Upon the reading of the Law, separation is made from the mixed multitude.
Nehemiah 13:1 On that day there was read in the book of Moses, in the ears of the people, and it hath been found written in it that an Ammonite and Moabite doth not come into the assembly of Godunto the age, Nehemiah 13:2 because they have not come before the sons of Israel with bread and with water, and hire against them Balaam to revile them, and our God turneth the reviling into a blessing. Nehemiah 13:3 And it cometh to pass, at their hearing the law, that they separate all the mixed people from Israel.
Nehemiah at his return causeth the chambers to be cleansed.
Nehemiah 13:4 And before this Eliashib the priest, appointed over chambers of the house of our God, [is] a relation of Tobiah, Nehemiah 13:5 and he maketh for him a great chamber, and there they were formerly putting the present, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithe of the corn, the new wine, and the oilthe commanded thing of the Levites, and the singers, and the gatekeepersand the heave-offering of the priests. Nehemiah 13:6 And during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty and second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon did I come unto the king, and at the end of days I have asked of the king, Nehemiah 13:7 and I come in to Jerusalem, and understand concerning the evil that Eliashib hath done for Tobiah, to make to him a chamber in the courts of the house of God, Nehemiah 13:8 and it is very displeasing to me, and I cast all the vessels of the house of Tobiah without, out of the chamber, Nehemiah 13:9 and I speak, and they cleanse the chambers, and I bring back thither the vessels of the house of God with the present and the frankincense.
He reformeth the offices in the house of God.
Nehemiah 13:10 And I know that the portions of the Levites have not been given, and they flee each to his fieldthe Levites and the singers, doing the work. Nehemiah 13:11 And I strive with the prefects, and say, 'Wherefore hath the house of God been forsaken?' and I gather them, and set them on their station; Nehemiah 13:12 and all Judah have brought in the tithe of the corn, and of the new wine, and of the oil, to the treasuries. Nehemiah 13:13 And I appoint treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites; and by their hand [is] Hanan son of Zaccur, son of Mattaniah, for stedfast they have been reckoned, and on them [it is] to give a portion to their brethren. Nehemiah 13:14 Be mindful of me, O my God, for this, and do not blot out my kind acts that I have done, for the house of my God, and for its charges.
The violation of the Sabbath,
Nehemiah 13:15 In those days I have seen in Judah those treading wine-vats on sabbath, and bringing in the sheaves, and lading on the asses, and also, wine, grapes, and figs, and every burden, yea, they are bringing in to Jerusalem on the sabbath-day, and I testify in the day of their selling provision. Nehemiah 13:16 And the Tyrians have dwelt in it, bringing in fish, and every ware, and selling on sabbath to the sons of Judah and in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 13:17 And I strive with the freemen of Judah, and say to them, 'What [is] this evil thing that ye are doing, and polluting the sabbath-day? Nehemiah 13:18 Thus did not your fathers do? and our God bringeth in on us all this evil, and on this city, and ye are adding fierceness on Israel, to pollute the sabbath.' Nehemiah 13:19 And it cometh to pass, when the gates of Jerusalem have been dark before the sabbath, that I speak, and the doors are shut, and I say, that they do not open them till after the sabbath; and of my servants I have stationed at the gates; there doth not come in a burden on the sabbath-day. Nehemiah 13:20 And they lodgethe merchants and sellers of all wareat the outside of Jerusalem, once or twice, Nehemiah 13:21 and I testify against them, and say unto them, 'Wherefore are ye lodging over-against the wall? if ye repeat [it], a hand I put forth upon you;' from that time they have not come in on the sabbath. Nehemiah 13:22 And I say to the Levites, that they be cleansed, and, coming in, keeping the gates, to sanctify the sabbath-day. Also, this, remember for me, O my God, and have pity on me, according to the abundance of Thy kindness.
and the marriages with strange wives.
Nehemiah 13:23 Also, in those days, I have seen the Jews [who] have settled women of Ashdod, of Ammon, of Moab. Nehemiah 13:24 And of their sons, half are speaking Ashdoditishand are not knowing to speak Jewishand according to the language of people and people. Nehemiah 13:25 And I strive with them, and declare them vile, and smite certain of them, and pluck off their hair, and cause them to swear by God, 'Ye do not give your daughters to their sons, nor do ye take of their daughters to your sons, and to yourselves. Nehemiah 13:26 'By these did not Solomon king of Israel sin? and among the many nations there was no king like him, and beloved by his God he was, and God maketh him king over all Israeleven him did the strange women cause to sin. Nehemiah 13:27 And to you do we hearken to do all this great evil, to trespass against our God, to settle strange women?' Nehemiah 13:28 And [one] of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest, [is] son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite, and I cause him to flee from off me. Nehemiah 13:29 Be mindful of them, O my God, for the redeemed of the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. Nehemiah 13:30 And I have cleansed them from every stranger, and appoint charges to priests and to Levites, each in his work, Nehemiah 13:31 and for the wood-offering at appointed times, and for first-fruits. Be mindful of me, O my God, for good.