Nehemiah 13:15-2215In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses aon the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, bwhich they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And cI warned them on the day when they sold food. 16Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself! 17 dThen I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, eprofaning the Sabbath day? 18 fDid not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster ▼
▼The Hebrew word can mean evil, harm, or disaster, depending on the contexton us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
19As soon as it hbegan to grow dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, that no load might be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. 21 iBut I warned them and said to them, “Why do you lodge outside the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you.” From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath. 22Then I commanded the Levites jthat they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. kRemember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.
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