October 7

Nehemiah 9:38

38And because of all this we are making an agreement in good faith, and putting it in writing; and our rulers, our Levites, and our priests are putting their names to it.

Nehemiah 10

1Now those who put down their names were Nehemiah the Tirshatha, the son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah,

2Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

3Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,

4Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

5Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

6Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

7Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

8Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah; these were the priests.

9And the Levites: by name, Jeshua, the son of Azaniah, Binnui, of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel,

10And their brothers, Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13Hodiah, Bani, Beninu.

14The chiefs of the people: Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,

15Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

17Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,

18Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,

19Hariph, Anathoth, Nobai,

20Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

21Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,

24Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,

25Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26And Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,

27Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

28And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the door-keepers, the music-makers, the Nethinim, and all those who had made themselves separate from the peoples of the lands, to keep the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and wisdom;

29They were united with their brothers, their rulers, and put themselves under a curse and an oath, to keep their steps in the way of God’s law, which was given by Moses, the servant of God, and to keep and do all the orders of the Lord, our Lord, and his decisions and his rules;

30And that we would not give our daughters to the peoples of the lands, or take their daughters for our sons;

31And if the peoples of the lands come to do trade in goods or food on the Sabbath day, that we would do no trade with them on the Sabbath or on a holy day: and that in the seventh year we would take no payment from any debtor.

32And we made rules for ourselves, taxing ourselves a third of a shekel every year for the upkeep of the house of our God;

33For the holy bread, and for the regular meal offering and the regular burned offering on the Sabbaths and at the new moon and the fixed feasts, and for the sin-offerings to take away the sin of Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

34And we, the priests and the Levites and the people, made selection, by the decision of the Lord, of those who were to take the wood offering into the house of God, by families at the regular times, year by year, to be burned on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is recorded in the law;

35And to take the first-fruits of our land, and the first-fruits of every sort of tree, year by year, into the house of the Lord;

36As well as the first of our sons and of our cattle, as it is recorded in the law, and the first lambs of our herds and of our flocks, which are to be taken to the house of our God, to the priests who are servants in the house of our God:

37And that we would take the first of our rough meal, and our lifted offerings, and the fruit of every sort of tree, and wine and oil, to the priests, to the rooms of the house of our God; and the tenth of the produce of our land to the Levites; for they, the Levites, take a tenth in all the towns of our ploughed land.

38And the priest, the son of Aaron, is to be with the Levites, when the Levites take the tenths: and the Levites are to take a tenth of the tenths into the house of our God, to the rooms, into the store-house;

39For the children of Israel and the children of Levi are to take the lifted offering of the grain and wine and oil into the rooms where the vessels of the holy place are, together with the priests and the door-keepers and the makers of music: and we will not give up caring for the house of our God.

Psalms 102

A Prayer of the man who is in trouble, when he is overcome, and puts his grief before the Lord.

1 Give ear to my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come to you.

2Let not your face be veiled from me in the day of my trouble; give ear to me, and let my cry be answered quickly.

3My days are wasted like smoke, and my bones are burned up as in a fire.

4My heart is broken; it has become dry and dead like grass, so that I give no thought to food.

5Because of the voice of my sorrow, my flesh is wasted to the bone.

6I am like a bird living by itself in the waste places; like the night-bird in a waste of sand.

7I keep watch like a bird by itself on the house-top.

8My haters say evil of me all day; those who are violent against me make use of my name as a curse.

9I have had dust for bread and my drink has been mixed with weeping:

10Because of your passion and your wrath, for I have been lifted up and then made low by you.

11My days are like a shade which is stretched out; I am dry like the grass.

12But you, O Lord, are eternal; and your name will never come to an end.

13You will again get up and have mercy on Zion: for the time has come for her to be comforted.

14For your servants take pleasure in her stones, looking with love on her dust.

15So the nations will give honour to the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth will be in fear of his glory:

16When the Lord has put up the walls of Zion, and has been been in his glory;

17When he has given ear to the prayer of the poor, and has not put his request on one side.

18This will be put in writing for the coming generation, and the people of the future will give praise to the Lord.

19For from his holy place the Lord has seen, looking down on the earth from heaven;

20Hearing the cry of the prisoner, making free those for whom death is ordered;

21So that they may give out the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22When the peoples are come together, and the kingdoms, to give worship to the Lord.

23He has taken my strength from me in the way; he has made short my days.

24I will say, O my God, take me not away before my time; your years go on through all generations:

25In the past you put the earth on its base, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

26They will come to an end, but you will still go on; they all will become old like a coat, and like a robe they will be changed:

27But you are the unchanging One, and your years will have no end.

28The children of your servants will have a safe resting-place, and their seed will be ever before you.

Revelation of John 7

1After this I saw four angels in their places at the four points of the earth, keeping back the four winds in their hands, so that there might be no moving of the wind on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree.

2And I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the mark of the living God: and he said with a great voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to do damage to the earth and the sea,

3Do no damage to the earth, or the sea, or the trees, till we have put a mark on the servants of our God.

4And there came to my ears the number of those who had the mark on their brows, a hundred and forty-four thousand, who were marked out of every tribe of the people of Israel.

5Of the tribe of Judah were marked twelve thousand: of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand: of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand:

6Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand: of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand: of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand:

7Of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand: of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand: of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand:

8Of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand: of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand: of the tribe of Benjamin were marked twelve thousand.

9After these things I saw a great army of people more than might be numbered, out of every nation and of all tribes and peoples and languages, taking their places before the high seat and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and with branches in their hands,

10Saying with a loud voice, Salvation to our God who is seated on the high seat, and to the Lamb.

11And all the angels were round about the high seat, and about the rulers and the four beasts; and they went down on their faces before the high seat, and gave worship to God, saying,

12So be it. Let blessing and glory and wisdom and praise and honour and power and strength be given to our God for ever and ever. So be it.

13And one of the rulers made answer, saying to me, These who have on white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?

14And I said to him, My lord, you have knowledge. And he said to me, These are they who came through the great testing, and their robes have been washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.

15This is why they are before the high seat of God; and they are his servants day and night in his house: and he who is seated on the high seat will be a tent over them.

16They will never be in need of food or drink: and they will never again be troubled by the burning heat of the sun:

17For the Lamb who is on the high seat will be their keeper and their guide to fountains of living water: and God will make glad their eyes for ever.

Nehemiah 8:13-18

13And on the second day the heads of families of all the people and the priests and the Levites came together to Ezra the scribe, to give attention to the words of the law.

14And they saw that it was recorded in the law that the Lord had given orders by Moses, that the children of Israel were to have tents for their living-places in the feast of the seventh month:

15And that they were to give out an order, and make it public in all their towns and in Jerusalem, saying, Go out to the mountain and get olive branches and branches of field olives and of myrtle, and palm branches and branches of thick trees, to make tents, as it says in the book.

16And the people went out and got them and made themselves tents, every one on the roof of his house, and in the open spaces and in the open squares of the house of God, and in the wide place of the water-doorway, and the wide place of the doorway of Ephraim.

17All the people who had been prisoners and had come back, made tents and were living in them: for from the time of Jeshua, the son of Nun, till that day, the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great joy.

18And day by day, from the first day till the last, he was reading from the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast for seven days: and on the eighth day there was a holy meeting, as it is ordered in the law.

Nehemiah 9:1-37

1Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel came together, taking no food and putting haircloth and dust on their bodies.

2And the seed of Israel made themselves separate from all the men of other nations, publicly requesting forgiveness for their sins and the wrongdoing of their fathers.

3And for a fourth part of the day, upright in their places, they were reading from the book of the law of their God; and for a fourth part of the day they were requesting forgiveness and worshipping the Lord their God.

4Then Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani took their places on the steps of the Levites, crying in a loud voice to the Lord their God.

5Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah said, Get up and give praise to the Lord your God for ever and ever. Praise be to your great name which is lifted up high over all blessing and praise.

6You are the Lord, even you only; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their armies, the earth and all things in it, the seas and everything in them; and you keep them from destruction: and the armies of heaven are your worshippers.

7You are the Lord, the God, who took Abram and made him yours, guiding him from Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham;

8You saw that his heart was true to you, and made an agreement with him to give the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Jebusite and the Girgashite, even to give it to his seed, and you have done what you said; for righteousness is yours:

9And you saw the trouble of our fathers in Egypt, and their cry came to your ears by the Red Sea;

10And you did signs and wonders on Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land; for you saw how cruel they were to them. So you got yourself a name as it is today.

11By you the sea was parted before them, so that they went through the sea on dry land; and those who went after them went down into the deep, like a stone into great waters.

12And you went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light on the way they were to go.

13And you came down on Mount Sinai, and your voice came to them from heaven, giving them right decisions and true laws, good rules and orders:

14And you gave them word of your holy Sabbath, and gave them orders and rules and a law, by the hand of Moses your servant:

15And you gave them bread from heaven when they were in need, and made water come out of the rock for their drink, and gave them orders to go in and take for their heritage the land which your hand had been lifted up to give them.

16But they and our fathers, in their pride, made their necks stiff, and gave no attention to your orders,

17And would not do them, and gave no thought to the wonders you had done among them; but made their necks stiff, and turning away from you, made a captain over themselves to take them back to their prison in Egypt: but you are a God of forgiveness, full of grace and pity, slow to wrath and great in mercy, and you did not give them up.

18Even when they had made for themselves an ox of metal, and said, This is your God who took you up out of Egypt, and had done so much to make you angry;

19Even then, in your great mercy, you did not give them up in the waste land: the pillar of cloud still went before them by day, guiding them on their way, and the pillar of fire by night, to give them light, and make clear the way they were to go.

20And you gave your good spirit to be their teacher, and did not keep back your manna from their mouths, and gave them water when they had need of it.

21Truly, for forty years you were their support in the waste land, and they were in need of nothing; their clothing did not get old or their feet become tired.

22And you gave them kingdoms and peoples, making distribution to them in every part of the land: so they took for their heritage the land of Sihon, even the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og, king of Bashan.

23And you made their children as great in number as the stars of heaven, and took them into the land, of which you had said to their fathers that they were to go in and take it for themselves.

24So the children went in and took the land, and you overcame before them the people of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them up into their hands, with their kings and the people of the land, so that they might do with them whatever it was their pleasure to do.

25And they took walled towns and a fat land, and became the owners of houses full of all good things, water-holes cut in the rock, vine-gardens and olive-gardens and a wealth of fruit-trees: so they had food enough and became fat, and had joy in the good you gave them.

26But they were hard-hearted, and went against your authority, turning their backs on your law, and putting to death your prophets, who gave witness against them with the purpose of turning them back again to you, and they did much to make you angry.

27And so you gave them up into the hands of their haters who were cruel to them: and in the time of their trouble, when they made their prayer to you, you gave ear to them from heaven; and in your great mercy gave them saviours, who made them free from the hands of their haters.

28But when they had rest, they did evil again before you: so you gave them into the hands of their haters, who had rule over them: but when they came back and made their prayer to you, you gave ear to them from heaven; again and again, in your mercy, you gave them salvation;

29And gave witness against them so that you might make them come back again to your law: but their hearts were lifted up, and they gave no attention to your orders and went against your decisions (which, if a man keeps them, will be life to him), and turning their backs on you, made their necks stiff and did not give ear.

30Year after year you put up with them, and gave witness against them by your spirit through your prophets: still they did not give ear: and so you gave them up into the hands of the peoples of the lands.

31Even then, in your great mercy, you did not put an end to them completely, or give them up; for you are a God of grace and mercy.

32And now, our God, the great, the strong, the God who is to be feared, who keeps faith and mercy, let not all this trouble seem small to you, which has come on us, and on our kings and our rulers and on our priests and our prophets and our fathers and on all your people from the time of the kings of Assyria till this day.

33But still, you have been in the right in everything which has come on us; you have been true to us, but we have done evil:

34And our kings, our rulers, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law or given attention to your orders and your witness, with which you gave witness against them.

35For they have not been your servants in their kingdom, and in all the good things you gave them, and in the great and fat land you gave them, and they have not been turned away from their evil-doing.

36Now, today, we are servants, and as for the land which you gave to our fathers, so that the produce of it and the good might be theirs, see, we are servants in it:

37And it gives much increase to the kings whom you have put over us because of our sins: and they have power over our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are in great trouble.

Psalms 101

A Psalm. Of David.

1 I will make a song of mercy and righteousness; to you, O Lord, will I make melody.

2I will do wisely in the way of righteousness: O when will you come to me? I will be walking in my house with a true heart.

3I will not put any evil thing before my eyes; I am against all turning to one side; I will not have it near me.

4The false heart I will send away from me: I will not have an evil-doer for a friend.

5I will put to death anyone who says evil of his neighbour secretly; the man with a high look and a heart of pride is disgusting to me.

6My eyes will be on those of good faith in the land, so that they may be living in my house; he who is walking in the right way will be my servant.

7The worker of deceit will not come into my house; the false man will have no place before my eyes.

8Morning by morning will I put to death all the sinners in the land, so that all evil-doers may be cut off from Jerusalem.

Revelation of John 6

1And I saw when the Lamb undid one of the stamps, and the voice of one of the four beasts came to my ears, saying as with a voice of thunder, Come and see.

2And I saw a white horse, and he who was seated on it had a bow; and there was given to him a crown: and he went out with power to overcome.

3And when the second stamp was undone, the voice of the second beast came to my ears, saying, Come and see.

4And another horse came out, a red horse; and it was given to him who was seated on it to take peace from the earth, so that people might put one another to death: and there was given to him a great sword.

5And when the third stamp was undone, the voice of the third beast came to my ears, saying, Come and see. And I saw a black horse; and he who was seated on it had scales in his hand.

6And a voice came to my ears, from the middle of the four beasts, saying, A measure of grain for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny: and see that you do no damage to the oil and the wine.

7And when the fourth stamp was undone, the voice of the fourth beast came to my ears, saying, Come and see.

8And I saw a grey horse, and the name of him who was seated on it was Death; and Hell came after him. And there was given to them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to put to destruction by the sword, and by taking away their food, and by death, and by the beasts of the earth.

9And when the fifth stamp was undone, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for the word of God, and for the witness which they kept.

10And they gave a great cry, saying, How long will it be, O Ruler, holy and true, before you take your place as judge and give punishment for our blood to those on the earth?

11And there was given to every one a white robe, and they were ordered to take their rest for a little time, till the number was complete of the other servants, their brothers, who would be put to death, even as they had been.

12And I saw when the sixth stamp was undone, and there was a great earth-shock; and the sun became black as haircloth, and all the moon became as blood;

13And the stars of heaven were falling to the earth, like green fruit from a tree before the force of a great wind.

14And the heaven was taken away like the roll of a book when it is rolled up; and all the mountains and islands were moved out of their places.

15And the kings of the earth, and the rulers, and the chief captains, and the men of wealth, and the strong, and every servant and free man, took cover in the holes and the rocks of the mountains;

16And they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Come down on us, covering us from the face of him who is seated on the high seat, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17For the great day of their wrath is come, and who may keep his place?

October 5

Nehemiah 7:5-73

5And my God put it into my heart to get together the rulers and the chiefs and the people so that they might be listed by families. And I came across a record of the names of those who came up at the first, and in it I saw these words:

6These are the people of the divisions of the kingdom, among those who had been made prisoners by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and taken away by him, who went back to Jerusalem and Judah, every one to his town;

7Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:

8The children of Parosh, two thousand, one hundred and seventy-two.

9The children of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two.

10The children of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two.

11The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand, eight hundred and eighteen.

12The children of Elam, a thousand, two hundred and fifty-four.

13The children of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five.

14The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty.

15The children of Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight.

16The children of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-eight.

17The children of Azgad, two thousand, three hundred and twenty-two.

18The children of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven.

19The children of Bigvai, two thousand and sixty-seven.

20The children of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five.

21The children of Ater, of Hezekiah, ninety-eight.

22The children of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight.

23The children of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-four.

24The children of Hariph, a hundred and twelve.

25The children of Gibeon, ninety-five.

26The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, a hundred and eighty-eight.

27The men of Anathoth, a hundred and twenty-eight.

28The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty-two.

29The men of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.

30The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.

31The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty-two.

32The men of Beth-el and Ai, a hundred and twenty-three.

33The men of the other Nebo, fifty-two.

34The children of the other Elam, a thousand, two hundred and fifty-four.

35The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

36The children of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.

37The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one.

38The children of Senaah, three thousand, nine hundred and thirty.

39The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the family of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three.

40The children of Immer, a thousand and fifty-two.

41The children of Pashhur, a thousand, two hundred and forty-seven.

42The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

43The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, of the children of Hodevah, seventy-four.

44The music-makers: the children of Asaph, a hundred and forty-eight.

45The door-keepers: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, a hundred and thirty-eight.

46The Nethinim: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

47The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,

48The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Salmai,

49The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,

50The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,

51The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Paseah,

52The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephushesim,

53The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

54The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,

55The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Temah,

56The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

57The children of Solomon’s servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,

58The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

59The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the children of Amon.

60All the Nethinim and the children of Solomon’s servants were three hundred and ninety-two.

61All these were the people who went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer; but because they had no knowledge of their fathers’ families or offspring, it was not certain if they were Israelites:

62The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two.

63And of the priests: the children of Hobaiah, the children of Hakkoz, the children of Barzillai, who was married to one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and took their name.

64They made search for their record among the lists of families, but their names were nowhere to be seen, so they were looked on as unclean and no longer priests.

65And the Tirshatha said that they were not to have the most holy things for their food, till a priest came to give decision by the Urim and Thummim.

66The number of all the people together was forty-two thousand, three hundred and sixty;

67As well as their men-servants and their women-servants, of whom there were seven thousand, three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five men and women to make music.

68They had seven hundred and thirty-six horses, two hundred and forty-five transport beasts;

69Four hundred and thirty-five camels, six thousand, seven hundred and twenty asses.

70And some of the heads of families gave money for the work. The Tirshatha gave into the store a thousand darics of gold, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty priests’ robes.

71And some of the heads of families gave into the store for the work twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand, two hundred pounds of silver.

72And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, and sixty-seven priests’ robes.

73So the priests and the Levites and the door-keepers and the music-makers and some of the people and the Nethinim, and all Israel, were living in their towns.

Nehemiah 8:1-12

1And when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their towns. And all the people came together like one man into the wide place in front of the water-doorway; and they made a request to Ezra the scribe that he would put before them the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel.

2And Ezra the priest put the law before the meeting of the people, before the men and women and all those who were able to take it in, on the first day of the seventh month.

3He was reading it in the wide place in front of the water-doorway, from early morning till the middle of the day, in the hearing of all those men and women whose minds were able to take it in; and the ears of all the people were open to the book of the law.

4And Ezra the scribe took his place on a tower of wood which they had made for the purpose; and by his side were placed Mattithiah and Shema and Anaiah and Uriah and Hilkiah and Maaseiah on the right; and on the left, Pedaiah and Mishael and Malchijah and Hashum and Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.

5And Ezra took the book, opening it before the eyes of all the people (for he was higher than the people); and when it was open, all the people got to their feet:

6And Ezra gave praise to the Lord, the great God. And all the people in answer said, So be it, so be it; lifting up their hands; and with bent heads they gave worship to the Lord, going down on their faces to the earth.

7And Jeshua and Bani and Sherebiah and Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites made the law clear to the people: and the people kept in their places.

8And they gave out the words of the book the law of God, clearly, and gave the sense of it, so that their minds were able to take it in.

9And Nehemiah, who was the Tirshatha, and Ezra, the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were the teachers of the people, said to all the people, This day is holy to the Lord your God; let there be no sorrow or weeping; for all the people were weeping on hearing the words of the law.

10Then he said to them, Go away now, and take the fat for your food and the sweet for your drink, and send some to him for whom nothing is made ready: for this day is holy to our Lord: and let there be no grief in your hearts; for the joy of the Lord is your strong place.

11So the Levites made all the people quiet, saying, Be quiet, for the day is holy; and do not give way to grief.

12And all the people went away to take food and drink, and to send food to others, and to be glad, because the words which were said to them had been made clear.

Psalms 100

A Psalm of Praise.

1 Make a glad sound to the Lord, all the earth.

2Give worship to the Lord with joy; come before him with a song.

3Be certain that the Lord is God; it is he who has made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep to whom he gives food.

4Come into his doors with joy, and into his house with praise; give him honour, blessing his name.

5For the Lord is good, and his mercy is never-ending; his faith is unchanging through all generations.

Revelation of John 5

1And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the high seat, a book with writing inside it and on the back, shut with seven stamps of wax.

2And I saw a strong angel saying in a loud voice, Who is able to make the book open, and to undo its stamps?

3And no one in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to get the book open, or to see what was in it.

4And I was very sad, because there was no one able to get the book open or to see what was in it.

5And one of the rulers said to me, Do not be sad: see, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome, and has power to undo the book and its seven stamps.

6And I saw in the middle of the high seat and of the four beasts, and in the middle of the rulers, a Lamb in his place, which seemed as if it had been put to death, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.

7And he came and took it out of the right hand of him who was seated on the high seat.

8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty rulers went down on their faces before the Lamb, having every one an instrument of music, and gold vessels full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints.

9And their voices are sounding in a new song, saying, It is right for you to take the book and to make it open: for you were put to death and have made an offering to God of your blood for men of every tribe, and language, and people, and nation,

10And have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are ruling on the earth.

11And I saw, and there came to my ears the sound of a great number of angels round about the high seat and the beasts and the rulers; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12Saying with a great voice, It is right to give to the Lamb who was put to death, power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing.

13And to my ears came the voice of everything in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and of all things which are in them, saying, To him who is seated on the high seat, and to the Lamb, may blessing and honour and glory and power be given for ever and ever.

14And the four beasts said, So be it. And the rulers went down on their faces and gave worship.

October 4

Nehemiah 5

1Then there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their countrymen the Jews.

2For there were some who said, We, our sons and our daughters, are a great number: let us get grain, so that we may have food for our needs.

3And there were some who said, We are giving our fields and our vine-gardens and our houses for debt: let us get grain because we are in need.

4And there were others who said, We have given up our fields and our vine-gardens to get money for the king’s taxes.

5But our flesh is the same as the flesh of our countrymen, and our children as their children: and now we are giving our sons and daughters into the hands of others, to be their servants, and some of our daughters are servants even now: and we have no power to put a stop to it; for other men have our fields and our vine-gardens.

6And on hearing their outcry and what they said I was very angry.

7And after turning it over in my mind, I made a protest to the chiefs and the rulers, and said to them, Every one of you is taking interest from his countryman. And I got together a great meeting of protest.

8And I said to them, We have given whatever we were able to give, to make our brothers the Jews free, who were servants and prisoners of the nations: and would you now give up your brothers for a price, and are they to become our property? Then they said nothing, answering not a word.

9And I said, What you are doing is not good: is it not the more necessary for you to go in the fear of our God, because of the shame which the nations may put on us?

10Even I and my servants have been taking interest for the money and the grain we have let them have. So now, let us give up this thing.

11Give back to them this very day their fields, their vine-gardens, their olive-gardens, and their houses, as well as a hundredth part of the money and the grain and the wine and the oil which you have taken from them.

12Then they said, We will give them back, and take nothing for them; we will do as you say. Then I sent for the priests and made them take an oath that they would keep this agreement.

13And shaking out the folds of my robe, I said, So may God send out from his house and his work every man who does not keep this agreement; even so let him be sent out and made as nothing. And all the meeting of the people said, So be it, and gave praise to the Lord. And the people did as they had said.

14Now from the time when I was made ruler of the people in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year till the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, for twelve years, I and my servants have never taken the food which was the right of the ruler.

15But earlier rulers who were before me made the people responsible for their upkeep, and took from them bread and wine at the rate of forty shekels of silver; and even their servants were lords over the people: but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.

16And I kept on with the work of this wall, and we got no land for ourselves: and all my servants were helping with the work.

17And more than this, a hundred and fifty of the Jews and the rulers were guests at my table, in addition to those who came to us from the nations round about us.

18Now the food made ready for one day was one ox and six fat sheep, as well as fowls; and once in ten days a store of all sorts of wine: but all the same, I did not take the food to which the ruler had a right, because the people were crushed under a hard yoke.

19Keep in mind, O my God, for my good, all I have done for this people.

Nehemiah 6

1Now when word was given to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arabian and to the rest of our haters, that I had done the building of the wall and that there were no more broken places in it (though even then I had not put up the doors in the doorways);

2Sanballat and Geshem sent to me saying, Come, let us have a meeting in one of the little towns in the lowland of Ono. But their purpose was to do me evil.

3And I sent men to them saying, I am doing a great work, so that it is not possible for me to come down: is the work to be stopped while I go away from it and come down to you?

4And four times they sent to me in this way, and I sent them the same answer.

5Then Sanballat sent his servant to me a fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

6And in it these words were recorded: It is said among the nations, and Geshem says so, that you and the Jews are hoping to make yourselves free from the king’s authority; and that this is why you are building the wall: and they say that it is your purpose to be their king;

7And that you have prophets preaching about you in Jerusalem, and saying, There is a king in Judah: now an account of these things will be sent to the king. So come now, and let us have a discussion.

8Then I sent to him, saying, No such things as you say are being done, they are only a fiction you have made up yourself.

9For they were hoping to put fear in us, saying, Their hands will become feeble and give up the work so that it may not get done. But now, O God, make my hands strong.

10And I went to the house of Shemaiah, the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us have a meeting in the house of God, inside the Temple, and let the doors be shut: for they will come to put you to death; truly, in the night they will come to put you to death.

11And I said, Am I the sort of man to go in flight? what man, in my position, would go into the Temple to keep himself safe? I will not go in.

12Then it became clear to me that God had not sent him: he had given this word of a prophet against me himself: and Tobiah and Sanballat had given him money to do so.

13For this reason they had given him money, in order that I might be overcome by fear and do what he said and do wrong, and so they would have reason to say evil about me and put shame on me.

14Keep in mind, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat and what they did, and Noadiah, the woman prophet, and the rest of the prophets whose purpose was to put fear into me.

15So the wall was complete on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.

16And when our haters had news of this, all the nations round about us were full of fear and were greatly shamed, for they saw that this work had been done by our God.

17And further, in those days the chiefs of Judah sent a number of letters to Tobiah, and his letters came to them.

18For in Judah there were a number of people who had made an agreement by oath with him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah, the son of Arah; and his son Jehohanan had taken as his wife the daughter of Meshullam, the son of Berechiah.

19And they said much before me of the good he had done, and gave him accounts of my words. And Tobiah sent letters with the purpose of causing me fear.

Nehemiah 7:1-4

1Now when the building of the wall was complete and I had put up the doors, and the door-keepers and the music-makers and the Levites had been given their places,

2I made my brother Hanani, and Hananiah, the ruler of the tower, responsible for the government of Jerusalem: for he was a man of good faith, fearing God more than most.

3And I said to them, Do not let the doors of Jerusalem be open till the sun is high; and while the watchmen are in their places, let the doors be shut and locked: and let the people of Jerusalem be put on watch, every one in his watch, opposite his house.

4Now the town was wide and great: but the people in it were only a small number, and the houses had not been put up.

Psalms 99

1The Lord is King; let the peoples be in fear: his seat is on the winged ones; let the earth be moved.

2The Lord is great in Zion; he is high over all the nations.

3Let them give praise to your name, for it is great and to be feared; holy is he.

4The king’s power is used for righteousness; you give true decisions, judging rightly in the land of Jacob.

5Give high honour to the Lord our God, worshipping at his feet; holy is he.

6Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who gave honour to his name; they made prayers to the Lord, and he gave answers to them.

7His voice came to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his witness, and the law which he gave them.

8You gave them an answer, O Lord our God; you took away their sin, though you gave them punishment for their wrongdoing.

9Give high honour to the Lord our God, worshipping with your faces turned to his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

Revelation of John 4

1After these things I saw a door open in heaven, and the first voice came to my ears, like the sound of a horn, saying, Come up here, and I will make clear to you the things which are to come.

2Straight away I was in the Spirit: and I saw a high seat in heaven, and one was seated on it;

3And to my eyes he was like a jasper and a sardius stone: and there was an arch of light round the high seat, like an emerald.

4And round about the high seat were four and twenty seats: and on them I saw four and twenty rulers seated, clothed in white robes; and on their heads crowns of gold.

5And out of the high seat came flames and voices and thunders. And seven lights of fire were burning before the high seat, which are the seven Spirits of God;

6And before the high seat there was, as it seemed, a clear sea of glass; and in the middle of the high seat, and round about it, four beasts full of eyes round about.

7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second like an ox, and the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.

8And the four beasts, having every one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and inside: and without resting day and night, they say, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, Ruler of all, who was and is and is to come.

9And when the beasts give glory and honour to him who is seated on the high seat, to him who is living for ever and ever,

10The four and twenty rulers go down on their faces before him who is seated on the high seat, and give worship to him who is living for ever and ever, and take off their crowns before the high seat, saying,

11It is right, our Lord and our God, for you to have glory and honour and power: because by you were all things made, and by your desire they came into being.

October 3

Nehemiah 4

1Now, Sanballat, hearing that we were building the wall, was very angry, and in his wrath made sport of the Jews.

2And in the hearing of his countrymen and the army of Samaria he said, What are these feeble Jews doing? will they make themselves strong? will they make offerings? will they get the work done in a day? will they make the stones which have been burned come again out of the dust?

3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Such is their building that if a fox goes up it, their stone wall will be broken down.

4Give ear, O our God, for we are looked down on: let their words of shame be turned back on themselves, and let them be given up to wasting in a land where they are prisoners:

5Let not their wrongdoing be covered or their sin washed away from before you: for they have made you angry before the builders.

6So we went on building the wall; and all the wall was joined together half-way up: for the people were working hard.

7But when it came to the ears of Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabians and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites, that the building of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and the broken places were being made good, they were full of wrath;

8And they made designs, all of them together, to come and make an attack on Jerusalem, causing trouble there.

9But we made our prayer to God, and had men on watch against them day and night because of them.

10And Judah said, The strength of the workmen is giving way, and there is much waste material; it is impossible for us to put up the wall.

11And those who were against us said, Without their knowledge and without their seeing us, we will come among them and put them to death, causing the work to come to a stop.

12And it came about that when the Jews who were living near them came, they said to us ten times, From all directions they are coming against us.

13So in the lowest part of the space at the back of the walls, in the open places, I put the people by families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14And after looking, I got up and said to the great ones and to the chiefs and to the rest of the people, Have no fear of them: keep in mind the Lord who is great and greatly to be feared, and take up arms for your brothers, your sons, and your daughters, your wives and your houses.

15And when it came to the ears of those who were against us, that we had knowledge of their designs and that God had made their purpose come to nothing, we all went back to the wall, everyone to his work

16And from that time, half of my servants were doing their part of the work, and half kept the spears and body-covers and the bows and the metal war-dresses; and the chiefs were at the back of the men of Judah.

17Those who were building the wall and those who were moving material did their part, everyone working with one hand, with his spear in the other;

18Every builder was working with his sword at his side. And by my side was a man for sounding the horn.

19And I said to the great ones and the chiefs and the rest of the people, The work is great and widely spaced and we are far away from one another on the wall:

20Wherever you may be when the horn is sounded, come here to us; our God will be fighting for us.

21So we went on with the work: and half of them had spears in their hands from the dawn of the morning till the stars were seen.

22And at the same time I said to the people, Let everyone with his servant come inside Jerusalem for the night, so that at night they may keep watch for us, and go on working by day.

23So not one of us, I or my brothers or my servants or the watchmen who were with me, took off his clothing, everyone went armed to the water.

Psalms 98

A Psalm.

1 O make a new song to the Lord, because he has done works of wonder; with his right hand, and with his holy arm, he has overcome.

2The Lord has given to all the knowledge of his salvation; he has made clear his righteousness in the eyes of the nations.

3He has kept in mind his mercy and his unchanging faith to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4Let all the earth send out a glad cry to the Lord; sounding with a loud voice, and praising him with songs of joy.

5Make melody to the Lord with instruments of music; with a corded instrument and the voice of song.

6With wind instruments and the sound of the horn, make a glad cry before the Lord, the King.

7Let the sea be thundering, with all its waters; the world, and all who are living in it;

8Let the streams make sounds of joy with their hands; let the mountains be glad together,

9Before the Lord, for he has come as judge of the earth; judging the world in righteousness, and giving true decisions for the peoples.

Revelation of John 3

1And to the angel of the church in Sardis say: These things says he who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I have knowledge of your works, that you seem to be living but are dead.

2Be on the watch, and make strong the rest of the things which are near to death; because as judged by me your works have not come up to God’s measure.

3Keep in mind, then, the teaching which was given to you, and be ruled by it and have a change of heart. If then you do not keep watch, I will come like a thief, and you will have no knowledge of the hour when I will come on you.

4But you have some names in Sardis who have kept clean their robes; and as a reward they will go in white with me.

5He who overcomes will be dressed in white, and I will not take his name from the book of life, and I will give witness to his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia say: These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, opening the door so that it may be shut by no one, and shutting it so that it may be open to no one.

8I have knowledge of your works (see, I have put before you an open door which may be shut by no one), and that you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have been true to my name.

9See, I will make those of the Synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews, and are not, but say what is false; I will make them come and give worship before your feet, and see my love for you.

10Because you have kept my word in quiet strength, I will keep you from the hour of testing which is coming on all the world, to put to the test those who are on earth.

11I come quickly: keep that which you have, so that no one may take your crown.

12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the house of my God, and he will go out no more: and I will put on him the name of my God, and the name of the town of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.

13He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

14And to the angel of the church in Laodicea say: These things says the true and certain witness, the head of God’s new order:

15I have knowledge of your works, that you are not cold or warm: it would be better if you were cold or warm.

16So because you are not one thing or the other, I will have no more to do with you.

17For you say, I have wealth, and have got together goods and land, and have need of nothing; and you are not conscious of your sad and unhappy condition, that you are poor and blind and without clothing.

18If you are wise you will get from me gold tested by fire, so that you may have true wealth; and white robes to put on, so that your shame may not be seen; and oil for your eyes, so that you may see.

19To all those who are dear to me, I give sharp words and punishment: then with all your heart have sorrow for your evil ways.

20See, I am waiting at the door and giving the sign; if my voice comes to any man’s ears and he makes the door open, I will come in to him, and will take food with him and he with me.

21To him who overcomes I will give a place with me on my high seat, even as I overcame, and am seated with my Father on his high seat.

22He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

October 2

Nehemiah 3

1Then Eliashib, the chief priest, got up with his brothers the priests, and took in hand the building of the sheep doorway; they made it holy and put its doors in position; as far as the tower of Hammeah they made it holy, even to the tower of Hananel.

2And by his side the men of Jericho were building. And after them, Zaccur, the son of Imri.

3The sons of Hassenaah were the builders of the fish doorway; they put its boards in place and put up its doors, with their locks and rods.

4By their side Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, was making good the walls. Then Meshullam, the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel; and by him, Zadok, the son of Baana.

5Near them, the Tekoites were at work; but their chiefs did not put their necks to the work of their Lord.

6Joiada, the son of Paseah, and Meshullam, the son of Besodeiah, made good the old doorway; they put its boards in place and put up its doors, with their locks and rods.

7By their side were working Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah from the seat of the ruler across the river.

8Near them was working Uzziel, the son of Harhaiah, the gold-worker. And by him was Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, building up Jerusalem as far as the wide wall.

9Near them was working Rephaiah, the son of Hur, the ruler of half Jerusalem.

10By his side was Jedaiah, the son of Harumaph, opposite his house. And by him was Hattush, the son of Hashabneiah.

11Malchijah, the son of Harim, and Hasshub, the son of Pahath-moab, were working on another part, and the tower of the ovens.

12Near them was Shallum, the son of Hallohesh, the ruler of half Jerusalem, with his daughters.

13Hanun and the people of Zanoah were working on the doorway of the valley; they put it up and put up its doors, with their locks and rods, and a thousand cubits of wall as far as the doorway where the waste material was placed.

14And Malchijah, the son of Rechab, the ruler of the division of Beth-haccherem, made good the doorway of the waste, building it up and putting up its doors, with their locks and rods.

15And Shallun, the son of Col-hozeh, the ruler of the division of Mizpah, made good the doorway of the fountain, building it up and covering it and putting up its doors, with their locks and rods, with the wall of the pool of Shelah by the king’s garden, as far as the steps which go down from the town of David.

16By his side was working Nehemiah, the son of Azbuk, ruler of half the division of Beth-zur, as far as the place opposite the last resting-places of David’s family, and the pool which was made and the house of the men of war.

17Then came the Levites, Rehum, the son of Bani. By his side was working Hashabiah, ruler of half the division of Keilah, for his division.

18After him were working their brothers, Bavvai, the son of Henadad, ruler of half the division of Keilah.

19And by his side was working Ezer, the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, making good another part opposite the way up to the store of arms at the turning of the wall.

20After him Baruch, the son of Zabbai, was hard at work on another part, from the turning of the wall to the door of the house of Eliashib, the chief priest.

21After him Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, was working on another part, from the door of the house of Eliashib as far as the end of his house.

22After him were working the priests, the men of the lowland.

23After them came Benjamin and Hasshub, opposite their house. After them Azariah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made good the wall by the house where he himself was living.

24After him Binnui, the son of Henadad, was working on another part, from the house of Azariah as far as the turning of the wall and the angle.

25Palal, the son of Uzai, made good the wall opposite the angle and the tower which comes out from the higher part of the king’s house, by the open space of the watch. After him was Pedaiah, the son of Parosh.

26(Now the Nethinim were living in the Ophel, as far as the place facing the water doorway to the east, and the tower which comes out.)

27After him the Tekoites were making good another part, opposite the great tower which comes out, and up to the wall of the Ophel.

28Further on, past the horse doorway, the priests were at work, every one opposite his house.

29After them Zadok, the son of Immer, was working opposite his house. And after him Shemaiah, the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the east door.

30After him Hananiah, the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, were making good another part. After him Meshullam, the son of Berechiah, made good the wall opposite his room.

31After him Malchijah, one of the gold-workers to the Nethinim and the traders, made good the wall opposite the doorway of Hammiphkad and as far as the way up to the angle.

32And between the way up to the angle and the sheep door, the gold-workers and the traders made good the wall.

Psalms 97

1The Lord is King, let the earth have joy; let all the sea-lands be glad.

2Dark clouds are round him; his kingdom is based on righteousness and right judging.

3Fire goes before him, burning up all those who are against him round about.

4His bright flames give light to the world; the earth saw it with fear.

5The mountains became like wax at the coming of the Lord, at the coming of the Lord of all the earth.

6The heavens gave out the news of his righteousness, and all the people saw his glory.

7Shamed be all those who give worship to images, and take pride in false gods; give him worship, all you gods.

8Zion gave ear and was glad; and the daughters of Judah were full of joy, because of your decisions, O Lord.

9For you, Lord, are most high over the earth; you are lifted up over all other gods.

10You who are lovers of the Lord, be haters of evil; he keeps the souls of his saints; he takes them out of the hand of sinners.

11Light is shining on the lovers of righteousness, and for the upright in heart there is joy.

12Be glad in the Lord, you upright men; praising the memory of his holy name.

Revelation of John 2

1To the angel of the church in Ephesus say: These things says he who has the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the middle of the seven gold lights:

2I have knowledge of your doings, and of your hard work and long waiting, and that you will not put up with evil men, and have put to the test those who say they are Apostles and are not, and have seen that they are false;

3And you have the power of waiting, and have undergone trouble because of my name, without weariness.

4But I have this against you, that you are turned away from your first love.

5So keep in mind where you were at first, and be changed in heart and do the first works; or I will come to you, and will take away your light from its place, if your hearts are not changed.

6But at least you have the credit of hating the works of the Nicolaitans, as I do.

7He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the fruit of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

8And to the angel of the church in Smyrna say: These things says the first and the last, who was dead and is living:

9I have knowledge of your troubles and how poor you are (but you have true wealth), and the evil words of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are a Synagogue of Satan.

10Have no fear of the things which you will have to undergo: see, the Evil One will send some of you into prison, so that you may be put to the test; and you will have great trouble for ten days. Be true till death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not come under the power of the second death.

12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos say: These things says he who has the sharp two-edged sword:

13I have knowledge that your living-place is where Satan has his seat: and you are true to my name, and were not turned away from your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my true witness, who was put to death among you, where Satan has his place.

14But I have some things against you, because you have with you those who keep the teaching of Balaam, by whose suggestion Balak made the children of Israel go out of the right way, taking food which was offered to false gods, and going after the desires of the flesh.

15And you have those who keep the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

16See, then, that you have a change of heart; or I will come to you quickly, and will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

17He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the secret manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name, of which no one has knowledge but he to whom it is given.

18And to the angel of the church in Thyatira say: These things says the Son of God, whose eyes are like a flame of fire, and his feet like polished brass:

19I have knowledge of your works, and your love and faith and help and strength in trouble, and that your last works are more than the first.

20But I have this against you, that you let the woman Jezebel say she is a prophet and give false teaching, making my servants go after the desires of the flesh and take food offered to false gods.

21And I gave her time for a change of heart, but she has no mind to give up her unclean ways.

22See, I will put her into a bed, and those who make themselves unclean with her, into great trouble, if they go on with her works.

23And I will put her children to death; and all the churches will see that I am he who makes search into the secret thoughts and hearts of men: and I will give to every one of you the reward of your works.

24But to you I say, to the rest in Thyatira, even to those who have not this teaching, and have no knowledge of the secrets of Satan, as they say; I put on you no other weight.

25But what you have, keep safe till I come.

26He who overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him I will give rule over the nations,

27And he will be ruling them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of the potter they will be broken, even as I have power from my Father:

28And I will give him the morning star.

29He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

October 1

Nehemiah 1

1The history of Nehemiah, the son of Hacaliah. Now it came about, in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, when I was in Shushan, the king’s town,

2That Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah; and in answer to my request for news of the Jews who had been prisoners and had got away, and of Jerusalem,

3They said to me, The small band of Jews now living there in the land are in great trouble and shame: the wall of Jerusalem has been broken down, and its doorways burned with fire.

4Then, after hearing these words, for some days I gave myself up to weeping and sorrow, seated on the earth; and taking no food I made prayer to the God of heaven,

5And said, O Lord, the God of heaven, the great God, greatly to be feared, keeping faith and mercy with those who have love for him and are true to his laws:

6Let your ear now take note and let your eyes be open, so that you may give ear to the prayer of your servant, which I make before you at this time, day and night, for the children of Israel, your servants, while I put before you the sins of the children of Israel, which we have done against you: truly, I and my father’s people are sinners.

7We have done great wrong against you, and have not kept the orders, the rules, and the decisions, which you gave to your servant Moses.

8Keep in mind, O Lord, the order you gave your servant Moses, saying, If you do wrong I will send you wandering among the peoples:

9But if you come back to me and keep my orders and do them, even if those of you who have been forced out are living in the farthest parts of heaven, I will get them from there, and take them back to the place marked out by me for the resting-place of my name.

10Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have made yours by your great power and by your strong hand.

11O Lord, let your ear take note of the prayer of your servant, and of the prayers of your servants, who take delight in worshipping your name: give help, O Lord, to your servant this day, and let him have mercy in the eyes of this man. (Now I was the king’s wine-servant.)

Nehemiah 2

1And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never before been sad when the king was present.

2And the king said to me, Why is your face sad, seeing that you are not ill? this is nothing but sorrow of heart. Then I was full of fear;

3And said to the king, May the king be living for ever: is it not natural for my face to be sad, when the town, the place where the bodies of my fathers are at rest, has been made waste and its doorways burned with fire?

4Then the king said to me, What is your desire? So I made prayer to the God of heaven.

5And I said to the king, If it is the king’s pleasure, and if your servant has your approval, send me to Judah, to the town where the bodies of my fathers are at rest, so that I may take in hand the building of it.

6And the king said to me (the queen being seated by his side), How long will your journey take, and when will you come back? So the king was pleased to send me, and I gave him a fixed time.

7Further, I said to the king, If it is the king’s pleasure, let letters be given to me for the rulers across the river, so that they may let me go through till I come to Judah;

8And a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s park, so that he may give me wood to make boards for the doors of the tower of the house, and for the wall of the town, and for the house which is to be mine. And the king gave me this, for the hand of my God was on me.

9Then I came to the rulers of the lands across the river and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me captains of the army and horsemen.

10And Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, hearing of it, were greatly troubled because a man had come to the help of the children of Israel.

11So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days.

12And in the night I got up, taking with me a small band of men; I said nothing to any man of what God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem: and I had no beast with me but the one on which I was seated.

13And I went out by night, through the doorway of the valley, and past the dragon’s water-spring as far as the place where waste material was put, viewing the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down, and the doorways which had been burned with fire.

14Then I went on to the door of the fountain and to the king’s pool: but there was no room for my beast to get through.

15Then in the night, I went up by the stream, viewing the wall; then turning back, I went in by the door in the valley, and so came back.

16And the chiefs had no knowledge of where I had been or what I was doing; and I had not then said anything to the Jews or to the priests or the great ones or the chiefs or the rest of those who were doing the work.

17Then I said to them, You see what a bad condition we are in; how Jerusalem is a waste, and its doorways burned with fire: come, let us get to work, building up the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer be put to shame.

18Then I gave them an account of how the hand of my God was on me, helping me; and of the king’s words which he had said to me. And they said, Let us get to work on the building. So they made their hands strong for the good work.

19But Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, hearing of it, made sport of us, laughing at us and saying, What are you doing? will you go against the king?

20Then answering them I said, The God of heaven, he will be our help; so we his servants will go on with our building: but you have no part or right or any name in Jerusalem.

Psalms 96

1O make a new song to the Lord; let all the earth make melody to the Lord.

2Make songs to the Lord, blessing his name; give the good news of his salvation day by day.

3Make clear his glory to the nations, and his wonders to all the peoples.

4For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all other gods.

5For all the gods of the nations are false gods; but the Lord made the heavens.

6Honour and glory are before him: strong and fair is his holy place.

7Give to the Lord, O you families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength.

8Give to the Lord the glory of his name; take with you an offering and come into his house.

9O give worship to the Lord in holy robes; be in fear before him, all the earth.

10Say among the nations, The Lord is King; yes, the world is ordered so that it may not be moved; he will be an upright judge of the peoples.

11Let the heavens have joy and the earth be glad; let the sea be thundering with all its waters;

12Let the field be glad, and everything which is in it; yes, let all the trees of the wood be sounding with joy,

13Before the Lord, for he is come; he is come to be the judge of the earth; the earth will be judged in righteousness, and the peoples with unchanging faith.

Revelation of John 1

1The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him so that his servants might have knowledge of the things which will quickly take place: and he sent and made it clear by his angel to his servant John;

2Who gave witness of the word of God, and of the witness of Jesus Christ, even of all the things which he saw.

3A blessing be on the reader, and on those who give ear to the prophet’s words, and keep the things which he has put in the book: for the time is near.

4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and was and is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his high seat;

5And from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the first to come back from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who had love for us and has made us clean from our sins by his blood;

6And has made us to be a kingdom and priests to his God and Father; to him let glory and power be given for ever and ever. So be it.

7See, he comes with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those by whom he was wounded; and all the tribes of the earth will be sorrowing because of him. Yes, so be it.

8I am the First and the Last, says the Lord God who is and was and is to come, the Ruler of all.

9I, John, your brother, who have a part with you in the trouble and the kingdom and the quiet strength of Jesus, was in the island which is named Patmos, for the word of God and the witness of Jesus.

10I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and a great voice at my back, as of a horn, came to my ears,

11Saying, What you see, put in a book, and send it to the seven churches; to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.

12And turning to see the voice which said these words to me, I saw seven gold vessels with lights burning in them;

13And in the middle of them one like a son of man, clothed with a robe down to his feet, and with a band of gold round his breasts.

14And his head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15And his feet like polished brass, as if it had been burned in a fire; and his voice was as the sound of great waters.

16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword: and his face was like the sun shining in its strength.

17And when I saw him, I went down on my face at his feet as one dead. And he put his right hand on me, saying, Have no fear; I am the first and the last and the Living one;

18And I was dead, and see, I am living for ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hell.

19Put in writing, then, the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will be after these;

20The secret of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold vessels with burning lights. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lights are the seven churches.

September 30

Ezra 9

1Now after these things were done, the captains came to me and said, The people of Israel and the priests and Levites have not kept themselves separate from the people of the lands, but have taken part in the disgusting ways of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.

2For they have taken their daughters for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy seed has been mixed with the peoples of the lands; and in fact the captains and rulers have been the first to do this evil.

3And hearing this, with signs of grief and pulling out the hair of my head and my chin, I took my seat on the earth deeply troubled.

4Then everyone who went in fear of the words of the God of Israel, because of the sin of those who had come back, came together to me; and I kept where I was, overcome with grief, till the evening offering.

5And at the evening offering, having made myself low before God, I got up, and with signs of grief, falling down on my knees, with my hands stretched out to the Lord my God,

6I said, O my God, shame keeps me from lifting up my face to you, my God: for our sins are increased higher than our heads and our evil-doing has come up to heaven.

7From the days of our fathers till this day we have been great sinners; and for our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been given up into the hands of the kings of the lands, to the sword and to prison and to loss of goods and to shame of face, as it is this day.

8And now for a little time grace has come to us from the Lord our God, to let a small band of us get free and to give us a nail in his holy place, so that our God may give light to our eyes and a measure of new life in our prison chains.

9For we are servants; but our God has not been turned away from us in our prison, but has had mercy on us before the eyes of the kings of Persia, to give us new strength to put up again the house of our God and to make fair its waste places, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

10And now, O our God, what are we to say after this? for we have not kept your laws,

11Which you gave to your servants the prophets, saying, The land into which you are going, to take it for a heritage, is an unclean land, because of the evil lives of the peoples of the land and their disgusting ways, which have made the land unclean from end to end.

12So now do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons or do anything for their peace or well-being for ever; so that you may be strong, living on the good of the land, and handing it on to your children for a heritage for ever.

13And after everything which has come on us because of our evil-doing and our great sin, and seeing that the punishment which you, O God, have given us, is less than the measure of our sins, and that you have kept from death those of us who are here;

14Are we again to go against your orders, taking wives from among the people who do these disgusting things? would you not be angry with us till our destruction was complete, till there was not one who got away safe?

15O Lord God of Israel, righteousness is yours; we are only a small band which has been kept from death, as at this day: see, we are before you in our sin; for no one may keep his place before you because of this.

Ezra 10

1Now while Ezra was making his prayer and his statement of wrongdoing, weeping and falling down before the house of God, a very great number of men and women and children out of Israel came together round him: for the people were weeping bitterly.

2And Shecaniah, the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answering, said to Ezra, We have done evil against our God, and have taken as our wives strange women of the peoples of the land: but still there is hope for Israel in this question.

3Let us now make an agreement with our God to put away all the wives and all their children, if it seems right to my lord and to those who go in fear of the words of our God; and let it be done in keeping with the law.

4Up, now! for this is your business, and we are with you; take heart and do it.

5Then Ezra got up, and made the chiefs of the priests and the Levites and all Israel take an oath that they would do this. So they took an oath.

6Then Ezra got up from before the house of God and went into the room of Jehohanan, the son of Eliashib; but when he came there, he took no food or drink, for he was sorrowing for the sin of those who had come back.

7And they made a public statement through all Judah and Jerusalem, to all those who had come back, that they were to come together to Jerusalem;

8And that if anyone did not come before three days were past, as ordered by the rulers and the responsible men, all his goods would be put under the curse, and he himself would be cut off from the meeting of the people who had come back.

9Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin came together to Jerusalem before three days were past; it was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people were seated in the wide square in front of the house of God, shaking with fear because of this business and because of the great rain.

10And Ezra the priest got to his feet and said to them, You have done wrong and taken strange women for your wives, so increasing the sin of Israel.

11So now, give praise to the Lord, the God of your fathers, and do his pleasure; and make yourselves separate from the peoples of the land and from the strange women.

12Then all the people, answering, said with a loud voice, As you have said, so it is right for us to do.

13But the number of people is great, and it is a time of much rain; it is not possible for us to go on waiting outside, and this is not a thing which may be done in one day or even two: for our sin in this business is great.

14So now let our rulers be representatives for all the people, and let all those in our towns who are married to strange women come at fixed times, and with them the responsible men and the judges of every town, till the burning wrath of our God is turned away from us, and this has been done.

15Only Jonathan, the son of Asahel, and Jahzeiah, the son of Tikvah, were against this, Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite supporting them.

16So those who had come back did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain heads of families, by their fathers’ families, all of them by their names, were marked out; and on the first day of the tenth month they took their places to go into the question with care.

17And they got to the end of all the men who were married to strange women by the first day of the first month.

18And among the sons of the priests who were married to strange women were these: of the sons of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak and his brothers, Maaseiah and Eliezer and Jarib and Gedaliah.

19And they gave their word that they would put away their wives; and for their sin, they gave an offering of a male sheep of the flock.

20And of the sons of Immer, Hanani and Zebadiah.

21And of the sons of Harim, Maaseiah and Elijah and Shemaiah and Jehiel and Uzziah.

22And of the sons of Pashhur, Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

23And of the Levites, Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah (that is Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

24And of the music-makers, Eliashib; and of the door-keepers, Shallum and Telem and Uri.

25And of Israel, the sons of Parosh, Ramiah and Izziah and Malchijah and Mijamin and Eleazar and Malchijah and Benaiah.

26And of the sons of Elam, Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel and Abdi and Jeremoth and Elijah.

27And of the sons of Zattu, Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth and Zabad and Aziza.

28And of the sons of Bebai, Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, Athlai.

29And of the sons of Bani, Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub and Sheal, Jeremoth.

30And of the sons of Pahath-moab, Adna and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel and Binnui and Manasseh.

31And of the sons of Harim, Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,

32Benjamin, Malluch, Shemariah.

33Of the sons of Hashum, Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, Shimei.

34Of the sons of Bani, Maadai, Amram, and Uel,

35Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhi,

36Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,

37Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasu,

38And Bani and Binnui, Shimei;

39And Shelemiah and Nathan and Adaiah,

40Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

41Azarel and Shelemiah, Shemariah,

42Shallum, Amariah, Joseph.

43Of the sons of Nebo, Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Iddo, and Joel, Benaiah.

44All these had taken strange wives; and some of them had wives by whom they had offspring.

Psalms 95

1O come, let us make songs to the Lord; sending up glad voices to the Rock of our salvation.

2Let us come before his face with praises; and make melody with holy songs.

3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King over all gods.

4The deep places of the earth are in his hand; and the tops of the mountains are his.

5The sea is his, and he made it; and the dry land was formed by his hands.

6O come, let us give worship, falling down on our knees before the Lord our Maker.

7For he is our God; and we are the people to whom he gives food, and the sheep of his flock. Today, if you would only give ear to his voice!

8Let not your hearts be hard, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the waste land;

9When your fathers put me to the test and saw my power and my work.

10For forty years I was angry with this generation, and said, They are a people whose hearts are turned away from me, for they have no knowledge of my ways;

11And I made an oath in my wrath, that they might not come into my place of rest.

Jude 1-10

1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and the brother of James, to those of God’s selection who have been made holy by God the Father and are kept safe for Jesus Christ:

2May mercy and peace and love be increased in you.

3My loved ones, while my thoughts were full of a letter which I was going to send you about our common salvation, it was necessary for me to send you one requesting you with all my heart to go on fighting strongly for the faith which has been given to the saints once and for ever.

4For certain men have come among you secretly, marked out before in the holy Writings for this evil fate, men without the fear of God, turning his grace into an unclean thing, and false to our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

5Now it is my purpose to put you in mind, though you once had knowledge of all these things, of how the Lord, having taken a people safely out of Egypt, later sent destruction on those who had no faith;

6And the angels who did not keep to their kingdom but went out from the place which was theirs, he has put in eternal chains and in dark night till the great day of the judging.

7Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the towns near them, having like these, given themselves up to unclean desires and gone after strange flesh, have been made an example, undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

8In the same way these dreamers make the flesh unclean, having no respect for authorities, and say evil of rulers.

9Now when Michael, one of the chief angels, was fighting against the Evil One for the body of Moses, fearing to make use of violent words against him, he only said, May the Lord be your judge.

10But these men say evil about such things as they have no knowledge of; and the things of which they have natural knowledge, like beasts without reason, are the cause of their destruction.

September 29

Ezra 7

1Now after these things, when Artaxerxes was king of Persia, Ezra, the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

2The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,

3The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,

4The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,

5The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest:

6This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a scribe, expert in the law of Moses which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given: and the king, moved by the Lord his God, gave him whatever he made request for.

7And some of the children of Israel went up, with some of the priests and the Levites and the music-makers and the door-keepers and the Nethinim, to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

8And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, in the seventh year of the king’s rule.

9For, starting his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, he came to Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, by the good help of his God.

10For Ezra had given his mind to learning the law of the Lord and doing it, and to teaching his rules and decisions in Israel.

11Now this is a copy of the letter which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra, the priest and the scribe, who put into writing the words of the orders of the Lord, and of his rules for Israel:

12Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, scribe of the law of the God of heaven, all peace;

13And now it is my order that all those of the people of Israel, and their priests and Levites in my kingdom, who are ready and have a desire to go to Jerusalem, are to go with you.

14Because you are sent by the king and his seven wise men, to get knowledge about Judah and Jerusalem, as you are ordered by the law of your God which is in your hand;

15And to take with you the silver and gold freely offered by the king and his wise men to the God of Israel, whose Temple is in Jerusalem,

16As well as all the silver and gold which you get from the land of Babylon, together with the offering of the people and of the priests, freely given for the house of their God, which is in Jerusalem:

17So with this money get with care oxen, sheep, and lambs, with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, to be offered on the altar of the house of your God, which is in Jerusalem.

18And whatever seems right to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, that do, as may be pleasing to your God.

19And the vessels which have been given to you for the uses of the house of your God, you are to give to the God of Jerusalem.

20And whatever more is needed for the house of your God, and which you may have to give, take it from the king’s store-house.

21And I, even I, Artaxerxes the king, now give orders to all keepers of the king’s money across the river, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, may have need of from you, is to be done with all care,

22Up to a hundred talents of silver, a hundred measures of grain, a hundred measures of wine, and a hundred measures of oil, and salt without measure.

23Whatever is ordered by the God of heaven, let it be done completely for the house of the God of heaven; so that there may not be wrath against the kingdom of the king and his sons.

24In addition, we make it clear to you, that it will be against the law to put any tax or payment in goods or forced payment on any of the priests or Levites, the music-makers, door-keepers, Nethinim, or any servants of this house of God.

25And you, Ezra, by the wisdom of your God which is in you, are to put rulers and judges to have authority over all the people across the river who have knowledge of the laws of your God; and you are to give teaching to him who has no knowledge of them.

26And if anyone does not keep the law of your God and the law of the king, take care that punishment is given to him, by death or by driving him from his country or by taking away his goods or by putting him in prison.

27Praise be to the Lord, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing into the heart of the king, to make fair the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem;

28And has given mercy to me before the king and his government and before all the king’s great captains. And I was made strong by the hand of the Lord my God which was on me, and I got together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

Ezra 8

1Now these are the heads of families who were listed of those who went up with me from Babylon, when Artaxerxes was king.

2Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel; of the sons of David, Hattush;

3Of the sons of Shecaniah; of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah; and with him were listed a hundred and fifty males.

4Of the sons of Pahath-moab, Eliehoenai, the son of Zerahiah; and with him two hundred males.

5Of the sons of Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel; and with him three hundred males.

6And of the sons of Adin, Ebed, the son of Jonathan; and with him fifty males.

7And of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah; the son of Athaliah; and with him seventy males.

8And of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah, the son of Michael; and with him eighty males.

9Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah, the son of Jehiel; and with him two hundred and eighteen males.

10And of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah; and with him a hundred and sixty males.

11And of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah, the son of Bebai; and with him twenty-eight males.

12And of the sons of Azgad, Johanan, the son of Hakkatan; and with him a hundred and ten males.

13And of the sons of Adonikam, the last, whose names were Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah; and with them sixty males.

14And of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud; and with them seventy males.

15And I made them come together by the river flowing to Ahava; and we were there in tents for three days: and after viewing the people and the priests I saw that no sons of Levi were there.

16Then I sent for Eliezer and Ariel and Shemaiah and Elnathan Jarib and Elnathan and Nathan and Zechariah and Meshullam, all responsible men; and for Joiarib and Elnathan, who were wise men.

17And I sent them to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and gave them orders what to say to Iddo and his brothers the Nethinim at the place Casiphia, so that they might come back to us with men to do the work of the house of our God.

18And by the help of our God they got for us Ish-sechel, one of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah with his sons and brothers, eighteen;

19And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their sons, twenty;

20And of the Nethinim, to whom David and the captains had given the work of helping the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinim, all of them specially named.

21Then I gave orders for a time of going without food, there by the river Ahava, so that we might make ourselves low before our God in prayer, requesting from him a straight way for us and for our little ones and for all our substance.

22For I would not, for shame, make request to the king for a band of armed men and horsemen to give us help against those who might make attacks on us on the way: for we had said to the king, The hand of our God is on his servants for good, but his power and his wrath are against all those who are turned away from him.

23So we went without food, requesting our God for this: and his ear was open to our prayer.

24So I put on one side twelve of the chiefs of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them,

25And gave to them by weight the silver and the gold and the vessels, all the offering for the house of our God which the king and his wise men and his captains and all Israel there present had given:

26Measuring into their hands six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels, a hundred talents’ weight, and a hundred talents of gold,

27And twenty gold basins, of a thousand darics, and two vessels of the best bright brass, equal in value to gold.

28And I said to them, You are holy to the Lord and the vessels are holy: and the silver and the gold are an offering freely given to the Lord, the God of your fathers.

29Take care of them and keep them, till you put them on the scales before the chiefs of the priests and the Levites and the chiefs of the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, in the rooms of the house of the Lord.

30So the priests and the Levites took the weight of silver and gold and the vessels, to take them to Jerusalem into the house of our God.

31Then we went away from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem; and the hand of our God was on us, and he gave us salvation from our haters and those who were waiting to make an attack on us by the way.

32And we came to Jerusalem and were there for three days.

33And on the fourth day, the silver and the gold and the vessels were measured out by weight in the house of our God into the hands of Meremoth, the son of Uriah, the priest; and with him was Eleazar, the son of Phinehas; and with them were Jozabad, the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah, the son of Binnui, the Levites;

34All was handed over by number and by weight: and the weight was put on record at that time.

35And those who had been prisoners, who had come back from a strange land, made burned offerings to the God of Israel, twelve oxen for all Israel, ninety-six male sheep, seventy-seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a sin-offering: all this was a burned offering to the Lord.

36And they gave the king’s orders to the king’s captains and the rulers across the river, and they gave the people and the house of God the help which was needed.

Psalms 94

1O God, in whose hands is punishment, O God of punishment, let your shining face be seen.

2Be lifted up, O judge of the earth; let their reward come to the men of pride.

3How long will sinners, O Lord, how long will sinners have joy over us?

4Words of pride come from their lips; all the workers of evil say great things of themselves.

5Your people are crushed by them, O Lord, your heritage is troubled,

6They put to death the widow and the guest, they take the lives of children who have no father;

7And they say, Jah will not see it, the God of Jacob will not give thought to it.

8Give your mind to my words, you who are without wisdom among the people; you foolish men, when will you be wise?

9Has he by whom your ears were planted no hearing? or is he blind by whom your eyes were formed?

10He who is the judge of the nations, will he not give men the reward of their acts, even he who gives knowledge to man?

11The Lord has knowledge of the thoughts of man, for they are only a breath.

12Happy is the man who is guided by you, O Jah, and to whom you give teaching out of your law;

13So that you may give him rest from the days of evil, till a hole is made ready for the destruction of the sinners.

14The Lord will not give up his people, or take away his support from his heritage;

15But decisions will again be made in righteousness; and they will be kept by all whose hearts are true.

16Who will give me help against the sinners? and who will be my support against the workers of evil?

17If the Lord had not been my helper, my soul would quickly have gone down into death.

18If I say, My foot is slipping; your mercy, O Lord, is my support.

19Among all my troubled thoughts, your comforts are the delight of my soul.

20What part with you has the seat of sin, which makes evil into a law?

21They are banded together against the soul of the upright, to give decisions against those who have done no wrong.

22But the Lord is my safe resting-place; my God is the Rock where I am safe.

23And he has made their evil designs come back on themselves, cutting them off in their sin; the Lord our God will put an end to them.

3 John 1-10

1I, a ruler in the church, send word to the well loved Gaius, for whom I have true love.

2My loved one, it is my prayer that you may do well in all things, and be healthy in body, even as your soul does well.

3For it gave me great joy when some of the brothers came and gave witness that you had the true faith and were walking in the true way.

4I have no greater joy than to have news that my children are walking in the true way.

5My loved one, you are doing a good work in being kind to those brothers who come from other places;

6Who have given witness to the church of your love for them: and you will do well to send them on their way well cared for, as is right for servants of God:

7For they went out for love of the Name, taking nothing from the Gentiles.

8So it is right for us to take in such men as guests, so that we may take our part in the work of the true faith.

9I sent a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, whose desire is ever to have the first place among them, will not have us there.

10So if I come, I will keep in mind the things he does, talking against us with evil words: and as if this was not enough, he does not take the brothers into his house, and those who are ready to take them in, he keeps from doing so, putting them out of the church if they do.

September 28

Ezra 5

1Now the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the son of Iddo, were preaching to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel.

2Then Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, got up and made a start at building the house of God at Jerusalem: and the prophets of God were with them, helping them.

3At the same time, Tattenai, ruler of the land across the river, and Shethar-bozenai, and their men, came to them and said, Who gave you orders to go on building this house and this wall?

4Then they said these words to them: What are the names of the men who are at work on this building?

5But the eye of their God was on the chiefs of the Jews, and they did not make them give up working till the question had been put before Darius and an answer had come by letter about it.

6This is a copy of the letter which Tattenai, the ruler of the land across the river, and Shethar-bozenai and his friends the Apharsachites, living across the river, sent to Darius the king:

7They sent him a letter saying, To Darius the king, all peace:

8This is to give the king word that we went into the land of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is made of great stones, and has its walls supported with wood, and the work is going on with industry, and they are doing it well.

9Then we said to the men responsible, who gave you authority for the building of this house and these walls?

10And we made request for their names, so that we might send you word, and give you the names of the men at the head of them.

11And they made answer to us, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are building the house which was put up in times long past and was designed and made complete by a great king of Israel.

12But when the God of heaven was moved to wrath by our fathers, he gave them up into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, the Chaldaean, who sent destruction on this house and took the people away into Babylon.

13But in the first year of Cyrus, king of Babylon, Cyrus the king gave an order for the building of this house of God;

14And the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the Temple which was in Jerusalem, and put into the house of his god in Babylon, these Cyrus the king took from the house of his god in Babylon, and gave to one named Sheshbazzar, whom he had made ruler;

15And he said to him, Go, take these vessels, and put them in the Temple in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be put up again in its place.

16Then this same Sheshbazzar came and put the house of God in Jerusalem on its bases: and from that time till now the building has been going on, but it is still not complete.

17So now, if it seems good to the king, let search be made in the king’s store-house at Babylon, to see if it is true that an order was given by Cyrus the king for the building of this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send us word of his pleasure in connection with this business.

Ezra 6

1Then Darius the king gave an order and a search was made in the house of the records, where the things of value were stored up in Babylon.

2And at Achmetha, in the great house of the king in the land of Media, they came across a roll, in which this statement was put on record:

3In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king made an order: In connection with the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be put up, the place where they make offerings, and let the earth for the bases be put in place; let it be sixty cubits high and sixty cubits wide;

4With three lines of great stones and one line of new wood supports; and let the necessary money be given out of the king’s store-house;

5And let the gold and silver vessels from the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the Temple at Jerusalem to Babylon, be given back and taken again to the Temple at Jerusalem, every one in its place, and put them in the house of God.

6So now, Tattenai, ruler of the land across the river, and Shethar-bozenai and your people the Apharsachites across the river, keep far from that place:

7Let the work of this house of God go on; let the ruler of the Jews and their responsible men put up this house of God in its place.

8Further, I give orders as to what you are to do for the responsible men of the Jews in connection with the building of this house of God: that from the king’s wealth, that is, from the taxes got together in the land over the river, the money needed is to be given to these men readily, so that their work may not be stopped.

9And whatever they have need of, young oxen and sheep and lambs, for burned offerings to the God of heaven, grain, salt, wine, and oil, whatever the priests in Jerusalem say is necessary, is to be given to them day by day regularly:

10So that they may make offerings of a sweet smell to the God of heaven, with prayers for the life of the king and of his sons.

11And I have given orders that if anyone makes any change in this word, one of the supports is to be pulled out of his house, and he is to be lifted up and fixed to it; and his house is to be made waste for this;

12And may the God who has made it a resting-place for his name send destruction on all kings and peoples whose hands are outstretched to make any change in this or to do damage to this house of God at Jerusalem. I, Darius, have given this order, let it be done with all care.

13Then Tattenai, the ruler across the river, and Shethar-bozenai and their people, because of the order given by King Darius, did as he had said with all care.

14And the responsible men of the Jews went on with their building, and did well, helped by the teaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, the son of Iddo. They went on building till it was complete, in keeping with the word of the God of Israel, and the orders given by Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes, king of Persia.

15And the building of this house was complete on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the rule of Darius the king.

16And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of those who had come back, kept the feast of the opening of this house of God with joy.

17And they gave as offerings at the opening of this house of God a hundred oxen, two hundred sheep, four hundred lambs; and for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve he-goats, being the number of the tribes of Israel.

18And they put the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their order, for the worship of God at Jerusalem; as it is recorded in the book of Moses.

19And the children of Israel who had come back kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.

20For the priests and the Levites had made themselves clean together; they were all clean: and they put the Passover lamb to death for all those who had come back, and for their brothers the priests and for themselves.

21And the children of Israel, who had come back, and all those who were joined to them, after separating themselves from the evil ways of the people of the land to become the servants of the Lord, the God of Israel, took food together,

22And kept the feast of unleavened bread for seven days with joy: for the Lord had made them full of joy, by turning the heart of the king of Assyria to them to give them help in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

Psalms 93

1The Lord is King; he is clothed with glory; the Lord is clothed with strength; power is the cord of his robe; the world is fixed, so that it may not be moved.

2The seat of your power has been from the past; you are eternal.

3The rivers send up, O Lord, the rivers send up their voices; they send them up with a loud cry.

4The Lord in heaven is stronger than the noise of great waters, yes, he is stronger than the great waves of the sea.

5Your witness is most certain; it is right for your house to be holy, O Lord, for ever.

2 John 1

1I, a ruler in the church, send word to the noble sister who is of God’s selection, and to her children, for whom I have true love; and not only I, but all who have knowledge of what is true;

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