1 H3117 On that day H7121 they read H5612 in the book H4872 of Moses H241 in the audience H5971 of the people; H4672 and therein was found H3789 written, H5984 that the Ammonite H4125 and the Moabite H935 should not come H6951 into the congregation H430 of God H5769 for ever;
2 H3588 Because H6923 they met H1121 not the children H3478 of Israel H3899 with bread H4325 and with water, H7936 but hired H1109 Balaam H5921 against H7043 them, that he should curse H430 them: however, our God H2015 turned H7045 the curse H1293 into a blessing.
3 H1961 Now it came H8085 to pass, when they had heard H8451 the law, H914 that they separated H3478 from Israel H3605 all H6154 the mixed H6154 multitude.
4 H6440 And before H2088 this, H475 Eliashib H3548 the priest, H5414 having H5414 the oversight H3957 of the chamber H1004 of the house H430 of our God, H7138 was allied H2900 to Tobiah:
5 H6213 And he had prepared H1419 for him a great H3957 chamber, H8033 where H6440 aforetime H5414 they laid H4503 the meat offerings, H3828 the frankincense, H3627 and the vessels, H4643 and the tithes H1715 of the corn, H8492 the new H8492 wine, H3323 and the oil, H4687 which was commanded H3881 to be given to the Levites, H7891 and the singers, H7778 and the porters; H4503 and the offerings H3548 of the priests.
6 H3605 But in all H2088 this H3389 time was not I at Jerusalem: H8147 for in the two H7970 and thirtieth H8141 year H783 of Artaxerxes H4428 king H894 of Babylon H935 came H4428 I to the king, H7093 and after H3117 certain days H7592 obtained H7592 I leave H4428 of the king:
7 H935 And I came H3389 to Jerusalem, H995 and understood H7451 of the evil H475 that Eliashib H6213 did H2900 for Tobiah, H6213 in preparing H5393 him a chamber H2691 in the courts H1004 of the house H430 of God.
8 H7489 And it grieved H3966 me sore: H7993 therefore I cast H3605 forth all H1004 the household H3627 stuff H2900 to Tobiah H3957 out of the chamber.
9 H559 Then I commanded, H2891 and they cleansed H3957 the chambers: H8033 and thither H7725 brought H7725 I again H3627 the vessels H1004 of the house H430 of God, H4503 with the meat offering H3828 and the frankincense.
10 H3045 And I perceived H4521 that the portions H3881 of the Levites H5414 had not been given H3881 them: for the Levites H7891 and the singers, H6213 that did H4399 the work, H1272 were fled H376 every H376 one H7704 to his field.
11 H7378 Then contended H5461 I with the rulers, H559 and said, H4069 Why H1004 is the house H430 of God H5800 forsaken? H6908 And I gathered H5975 them together, and set H5977 them in their place.
12 H935 Then brought H3605 all H3063 Judah H4643 the tithe H1715 of the corn H8492 and the new H8492 wine H3323 and the oil H214 to the treasuries.
13 H686 And I made treasurers H5921 over H214 the treasuries, H8018 Shelemiah H3548 the priest, H6659 and Zadok H5608 the scribe, H3881 and of the Levites, H6305 Pedaiah: H5921 and next H3027 H2605 to them was Hanan H1121 the son H2139 of Zaccur, H1121 the son H4983 of Mattaniah: H2803 for they were counted H539 faithful, H2505 and their office was to distribute H251 to their brothers.
14 H2142 Remember H430 me, O my God, H5921 concerning H2088 this, H4229 and wipe H2617 not out my good H6213 deeds that I have done H1004 for the house H430 of my God, H4929 and for the offices thereof.
15 H1992 In those H3117 days H7200 saw H3063 I in Judah H1869 some treading H1660 wine H1660 presses H7676 on the sabbath, H935 and bringing H6194 in sheaves, H6006 and lading H2543 asses; H637 as also H3196 wine, H6025 grapes, H8384 and figs, H3605 and all H4853 manner of burdens, H935 which they brought H3389 into Jerusalem H7676 on the sabbath H3117 day: H5749 and I testified H3117 against them in the day H4376 wherein they sold H6718 victuals.
16 H3427 There dwelled H6876 men of Tyre H935 also therein, which brought H1709 fish, H3605 and all H4377 manner of ware, H4376 and sold H7676 on the sabbath H1121 to the children H3063 of Judah, H3389 and in Jerusalem.
17 H7378 Then I contended H2715 with the nobles H3063 of Judah, H559 and said H4100 to them, What H7451 evil H1697 thing H2088 is this H6213 that you do, H2490 and profane H7676 the sabbath H3117 day?
18 H1 Did not your fathers H3541 thus, H430 and did not our God H935 bring H3605 all H2088 this H7451 evil H2063 on us, and on this H5892 city? H935 yet you bring H3254 more H2740 wrath H3478 on Israel H2490 by profaning H7676 the sabbath.
19 H1961 And it came H834 to pass, that when H8179 the gates H3389 of Jerusalem H6751 began H6751 to be dark H6440 before H7676 the sabbath, H559 I commanded H1817 that the gates H5462 should be shut, H559 and charged H6605 that they should not be opened H5704 till H310 after H7676 the sabbath: H5288 and some of my servants H5975 set H5921 I at H8179 the gates, H3808 that there should no H4853 burden H935 be brought H7676 in on the sabbath H3117 day.
20 H7402 So the merchants H4376 and sellers H3605 of all H4465 kind of ware H3885 lodged H2351 without H3389 Jerusalem H6471 once H8147 or twice.
21 H5749 Then I testified H559 against them, and said H4069 to them, Why H3885 lodge H5048 you about H2346 the wall? H518 if H8138 you do so again, H7971 I will lay H3027 hands H6256 on you. From that time H935 forth came H3808 they no H7676 more on the sabbath.
22 H559 And I commanded H3881 the Levites H2891 that they should cleanse H935 themselves, and that they should come H8104 and keep H8179 the gates, H6942 to sanctify H7676 the sabbath H3117 day. H2142 Remember H430 me, O my God, H2063 concerning this H1571 also, H2347 and spare H7230 me according to the greatness H2617 of your mercy.
23 H1992 In those H3117 days H1571 also H7200 saw H3064 I Jews H3427 that had married H802 wives H795 of Ashdod, H5983 of Ammon, H4125 and of Moab:
24 H1121 And their children H1696 spoke H2677 half H3066 in the speech H795 of Ashdod, H5234 and could H1696 not speak H3066 in the Jews’ H3956 language, H5971 but according to the language of each people.
25 H7378 And I contended H7043 with them, and cursed H5221 them, and smote H582 certain H4803 of them, and plucked H7650 off their hair, and made them swear H430 by God, H5414 saying, You shall not give H1323 your daughters H1121 to their sons, H518 nor H5375 take H1323 their daughters H1121 to your sons, or for yourselves.
26 H8010 Did not Solomon H4428 king H3478 of Israel H2398 sin H428 by these H7227 things? yet among many H1471 nations H3808 was there no H4428 king H3644 like H157 him, who was beloved H430 of his God, H430 and God H5414 made H4428 him king H5921 over H3605 all H3478 Israel: H1571 nevertheless H5237 even him did outlandish H802 women H2398 cause to sin.
27 H8085 Shall we then listen H6213 to you to do H3605 all H2063 this H1419 great H7451 evil, H4603 to transgress H430 against our God H3427 in marrying H5237 strange H802 wives?
28 H1121 And one of the sons H3111 of Joiada, H1121 the son H475 of Eliashib H1419 the high H3548 priest, H2860 was son H2859 in law H5571 to Sanballat H2772 the Horonite: H1272 therefore I chased him from me.
29 H2142 Remember H430 them, O my God, H5921 because H1351 they have defiled H3550 the priesthood, H1285 and the covenant H3550 of the priesthood, H3881 and of the Levites.
30 H2891 Thus cleansed H3605 I them from all H1121 strangers, H5236 H5975 and appointed H4931 the wards H3548 of the priests H3881 and the Levites, H376 every H376 one H4399 in his business;