And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites
and the singers, that did the work, were fled
every one to his field.
Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in
Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and
the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.
And I made treasurers over the treasuries,
Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them
the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.
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 the
days saw I 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
wherein they sold victuals.
men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah,
and in Jerusalem.
Then I contended with the nobles of Judah,
and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
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
profaning the sabbath.
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 some of my servants set I at the gates, that there
should no burden
be brought in on the sabbath day.
So the merchants
and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.
Then I testified
against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time
forth came they no more on the sabbath.
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.
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