September 26

Ezra 1

1Now in the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord given by the mouth of Jeremiah might come true, the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, was moved by the Lord, so that he made a public statement through all his kingdom, and put it in writing, saying,

2These are the words of Cyrus, king of Persia: The Lord God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he has made me responsible for building a house for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

3Whoever there is among you of his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and take in hand the building of the house of the Lord, the God of Israel; he is the God who is in Jerusalem.

4And whoever there may be of the rest of Israel, living in any place, let the men of that place give him help with offerings of silver and gold and goods and beasts, in addition to the offering freely given for the house of God in Jerusalem.

5Then the heads of families of Judah and Benjamin, with the priests and the Levites, got ready, even all those whose spirits were moved by God to go up and take in hand the building of the Lord’s house in Jerusalem.

6And all their neighbours gave them help with offerings of vessels of silver and gold and goods and beasts and things of great value, in addition to what was freely offered.

7And Cyrus the king got out the vessels of the house of the Lord which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the house of his gods;

8Even these Cyrus made Mithredath, the keeper of his wealth, get out, and he gave them, after numbering them, to Sheshbazzar, the ruler of Judah.

9And this is the number of them: there were thirty gold plates, a thousand silver plates, twenty-nine knives,

10Thirty gold basins, four hundred and ten silver basins, and a thousand other vessels.

11There were five thousand, four hundred gold and silver vessels. All these were taken back by Sheshbazzar, when those who had been taken prisoner went up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Ezra 2

1Now these are the people of the divisions of the kingdom, among those who had been made prisoners by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and taken away to Babylon, who went back to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his town;

2Who went with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah, The number of the men of the people of Israel:

3The children of Parosh, two thousand, one hundred and seventy-two.

4The children of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two.

5The children of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five.

6The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand, eight hundred and twelve.

7The children of Elam, a thousand, two hundred and fifty-four.

8The children of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five.

9The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty.

10The children of Bani, six hundred and forty-two.

11The children of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three.

12The children of Azgad, a thousand, two hundred and twenty-two.

13The children of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six.

14The children of Bigvai, two thousand and fifty-six.

15The children of Adin, four hundred and fifty-four.

16The children of Ater, of Hezekiah, ninety-eight.

17The children of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-three.

18The children of Jorah, a hundred and twelve.

19The children of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three.

20The children of Gibbar, ninety-five.

21The children of Beth-lehem, a hundred and twenty-three.

22The men of Netophah, fifty-six.

23The men of Anathoth, a hundred and twenty-eight.

24The children of Azmaveth, forty-two.

25The children of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.

26The children of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.

27The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty-two.

28The men of Beth-el and Ai, two hundred and twenty-three.

29The children of Nebo, fifty-two.

30The children of Magbish, a hundred and fifty-six.

31The children of the other Elam, a thousand, two hundred and fifty-four.

32The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

33The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five.

34The children of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.

35The children of Senaah, three thousand, six hundred and thirty.

36The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three.

37The children of Immer, a thousand and fifty-two.

38The children of Pashhur, a thousand, two hundred and forty-seven.

39The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

40The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy-four.

41The music-makers: the children of Asaph, a hundred and twenty-eight

42The children of the 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-nine.

43The Nethinim: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

44The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of Padon,

45The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub,

46The children of Hagab, the children of Shamlai, the children of Hanan,

47The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,

48The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,

49The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of Besai,

50The children of Asnah, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephisim,

51The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

52The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,

53The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Temah,

54The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

55The children of Solomon’s servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Hassophereth, the children of Peruda,

56The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

57The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the children of Ami.

58All the Nethinim, and the children of Solomon’s servants, were three hundred and ninety-two.

59And these were the people who went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer. But having no knowledge of their fathers’ families or offspring, it was not certain that they were Israelites;

60The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred and fifty-two.

61And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Hakkoz, the children of Barzillai, who was married to one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and took their name.

62They 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.

63And the Tirshatha said that they were not to have the most holy things for their food, till a priest came to give decision by Urim and Thummim.

64The number of all the people together was forty-two thousand, three hundred and sixty,

65As 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 men and women to make music.

66They had seven hundred and thirty-six horses, two hundred and forty-five transport beasts,

67Four hundred and thirty-five camels, six thousand, seven hundred and twenty asses.

68And some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, gave freely of their wealth for the building up of the house of God in its place:

69Every one, as he was able, gave for the work sixty-one thousand darics of gold, five thousand pounds of silver and a hundred priests’ robes.

70So the priests and the Levites and the people and the music-makers and the door-keepers and the Nethinim, took up their places in their towns; even all Israel in their towns.

Psalms 91

1Happy is he whose resting-place is in the secret of the Lord, and under the shade of the wings of the Most High;

2Who says of the Lord, He is my safe place and my tower of strength: he is my God, in whom is my hope.

3He will take you out of the bird-net, and keep you safe from wasting disease.

4You will be covered by his feathers; under his wings you will be safe: his good faith will be your salvation.

5You will have no fear of the evil things of the night, or of the arrow in flight by day,

6Or of the disease which takes men in the dark, or of the destruction which makes waste when the sun is high.

7You will see a thousand falling by your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you.

8Only with your eyes will you see the reward of the evil-doers.

9Because you have said, I am in the hands of the Lord, the Most High is my safe resting-place;

10No evil will come on you, and no disease will come near your tent.

11For he will give you into the care of his angels to keep you wherever you go.

12In their hands they will keep you up, so that your foot may not be crushed against a stone.

13You will put your foot on the lion and the snake; the young lion and the great snake will be crushed under your feet.

14Because he has given me his love, I will take him out of danger: I will put him in a place of honour, because he has kept my name in his heart.

15When his cry comes up to me, I will give him an answer: I will be with him in trouble; I will make him free from danger and give him honour.

16With long life will he be rewarded; and I will let him see my salvation.

1 John 4

1My loved ones, do not put your faith in every spirit, but put them to the test, to see if they are from God: because a great number of false prophets have gone out into the world.

2By this you may have knowledge of the Spirit of God: every spirit which says that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God:

3And every spirit which does not say this is not from God: this is the spirit of Antichrist, of which you have had word; and it is in the world even now.

4You are of God, my little children, and you have overcome them because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

5They are of the world, so their talk is the world’s talk, and the world gives ear to them.

6We are of God: he who has the knowledge of God gives ear to us; he who is not of God does not give ear to us. By this we may see which is the true spirit, and which is the spirit of error.

7My loved ones, let us have love for one another: because love is of God, and everyone who has love is a child of God and has knowledge of God.

8He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God is love.

9And the love of God was made clear to us when he sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.

10And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering for our sins.

11My loved ones, if God had such love for us, it is right for us to have love for one another.

12No man has ever seen God: if we have love for one another, God is in us and his love is made complete in us:

13And his Spirit which he has given us is the witness that we are in him and he is in us.

14And we have seen and give witness that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

15Everyone who says openly that Jesus is the Son of God, has God in him and is in God.

16And we have seen and had faith in the love which God has for us. God is love, and everyone who has love is in God, and God is in him.

17In this way love is made complete in us, so that we may be without fear on the day of judging, because as he is, so are we in this world.

18There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear, because where fear is, there is pain; and he who is not free from fear is not complete in love.

19We have the power of loving, because he first had love for us.

20If a man says, I have love for God, and has hate for his brother, his words are false: for how is the man who has no love for his brother whom he has seen, able to have love for God whom he has not seen?

21And this is the word which we have from him, that he who has love for God is to have the same love for his brother.

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