Nehemiah 9-11 Young’s Literal Translation

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Ezra's Confession of Israel's Sins

9 1  And 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; 2  and 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, 3  and 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.

4  And 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. 5  And 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. 6  Thou '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. 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, 8  and 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  and dost see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and their cry hast heard by the sea of Suph, 10  and 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. 11  And 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. 12  And 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. 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. 14  And 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; 15  and 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. 16  'And they and our fathers have acted proudly, and harden their neck, and have not hearkened unto Thy commands, 17  yea, 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. 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, 19  and 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. 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, 21  and 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. 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. 23  And 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. 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. 25  And 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. 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, 27  and 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. 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, 29  and 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. 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, 31  and in Thine abundant mercies Thou hast not made them a consumption, nor hast forsaken them; for a God, gracious and merciful, 'art' Thou. 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; 33  and Thou 'art' righteous concerning all that hath come upon us, for truth Thou hast done, and we have done wickedly; 34  and 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; 35  and 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. 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, 37  and 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.

The People Covenant to Keep the Law

38  And 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.'

10 1  And over those sealed 'are' Nehemiah the Tirshatha, son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah, 2  Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3  Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah, 4  Huttush, Shebaniah, Malluch, 5  Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6  Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7  Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8  Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah; these 'are' the priests. 9  And the Levites: both Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel; 10  and their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11  Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12  Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13  Hodijah, Bani, Beninu. 14  Heads of the people: Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani, 15  Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, 16  Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, 17  Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur, 18  Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai, 19  Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai, 20  Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, 21  Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, 22  Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, 23  Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub, 24  Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek, 25  Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, 26  and Ahijah, Hanan, Anan, 27  Malluch, Harim, Baanah. 28  And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and every one who hath been separated from the peoples of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every knowing intelligent one, 29  are laying hold on their brethren, their honourable ones, and coming in to an execration, and in to an oath, to walk in the law of God, that was given by the hand of Moses, servant of God, and to observe and to do all the commands of Jehovah our Lord, and His judgments, and His statutes; 30  and that we give not our daughters to the peoples of the land, and their daughters we take not to our sons; 31  and the peoples of the land who are bringing in the wares and any corn on the sabbath-day to sell, we receive not of them on the sabbath, and on a holy day, and we leave the seventh year, and usury on every hand.

32  And we have appointed for ourselves commands, to put on ourselves the third of a shekel in a year, for the service of the house of our God, 33  for bread of the arrangement, and the continual present, and the continual burnt-offering of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for appointed seasons, and for holy things, and for sin-offerings, to make atonement for Israel, even all the work of the house of our God. 34  And the lots we have caused to fall for the offering of wood, 'among' the priests, the Levites, and the people, to bring in to the house of our God, by the house of our fathers, at times appointed, year by year, to burn on the altar of Jehovah our God, as it is written in the law, 35  and to bring in the first fruits of our ground, and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of Jehovah, 36  and the firstlings of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and our flocks, to bring in to the house of our God, to the priests who are ministering in the house of our God. 37  And the beginning of our dough, and our heave-offerings, and the fruit of every tree, of new wine, and of oil, we bring in to the priests, unto the chambers of the house of our God, and the tithe of our ground to the Levites; and they—the Levites—have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage; 38  and the priest, son of Aaron, hath been with the Levites in the tithing of the Levites, and the Levites bring up the tithe of the tithe to the house of our God unto the chambers, to the treasure-house; 39  for unto the chambers do they bring in—the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi—the heave-offering of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, and there 'are' vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests, those ministering, and the gatekeepers, and the singers, and we do not forsake the house of our God.

The Residents of Jerusalem

11 1  And the heads of the people dwell in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people have caused to fall lots to bring in one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts in the cities, 2  and the people give a blessing to all the men who are offering themselves willingly to dwell in Jerusalem. 3  And these 'are' heads of the province who have dwelt in Jerusalem, and in cities of Judah, they have dwelt each in his possession in their cities; Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinim, and the sons of the servants of Solomon. 4  And in Jerusalem have dwelt of the sons of Judah, and of the sons of Benjamin. Of the sons of Judah: Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalaleel, of the sons of Perez; 5  and Masseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-Hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, son of Shiloni; 6  all the sons of Perez who are dwelling in Jerusalem 'are' four hundred sixty and eight, men of valour. 7  And these 'are' sons of Benjamin: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Joed, son of Pedaiah, son of Kolaiah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ithiel, son of Jesaiah; 8  and after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight. 9  And Joel son of Zichri 'is' inspector over them, and Judah son of Senuah 'is' over the city—second. 10  Of the priests: Jedaiah son of Joiarib, Jachin, 11  Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, leader of the house of God, 12  and their brethren doing the work of the house 'are' eight hundred twenty and two; and Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malchiah, 13  and his brethren, heads of fathers, two hundred forty and two; and Amashsai son of Azareel, son of Ahazai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer, 14  and their brethren, mighty of valour, a hundred twenty and eight; and an inspector over them 'is' Zabdiel, son of 'one of' the great men. 15  And of the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hashub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni, 16  and Shabbethai, and Jozabad, 'are' over the outward work of the house of God, of the heads of the Levites, 17  and Mattaniah son of Micha, son of Zabdi, son of Asaph, 'is' head—at the commencement he giveth thanks in prayer; and Bakbukiah 'is' second among his brethren, and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun. 18  All the Levites, in the holy city, 'are' two hundred eighty and four. 19  And the gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren, those watching at the gates, 'are' a hundred seventy and two.

20  And the rest of Israel, of the priests, of the Levites, 'are' in all cities of Judah, each in his inheritance; 21  and the Nethinim are dwelling in Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa 'are' over the Nethinim. 22  And the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem 'is' Uzzi son of Bani, son of Hashabiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Micha: of the sons of Asaph, the singers 'are' over-against the work of the house of God, 23  for the command of the king 'is' upon them, and support 'is' for the singers, a matter of a day in its day. 24  And Pethahiah son of Meshezabeel, of the sons of Zerah, son of Judah, 'is' by the hand of the king, for every matter of the people.

The Settlement outside of Jerusalem

25  And at the villages with their fields, of the sons of Judah there have dwelt, in Kirjath-Arba and its small towns, and in Dibon and its small towns, and in Jekabzeel and its villages, 26  and in Jeshua, and in Moladah, and in Beth-Phelet, 27  and in Hazar-Shaul, and in Beer-Sheba and its small towns, 28  and in Ziklag, and in Mekonah and in its small towns, 29  and En-Rimmon, and in Zareah, and in Jarmuth, 30  Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its small towns; and they encamp from Beer-Sheba unto the valley of Hinnom. 31  And sons of Benjamin 'are' at Geba, Michmash, and Aija, and Beth-El, and its small towns, 32  Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33  Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34  Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35  Lod, and Ono, the valley of the artificers. 36  And of the Levites, the courses of Judah 'are' for Benjamin.

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