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ΛΟΓΟΙ Νεεμία υἱοῦ ᾿Αχαλία, καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν μηνὶ Χασελεῦ ἔτους εἰκοστοῦ καὶ ἐγὼ ἤμην ἐν Σουσὰν ἀβιρά,
2 καὶ ἦλθεν ᾿Ανανὶ εἷς ἀπὸ ἀδελφῶν μου, αὐτὸς καὶ ἄνδρες ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ ἠρώτησα αὐτοὺς περὶ τῶν σωθέντων, οἳ κατελείφθησαν ἀπὸ τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας καὶ περὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ,
3 καὶ εἴποσαν πρός με· οἱ καταλειπόμενοι οἱ καταλειφθέντες ἀπὸ τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας ἐκεῖ ἐν τῇ χώρᾳ ἐν πονηρίᾳ μεγάλῃ καὶ ἐν ὀνειδισμῷ, καὶ τείχη ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καθῃρημένα, καὶ αἱ πύλαι αὐτῆς ἐνεπρήσθησαν ἐν πυρί.
4 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἀκοῦσαί με τοὺς λόγους τούτους ἐκάθισα καὶ ἔκλαυσα καὶ ἐπένθησα ἡμέρας καὶ ἤμην νηστεύων καὶ προσευχόμενος ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ
5 καὶ εἶπα· μὴ δή, Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, ὁ ἰσχυρός, ὁ μέγας καὶ φοβερός, φυλάσσων τὴν διαθήκην καὶ τὸ ἔλεός σου τοῖς ἀγαπῶσιν αὐτὸν καὶ τοῖς φυλάσσουσι τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ·
6 ἔστω δὴ τὸ οὖς σου προσέχον καὶ οἱ ὀφθαλμοί σου ἀνεῳγμένοι τοῦ ἀκοῦσαι προσευχὴν τοῦ δούλου σου, ἣν ἐγὼ προσεύχομαι ἐνώπιόν σου σήμερον ἡμέραν καὶ νύκτα περὶ υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ δούλων σου. καὶ ἐξαγορεύσω ἐπὶ ἁμαρτίαις υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, ἃς ἡμάρτομέν σοι. καὶ ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ οἶκος πατρός μου ἡμάρτομεν·
7 διαλύσει διελύσαμεν πρός σε· καὶ οὐκ ἐφυλάξαμεν τὰς ἐντολὰς καὶ τὰ προστάγματα καὶ τὰ κρίματα, ἃ ἐνετείλω τῷ Μωυσῇ παιδί σου.
8 μνήσθητι δὴ τὸν λόγον, ὃν ἐνετείλω τῷ Μωυσῇ παιδί σου λέγων· ὑμεῖς ἐὰν ἀσυνθετήσητε, ἐγὼ διασκορπιῶ ὑμᾶς ἐν τοῖς λαοῖς·
9 καὶ ἐὰν ἐπιστρέψητε πρός με καὶ φυλάξητε τὰς ἐντολάς μου καὶ ποιήσητε αὐτάς, ἐὰν ᾖ ἡ διασπορὰ ὑμῶν ἀπ' ἄκρου τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, ἐκεῖθεν συνάξω αὐτοὺς καὶ εἰσάξω αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν τόπον, ὃν ἐξελεξάμην κατασκηνῶσαι τὸ ὄνομά μου ἐκεῖ.
10 καὶ αὐτοὶ παῖδές σου καὶ λαός σου, οὓς ἐλυτρώσω ἐν τῇ δυνάμει σου τῇ μεγάλῃ καὶ ἐν τῇ χειρί σου τῇ κραταιᾷ.
11 μὴ δή, Κύριε· ἀλλὰ ἔστω τὸ οὖς σου προσέχον εἰς τὴν προσευχὴν τοῦ δούλου σου καὶ εἰς τὴν προσευχὴν παίδων σου τῶν θελόντων φοβεῖσθαι τὸ ὄνομά σου· καὶ εὐόδωσον δὴ τῷ παιδί σου σήμερον καὶ δὸς αὐτὸν εἰς οἰκτιρμοὺς ἐνώπιον τοῦ ἀνδρὸς τούτου. καὶ ἐγὼ ἤμην οἰνοχόος τῷ βασιλεῖ.
ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ἐν μηνὶ Νισὰν ἔτους εἰκοστοῦ ᾿Αρθασασθὰ βασιλεῖ καὶ ἦν ὁ οἶνος ἐνώπιον ἐμοῦ, καὶ ἔλαβον τὸν οἶνον καὶ ἔδωκα τῷ βασιλεῖ, καὶ οὐκ ἦν ἕτερος ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ.
2 καὶ εἶπέ μοι ὁ βασιλεύς· διατί τὸ πρόσωπόν σου πονηρὸν καὶ οὐκ εἶ μετριάζων; καὶ οὐκ ἔστι τοῦτο, εἰ μὴ πονηρία καρδίας. καὶ ἐφοβήθην πολὺ σφόδρα,
3 καὶ εἶπα τῷ βασιλεῖ· ὁ βασιλεὺς εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα ζήτω· διατί οὐ μὴ γένηται πονηρὸν τὸ πρόσωπόν μου, διότι ἡ πόλις, οἶκος μνημείων πατέρων μου, ἠρημώθη καὶ αἱ πύλαι αὐτῆς κατεβρώθησαν ἐν πυρί;
4 καὶ εἶπέ μοι ὁ βασιλεύς· περὶ τίνος τοῦτο σὺ ζητεῖς; καὶ προσηυξάμην πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ
5 καὶ εἶπα τῷ βασιλεῖ· εἰ ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ἀγαθόν, καὶ εἰ ἀγαθυνθήσεται ὁ παῖς σου ἐνώπιόν σου ὥστε πέμψαι αὐτὸν ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ εἰς πόλιν μνημείων πατέρων μου, καὶ ἀνοικοδομήσω αὐτήν.
6 καὶ εἶπέ μοι ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ ἡ παλλακὴ ἡ καθημένη ἐχόμενα αὐτοῦ· ἕως πότε ἔσται ἡ πορεία σου καὶ πότε ἐπιστρέψεις; καὶ ἠγαθύνθη ἐνώπιον τοῦ βασιλέως, καὶ ἀπέστειλέ με, καὶ ἔδωκα αὐτῷ ὅρον,
7 καὶ εἶπα τῷ βασιλεῖ· εἰ ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ἀγαθόν, δότω μοι ἐπιστολὰς πρὸς τοὺς ἐπάρχους πέραν τοῦ ποταμοῦ ὥστε παραγαγεῖν με, ἕως ἔλθω ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν,
8 καὶ ἐπιστολὴν ἐπὶ ᾿Ασὰφ φύλακα τοῦ παραδείσου, ὅς ἐστι τῷ βασιλεῖ, ὥστε δοῦναί μοι ξύλα στεγάσαι τὰς πύλας καὶ εἰς τὸ τεῖχος τῆς πόλεως καὶ εἰς οἶκον, ὃν εἰσελεύσομαι εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ ἔδωκέ μοι ὁ βασιλεὺς ὡς χεὶρ Θεοῦ ἡ ἀγαθή.
9 καὶ ἦλθον πρὸς τοὺς ἐπάρχους πέραν τοῦ ποταμοῦ καὶ ἔδωκα αὐτοῖς τὰς ἐπιστολὰς τοῦ βασιλέως, καὶ ἀπέστειλε μετ' ἐμοῦ ὁ βασιλεὺς ἀρχηγοὺς δυνάμεως καὶ ἱππεῖς.
10 καὶ ἤκουσε Σαναβαλλὰτ ὁ ᾿Αρωνὶ καὶ Τωβία ὁ δοῦλος ᾿Αμμωνί, καὶ πονηρὸν αὐτοῖς ἐγένετο ὅτι ἥκει ὁ ἄνθρωπος ζητῆσαι ἀγαθὸν τοῖς υἱοῖς ᾿Ισραήλ.
11 Καὶ ἦλθον εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἤμην ἐκεῖ ἡμέρας τρεῖς.
12 καὶ ἀνέστην νυκτὸς ἐγὼ καὶ ἄνδρες ὀλίγοι μετ' ἐμοῦ· καὶ οὐκ ἀπήγγειλα ἀνθρώπῳ τί ὁ Θεὸς δίδωσιν εἰς καρδίαν μου τοῦ ποιῆσαι μετὰ τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ κτῆνος οὐκ ἔστι μετ' ἐμοῦ, εἰ μὴ τὸ κτῆνος, ᾧ ἐγὼ ἐπιβαίνω ἐπ' αὐτῷ.
13 καὶ ἐξῆλθον ἐν πύλῃ τοῦ Γωληλὰ καὶ πρὸς στόμα πηγῆς τῶν συκῶν καὶ εἰς πύλην τῆς κοπρίας καὶ ἤμην συντρίβων ἐν τῷ τείχει ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὃ αὐτοὶ καθαιροῦσι καὶ πύλαι αὐτῆς κατεβρώθησαν πυρί.
14 καὶ παρῆλθον ἐπὶ πύλην τοῦ ᾿Αΐν καὶ εἰς κολυμβήθραν τοῦ βασιλέως, καὶ οὐκ ἦν τόπος τῷ κτήνει παρελθεῖν ὑποκάτω μου.
15 καὶ ἤμην ἀναβαίνων ἐν τῷ τείχει χειμάρρου νυκτὸς καὶ ἤμην συντρίβων ἐν τῷ τείχει, καὶ ἤμην ἐν πύλῃ τῆς φάραγγος καὶ ἐπέστρεψα.
16 τότε οἱ φυλάσσοντες οὐκ ἔγνωσαν τί ἐπορεύθην καὶ τί ἐγὼ ποιῶ, καὶ τοῖς ᾿Ιουδαίοις καὶ τοῖς ἱερεῦσι καὶ τοῖς ἐντίμοις καὶ τοῖς στρατηγοῖς καὶ τοῖς καταλοίποις τοῖς ποιοῦσι τὰ ἔργα, ἕως τότε οὐκ ἀπήγγειλα.
17 καὶ εἶπα πρὸς αὐτούς· ὑμεῖς βλέπετε τὴν πονηρίαν ταύτην, ἐν ᾗ ἐσμεν ἐν αὐτῇ, πῶς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἔρημος καὶ αἱ πύλαι αὐτῆς ἐδόθησαν πυρί· δεῦτε καὶ διοικοδομήσωμεν τὸ τεῖχος ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ οὐκ ἐσόμεθα ἔτι ὄνειδος.
18 καὶ ἀπήγγειλα αὐτοῖς τὴν χεῖρα τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἥ ἐστιν ἀγαθὴ ἐπ' ἐμέ, καὶ τοὺς λόγους τοῦ βασιλέως, οὓς εἶπέ μοι, καὶ εἶπα· ἀναστῶμεν καὶ οἰκοδομήσωμεν. καὶ ἐκραταιώθησαν αἱ χεῖρες αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ ἀγαθόν.
19 καὶ ἤκουσε Σαναβαλλὰτ ὁ ᾿Αρωνὶ καὶ Τωβία ὁ δοῦλος ὁ ᾿Αμμωνὶ καὶ Γησὰμ ὁ ᾿Αραβὶ καὶ ἐξεγέλασαν ἡμᾶς καὶ ἦλθον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς καὶ εἶπαν· τί τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο, ὃ ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε; ᾖ ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ὑμεῖς ἀποστατεῖτε;
20 καὶ ἐπέστρεψα αὐτοῖς λόγον καὶ εἶπα αὐτοῖς· ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, αὐτὸς εὐοδώσει ἡμῖν, καὶ ἡμεῖς δοῦλοι αὐτοῦ καθαροί, καὶ οἰκοδομήσομεν· καὶ ὑμῖν οὐκ ἔστι μερὶς καὶ δικαιοσύνη καὶ μνημόσυνον ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
ΚΑΙ ἀνέστη ᾿Ελιασοὺβ ὁ ἱερεὺς ὁ μέγας καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτοῦ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν τὴν πύλην τὴν προβατικήν. αὐτοὶ ἡγίασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ ἕως πύργου τῶν ἑκατὸν ἡγίασαν ἕως πύργου ᾿Αναμεὴλ
2 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρας ἀνδρῶν υἱῶν ῾Ιεριχὼ καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρας υἱῶν Ζακχούρ, υἱοῦ ᾿Αμαρί.
3 καὶ τὴν πύλην τὴν ἰχθυηρὰν ᾠκοδόμησαν υἱοὶ ᾿Ασανά· αὐτοὶ ἐστέγασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς.
4 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχεν ἀπὸ Ραμὼθ υἱὸς Οὐρία, υἱοῦ ᾿Ακκώς. καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχε Μοσολλὰμ υἱὸς Βαραχίου υἱοῦ Μαζεβήλ, καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχε Σαδὼκ υἱὸς Βαανά.
5 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχοσαν οἱ Θεκωΐμ, καὶ ἀδωρηὲμ οὐκ εἰσήνεγκαν τράχηλον αὐτῶν εἰς δουλείαν αὐτῶν.
6 καὶ τὴν πύλην ᾿Ιασαναΐ ἐκράτησαν ᾿Ιωϊδὰ υἱὸς Φασὲκ καὶ Μεσουλὰμ υἱὸς Βασωδία· αὐτοὶ ἐστέγασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς.
7 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησαν Μαλτίας ὁ Γαβαωνίτης καὶ Εὐάρων ὁ Μηρωνωθίτης, ἄνδρες τῆς Γαβαὼν καὶ τῆς Μασφὰ ἕως θρόνου τοῦ ἄρχοντος τοῦ πέραν τοῦ ποταμοῦ,
8 καὶ παρ' αὐτὸν παρησφαλίσατο ᾿Οζιὴλ υἱὸς ᾿Αραχίου πυρωτῶν. καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησεν ᾿Ανανίας υἱὸς τοῦ Ρωκεΐμ, καὶ κατέλιπον ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἕως τοῦ τείχους τοῦ πλατέος.
9 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησε Ραφαΐα υἱὸς Σούρ, ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
10 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησεν ᾿Ιεδαΐα υἱὸς ᾿Ερωμὰφ καὶ κατέναντι οἰκίας αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησεν ᾿Αττοὺθ υἱὸς ᾿Ασαβανία.
11 καὶ δεύτερος ἐκράτησε Μελχίας υἱὸς ᾿Ηρὰμ καὶ ᾿Ασοὺβ υἱὸς Φαὰτ Μωὰβ καὶ ἕως πύργου τῶν θαννουρίμ.
12 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησε Σαλλοὺμ υἱὸς ᾿Αλλωῆς ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, αὐτὸς καὶ αἱ θυγατέρες αὐτοῦ.
13 τὴν πύλην τῆς φάραγγος ἐκράτησαν ᾿Ανοὺν καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες Ζανώ· αὐτοὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς καὶ χιλίους πήχεις ἐν τῷ τείχει ἕως τῆς πύλης τῆς κοπρίας.
14 καὶ τὴν πύλην τῆς κοπρίας ἐκράτησε Μελχία υἱὸς Ρηχὰβ ἄρχων περιχώρου Βηθακχαρίμ, αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐσκέπασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς.
15 τὴν δὲ πύλην τῆς πηγῆς ἠσφαλίσατο Σαλωμὼν υἱὸς Χολεζὲ ἄρχων μέρους τῆς Μασφά· αὐτὸς ἐξῳκοδόμησεν αὐτὴν καὶ ἐστέγασεν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησε τὰς θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς καὶ τὸ τεῖχος κολυμβήθρας τῶν κωδίων τῇ κουρᾷ τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἕως τῶν κλιμάκων τῶν καταβαινουσῶν ἀπὸ πόλεως Δαυίδ.
16 ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησε Νεεμίας υἱὸς ᾿Αζαβοὺχ ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Βηθσοὺρ ἕως κήπου τάφου Δαυὶδ καὶ ἕως τῆς κολυμβήθρας τῆς γεγονυίας καὶ ἕως Βηθαγγαρίμ.
17 ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησαν οἱ Λευῖται, Ραοὺμ υἱὸς Βανί. ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησεν ᾿Ασαβία ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Κεϊλὰ τῷ περιχώρῳ αὐτοῦ.
18 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησαν ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν Βενεΐ υἱὸς ᾿Ηναδὰδ ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Κεϊλά.
19 καὶ ἐκράτησαν ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ᾿Αζοὺρ υἱὸς ᾿Ιησοῦ, ἄρχων τοῦ Μασφαί, μέτρον δεύτερον πύργου ἀναβάσεως τῆς συναπτούσης τῆς γωνίας.
20 μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Βαροὺχ υἱὸς Ζαβοῦ μέτρον δεύτερον ἀπὸ τῆς γωνίας ἕως θύρας Βηθελιασοὺβ τοῦ ἱερέως τοῦ μεγάλου.
21 μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Μεραμὼθ υἱὸς Οὐρία, υἱοῦ ᾿Ακκώς, μέτρον δεύτερον ἀπὸ θύρας Βηθελιασοὺβ ἕως ἐκλείψεως Βηθελιασούβ.
22 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς ἄνδρες ᾿Εκχεχάρ.
23 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Βενιαμὶν καὶ ᾿Ασοὺβ κατέναντι οἴκου αὐτῶν. καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν ᾿Αζαρίας υἱὸς Μαασίου, υἱοῦ ᾿Ανανία ἐχόμενα οἴκου αὐτοῦ.
24 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Βανὶ υἱὸς ᾿Αδὰδ μέτρον δεύτερον ἀπὸ Βηθαζαρία ἕως τῆς γωνίας καὶ ἕως τῆς καμπῆς
25 Φαλὰχ υἱοῦ Εὐζαΐ ἐξεναντίας τῆς γωνίας, καὶ ὁ πύργος ὁ ἐξέχων ἐκ τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ βασιλέως ὁ ἀνώτερος ὁ τῆς αὐλῆς τῆς φυλακῆς. καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν Φαδαΐα υἱὸς Φόρος.
26 καὶ οἱ ναθινὶμ ἦσαν οἰκοῦντες ἐν τῷ ᾿Ωφὰλ ἕως κήπου πύλης τοῦ ὕδατος εἰς ἀνατολάς, καὶ ὁ πύργος ὁ ἐξέχων.
27 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησαν οἱ Θεκωΐμ μέτρον δεύτερον ἐξεναντίας τοῦ πύργου τοῦ μεγάλου τοῦ ἐξέχοντος καὶ ἕως τοῦ τείχους τοῦ ᾿Οφλά.
28 ἀνώτερον πύλης τῶν ἵππων ἐκράτησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς, ἀνὴρ ἐξεναντίας οἴκου ἑαυτοῦ.
29 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Σαδδοὺκ υἱὸς ᾿Εμμὴρ ἐξεναντίας οἴκου ἑαυτοῦ. καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Σαμαΐα υἱὸς Σεχενία φύλαξ τῆς πύλης τῆς ἀνατολῆς.
30 μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν ᾿Ανανία υἱὸς Σελεμία καὶ ᾿Ανὼμ υἱὸς Σελέφ, ὁ ἕκτος, μέτρον δεύτερον. μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Μεσουλὰμ υἱὸς Βαραχία ἐξεναντίας γαζοφυλακίου αὐτοῦ.
31 μετ' αὐτὸν ἐκράτησε Μελχία υἱὸς τοῦ Σαρεφὶ ἕως Βηθαναθινὶμ καὶ οἱ ροπωπῶλαι ἀπέναντι πύλης τοῦ Μαφεκὰδ καὶ ἕως ἀναβάσεως τῆς καμπῆς.
32 καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τῆς πύλης τῆς προβατικῆς ἐκράτησαν οἱ χαλκεῖς καὶ οἱ ροπωπῶλαι.
33 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἤκουσε Σαναβαλλὰτ ὅτι ἡμεῖς οἰκοδομοῦμεν τὸ τεῖχος, καὶ πονηρὸν αὐτῷ ἐφάνη, καὶ ὠργίσθη ἐπὶ πολὺ καὶ ἐξεγέλα ἐπὶ τοῖς ᾿Ιουδαίοις.
34 καὶ εἶπεν ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀδελφῶν αὐτοῦ· αὕτη ἡ δύναμις Σομόρων, ὅτι οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι οὗτοι οἰκοδομοῦσι τὴν ἑαυτῶν πόλιν; ἆρα θυσιάζουσιν; ἆρα δυνήσονται; καὶ σήμερον ἰάσονται τοὺς λίθους μετὰ τὸ χῶμα γενέσθαι γῆς καυθέντας;
35 καὶ Τωβίας ὁ ᾿Αμμανίτης ἐχόμενα αὐτοῦ ἦλθε καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτούς· μὴ θυσιάζουσιν ἢ φάγονται ἐπὶ τοῦ τόπου αὐτῶν; οὐχὶ ἀναβήσεται ἀλώπηξ καὶ καθελεῖ τὸ τεῖχος λίθων αὐτῶν;
36 ἄκουσον, ὀ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὅτι ἐγενήθημεν εἰς μυκτηρισμόν,
37 καὶ ἐπίστρεψον ὀνειδισμὸν αὐτῶν εἰς κεφαλὴν αὐτῶν καὶ δὸς αὐτοὺς εἰς μυκτηρισμὸν ἐν γῇ αἰχμαλωσίας καὶ μὴ καλύψῃς ἐπὶ ἀνομίαν.
ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσε Σαναβαλλὰτ καὶ Τωβία καὶ οἱ ῎Αραβες καὶ οἱ ᾿Αμμανῖται ὅτι ἀνέβη ἡ φυὴ τοῖς τείχεσιν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὅτι ἤρξαντο αἱ διασφαγαὶ ἀναφράσσεσθαι, καὶ πονηρὸν αὐτοῖς ἐφάνη σφόδρα·
2 καὶ συνήχθησαν πάντες ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ἐλθεῖν παρατάξασθαι ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ποιῆσαι αὐτὴν ἀφανῆ.
3 καὶ προσηυξάμεθα πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν καὶ ἐστήσαμεν προφύλακας ἐπ' αὐτοὺς ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτὸς ἀπὸ προσώπου αὐτῶν.
4 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιούδας· συνετρίβη ἡ ἰσχὺς τῶν ἐχθρῶν, καὶ ὁ χοῦς πολύς, καὶ ἡμεῖς οὐ δυνησόμεθα οἰκοδομεῖν ἐν τῷ τείχει.
5 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ θλίβοντες ἡμᾶς· οὐ γνώσονται καὶ οὐκ ὄψονται ἕως ὅτου ἔλθωμεν εἰς μέσον αὐτῶν καὶ φονεύσωμεν αὐτοὺς καὶ καταπαύσωμεν τὸ ἔργον.
6 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤλθοσαν οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι οἱ οἰκοῦντες ἐχόμενα αὐτῶν καὶ εἴποσαν ἡμῖν· ἀναβαίνουσιν ἐκ πάντων τῶν τόπων ἐφ' ἡμᾶς.
7 καὶ ἔστησα εἰς τὰ κατώτατα τοῦ τόπου κατόπισθεν τοῦ τείχους ἐν τοῖς σκεπεινοῖς καὶ ἔστησα τὸν λαὸν κατὰ δήμους μετὰ ρομφαιῶν αὐτῶν, λόγχας αὐτῶν καὶ τόξα αὐτῶν.
8 καὶ εἶδον καὶ ἀνέστην καὶ εἶπα πρὸς τοὺς ἐντίμους καὶ πρὸς τοὺς στρατηγοὺς καὶ πρὸς τοὺς καταλοίπους τοῦ λαοῦ· μὴ φοβηθῆτε ἀπὸ προσώπου αὐτῶν· μνήσθητε τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν τοῦ μεγάλου καὶ φοβεροῦ καὶ παρατάξασθε περὶ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ὑμῶν, υἱῶν ὑμῶν, θυγατέρων ὑμῶν, γυναικῶν ὑμῶν καὶ οἴκων ὑμῶν.
9 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἥκουσαν οἱ ἐχθροὶ ἡμῶν ὅτι ἐγνώσθη ἡμῖν καὶ διεσκέδασεν ὁ Θεὸς τὴν βουλὴν αὐτῶν, καὶ ἐπεστρέψαμεν πάντες ἡμεῖς εἰς τὸ τεῖχος, ἀνὴρ εἰς τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ.
10 καὶ ἐγένετο ἀπὸ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης ἥμισυ τῶν ἐκτετιναγμένων ἐποίουν τὸ ἔργον καὶ ἥμισυ αὐτῶν ἀντείχοντο, καὶ λόγχαι καὶ θυρεοὶ καὶ τόξα καὶ θώρακες καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες ὀπίσω παντὸς οἴκου ᾿Ιούδα
11 τῶν οἰκοδομούντων ἐν τῷ τείχει, καὶ οἱ αἴροντες ἐν τοῖς ἀρτῆρσιν ἐν ὅπλοις· ἐν μιᾷ χειρὶ ἐποίει αὐτοῦ τὸ ἔργον καὶ ἐν μιᾷ ἐκράτει τὴν βολίδα.
12 καὶ οἱ οἰκοδόμοι ἀνὴρ ρομφαίαν αὐτοῦ ἐζωσμένος ἐπὶ τὴν ὀσφὺν αὐτοῦ καὶ ᾠκοδομοῦσαν καὶ ὁ σαλπίζων ἐν τῇ κερατίνῃ ἐχόμενα αὐτοῦ.
13 καὶ εἶπα πρὸς τοὺς ἐντίμους καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἄρχοντας καὶ πρὸς τοὺς καταλοίπους τοῦ λαοῦ· τὸ ἔργον πλατὺ καὶ πολύ, καὶ ἡμεῖς σκορπιζόμεθα ἐπὶ τοῦ τείχους μακρὰν ἀνὴρ ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ αὐτοῦ.
14 ἐν τόπῳ, οὗ ἐὰν ἀκούσητε τὴν φωνὴν τῆς κερατίνης, ἐκεῖ συναχθήσεσθε πρὸς ἡμᾶς, καὶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν πολεμήσει περὶ ἡμῶν.
15 καὶ ἡμεῖς ποιοῦντες τὸ ἔργον, καὶ ἥμισυ αὐτῶν κρατοῦντες τὰς λόγχας ἀπὸ ἀναβάσεως τοῦ ὄρθρου ἕως ἐξόδου τῶν ἄστρων.
16 καὶ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ εἶπα τῷ λαῷ· ἕκαστος μετὰ τοῦ νεανίσκου αὐτοῦ αὐλίσθητε ἐν μέσῳ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ἔστω ὑμῖν ἡ νὺξ προφυλακὴ καὶ ἡ ἡμέρα ἔργον.
17 καὶ ἤμην ἐγὼ καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες τῆς προφυλακῆς ὀπίσω μου, καὶ οὐκ ἦν ἐξ ἡμῶν ἐκδιδυσκόμενος ἀνὴρ τά ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ.
ΚΑΙ ἡ κραυγὴ τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ γυναικῶν αὐτῶν μεγάλη πρὸς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτῶν τοὺς ᾿Ιουδαίους.
2 καὶ ἦσάν τινες λέγοντες· ἐν υἱοῖς ἡμῶν καὶ ἐν θυγατράσιν ἡμῶν ἡμεῖς πολλοί· καὶ ληψόμεθα σῖτον καὶ φαγόμεθα καὶ ζησόμεθα.
3 καὶ εἰσί τινες λέγοντες· ἀγροὶ ἡμῶν καὶ ἀμπελῶνες ἡμῶν καὶ οἰκίαι ἡμῶν, ἡμεῖς διεγγυῶμεν, καὶ ληψόμεθα σῖτον καὶ φαγόμεθα.
4 καὶ εἰσί τινες λέγοντες· ἐδανεισάμεθα ἀργύριον εἰς φόρους τοῦ βασιλέως, ἀγροὶ ἡμῶν καὶ ἀμπελῶνες ἡμῶν καὶ οἰκίαι ἡμῶν·
5 καὶ νῦν ὡς σὰρξ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν σὰρξ ἡμῶν, ὡς υἱοὶ αὐτῶν υἱοὶ ἡμῶν. καὶ ἰδοὺ ἡμεῖς καταδυναστεύομεν τοὺς υἱοὺς ἡμῶν καὶ τὰς θυγατέρας ἡμῶν εἰς δούλους, καί εἰσιν ἀπὸ θυγατέρων ἡμῶν καταδυναστευόμεναι, καὶ οὐκ ἔστι δύναμις χειρῶν ἡμῶν, καὶ ἀγροὶ ἡμῶν καὶ ἀμπελῶνες ἡμῶν τοῖς ἐντίμοις.
6 καὶ ἐλυπήθην σφόδρα, καθὼς ἤκουσα τὴν κραυγὴν αὐτῶν καὶ τοὺς λόγους τούτους.
7 καὶ ἐβουλεύσατο καρδία μου ἐπ' ἐμέ, καὶ ἐμαχεσάμην πρὸς τοὺς ἐντίμους καὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας καὶ εἶπα αὐτοῖς· ἀπαιτήσει ἀνὴρ τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ, ἃ ὑμεῖς ἀπαιτεῖτε. καὶ ἔδωκα ἐπ' αὐτοὺς ἐκκλησίαν μεγάλην
8 καὶ εἶπα αὐτοῖς· ἡμεῖς κεκτήμεθα τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ἡμῶν τοὺς ᾿Ιουδαίους τοὺς πωλουμένους τοῖς ἔθνεσιν ἐν ἑκουσίῳ ἡμῶν· καὶ ὑμεῖς πωλεῖτε τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὑμῶν καὶ παραδοθήσονται ἡμῖν; καὶ ἡσύχασαν καὶ οὐχ εὕροσαν λόγον.
9 καὶ εἶπα· οὐκ ἀγαθὸς ὁ λόγος, ὃν ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε· οὐχ οὕτως ἐν φόβῳ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν ἀπελεύσεσθε ἀπὸ ὀνειδισμοῦ τῶν ἐθνῶν τῶν ἐχθρῶν ἡμῶν.
10 καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοί μου καὶ οἱ γνωστοί μου καὶ ἐγὼ ἐθήκαμεν ἑαυτοῖς ἀργύριον καὶ σῖτον· ἐγκατελίπομεν δὴ τὴν ἀπαίτησιν ταύτην.
11 ἐπιστρέψατε δὴ αὐτοῖς ὡς σήμερον ἀγροὺς αὐτῶν καὶ ἀμπελῶνας αὐτῶν καὶ ἐλαιῶνας αὐτῶν καὶ οἰκίας αὐτῶν· καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀργυρίου τὸν σῖτον καὶ τὸν οἶνον καὶ τὸ ἔλαιον ἐξενέγκατε αὐτοῖς.
12 καὶ εἶπαν· ἀποδώσομεν, καὶ παρ' αὐτῶν οὐ ζητήσομεν, οὕτως ποιήσομεν καθὼς σὺ λέγεις· καὶ ἐκάλεσα τοὺς ἱερεῖς καὶ ὥρκισα αὐτοὺς ποιῆσαι ὡς τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο.
13 καὶ τὴν ἀναβολήν μου ἐξετίναξα καὶ εἶπα· οὕτως ἐκτινάξαι ὁ Θεὸς πάντα ἄνδρα, ὃς οὐ στήσει τὸν λόγον τοῦτον, ἐκ τοῦ οἴκου αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐκ κόπου αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔσται οὕτως ἐκτετιναγμένος καὶ κενός. καὶ εἶπε πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία· ἀμήν, καὶ ἤνεσαν τὸν Κύριον. καὶ ἐποίησεν ὁ λαὸς τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο.
14 ᾿Απὸ τῆς ἡμέρας, ἧς ἐνετείλατό μοι εἶναι εἰς ἄρχοντα αὐτῶν ἐν γῇ ᾿Ιούδα, ἀπὸ ἔτους εἰκοστοῦ καὶ ἕως ἔτους τριακοστοῦ καὶ δευτέρου τῷ ᾿Αρθασασθὰ ἔτη δώδεκα, ἐγὼ καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοί μου βίαν αὐτῶν οὐκ ἔφαγον.
15 καὶ τὰς βίας τὰς πρώτας, ἃς πρὸ ἐμοῦ ἐβάρυναν ἐπ' αὐτούς, καὶ ἐλάβοσαν παρ' αὐτῶν ἐν ἄρτοις καὶ ἐν οἴνῳ ἔσχατον ἀργύριον, δίδραχμα τεσσαράκοντα, καὶ οἱ ἐκτετιναγμένοι αὐτῶν ἐξουσιάζονται ἐπὶ τὸν λαόν· κἀγὼ οὐκ ἐποίησα οὕτως ἀπὸ προσώπου φόβου Θεοῦ.
16 καὶ ἐν ἔργῳ τοῦ τείχους τούτων οὐκ ἐκράτησα, ἀγρὸν οὐκ ἐκτησάμην, καὶ πάντες οἱ συνηγμένοι ἐκεῖ ἐπὶ τὸ ἔργον.
17 καὶ οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι, ἑκατὸν καὶ πεντήκοντα ἄνδρες, καὶ ἐρχόμενοι πρὸς ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τῶν ἐθνῶν τῶν κύκλῳ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ τράπεζάν μου.
18 καὶ ἦν γινόμενον εἰς ἡμέραν μίαν μόσχος εἷς καὶ πρόβατα ἓξ ἐκλεκτὰ καὶ χίμαρος ἐγίνοντό μοι καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον δέκα ἡμερῶν ἐν πᾶσιν οἶνος τῷ πλήθει· καὶ σὺν τούτοις ἄρτους τῆς βίας οὐκ ἐζήτησα, ὅτι βαρεῖα ἡ δουλεία ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν τοῦτον.
19 μνήσθητί μου, ὁ Θεός, εἰς ἀγαθὸν πάντα ὅσα ἐποίησα τῷ λαῷ τούτῳ.
ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο καθὼς ἠκούσθη τῷ Σαναβαλλὰτ καὶ Τωβίᾳ καὶ τῷ Γησὰμ τῷ ᾿Αραβὶ καὶ τοῖς καταλοίποις ἐχθρῶν ἡμῶν ὅτι ᾠκοδόμησα τὸ τεῖχος, καὶ οὐ κατελείφθη ἐν αὐτοῖς πνοή. ἕως τοῦ καιροῦ ἐκείνου θύρας οὐκ ἐπέστησα ἐν ταῖς πύλαις.
2 καὶ ἀπέστειλε Σαναβαλλὰτ καὶ Γησὰμ πρός με λέγων· δεῦρο καὶ συναχθῶμεν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ἐν ταῖς κώμαις ἐν πεδίῳ ᾿Ωνώ· καὶ αὐτοὶ λογιζόμενοι ποιῆσαί μοι πονηρίαν.
3 καὶ ἀπέστειλα ἐπ' αὐτοὺς ἀγγέλους λέγων· ἔργον μέγα ἐγὼ ποιῶ καὶ οὐ δυνήσομαι καταβῆναι, μή ποτε καταπαύσῃ τὸ ἔργον· ὡς ἂν τελειώσω αὐτό, καταβήσομαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς.
4 καὶ ἀπέστειλαν πρός με ὡς τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο, καὶ ἀπέστειλα αὐτοῖς κατὰ ταῦτα.
5 καὶ ἀπέστειλε πρός με Σαναβαλλὰτ τὸν παῖδα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπιστολὴν ἀνεῳγμένην ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ.
6 καὶ ἦν γεγραμμένον ἐν αὐτῇ· «᾿Εν ἔθνεσιν ἠκούσθη ὅτι σὺ καὶ οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι λογίζεσθε ἀποστατῆσαι, διὰ τοῦτο σὺ οἰκοδομεῖς τὸ τεῖχος, καὶ σὺ ἔσῃ αὐτοῖς εἰς βασιλέα·
7 καὶ πρὸς τούτοις προφήτας ἔστησας σεαυτῷ, ἵνα καθίσῃς ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ εἰς βασιλέα ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδα· καὶ νῦν ἀπαγγελήσονται τῷ βασιλεῖ οἱ λόγοι οὗτοι· καὶ νῦν δεῦρο βουλευσώμεθα ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό.
8 καὶ ἀπέστειλα πρὸς αὐτὸν λέγων· οὐκ ἐγενήθη ὡς οἱ λόγοι οὗτοι, ὡς σὺ λέγεις, ὅτι ἀπὸ καρδίας σου σὺ ψεύδῃ αὐτούς.
9 ὅτι πάντες φοβερίζουσιν ἡμᾶς λέγοντες· ἐκλυθήσονται αἱ χεῖρες αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τοῦ ἔργου τούτου, καὶ οὐ ποιηθήσεται· καὶ νῦν ἐκραταίωσα τὰς χεῖράς μου».
10 Κἀγὼ εἰσῆλθον εἰς οἶκον Σεμεΐ υἱοῦ Δαλαΐα, υἱοῦ Μεταβεήλ —καὶ αὐτὸς συνεχόμενος— καὶ εἶπε· συναχθῶμεν εἰς οἶκον τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν μέσῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ κλείσωμεν τὰς θύρας αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἔρχονται νυκτὸς φονεῦσαί σε.
11 καὶ εἶπα· τίς ἐστιν ὁ ἀνήρ, ὃς εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὸν οἶκον καὶ ζήσεται;
12 καὶ ἐπέγνων καὶ ἰδοὺ ὁ Θεὸς οὐκ ἀπέστειλεν αὐτόν, ὅτι ἡ προφητεία λόγος κατ' ἐμοῦ, καὶ Τωβίας καὶ Σαναβαλλὰτ ἐμισθώσαντο
13 ἐπ' ἐμὲ ὄχλον, ὅπως φοβηθῶ καὶ ποιήσω οὕτως καὶ ἁμάρτω καὶ γένωμαι αὐτοῖς εἰς ὄνομα πονηρόν, ὅπως ὀνειδίσωσί με.
14 μνήσθητι, ὁ Θεός, Τωβία καὶ Σαναβαλλάτ, ὡς τὰ ποιήματα αὐτοῦ ταῦτα, καὶ τῷ Νωαδίᾳ τῷ προφήτῃ καὶ τοῖς καταλοίποις τῶν προφητῶν, οἳ ἦσαν φοβερίζοντές με.
15 Καὶ ἐτελέσθη τὸ τεῖχος πέμπτῃ καὶ εἰκάδι τοῦ ᾿Ελοὺλ μηνὸς εἰς πεντήκοντα καὶ δύο ἡμέρας.
16 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἤκουσαν πάντες οἱ ἐχθροὶ ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν πάντα τὰ ἔθνη τὰ κύκλῳ ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐπέπεσε φόβος σφόδρα ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς αὐτῶν, καὶ ἔγνωσαν ὅτι παρὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν ἐγενήθη τελειωθῆναι τὸ ἔργον τοῦτο.
17 καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἀπὸ πολλῶν ἐντίμων ᾿Ιούδα ἐπιστολαὶ ἐπορεύοντο πρὸς Τωβίαν, καὶ αἱ Τωβία ἤρχοντο πρὸς αὐτούς,
18 ὅτι πολλοὶ ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ ἔνορκοι ἦσαν αὐτῷ, ὅτι γαμβρὸς ἦν τοῦ Σεχενία υἱοῦ ῾Ηραέ, καὶ ᾿Ιωνὰν υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἔλαβε τὴν θυγατέρα Μεσουλὰμ υἱοῦ Βαραχία εἰς γυναῖκα.
19 καὶ τοὺς λόγους αὐτοῦ ἦσαν λέγοντες πρός με καὶ λόγους μου ἦσαν ἐκφέροντες αὐτῷ, καὶ ἐπιστολὰς ἀπέστειλε Τωβίας φοβερίσαι με.
ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ᾠκοδομήθη τὸ τεῖχος, καὶ ἔστησα τάς θύρας, καὶ ἐπεσκέπησαν οἱ πυλωροὶ καὶ οἱ ἄδοντες καὶ οἱ Λευῖται.
2 καὶ ἐνετειλάμην τῷ ᾿Ανανίᾳ ἀδελφῷ μου καὶ τῷ ᾿Ανανίᾳ ἄρχοντι τῆς βιρὰ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὅτι αὐτὸς ὡς ἀνὴρ ἀληθὴς καὶ φοβούμενος τὸν Θεὸν παρὰ πολλούς,
3 καὶ εἶπα αὐτοῖς· οὐκ ἀνοιγήσονται πύλαι ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἕως ἅμα τῷ ἡλίῳ, καὶ ἔτι αὐτῶν γρηγορούντων κλειέσθωσαν αἱ θύραι καὶ σφηνούσθωσαν· καὶ στῆσον προφύλακας οἰκούντων ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ἀνὴρ ἐν προφυλακῇ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνὴρ ἀπέναντι οἰκίας αὐτοῦ.
4 Καὶ ἡ πόλις πλατεῖα καὶ μεγάλη, καὶ ὁ λαὸς ὀλίγος ἐν αὐτῇ, καὶ οὐκ ἦσαν οἰκίαι ᾠκοδομημέναι.
5 καὶ ἔδωκεν ὁ Θεὸς εἰς τὴν καρδίαν μου καὶ συνῆξα τοὺς ἐντίμους καὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας καὶ τὸν λαὸν εἰς συνοδίας· καὶ εὗρον βιβλίον τῆς συνοδίας, οἳ ἀνέβησαν ἐν πρώτοις, καὶ εὗρον γεγραμμένον ἐν αὐτῷ.
6 καὶ οὗτοι υἱοὶ τῆς χώρας οἱ ἀναβάντες ἀπὸ αἰχμαλωσίας τῆς ἀποικίας, ἧς ἀπῴκισε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεὺς Βαβυλῶνος καὶ ἐπέστρεψαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ εἰς ᾿Ιούδα ἀνὴρ εἰς τὴν πόλιν αὐτοῦ
7 μετὰ Ζοροβάβελ καὶ ᾿Ιησοῦ καὶ Νεεμία ᾿Αζαρία καὶ Ρεελμὰ Ναεμανί, Μαρδοχαῖος, Βαλσάν, Μασφαράθ, ῎Εσδρα, Βογουΐα, ᾿Ιναούμ, Βαανά, Μασφάρ, ἄνδρες λαοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ·
8 υἱοὶ Φόρος δισχίλιοι ἑκατὸν ἑβδομηκονταδύο·
9 υἱοὶ Σαφατία τριακόσιοι ἑβδομηκονταδύο·
10 υἱοὶ ᾿Ηρὰ ἑξακόσιοι πεντηκονταδύο·
11 υἱοὶ Φαὰθ Μωὰβ τοῖς υἱοῖς ᾿Ιησοῦ καὶ ᾿Ιωὰβ δισχίλιοι ἑξακόσιοι δεκαοκτώ·
12 υἱοὶ Αἰλὰμ χίλιοι διακόσιοι πεντηκοντατέσσαρες·
13 υἱοὶ Ζαθουΐα ὀκτακόσιοι τεσσαρακονταπέντε·
14 υἱοὶ Ζακχοῦ ἑπτακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα·
15 υἱοὶ Βανουΐ ἑξακόσιοι τεσσαρακονταοκτώ·
16 υἱοὶ Βηβὶ ἑξακόσιοι εἰκοσιοκτώ·
17 υἱοὶ ᾿Ασγὰδ δισχίλιοι τριακόσιοι εἰκοσιδύο·
18 υἱοὶ ᾿Αδωνικὰμ ἑξακόσιοι ἑξηκονταεπτά·
19 υἱοὶ Βαγοΐ δισχίλιοι ἑξηκονταεπτά·
20 υἱοὶ ᾿Ηδὶν ἑξακόσιοι πεντηκονταπέντε·
21 υἱοὶ ᾿Ατὴρ τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ ἐνενηκονταοκτώ·
22 υἱοὶ ᾿Ησὰμ τριακόσιοι εἰκοσιοκτώ·
23 υἱοὶ Βεσεΐ τριακόσιοι εἰκοσιτέσσαρες·
24 υἱοὶ ᾿Αρὶφ ἑκατὸν δώδεκα· υἱοὶ ᾿Ασὲν διακόσιοι εἰκοσιτρεῖς·
25 υἱοὶ Γαβαὼν ἐνενηκονταπέντε·
26 υἱοὶ Βαιθαλὲμ ἑκατὸν εἰκοσιτρεῖς· υἱοὶ ᾿Ατωφὰ πεντηκονταέξ·
27 υἱοὶ ᾿Αναθὼθ ἑκατὸν εἰκοσιοκτώ·
28 ἄνδρες Βηθασμὼθ τεσσαρακονταδύο·
29 ἄνδρες Καριαθαρίμ, Καφιρὰ καὶ Βηρὼθ ἑπτακόσιοι τεσσαρακοντατρεῖς·
30 ἄνδρες ᾿Αραμὰ καὶ Γαβαὰ ἑξακόσιοι εἴκοσιν·
31 ἄνδρες Μαχεμὰς ἑκατὸν εἰκοσιδύο·
32 ἄνδρες Βαιθὴλ καὶ ᾿Αΐ ἑκατὸν εἰκοσιτρεῖς·
33 ἄνδρες Ναβία ἑκατὸν πεντηκονταδύο·
34 ἄνδρες ᾿Ηλαμαὰρ χίλιοι διακόσιοι πεντηκονταδύο·
35 υἱοὶ ᾿Ηρὰμ τριακόσιοι εἴκοσι·
36 υἱοὶ ᾿Ιεριχὼ τριακόσιοι τεσσαρακονταπέντε·
37 υἱοὶ Λοδαδὶδ καὶ ᾿Ωνὼ ἑπτακόσιοι εἰκοσιεῖς·
38 υἱοὶ Σανανὰ τρισχίλιοι ἐνακόσιοι τριάκοντα·
39 οἱ ἱερεῖς, υἱοὶ ᾿Ιωδαὲ εἰς οἶκον ᾿Ιησοῦ ἐνακόσιοι ἑβδομηκοντατρεῖς·
40 υἱοὶ ᾿Εμμὴρ χίλιοι πεντηκονταδύο·
41 υἱοὶ Φασεοὺρ χίλιοι διακόσιοι τεσσαρακονταεπτά·
42 υἱοὶ ᾿Ηρὰμ χίλιοι δεκαεπτά·
43 οἱ Λευῖται, υἱοὶ ᾿Ιησοῦ τοῦ Καδμιὴλ τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ Οὐδουΐα ἑβδομηκοντατέσσαρες·
44 οἱ ἄδοντες, υἱοὶ ᾿Ασὰφ ἑκατὸν τεσσαρακονταοκτώ·
45 οἱ πυλωροί, υἱοὶ Σαλούμ, υἱοὶ ᾿Ατήρ, υἱοὶ Τελμών, υἱοὶ ᾿Ακούβ, υἱοὶ ᾿Ατιτά, υἱοὶ Σαβί, ἑκατὸν τριακονταοκτώ·
46 οἱναθινίμ, υἱοὶ Σηά, υἱοὶ ᾿Ασφά, υἱοὶ Ταβαώθ,
47 υἱοὶ Κιράς, υἱοὶ ᾿Ασουΐα, υἱοὶ Φαδών,
48 υἱοὶ Λαβανά, υἱοὶ ᾿Αγαβά, υἱοὶ Σελμεΐ,
49 υἱοὶ ᾿Ανάν, υἱοὶ Γαδήλ, υἱοὶ Γαάρ,
50 υἱοὶ Ρααΐα, υἱοὶ Ρασσών, υἱοὶ Νεκωδά,
51 υἱοὶ Γηζάμ, υἱοὶ ᾿Οζί, υἱοὶ Φεσή,
52 υἱοὶ Βησί, υἱοὶ Μεϊνών, υἱοὶ Νεφωσασί,
53 υἱοὶ Βακβούκ, υἱοὶ ᾿Αχιφά, υἱοὶ ᾿Αρούρ,
54 υἱοὶ Βασαλώθ, υἱοὶ Μιδά, υἱοὶ ᾿Αδασάν,
55 υἱοὶ Βαρκουέ, υἱοὶ Σισαράθ, υἱοὶ Θημά,
56 υἱοὶ Νισιά, υἱοὶ ᾿Ατιφά,
57 υἱοὶ δούλων Σαλωμών, υἱοὶ Σουτεΐ, υἱοὶ Σαφαράτ, υἱοὶ Φεριδά,
58 υἱοὶ ᾿Ιελήλ, υἱοὶ Δορκών, υἱοὶ Γαδαήλ,
59 υἱοὶ Σαφατία, υἱοὶ ᾿Εττήλ, υἱοὶ Φακαράθ, υἱοὶ Σαβαΐμ, υἱοὶ ᾿Ημίμ·
60 πάντες οἱ ναθινίμ, καὶ υἱοὶ δούλων Σαλωμών, τριακόσιοι ἐνενηκονταδύο.
61 καὶ οὗτοι ἀνέβησαν ἀπὸ Θελμελέθ, Θελαρησά, Χαρούβ, ᾿Ηρών, ᾿Ιεμὴρ καὶ οὐκ ἐδυνάσθησαν ἀπαγγεῖλαι οἴκους πατριῶν αὐτῶν καὶ σπέρμα αὐτῶν εἰ ἀπὸ ᾿Ισραήλ εἰσιν·
62 υἱοὶ Δαλαία, υἱοὶ Τωβία, υἱοὶ Νεκωδά, ἑξακόσιοι τεσσαρακονταδύο·
63 καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν ἱερέων υἱοὶ ᾿Εβία, υἱοὶ ᾿Ακώς, υἱοὶ Βερζελλί, ὅτι ἔλαβον ἀπὸ θυγατέρων Βερζελλὶ τοῦ Γαλααδίτου γυναῖκας καὶ ἐκλήθησαν ἐπ' ὀνόματι αὐτῶν·
64 οὗτοι ἐζήτησαν γραφὴν αὐτῶν τῆς συνοδίας, καὶ οὐχ εὑρέθη, καὶ ἠγχιστεύθησαν ἀπὸ τῆς ἱερατείας,
65 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Αθερσασθά, ἵνα μὴ φάγωσιν ἀπὸ τοῦ ἁγίου τῶν ἁγίων, ἕως ἀναστῇ ἱερεὺς φωτίσων.
66 καὶ ἐγένετο πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία ὡσεὶ τέσσαρες μυριάδες δισχίλιοι τριακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα,
67 πάρεξ δούλων αὐτῶν καὶ παιδισκῶν αὐτῶν, οὗτοι ἑπτακισχίλιοι τριακόσιοι τριακονταεπτά· καὶ ᾄδοντες καὶ ᾄδουσαι διακόσιοι τεσσαρακονταπέντε·
69 ὄνοι δισχίλιοι ἑπτακόσιοι.
70 καὶ ἀπὸ μέρους ἀρχηγῶν τῶν πατριῶν ἔδωκαν εἰς τὸ ἔργον τῷ Νεεμίᾳ εἰς θησαυρὸν χρυσοῦς χιλίους, φιάλας πεντήκοντα καὶ χωθωνὼθ τῶν ἱερέων τριάκοντα.
71 καὶ ἀπὸ ἀρχηγῶν τῶν πατριῶν ἔδωκαν εἰς θησαυροὺς τοῦ ἔργου χρυσοῦ νομίσματος δύο μυριάδας καὶ ἀργυρίου μνᾶς δισχιλίας τριακοσίας, καὶ ἔδωκαν οἱ κατάλοιποι τοῦ λαοῦ χρυσίου δύο μυριάδας καὶ ἀργυρίου μνᾶς δισχιλίας διακοσίας καὶ χωθωνὼθ τῶν ἱερέων ἑξηκονταεπτά.
72 καί ἐκάθισαν οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ Λευῖται καὶ οἱ πυλωροὶ καὶ οἱ ᾄδοντες καὶ οἱ ἀπὸ τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ οἱ ναθινὶμ καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν πόλεσιν αὐτῶν.
ΚΑΙ ἔφθασεν ὁ μὴν ὁ ἕβδομος -καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν πόλεσιν αὐτῶν- καὶ συνήχθησαν πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ὡς ἀνὴρ εἷς εἰς τὸ πλάτος τὸ ἔμπροσθεν πύλης τοῦ ὕδατος. καὶ εἶπαν τῷ ῎Εσδρᾳ τῷ γραμματεῖ ἐνέγκαι τὸ βιβλίον νόμου Μωυσῆ, ὃν ἐνετείλατο Κύριος τῷ ᾿Ισραήλ.
2 καὶ ἤνεγκεν ῎Εσδρας ὁ ἱερεὺς τὸν νόμον ἐνώπιον τῆς ἐκκλησίας ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἕως γυναικὸς καὶ πᾶς ὁ συνίων ἀκούειν ἐν ἡμέρᾳ μιᾷ τοῦ μηνὸς τοῦ ἑβδόμου
3 καὶ ἀνέγνω ἐν αὐτῷ ἀπὸ τῆς ὥρας τοῦ διαφωτίσαι τὸν ἥλιον ἕως ἡμίσους τῆς ἡμέρας ἀπέναντι τῶν ἀνδρῶν καὶ τῶν γυναικῶν, καὶ αὐτοὶ συνιέντες, καὶ ὦτα παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ εἰς τὸ βιβλίον τοῦ νόμου.
4 καὶ ἔστη ῎Εσδρας ὁ γραμματεὺς ἐπὶ βήματος ξυλίνου, καὶ ἔστησαν ἐχόμενα αὐτοῦ Ματταθίας καὶ Σαμαΐας καὶ ᾿Ανανίας καὶ Οὐρίας καὶ Χελκία καὶ Μαασία ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐξ ἀριστερῶν Φαδαΐας καὶ Μισαὴλ καὶ Μελχίας καὶ ᾿Ασὼμ καὶ ᾿Ασαβαδμὰ καὶ Ζαχαρίας καὶ Μεσολλάμ.
5 καὶ ἤνοιξεν ῎Εσδρας τὸ βιβλίον ἐνώπιον παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ, ὅτι αὐτὸς ἦν ἐπάνω τοῦ λαοῦ -καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἤνοιξεν αὐτό, ἔστη πᾶς ὁ λαός-
6 καὶ ηὐλόγησεν ῎Εσδρας Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν τὸν μέγαν, καὶ ἀπεκρίθη πᾶς ὁ λαὸς καὶ εἶπαν· ἀμήν, ἐπάραντες τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν, καὶ ἔκυψαν καὶ προσεκύνησαν τῷ Κυρίῳ ἐπὶ πρόσωπον ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν.
7 καὶ ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ Βαναΐας καὶ Σαραβίας ἦσαν συνετίζοντες τὸν λαὸν εἰς τὸν νόμον· καὶ ὁ λαὸς ἐν τῇ στάσει αὐτοῦ.
8 καὶ ἀνέγνωσαν ἐν βιβλίῳ νόμου τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ ἐδίδασκεν ῎Εσδρας καὶ διέστελλεν ἐν ἐπιστήμῃ Κυρίου, καὶ συνῆκεν ὁ λαὸς ἐν τῇ ἀναγνώσει.
9 καὶ εἶπε Νεεμίας καὶ ῎Εσδρας ὁ ἱερεὺς καὶ γραμματεὺς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται καὶ οἱ συνετίζοντες τὸν λαὸν καὶ εἶπαν παντὶ τῷ λαῷ· ἡμέρα ἁγία ἐστὶ τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, μὴ πενθεῖτε μηδὲ κλαίετε· ὅτι ἔκλαιε πᾶς ὁ λαός, ὡς ἤκουσαν τοὺς λόγους τοῦ νόμου.
10 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορεύεσθε φάγετε λιπάσματα καὶ πίετε γλυκάσματα καὶ ἀποστείλατε μερίδας τοῖς μὴ ἔχουσιν· ὅτι ἁγία ἐστὶν ἡ ἡμέρα τῷ Κυρίῳ ἡμῶν· καὶ μὴ διαπέσητε, ὅτι ἐστὶ Κύριος ἰσχὺς ἡμῶν.
11 καὶ οἱ Λευῖται κατεσιώπων πάντα τὸν λαὸν λέγοντες· σιωπᾶτε, ὅτι ἡμέρα ἁγία, καὶ μὴ καταπίπτετε.
12 καὶ ἀπῆλθε πᾶς ὁ λαὸς φαγεῖν καὶ πιεῖν καὶ ἀποστέλλειν μερίδας καὶ ποιῆσαι εὐφροσύνην μεγάλην, ὅτι συνῆκαν ἐν τοῖς λόγοις οἷς ἐγνώρισεν αὐτοῖς.
13 Καὶ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ δευτέρᾳ συνήχθησαν οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν πατριῶν σὺν τῷ παντὶ λαῷ, οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται πρὸς ῎Εσδραν τὸν γραμματέα ἐπιστῆσαι πρὸς πάντας τοὺς λόγους τοῦ νόμου.
14 καὶ εὕροσαν γεγραμμένον ἐν τῷ νόμῳ, ᾧ ἐνετείλατο Κύριος τῷ Μωυσῇ, ὅπως κατοικήσωσιν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν σκηναῖς ἐν ἑορτῇ ἐν μηνὶ τῷ ἑβδόμῳ,
15 καὶ ὅπως σημάνωσι σάλπιγξιν ἐν πάσαις ταῖς πόλεσιν αὐτῶν καὶ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. καὶ εἶπεν ῎Εσδρας· ἐξέλθετε εἰς τὸ ὄρος, καὶ ἐνέγκατε φύλλα ἐλαίας καὶ φύλλα ξύλων κυπαρισσίνων καὶ φύλλα μυρσίνης καὶ φύλλα φοινίκων καὶ φύλλα ξύλου δασέος ποιῆσαι σκηνὰς κατὰ τὸ γεγραμμένον.
16 καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ὁ λαὸς καὶ ἤνεγκαν καὶ ἐποίησαν ἑαυτοῖς σκηνὰς ἀνὴρ ἐπὶ τοῦ δώματος αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν ταῖς αὐλαῖς αὐτῶν καὶ ἐν ταῖς αὐλαῖς οἴκου τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ ἐν πλατείαις τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἕως πύλης ᾿Εφραίμ.
17 καὶ ἐποίησαν πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία, οἱ ἐπιστρέψαντες ἀπὸ τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας, σκηνὰς καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐν σκηναῖς· ὅτι οὐκ ἐποίησαν ἀπὸ ἡμερῶν ᾿Ιησοῦ υἱοῦ Ναυῆ οὕτως οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης· καὶ ἐγένετο εὐφροσύνη μεγάλη.
18 καὶ ἀνέγνω ἐν βιβλίῳ νόμου τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμέραν ἐν ἡμέρᾳ ἀπὸ τῆς ἡμέρας τῆς πρώτης ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας τῆς ἐσχάτης· καὶ ἐποίησαν ἑορτὴν ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας, καὶ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ ὀγδόῃ ἐξόδιον κατὰ τὸ κρίμα.
ΚΑΙ ἐν ἡμέρᾳ εἰκοστῇ καὶ τετάρτῃ τοῦ μηνὸς τούτου συνήχθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν νηστείᾳ καὶ ἐν σάκκοις καὶ σποδῷ ἐπὶ κεφαλῆς αὐτῶν.
2 καὶ ἐχωρίσθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ παντὸς υἱοῦ ἀλλοτρίου καὶ ἔστησαν καὶ ἐξηγόρευσαν τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν καὶ τὰς ἀνομίας τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν.
3 καὶ ἔστησαν ἐπὶ τῇ στάσει αὐτῶν καὶ ἀνέγνωσαν ἐν βιβλίῳ νόμου Κυρίου Θεοῦ αὐτῶν καὶ ἦσαν ἐξαγορεύοντες τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ προσκυνοῦντες τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ αὐτῶν.
4 καὶ ἔστη ἐπὶ ἀναβάσει τῶν Λευιτῶν ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ Καδμιήλ, Σεχενία υἱὸς Σαραβία, υἱοὶ Χωνενὶ καὶ ἐβόησαν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ πρὸς Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν αὐτῶν.
5 καὶ εἴποσαν οἱ Λευῖται ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ Καδμιήλ· ἀνάστητε, εὐλογεῖτε Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν ἀπὸ τοῦ αἰῶνος καὶ ἕως τοῦ αἰῶνος· καὶ εὐλογήσουσιν ὄνομα δόξης σου καὶ ὑψώσουσιν ἐπὶ πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ καὶ αἰνέσει.
6 καὶ εἶπεν ῎Εσδρας· σὺ εἶ αὐτὸς Κύριος μόνος, σὺ ἐποίησας τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὸν οὐρανὸν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν στάσιν αὐτῶν, τὴν γῆν καὶ πάντα, ὅσα ἐστὶν ἐν αὐτῇ, τὰς θαλάσσας καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐν αὐταῖς, καὶ σὺ ζωοποιεῖς τὰ πάντα, καὶ σοὶ προσκυνοῦσιν αἱ στρατιαὶ τῶν οὐρανῶν.
7 σὺ εἶ Κύριος ὁ Θεός· σὺ ἐξελέξω ἐν ῞Αβραμ καὶ ἐξήγαγες αὐτὸν ἐκ τῆς χώρας τῶν Χαλδαίων καὶ ἐπέθηκας αὐτῷ ὄνομα ῾Αβραάμ·
8 καὶ εὗρες τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ πιστὴν ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ διέθου πρὸς αὐτὸν διαθήκην δοῦναι αὐτῷ τὴν γῆν τῶν Χαναναίων καὶ Χετταίων καὶ ᾿Αμορραίων καὶ Φερεζαίων καὶ ᾿Ιεβουσαίων καὶ Γεργεσαίων καὶ τῷ σπέρματι αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἔστησας τοὺς λόγους σου, ὅτι δίκαιος σύ.
9 καὶ εἶδες τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ καὶ τὴν κραυγὴν αὐτῶν ἤκουσας ἐπὶ θάλασσαν ἐρυθράν.
10 καὶ ἔδωκας σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ ἐν Φαραὼ καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς παισὶν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν παντὶ τῷ λαῷ τῆς γῆς αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἔγνως ὅτι ὑπερηφάνησαν ἐπ' αὐτούς, καὶ ἐποίησας σεαυτῷ ὄνομα ὡς ἡ ἡμέρα αὕτη.
11 καὶ τὴν θάλασσαν ἔρρηξας ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν, καὶ παρήλθοσαν ἐν μέσῳ τῆς θαλάσσης ἐν ξηρασίᾳ, καὶ τοὺς καταδιώξοντας αὐτοὺς ἔρριψας εἰς βυθὸν ὡσεὶ λίθον ἐν ὕδατι σφοδρῷ.
12 καὶ ἐν στύλῳ νεφέλης ὡδήγησας αὐτοὺς ἡμέρας καὶ ἐν στύλῳ πυρὸς τὴν νύκτα τοῦ φωτίσαι αὐτοῖς τὴν ὁδόν, ἐν ᾗ πορεύσονται ἐν αὐτῇ.
13 καὶ ἐπὶ ὄρος Σινὰ κατέβης καὶ ἐλάλησας πρὸς αὐτοὺς ἐξ οὐρανοῦ καὶ ἔδωκας αὐτοῖς κρίματα εὐθέα καὶ νόμους ἀληθείας, προστάγματα καὶ ἐντολὰς ἀγαθάς·
14 καὶ τὸ σάββατόν σου τὸ ἅγιον ἐγνώρισας αὐτοῖς, ἐντολὰς καὶ προστάγματα καὶ νόμον ἐνετείλω αὐτοῖς ἐν χειρὶ Μωυσῆ δούλου σου.
15 καὶ ἄρτον ἐξ οὐρανοῦ ἔδωκας αὐτοῖς εἰς σιτοδοτίαν αὐτῶν καὶ ὕδωρ ἐκ πέτρας ἐξήνεγκας αὐτοῖς εἰς δίψαν αὐτῶν. καὶ εἶπας αὐτοῖς εἰσελθεῖν κληρονομῆσαι τὴν γῆν, ἐφ' ἣν ἐξέτεινας τὴν χεῖρά σου δοῦναι αὐτοῖς.
16 καὶ αὐτοὶ καὶ οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν ὑπερηφανεύσαντο καὶ ἐσκλήρυναν τὸν τράχηλον αὐτῶν καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσαν τῶν ἐντολῶν σου·
17 καὶ ἀνένευσαν τοῦ εἰσακοῦσαι καὶ οὐκ ἐμνήσθησαν τῶν θαυμασίων σου, ὧν ἐποίησας μετ' αὐτῶν καὶ ἐσκλήρυναν τὸν τράχηλον αὐτῶν καὶ ἔδωκαν ἀρχὴν ἐπιστρέψαι εἰς δουλείαν αὐτῶν ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ. καὶ σὺ ὁ Θεὸς ἐλεήμων καὶ οἰκτίρμων, μακρόθυμος καὶ πολυέλεος, καὶ οὐκ ἐγκατέλιπες αὐτούς.
18 ἔτι δὲ καὶ ἐποίησαν ἑαυτοῖς μόσχον χωνευτὸν καὶ εἶπαν· οὗτοι οἱ θεοὶ οἱ ἐξαγαγόντες ἡμᾶς ἐξ Αἰγύπτου· καὶ ἐποίησαν παροργισμοὺς μεγάλους.
19 καὶ σὺ ἐν οἰκτιρμοῖς σου τοῖς πολλοῖς οὐκ ἐγκατέλιπες αὐτοὺς ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, τὸν στύλον τῆς νεφέλης οὐκ ἐξέκλινας ἀπ' αὐτῶν ἡμέρας ὁδηγῆσαι αὐτοὺς ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ καὶ τὸν στύλον τοῦ πυρὸς τὴν νύκτα, φωτίζειν αὐτοῖς τὴν ὁδόν, ἐν ᾗ πορεύσονται ἐν αὐτῇ.
20 καὶ τὸ πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἀγαθὸν ἔδωκας συνετίσαι αὐτοὺς καὶ τὸ μάννα σου οὐκ ἀφυστέρησας ἀπὸ στόματος αὐτῶν καὶ ὕδωρ ἔδωκας αὐτοῖς ἐν τῷ δίψει αὐτῶν.
21 καὶ τεσσαράκοντα ἔτη διέθρεψας αὐτοὺς ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, οὐχ ὑστέρησας αὐτοῖς οὐδέν· ἱμάτια αὐτῶν οὐκ ἐπαλαιώθησαν, καὶ πόδες αὐτῶν οὐ διερράγησαν.
22 καὶ ἔδωκας αὐτοῖς βασιλείας καὶ λαοὺς ἐμέρισας αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐκληρονόμησαν τὴν γῆν Σηὼν βασιλέως ᾿Εσεβὼν καὶ τὴν γῆν ῍Ωγ βασιλέως τοῦ Βασάν.
23 καὶ τοὺς υἱοὺς αὐτῶν ἐπλήθυνας ὡς τοὺς ἀστέρας τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ εἰσήγαγες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν γῆν, ἣν εἶπας τοῖς πατράσιν αὐτῶν, καὶ ἐκληρονόμησαν αὐτήν.
24 καὶ ἐξέτριψας ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν τοὺς κατοικοῦντας τὴν γῆν τῶν Χαναναίων καὶ ἔδωκας αὐτοὺς εἰς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν καὶ τοὺς βασιλεῖς αὐτῶν καὶ τοὺς λαοὺς τῆς γῆς ποιῆσαι αὐτοῖς ὡς ἀρεστὸν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν.
25 καὶ κατελάβοσαν πόλεις ὑψηλὰς καὶ ἐκληρονόμησαν οἰκίας πλήρεις πάντων ἀγαθῶν, λάκκους λελατομημένους, ἀμπελῶνας καὶ ἐλαιῶνας καὶ πᾶν ξύλον βρώσιμον εἰς πλῆθος· καὶ ἐφάγοσαν καὶ ἐνεπλήσθησαν καὶ ἐλιπάνθησαν καὶ ἐτρύφησαν ἐν ἀγαθωσύνῃ σου τῇ μεγάλῃ.
26 καὶ ἤλλαξαν καὶ ἀπέστησαν ἀπὸ σοῦ καὶ ἔρριψαν τὸν νόμον σου ὀπίσω σώματος αὐτῶν καὶ τοὺς προφήτας σου ἀπέκτειναν, οἳ διεμαρτύραντο ἐν αὐτοῖς ἐπιστρέψαι αὐτοὺς πρός σε, καὶ ἐποίησαν παροργισμοὺς μεγάλους.
27 καὶ ἔδωκας αὐτοὺς ἐν χειρὶ θλιβόντων αὐτούς, καὶ ἔθλιψαν αὐτούς· καὶ ἀνεβόησαν πρός σε ἐν καιρῷ θλίψεως αὐτῶν, καὶ σὺ ἐξ οὐρανοῦ σου ἤκουσας καὶ ἐν οἰκτιρμοῖς σου τοῖς μεγάλοις ἔδωκας αὐτοῖς σωτῆρας καὶ ἔσωσας αὐτοὺς ἐκ χειρὸς θλιβόντων αὐτούς.
28 καὶ ὡς ἀνεπαύσαντο, ἐπέστρεψαν ποιῆσαι τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιόν σου· καὶ ἐγκατέλιπες αὐτοὺς εἰς χεῖρας ἐχθρῶν αὐτῶν, καὶ κατῆρξαν ἐν αὐτοῖς· καὶ πάλιν ἀνεβόησαν πρός σε, καὶ σὺ ἐξ οὐρανοῦ εἰσήκουσας καὶ ἐρρύσω αὐτοὺς ἐν οἰκτιρμοῖς σου πολλοῖς.
29 καὶ ἐπεμαρτύρω αὐτοῖς ἐπιστρέψαι αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν νόμον σου, καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσαν, ἀλλ' ἐν ταῖς ἐντολαῖς σου καὶ κρίμασί σου ἡμάρτοσαν, ἃ ποιήσας αὐτὰ ἄνθρωπος ζήσεται ἐν αὐτοῖς· καὶ ἔδωκαν νῶτον ἀπειθοῦντα καὶ τράχηλον αὐτῶν ἐσκλήρυναν καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσαν.
30 καὶ εἵλκυσας ἐπ' αὐτοὺς ἔτη πολλὰ καὶ ἐπεμαρτύρω αὐτοῖς ἐν πνεύματί σου ἐν χειρὶ προφητῶν σου· καὶ οὐκ ἠνωτίσαντο, καὶ ἔδωκας αὐτοὺς ἐν χειρὶ λαῶν τῆς γῆς.
31 καὶ σὺ ἐν οἰκτιρμοῖς σου τοῖς πολλοῖς οὐκ ἐποίησας αὐτοὺς συντέλειαν καὶ οὐκ ἐγκατέλιπες αὐτούς, ὅτι ἰσχυρὸς εἶ καὶ ἐλεήμων καὶ οἰκτίρμων.
32 καὶ νῦν, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν ὁ ἰσχυρός, ὁ μέγας, ὁ κραταιὸς καὶ ὁ φοβερός, φυλάσσων τὴν διαθήκην σου καὶ τὸ ἔλεός σου, μὴ ὀλιγωθήτω ἐνώπιόν σου πᾶς ὁ μόχθος, ὃς εὗρεν ἡμᾶς καὶ τοὺς βασιλεῖς ἡμῶν καὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας ἡμῶν καὶ τοὺς ἱερεῖς ἡμῶν καὶ τοὺς προφήτας ἡμῶν καὶ τοὺς πατέρας ἡμῶν καὶ ἐν παντὶ τῷ λαῷ σου ἀπὸ ἡμερῶν βασιλέων ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης.
33 καὶ σὺ δίκαιος ἐπὶ πᾶσι τοῖς ἐρχομένοις ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, ὅτι ἀλήθειαν ἐποίησας, καὶ ἡμεῖς ἐξημάρτομεν,
34 καὶ οἱ βασιλεῖς ἡμῶν καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες ἡμῶν καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς ἡμῶν καὶ οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν οὐκ ἐποίησαν τὸν νόμον σου καὶ οὐ προσέσχον τῶν ἐντολῶν σου καὶ τὰ μαρτύριά σου, ἃ διεμαρτύρω αὐτοῖς.
35 καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐν βασιλείᾳ σου καὶ ἐν ἀγαθωσύνῃ σου τῇ πολλῇ, ᾗ ἔδωκας αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐν τῇ γῇ τῇ πλατείᾳ καὶ λιπαρᾷ, ᾗ ἔδωκας ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν, οὐκ ἐδούλευσάν σοι καὶ οὐκ ἀπέστρεψαν ἀπὸ ἐπιτηδευμάτων αὐτῶν τῶν πονηρῶν.
36 ἰδοὺ σήμερόν ἐσμεν δοῦλοι, καὶ ἡ γῆ, ἣν ἔδωκας τοῖς πατράσιν ἡμῶν φαγεῖν τὸν καρπὸν αὐτῆς καὶ τὰ ἀγαθὰ αὐτῆς, ἰδού ἐσμεν δοῦλοι ἐπ' αὐτῆς,
37 καὶ οἱ καρποὶ αὐτῆς πολλοὶ τοῖς βασιλεῦσιν, οἷς ἔδωκας ἐφ' ἡμᾶς ἐν ἁμαρτίαις ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐπὶ τὰ σώματα ἡμῶν ἐξουσιάζουσι καὶ ἐν κτήνεσιν ἡμῶν ὡς ἀρεστὸν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐν θλίψει μεγάλῃ ἐσμέν.
38 καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις ἡμεῖς διατιθέμεθα πίστιν καὶ γράφομεν, καὶ ἐπισφραγίζουσιν ἄρχοντες ἡμῶν, Λευῖται ἡμῶν, ἱερεῖς ἡμῶν.
ΚΑΙ ἐπὶ τῶν σφραγιζόντων Νεεμίας ᾿Αρτασασθὰ υἱὸς ᾿Αχαλία καὶ Σεδεκίας
2 υἱὸς ᾿Αραία καὶ ᾿Αζαρία καὶ ῾Ιερμία,
3 Φασούρ, ᾿Αμαρία, Μελχία,
4 ᾿Αττούς, Σεβανί, Μαλούχ,
5 ᾿Ιράμ, Μεραμώθ, ᾿Αβδία,
6 Δανιήλ, Γανναθών, Βαρούχ,
7 Μεσουλάμ, ᾿Αβία, Μιαμίν,
8 Μααζία, Βελγαΐ, Σαμαΐα, οὗτοι ἱερεῖς·
9 καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ᾿Ιησοῦς υἱὸς ᾿Αζανία, Βαναίου ἀπὸ υἱῶν ᾿Ηναδάδ, Καδμιὴλ
10 καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτοῦ, Σαβανία, ᾿Ωδουΐα, Καλιτάν, Φελία, ᾿Ανάν,
11 Μιχά, Ροώβ, ᾿Ασεβίας,
12 Ζακχώρ, Σαραβία, Σεβανία,
13 ᾿Ωδούμ, υἱοὶ Βανουναΐ·
14 ἄρχοντες τοῦ λαοῦ Φόρος, Φαάθ, Μωάβ, ᾿Ηλάμ, Ζαθουΐα, υἱοὶ Βανί,
15 ᾿Ασγάδ, Βηβαΐ,
16 ᾿Αδανία, Βαγοΐ, ᾿Ηδίν,
17 ᾿Ατήρ, ᾿Εζεκία, ᾿Αζούρ,
18 ᾿Ωδουΐα, ᾿Ησάμ, Βησί,
19 ᾿Αρίφ, ᾿Αναθώθ, Νωβαΐ,
20 Μεγαφής, Μεσουλάμ, ᾿Ηζίρ,
21 Μεσωζεβήλ, Σαδούκ, ᾿Ιεδδούα,
22 Φαλτία, ᾿Ανάν, ᾿Αναΐα,
23 ᾿Ωσηέ, ᾿Ανανία, ᾿Ασούβ,
24 ᾿Αλωής, Φαλαΐ, Σωβήκ,
25 Ρεούμ, ᾿Εσσαβανά, Μαασία,
26 καὶ ᾿Αΐα, Αἰνάν, ᾿Ηνάμ,
27 Μαλούχ, ᾿Ηράμ, Βαανά.
28 καὶ οἱ κατάλοιποι τοῦ λαοῦ, οἱ ἱερεῖς, οἱ Λευῖται, οἱ πυλωροί, οἱ ᾄδοντες, οἱ ναθινὶμ καὶ πᾶς ὁ προσπορευόμενος ἀπὸ λαῶν τῆς γῆς πρὸς νόμον τοῦ Θεοῦ, γυναῖκες αὐτῶν, υἱοὶ αὐτῶν, θυγατέρες αὐτῶν, πᾶς ὁ εἰδὼς καὶ συνίων,
29 ἐνίσχυον ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτῶν καὶ κατηράσαντο αὐτοὺς καὶ εἰσήλθοσαν ἐν ἀρᾷ καὶ ἐν ὅρκῳ τοῦ πορεύεσθαι ἐν νόμῳ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὃς ἐδόθη ἐν χειρὶ Μωυσῆ δούλου τοῦ Θεοῦ, φυλάσσεσθαι καὶ ποιεῖν πάσας τὰς ἐντολὰς Κυρίου καὶ τὰ κρίματα αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ προστάγματα αὐτοῦ
30 καὶ τοῦ μὴ δοῦναι θυγατέρας ἡμῶν τοῖς λαοῖς τῆς γῆς, καὶ τὰς θυγατέρας αὐτῶν οὐ ληψόμεθα τοῖς υἱοῖς ἡμῶν.
31 καὶ λαοὶ τῆς γῆς οἱ φέροντες τοὺς ἀγορασμοὺς καὶ πᾶσαν πρᾶσιν ἐν ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου ἀποδόσθαι, οὐκ ἀγορῶμεν παρ' αὐτῶν ἐν σαββάτῳ καὶ ἐν ἡμέρᾳ ἁγίᾳ. καὶ ἀνήσομεν τὸ ἔτος τὸ ἕβδομον καὶ ἀπαίτησιν πάσης χειρός.
32 καὶ στήσομεν ἐφ' ἡμᾶς ἐντολὰς δοῦναι ἐφ' ἡμᾶς τρίτον τοῦ διδράχμου κατ' ἐνιαυτὸν εἰς δουλείαν οἴκου τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν
33 εἰς ἄρτους τοῦ προσώπου καὶ θυσίαν τοῦ ἐνδελεχισμοῦ καὶ εἰς ὁλοκαύτωμα τοῦ ἐνδελεχισμοῦ τῶν σαββάτων, τῶν νουμηνιῶν, εἰς τὰς ἑορτὰς καὶ εἰς τὰ ἅγια, καὶ τὰ περὶ ἁμαρτίας ἐξιλάσασθαι περὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ εἰς ἔργα οἴκου τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν.
34 καὶ κλήρους ἐβάλομεν περὶ κλήρου ξυλοφορίας, οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται καὶ ὁ λαός, ἐνέγκαι εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ ἡμῶν, εἰς οἶκον πατριῶν ἡμῶν, εἰς καιροὺς ἀπὸ χρόνων, ἐνιαυτὸν κατ' ἐνιαυτόν, ἐκκαῦσαι ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον Κυρίου Θεοῦ ἡμῶν, ὡς γέγραπται ἐν τῷ νόμῳ,
35 καὶ ἐνέγκαι τὰ πρωτογεννήματα τῆς γῆς ἡμῶν καὶ πρωτογεννήματα καρποῦ παντὸς ξύλου ἐνιαυτὸν κατ' ἐνιαυτὸν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου
36 καὶ τὰ πρωτότοκα υἱῶν ἡμῶν καὶ κτηνῶν ἡμῶν, ὡς γέγραπται ἐν τῷ νόμῳ, καὶ τὰ πρωτότοκα τῶν βοῶν ἡμῶν καὶ ποιμνίων ἡμῶν ἐνέγκαι εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ ἡμῶν τοῖς ἱερεῦσι τοῖς λειτουργοῦσιν ἐν οἴκῳ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν.
37 καὶ τὴν ἀπαρχὴν σίτων ἡμῶν καὶ τὸν καρπὸν παντὸς ξύλου, οἴνου καὶ ἐλαίου οἴσομεν τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν εἰς τὸ γαζοφυλάκιον οἴκου τοῦ Θεοῦ· καὶ δεκάτην γῆς ἡμῶν τοῖς Λευίταις. καὶ αὐτοὶ οἱ Λευῖται δεκατοῦντες ἐν πάσαις πόλεσι δουλείας ἡμῶν·
38 καὶ ἔσται ὁ ἱερεὺς υἱὸς ᾿Ααρὼν μετὰ τοῦ Λευίτου ἐν τῇ δεκάτῃ τοῦ Λευίτου, καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἀνοίσουσι τὴν δεκάτην τῆς δεκάτης εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ ἡμῶν εἰς τὰ γαζοφυλάκια εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ·
39 ὅτι εἰς τοὺς θησαυροὺς εἰσοίσουσιν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ Λευὶ τὰς ἀπαρχὰς τοῦ σίτου καὶ τοῦ οἴνου καὶ τοῦ ἐλαίου, καὶ ἐκεῖ σκεύη τὰ ἅγια, καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ λειτουργοὶ καὶ οἱ πυλωροὶ καὶ οἱ ᾄδοντες, καὶ οὐκ ἐγκαταλείψομεν τὸν οἶκον τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν.
The words of Neemias the son of Chelcia. And it came to pass in the month Chaseleu, of the twentieth year, that I was in Susan the palace.
2 And Anani, one of my brethren, came, he and some men of Juda; and I asked them concerning those that had escaped, who had been left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said to me, The remnant, even those that are left of the captivity, are there in the land, in great distress and reproach: and the walls of Jerusalem are thrown down, and its gates are burnt with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for several days, and continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 And I said, Nay, I pray thee, O Lord God of heaven, the mighty, the great and terrible, keeping thy covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to those that keep his commandments:
6 let now thine ear be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee at this time, this day both day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and make confession for the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and the house of my father have sinned.
7 We have altogether broken covenant with thee, and we have not kept the commandments, and the ordinances, and the judgments, which thou didst command thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I pray thee, the word wherewith thou didst charge thy servant Moses, saying, If ye break covenant with me, I will disperse you among the nations.
9 But if ye turn again to me, and keep my commandments, and do them; if ye should be scattered under the utmost bound of heaven, thence will I gather them, and I will bring them into the place which I have chosen to cause my name to dwell there.
10 Now they are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy great power, and with thy strong hand.
11 Turn not away, I pray thee, O Lord, but let thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and cause him to find mercy in the sight of this man. Now I was the king’s cup-bearer.
And it came to pass in the month Nisan of the twentieth year of king Arthasastha, that the wine was before me: and I took the wine, and gave it to the king: and there was not another before him.
2 And the king said to me, Why is thy countenance sad, and dost thou not control thyself? and now this is nothing but sorrow of heart. Then I was very much alarmed,
3 and I said to the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be said, forasmuch as the city, even the home of the sepulchres of my fathers, has been laid waste, and her gates have been devoured with fire?
4 And the king said to me, For what dost thou ask thus? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said to the king, If it seem good to the king, and if thy servant shall have found favour in thy sight, I ask that thou wouldest send him into Juda, to the city of the sepulchres of my fathers; then will I rebuild it.
6 And the king, and his concubine that sat next to him, said to me, For how long will thy journey be, and when wilt thou return? and the proposal was pleasing before the king, and he sent me away, and I appointed him a time.
7 And I said to the king, If it seem good to the king, let him give me letters to the governors beyond the river, so as to forward me till I come to Juda;
8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the garden which belongs to the king, that he may give me timber to cover the gates, and for the wall of the city, and for the house into which I shall enter. And the king gave to me, according as the good hand of God was upon me.
9 And I came to the governors beyond the river, and I gave them the king’s letters. (Now the king had sent with me captains of the army and horsemen.)
10 And Sanaballat the Aronite heard it, and Tobia the servant, the Ammonite, and it was grievous to them that a man was come to seek good for the children of Israel.
11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
12 And I rose up by night, I and a few men with me; and I told no man what God put into my heart to do with Israel; and there was no beast with me, except the beast which I rode upon.
13 And I went forth by the gate of the valley by night, and to the mouth of the well of fig trees, and to the dung-gate: and I mourned over the wall of Jerusalem which they were destroying, and her gates were devoured with fire.
14 And I passed on to the fountain gate, and to the king’s pool; and there was no room for the beast to pass under me.
15 And I went up by the wall of the brook by night, and mourned over the wall, and passed through the gate of the valley, and returned.
16 And the sentinels knew not why I went, nor what I was doing; and until that time I told it not to the Jews, or to the priests, or to the nobles, or to the captains, or to the rest of the men who wrought the works.
17 Then I said to them, Ye see this evil, in which we are, how Jerusalem is desolate, and her gates have been set on fire: come, and let us build throughout the wall of Jerusalem, and we shall be no longer a reproach.
18 And I told them of the hand of God which was good upon me, also about the words of the king which he spoke to me: and I said, Let us arise and build. And their hands were strengthened for the good work.
19 And Sanaballat the Aronite, and Tobia the servant, the Ammonite, and Gesam the Arabian, heard it, and they laughed us to scorn, and came to us, and said, What is this thing that ye are doing? are ye revolting against the king?
20 And I answered them, and said to them, The God of heaven, he shall prosper us, and we his servants are pure, and we will build: but ye have no part, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
Then Eliasub the high priest, and his brethren the priests, rose up, and built the sheep-gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even to the tower of the hundred they sanctified it, to the tower of Anameel.
2 And they builded by the side of the men of Jericho, and by the side of the sons of Zacchur, the son of Amari.
3 And the sons of Asana built the fish-gate; they roofed it, and covered in its doors, and bolts, and bars.
4 And next to them the order reached to Ramoth the son of Uria, the son of Accos, and next to them Mosollam son of Barachias the son of Mazebel took his place: and next to them Sadoc the son of Baana took his place.
5 And next to them the Thecoim took their place; but the Adorim applied not their neck to their service.
6 And Joida the son of Phasec, and Mesulam son of Basodia, repaired the old gate; they covered it in, and set up its doors, and its bolts, and its bars.
7 And next to them repaired Maltias the Gabaonite, and Evaron the Meronothite, the men of Gabaon and Maspha, to the throne of the governor on this side the river.
8 And next to him Oziel the son of Arachias of the smiths, carried on the repairs: and next to them Ananias the son of one of the apothecaries repaired, and they finished Jerusalem to the broad wall.
9 And next to them repaired Raphaea the son of Sur, the ruler of half the district round about Jerusalem.
10 And next to them repaired Jedaia the son of Eromaph, and that in front of his house: and next to him repaired Attuth son of Asabania.
11 And next to him repaired Melchias son of Heram, and Asub son of Phaat Moab, even to the tower of the furnaces.
12 And next to him repaired Sallum the son of Alloes, the ruler of half the district round about Jerusalem, he and his daughters.
13 Anun and the inhabitants of Zano repaired the gate of the valley: they built it, and set up its doors, and its bolts, and its bars, and a thousand cubits of the wall as far as the dung-gate.
14 And Melchia the son of Rechab, the ruler of the district round about Beth-accharim, repaired the dung-gate, he and his sons; and they covered it, and set up its doors, and its bolts, and its bars.
15 But Solomon the son of Choleze repaired the gate of the fountain, the ruler of part of Maspha; he built it, and covered it, and set up its doors and its bars, and the wall of the pool of the skins by the meadow of the king, and as far as the steps that lead down from the city of David.
16 After him repaired Neemias son of Azabuch, ruler of half the district round about Bethsur, as far as the garden of David’s sepulchre, and as far as the artificial pool, and as far as Bethaggarim.
17 After him repaired the Levites, even Raum the son of Bani: next to him repaired Asabia, ruler of half the district round about Keila, in his district.
18 And after him repaired his brethren, Benei son of Enadad, ruler of half the district round about Keila.
19 And next to him repaired Azur the son of Joshua, ruler of Masphai, another portion of the tower of ascent, where it meets the corner.
20 After him repaired Baruch the son of Zabu, a second portion, from the corner as far as the door of the house of Eliasub the high priest.
21 After him repaired Meramoth the son of Uria the son of Accos, a second part from the door of the house of Betheliasub, to the end of the house of Betheliasub.
22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of Ecchechar.
23 And after him repaired Benjamin and Asub over against their house: and after him repaired Azarias son of Maasias the son of Ananias, the parts near to his house.
24 After him repaired Bani the son of Adad, another portion from the house of Azaria as far as the corner and to the turning,
25 of Phalach the son of Euzai, opposite the corner, and where is also the tower that projects from the king’s house, even the upper one of the prison-house: and after him repaired Phadaea the son of Phoros.
26 And the Nathinim dwelt in Ophal, as far as the garden of the water-gate eastward, and there is the projecting tower.
27 And after them the Thecoim repaired, another portion opposite the great projecting tower, even as far as the wall of Ophla.
28 The priests repaired above the horse-gate, every man over against his own house.
29 And after him Sadduc the son of Emmer repaired opposite his own house: and after him repaired Samaea son of Sechenia, guard of the east-gate.
30 After him repaired Anania son of Selemia, and Anom, the sixth son of Seleph, another portion: after him Mesulam the son of Barachia repaired over against his treasury.
31 After him repaired Melchia the son of Sarephi as far as the house of the Nathinim, and the chapmen over against the gate of Maphecad, and as far as the steps of the corner.
32 And between that and the sheep-gate the smiths and
37 and return thou their reproach upon their head, and make them a scorn in a land of captivity, and do not cover their iniquity.
But it came to pass, when Sanaballat and Tobia, and the Arabians, and the Ammanites, heard that the building of the walls of Jerusalem was advancing, and that the breaches began to be stopped, that it appeared very grievous to them.
2 And all of them assembled together, to come to fight against Jerusalem, and to destroy it utterly.
3 So we prayed to our God and set watchmen against them day and night, because of them.
4 And Juda said, The strength of the enemies is broken, yet there is much rubbish, and we shall not be able to build the wall.
5 And they that afflicted us said, They shall not know, and they shall not see, until we come into the midst of them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.
6 And it came to pass, when the Jews who lived near them came, that they said to us, They are coming up against us from every quarter.
7 So I set men in the lowest part of the place behind the wall in the lurking-places, I even set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
8 And I looked, and arose, and said to the nobles, and to the captains, and to the rest of the people, Be not afraid of them: remember our great and terrible God, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
9 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was made known to us, and God had frustrated their counsel, that we all returned to the wall, every man to his work.
10 And it came to pass from that day that half of them that had been driven forth, wrought the work, and half of them kept guard; and there were spears, and shields, and bows, and breast-plates, and rulers behind the whole house of Juda,
11 even of them that were building the wall:—and those who carried the burdens were under arms: each with one hand wrought his work, and with the other held his dart.
12 And the builders wrought each man having his sword girt upon his loins, and so they built: and the trumpeter with his trumpet next to him.
13 And I said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and abundant, and we are dispersed upon the wall, each at a great distance from his brother.
14 In whatsoever place ye shall hear the sound of the cornet, thither gather yourselves together to us; and our God shall fight for us.
15 So we continued labouring at the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.
16 And at that time I said to the people, Lodge ye every man with his servant in the midst of Jerusalem, and let the night be a watch-time to you, and the day a work-time.
17 And I was there, and the watchmen behind me, and there was not a man of us that put off his garments.
And the cry of the people and their wives was great against their brethren the Jews.
2 And some said, We are numerous with our sons and our daughters; so we will take corn, and eat, and live.
3 And some said, As to our fields and vineyards and houses, let us pledge them, and we will take corn, and eat.
4 And some said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tributes:—our fields, and our vineyards, and houses are pledged.
5 And now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children are as their children: yet, behold, we are reducing our sons and our daughters to slavery, and some of our daughters are enslaved: and there is no power of our hands, for our fields and our vineyards belong to the nobles.
6 And I was much grieved as I heard their cry and these words.
7 And my heart took counsel within me, and I contended against the nobles, and the princes, and I said to them, Should every man demand of his brother what ye demand? And I appointed against them a great assembly,
8 and I said to them, We of our free-will have redeemed our brethren the Jews that were sold to the Gentiles; and do ye sell your brethren? and shall they be delivered to us? And they were silent, and found no answer.
9 And I said, The thing which ye do is not good; ye will not so walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the Gentiles our enemies.
10 Both my brethren, and my acquaintances, and I, have lent them money and corn: let us now leave off this exaction.
11 Restore to them, I pray, as at this day, their fields, and their vineyards, and their olive-yards, and their houses, and bring forth to them corn and wine and oil of the money.
12 And they said, We will restore, and we will not exact of them; we will do thus as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and bound them by oath to do according to this word.
13 And I shook out my garment, and said, So may God shake out every man who shall not keep to this word, from his house, and from his labours, he shall be even thus shaken out, as an outcast and empty. And all the congregation said, Amen, and they praised the Lord: and the people did this thing.
14 From the day that he charged me to be their ruler in the land of Juda, from the twentieth year even to the thirty-second year of Arthasastha, twelve years, I and my brethren ate not provision extorted from them.
15 But as for the former acts of extortion wherein those who were before me oppressed them, they even took of them their last money, forty didrachms for bread and wine; and the very outcasts of them exercised authority over the people: but I did not so, because of the fear of God.
16 Also in the work of the wall I treated them not with rigor, I bought not land: and all that were gathered together came thither to the work.
17 And the Jews, to the number of a hundred and fifty men, besides those coming to us from the nations round about, were at my table.
18 And there came to me for one day one calf, and I had six choice sheep and a goat; and every ten days wine in abundance of all sorts: yet with these I required not the bread of extortion, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.
19 Remember me, O God, for good, in all that I have done to this people.
Now it came to pass, when Sanaballat, and Tobias, and Gesam the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had built the wall, and that there was no opening left therein; (but hitherto I had not set up the doors on the gates;)
2 that Sanaballat and Gesam sent to me, saying, Come and let us meet together in the villages in the plain of Ono. But they were plotting to do me mischief.
3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, and I shall not be able to come down, lest the work should cease: as soon as I shall have finished it, I will come down to you.
4 And they sent to me again to this effect; and I sent them word accordingly.
5 Then Sanaballat sent his servant to me with an open letter in his hand.
6 And in it was written, It has been reported among the Gentiles that thou and the Jews are planning to revolt: therefore thou art building the wall, and thou wilt be a king to them.
7 And moreover thou has appointed prophets to thyself, that thou mightest dwell in Jerusalem as a king over Juda: and now these words will be reported to the king. Now then, come, let us take counsel together.
8 And I sent to him, saying, It has not happened according to these words, even as thou sayest, for thou framest them falsely out of thy heart.
9 For all were trying to alarm us, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from this work, and it shall not be done. Now therefore I have strengthened my hands.
10 And I came into the house of Semei the son of Dalaia the Son of Metabeel, and he was shut up; and he said, Let us assemble together in the house of God, in the midst of it, and let us shut the doors of it; for they are coming by night to slay thee.
11 And I said, Who is the man that shall enter into the house, that he may live?
12 And I observed, and, behold, God had not sent him, for the prophecy was a fable devised against me: and Tobias and Sanaballat had hired
13 against me a multitude, that I might be frightened, and do this, and sin, and become to them an ill name, that they might reproach me.
14 Remember, O God, Tobias and Sanaballat, according to these their deeds, and the prophetess Noadia, and the rest of the prophets who tried to alarm me.
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.
16 And it came to pass, when all our enemies heard of it, that all the nations round about us feared, and great alarm fell upon them, and they knew that it was of our God that this work should be finished.
17 And in those days letters came to Tobias from many nobles of Juda, and those of Tobias came to them.
18 For many in Juda were bound to him by oath, because he was son-in-law of Sechenias the son of Herae; and Jonan his son had taken the daughter of Mesulam the son of Barachia to wife.
19 And they reported his words to me, and carried out my words to him: and Tobias sent letters to terrify me.
And it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,
2 that I gave charge to Ananias my brother, and Ananias the ruler of the palace, over Jerusalem: for he was a true man, and one that feared God beyond many.
3 And I said to them, The gates of Jerusalem shall not be opened till sunrise; and while they are still watching, let the doors be shut, and bolted; and set watches of them that dwell in Jerusalem, every man at his post, and every man over against his house.
4 Now the city was wide and large; and the people were few in it, and the houses were not built.
5 And God put it into my heart, and I gathered the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, into companies: and I found a register of the company that came up first, and I found written in it as follows:
6 Now these are the children of the country, that came up from captivity, of the number which Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon carried away, and they returned to Jerusalem and to Juda, every man to his city;
7 with Zorobabel, and Jesus, and Neemia, Azaria, and Reelma, Naemani, Mardochaeus, Balsan, Maspharath, Esdra, Boguia, Inaum, Baana, Masphar, men of the people of Israel.
8 The children of Phoros, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two.
9 The children of Saphatia, three hundred and seventy-two.
10 The children of Era, six hundred and fifty-two.
11 The children of Phaath Moab, with the children of Jesus and Joab, two thousand six hundred and eighteen.
12 The children of Ælam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four.
13 The children of Zathuia, eight hundred and forty-five.
14 The children of Zacchu, seven hundred and sixty.
15 The children of Banui, six hundred and forty-eight.
16 The children of Bebi, six hundred and twenty-eight.
17 The children of Asgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two.
18 The children of Adonicam, six hundred and sixty-seven.
19 The children of Bagoi, two thousand and sixty-seven.
20 The children of Edin, six hundred and fifty-five.
21 The children of Ater, the son of Ezekias,
47 the children of Kiras, the children of Asuia, the children of Phadon,
48 the children of Labana, the children of Agaba, the children of Selmei,
49 the children of Anan, the children of Gadel, the children of Gaar,
50 the children of Raaia, the children of Rasson, the children of Necoda,
51 the children of Gezam, the children of Ozi, the children of Phese,
52 the children of Besi, the children of Meinon, the children of Nephosasi,
53 the children of Bacbuc, the children of Achipha, the children of Arur,
54 the children of Basaloth, the children of Mida, the children of Adasan,
55 the children of Barcue, the children of Sisarath, the children of Thema,
56 the children of Nisia, the children of Atipha.
57 The children of the servants of Solomon; the children of Sutei, the children of Sapharat, the children of Pherida,
58 the children of Jelel, the children of Dorcon, the children of Gadael,
59 the children of Saphatia, the children of Ettel, the children of Phacarath, the children of Sabaim, the children of Emim.
60 All the Nathinim, and children of the servants of Solomon, were three hundred and ninety-two.
61 And these went up from Thelmeleth, Thelaresa, Charub, Eron, Jemer: but they could not declare the houses of their families, or their seed, whether they were of Israel.
62 The children of Dalaia, the children of Tobia, the children of Necoda, six hundred and forty-two.
63 And of the priests; the children of Ebia, the children of Acos, the children of Berzelli, for they took wives of the daughters of Berzelli the Galaadite, and they were called by their name.
64 These sought the pedigree of their company, and it was not found, and they were removed as polluted from the priesthood.
65 And the Athersastha said, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until a priest should stand up to give light.
66 And all the congregation was about forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
67 besides their men-servants and their maid-servants: these were seven thousand three hundred and thirty seven: and the singing-men and singing-women, two hundred and forty-five.
68 69 Two thousand seven hundred asses.
70 And part of the heads of families gave into the treasury to Neemias for the work a thousand pieces of gold, fifty bowls, and thirty priests’ garments.
71 And some of the heads of families gave into the treasuries of the work, twenty thousand pieces of gold, and two thousand three hundred pounds of silver. And the rest of the people gave twenty thousand pieces of gold, and two thousand two hundred pounds of silver, and sixty-seven priests’ garments.
72 And the priests, and Levites, and porters, and singers, and some of the people, and the Nathinim, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities.
And the seventh month arrived, and the children of Israel were settled in their cities; and all the people were gathered as one man to the broad place before the water-gate, and they told Esdras the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord commanded Israel.
2 So Esdras the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and every one who had understanding was present to hearken, on the first day of the seventh month.
3 And he read in it from the time of sun-rise to the middle of the day, before the men and the women; and they understood it, and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
4 And Esdras the scribe stood on a wooden stage, and there stood next to him Mattathias, and Samaeas, and Ananias, and Urias, and Chelcia, and Massia, on his right hand; and on his left Phadaeas, and Misael, and Melchias, and Asom, and Asabadma, and Zacharias, and Mesollam.
5 And Esdras opened the book before all the people, for he was above the people; and it came to pass when he had opened it, that all the people stood.
6 And Esdras blessed the Lord, the great God: and all the people answered, and said, Amen, lifting up their hands: and they bowed down and worshipped the Lord with their face to the ground.
7 And Jesus and Banaias and Sarabias instructed the people in the law, and the people stood in their place.
8 And they read in the book of the law of God, and Esdras taught, and instructed them distinctly in the knowledge of the Lord, and the people understood the law in the reading.
9 And Neemias, and Esdras the priest and scribe, and the Levites, and they that instructed the people, spoke and said to all the people, It 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.
10 And the governor said to them, Go, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them that have nothing; for the day is holy to our Lord: and faint not, for the Lord is our strength.
11 And the Levites caused all the people to be silent, saying, Be silent, for it is a holy day, and despond not.
12 So all the people departed to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, for they understood the words which he made known to them.
13 And on the second day the heads of families assembled with all the people, also the priests and Levites, to Esdras the scribe, to attend to all the words of the law.
14 And they found written in the law which the Lord commanded Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths, in the feast in the seventh month:
15 and that they should sound with trumpets in all their cities, and in Jerusalem. And Esdras said, Go forth to the mountain, and bring branches of olive, and branches of cypress trees, and branches of myrtle, and branches of palm trees, and branches of every thick tree, to make booths, according to that which was written.
16 And the people went forth, and brought them, and made booths for themselves, each one upon his roof, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the streets of the city, and as far as the gate of Ephraim.
17 And all the congregation who had returned from the captivity, made booths, and dwelt in booths: for the children of Israel had not done so from the days of Jesus the son of Naue until that day: and there was great joy.
18 And Esdras read in the book of the law of God daily, from the first day even to the last day: and they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day a solemn assembly, according to the ordinance.
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel assembled with fasting, and in sackcloths, and with ashes on their head.
2 And the children of Israel separated themselves from every stranger, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 And they stood in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their god: and they confessed their sins to the Lord, and worshipped the Lord their God.
4 And there stood upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jesus, and the sons of Cadmiel, Sechenia the son of Sarabia, sons of Choneni; and they cried with a loud voice to the Lord their God.
5 And the Levites, Jesus and Cadmiel, said, Rise up, bless the Lord our God forever and ever: and let them bless thy glorious name, and exalt it with all blessing and praise.
6 And Esdras said, Thou art the only true Lord; thou madest the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, and all their array, the earth, and all things that are in it, the seas, and all things in them; and thou quickenest all things, and the hosts of heaven worship thee.
7 Thou art the Lord God, thou didst choose Abram, and broughtest him out of the land of the Chaldeans, and gavest him the name of Abraam:
8 and thou foundest his heart faithful before thee, and didst make a covenant with him to give to him and to his seed the land of the Chananites, and the Chettites, and Amorites, and Pherezites, and Jebusites, and Gergesites; and thou hast confirmed thy words, for thou art righteous.
9 And thou sawest the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and thou heardest their cry at the Red Sea.
10 And thou shewedst signs and wonders in Egypt, on Pharao and all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knowest that they behaved insolently against them: and thou madest thyself a name, as at this day.
11 And thou didst cleave the sea before them, and they passed through the midst of the sea on dry land; and thou didst cast into the deep them that were about to pursue them, as a stone in the mighty water.
12 And thou guidedst them by day by a pillar of cloud, and by night by a pillar of fire, to enlighten for them the way wherein they should walk.
13 Also thou camest down upon mount Sina, and thou spakest to them out of heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and laws of truth, ordinances, and good commandments.
14 And thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath; thou didst enjoin upon them commandments, and ordinances, and a law, by the hand of thy servant Moses.
15 And thou gavest them bread from heaven for their food, and thou broughtest them forth water from a rock for their thirst; and thou badest them go in to inherit the land over which thou stretchedst out thy hand to give it them.
16 But they and our fathers behaved proudly, and hardened their neck, and did not hearken to thy commandments,
17 and refused to listen, and remembered not thy wonders which thou wroughtest with them; and they hardened their neck, and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt: but thou, O God, art merciful and compassionate, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy, and thou didst not forsake them.
18 And still farther they even made to themselves a molten calf, and said, These are the gods that brought us up out of Egypt: and they wrought great provocations.
19 Yet thou in thy great compassions didst not forsake them in the wilderness: thou didst not turn away from them the pillar of the cloud by day, to guide them in the way, nor the pillar of fire by night, to enlighten for them the way wherein they should walk.
20 And thou gavest thy good Spirit to instruct them, and thou didst not withhold thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water in their thirst.
21 And thou didst sustain them forty years in the wilderness; thou didst not allow anything to fail them: their garments did not wax old, and their feet were not bruised.
22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms, and didst divide nations to them: and they inherited the land of Seon king of Esebon, and the land of Og king of Basan.
23 And thou didst multiply their children as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land of which thou spokest to their fathers; And they inherited it:
24 and thou didst destroy from before them the dwellers in the land of the Chananites, and thou gavest into their hands them and their kings, and the nations of the land, to do unto them as it pleased them.
25 And they took lofty cities, and inherited houses full of all good things, wells dug, vineyards, and oliveyards, and every fruit tree in abundance: so they ate, and were filled, and grew fat, and rioted in thy great goodness.
26 But they turned, and revolted from thee, and cast thy law behind their backs; and they slew thy prophets, who testified against them to turn them back to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
27 Then thou gavest them into the hand of them that afflicted them, and they did afflict them: and they cried to thee in the time of their affliction, and thou didst hear them from thy heaven, and in thy great compassions gavest them deliverers, and didst save them from the hand of them that afflicted them.
28 But when they rested, they did evil again before thee: so thou leftest them in the hands of their enemies, and they ruled over them: and they cried again to thee, and thou heardest them from heaven, and didst deliver them in thy great compassions.
29 And thou didst testify against them, to bring them back to thy law: but they hearkened not, but sinned against thy commandments and thy judgments, which if a man do, he shall live in them; and they turned their back, and hardened their neck, and heard not.
30 Yet thou didst bear long with them many years, and didst testify to them by thy Spirit by the hand of thy prophets: but they hearkened not; so thou gavest them into the hand of the nations of the land.
31 But thou in thy many mercies didst not appoint them to destruction, and didst not forsake them; for thou art strong, and merciful, and pitiful.
32 And now, O our God, the powerful, the great, the mighty, and the terrible, keeping thy covenant and thy mercy, let not all the trouble seem little in thy sight which has come upon us, and our kings, and our princes, and our priests, and our prophets, and our fathers, and upon all thy people, from the days of the kings of Assur even to this day.
33 But thou art righteous in all the things that come upon us; for thou hast wrought faithfully, but we have greatly sinned.
34 And our kings, and our princes, and our priests, and our fathers, have not performed thy law, and have not given heed to thy commandments, and have not kept thy testimonies which thou didst testify to them.
35 And they did not serve thee in thy kingdom, and in thy great goodness which thou gavest to them, and in the large and fat land which thou didst furnish before them, and they turned not from their evil devices.
36 Behold, we are servants this day, and as for the land which thou gavest to our fathers to eat the fruit of it and the good things of it, behold, we are servants upon it:
37 and its produce is abundant for the kings whom thou didst appoint over us because of our sins; and they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, as it pleases them, and we are in great affliction. 38 And in regard to all these circumstances we make a covenant, and write it, and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, set their seal to it.
And over them that sealed were Neemias the Artasastha, son of Achalia, and Zedekias,
2 the son of Araea, and Azaria, and Jeremia,
3 Phasur, Amaria, Melchia,
4 Attus, Sebani, Maluch,
5 Iram, Meramoth, Abdia,
6 Daniel, Gannathon, Baruch,
7 Mesulam, Abia, Miamin,
8 Maazia, Belgai, Samaia; these were priests.
9 And the Levites; Jesus the son of Azania, Banaiu of the sons of Enadad, Cadmiel
10 and his brethren, Sabania, Oduia, Calitan, Phelia, Anan,
11 Micha, Roob, Asebias,
12 Zacchor, Sarabia, Sebania,
13 Odum, the sons of Banuae.
14 The heads of the people; Phoros, Phaath Moab, Elam, Zathuia, the sons of Bani,
15 Asgad, Bebai,
16 Adania, Bagoi, Hedin
17 Ater, Ezekia, Azur,
18 Oduia, Esam, Besi,
19 Ariph, Anathoth, Nobai,
20 Megaphes, Mesullam, Ezir,
21 Mesozebel, Saduc, Jeddua,
22 Phaltia, Anan, Anaea,
23 Osee, Anania, Asub,
24 Aloes, Phalai, Sobec,
25 Reum, Essabana, Maasia,
26 and Aia, Ænan, Enam,
27 Maluch, Eram, Baana.
28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nathinim, and every one who drew off from the nations of the land to the law of God, their wives, their sons, their daughters, every one who had knowledge and understanding,
29 were urgent with their brethren, and bound them under a curse, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in the law of God, which was given by the hand of Moses, the servant of God; to keep and to do all the commandments of the Lord, and his judgments, and his ordinances;
30 and that we will not, they said,give our daughters to the people of the land, nor will we take their daughters to our sons.
31 And as for the people of the land who bring wares and all manner of merchandise to sell on the sabbath-day, we will not buy of them on the sabbath or on the holy day: and we will leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
32 And we will impose ordinances upon ourselves, to levy on ourselves the third part of a didrachm yearly for the service of the house of our God;
33 the shewbread, and the continual meat-offering, and for the continual whole-burnt-offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moon, for the feast, and for the holy things, and the sin-offerings, to make atonement for Israel, and for the works of the house of our God.
34 And we cast lots for the office of wood-bearing, we the priests, and the Levites, and the people, to bring wood into the house of our God, according to the house of our families, at certain set times, year by year, to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law:
35 and to bring the first-fruits of our land, and the first-fruits of the fruit of every tree, year by year, into the house of the Lord:
36 the first-born of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the first-born of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, for the priests that minister in the house of our God.
37 And the first-fruits of our corn, and the fruit of every tree, of wine, and of oil, will we bring to the priests to the treasury of the house of God; and a tithe of our land to the Levites: for the Levites themselves shall receive tithes in all the cities of the land we cultivate.
38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites in the tithe of the Levite: and the Levites shall bring up the tenth part of their tithe to the house of our God, into the treasuries of the house of God.
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi
shall bring into the treasuries the first-fruits of the corn, and wine,
and oil; and there are the holy vessels, and the priests, and the
ministers, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the
house of our God.