Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1

¶1. The words of Nehemiah ben-Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Shushan the capital,

2.that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah, and I asked them about the escaped remnant of the Jews who remained of the captives and about Jerusalem.

3. And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who remained of the captives are in great distress and reproach, and Jerusalem’s wall is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

4. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down, and wept and mourned for days, and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

5. And I said, “I beseech you, O Jehovah, God of heaven, the great and fearful God, who keeps the covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.

6.Let your ear, I pray, be attentive, and your eyes open, that you might hear the prayer of your servant, which I am praying to you this day, day and night, for the children of Israel your servants, and confessing the sins of the children of Israel which we sinned against you that I and my father’s house have sinned.

7.We have been very corrupt toward you and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which you commanded Moses your servant.

8.Remember, I pray, the word which you commanded Moses your servant, saying, “You will trespass, and I will scatter you among the nations.

9.But when you return to me and keep my commandments, and you do them, though you be driven out to the ends of the heavens, from there will I gather them and bring them back to the place that I chose as a dwelling place for my name.

10.For they are your servants and your people whom you redeemed by your great power, and your strong hand.

11.O Lord, I pray you, let your ear, I beg, be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants, who delight to fear your name, and prosper, I pray, your servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer.

Nehemiah 2

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¶1. And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not before been sad in his presence.

2. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, for you are not sick? This is indeed sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid.

3. And I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why would my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs is desolate, and its gates have been consumed by fire?”

4. And the king said to me, “For what are you seeking?” So, I prayed to the God of heaven.

5. And I said to the king, “If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may build it up.”

6. And the king said to me (with the queen was sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So, it was good in the sight of the king to send me, and I gave him a set time.

7. I also said to the king, “If it please the king, let letters be given to me for the governors beyond the river, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah.

8.And a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to provide beams for the gates of the fortress, which is by the temple, and for the city walls, and for the house that I occupy.” And the king gave this to me, according to the good hand of my God upon him.

¶9. And I came to the governors beyond the river, and I gave them the king’s letters. And the king had also sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.

10. And Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard it, and it greatly displeased them that a man had come to seek good for the children of Israel.

11. And I came to Jerusalem and had been there three days

12.when I arose at night, I and a few of the men with me. Now I had not told any man what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem, and there was no animal with me except the animal that I rode upon.

13. And I went out at night through the valley gate, and by the Serpent Spring, and to the Dung Gate, for I was inspecting the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates that had been consumed by fire.

14. Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate, and to the King’s Pool, but there was no place for the animal beneath me to pass through.

15. Then I went up by the brook at night and inspected the wall, and then I turned back and returned.

16. And the prefects did not know where I had gone, or what I was doing, for I had not yet told the Jews, or the priests, or the nobles, or the prefects, or the rest who would do the work.

¶17. Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we will no longer be a reproach.”

18. And I told them of the hand of my God that had been good to me, and of the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So, they strengthened their hands to do the good work.

19. When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the Ammonite servant, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they mocked us and despised us, saying, “What is this thing that you are doing? You are rebelling against the king!”

20. And I returned a message to them, and I said to them, “The God of heaven, He will make us successful, and we, His servants, will rise up and build the wall, and you have no portion, or righteousness, or memorial in Jerusalem.”

Nehemiah 3

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¶1. Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers, the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set up its doors. They consecrated it to as the Tower of the Hundred, and to the Tower of Hananeel.

2. And next to him, the men of Jericho built, and next to them Zachur ben-Imri built.

3. And the Fish Gate was built by the sons of Hassenaah; they laid its beams, and set up its doors, its locks, and its bars.

4. And next to them Meremoth ben-Urijah, the son of Koz, made repairs. And next to them Meshullam ben-Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel, made repairs. And beside them Zdaok ben-Baana made repairs.

5. And next to them, the Tekoites made repair, but their nobles did not put their necks to the service of their Lord.

6. And Jehoiada ben-Paseah and Meshullam ben-Besodeiah repaired the Old Gate; they laid its beams, and set up its doors, its locks, and its bars.

7. And next to them Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, of the jurisdiction of the governor beyond the river, made repairs.

8. Next to him, Uzziel ben-Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths, made repairs. And next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers made repairs, and they fortified Jerusalem as far as the broad wall.

9. And next to them, Rephaiah ben-Hur, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs.

10. And next to them Jedaiah ben-Harumaph, made repairs in front of his house. And next to him, Hattush ben-Hashabniah made repairs.

11. Malchijah ben-Harim, and Hashub ben-Pahathmoab repaired another section, and the Tower of the Ovens.

12. And next to him, Shallum ben-Halohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem made repairs, he, and his daughters.

13. Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate; they built it, and set up its doors, its locks, and its bars, and repaired a thousand cubits of the wall to the Dung Gate.

14. And Malchiah ben-Rechab, ruler of the district of Bethh-Haccerem repaired the Dung Gate; he built it, and set up its doors, its locks, and its bars.

15. And Shallun ben-Colhozeh, the ruler of the district of Mizpah repaired the Fountain Gate; he built it and covered it, and he set up its doors, its locks, and its bars, as well as the wall of the Pool of Shiloah by the king’s garden, and to the steps that come down from the city of David.

16. After him Nehemiah ben-Azbuk, ruler of half the district of Beth-Zur, repaired to opposite the tombs of David, and to the manmade pool, and to the house of the mighty men.

17. After him the Levites, Rehum ben-Bani made repairs. And next to him, Hashabiah, ruler of half the district of Keilah made repairs for his district.

18. After him their brothers made repairs, Bavai ben-Henadad, the ruler of half the district of Keilah made repairs.

19. And next to him, Ezer ben-Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, repaired another section from opposite the going up to the armory at the corner of the wall.

20. After him Baruch ben-Zabbai earnestly made repairs to another section from the corner to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.

21. After him Meremoth ben-Urijah, the son of Koz made repairs to another section from the door of Eliashib’s house as far as the end of Eliashib’s house.

22. And after him the priests, men from the Kicor made repairs.

23. And after them Benjamin and Hashub made repairs opposite their house. After them Azariah ben-Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah made repairs beside his house.

24. After him Binnui ben-Henadad made repairs to another section from Azariah’s house as far as the corner buttress of the wall and to the corner.

25. Palal ben-Uzai repaired from the corner and the tower which went out from the king’s upper house, which was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah ben-Parosh made repairs.

26. And the Nethinim, who dwelt in the Ophel, repaired as far as opposite the Water Gate to the east, and the tower that projects outward.

27. After them the Tekoites repaired another section from opposite the great projecting tower as far as the wall of the Ophel.

28. From above the Horse Gate the priests made repairs, each man opposite his house.

29. After them Zadok ben-Immer made repairs opposite his house. And after him Shemaiah ben-Shechaniah, keeper of the Eastern Gate, made repairs.

30. After him Hananiah ben-Shelemiah and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph repaired another section. After them Meshullam ben-Berechiah made repairs opposite his chamber.

31. After him Malchiah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the Nethanim and of the merchantmen, opposite the Miphkad Gate, and to the going up to the corner.

32. And between the going up of the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and the merchantmen repaired.

Nehemiah 4

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¶1. But it came to pass, when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, that he was angry and greatly enraged, and he mocked the Jews.

2. And he spoke before his brothers and the powerful men of Samaria, and he said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they free themselves? Will they make sacrifices? Will they be finished in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish that were burned?”

3. And Tobiah the Ammonite was at his side, and he said, “Yea, what they are building, if a fox goes up on it, that shall break down their stones.”

4. O hear our God, for we are despised! And turn back their reproach on their heads and give them as spoil in a land of captivity.

5.And do not cover their iniquity, and let their sin not be blotted out from before you, for they are provoking you in the presence of the builders.

6. Yet we were building the wall, and the whole wall was joined together to half of its height, for the people had a mind to work.

¶7. But it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem progressed, and that the breaches began to be closed, that it was very displeasing to them.

8. And they all conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem, and to cause confusion in it.

9. And we prayed to our God and because of them we set a guard against them day and night,

10.for Judah said, “The strength of the burden bearer is failing and there is much rubble; we are not able to build the wall.”

11. And our enemies said, “They will neither know nor see until we come into their midst and slay them, and we will put an end to the work.”

12. And it came to pass when the Jews who dwelt by them came, that they said to us ten times, “They shall come against us from all the places to which you might return.”

13. So I set a guard in the lower places in the space behind the wall, in the open places, yea, I set the people by their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14. And I looked, and I arose and said to the nobles, and the prefects, and the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the great and dreadful Lord, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

15. And it came to pass when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, that all of us returned to the wall, each to his work.

16. And it came to pass that from that day half of my servants labored in the work, and the other half of them held the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the javelins; and the rulers were behind all the houses of Judah.

17. They who built the wall, and those who bore a burden worked with one of his hands on the work and the other holding his weapon.

18. For the builders each had his sword girded at his side as he built. And he who sounded the shofar was at my side.

19. And I said to the nobles, and the prefects, and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall, each man far from his brother.

20.Wherever you hear the sound of the shofar, rally to us there; our God will fight for us.”

21. So we labored in the work, and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars came out.

22. I also said to the people at that time, “Let each man and his servant pass the night within Jerusalem, that they may be a guard for us at night and a worker by day.

23. And neither I, nor my brothers, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us, took off our clothes. Each took his javelin to the water.

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29. Remember them, my God, for the defilements of the priesthood, and the covenant of priesthood, and the Levites.

30. I cleansed them of every foreigner, and I set up the offices for the priests and for the Levites, each with his work,

31.and for the offerings, and for the wood in the times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, my God, for good!

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