Second Book of Esdras (Author Nehemias or Esdras or both)

10:1¤ And the subscribers were Nehemias, Athersatha the son of Hachelai, and Sedecias,

10:2Saraias, Azarias, Jeremias,

10:3Pheshur, Amarias, Melchias,

10:4Hattus, Sebenia, Melluch,

10:5Harem, Merimuth, Obdias,

10:6Daniel, Genthon, Baruch,

10:7Mosollam, Abia, Miamin,

10:8Maazia, Belgia, Semeia: these were priests.

10:9And the Levites, Josue the son of Azanias, Bennui of the sons of Henadad, Cedmihel,

10:10And their brethren, Sebenia, Oduia, Celita, Phalaia, Hanan,

10:11Micha, Rohob, Hasebia,

10:12Zachur, Serebia, Sabania,

10:13Odaia, Bani, Baninu.

10:14The heads of the people, Pharos, Phahath Moab, Elam, Zethu, Bani,

10:15Bonni, Azgad, Bebai,

10:16Adonia, Begoai, Adin,

10:17Ater, Hezecia, Azur,

10:18Odaia, Hasum, Besai,

10:19Hareph, Anathoth, Nebai,

10:20Megphias, Mosollam, Hazir,

10:21Mesizabel, Sadoc, Jeddua,

10:22Pheltia, Hanan, Anaia,

10:23Osee, Hanania, Hasub,

10:24Alohes, Phalea, Sobec,

10:25Rehum, Hasebna, Maasia,

10:26Echaia, Hanan, Anan,

10:27Melluch, Haran, Baana:

10:28And the rest of the people, priests, Levites, porters, and singing men, Nathinites, and all that had separated themselves from the people of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters.

10:29All that could understand, promising for their brethren, with their chief men, and they came to promise, and swear that they would walk in the law of God, which he gave in the hand of Moses the servant of God, that they would do and keep all the commandments of the Lord our God, and his judgments and his ceremonies.

10:30And that we would not give our daughters to the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons.

10:31And if the people of the land bring in things to sell, or any things for use, to sell them on the sabbath day, that we would not buy them of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day. And that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every hand.

10:32And we made ordinances for ourselves, to give the third part of a sicle every year for the work of the house of our God,

10:33For the loaves of proposition, and for the continual sacrifice, and for a continual holocaust on the sabbaths, on the new moons, on the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offering: that atonement might be made for Israel, and for every use of the house of our God.

10:34And we cast lots among the priests, and the Levites, and the people for the offering of wood, that it might be brought into the house of our God by the houses of our fathers at set times, from year to year: to burn upon the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law of Moses:

10:35And that we would bring the firstfruits of our land, and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, from year to year, in the house of our Lord.

10:36And the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our oxen, and of our sheep, to be offered in the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God.

10:37And that we would bring the firstfruits of our meats, and of our libations, and the fruit of every tree, of the vintage also and of oil to the priests, to the storehouse of our God, and the tithes of our ground to the Levites. The Levites also shall receive the tithes of our works out of all the cities.

10:38And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites in the tithes of the Levites, and the Levites shall offer the tithe of their tithes in the house of our God, to the storeroom into the treasure house.

10:39For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall carry to the treasury the firstfruits of corn, of wine, and of oil: and the sanctified vessels shall be there, and the priests, and the singing men, and the porters, and ministers, and we will not forsake the house of our God.

11:1¤ And the princes of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: but the rest of the people cast lots, to take one part in ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts in the other cities.

11:2And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell in Jerusalem.

11:3These therefore are the chief men of the province, who dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the cities of Juda. And every one dwelt in his possession, in their cities: Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Nathinites, and the children of the servants of Solomon.

11:4And in Jerusalem there dwelt some of the children of Juda, and some of the children of Benjamin: of the children of Juda, Athaias the son of Aziam, the son of Zacharias, the son of Amarias, the son of Saphatias, the son of Malaleel: of the sons of Phares,

11:5Maasia the son of Baruch, the son of Cholhoza, the son of Hazia, the son of Adaia, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zacharias, the son of the Silonite:

11:6All these the sons of Phares, who dwelt in Jerusalem, were four hundred sixty-eight valiant men.

11:7And these are the children of Benjamin: Sellum the son of Mosollam, the son of Joed, the son of Phadaia, the son of Colaia, the son of Masia, the son of Etheel, the son of Isaia.

11:8And after him Gebbai, Sellai, nine hundred twenty-eight.

11:9And Joel the son of Zechri their ruler, and Judas the son of Senua was second over the city.

11:10And of the priests Idaia the son of Joarib, Jachin,

11:11Saraia the son of Helcias, the son of Mosollam, the son of Sadoc, the son of Meraioth, the son of Achitob the prince of the house of God,

11:12And their brethren that do the works of the temple: eight hundred twenty-two. And Adaia the son of Jeroham, the son of Phelelia, the son of Amsi, the son of Zacharias, the son of Pheshur, the son of Melchias,

11:13And his brethren the chiefs of the fathers: two hundred forty-two. And Amassai the son of Azreel, the son of Ahazi, the son of Mosollamoth, the son of Emmer,

11:14And their brethren who were very mighty, a hundred twenty-eight: and their ruler Zabdiel son of the mighty.

11:15And of the Levites Semeia the son of Hasub, the son of Azaricam, the son of Hasabia, the son of Boni,

11:16And Sabathai and Jozabed, who were over all the outward business of the house of God, of the princes of the Levites,

11:17And Mathania the son of Micha, the son of Zebedei, the son of Asaph, was the principal man to praise, and to give glory in prayer, and Becbecia, the second, one of his brethren, and Abda the son of Samua, the son of Galal, the son of Idithun.

11:18All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred eighty-four.

11:19And the porters, Accub, Telmon, and their brethren, who kept the doors: a hundred seventy-two.

11:20And the rest of Israel, the priests and the Levites were in all the cities of Juda, every man in his possession.

11:21And the Nathinites, that dwelt in Ophel, and Siaha, and Gaspha of the Nathinites.

11:22And the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem, was Azzi the son of Bani, the son of Hasabia, the son of Mathania, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, were the singing men in the ministry of the house of God.

11:23For the king's commandment was concerning them, and an order among the singing men day by day.

11:24And Phathahia the son of Mesezebel of the children of Zara the son of Juda was at the hand of the king, in all matters concerning the people,

11:25And in the houses through all their countries. Of the children of Juda some dwelt at Cariath-Arbe, and in the villages thereof: and at Dibon, and in the villages thereof: and at Cabseel, and in the villages thereof.

11:26And at Jesue, and at Molada, and at Bethphaleth,

11:27And at Hasersuel, and at Bersabee, and in the villages thereof,

11:28And at Siceleg, and at Mochona, and in the villages thereof,

11:29And at Remmon, and at Saraa, and at Jerimuth,

11:30Zanoa, Odollam, and in their villages, at Lachis and its dependencies, and at Azeca and the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Bersabee unto the valley of Ennom.

11:31And the children of Benjamin, from Geba, at Mechmas, and at Hai, and at Bethel, and in the villages thereof,

11:32At Anathoth, Nob, Anania,

11:33Asor, Rama, Gethaim,

11:34Hadid, Seboim, and Neballat, Lod,

11:35And Ono the valley of craftsmen.

11:36And of the Levites were portions of Juda and Benjamin.

12:1¤ Now these are the priests and the Levites, that went up with Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Josue: Saraia, Jeremias, Esdras,

12:2Amaria, Melluch, Hattus,

12:3Sebenias, Rheum, Merimuth,

12:4Addo, Genthon, Abia,

12:5Miamin, Madia, Belga,

12:6Semeia, and Joiarib, Idaia, Sellum Amoc, Helcias,

12:7Idaia. These were the chief of the priests, and of their brethren in the days of Josue.

12:8And the Levites, Jesua, Bennui, Cedmihel, Sarebia, Juda, Mathanias, they and their brethren were over the hymns:

12:9And Becbecia, and Hanni, and their brethren every one in his office.

12:10And Josue begot Joacim, and Joacim begot Eliasib, and Eliasib begot Joiada,

12:11And Joiada begot Jonathan and Jonathan begot Jeddoa.

12:12And in the days of Joacim the priests and heads of the families were: Of Saraia, Maraia: of Jeremias, Hanania:

12:13Of Esdras, Mosollam: and of Amaria, Johanan:

12:14Of Milicho, Jonathan: of Sebenia, Joseph:

12:15Of Haram, Edna: of Maraioth, Helci:

12:16Of Adaia, Zacharia: of Genthon, Mosollam:

12:17Of Abia, Zechri: of Miamin and Moadia, Phelti:

12:18Of Belga, Sammua of Semaia, Jonathan:

12:19Of Joiarib, Mathanai: of Jodaia, Azzi:

12:20Of Sellai, Celai: of Amoc, Heber:

12:21Of Helcias, Hasebia: of Idaia, Nathanael.

12:22The Levites the chiefs of the families in the days of Eliasib, and Joiada, and Johanan, and Jeddoa, were recorded, and the priests in the reign of Darius the Persian.

12:23The sons of Levi, heads of the families were written in the book of Chronicles, even unto the days of Jonathan the son of Eliasib.

12:24Now the chief of the Levites were Hasebia, Serebia, and Josue the son of Cedmihel: and their brethren by their courses, to praise and to give thanks according to the commandment of David the man of God, and to wait equally in order.

12:25Mathania, and Becbecia, Obedia, and Mosollam, Telmon, Accub, were keepers of the gates and of the entrances before the gates.

12:26These were in the days of Joacim the son of Josue, the son of Josedec, and in the days of Nehemias the governor, and of Esdras the priest and scribe.

12:27And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, and to keep the dedication, and to rejoice with thanksgiving, and with singing, and with cymbals, and psalteries and harps.

12:28And the sons of the singing men were gathered together out of the plain country about Jerusalem, and out of the villages of Nethuphati,

12:29And from the house of Galgal, and from the countries of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singing men had built themselves villages round about Jerusalem.

12:30And the priests and the Levites were purified, and they purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.

12:31And I made the princes of Juda go up upon the wall, and I appointed two great choirs to give praise. And they went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate.

12:32And after them went Osaias, and half of the princes of Juda,

12:33And Azarias, Esdras, and Mosollam,

12:34Judas, and Benjamin, and Semeia, and Jeremias.

12:35And of the sons of the priests with trumpets, Zacharias the son of Jonathan, the son of Semeia, the son of Mathania, the son of Michaia, the son of Zechur, the son of Asaph,

12:36And his brethren Semeia, and Azareel, Malalai, Galalai, Maai, Nathanael, and Judas, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God: and Esdras the scribe before them at the fountain gate.

12:37And they went up over against them by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall of the house of David, and to the water gate eastward:

12:38And the second choir of them that gave thanks went on the opposite side, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, and upon the tower of the furnaces, even to the broad wall,

12:39And above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Emath, and even to the flock gate: and they stood still in the watch gate.

12:40And the two choirs of them that gave praise stood still at the house of God, and I and the half of the magistrates with me.

12:41And the priests, Eliachim, Maasia, Miamin, Michea, Elioenai, Zacharia, Hanania with trumpets,

12:42And Maasia, and Semeia, and Eleazar, and Azzi, and Johanan, and Melchia, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sung loud, and Jezraia was their overseer:

12:43And they sacrificed on that day great sacrifices, and they rejoiced: for God had made them joyful with great joy: their wives also and their children rejoiced, and the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.

12:44They appointed also in that day men over the storehouses of the treasure, for the libations, and for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, that the rulers of the city might bring them in by them in honour of thanksgiving, for the priests and Levites: for Juda was joyful in the priests and Levites that assisted.

12:45And they kept the watch of their God, and the observance of expiation, and the singing men, and the porters, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.

12:46For in the days of David and Asaph from the beginning there were chief singers appointed, to praise with canticles, and give thanks to God.

12:47And all Israel, in the days of Zorobabel, and in the days of Nehemias gave portions to the singing men, and to the porters, day by day, and they sanctified the Levites, and the Levites sanctified the sons of Aaron.

13:1¤ And on that day they read in the book of Moses in the hearing of the people: and therein was found written, that the Ammonites and the Moabites should not come in to the church of God for ever:

13:2Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and water: and they hired against them Balaam, to curse them, and our God turned the curse into blessing.

13:3And it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated every stranger from Israel.

13:4And over this thing was Eliasib the priest, who was set over the treasury of the house of our God, and was near akin to Tobias.

13:5And he made him a great storeroom, where before him they laid up gifts, and frankincense, and vessels, and the tithes of the corn, of the wine, and of the oil, the portions of the Levites, and of the singing men, and of the porters, and the firstfruits of the priests.

13:6But in all this time I was not in Jerusalem, because in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon, I went to the king, and after certain days I asked the king:

13:7And I came to Jerusalem, and I understood the evil that Eliasib had done for Tobias, to make him a storehouse in the courts of the house of God.

13:8And it seemed to me exceeding evil. And I cast forth the vessels of the house of Tobias out of the storehouse.

13:9And I commanded and they cleansed the storehouses: and I brought thither again the vessels of the house of God, the sacrifice, and the frankincense.

13:10And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: and that the Levites, and the singing men, and they that ministered were fled away every man to his own country:

13:11And I pleaded the matter against the magistrates, and said: Why have we forsaken the house of God? And I gathered them together, and I made them to stand in their places.

13:12And all Juda brought the tithe of the corn, and the wine, and the oil into the storehouses.

13:13And we set over the storehouses Selemias the priest, and Sadoc the scribe, and of the Levites Phadaia, and next to them Hanan the son of Zachur, the son of Mathania: for they were approved as faithful, and to them were committed the portions of their brethren.

13:14Remember me, O my God, for this thing, and wipe not out my kindnesses, which I have done relating to the house of my God and his ceremonies.

13:15In those days I saw in Juda some treading the presses on the sabbath, and carrying sheaves, and lading asses with wine, and grapes, and figs, and all manner of burthens, and bringing them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. And I charged them that they should sell on a day on which it was lawful to sell.

13:16Some Tyrians also dwelt there, who brought fish, and all manner of wares: and they sold them on the sabbaths to the children of Juda in Jerusalem.

13:17And I rebuked the chief men of Juda, and said to them: What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the sabbath day:

13:18Did not our fathers do these things, and our God brought all this evil upon us, and upon this city? And you bring more wrath upon Israel by violating the sabbath.

13:19And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem were at rest on the sabbath day, I spoke: and they shut the gates, and I commanded that they should not open them till after the sabbath: and I set some of my servants at the gates, that none should bring in burthens on the sabbath day.

13:20So the merchants, and they that sold all kinds of wares, stayed without Jerusalem, once or twice.

13:21And I charged them, and I said to them: Why stay you before the wall? if you do so another time, I will lay hands on you. And from that time they came no more on the sabbath.

13:22I spoke also to the Levites that they should be purified, and should come to keep the gates, and to sanctify the sabbath day: for this also remember me, O my God, and spare me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

13:23In those days also I saw Jews that married wives, women of Azotus, and of Ammon, and of Moab.

13:24And their children spoke half in the speech of Azotus, and could not speak the Jews' language, but they spoke according to the language of this and that people.

13:25And I chid them, and laid my curse upon them. And I beat some of them, and shaved off their hair, and made them swear by God that they would not give their daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters for their sons, nor for themselves, saying:

13:26Did not Solomon king of Israel sin in this kind of thing: and surely among many nations, there was not a king like him, and he was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: and yet women of other countries brought even him to sin.

13:27And shall we also be disobedient and do all this great evil to transgress against our God, and marry strange women:

13:28And one of the sons of Joiada the son of Eliasib the high priest, was son in law to Sanaballat the Horonite, and I drove him from me.

13:29Remember them, O Lord my God, that defile the priesthood, and the law of priests and Levites.

13:30So I separated from them all strangers, and I appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites, every man in his ministry:

13:31And for the offering of wood at times appointed, and for the firstfruits: remember me, O my God, unto good. Amen.

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