Nehemiah 13 ©
1 Upon reading the law Israel is separated from the mixed multitude. 4 Eliashib having in Nehemiah's absence prepared a chamber in the temple for Tobiah, Nehemiah on his return is offended, and causeth the chambers to be cleansed. 10 He reformeth certain abuses concerning tithes, 15 the violation of the sabbath, 23 and the marriages with foreign wives.
ON that day 1they read in the book of Moses in the 2audience of the people; and therein was found written, athat the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;
Because they bmet not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but chired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God dturned the curse into a blessing.
And he had prepared for him ia great chamber, jwhere *aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the *frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, 4which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
But in all this time kwas not I at Jerusalem: for lin the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes mking of Babylon came I unto the king, and 5after certain days 6obtained I leave of the king:
And it grieved me *sore: therefore pI cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.
And xI made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and 9next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted yfaithful, and 10their office was to distribute unto their brethren.
¶In those days saw I in Judah asome treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all *manner of burdens, bwhich they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold *victuals.
There dwelt cmen of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all *manner of *ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
eDid not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye 13bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.
And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, fI 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.
So the merchants and sellers of all kind of *ware lodged *without Jerusalem once or twice.
Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye 14about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.
And I gcommanded the Levites hthat they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. iRemember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the 15greatness of thy mercy.
¶In those days also saw I Jews that 16had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and 17could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language 18of each people.
And I contended with them, jand 19cursed them, and ksmote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them lswear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet mamong many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nnevertheless even him did *outlandish women cause to sin.
Thus wcleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the xwards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;