Upon the reading of the Law, separation is made from the mixed multitude.
Nehemiah 13:1 And what tyme as the boke of Moses was read in the eares of the people there was found wryten therein, that the Ammonytes and Moabites shulde neuer come into the congregacyn of God, Nehemiah 13:2 because they met not the chyldren of Israel with bread and water, and hyred Balaam agaynste them, that he shulde curse them: neuerthelesse oure GOD turned the curse into a blessynge. Nehemiah 13:3 Nowe when they hearde the lawe, they separated from Israell euerye one þt had myxte hym selfe therein.
Nehemiah at his return causeth the chambers to be cleansed.
Nehemiah 13:4 And before this had the prieste Eliasib delyuered the cheste of the house of oure God vnto hys kynsman Tobiah: Nehemiah 13:5 for he had made hym a greate cheste, and there had they afore tyme layed the meatofferynges, frankencense vessel, and the tythes of corne, wyne and oyle (accordynge to the commaundement geuen to the Leuytes, syngers & porters) and the heaueofferynges of the priestes. Nehemiah 13:6 But in all thys was not I at Ierusalem: for in the two and thyrthyeth year of Arthaxerses kynge of Babilon, came I vnto þe king, and after certayne dayes obtayned I lycence of the king Nehemiah 13:7 to come to Ierusalem. And I gat knowledge of the euyll that Eliasib byd vnto Tobiah, in that he had made hym a chest in þe courte of the house of God, Nehemiah 13:8 and it greued me sore, and I cast forthe all the vessels of þe house of Tobiah out of the chest, Nehemiah 13:9 and commaunded them to clense the cheste. And thyther broughte I agayn the vessels of the house of God, the meateofferynge and the incense.
He reformeth the offices in the house of God.
Nehemiah 13:10 And I perceyued, that the porcyons of the Leuites were not geuen them, for the whiche cause the Leuytes & syngers were fled, euerye one to hys lande for to worke. Nehemiah 13:11 Then reproued I the rulers, and sayde: why forsake we the house of God. But I gathered them together & set them in theyr place. Nehemiah 13:12 Then brought al Iuda the thythes of corne, wyne and oyle vnto þe treasure. Nehemiah 13:13 And I made treasures ouer the treasure, euen Selemiah the prieste, and Zadoc þe scrybe, and of the Leuytes Phadaiah & vnder theyr hande Hanan the sonne of Zacur þe sonne of Mathaniah: for they were counted faythfull, and theyr offyce was to dystrybute vnto theyr brethren. Nehemiah 13:14 Thyncke vpon me O my God herein, and wype not oute my mercye, that I haue shewed on the house of my God, and on the offycers thereof.
The violation of the Sabbath,
Nehemiah 13:15 At the same tyme sawe I some tredynge wynepresses on the Saboth, and bryngynge in clusters, and asses laden wyth wyne, grapes, fygges, and bryngynge al maner of burthens vnto Ierusalem, vpon the Saboth day. And I rebuked them earnestlye the same daye that they solde the vytayles. Nehemiah 13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, whiche brought fyshe & all maner of ware, and solde on the Sabboth vnto the chyldren of Iuda, and Ierusalem. Nehemiah 13:17 Then reproued I the rulers in Iuda, and sayd vnto them: what euyll thynge is thys that ye do, & breake the Saboth day? Nehemiah 13:18 Dyd not our fathers euen thus, and oure GOD brought all thys plage vpon vs & vpon thys cytye? And ye make the wrathe more yet vpon Israel, in that ye breake the Saboth. Nehemiah 13:19 And it fortuned, that when the porters of Ierusalem made shadowe before the Saboth, I commaunded to shut the gathes, & charged, þt they shulde not be opened tyl after þe Saboth & some of my seruauntes set I at the gates, þt here shulde no burthen be broughte in on the Saboth daye. Nehemiah 13:20 Then remayned the chapmen and marchauntes ones or twyce ouer nyghte wythoute Ierusalem wyth all maner of wares. Nehemiah 13:21 Then reproued I them sore, and sayd vnto them: why tarye ye all nyghte aboute the wall? If ye do it ones agayne, I wyll lay handes vpon you. From that tyme forthe came they no more on the Saboth. Nehemiah 13:22 And I sayde vnto the Leuytes whiche were cleane, that they shulde come and kepe the gates, to halowe the Saboth daye. Thynke vpon me (O my God) concernynge this also, and spare me according to thy greate mercy.
and the marriages with strange wives.
Nehemiah 13:23 And at the same tyme sawe I Iewes, that maryed wyues of Asdod, Ammon & of Moab, Nehemiah 13:24 and theyr chyldren spake halfe in the speache of Asdod, and could not speake in the Iewes language, but by the tonge myghte a man perceyue euerye people. Nehemiah 13:25 And I reproued them, & cursed them, and smote certaine men of them, and pluckte them vp, and toke an othe of them by God: Ye shall not gene youre doughters vnto theyr sonnes, neyther shal ye take theyr doughters vnto youre sonnes, or for your selues. Nehemiah 13:26 Dyd not Salomon þe king of Israel synne there in? & yet among many Heythen was there no kynge lyke hym, and he was deare vnto hys God, and God made hym kynge ouer al Israel, and yet neuertheles outlandyshe wemen caused hym to synne? Nehemiah 13:27 And shall we then obeye vnto you, to do all thys greate euyll, & to transgresse agaynst oure God, and marye straunge wyues? Nehemiah 13:28 And one of the chyldren of Iehoiada the sonne of Eliasib the hye prieste, had made a contracte wyth Sanabalat the Horonite: but I chaced him from me. Nehemiah 13:29 O my God, thinke thou vpon them that are quyte of the priesthode, & haue defyled the couenaunte of the priesthode and of the Leuites. Nehemiah 13:30 Thus clensed I them from all suche as were outlandyshe, and appointed the courses of the priestes and Leuites, euerye one to hys offyce, Nehemiah 13:31 and to offre the wood at times appoynted, & the fyrste frutes. Thinke. thou vpon me (O my God) for the beste.