THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

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

7:1¤ Now after the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and numbered the porters and singing men, and Levites:

7:2I commanded Hanani my brother, and Hananias ruler of the house of Jerusalem, (for he seemed as a sincere man, and one that feared God above the rest,)

7:3And I said to them: Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened till the sun be hot. And while they were yet standing by the gates were shut, and barred: and I set watchmen of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one by their courses, and every man over against his house.

7:4And the city was very wide and great, and the people few in the midst thereof, and the houses were not built.

7:5But God had put in my heart, and I assembled the princes and magistrates, and common people, to number them: and I found a book of the number of them who came up at first and therein it was found written:

7:6These are the children of the province, who came up from the captivity of them that had been carried away, whom Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away, and who returned into Judea, every one into his own city.

7:7Who came with Zorobabel, Josue, Nehemias, Azarias, Raamias, Nahamani, Mardochai, Belsam, Mespharath, Begoia, Nahum, Baana. The number of the men of the people of Israel:

7:8The children of Pharos, two thousand one hundred seventy-two.

7:9The children of Sephatia, three hundred seventy-two.

7:10The children of Area, six hundred fifty-two.

7:11The children of Phahath Moab of the children of Josue and Joab, two thousand eight hundred eighteen.

7:12The children of Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four.

7:13The children of Zethua, eight hundred forty-five.

7:14The children of Zachai, seven hundred sixty.

7:15The children of Bannui, six hundred forty-eight.

7:16The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty-eight.

7:17The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty-two.

7:18The children of Adonicam, six hundred sixty-seven.

7:19The children of Beguai, two thousand sixty-seven.

7:20The children of Adin, six hundred fifty-five.

7:21The children of Ater, children of Hezechias, ninety-eight.

7:22The children of Hasem, three hundred twenty-eight.

7:23The children of Besai, three hundred twenty-four.

7:24The children of Hareph, a hundred and twelve.

7:25The children of Gabaon, ninety-five.

7:26The children of Bethlehem, and Netupha, a hundred eighty-eight.

7:27The men of Anathoth, a hundred twenty-eight.

7:28The men of Bethazmoth, forty-two.

7:29The men of Cariathiarim, Cephira, and Beroth, seven hundred forty-three.

7:30The men of Rama and Geba, six hundred twenty-one.

7:31The men of Machmas, a hundred twenty-two.

7:32The men of Bethel and Hai, a hundred twenty-three.

7:33The men of the other Nebo, fifty-two.

7:34The men of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four.

7:35The children of Harem, three hundred and twenty.

7:36The children of Jericho, three hundred forty-five.

7:37The children of Lod, of Hadid and Ono, seven hundred twenty-one.

7:38The children of Senaa, three thousand nine hundred thirty.

7:39The priests: the children of Idaia in the house of Josue, nine hundred and seventy-three.

7:40The children of Emmer, one thousand fifty-two.

7:41The children of Phashur, one thousand two hundred forty-seven.

7:42The children of Arem, one thousand and seventeen. The Levites:

7:43The children of Josue and Cedmihel, the sons

7:44Of Oduia, seventy-four. The singing men:

7:45The children of Asaph, a hundred forty-eight.

7:46The porters: the children of Sellum, the children of Ater, the children of Telmon, the children of Accub, the children of Hatita, the children of Sobai: a hundred thirty-eight.

7:47The Nathinites: the children of Soha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tebbaoth,

7:48The children of Ceros, the children of Siaa, the children of Phadon, the children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Selmai,

7:49The children of Hanan, the children of Geddel, the children of Gaher,

7:50The children of Raaia, the children of Rasin, the children of Necoda,

7:51The children of Gezem, the children of Asa, the children of Phasea,

7:52The children of Besai, the children of Munim, the children of Nephussim,

7:53The children of Bacbuc, the children of Hacupha, the children of Harhur,

7:54The children of Besloth, the children of Mahida, the children of Harsa,

7:55The children of Bercos, the children of Sisara, the children of Thema,

7:56The children of Nasia, the children of Hatipha,

7:57The children of the servants of Solomon, the children of Sothai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Pharida,

7:58The children of Jahala, the children of Darcon, the children of Jeddel,

7:59The children of Saphatia, the children of Hatil, the children of Phochereth, who was born of Sabaim, the son of Amon.

7:60All the Nathinites, and the children of the servants of Solomon, three hundred ninety-two.

7:61And these are they that came up from Telmela, Thelharsa, Cherub, Addon, and Emmer: and could not shew the house of their fathers, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel.

7:62The children of Dalaia, the children of Tobia, the children of Necoda, six hundred forty-two.

7:63And of the priests, the children of Habia, the children of Accos, the children of Berzellai, who took a wife of the daughters of Berzellai the Galaadite, and he was called by their name.

7:64These sought their writing in the record, and found it not: and they were cast out of the priesthood.

7:65And Athersatha said to them, that they should not eat of the holies of holies, until there stood up a priest learned and skilful.

7:66All the multitude as it were one man, forty-two thousand three hundred sixty,

7:67Beside their menservants and womenservants, who were seven thousand three hundred thirty-seven: and among them singing men, and singing women, two hundred forty-five.

7:68Their horses, seven hundred thirty-six: their mules two hundred forty-five.

7:69Their camels, four hundred thirty-five, their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

7:70And some of the heads of the families gave unto the work. Athersatha gave into the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty bowls, and five hundred and thirty garments for priests.

7:71And some of the heads of families gave to the treasure of the work, twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand two hundred pounds of silver.

7:72And that which the rest of the people gave, was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, and sixty-seven garments for priests.

7:73And the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singing men, and the rest of the common people, and the Nathinites, and all Israel dwelt in their cities.

8:1¤ And the seventh month came: and the children of Israel were in their cities. And all the people were gathered together as one man to the street which is before the water gate, and they spoke to Esdras the scribe, to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.

8:2Then Esdras the priest brought the law before the multitude of men and women, and all those that could understand, in the first day of the seventh month.

8:3And he read it plainly in the street that was before the water gate, from the morning until midday, before the men, and the women, and all those that could understand: and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book.

8:4And Esdras the scribe stood upon a step of wood, which he had made to speak upon, and there stood by him Mathathias, and Semeia, and Ania, and Uria, and Helcia, and Maasia, on his right hand: and on the left, Phadaia, Misael, and Melchia, and Hasum, and Hasbadana, Zacharia and Mosollam.

8:5And Esdras opened the book before all the people: for he was above all the people: and when he had opened it, all the people stood.

8:6And Esdras blessed the Lord the great God: and all the people answered, Amen, amen: lifting up their hands: and they bowed down, and adored God with their faces to the ground.

8:7Now Josue, and Bani, and Serebia, Jamin, Accub, Sephtai, Odia, Maasia, Celtia, Azarias, Jozabed, Hanan, Phalaia, the Levites, made silence among the people to hear the law: and the people stood in their place.

8:8And they read in the book of the law of God distinctly and plainly to be understood: and they understood when it was read.

8:9And Nehemias (he is Athersatha) and Esdras the priest and scribe, and the Levites who interpreted to all the people, said: This is a holy day to the Lord our God: do not mourn, nor weep: for all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

8:10And he said to them: Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves: because it is the holy day of the Lord, and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

8:11And the Levites stilled all the people, saying: Hold your peace, for the day is holy, and be not sorrowful.

8:12So all the people went to eat and drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth: because they understood the words that he had taught them.

8:13And on the second day the chiefs of the families of all the people, the priests, and the Levites were gathered together to Esdras the scribe, that he should interpret to them the words of the law.

8:14And they found written in the law, that the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in tabernacles, on the feast, in the seventh month:

8:15And that they should proclaim and publish the word in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying: Go forth to the mount, and fetch branches of olive, and branches of beautiful wood, branches of myrtle, and branches of palm, and branches of thick trees, to make tabernacles, as it is written.

8:16And the people went forth, and brought. And they made themselves tabernacles every man on the top of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.

8:17And all the assembly of them that were returned from the captivity, made tabernacles, and dwelt in tabernacles: for since the days of Josue the son of Nun the children of Israel had not done so, until that day: and there was exceeding great joy.

8:18And he read in the book of the law of God day by day, from the first day till the last, and they kept the solemnity seven days, and in the eighth day a solemn assembly according to the manner.

9:1¤ And in the four and twentieth day of the month the children of Israel came together with fasting and with sackcloth, and earth upon them.

9:2And the seed of the children of Israel separated themselves from every stranger: and they stood, and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

9:3And they rose up to stand: and they read in the book of the law of the Lord their God, four times in the day, and four times they confessed, and adored the Lord their God.

9:4And there stood up upon the step of the Levites, Josue, and Bani, and Cedmihel, Sabania, Bonni, Sarebias, Bani, and Chanani: and they cried with a loud voice to the Lord their God.

9:5And the Levites Josue and Cedmihel, Bonni, Hasebnia, Serebia, Oduia, Sebnia, and Phathahia, said: Arise, bless the Lord your God from eternity to eternity: and blessed be the high name of thy glory with all blessing and praise.

9:6Thou thyself, O Lord alone, thou hast made heaven, and the heaven of heavens, and all the host thereof: the earth and all things that are in it: the seas and all that are therein: and thou givest life to all these things, and the host of heaven adoreth thee.

9:7Thou O Lord God, art he who chosest Abram, and broughtest him forth out of the fire of the Chaldeans, and gavest him the name of Abraham.

9:8And thou didst find his heart faithful before thee: and thou madest a covenant with him, to give him the land of the Chanaanite, of the Hethite, and of the Amorrhite, and of the Pherezite, and of the Jebusite, and of the Gergezite, to give it to his seed: and thou hast fulfilled thy words, because thou art just.

9:9And thou sawest the affliction of our fathers in Egypt: and thou didst hear their cry by the Red Sea.

9:10And thou shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharao, and upon all his servants, and upon the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them: and thou madest thyself a name, as it is at this day.

9:11And thou didst divide the sea before them, and they passed through the midst of the sea on dry land: but their persecutors thou threwest into the depth, as a stone into mighty waters.

9:12And in a pillar of a cloud thou wast their leader by day, and in a pillar of fire by night, that they might see the way by which they went.

9:13Thou camest down also to mount Sinai, and didst speak with them from heaven, and thou gavest them right judgments, and the law of truth, ceremonies, and good precepts.

9:14Thou madest known to them thy holy sabbath, and didst prescribe to them commandments, and ceremonies, and the law by the hand of Moses thy servant.

9:15And thou gavest them bread from heaven in their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock in their thirst, and thou saidst to them that they should go in, and possess the land, upon which thou hadst lifted up thy hand to give it them.

9:16But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks and hearkened not to thy commandments.

9:17And they would not hear, and they remembered not thy wonders which thou hadst done for them. And they hardened their necks, and gave the head to return to their bondage, as it were by contention. But thou, a forgiving God, gracious, and merciful, longsuffering, and full of compassion, didst not forsake them.

9:18Yea when they had made also to themselves a molten calf, and had said: This is thy God, that brought thee out of Egypt: and had committed great blasphemies:

9:19Yet thou, in thy many mercies, didst not leave them in the desert: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day to lead them in the way, and the pillar of fire by night to shew them the way by which they should go.

9:20And thou gavest them thy good Spirit to teach them, and thy manna thou didst not withhold from their mouth, and thou gavest them water for their thirst.

9:21Forty years didst thou feed them in the desert, and nothing was wanting to them: their garments did not grow old, and their feet were not worn.

9:22And thou gavest them kingdoms, and nations, and didst divide lots for them: and they possessed the land of Sehon, and the land of the king of Hesebon, and the land of Og king of Basan.

9:23And thou didst multiply their children as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them to the land concerning which thou hadst said to their fathers, that they should go in and possess it.

9:24And the children came and possessed the land, and thou didst humble before them the inhabitants of the land, the Chanaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as it pleased them.

9:25And they took strong cities and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods: cisterns made by others, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: and they ate, and were filled, and became fat, and abounded with delight in thy great goodness.

9:26But they provoked thee to wrath, and departed from thee, and threw thy law behind their backs: and they killed thy prophets, who admonished them earnestly to return to thee: and they were guilty of great blasphemies.

9:27And thou gavest them into the hands of their enemies, and they afflicted them. And in the time of their tribulation they cried to thee, and thou heardest from heaven, and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies thou gavest them saviours, to save them from the hands of their enemies.

9:28But after they had rest, they returned to do evil in thy sight: and thou leftest them in the hand of their enemies, and they had dominion over them. Then they returned, and cried to thee: and thou heardest from heaven, and deliveredst them many times in thy mercies.

9:29And thou didst admonish them to return to thy law. But they dealt proudly, and hearkened not to thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, which if a man do, he shall live in them: and they withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.

9:30And thou didst forbear with them for many years, and didst testify against them by thy spirit by the hand of thy prophets: and they heard not, and thou didst deliver them into the hand of the people of the lands.

9:31Yet in thy very many mercies thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them: because thou art a merciful and gracious God.

9:32Now therefore our God, great, strong, and terrible, who keepest covenant and mercy, turn not away from thy face all the labour which hath come upon us, upon our kings, and our princes, and our priests, and our prophets, and our fathers, and all the people from the days of the king of Assur, until this day.

9:33And thou art just in all things that have come upon us: because thou hast done truth, but we have done wickedly.

9:34Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept thy law, and have not minded thy commandments, and thy testimonies which thou hast testified among them.

9:35And they have not served thee in their kingdoms, and in thy manifold goodness, which thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land, which thou deliveredst before them, nor did they return from their most wicked devices.

9:36Behold we ourselves this day are bondmen: and the land, which thou gavest our fathers, to eat the bread thereof, and the good things thereof, and we ourselves are servants in it.

9:37And the fruits thereof grow up for the kings, whom thou hast set over us for our sins, and they have dominion over our bodies, and over our beasts, according to their will, and we are in great tribulation.

9:38And because of all this we ourselves make a covenant, and write it, and our princes, our Levites, and our priests sign it.



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