Upon the reading of the Law, separation is made from the mixed multitude.
Nehemiah 13:1 On that day, a portion, was read in the book of Moses, in the ears of the people,and it was found written therein, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not enter into the convocation of God, unto times age-abiding; Nehemiah 13:2 because they met not the sons of Israel, with bread and with water,but hired against them Balaam, to curse them, although our God turned the curse into a blessing. Nehemiah 13:3 So it came to pass, when they had heard the law,that they separated all the mixed multitude from Israel.
Nehemiah at his return causeth the chambers to be cleansed.
Nehemiah 13:4 Now, before this, Eliashib the priest, who was set over a chamber of the house of God, was allied unto Tobiah; Nehemiah 13:5 so he prepared him a large chamber, where aforetime they used to lay the meal-offering, the frankincense, and the utensils, and the tithe of the corn, the new wine and the oil, in charge of the Levites, and the singers, and the doorkeepers,and the heave-offerings for the priests. Nehemiah 13:6 But, throughout all this [time], was I not in Jerusalem,for, in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon, I came unto the king, and, at the end of certain days, obtained I leave of the king; Nehemiah 13:7 and came to Jerusalem,and had intelligence of the wickedness which Eliashib had committed for Tobiah, in preparing for him a chamber, in the courts of the house of God; Nehemiah 13:8 and it grieved me exceedingly,and I cast forth all the household utensils of Tobiah, outside of the chamber. Nehemiah 13:9 Then commanded I, and they purified the chambers,and I put back there, the utensils of the house of God, the meal-offering and the frankincense.
He reformeth the offices in the house of God.
Nehemiah 13:10 Then came I to know, that, the portions of the Levites, had not been given [them],so that the Levites and the singers, who had been doing the work, had fled every one to his field. Nehemiah 13:11 Therefore contended I with the deputies, and said, Wherefore is the house of God, forsaken? So I gathered them together, and set them in their place. Nehemiah 13:12 Then, all Judah, brought in the tithe of corn, and new wine, and oil, unto the treasuries; Nehemiah 13:13 and I made treasurers over the treasuriesShelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah from among the Levites, and, next unto them, Hanan son of Zaccur, son of Mattaniah,for faithful were they accounted, and it was [laid] upon them to distribute unto their brethren. Nehemiah 13:14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this,and do not wipe out my lovingkindnesses, which I have done for the house of my God, and for those keeping charge thereof.
The violation of the Sabbath,
Nehemiah 13:15 In those days, saw I in Judahsome treading winepresses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves and lading asses, moreover also wine, grapes, and figs, and every kind of burden, which they were bringing into Jerusalem on the sabbath day,so I protested against it, as a day for them to sell provisions. Nehemiah 13:16 And, men of Tyre, dwelt therein, who were bringing in fishand every kind of ware for sale,and were selling, on the sabbath, to the sons of Judah, and in Jerusalem; Nehemiah 13:17 so I contended with the nobles of Judah,and said unto them, What is this wicked thing which, ye, are doing, and profaning the sabbath day? Nehemiah 13:18 Was it not, thus, your fathers did, and our God brought upon us all this calamity, and upon this city?and, ye, would add indignation against Israel, by profaning the sabbath! Nehemiah 13:19 And it came to pass, when the gates of Jerusalem made a shadow before the sabbath, then gave I word, and they shut the doors, and I gave word, that they should not open them, until after the sabbath,and, some of my young men, set I near the gates, so that no burden should be brought in, on the sabbath day. Nehemiah 13:20 But the traders and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. Nehemiah 13:21 Therefore I testified against them, and said unto them, Wherefore are ye lodging against the wall? if ye do it again, a hand, will I thrust upon you,From that time, they came not on the sabbath. Nehemiah 13:22 And I gave word to the Levites, that they should be purifying themselves and coming in, as keepers of the gates, to hallow the sabbath day. This also, remember to me, O my God, and have pity upon me, according to the abundance of thy lovingkindness.
and the marriages with strange wives.
Nehemiah 13:23 Moreover, in these days, saw I the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, of Ammon, of Moab; Nehemiah 13:24 and, their children, were one-half speaking the language of Ashdod, and understood not how to speak the language of the Jews,but after the tongue of both people. Nehemiah 13:25 So I contended with them, and laid a curse upon them, and I smote, from among them, certain men, and pulled out their hair,and I put them on oath by God, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take of their daughters, for your sons nor for yourselves. Nehemiah 13:26 Was it not, over these things, that Solomon king of Israel sinnedthough, among many nations, there was no king such as he, and he was, beloved by his God, and so God gave him to be king over all Israel,even him, did foreign women, cause to sin. Nehemiah 13:27 Unto you, then, shall we hearken, to do all this great wickedness, to act unfaithfully with our God,by marrying foreign wives? Nehemiah 13:28 And, one of the sons of Joiada, 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,on account of the Defilings of the Priesthood, and the Covenant of the Priesthood, and of the Levites. Nehemiah 13:30 So I purified them from everything foreign,and appointed charges unto the priests and unto the Levites, every one in his work; Nehemiah 13:31 also for the offering of wood, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good!