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Nehemiah 13 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:1 - On that day the book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people. They found written in it that no Ammonite or Moabite may ever enter the assembly of God,

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:2 - for they had not met the Israelites with food and water, but instead had hired Balaam to curse them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into blessing.)

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:3 - When they heard the law, they removed from Israel all who were of mixed ancestry.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:4 - But prior to this time, Eliashib the priest, a relative of Tobiah, had been appointed over the storerooms of the temple of our God.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:5 - He made for himself a large storeroom where previously they had been keeping the grain offering, the incense, and the vessels, along with the tithes of the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil as commanded for the Levites, the singers, the gate keepers, and the offering for the priests.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:6 - During all this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes of Babylon, I had gone back to the king. After some time I had requested leave of the king,

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:7 - and I returned to Jerusalem. Then I discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah by supplying him with a storeroom in the courts of the temple of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:8 - I was very upset, and I threw all of Tobiah's household possessions out of the storeroom.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:9 - Then I gave instructions that the storerooms should be purified, and I brought back the equipment of the temple of God, along with the grain offering and the incense.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:10 - I also discovered that the grain offerings for the Levites had not been provided, and that as a result the Levites and the singers who performed this work had all gone off to their fields.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:11 - So I registered a complaint with the leaders, asking "Why is the temple of God neglected?" Then I gathered them and reassigned them to their positions.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:12 - Then all of Judah brought the tithe of the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil to the storerooms.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:13 - I gave instructions that Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and a certain Levite named Pedaiah be put in charge of the storerooms, and that Hanan son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah, be their assistant, for they were regarded as trustworthy. It was then their responsibility to oversee the distribution to their colleagues.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:14 - Please remember me for this, O my God, and do not wipe out the kindness that I have done for the temple of my God and for its services!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:15 - In those days I saw people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath, bringing in heaps of grain and loading them onto donkeys, along with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, and bringing them to Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. So I warned them on the day that they sold these provisions.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:16 - The people from Tyre who lived there were bringing fish and all kinds of merchandise and were selling it on the Sabbath to the people of Judah - and in Jerusalem, of all places!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:17 - So I registered a complaint with the nobles of Judah, saying to them, "What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day?

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:18 - Isn't this the way your ancestors acted, causing our God to bring on them and on this city all this misfortune? And now you are causing even more wrath on Israel, profaning the Sabbath like this!"

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:19 - When the evening shadows began to fall on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be closed. I further directed that they were not to be opened until after the Sabbath. I positioned some of my young men at the gates so that no load could enter on the Sabbath day.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:20 - The traders and sellers of all kinds of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem once or twice.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:21 - But I warned them and said, "Why do you spend the night by the wall? If you repeat this, I will forcibly remove you!" From that time on they did not show up on the Sabbath.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:22 - Then I directed the Levites to purify themselves and come and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy. For this please remember me, O my God, and have pity on me in keeping with your great love.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:23 - Also in those days I saw the men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:24 - Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod (or the language of one of the other peoples mentioned) and were unable to speak the language of Judah.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:25 - So I entered a complaint with them. I called down a curse on them, and I struck some of the men and pulled out their hair. I had them swear by God saying, "You will not marry off your daughters to their sons, and you will not take any of their daughters as wives for your sons or for yourselves!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:26 - Was it not because of things like these that King Solomon of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. But the foreign wives made even him sin!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:27 - Should we then in your case hear that you do all this great evil, thereby being unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign wives?"

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:28 - Now one of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest was a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite. So I banished him from my sight.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:29 - Please remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, the covenant of the priesthood, and the Levites.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:30 - So I purified them of everything foreign, and I assigned specific duties to the priests and the Levites.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:31 - I also provided for the wood offering at the appointed times and also for the first fruits. Please remember me for good, O my God.

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