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 an Ammonite H4125 and a Moabite H935 should not enter H6951 into the assembly H430 of God H5704 H5769 forever,
2 H6923 because they didn't meet H1121 the children H3478 of Israel H3899 with bread H4325 and with water, H7936 but hired H1109 Balaam H7043 against them, to curse H430 them: however our God H2015 turned H7043 the curse H1293 into a blessing.
3 H8085 It came to pass, when they had heard H8451 the law, H914 that they separated H3478 from Israel H6154 all the mixed multitude.
4 H6440 Now before H475 this, Eliashib H3548 the priest, H5414 who was appointed H3957 over the rooms H1004 of the house H430 of our God, H7138 being allied H2900 to Tobiah,
5 H6213 had prepared H1419 for him a great H3957 room, H6440 where before H5414 they laid H4503 the meal offerings, H3828 the frankincense, H3627 and the vessels, H4643 and the tithes H1715 of the grain, H8492 the new wine, H3323 and the oil, H4687 which were given by commandment H3881 to the Levites, H7891 and the singers, H7778 and the porters; H8641 and the wave offerings H3548 for the priests.
6 H3389 But in all this, I was not at Jerusalem; H8147 for in the two H7970 and thirtieth H8141 year H783 of Artaxerxes H4428 king H894 of Babylon H935 I went H4428 to the king: H7093 and after H3117 certain days H7592 asked I leave H4428 of the king,
7 H935 and I came H3389 to Jerusalem, H995 and understood H7451 the evil H475 that Eliashib H6213 had done H2900 for Tobiah, H6213 in preparing H5393 him a room H2691 in the courts H1004 of the house H430 of God.
8 H3415 It grieved H3966 me severely: H7993 therefore I cast forth H1004 all the household H3627 stuff H2900 of Tobiah H2351 out of H3957 the room.
9 H559 Then I commanded, H2891 and they cleansed H3957 the rooms: H7725 and there brought I again H3627 the vessels H1004 of the house H430 of God, H4503 with the meal offerings H3828 and the frankincense.
10 H3045 I perceived H4521 that the portions H3881 of the Levites H5414 had not been given H3881 them; so that the Levites H7891 and the singers, H6213 who did H4399 the work, H1272 had fled H376 everyone H7704 to his field.
11 H7378 Then I contended H5461 with the rulers, H559 and said, H1004 "Why is the house H430 of God H5800 forsaken?" H6908 I gathered them together, H5975 and set H5977 them in their place.
12 H935 Then brought H3063 all Judah H4643 the tithe H1715 of the grain H8492 and the new wine H3323 and the oil H214 to the treasuries.
13 H686 I made treasurers H214 over the treasuries, H8018 Shelemiah H3548 the priest, H6659 and Zadok H5608 the scribe, H3881 and of the Levites, H6305 Pedaiah: H3027 and next to them H2605 was Hanan H1121 the son H2139 of Zaccur, H1121 the son H4983 of Mattaniah; H2803 for they were counted H539 faithful, H2505 and their business was to distribute H251 to their brothers.
14 H2142 Remember H430 me, my God, H4229 concerning this, and don't wipe out H2617 my good H6213 deeds that I have done H1004 for the house H430 of my God, H4929 and for its observances.
15 H3117 In those days H7200 saw H3063 I in Judah H1869 some men treading H1660 winepresses H7676 on the Sabbath, H935 and bringing in H6194 sheaves, H6006 and loading H2543 donkeys; H3196 as also wine, H6025 grapes, H8384 and figs, H4853 and all kinds 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 in which they sold H6718 food.
16 H3427 There lived H6876 men of Tyre H935 also therein, who brought H1709 in fish, H4377 and all kinds of wares, 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 H7451 to them, "What evil H1697 thing H6213 is this that you do, H2490 and profane H7676 the Sabbath H3117 day?
18 H6213 Didn't H1 your fathers H6213 do thus, and didn't H430 our God H935 bring H7451 all this evil H5892 on us, and on this city? H935 Yet you bring H3254 more H2740 wrath H3478 on Israel H2490 by profaning H7676 the Sabbath."
19 H8179 It came to pass that, when the gates H3389 of Jerusalem H6751 began to be dark H6440 before H7676 the Sabbath, H559 I commanded H1817 that the doors H5462 should be shut, H559 and commanded H6605 that they should not be opened H310 until after H7676 the Sabbath. H5975 I set H5288 some of my servants H8179 over the gates, H4853 that no burden H935 should be brought in H7676 on the Sabbath H3117 day.
20 H7402 So the merchants H4376 and sellers H4465 of all kinds of wares H3885 lodged H2351 outside H3389 of Jerusalem H6471 once H8147 or twice.
21 H5749 Then I testified H559 against them, and said H3885 to them, "Why do you stay H5048 around H2346 the wall? H8138 If you do so again, H7971 I will lay H3027 hands H6256 on you." From that time H935 on, they didn't come H7676 on the Sabbath.
22 H559 I commanded H3881 the Levites H2891 that they should purify H935 themselves, and that they should come H8104 and keep H8179 the gates, H6942 to sanctify H7676 the Sabbath H3117 day. H2142 Remember H430 to me, my God, H2347 this also, and spare H7230 me according to the greatness H2617 of your loving kindness.
23 H3117 In those days H7200 also saw H3064 I the Jews H3427 who had married H802 women H796 of Ashdod, H5984 of Ammon, H4125 and of Moab:
24 H1121 and their children H1696 spoke H2677 half H797 in the speech of Ashdod, H5234 and could H1696 not speak H3066 in the Jews' language, H3956 but according to the language H5971 of each H5971 people.
25 H7378 I contended H7043 with them, and cursed H5221 them, and struck H582 certain H4803 of them, and plucked off their hair, H7650 and made them swear H430 by God, H5414 "You shall not give H1323 your daughters H1121 to their sons, H5375 nor take H1323 their daughters H1121 for your sons, or for yourselves.
26 H8010 Didn't Solomon H4428 king H3478 of Israel H2398 sin H7227 by these things? Yet among many H1471 nations H4428 was there no king H157 like him, and he was beloved H430 of his God, H430 and God H5414 made H4428 him king H3478 over all Israel. H5237 Nevertheless foreign H802 women H1571 caused even him H2398 to sin.
27 H8085 Shall we then listen H6213 to you to do H1419 all this great H7451 evil, H4603 to trespass H430 against our God H3427 in marrying H5237 foreign H802 women?"
28 H1121 One of the sons H3111 of Joiada, H1121 the son H475 of Eliashib H1419 the high H3548 priest, H2860 was son-in-law H5571 to Sanballat H2772 the Horonite: H1272 therefore I chased him from me.
29 H2142 Remember H430 them, my God, H1352 because they have defiled H3550 the priesthood, H1285 and the covenant H3550 of the priesthood, H3881 and of the Levites.
30 H2891 Thus I cleansed H5236 them from all foreigners, H5975 and appointed H4931 duties H3548 for the priests H3881 and for the Levites, H376 everyone H4399 in his work;