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.
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.
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.