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Nehemiah 13 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:1 - On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people, and in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever come into the assembly of God,

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:2 - because they had not met the children 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 it was, when they had heard the Law, that they separated all the mixed multitude from Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:4 - Now before this, Eliashib the priest, having authority over the storerooms of the house of our God, was allied with Tobiah.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:5 - And he had prepared for him a large room, where previously they had stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, the tithes of grain, the new wine and oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and singers and gatekeepers, and the offerings for the priests.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:6 - But during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Then after certain days I obtained leave from the king,

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:7 - and I came to Jerusalem and discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:8 - And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:9 - Then I commanded them to cleanse the rooms; and I brought back into them the articles of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:10 - I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to his field.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:11 - So I contended with the rulers, and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their place.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:13 - And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouse Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered faithful, and their task was to distribute to their brethren.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:14 - Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:15 - In those days I saw people in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:16 - Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:17 - Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, “What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day?

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:18 - “Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:19 - So it was, at the gates of Jerusalem, as it began to be dark before the Sabbath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and charged that they must not be opened till after the Sabbath. Then I posted some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:20 - Now the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:21 - Then I warned them, and said to them, “Why do you spend the night around the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you!” From that time on they came no more on the Sabbath.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:22 - And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy!

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:23 - In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:24 - And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of one or the other people.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:25 - So I contended with them and cursed them, struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters as wives to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons or yourselves.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:26 - “Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:27 - “Should we then hear of your doing all this great evil, transgressing against our God by marrying pagan women?”

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:28 - And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite; therefore I drove him from me.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:30 - Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service,

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:31 - and to bringing the wood offering and the firstfruits at appointed times. Remember me, O my God, for good!

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