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A.C. 445. with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psal

. teries, and with harps.

28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves to-
gether, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem,
and from the villages of Netophathi ;

29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields
of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them
villages round about Jerusalem.
30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves

and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon

wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave
thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall
toward the dung gate:

32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the
princes of Judah,

33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,
34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,

35 And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets ; name-
ly, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah,
the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur

, the son of Asaph :

36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.

37 And at the fountain gate which was over against them,
they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going
up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the
water gate eastward.

38 Ănd the other company of them that gave
went over against them, and I after them, and the half of
the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the fur-
naces even unto the broad wall;

39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the
old gate, and above the fish gate, and 'the tower of Hananeel

, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate.

40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with


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me :

41 And the priests ; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin

, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;

42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer

. * Heb. made And the singers * sang loud,

with Jezrahiah their overseer. 43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and re

thcir voice to be hcard.

joiced : for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the A. C. 445. wives also and the children rejoiced : so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.


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Nehemiah returns to Persia.

NEHEMIAH VII. VER. 1–536. 1 Now 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 my brother Hanani, and Hanania the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.

3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.

4 Now the city was * large and great: but the people Heb. broad were few therein, and the houses were not builded.


Second Commission of Nehemiah, and Reformation effected

by him.

NEHEMIAH VII, VER, 5, TO THE END. 5 And my God put into mine heart to gather together 114 10 433. the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein,

** This passage is inserted here on the authority of Prideaux, who observes, that Nehemiah, having executed the chief object of his commission, appointed Hanani and Hananiah governors of Jerusalem, and returned himself, according to a previous arrangement on his leaving Babylon, to the king in Persia. This nomination of governors, as soon as the walls were built, evidently implies that Nehemiah delegated his authority to others. The building of the wall being all that he had requested, that work effected, it was necessary that another commission should be obtained, before he could proceed to those duties which were necessary for the settling the affairs of the country. For this purpose, therefore, it is supposed that Nehemiah went to Babylon, presented himself before the king, related to him the state of Judea, and what was further necessary to its regulation and establishment; and immediately obtained permission to return again to that country. The shortness of his absence seems to be the reason why no notice is taken of it in the sacred text.-Prideaux, vol. ii. p. 527.

A.C. 444
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6 m These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;

7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, * Aza.
al 2 See Exra riah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth,

Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, I say, of the men
of the people of Israel was this ;

8 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundreå
seventy and two.

9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.

11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of de shua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen.

12 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.

14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and throw

+ Or, Bani.

15 The children of + Binnui, six hundred forty and
'16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight

17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred
twenty and two.

18 'The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.

19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and

20 The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.
21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

22 The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and

23 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and

four. 1 Or, Jora.

24 The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve.

25 The children of Gibeon, ninety and five.
Or, Gibbar,

26 The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, an hundred
fourscore and eight.
27 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight

28 The men of || Beth-azmaveth, forty and two.

29 The men of * Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.

30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

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40. or, Judah, Ezra iii. 9.

31 The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and A. C. 444

to 433. two.

32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.

33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two.

34 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two n See ver. 12. hundred fifty and four.

35 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
36 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and one.

38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.

39 q The priests: the children of • Jedaiah, of the house of Chron. of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.

40 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

43 The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the children of * Hodevah, seventy and four.

* Or, Hoda. 44 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred miah, Eura il forty and eight.

45 | The porters : the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.

46 | The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

47 The children of Keros, the children of + Sia, the chil- + Or, Siaha. dren of Padon,

48 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of + Shalmai.

* Or, Shamlai. 49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,

50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

51 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,

52 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of $ Nephishesim,

Or, Nephu. 53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

54 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the || CT, Bazluta. children of Harsha,

55 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,


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56 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha,

57 | The children of Solomon's servants : the children of Or, Peruda. Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,

58 The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

59 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, † Or, Ami.

the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of + Amou.

60 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and two.

61 PAnd these were they which went up also from Tel Or, Addan. melah, Tel-haresha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they Or, pedigree. could not shew their father's house, nor their & seed, whether

they were of Israel.

62 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two.

63 | And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, which took ere of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name.

64 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found : therefore were

they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.
#Or, the go. 65 And || the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should

not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest
with Urim and Thummim.

66 ? The whole congregation together was forty and two
thousand three hundred and threescore,

67 Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven : and they had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women.

68 Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two hundred forty and five :

69 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thor

sand seven hundred and twenty asses. * Heb. part.

70 q And * some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirsty priests' garments.

71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the trezsure of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver.

72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore and seven priests' garments.

73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and

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