The Sin of the Moabites - Nehemiah 13

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  Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit  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 13:4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the  oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was  allied unto Tobiah: 

Nehemiah 13:5 And he had prepared for him a  great chamber, where aforetime 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 was  not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of  Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after  certain days obtained I leave of the king: 

Nehemiah 13:7 And I came  to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for  Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the  house of God. 

Nehemiah 13:8 And it grieved me sore: 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 brought I again the vessels of the  house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense.   

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, were fled every one to his field. 


Nehemiah 13:11  Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the  house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and  set them in their place. 

Nehemiah 13:12 Then brought all Judah the  tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto 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 counted  faithful, and their office was to distribute unto 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 the offices thereof.  

Nehemiah 13:15 In those days saw I in Judah some treading  winepresses 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. 

Nehemiah 13:16 There dwelt 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. 

Nehemiah 13:17 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? 

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 some of my servants set I 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 ware lodged  without Jerusalem once or twice. 

Nehemiah 13:21 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. 

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.  

Nehemiah 13:23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married  wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: 

Nehemiah 13:24 And  their children spake 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 unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto 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 of 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 unto you to do all this  great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange  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 cleansed I 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 firstfruits.  Remember me, O my God, for good. KJV