Ne: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.
Ne: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.
Ne: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.
Ne:13:27: Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?
Ne: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.
Ne:13:29: Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.
Ne:13:30: Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;
Ne:13:31: And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
Es:1:1: Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)
Es:1:2: That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
Es:1:3: In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:
Es:1:4: When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
Es:1:5: And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace;
Es:1:6: Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
Es:1:7: And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.
Es:1:8: And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man’s pleasure.
Es:1:9: Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
Es:1:10: On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
Es:1:11: To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
Es:1:12: But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
Es:1:13: Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king’s manner toward all that knew law and judgment:
Es:1:14: And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;)
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