, as it is wrytten in the lawe:
35 and yearly to brynge the firstlinges of or londe, & the
firstlinges of oure frutes of all trees, yeare by yeare, vnto ye house of the
36 and the firstlinges of oure sonnes, and of oure catell, as it is
wrytten in the lawe: and the firstlinges of oure oxen and of oure shepe, that we
shulde brynge all this to the house of oure God vnto the prestes that mynister
in the house of oure God:
37 and that we shulde brynge the firstlinges of oure dowe, and of oure
Heueofferinges, and the frutes of all maner trees, of wyne also and of oyle,
vnto the prestes to the chestes of the house of oure God. And the tithes of or
lode vnto the Leuites, yt the Leuites might haue the tithes in all the cities of
38 And the prest the sonne of Aaron shal wt the Leuites haue also of the
tithes of ye Leuites, so that the Leuites shal brynge vp the tithes of their
tithes vnto the house of oure God to the chest in ye treasure house.
39 For the children of
and the children of Leui shall brynge vp the Heueofferynges of the corne, wyne
and oyle vnto the chestes, there are the vessels of the Sanctuary, & the
prestes yt mynister, and the porters & syngers, yt we forsake not the house
of oure God.
1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Ierusalem. But the other people
cast lottes therfore, so that amoge ten one parte wente to Ierusalem in to the
holy cite to dwell, and nyne partes in the cities.
2 And ye people thanked all the men that were willinge to dwell at Ierusalem.
3 These are the heades of the londe that dwelt at Ierusalem. In the
cities dwelt Iuda euery one in his possession yt was in their cities, namely
, the prestes, Leuites, ye Nethinims, and the children of Salomons seruauntes.
4 And at Ierusale dwelt certayne of the children of Iuda & of Ben
Iamin. Of the children of Iuda: Athaia the sonne of Vsia ye sonne of Zachary,
the sonne of Amaria, the sonne of Sephatia, the sonne of Mahelaleel, of the
children of Phares.
5 And Maeseia the sonne of Baruch, the sonne of Chal Hose, the sonne of
Hasaia, the sonne of Adaia, the sonne of Ioiarib, the sonne of Zachary, the
sonne of Siloni.
6 All the childre of Phares that dwelt at Ierusalem, were foure C. and
eight & thre score valeaunt men.
7 These are the childre of Ben Iamin: Sallu the sonne of Mesullam, ye
sonne of Ioed, the sonne of Pedaia, the sonne of Colaia, ye sonne of Maeseia,
the sonne of Ithiel, ye sonne of Iesaia.
8 And after him Sabai, Sallai: nyne hundreth and eight and twentye.
9 And Ioel the sonne of Sichri had the ouersight of them: and Iuda ye
sonne of Hasnua ouer the seconde parte of the cite.
10 Of the prestes there dwelt: Iedaia ye sonne of Ioiarib, Iachin.
11 Seraia the sonne of Helchias ye sonne of Mesullam, the sonne of Sadoc,
the sonne of Meraioth, the sonne of Achitob, was prynce in the house of God:
12 & his brethre that perfourmed the worke in ye house: of whom there
were viij. C. and xxij. And Adaia the sonne of Ieroham, the sonne of Plalia, the
sonne of Amzi, the sonne of Zachary, the sonne of Pashur
13 & his brethre, chefe amoge the fathers: of whom there were two
hundreth and two and fortye. And Amassai the sonne of Asariel the sonne of
Ahusai, the sonne of Mesillemoth, the sonne of Immer:
14 and his brethren were valeaunt men, of whom there were an hundreth and
eight and twentye. And their ouerseer was Sabdaiel the sonne of Gedolim.
15 Of the Leuites: Semaia the sonne of Hasub, the sonne of Asrikam, the
sonne of Hasabia, the sonne of Bunni:
16 And Sabthai and Iosabad of the chefe of the Leuites, in the outwarde
busynes of ye house of God.
17 And Mathania the sonne of Micha, the sonne of Sabdi, the sonne of
Assaph, which was the pryncipall to begynne the thankesgeuynge vnto prayer. And
bacbuchia ye seconde amoge his brethren, and Abda the sonne of Sammua, the sonne
of Galal, the sonne of Iedithun.
18 All the Leuites in the holy cite were two hundreth and foure &
19 And ye porters Acub and Calman, and their brethren yt kepte the portes,
were an hundreth and two and seuentye.
20 As for the residue of
, the prestes and Leuites, they were in all the cities of Iuda, euery one in his
21 And the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Zipha and Gispa belonged vnto
22 The ouerseer of the Leuites at Ierusalem, was Vsi the sonne of Bani,
the sonne of Hasabia, the sonne of Mathania, the sonne of Micha. Of the children
of Assaph there were syngers aboute ye busynes in the house of God:
23 for it was the kynges commaundement cocernynge them, that ye syngers
shulde deale faithfully, euery daye as acordinge was.
24 And Pethaia the sonne of Mesesabeel of the childre of Serah the sonne
of Iuda nexte the kynge in all matters concernynge the people.
25 And the children of Iuda that were without in the townes of their
londe, dwelt some at Kiriath Arba, and in the vyllages therof, & at Dibon,
and in the vyllages therof:
26 and at Cabzeel, and in ye vyllages therof: and at Iesua, Molada, Bethphalet,
27 Hazarsual, Berseba and in their vyllages:
28 & at Siclag and Mochona, and in their vyllages:
29 And at Enrimmon, Zarega, Ieremuth,
30 Sanoah, Adullam and in their vyllages: At Lachis, and in the feldes
therof: At Aseka, and in the vyllages therof: and dwelt from Berseba vnto the
valley of Hinnom.
31 The children of Ben Iamin of Gaba, dwelt at Michmas, Aia,
and in their vyllages.
32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Anania,
33 Hazor, Rama, Githaim,
34 Hadid, Ziboim, Neballat,
35 Lod, Ono & in the Carpeters valley.
36 And certayne of the Leuites yt had porcions in Iuda, dwelt in Ben
1 These are ye prestes and Leuites that wente vp with Zorobabel ye sonne
of Saalthiel and with Iesua: Seraia, Ieremy, Esdras,
2 Amaria, Malluch, Hattus,
3 Sechania, Rehum, Meremoth,
4 Iddo, Ginthoi, Abia,
5 Meiamin, Maadia, Bilga,
6 Semaia, Ioiarib, Iedaia,
7 Sallu, Amok, Helchias & Iedaia. These were the heades amoge the
prestes and their brethren in the tyme of Iesua.
8 The Leuites were these: Iesua, Benui, Cadmiel, Serebia, Iuda and
Mathania, ouer the office of thankesgeuynge, they & their brethre:
9 Bacbuchia & Vnni and their brethre, were aboute them in the
10 Iesua begat Ioachim. Ioachim begat Eliasib. Eliasib begat Ioiada.
11 Ioiada begat Ionathan. Ionathan begat Iaddua.
12 And in the tyme of Ioachim were these the chefe fathers amonge the
prestes: namely of Seraia was Meraia, of Ieremy was Hanania,
13 of Esdras was Mesullam, of Amaria was Iohanan,
14 of Malluch was Ionathan, of Sebania was Ioseph,
15 of Harim was Adna, of Meraioth was Helcai,
16 of Iddo was Zachary, of Ginthon was Mesulla,
17 of Abia was Sichri, of Miniamin Moadia was Piltai,
18 of Bilga was Sammua, of Semaia was Ionathan,
19 of Ioiarib was Mathnai, of Iedaia was Vsi,
20 of Sallai was Callai, of Amok was Eber,
21 of Helchias was Hasabia, of Gedaia, was Nethaneel.
22 And in the tyme of Eliasib. Ioiada, Iohanan and Iaddua, were the chefe
fathers amonge the Leuites, and the prestes wrytte vnder the reigne of Darius ye
23 The children of Leui the pryncipall fathers were wrytten in the
Cronicles, vntyll the tyme of Iohanan the sonne of Eliasib.
24 And these were the chefe amoge the Leuites, Hasabia, Serebia and Iesua
the sonne of Cadmiel, & their brethren ouer agaynst them, to geue prayse and
thankes, acordinge as Dauid ye ma of God had ordeyned it, one watch ouer agaynst
25 Mathania, Bacbuchia, Obadia, Mesullam, Talmon and Acub were porters in
the watch at the thresholdes of the gates.
26 These were in the tyme of Ioiachim the sonne of Iesua the sonne of
Iosedec, and in the tyme of Nehemias the Debyte, and of the prest Esdras the
27 And in the dedicacion of the wall at Ierusalem, were the Leuites
soughte out of all their places, that they mighte be broughte to Ierusalem, to
kepe ye dedicacion in gladnesse, with thankesgeuynges, with synginge, with
Cymbales, Psalteries and harpes.
28 And the children of the syngers gathered the selues together from the
playne countre aboute Ierusalem, and from the vyllages of Nethophathi,
29 and from the house of Gilgal, & out of the feldes of Gibea &
Asmaueth: for ye syngers had buylded them vyllages aboute Ierusalem.
30 And ye prestes and Leuites purified them selues, and clensed the
people, the gates and the wall.
31 And I caused the prynces to go vp vpon the wall, and appoynted two
greate queres of thankesgeuynge, which wete on the righte hande of the wall
towarde the Donggate,
32 and after them wete Hosaia, and halfe of the prynces of Iuda,
33 & Asaria, Esdras, Mesullam,
34 Iuda, Ben Iamin, Semaia and Ieremy:
35 and certayne of the prestes childre wt trompettes, namely Zachary ye
sonne of Ionathan, the sonne of Semaia, the sonne of Mathania, the sonne of
Michaia, the sonne of Sachur, the sonne of Assaph,
36 and his brethren, Semaia, Asareel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nathaneel
and Iuda and Hanani, with the musicall instrumentes of Dauid ye man of God. And
Esdras ye scrybe before the
37 towarde the Wellgate, and they wente vp ouer agaynst them vpon the
steppes of the cite of Dauid at the goynge vp of the wall to the house of Dauid,
vnto the Watergate Eastwarde.
38 The other quere of thankesgeuynge wente ouer against them, and I after
them, and the halfe parte of the people vpon ye wall, towarde ye Fornacegate
vpwarde, vntyll ye brode wall,
39 and to ye porte of Ephraim, and to the Oldgate, and to ye Fyshgate,
and to the tower of Hananeel, and to the tower of Meah, vntyll the Shepegate.
And in ye presongate stode they styll,
40 and so stode the two queres of thankesgeuynge of the house of God, and
I and the halfe of the rulers with me,
41 and the prestes, namely Eliachim, Maeseia, Miniamin, Michaia, Elioenai,
Zachary, Hanania, with tropettes,
42 and Maeseia, Semaia, Eleasar, Vsi, Iohanan, Malchia, Elam and Aser.
And the syngers songe loude, and Iesrahia was the ouerseer.
43 And the same daye were there greate sacrifices offred, & they
reioysed: for God had geue them greate gladnesse, so that both the wyues and
children were ioyfull, & the myrth of Ierusalem was herde farre of.
44 At the same tyme were there men appoynted ouer the treasure chestes (wherin
were ye Heueofferynges, the firstlinges and the tithes) that they shulde gather
them out of ye feldes aboute the cities, to destribute the vnto the prestes and
Leuites acordinge to the lawe: for Iuda was glad of the prestes, and Leuites,
that they stode and wayted
45 vpon the office of their God, and the office of the purificacion. And
the syngers & porters stode after the commaundemet of Dauid & of Salomon
46 for in the tyme of Dauid and Assaph, were the chefe syngers founded,
and the songes of prayse and thankesgeuynge vnto God.
47 In the tyme of Zorobabel and Nehemias, dyd all
geue porcios vnto the syngers and porters, euery daye his porcion, and they
gaue thinges halowed vnto the Leuites, and the Leuites gaue thinges that were
sanctified, vnto the childre of Aaron.
1 And what tyme as the boke of Moses was red in ye eares of the people,
there was founde wrytten therin, yt the Ammonites and Moabites shulde neuer come
in to the congregacion of God,
2 because they mett not the children of Israel wt bred and water, and
hyred Balaam against the, that he shulde curse them: neuertheles oure God turned
ye curse in to a blessynge.
3 Now whan they herde the lawe, they separated from
euery one that had myxte him selfe therin.
4 And before this had the prest Eliasib delyuered the chest of ye house
of oure God vnto his kynsman Tobia:
5 for he had made him a greate chest, and there had they aforetyme layed
the meatofferynges, frankencense, vessell, and the tithes of corne, wyne and
oyle (acordinge to the commaundement geuen to the Leuites, syngers and porters)
and the Heueofferynges of the prestes.
6 But in all this was not I at Ierusalem: for in ye two and thirtieth
yeare of Artaxerses kynge of Babilon, came I vnto the kynge, and after certayne
dayes optayned I lycence of the kynge
7 to come to Ierusale. And I gat knowlege of ye euell that Eliasib dyd
vnto Tobia, in that he had made him a chest in the courte of the house of God,
8 and it greued me sore, and I cast forth all the vessels of Tobias house
out of the chest,
9 and commauded them to clense the chest. And thither broughte I agayne
the vessels of the house of God, the meatofferynge and the incense.
10 And I perceaued, that the porcions of ye Leuites were not geuen them,
for the which cause the Leuites and syngers were fled, euery one to his londe
for to worke.
11 Then reproued I the rulers, and sayde: Why forsake we the house of
God? But I gathered them together, and set them in their place.
12 Then brought all Iuda the tithes of corne, wyne and oyle vnto the
13 And I made treasurers ouer ye treasure, euen Selemia ye prest, and
Sadoc the scrybe, & of the Leuites Pedaia, and vnder their hande Hanan the
sonne of Sachur the sonne of Mathania: for they were counted faithfull, and
their office was, to destribute vnto their brethren.
14 Thynke vpon me O my God here in, & wype not out my mercy, that I
haue shewed on ye house of my God, & on the offices therof.
15 At the same tyme sawe I some tredinge wyne presses on the Sabbath, and
brynginge in clusters, and asses laden wyth wyne, grapes, fygges, and brynginge
all maner of burthens vnto Ierusalem, vpon the Sabbath daye. And I rebuked them
earnestly ye same daye that they solde ye vytayles.
16 There dwelt me of
also therin, which broughte fysh and all maner of ware, and solde on the
Sabbath vnto the childre of Iuda and Ierusalem.
17 Then reproued I the rulers in Iuda, and saide vnto them: What euell
thinge is this that ye do, and breake the Sabbath daye?
18 Dyd not oure fathers euen thus, and oure God broughte all this plage
vpon vs & vpon this cite? And ye make the wrath more yet vpon
, in that ye breake the Sabbath.
19 And whan the portes of Ierusalem were drawen vp before the Sabbath, I
commauded to shutt the gates, and charged that they shulde not be opened tyll
after the Sabbath: and some of my seruauntes set I at the gates, yt there shulde
no burthe be broughte in on the Sabbath daye.
20 Then remayned the chapmen and marchauntes once or twyce ouer nighte
without Ierusalem with all maner of wares.
21 Then reproued I them sore, & sayde vnto them: Why tary ye all
night aboute the wall? Yf ye do it once agayne, I wil laye handes vpon you. From
that tyme forth came they nomore on the Sabbath.
22 And I sayde vnto the Leuites which were cleane, that they shulde come
and kepe the gates, to halowe the Sabbath daye. Thynke vpo me (O my God)
cocernynge this also, & spare me acordynge to thy greate mercy.
23 And at the same tyme sawe I Iewes, that maried wyues of Asdod, Ammon
24 and their children spake halfe in the speache of Asdod, and coulde not
speake in ye Iewish language, but by ye tonge mighte a ma perceaue euery people.
25 And I reproued them, and cursed them, & smote certayne men of the,
and plucte them vp, and toke an ooth of them by God: Ye shal not geue youre
daughters vnto their sonnes, nether shal ye take their daughters vnto youre
sonnes, or for youre selues.
26 Dyd not Salomon ye kynge of
synne ther in? & yet amonge many Heythen was there no kynge like him, &
he was deare vnto his God, and God made him kynge ouer all
, and the outlandish wemen.
28 And one of the children of Ioiada the sonne of Eliasib ye hye prest,
had made a cotracte wyth Saneballath the Horonite: but I chaced him fro me.
29 O my God, thynke thou vpon them that are quyte of the presthode, and
haue desyled the couenaunt of the presthode and of the Leuites.
30 Thus clensed I them from all soch as were outlandish, and appoynted
the courses of the prestes and Leuites, euery one to his office,
31 and to offre the wod at tymes appoynted, and the first frutes. Thynke
thou vpon me (O my God) for the best.