Thomson(i) 15 In those days I saw in Juda some treading wine presses on the sabbath day, and some carrying sheaves, and loading their asses with wine and grapes and figs, and all kinds of burdens, and bringing them to Jerusalem on the sabbath day. Whereupon I testified against them, touching the day of their selling. 16 Some also dwelt there who brought fish, and sold all sorts of wares on the sabbath, to the children of Juda, even in Jerusalem. 17 Upon this I chided the freemen of Juda, and said to them, What evil is this which you do in profaning the sabbath? 18 Did not your fathers do so, and did not our God bring upon them and upon us, and upon this city, all these evils? And are you bringing more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath? 19 And when the gates of Jerusalem were set up, I ordered them to be shut before the sabbath, and gave a charge that they should not be opened till after the sabbath; and I stationed some of my servants at the gates that no burdens might be brought in on the sabbath day. 20 Upon this they all lodged and carried on their traffick without Jerusalem once or twice. 21 Then I testified against them and. said to them, Why do you lodge before the walls? If you do so any more I will lay hands on you. From that time they did not come on the sabbath. 22 Then I ordered the Levites who were sanctified and come to guard the gates, to keep holy the sabbath day. For these things remember me, my God, and have compassion on me according to thy abundant mercy.