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 in it was found H3789 written, H5984 that the Ammonite H4125 and the Moabite H935 should not come H6951 into the congregation H430 of God H5704 for H5769 ever;
2 H6923 Because they met H1121 not the sons H3478 of Israel H3899 with bread H4325 and with water, H7936 but hired H1109 Balaam H7043 against them, that he should curse H430 them: but our God H2015 turned H7045 the curse H1293 into a blessing.
3 H8085 Now 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 And before H475 this, Eliashib H3548 the priest, H5414 having the oversight H3957 of the chamber H1004 of the house H430 of our God, H7138 was allied H2900 unto Tobiah:
5 H6213 And he had prepared H1419 for him a great H3957 chamber, H6440 where before that time H5414 they laid H4503 the food offerings, H3828 the frankincense, H3627 and the vessels, H4643 and the tithes H1715 of the corn, H8492 the new wine, H3323 and the oil, H4687 which was commanded H3881 to be given to the Levites, H7891 and the singers, H7778 and the porters; H8641 and the offerings H3548 of the priests.
6 H3389 But in all this 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 unto the king, H7093 and after H3117 certain days H7592 obtained 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 H3415 And it grieved H3966 me severe: H7993 therefore I cast forth H1004 all the household H3627 stuff H2900 of Tobiah H2351 out of H3957 the chamber.
9 H559 Then I commanded, H2891 and they cleansed H3957 the chambers: H7725 and there brought I again H3627 the vessels H1004 of the house H430 of God, H4503 with the food 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 one H7704 to his field.
11 H7378 Then contended H5461 I with the rulers, H559 and said, H1004 Why is the house H430 of God H5800 forsaken? H6908 And 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 corn H8492 and the new wine H3323 and the oil H214 unto the treasuries.
13 H686 And 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 office was to distribute H251 unto their brothers.
14 H2142 Remember H430 me, O my God, H4229 concerning this, and wipe not out H2617 my good H6213 deeds that I have done H1004 for the house H430 of my God, H4929 and for the offices there.
15 H3117 In those days H7200 saw H3063 I in Judah H1869 some treading H1660 wine presses H7676 on the sabbath, H935 and bringing in H6194 sheaves, H6006 and lading H2543 donkeys; H3196 as also wine, H6025 grapes, H8384 and figs, H4853 and all 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 where they sold H6718 food.
16 H3427 There lived H6876 men of Tyre H935 also in it, which brought H1709 fish, H4377 and all manner of ware, H4376 and sold H7676 on the sabbath H1121 unto the sons H3063 of Judah, H3389 and in Jerusalem.
17 H7378 Then I contended H2715 with the nobles H3063 of Judah, H559 and said H7451 unto them, What evil H1697 thing H6213 is this that you do, H2490 and profane H7676 the sabbath H3117 day?
18 H6213 Did H1 not your fathers H935 thus, and did H430 not our God H935 bring H7451 all this evil H5892 upon us, and upon this city? H935 yet you bring H3254 more H2740 wrath H3478 upon Israel H2490 by profaning H7676 the sabbath.
19 H8179 And 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 gates H5462 should be shut, H559 and commanded H6605 that they should not be opened H310 until after H7676 the sabbath: H5288 and some of my servants H5975 set H8179 I at the gates, H4853 that there should no burden H935 be brought in H7676 on the sabbath H3117 day.
20 H7402 So the merchants H4376 and sellers H4465 of all kind of ware H3885 lodged H2351 outside H3389 Jerusalem H6471 once H8147 or twice.
21 H5749 Then I testified H559 against them, and said H3885 unto them, Why lodge H5048 you about H2346 the wall? H8138 if you do so again, H7971 I will lay H3027 hands H6256 on you. From that time H935 forth came H7676 they no 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, H2347 concerning this also, and spare H7230 me according to the greatness H2617 of your mercy.
23 H3117 In those days H7200 also saw H3064 I Jews H3427 that had married H802 wives H796 of Ashdod, H5984 of Ammon, H4125 and of Moab:
24 H1121 And their sons 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 And 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 saying, You shall not give H1323 your daughters H1121 unto their sons, H5375 nor take H1323 their daughters H1121 unto your sons, or for yourselves.
26 H8010 Did not 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, who was beloved H430 of his God, H430 and God H5414 made H4428 him king H3478 over all Israel: H1571 nevertheless even him H5237 did foreign H802 women H2398 cause to sin.
27 H8085 Shall we then listen H6213 unto you to do H1419 all this 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 in law H5571 to Sanballat H2772 the Horonite: H1272 therefore I chased him from me.
29 H2142 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 Thus cleansed H5236 I them from all strangers, H5975 and appointed H4931 the wards H3548 of the priests H3881 and the Levites, H376 every one H4399 in his business;