Nehemiah 13:11
New International Version
So I rebuked the officials and asked them, "Why is the house of God neglected?" Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts.

New Living Translation
I immediately confronted the leaders and demanded, "Why has the Temple of God been neglected?" Then I called all the Levites back again and restored them to their proper duties.

English Standard Version
So I confronted the officials and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their stations.

Berean Study Bible
So I rebuked the officials and asked, “Why has the house of God been neglected?” Then I gathered the Levites and singers together and stationed them at their posts,

New American Standard Bible
So I reprimanded the officials and said, "Why is the house of God forsaken?" Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, I rebuked the officials, asking, "Why has the house of God been neglected?" I gathered the Levites and singers together and stationed them at their posts.

Contemporary English Version
I called the leaders together and angrily asked them, "Why is the temple neglected?" Then I told them to start doing their jobs.

Good News Translation
I reprimanded the officials for letting the Temple be neglected. And I brought the Levites and musicians back to the Temple and put them to work again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, I rebuked the officials, saying, "Why has the house of God been neglected?" I gathered the Levites and singers together and stationed them at their posts.

International Standard Version
So I confronted the officials and asked, "Why is the Temple of God neglected?" Then I gathered them together and put them back in their places.

NET Bible
So I registered a complaint with the leaders, asking "Why is the temple of God neglected?" Then I gathered them and reassigned them to their positions.

New Heart English Bible
Then I contended with the rulers, and said, "Why is God's house forsaken?" I gathered them together, and set them in their place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I reprimanded the leaders. "Why is God's temple being neglected?" I asked. So I brought the Levites back together and put them back in their places of service.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
So I reprimanded the officials and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I contended with the rulers and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together and set them in their place.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I pleaded the matter against the magistrates, and said: Why have we forsaken the house of God? And I gathered them together, and I made them to stand in their places.

Darby Bible Translation
Then I contended with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together and set them in their place.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I contended with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? and I assembled them, and set them in their place.

World English Bible
Then I contended with the rulers, and said, "Why is the house of God forsaken?" I gathered them together, and set them in their place.

Young's Literal Translation
And I strive with the prefects, and say, 'Wherefore hath the house of God been forsaken?' and I gather them, and set them on their station;
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Tithes Restored
10I also learned that because the portions for the Levites had not been given them, all the Levites and singers responsible for performing the service had gone back to their own fields. 11So I rebuked the officials and asked, “Why has the house of God been neglected?” Then I gathered the Levites and singers together and stationed them at their posts, 12and all Judah brought a tenth of the grain, new wine, and oil into the storerooms.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 10:39
For the Israelites and the Levites are to bring the contributions of grain, new wine, and oil to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are kept and where the ministering priests, the gatekeepers, and the singers stay. Thus we will not neglect the house of our God."

Nehemiah 13:17
Then I rebuked the nobles of Judah and asked, "What is this evil you are doing--profaning the Sabbath day?

Nehemiah 13:25
I rebuked them and called down curses on them. I beat some of these men and pulled out their hair. Then I made them take an oath before God and said: "You must not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters as wives for your sons or for yourselves!

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.

Malachi 3:8
"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me!" You ask, "How do we rob You?" "In tithes and offerings.

Treasury of Scripture

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.

contend.

Nehemiah 13:17,25 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, What …

Nehemiah 5:6-13 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words…

Job 31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify …

Proverbs 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the …

Why is the house.

Nehemiah 10:39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the …

1 Samuel 2:17 Why the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for …

Malachi 3:8-11 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein …

place. Heb. standing.







Lexicon
So I rebuked
וָאָרִ֙יבָה֙ (wā·’ā·rî·ḇāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7378: To toss, grapple, to wrangle, controversy, to defend

the officials
הַסְּגָנִ֔ים (has·sə·ḡā·nîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5461: A prefect of a, province

and asked,
וָאֹ֣מְרָ֔ה (wā·’ō·mə·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Why
מַדּ֖וּעַ (mad·dū·a‘)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4069: Why? for what reason?

has the house
בֵּית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of God
הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

been neglected?”
נֶעֱזַ֣ב (ne·‘ĕ·zaḇ)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

Then I gathered the Levites and singers together
וָֽאֶ֨קְבְּצֵ֔ם (wā·’eq·bə·ṣêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6908: To gather, collect

and stationed
וָֽאַעֲמִדֵ֖ם (wā·’a·‘ă·mi·ḏêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

them at
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

their posts,
עָמְדָֽם׃ (‘ā·mə·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5977: A standing place
(11) Contended I with the rulers.--See their express covenant in Nehemiah 10:39. The rich men had taken advantage of Nehemiah's absence to indulge their covetousness.

And I gathered them together.--The Levites were summoned back from their fields.

Verse 11. - Then contended I with the rulers. While the guilt of profaning the temple lay especially with the priestly class, that of withholding the tithes was mainly chargeable on the "rulers," or "nobles." These persons, as wealthy landowners, had of course a pecuniary interest in keeping back the tithe. When they felt the control of a strong hand they made the payments regularly enough (Nehemiah 12:47; Nehemiah 13:12); but no sooner was this control removed by Nehemiah's departure than they relapsed into the covetous habits in which they had indulged before he was made governor (Nehemiah 10:37). The Church in all ages has suffered wrong from the cupidity of wealthy men among its members. Why is the house of God forsaken? Why, contrarily to the distinct pledge given at the time of the renewal of the covenant (Nehemiah 10:39), have you suffered the house of God to become a solitude, driving the Levites away from it by depriving them of their legal sustenance? I gathered them together. Nehemiah brought the Levites back to the temple from their country residences, and re-established them in their proper offices. 13:10-14 If a sacred character will not keep men from setting an evil example, it must not shelter any one from deserved blame and punishment. The Levites had been wronged; their portions had not been given them. They were gone to get livelihoods for themselves and their families, for their profession would not maintain them. A maintenance not sufficient, makes a poor ministry. The work is neglected, because the workmen are. Nehemiah laid the fault upon the rulers. Both ministers and people, who forsake religion and the services of it, and magistrates, who do not what they can to keep them to it, will have much to answer for. He delayed not to bring the Levites to their places again, and that just payment should be made. Nehemiah on every occasion looked up to God, and committed himself and all his affairs to Him. It pleased him to think that he had been of use to revive and support religion in his country. He here refers to God, not in pride, but with a humble appeal concerning his honest intention in what he had done. He prays, Remember me; not, Reward me. Wipe not out my good deeds; not, Publish them, or record them. Yet he was rewarded, and his good deeds recorded. God does more than we are able to ask.
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