Upon the reading of the Law, separation is made from the mixed multitude.
Nehemiah 13:1 And þt daye dyd they reade in the boke of Moses, & þe people herkened therto, & there was found writen therin, þt the Ammonites & Moabites shulde neuer come into the congregacion of God, Nehemiah 13:2 because they mett not þe children of Israel wt bread and water, but hyred Balaam agaynst them, þt he shuld curse them: and oure God turned the curse into a blessing. Nehemiah 13:3 Now when they herde the lawe, it fortuned, þt they separated from Israell euery one that had myxte hym selfe therin
Nehemiah at his return causeth the chambers to be cleansed.
Nehemiah 13:4 And before this had þe preast Eliasib þe ouer syght of þe treasury of þe house of oure God, & he was kynsman vnto Tobia: Nehemiah 13:5 & had made him a great chambre, & there had they afore tyme layed þe offeringes, frankencense, vessell, & the tythes of corne, and wyne and oyle (accordyng to the commaundement geuen to the Leuites, syngers and porters) and the heueofferynges of the preastes: Nehemiah 13:6 But in all this tyme was not I at Ierusalem: for in þe two & thyrtie yeare of Artaxerses kyng of Babylon, came I vnto the kyng, and after certayne dayes optayned I lycence of the kyng Nehemiah 13:7 to come to Ierusalem. And I gat knowlege of þe euell that Eliasib dyd vnto Tobia, in þt he had made him a chambre in the court of the house of God, Nehemiah 13:8 and it greued me sore, & I cast forth all the vessels of the house of Tobia out of the chambre, Nehemiah 13:9 and commaunded them to clense the chambres. And thither brought I agayne the vessels of the house of God, with the meatoffering, and the incense.
He reformeth the offices in the house of God.
Nehemiah 13:10 And I perceaued, that the porcions of the Leuites were not geuen them, and that euery one fled to his land, euen þe Leuites and syngers þt executed þe worke. Nehemiah 13:11 Then reproued I þe rulers, & sayd? why is þe house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, & set them in their place. Nehemiah 13:12 Then brought all Iuda þe tythes of corne, & wyne and oyle vnto the treasure. Nehemiah 13:13 And I made treasurers ouer þe treasure, euen Selemiah the preast, & Zadoc the scrybe, and of the Leuites, Phadaia, & vnder their hand was Hanan the sonne of Zacur the sonne of Mathania: for they were counted faythfull, and their office was to distribute the porcions vnto their brethren. Nehemiah 13:14 Thyncke vpon me O my God here in, and wipe not out my mercy that I haue shewed on the house of my God, and on the offices therof.
The violation of the Sabbath,
Nehemiah 13:15 At the same tyme sawe I some tredynge wyne presses on the Saboth, & bryngyng in shefes, & asses laden wt wyne, grapes, figges & brynging all maner of burthens vnto Ierusalem, vpon the Sabaoth daye. And I rebuked them earnestly þe same daye that they sold the vitayles. Nehemiah 13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therin, which brought fysh and all maner of ware, & solde on the Saboth vnto þe children of Iuda in Ierusalem. Nehemiah 13:17 Then reproued I the rulers in Iuda, & sayde vnto them: what euell thyng is this þt ye do, & breake the Saboth daye? Nehemiah 13:18 Dyd not youre fathers euen thus, & our God brought all thys plage vpon vs & vpon this cytie? And ye make the wrath more yet vpon Israel, in that ye breake the Saboth. Nehemiah 13:19 And it fortuned, þt when the portes of Ierusalem beganne to be darke in the euenyng before the Saboth, I commaunded to shutt the gates, and charged, that they shuld not be opened tyll after the Saboth & some of my seruauntes set I at the gates, þt there shulde no burthen be brought in on þe Saboth daye. Nehemiah 13:20 Then remayned þe chapmen & marchauntes once or twyce ouer nyght without Ierusalem wyth all maner of wares. Nehemiah 13:21 Then reproued I them sore, and sayde vnto them: why tary ye all nyght about the wall? If ye do it once agayne, I wyll laye handes vpon you. From þt tyme forth came they nomore on the Saboth. Nehemiah 13:22 And I sayde vnto the Leuites þt they shulde clense them selues, and that they shulde come and kepe the gates, to halowe the Saboth daye. Thynke vpon me (O my God) concernyng this also, & spare me, accordyng to thy great mercy.
and the marriages with strange wives.
Nehemiah 13:23 And at the same tyme sawe I Iewes, that maried wyues of Asdod, of Ammon and of Moab, Nehemiah 13:24 & their childen spake halfe in þe speach of Asdod, & coulde not speake in the Iewes language, but by the tong myght a man perceaue euery people. Nehemiah 13:25 Then I reproued them, & cursed them, & smote certayne men of them, & made them bare, and toke an ooth of them by God: Ye shal not geue your daughters vnto their sonnes, nether shall ye take their daughters vnto youre sonnes, or for youre selues. Nehemiah 13:26 Dyd not Salomon the kyng of Israel synne for soch? and yet among many Heythen was there no kynge lyke him, whych was deare vnto his God, & God made him kynge ouer all Israel, & yet neuertheles, outlandysh wemen caused him to synne? Nehemiah 13:27 Shall we then obeye vnto you, to do all this great euell, & to transgresse agaynst oure God, and marye straunge wyues? Nehemiah 13:28 And one of the children of Iehoiada the sonne of Eliasib the hye preast, had made a contracte with Sanabalat the Horonite: but I chaced him from me. Nehemiah 13:29 (O my God) thynke thou vpon them that defyle the presthode, & the couenaunt of the presthode & of the Leuites. Nehemiah 13:30 Thus clensed I them from all soch as were outlandish, and appoynted the courses of þe preastes & Leuites, euery one in his office, Nehemiah 13:31 & to offre the wod at tymes appoynted, and the fyrst frutes. Thinke thou vpon me (O my God) for the best. (Amen.)