1On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the
people; and therein was found written, that an Ammonite and a Moabite should
not enter into the assembly of God forever,
2because they didn’t meet the
children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them,
to curse them: however our God turned the curse into a blessing.
to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the
4Now before this, Eliashib the priest, who was appointed
over the chambers of the house of our God, being allied to Tobiah,
prepared for him a great chamber, where before they laid the meal offerings,
the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the grain, the new wine,
and the oil, which were given by commandment to the Levites, and the singers,
and the porters; and the wave offerings for the priests.
6But in all
this time I was not at Jerusalem; for in the two and thirtieth year
of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I went to the king: and after certain days
asked I leave of the king,
7and I came to Jerusalem, and understood the
evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the
courts of the house of God.
8It grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth
all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.
9Then I commanded,
and they cleansed the chambers: and there brought I again the vessels of the
house of God, with the meal offerings and the frankincense.
that the portions of the Levites had not been given them; so that the Levites
and the singers, who did the work, were fled everyone to his field.
11Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God
forsaken? I gathered them together, and set them in their place.
brought all Judah the tithe of the grain and the new wine and the oil to the
13I 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 business was to distribute to their brothers.
14Remember me, my God, concerning this, and don’t wipe out my good deeds
that I have done for the house of my God, and for the observances of it.
15In those days saw I in Judah some men treading winepresses on the
Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading donkeys therewith; 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 in which they sold food.
16There lived men of Tyre also therein,
who brought in fish, and all manner of wares, and sold on the Sabbath to the
children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
17Then I contended with the nobles
of Judah, and said to them, What evil thing is this that you do, and
profane the Sabbath day?
18Didn’t your fathers do thus, and did not our
God bring all this evil on us, and on this city? yet you bring more
wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.
19It came to pass that, when
the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath, I commanded that
the doors should be shut, and commanded that they should not be opened until
after the Sabbath: and some of my servants set I over the gates, that there
should no burden be brought in on the Sabbath day.
20So the merchants and
sellers of all kind of wares lodged outside of Jerusalem once or twice.
21Then I testified against them, and said to them, Why lodge you
about the wall? if you do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that
time forth came they no more on the Sabbath.
22I commanded the Levites
that they should purify themselves, and that they should come and keep the
gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember to me, my God, this also, and
spare me according to the greatness of your loving kindness.
days also saw I the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon,
and of Moab:
24and their children spoke half in the speech of
Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the
language of each people.
25I contended with them, and cursed them, and
struck certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by
God, saying, You shall not give your daughters to their sons,
nor take their daughters for your sons, or for yourselves.
Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there
no king like him, and he was beloved of his God, and God made him king over
all Israel: nevertheless even him did foreign women cause to sin.
we then listen to you to do all this great evil, to trespass against our God
in marrying foreign women?
28One 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.
29Remember them, my God, because they have defiled
the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.
30Thus cleansed I them from all foreigners, and appointed charges for the
priests and for the Levites, everyone in his work;
31and for the
wood offering, at times appointed, and for the first fruits. Remember me, my
God, for good.