for they did not meet the people of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them--yet our God turned the curse into a blessing.
As soon as the people heard the law, 1they separated from Israel all 2those of foreign descent.
Now before this, 3Eliashib the priest, who 4was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, and who was related to 5Tobiah,
prepared for Tobiah a large chamber where they had previously put the grain offering, the frankincense, the vessels, and the tithes of grain, wine, and oil, 6which were given by commandment to the Levites, singers, and gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests.
While this was taking place, I was not in Jerusalem, for 7in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes 8king of Babylon I went to the king. And after some time I asked leave of the king
and came to Jerusalem, and I then discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, 9preparing for him a chamber in the courts of the house of God.
And I was very angry, and I threw all the household furniture of Tobiah out of the chamber.
Then I gave orders, and they 10cleansed the chambers, and I brought back there the vessels of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense.
I also found out that 11the portions of the Levites had not been given to them, so that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, had fled each 12to his field.
1113So I confronted the officials and said, 14"Why is the house of God forsaken?" And I gathered them together and set them in their stations.
Then all Judah brought 15the tithe of the grain, wine, and oil into the storehouses.