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.

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