In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses 1on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, 2which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And 3I warned them on the day when they sold food.
Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself!
4Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, "What is this evil thing that you are doing, 5profaning the Sabbath day?
6Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath."
As soon as it 7began to grow dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, that no load might be brought in on the Sabbath day.
Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice.
8But I warned them and said to them, "Why do you lodge outside the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you." From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath.
Then I commanded the Levites 9that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. 10Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.