Upon the reading of the Law, separation is made from the mixed multitude.
Nehemiah 13:1 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever: Nehemiah 13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Baalam against them, that he should curse them: but our God turned the curse into a blessing. Nehemiah 13:3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
Nehemiah at his return causeth the chambers to be cleansed.
Nehemiah 13:4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, [was] allied to Tobiah: Nehemiah 13:5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where formerly they laid the meat-offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded [to be given] to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests. Nehemiah 13:6 But in all this [time] I was not at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I came to the king, and after certain days I obtained leave of the king: Nehemiah 13:7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing for him a chamber in the courts of the house of God. Nehemiah 13:8 And it grieved me greatly: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber. Nehemiah 13:9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither I brought again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat-offering and the frankincense.
He reformeth the offices in the house of God.
Nehemiah 13:10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given [them]: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, had fled every one to his field. Nehemiah 13:11 Then I contended with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? and I assembled them, and set them in their place. Nehemiah 13:12 Then all Judah brought the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil to the treasuries. Nehemiah 13:13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, 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 accounted faithful; and their office [was] to distribute to their brethren. Nehemiah 13:14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its offices.
The violation of the Sabbath,
Nehemiah 13:15 In those days I saw in Judah [some] treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all [manner of] burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified [against them] in the day in which they sold provisions. Nehemiah 13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, who brought fish, and all manner of wares, and sold on the sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 13:17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, What evil thing [is] this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Nehemiah 13:18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. Nehemiah 13:19 And it came to pass, that, when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and I set [some] of my servants at the gates, [that] there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. Nehemiah 13:20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of wares lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Nehemiah 13:21 Then I testified against them, and said to them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do [so] again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth they came no [more] on the sabbath. Nehemiah 13:22 And I commanded the Levites, that they should cleanse themselves, and [that] they should come [and] keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, [concerning] this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.
and the marriages with strange wives.
Nehemiah 13:23 In those days also I saw Jews [that] had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab: Nehemiah 13:24 And their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews language, but according to the language of each people. Nehemiah 13:25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, [saying], Ye shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons, or for yourselves. Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Nehemiah 13:27 Shall we then hearken to you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying foreign wives? Nehemiah 13:28 And [one] of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, [was] son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me. Nehemiah 13:29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites. Nehemiah 13:30 Thus I cleansed them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business; Nehemiah 13:31 And for the wood-offering, at times appointed, and for the first-fruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.