7:1And it cometh to pass, when the wall hath been built, that I set up the doors, and the gatekeepers are appointed, and the singers, and the Levites,
7:2and I charge Hanani my brother, and Hananiah head of the palace, concerning Jerusalem -- for he is as a man of truth, and fearing God above many --
7:3and I say to them, `Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened till the heat of the sun, and while they are standing by let them shut the doors, and fasten, and appoint guards of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, each in his guard, and each over-against his house.'
7:4And the city is broad on both sides, and great, and the people are few in its midst, and there are no houses builded;
7:5and my God putteth it unto my heart, and I gather the freeman, and the prefects, and the people, for the genealogy, and I find a book of the genealogy of those coming up at the beginning, and I find written in it: --
7:6These are sons of the province, those coming up of the captives of the removal that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed -- and they turn back to Jerusalem and to Judah, each to his city --
7:7who are coming in with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. Number of the men of the people of Israel:
7:8Sons of Parosh: two thousand a hundred and seventy and two.
7:9Sons of Shephatiah: three hundred seventy and two.
7:10Sons of Arah: six hundred fifty and two.
7:11Sons of Pahath-Moab, of the sons of Jeshua and Joab: two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.
7:12Sons of Elam: a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
7:13Sons of Zattu: eight hundred forty and five.
7:14Sons of Zaccai: seven hundred and sixty.
7:15Sons of Binnui: six hundred forty and eight.
7:16Sons of Bebai: six hundred twenty and eight.
7:17Sons of Azgad: two thousand three hundred twenty and two.
7:18Sons of Adonikam: six hundred sixty and seven.
7:19Sons of Bigvai: two thousand sixty and seven.
7:20Sons of Adin: six hundred fifty and five.
7:21Sons of Ater of Hezekiah: ninety and eight.
7:22Sons of Hashum: three hundred twenty and eight.
7:23Sons of Bezai: three hundred twenty and four.
7:24Sons of Hariph: a hundred and twelve.
7:25Sons of Gibeon: ninety and five.
7:26Men of Beth-Lehem and Netophah: a hundred eighty and eight.
7:27Men of Anathoth: a hundred twenty and eight.
7:28Men of Beth-Azmaveth: forty and two.
7:29Men of Kirjath-Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth: seven hundred forty and three.
7:30Men of Ramah and Gaba: six hundred twenty and one.
7:31Men of Michmas: a hundred and twenty and two.
7:32Men of Bethel and Ai: a hundred twenty and three.
7:33Men of the other Nebo: fifty and two.
7:34Sons of the other Elam: a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
7:35Sons of Harim: three hundred and twenty.
7:36Sons of Jericho: three hundred forty and five.
7:37Sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono: seven hundred and twenty and one.
7:38Sons of Senaah: three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
7:39The priests: sons of Jedaiah: of the house of Jeshua: nine hundred seventy and three;
7:40sons of Immer: a thousand fifty and two;
7:41sons of Pashur: a thousand two hundred forty and seven;
7:42sons of Harim: a thousand and seventeen.
7:43The Levites: sons of Jeshua, of Kadmiel: of sons of Hodevah: seventy and four.
7:44The singers: sons of Asaph: a hundred forty and eight.
7:45The gatekeepers: sons of Shallum, sons of Ater, sons of Talmon, sons of Akkub, sons of Hatita, sons of Shobai: a hundred thirty and eight.
7:46The Nethinim: sons of Ziha, sons of Hasupha, sons of Tabbaoth,
7:47sons of Keros, sons of Sia, sons of Padon,
7:48sons of Lebanah, sons of Hagaba, sons of Shalmai,
7:49sons of Hanan, sons of Giddel, sons of Gahar,
7:50sons of Reaiah, sons of Rezin, sons of Nekoda,
7:51sons of Gazzam, sons of Uzza, sons of Phaseah,
7:52sons of Bezai, sons of Meunim, sons of Nephishesim,
7:53sons of Bakbuk, sons of Hakupha, sons of Harhur,
7:54sons of Bazlith, sons of Mehida, sons of Harsha,
7:55sons of Barkos, sons of Sisera, sons of Tamah,
7:56sons of Neziah, sons of Hatipha.
7:57Sons of the servants of Solomon: sons of Sotai, sons of Sophereth, sons of Perida,
7:58sons of Jaala, sons of Darkon, sons of Giddel,
7:59sons of Shephatiah, sons of Hattil, sons of Pochereth of Zebaim, sons of Amon.
7:60All the Nethinim and the sons of the servants of Solomon are three hundred ninety and two.
7:61And these are those coming up from Tel-Melah, Tel-Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer -- and they have not been able to declare the house of their fathers, and their seed, whether they are of Israel --
7:62sons of Delaiah, sons of Tobiah, sons of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.
7:63And of the priests: sons of Habaiah sons of Koz, sons of Barzillai, who hath taken from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite a wife, and is called by their name.
7:64These have sought their register among those reckoning themselves by genealogy, and it hath not been found, and they are redeemed from the priesthood,
7:65and the Tirshatha saith to them that they eat not of the most holy things till the standing up of the priest with Urim and Thummim.
7:66All the assembly together is four myriads two thousand three hundred and sixty,
7:67apart from their servants and their handmaids -- these are seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven; and of them are singers and songstresses, two hundred forty and five.
7:68Their horses are seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred and forty and five;
7:69camels, four hundred thirty and five; asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
7:70And from the extremity of the heads of the fathers they have given to the work; the Tirshatha hath given to the treasure, of gold, drams a thousand, bowls fifty, priests' coats thirty and five hundred.
7:71And of the heads of the fathers they have given to the treasure of the work, of gold, drams two myriads, and of silver, pounds two thousand and two hundred.
7:72And that which the rest of the people have given is of gold, drams two myriads, and of silver, pounds two thousand, and of priests coats, sixty and seven.
7:73And they dwell -- the priests, and the Levites, and the gatekeepers, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinim, and all Israel -- in their cities, and the seventh month cometh, and the sons of Israel are in their cities.
8:1And all the people are gathered as one man unto the broad place that is before the water-gate, and they say to Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, that Jehovah commanded Israel.
8:2And Ezra the priest bringeth the law before the assembly, both of men and women, and every one intelligent to hear, on the first day of the seventh month,
8:3and he readeth in it before the broad place that is before the water-gate, from the light till the middle of the day, over-against the men, and the women, and those intelligent, and the ears of all the people are unto the book of the law.
8:4And Ezra the scribe standeth on a tower of wood that they made for the purpose, and Mattithiah standeth near him, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right; and on his left Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchijah, and Hashum, and Hashbaddana, Zechariah, Meshullam.
8:5And Ezra openeth the book before the eyes of all the people -- for above all the people he hath been -- and at his opening it all the people have stood up,
8:6and Ezra blesseth Jehovah, the great God, and all the people answer, `Amen, Amen,' with lifting up of their hands, and they bow and do obeisance to Jehovah -- faces to the earth.
8:7And Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, giving the people understanding in the law, and the people, are on their station,
8:8and they read in the book, in the law of God, explaining -- so as to give the meaning, and they give understanding to the convocation.
8:9And Nehemiah -- he is the Tirshatha -- saith (and Ezra the priest, the scribe, and the Levites who are instructing the people) to all the people, `To-day is holy to Jehovah your God, do not mourn, nor weep:' for all the people are weeping at their hearing the words of the law.
8:10And he saith to them, `Go, eat fat things, and drink sweet things, and sent portions to him for whom nothing is prepared, for to-day is holy to our Lord, and be not grieved, for the joy of Jehovah is your strength.'
8:11And the Levites are keeping all the people silent, saying, `Be silent, for to-day is holy, and be not grieved.'
8:12And all the people go to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great joy, because they have understood concerning the words that they made known to them.
8:13And on the second day have been gathered heads of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to act wisely concerning the words of the law.
8:14And they find written in the law that Jehovah commanded by the hand of Moses, that the sons of Israel dwell in booths in the feast, in the seventh month,
8:15and that they proclaim and cause to pass over all their cities, (and in Jerusalem,) saying, `Go ye out to the mount, and bring leaves of the olive, and leaves of the oil tree, and leaves of the myrtle, and leaves of the palms, and leaves of thick trees, to make booths as it is written.'
8:16And the people go out, and bring in, and make for themselves booths, each on his roof, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the broad place of the water-gate, and in the broad place of the gate of Ephraim.
8:17And they make -- all the assembly of the captives of the captivity -- booths, and they sit in booths; for the sons of Israel had not done, from the days of Jeshua son of Nun, so unto that day, and there is very great joy.
8:18And he readeth in the book of the law of God day by day, from the first day till the last day, and they make a feast seven days, and on the eighth day a restraint, according to the ordinance.
9:1And in the twenty and fourth day of this month have the sons of Israel been gathered, with fasting, and with sackcloth, and earth upon them;
9:2and the seed of Israel are separated from all sons of a stranger, and stand and confess concerning their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers,
9:3and rise up on their station, and read in the book of the law of Jehovah their God a fourth of the day, and a fourth they are confessing and bowing themselves to Jehovah their God.
9:4And there stand up on the ascent, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, Chenani, and they cry with a loud voice unto Jehovah their God.
9:5And the Levites say, even Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, Pethahiah, `Rise, bless Jehovah your God, from the age unto the age, and they bless the name of Thine honour that is exalted above all blessing and praise.
9:6Thou art He, O Jehovah, Thyself -- Thou hast made the heavens, the heavens of the heavens, and all their host, the earth and all that are on it, the seas and all that are in them, and Thou art keeping all of them alive, and the host of the heavens to Thee are bowing themselves.
9:7`Thou art He, O Jehovah God, who didst fix on Abraham, and didst bring him out from Ur of the Chaldeans, and didst make his name Abraham,
9:8and didst find his heart stedfast before Thee, so as to make with him the covenant, to give the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite, and the Girgashite, to give it to his seed. `And Thou dost establish Thy words, for Thou art righteous,
9:9and dost see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and their cry hast heard by the sea of Suph,
9:10and dost give signs and wonders on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land, for Thou hast known that they have acted proudly against them, and Thou makest to Thee a name as at this day.
9:11And the sea Thou hast cleaved before them, and they pass over into the midst of the sea on the dry land, and their pursuers Thou hast cast into the depths, as a stone, into the strong waters.
9:12And by a pillar of cloud Thou hast led them by day, and by a pillar of fire by night, to lighten to them the way in which they go.
9:13`And on mount Sinai Thou hast come down, even to speak with them from the heavens, and Thou dost give to them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commands.
9:14And Thy holy sabbath Thou hast made known to them, and commands, and statutes, and law, Thou hast commanded for them, by the hand of Moses Thy servant;
9:15and bread from the heavens Thou hast given to them for their hunger, and water from a rock hast brought out to them for their thirst, and dost say to them to go in to possess the land that Thou hast lifted up Thy hand to give to them.
9:16`And they and our fathers have acted proudly, and harden their neck, and have not hearkened unto Thy commands,
9:17yea, they refuse to hearken, and have not remembered Thy wonders that Thou hast done with them, and harden their neck and appoint a head, to turn back to their service, in their rebellion; and Thou art a God of pardons, gracious, and merciful, long-suffering, and abundant in kindness, and hast not forsaken them.
9:18`Also, when they have made to themselves a molten calf, and say, this is thy god that brought thee up out of Egypt, and do great despisings,
9:19and Thou, in Thine abundant mercies, hast not forsaken them in the wilderness -- the pillar of the cloud hath not turned aside from off them by day, to lead them in the way, and the pillar of the fire by night, to give light to them and the way in which they go.
9:20`And Thy good Spirit Thou hast given, to cause them to act wisely; and Thy manna Thou hast not withheld from their mouth, and water Thou hast given to them for their thirst,
9:21and forty years Thou hast nourished them in a wilderness; they have not lacked; their garments have not worn out, and their feet have not swelled.
9:22`And Thou givest to them kingdoms, and peoples, and dost apportion them to the corner, and they possess the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
9:23And their sons Thou hast multiplied as the stars of the heavens, and bringest them in unto the land that Thou hast said to their fathers to go in to possess.
9:24`And the sons come in, and possess the land, and Thou humblest before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and givest them into their hand, and their kings, and the peoples of the land, to do with them according to their pleasure.
9:25And they capture fenced cities, and fat ground, and possess houses full of all good, digged-wells, vineyards, and olive-yards, and fruit-trees in abundance, and they eat, and are satisfied, and become fat, and delight themselves in Thy great goodness.
9:26`And they are disobedient, and rebel against Thee, and cast Thy law behind their back, and Thy prophets they have slain, who testified against them, to bring them back unto Thee, and they do great despisings,
9:27and Thou givest them into the hand of their adversaries, and they distress them, and in the time of their distress they cry unto Thee, and Thou, from the heavens, dost hear, and, according to Thine abundant mercies, dost give to them saviours, and they save them out of the hand of their adversaries.
9:28`And when they have rest, they turn back to do evil before Thee, and Thou dost leave them in the hand of their enemies, and they rule over them; and they turn back, and call Thee, and Thou from the heavens dost hear, and dost deliver them, according to Thy mercies, many times,
9:29and dost testify against them, to bring them back unto Thy law; and they -- they have acted proudly, and have not hearkened to Thy commands, and against Thy judgments have sinned, -- which man doth and hath lived in them -- and they give a refractory shoulder, and their neck have hardened, and have not hearkened.
9:30`And Thou drawest over them many years, and testifiest against them by Thy Spirit, by the hand of Thy prophets, and they have not given ear, and Thou dost give them into the hand of peoples of the lands,
9:31and in Thine abundant mercies Thou hast not made them a consumption, nor hast forsaken them; for a God, gracious and merciful, art Thou.
9:32`And now, O our God -- God, the great, the mighty, and the fearful, keeping the covenant and the kindness -- let not all the travail that hath found us be little before Thee, for our kings, for our heads, and for our priests, and for our prophets, and for our fathers, and for all Thy people, from the days of the kings of Asshur unto this day;
9:33and Thou art righteous concerning all that hath come upon us, for truth Thou hast done, and we have done wickedly;
9:34and our kings, our heads, our priests, and our fathers, have not done Thy law, nor attended unto Thy commands, and to Thy testimonies, that Thou hast testified against them;
9:35and they, in their kingdom, and in Thine abundant goodness, that Thou hast given to them, and in the land, the large and the fat, that Thou hast set before them, have not served Thee, nor turned back from their evil doings.
9:36`Lo, we -- to-day -- are servants, and the land that Thou hast given to our fathers, to eat its fruit and its good -- lo, we are servants on it,
9:37and its increase it is multiplying to the kings whom Thou hast set over us in our sins; and over our bodies they are ruling, and over our cattle, according to their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
9:38And for all this we are making a stedfast covenant, and are writing, and over him who is sealed are our heads, our Levites, our priests.'