Kukonza Zinthu Kotsiriza kwa Nehemiya
1Pa tsiku limenelo anawerenga buku la Mose anthu akumva. Ndipo anapeza mawu akuti, Mwamoni kapena Mmowabu asalowe konse mu msonkhano wa Mulungu. 2Paja iwowa sanawachingamire Aisraeli kukawapatsa chakudya ndi madzi. Mʼmalo mwake analemba ganyu Baalamu kuti adzawatemberere. Komabe Mulungu wathu anasandutsa tembererolo kukhala mdalitso. 3Anthu atamva lamuloli, anachotsa pakati pawo onse amene anali achilendo.
4Izi zisanachitike, wansembe Eliyasibu anali atasankhidwa kukhala woyangʼanira zipinda zosungiramo katundu za Nyumba ya Mulungu. Iyeyu ankagwirizana kwambiri ndi Tobiya. 5Choncho anamupatsa chipinda chachikulu chimene kale ankasungamo zopereka zakudya, lubani, ziwiya, zopereka za chakhumi za tirigu, vinyo ndi mafuta zoyenera kuperekedwa kwa Alevi, oyimba nyimbo ndi alonda a ku Nyumba ya Mulungu, komanso mphatso zoyenera kupereka kwa ansembe.
6Koma pamene izi zonse zinkachitika mu Yerusalemu, ine kunalibe popeza mʼchaka cha 32 cha Aritasasita mfumu ya Babuloni ine ndinabwerera kwa mfumu. Patapitanso nthawi ndinapempha chilolezo kwa mfumuyo 7ndipo ndinabwerera ku Yerusalemu. Kumeneko ndinamva za chinthu choyipa chimene Eliyasibu anachita pomupatsa Tobiya chipinda mʼbwalo la Nyumba ya Mulungu. 8Ndinapsa mtima kwambiri ndipo ndinataya kunja katundu yense wa Tobiya amene anali mʼchipindamo. 9Ndinalamulira kuti ayeretse zipinda, ndipo kenaka ndinabwezeramo zida za mʼNyumba ya Mulungu, pamodzi ndi chopereka cha zakudya ndi lubani.
10Ndinapezanso kuti Alevi sankalandira magawo awo amene amayera kulandira. Chotsatira chake Alevi onse pamodzi ndi oyimba nyimbo amene ankagwira ku Nyumba ya Mulungu anathawa, aliyense kupita ku munda wake. 11Choncho ndinadzudzula akuluakulu aja ndipo ndinawafunsa kuti, “Nʼchifukwa chiyani Nyumba ya Mulungu yasiyidwa?” Ndipo ine ndinawayitanitsa pamodzi ndi kuwayika mʼmalo awo.
12Pambuyo pake Ayuda anayambanso kubwera ndi zopereka zawo za chakhumi cha tirigu, vinyo ndi mafuta kuti ziperekedwe ku nyumba yosungiramo chuma. 13Ndipo ndinasankha wansembe Selemiya, mlembi Zadoki, ndi Mlevi wotchedwa Pedaya kukhala oyangʼanira zipinda zosungiramo. Ndinasankhanso Hanani mwana wa Zakuri mwana wa Mataniya kukhala wowathandizira chifukwa ndinaona kuti anthu awa anali odalirika. Ntchito yawo inali yogawira abale awo zinthu zofunika.
14Inu Mulungu wanga, mundikumbukire pa zimenezi, ndipo musafafanize ntchito zanga zimene ndachita mokhulupirika pa Nyumba yanu pofuna kukutumikirani.
15Nthawi imeneyo ndinaona anthu a mu Yuda akuponda ndi kufinya mphesa pa tsiku la Sabata. Ena ankawunjika tirigu milumilu ndi kumasenzetsa abulu. Enanso ankabwera ndi vinyo, mphesa, mkuyu ndi katundu wa mitundumitundu ku Yerusalemu pa tsiku la Sabata. Choncho ndinawachenjeza za kugulitsa zakudya pa tsiku la Sabata. 16Nawonso anthu a ku Turo amene ankakhala mu Yerusalemu ankabweretsa nsomba ndi akatundu ena onse amalonda kudzagulitsa pa Sabata kwa anthu a mʼdziko la Yuda ndi a mu Yerusalemu. 17Ndipo ndinadzudzula anthu olemekezeka a dziko la Yuda. Ndinawafunsa kuti, “Nʼchoyipa chanji mukuchitachi, kumayipitsa tsiku la Sabata chotere? 18Makolo anu anachita zomwezi ndipo Mulungu wathu anadzetsa mavuto pa ife ndi pa mzinda uwu. Kodi inu mukufuna kuwutsanso mkwiyo wa Mulungu pa Israeli pamene mukudetsa tsiku la Sabata?”
19Nʼchifukwa chake ndikulamula kuti pamene kuyamba kuda, tsiku la Sabata lisanayambe, azitseka zipata zonse za Yerusalemu ndipo asazitsekule mpaka sabata litatha. Ndinayika ena mwa antchito anga oyangʼanira pa zipata kuti katundu aliyense asalowe mu Yerusalemu pa tsiku la Sabata. 20Choncho kamodzi kapena kawiri anthu amalonda ndi anthu ogulitsa katundu osiyanasiyana ankagona usiku wonse kunja kwa Yerusalemu. 21Koma ndinawachenjeza ndi kuwafunsa kuti, “Nʼchifukwa chiyani mukugona pafupi ndi khoma? Ngati muchitanso zimenezi, ine ndidzakugwirani.” Kuyambira nthawi imeneyo, sanabwerenso pa tsiku la Sabata. 22Ndipo ndinalamulira Alevi kuti adziyeretse okha ndi kubwera kudzalonda pa zipata ndi cholinga choti tsiku la Sabata likhale tsiku loyera.
Inu Mulungu wanga, kumbukireninso ine pa zimenezi ndipo mundisunge malingana ndi chikondi chanu chachikulu chosasinthika.
23Masiku amenewo ndinaonanso anthu a ku Yuda amene anakwatira akazi ochokera ku Asidodi, Amoni ndi Mowabu. 24Theka la ana awo linkayankhula chiyankhulo cha Asidodi kapena chiyankhulo chimodzi cha anthu ena, ndipo sankathanso kuyankhula chiyankhulo cha Ayuda. 25Tsono ndinakangana nawo ndi kuwatemberera. Ndinamenya ena mwa anthuwo ndi kuzula tsitsi lawo. Ine ndinawalumbiritsa mʼdzina la Mulungu kuti, “Inu musapereke ana anu aakazi kuti akwatiwe ndi ana awo aamuna kapena inuyo ngakhale ana anu aamuna kukwatira ana awo aakazi. 26Kodi Solomoni mfumu ya Israeli suja anachimwa chifukwa cha ukwati ngati umenewu. Pakati pa mitundu yambiri panalibe mfumu ngati iyi. Iye anakondedwa ndi Mulungu wake, ndipo Mulungu anamuyika kukhala mfumu ya Israeli yense, koma iyeyo anachimwa chifukwa cha akazi achilendo. 27Kodi tsopano ife tizimva inu kuti mukuchita choyipa chachikulu chimenechi, kupandukira Yehova Mulungu wathu pomakwatira akazi achilendo?”
28Mmodzi mwa ana aamuna a Yehoyada mwana Eliyasibu mkulu wa ansembe nʼkuti nthawi imeneyi ali mpongozi wa Sanibalati wa ku Horoni. Choncho ndinamuthamangitsa pamaso panga.
29Inu Mulungu wanga, mukumbukire mmene iwo anayipitsira unsembe, pangano la unsembe komanso la Alevi.
30Motero ndinayeretsa ansembe ndi Alevi powachotsera kalikonse kachilendo. Ndipo ndinakhazikitsa ntchito zawo, kuti aliyense akhale pa ntchito yake. 31Ndiponso kupereka nkhuni ndi zipatso zoyamba kucha pa nthawi yake.
Ndikumbukireni pondikomera mtima, Inu Mulungu wanga.
Nehemiah’s final reforms
1On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God, 2because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.) 3When the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign descent.
4Before this, Eliashib the priest had been put in charge of the storerooms of the house of our God. He was closely associated with Tobiah, 5and he had provided him with a large room formerly used to store the grain offerings and incense and temple articles, and also the tithes of grain, new wine and olive oil prescribed for the Levites, musicians and gatekeepers, as well as the contributions for the priests.
6But while all this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Some time later I asked his permission 7and came back to Jerusalem. Here I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done in providing Tobiah a room in the courts of the house of God. 8I was greatly displeased and threw all Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. 9I gave orders to purify the rooms, and then I put back into them the equipment of the house of God, with the grain offerings and the incense.
10I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites and musicians responsible for the service had gone back to their own fields. 11So 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.
12All Judah brought the tithes of grain, new wine and olive oil into the storerooms. 13I put Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and a Levite named Pedaiah in charge of the storerooms and made Hanan son of Zakkur, the son of Mattaniah, their assistant, because they were considered trustworthy. They were made responsible for distributing the supplies to their fellow Levites.
14Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.
15In those days I saw people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath and bringing in grain and loading it on donkeys, together with wine, grapes, figs and all other kinds of loads. And they were bringing all this into Jerusalem on the Sabbath. Therefore I warned them against selling food on that day. 16People from Tyre who lived in Jerusalem were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise and selling them in Jerusalem on the Sabbath to the people of Judah. 17I rebuked the nobles of Judah and said to them, ‘What is this wicked thing you are doing – desecrating the Sabbath day? 18Didn’t your ancestors do the same things, so that our God brought all this calamity on us and on this city? Now you are stirring up more wrath against Israel by desecrating the Sabbath.’
19When evening shadows fell on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be shut and not opened until the Sabbath was over. I stationed some of my own men at the gates so that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20Once or twice the merchants and sellers of all kinds of goods spent the night outside Jerusalem. 21But I warned them and said, ‘Why do you spend the night by the wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you.’ From that time on they no longer came on the Sabbath. 22Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.
Remember me for this also, my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.
23Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah. 25I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God’s name and said: ‘You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves. 26Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women. 27Must we hear now that you too are doing all this terrible wickedness and are being unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women?’
28One of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest was son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite. And I drove him away from me.
29Remember them, my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.
30So I purified the priests and the Levites of everything foreign, and assigned them duties, each to his own task. 31I also made provision for contributions of wood at designated times, and for the firstfruits.
Remember me with favour, my God.