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1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass
in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
1:2 That Hanani, one
of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah and I asked them concerning
the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity and concerning
1:3-8 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity
there in the province are in great affliction and reproach. The wall of
Jerusalem also is broken down and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept
and mourned certain days and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven
and said, I beseech
you, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keeps covenant
and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments. Let your
ear now be attentive and your eyes open, that you maye hear the prayer
of your servant, which I pray before you now, day and night, for the children
of Israel your servants and confess the sins of the children of Israel.(the
people of ancient Israel are today no more, so who
then is Israel today?), which we have sinned against
you. Both I and my father's house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly
understood back then how things could be done against the Creator because
they know He was the
highest of consciousnesses).and
have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which
you commanded your servant Moses. Remember, I beseech you, the word that
you commanded your servant Moses, saying, If you transgress, I will scatter
you abroad among the nations.
1:9 But if you turn unto me and keep my commandments and do them, though
there were of you cast out unto the uttermost
part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence and will bring
them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
1:10 Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed
by your great power and by your strong hand.
1:11 O Lord, I beseech you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer
of your servant and to the prayer of your servants, who desire to fear
your name and prosper, I pray you, your servant this day and grant him
mercy in the sight of this man, for I was the king's cupbearer.
2:1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan,
in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes
the king, that wine was before him and I took up the wine and gave it unto
the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
2:2-6 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad,
seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then
I was very sore afraid, And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever.
Why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers'
sepulchres, lies waste and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? Then
the king said unto me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the
God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it please the king and if thy
servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto
Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it. And
the king said unto me, the queen also sitting by him, for how long shall
thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send
me and I set him a time.
2:7-20 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters
be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me
over till I come into Judah; And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the
king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of
the palace which appertained to the house and for the wall of the city,
and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according
to the good hand of my God upon me. Then I came to the governors beyond
the river and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains
of the army and horsemen with me. When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah
the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that
there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. So
I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. And I arose in the night,
I and somefew men with me. Neither told I any man what my God had put in
my heart to do at Jerusalem; neither was there any beast with me, save
the beast that I rode upon. And I went out by night by the gate of the
valley, even before the dragon well and to the dung port and viewed the
walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down and the gates thereof were consumed
with fire. Then I went on to the gate of the fountain and to the king's
pool, but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass. Then
went I up in the night by the brook and viewed the wall and turned back
and entered by the gate of the valley and so returned. And the rulers knew
not whither I went or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews,
nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest
that did the work. Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are
in, how Jerusalem lieth waste and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
Come and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also
the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise
up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. But
when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite and Geshem
the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn and despised us and said,
What is this thing that ye do? will you rebel against the king? Then answered
I them and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us. Therefore
we his servants will arise and build but you have no portion, nor right,
nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
3:14 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab,
the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem. He built it and set up the doors thereof,
the locks thereof and the bars thereof.
5:1-10 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against
their brethren the Jews. For there were that said.(they
were upset with injustices),
We, our sons and our daughters are many and we take our corn to them, inorder
that even we may eat and live. We also have mortgaged our lands, vineyards
and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute.(taxes).and
that upon our lands.(Numbers
vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children
as their children and lo, we bring into
bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants and some of our
daughters are brought unto bondage already, neither is it in our power
to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards. And I was very
angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I consulted with myself
and I rebuked the nobles and the rulers and said unto them, You exact usury,
every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them. And
I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews,
which were sold unto the heathen and will you even sell your brethren?
or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace and found nothing
to answer. Also I said, It is not good that you do. Ought you not to walk
the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen
our enemies? I likewise and my brethren and my servants, might exact of
them money and corn. I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
5:11-13 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their
vineyards, their oliveyards and their houses, also the hundredth part of
the money and of the corn, the wine and the oil, that you exact
of them. Then said they, We will restore them and will require nothing
of them, so will we do as you say. Then I called the priests and took an
oath of them, that they should do according to this promise. Also I shook
was a form of swearing then in use."; an action
for what was being discussed).and
said, So God shake out every man from his house and from his labour, that
performs not this promise, even thus be he shaken out and emptied. And
all the congregation said, Amen and praised the LORD. And the people did
according to this promise.
5:14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor
in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth
year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have
not eaten the bread of the governor.
not, like other Persian governors, lived at the expense of the people under
5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable
unto the people and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels
of silver, yea, even their servants bare rule over the people, but so did
not I, because of the fear of God.
7:65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of
the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim
7:70 And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha
gave to the treasure a thousand drams
of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.
8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water
gate from the morning until midday before the men and the women and those
that could understand and the ears of all the people were attentive unto
the book of the law.
8:4 And Ezra the
scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose
and beside him stood Mattithiah and Shema and Anaiah and Urijah and Hilkiah
and Maaseiah, on his right hand and on his left hand, Pedaiah and Mishael
and Malchiah and Hashum and Hashbadana, Zechariah and Meshullam.
8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat and drink the
sweet and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared. For this
day is holy unto our Lord. Neither be you sorry.(avoid
thinking), for the
joy of the LORD is your strength.(original
'strengthen', 'safety', 'protection', 'refuge').
9:6 You even you are LORD
alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all
their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas and
all that is therein and you preserve.(word
'preserve' in original is also 'quicken',
'revive', 'refresh'; God sustains
the creation because.God
is the great programmer).them
all and the host
of heaven worships.(word
'worship' means 'to give attention to' that
which is the absolute.ultimate
of all we may know to be of intelligence,
and high consciousness:.Revelation
9:7 You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abram and brought him
forth out of Ur of
the Chaldees and gave him the name of Abraham.
9:11-18 And you did divide the sea before them,
so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land and their
persecutors you threw into the deeps as a stone into the mighty waters.(*).
Moreover you led them in the day by a cloudy pillar and in the night by
a pillar of fire.().to
give them light in the way wherein they should go. You came down also upon
mount Sinai and spake with them from heaven and gave them right judgments
and true laws, good statutes and commandments and made known unto them
your holy sabbath and
commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, by the hand of Moses your servant
and gave them bread from heaven.(*).for
their hunger and brought forth water.(*).for
them out of the rock for their thirst and promised them that they should
go into possess the land.().which
you had sworn to give them.
9:16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly and
hardened their necks and hearkened not to your commandments.
were the commandments back then and what are they today?.Matthew
9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful
of your wonders that you did among them, but hardened their necks and in
their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage.(they
even wanted to go back into the bondage from whence they had been released:.Numbers
14:2-4), but you are a God.ready
to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness and
forsook them not.
9:18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf.(Exodus
32:1-8).and said, This is
your God that brought thee up out of Egypt and had wrought great provocations.
9:19 Yet you.(speaking
of God).in your manifold mercies
forsook them not in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud departed not
from them by day, to lead them in the way, neither the pillar of fire by
night to show them light and the way wherein they should go.
13:21; Numbers 10:34.
of God).gave also your good
spirit to instruct them and withheld not your manna
from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.(*).
9:21 Yea, forty years did you sustain them in the wilderness, so that
they lacked nothing. Their clothes waxed not old.(their
clothes didn't wear out from the time they came out of Egyptian
bondage into this 40 years of what's been called 'the wilderness wandering').and
their feet swelled not.
9:22-24 Moreover you.(God).gave
them kingdoms and nations and did divide them into corners, so they possessed
the land of Sihon and the land of the king of Heshbon and the land of Og
king of Bashan. Their children also you multiplied as the stars of heaven
and you brought them into the land.(Numbers
13:25-28), concerning which you had promised to their
fathers, that they should go in to possess it. So the children went in
and possessed the land and you subdued before them the inhabitants of the
land, the Canaanites
and gave them into their hands with their kings and the people of the land,
that they might do with them as they would.
9:25 And they took strong cities and a fat land and possessed houses
full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards and oliveyards and fruit trees
in abundance, so they did eat and were filled and became fat and delighted
themselves in great goodness.
9:26,27 Nevertheless they were disobedient and rebelled against you
and cast your law behind their backs and slew your prophets which testified
against them to turn them to you and they wrought great provocations. Therefore
you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them and in
the time of their trouble when they cried unto you, you heard them
from heaven and according to your manifold mercies you gave them saviours,
who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
9:28 But after they had rest they did evil again before you. Therefore
left you them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion
over them. Yet when they returned and cried unto you, you heard them from
heaven and many times
did you deliver them according to your mercies.
9:29 And testified against them, that you might bring them again unto
your law. Yet they dealt proudly and hearkened not unto your commandments,
but sinned against your judgments, which if a man do, he shall live in
them and withdrew the shoulder and hardened their neck and would
9:30 Yet many years did you forbear
them and testified against them by your spirit in your prophets, yet would
they not give ear. Therefore gave you them into the hand of the people
of the lands.
9:31 Nevertheless for your great mercies' sake you did not utterly
consume them, nor forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
9:32,33 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty and the terrible
God, who keeps covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little
before you, that has come upon us, on our kings, on our princes and on
our priests and on our prophets and on our fathers and on all your people,
since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day. Howbeit you art just
in all that is brought upon us, for you have done right, but we have done
10:28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters,
the singers, the Nethinims and
all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto
the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, every one
having knowledge and having understanding.
11:1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem. The rest of the
people also cast lots,
to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city and nine parts
to dwell in other cities.
11:3 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem,
but in the cities of Judah.(map).dwelt
every one in his possession in their cities, to
24:6-9).and the Levites
and the Nethinims and the children
of Solomon's servants.
12:23-25 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in
the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib.
And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of
Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks,
according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against
ward. Mattaniah and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were
porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.
12:26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua the son of
Jozadak and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest,
12:27,28 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought
the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep
the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and with singing,
with cymbals, psalteries.(harp,
lute, guitar, musical instrument).and
with harps. And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both
out of the plain country round about Jerusalem and from the villages of
13:19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to
be dark before 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 servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought
in on the sabbath day.
13:24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could
not speak in the
Jews' language, but according to the language of each people.
13:25 And I contended with them and cursed them and smote certain of
them and plucked off their hair and made them swear by God, saying, You
shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters
unto your sons or for yourselves.
13:26 Did not Solomon king of
Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king
who was beloved of his God and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless.even
him did outlandish.(Solomon
cause to sin.
13:29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the
priesthood and the covenant
of the priesthood and of the Levites.
Old Testament book is Esther