On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was foundwritten , that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of Godforever;2
Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hiredBalaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our Godturned the curse into a blessing.3
Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.4
And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:5
And he had prepared for him a greatchamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers , and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.6
But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtiethyear of Artaxerxesking of Babyloncame I unto the king, and aftera certain days obtained I leave of the king:7
And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashibdid for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God.8
And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the householdstuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.9
Then I commanded , and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense.10
And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers , that did the work, were fled every one to his field.11
Then contended I with the rulers, and said , Why is the house of Godforsaken ? And I gathered them together , and set them in their place.b12
Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.c13
And I made treasurers over the treasuries,dShelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe , and of the Levites,Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were countedfaithful , and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.14Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my goode deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.
In those dayssaw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing insheaves, and ladingasses; as also wine,grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbathday: and I testified against them in the day wherein they soldvictuals.16
There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which broughtfish , and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.17
Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evilthing is this that ye do , and profane the sabbathday?18Did not your fathers thus, and did not our Godbring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bringmorewrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.19
And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be darkbefore the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut , and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servantsset I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbathday.20
So the merchants and sellers of all kind of warelodgedwithoutJerusalemonce or twice.21
Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye aboutf the wall? if ye do so again , I will layhands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.22
And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbathday.Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatnessg of thy mercy.23
In those days also saw I Jews that had marriedwives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:24
And their childrenspakehalf in the speech of Ashdod, and couldh not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of eachpeople.25
And I contended with them, and cursedi them, and smotecertain of them, and plucked off their hair , and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
Did not Solomonking of Israelsin by these things? yet among manynations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and Godmade him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandishwomen cause to sin .
Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this greatevil, to transgress against our God in marryingstrangewives?28
And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the highpriest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.
29Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.30
Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;31
And for the woodoffering, at timesappointed , and for the firstfruits.Remember me, O my God, for good.