1 H3117 On that day H7121 [H8738] they read H5612 in the book H4872 of Moses H241 in the hearing H5971 of the people H4672 [H8738] ; and in it was found H3789 [H8803] written H5984 , that the Ammonite H4125 and the Moabite H935 [H8799] should not come H6951 into the congregation H430 of God H5704 for H5769 ever;
2 H6923 [H8765] Because they met H1121 not the children H3478 of Israel H3899 with bread H4325 and with water H7936 [H8799] , but hired H1109 Balaam H7043 [H8763] against them, that he should curse H430 them: but our God H2015 [H8799] turned H7045 the curse H1293 into a blessing.
3 H8085 [H8800] Now it came to pass, when they had heard H8451 the law H914 [H8686] , that they separated H3478 from Israel H6154 all the mixed multitude.
4 H6440 And before H475 this, Eliashib H3548 the priest H5414 [H8803] , having the oversight H3957 of the chamber H1004 of the house H430 of our God H7138 , was allied H2900 to Tobiah:
5 H6213 [H8799] And he had prepared H1419 for him a great H3957 chamber H6440 , where before H5414 [H8802] they laid H4503 the meat 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 was commanded H3881 to be given to the Levites H7891 [H8789] , and the singers H7778 , and the porters H8641 ; and the offerings H3548 of the priests.
6 H3389 But in all this time I was not at Jerusalem H8147 : for in the two H7970 and thirtieth H8141 year H783 of Artaxerxes H4428 king H894 of Babylon H935 [H8804] I came H4428 to the king H7093 , and after H3117 certain days H7592 [H8738] I obtained leave H4428 of the king:
7 H935 [H8799] And I came H3389 to Jerusalem H995 [H8799] , and understood H7451 of the evil H475 that Eliashib H6213 [H8804] did H2900 for Tobiah H6213 [H8800] , in preparing H5393 for him a chamber H2691 in the courts H1004 of the house H430 of God.
8 H3415 [H8799] And it grieved H3966 me greatly H7993 [H8686] : therefore I cast forth H1004 all the household H3627 goods H2900 of Tobiah H2351 out of H3957 the chamber.
9 H559 [H8799] Then I commanded H2891 [H8762] , and they cleansed H3957 the chambers H7725 [H8686] : and there I brought again H3627 the vessels H1004 of the house H430 of God H4503 , with the meat offering H3828 and the frankincense.
10 H3045 [H8799] And I perceived H4521 that the portions H3881 of the Levites H5414 [H8738] had not been given H3881 them: for the Levites H7891 [H8789] and the singers H6213 [H8802] , that did H4399 the work H1272 [H8799] , had fled H376 every one H7704 to his field.
11 H7378 [H8799] Then I contended H5461 with the rulers H559 [H8799] , and said H1004 , Why is the house H430 of God H5800 [H8738] forsaken H6908 [H8762] ? And I gathered them together H5975 [H8686] , and set H5977 them in their place.
12 H3063 Then all Judah H935 [H8689] brought H4643 the tithe H1715 of the grain H8492 and the new wine H3323 and the oil H214 to the treasuries.
13 H686 [H8799] And I made treasurers H214 over the treasuries H8018 , Shelemiah H3548 the priest H6659 , and Zadok H5608 [H8802] 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 [H8738] : for they were accounted H539 [H8737] faithful H2505 [H8800] , and their office was to distribute H251 to their brethren.
14 H2142 [H8798] Remember H430 me, O my God H4229 [H8686] , concerning this, and wipe not out H2617 my good H6213 [H8804] deeds that I have done H1004 for the house H430 of my God H4929 , and for its offices.
15 H3117 In those days H7200 [H8804] I saw H3063 in Judah H1869 [H8802] some treading H1660 wine presses H7676 on the sabbath H935 [H8688] , and bringing in H6194 sheaves H6006 [H8802] , and putting them on H2543 donkeys H3196 ; as also wine H6025 , grapes H8384 , and figs H4853 , and all manner of burdens H935 [H8688] , which they brought H3389 into Jerusalem H7676 on the sabbath H3117 day H5749 [H8686] : and I testified H3117 against them in the day H4376 [H8800] when they sold H6718 food.
16 H3427 [H8804] There dwelt H6876 men of Tyre H935 [H8688] also in the city, who brought H1709 H1709 [H8675] fish H4377 , and all kinds of wares H4376 [H8802] , and sold H7676 on the sabbath H1121 to the children H3063 of Judah H3389 , and in Jerusalem.
17 H7378 [H8799] Then I contended H2715 with the nobles H3063 of Judah H559 [H8799] , and said H7451 to them, What evil H1697 thing H6213 [H8802] is this that ye do H2490 [H8764] , and profane H7676 the sabbath H3117 day?
18 H6213 [H8804] Did H1 not your fathers H935 0 thus, and did H430 not our God H935 [H8686] bring H7451 all this evil H5892 upon us, and upon this city H935 [H8686] ? yet ye bring H3254 [H8688] more H2740 wrath H3478 upon Israel H2490 [H8763] by profaning H7676 the sabbath.
19 H8179 And it came to pass, that when the gates H3389 of Jerusalem H6751 [H8804] began to be dark H6440 before H7676 the sabbath H559 [H8799] , I commanded H1817 that the gates H5462 [H8735] should be shut H559 [H8799] , and charged H6605 [H8799] that they should not be opened H310 till after H7676 the sabbath H5975 [H8689] : and I set H5288 some of my servants H8179 at the gates H4853 , that there should no burden H935 [H8799] be brought in H7676 on the sabbath H3117 day.
20 H7402 [H8802] So the merchants H4376 [H8802] and sellers H4465 of all kind of wares H3885 [H8799] lodged H2351 outside of H3389 Jerusalem H6471 once H8147 or twice.
21 H5749 [H8686] Then I testified H559 [H8799] against them, and said H3885 [H8801] to them, Why lodge H5048 ye before H2346 the wall H8138 [H8799] ? if ye do so again H7971 [H8799] , I will lay H3027 hands H6256 on you. From that time H935 [H8804] forth they came H7676 no more on the sabbath.
22 H559 [H8799] And I commanded H3881 the Levites H2891 [H8693] that they should cleanse H935 [H8802] themselves, and that they should come H8104 [H8802] and keep H8179 the gates H6942 [H8763] , to sanctify H7676 the sabbath H3117 day H2142 [H8798] . Remember H430 me, O my God H2347 [H8798] , concerning this also, and spare H7230 me according to the greatness H2617 of thy mercy.
23 H3117 In those days H7200 [H8804] also I saw H3064 Jews H3427 [H8689] that had married H802 women H796 of Ashdod H5984 , of Ammon H4125 , and of Moab:
24 H1121 And their children H1696 [H8764] spoke H2677 half H797 in the speech of Ashdod H5234 [H8688] , and could H1696 [H8763] not speak H3066 in the Jews' language H3956 , but according to the language H5971 of each H5971 people.
25 H7378 [H8799] And I contended H7043 [H8762] with them, and cursed H5221 [H8686] them, and smote H582 certain H4803 [H8799] of them, and plucked off their hair H7650 [H8686] , and made them swear H430 by God H5414 [H8799] , saying, Ye shall not give H1323 your daughters H1121 to their sons H5375 [H8799] , nor take H1323 their daughters H1121 to your sons, or for yourselves.
26 H8010 Did not Solomon H4428 king H3478 of Israel H2398 [H8804] sin H7227 by these things? yet among many H1471 nations H4428 was there no king H157 [H8803] like him, who was beloved H430 by his God H430 , and God H5414 [H8799] made H4428 him king H3478 over all Israel H1571 : nevertheless even him H5237 did foreign H802 women H2398 [H8689] cause to sin.
27 H8085 [H8799] Shall we then hearken H6213 [H8800] to you to do H1419 all this great H7451 evil H4603 [H8800] , to transgress H430 against our God H3427 [H8687] in marrying H5237 foreign H802 women?
28 H1121 And 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 [H8686] : therefore I drove him away from me.
29 H2142 [H8798] Remember H430 them, O 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 [H8765] Thus I cleansed H5236 them from all strangers H5975 [H8686] , and appointed H4931 the duties H3548 of the priests H3881 and the Levites H376 , every one H4399 in his business;