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{Nehemiah 13:11} Then contended 7378 z8799 I with x854 the rulers, 5461 and said, 559 z8799 Why x4069 is the house 1004 of God 430 forsaken? 5800 z8738 And I gathered them together, 6908 z8762 and set 5975 z8686 them in x5921 their place. 5977
contended:
"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?" {Neh 13:17} + "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." {Neh 13:25} + "And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. ... Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise." {Neh 5:6-13} + "Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, [and] went not out of the door?" {Job 31:34} + "They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them." {Prv 28:4}
Why is the house:
"For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where [are] the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God." {Neh 10:39} + "Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD." {1Sm 2:17} + "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. ... And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts." {Mal 3:8-11}
place:
Heb. standing

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