Nehemiah 7-8 Darby’s Translation

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Nehemiah Appoints Rulers for Jerusalem

7 1  And it came to pass when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, that the doorkeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed. 2  And I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the citadel, charge over Jerusalem; for he was a faithful man and feared God above many. 3  And I said to them that the gates of Jerusalem should not be opened until the sun was hot, and that they should shut the doors and bar them while they stood by; and that there should be appointed watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one over against his house. 4  Now the city was large and great; but the people in it were few, and no houses were built.

The List of Returning Exiles

5  And my God put into my heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, for registration by genealogy. And I found a genealogical register of those that had come up at the first, and I found written in it: 6  These are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and who came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one to his city; 7  those who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel: 8  The children of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two. 9  The children of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two. 10  The children of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two. 11  The children of Pahath-Moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen. 12  The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 13  The children of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five. 14  The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty. 15  The children of Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight. 16  The children of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-eight. 17  The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two. 18  The children of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven. 19  The children of Bigvai, two thousand and sixty-seven. 20  The children of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five. 21  The children of Ater of [the family of] Hezekiah, ninety-eight. 22  The children of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight. 23  The children of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-four. 24  The children of Hariph, a hundred and twelve. 25  The children of Gibeon, ninety-five. 26  The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, a hundred and eighty-eight. 27  The men of Anathoth, a hundred and twenty-eight. 28  The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty-two. 29  The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three. 30  The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one. 31  The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty-two. 32  The men of Bethel and Ai, a hundred and twenty-three. 33  The men of the other Nebo, fifty-two. 34  The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 35  The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty. 36  The children of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five. 37  The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one. 38  The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty. 39  The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three. 40  The children of Immer, a thousand and fifty-two. 41  The children of Pashhur, a thousand two hundred and forty-seven. 42  The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen. 43  The Levites: the children of Jeshua [and] of Kadmiel, of the children of Hodvah, seventy-four. 44  The singers: the children of Asaph, a hundred and forty-eight. 45  The doorkeepers: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, a hundred and thirty-eight. 46  The Nethinim: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth, 47  the children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon, 48  the children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Salmai, 49  the children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, 50  the children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, 51  the children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah, 52  the children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephishesim, 53  the children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, 54  the children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha, 55  the children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah, 56  the children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha. 57  The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida, 58  the children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel, 59  the children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-Hazzebaim, the children of Amon. 60  All the Nethinim, and the children of Solomon's servants, three hundred and ninety-two. 61  And these are they that went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub-Addon and Immer; but they could not shew their father's house, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel. 62  The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobijah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two. 63  And of the priests: the children of Hobaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called after their name. 64  These sought their genealogical register, but it was not found; therefore were they, as polluted, removed from the priesthood. 65  And the Tirshatha said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up the priest with Urim and Thummim. 66  The whole congregation together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty, 67  besides their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five singing-men and singing-women. 68  Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six; their mules, two hundred and forty-five; 69  the camels, four hundred and thirty-five; the asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty. 70  And some of the chief fathers gave to the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand darics of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' coats. 71  And [some] of the chief fathers gave to the treasure of the work twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand two hundred pounds of silver. 72  And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, and sixty-seven priests' coats. 73  And the priests, and the Levites, and the doorkeepers, and the singers, and [some] of the people, and the Nethinim, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities. And when the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in their cities,

Ezra Reads the Law to the People

8 1  all the people gathered together as one man to the open place that was before the water-gate; and they spoke to Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which Jehovah had commanded Israel. 2  And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation, both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. 3  And he read in it before the open place that was before the water-gate from the morning until midday, in presence of the men and the women, and those that could understand. And the ears of all the people were [attentive] to the book of the law. 4  And Ezra the scribe stood upon a high stage of wood, which they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkijah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchijah, and Hashum, and Hashbaddana, Zechariah, Meshullam. 5  And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6  And Ezra blessed Jehovah, the great God; and all the people answered, Amen, Amen! with lifting up of their hands; and they bowed their heads, and worshipped Jehovah with their faces to the ground. 7  And Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law; and the people [stood] in their place. 8  And they read in the law of God distinctly out of the book, and gave the sense, and caused [them] to understand the reading.

9  And Nehemiah, that is, the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that explained to the people, said to all the people, This day is holy to Jehovah your God: mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10  And he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared; for the day is holy to our Lord; and be not grieved, for the joy of Jehovah is your strength. 11  And the Levites quieted all the people, saying, Be still! for the day is holy; neither be grieved. 12  And all the people went their way, to eat and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great rejoicing. For they had understood the words that were declared to them.

13  And on the second day were gathered together the chief fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, to Ezra the scribe, even to gain wisdom as to the words of the law. 14  And they found written in the law which Jehovah had commanded through Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month, 15  and that they should publish and proclaim through all their cities, and at Jerusalem, saying, Go forth to the mount, and fetch olive-branches, and wild olive-branches, and myrtle-branches, and palm-branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. 16  And the people went forth and brought [them], and made themselves booths, everyone upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the open space of the water-gate, and in the open space of the gate of Ephraim. 17  And all the congregation of them that had come back from the captivity made booths, and dwelt in the booths. For since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun until that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness. 18  Also day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they observed the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according to the ordinance.

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