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Nehemiah 13 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Foreigners Excluded

(Num 22:1—24:25 )
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:1 - On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud [fn]as the people listened; and there was found written in it that no Ammonite or Moabite was ever to enter the assembly of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:2 - because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:3 - So when they heard the Law, they excluded all foreigners from Israel.

Tobiah Expelled and the Temple Cleansed

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:4 - Now prior to this, Eliashib the priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, being [fn]related to Tobiah,
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:5 - had prepared a large [fn]room for him, where previously they used to put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes of grain, wine, and oil prescribed for the Levites, the singers, and the gatekeepers, and the [fn]contributions for the priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:6 - But during all this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had come to the king. After some time, however, I requested a leave of absence from the king,
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:7 - and I came to Jerusalem and [fn]learned about the evil that Eliashib had committed for [fn]Tobiah, by preparing a [fn]room for him in the courtyards of the house of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:8 - It was very displeasing to me, so I threw all of Tobiah’s household articles out of the room.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:9 - Then I gave an order, and they cleansed the rooms; and I returned the utensils of the house of God there with the grain offering and the frankincense.

Tithes Restored

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:10 - I also [fn]discovered that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them, so the Levites and the singers who performed the service had [fn]gone away, each to his own field.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:11 - So I [fn]reprimanded the officials and said, “Why has the house of God been neglected?” Then I gathered them together and stationed them at their posts.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:12 - All Judah then brought the tithe of the grain, wine, and oil into the storehouses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:13 - To be in charge of the storehouses, I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah from the Levites, and in addition to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered reliable, and it was [fn]their task to distribute to their kinsmen.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:14 - Remember me for this, my God, and do not wipe out my loyal deeds which I have performed for the house of my God and its services.

Sabbath Restored

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:15 - In those days I saw in Judah people who were treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs, and every kind of load, and they were bringing them into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:16 - Also people of Tyre were living [fn]there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the Sabbath, even in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:17 - Then I [fn]reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, [fn]by profaning the Sabbath day?
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:18 - “Did your fathers not do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath against Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:19 - And it came about that just as it became dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered that the doors be shut, [fn]and that they were not to open them until after the Sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the Sabbath day.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:20 - Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:21 - Then I warned them and said to them, “Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will [fn]use force against you.” From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:22 - And I ordered the Levites that they were to purify themselves and come as gatekeepers to sanctify the Sabbath day. For this also remember me, my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your mercy.

Mixed Marriages Forbidden

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:23 - In those days I also saw that the Jews had [fn]married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:24 - As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them knew how to speak the language of Judah, but [fn]only the language of his own people.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:25 - So I quarreled with them and cursed them, and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take any of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:26 - “Did Solomon the king of Israel not sin regarding these things? Yet among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; yet the foreign women caused even him to sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:27 - “Has it not then been reported about you that you have committed all this great evil by acting unfaithfully against our God, by [fn]marrying foreign women?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:28 - Even one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, became a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite, so I chased him away from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:29 - Remember them, my God, [fn]because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:30 - So I purified them from everything foreign, and assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each in his work,
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:31 - and I arranged for the delivery of wood at appointed times and for the first fruits. Remember me, my God, for good.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit in the ears of the people
Lit close to
Or chamber
Or uplifted offerings
Or understood
An Ammonite, banned from the temple
Or chamber, and so in vv 8, 9
Or knew
Lit fled
Or contended with
Lit on them to
Lit in it
Or contended with
Lit and
Lit and commanded
Lit send a hand against
Lit given dwelling to
Lit according to the tongue of people and people
Lit giving dwelling to
Lit for the defilements of

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