October 8

Nehemiah 11

1And the rulers of the people were living in Jerusalem: the rest of the people made selection, by the decision of chance, of one out of every ten to be living in Jerusalem, the holy town; the other nine to go to the other towns.

2And the people gave a blessing to all the men who were freely offering to take up their places in Jerusalem.

3Now these are the chiefs of the divisions of the country who were living in Jerusalem: but in the towns of Judah everyone was living on his heritage in the towns, that is, Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Nethinim, and the children of Solomon’s servants.

4And in Jerusalem there were living certain of the children of Judah and of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah: Athaiah, the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, of the children of Perez;

5And Maaseiah, the son of Baruch, the son of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of the Shilonite.

6All the sons of Perez living in Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight men of good position.

7And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu, the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah.

8And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred and twenty-eight.

9And Joel, the son of Zichri, was their overseer; and Judah, the son of Hassenuah, was second over the town.

10Of the priests: Jedaiah, the son of Joiarib, Jachin,

11Seraiah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God,

12And their brothers who did the work of the house, eight hundred and twenty-two; and Adaiah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah,

13And his brothers, heads of families, two hundred and forty-two; and Amashsai, the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,

14And their brothers, men of war, a hundred and twenty-eight; and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of Haggedolim.

15And of the Levites: Shemaiah, the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni,

16And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chiefs of the Levites, who were responsible for the outside business of the house of God;

17And Mattaniah, the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, who had to give the first note of the song of praise in prayer, and Bakbukiah, the second among his brothers, and Abda, the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

18All the Levites in the holy town were two hundred and eighty-four.

19In addition the door-keepers, Akkub, Talmon, and their brothers who kept watch at the doors, were a hundred and seventy-two.

20And the rest of Israel, of the priests, the Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, every one in his heritage.

21But the Nethinim were living in the Ophel; and Ziha and Gishpa were over the Nethinim.

22And the overseer of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi, the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, of the sons of Asaph, the music-makers, who was over the business of the house of God.

23For there was an order from the king about them and a regular amount for the music-makers, for their needs day by day.

24And Pethahiah, the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah, the son of Judah, was the king’s servant in everything to do with the people.

25And for the daughter-towns with their fields, some of the men of Judah were living in Kiriath-arba and its daughter-towns, and in Dibon and its daughter-towns, and in Jekabzeel and its daughter-towns,

26And in Jeshua, and in Moladah, and Beth-pelet,

27And in Hazar-shual, and in Beer-sheba and its daughter-towns,

28And in Ziklag, and in Meconah and its daughter-towns,

29And in En-rimmon, and in Zorah, and in Jarmuth,

30Zanoah, Adullam and their daughter-towns, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its daughter-towns. So they were living from Beer-sheba to the valley of Hinnom.

31And the children of Benjamin were living from Geba, at Michmash and Aija, and at Beth-el and its daughter-towns,

32At Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

33Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

34Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

35Lod and Ono, the valley of expert workers.

36And of the Levites, certain divisions in Judah were joined to Benjamin.

Psalms 103

Of David.

1 Give praise to the Lord, O my soul; let everything in me give praise to his holy name.

2Give praise to the Lord, O my soul; let not all his blessings go from your memory.

3He has forgiveness for all your sins; he takes away all your diseases;

4He keeps back your life from destruction, crowning you with mercy and grace.

5He makes your mouth full of good things, so that your strength is made new again like the eagle’s.

6The Lord gives decisions in righteousness for all who are in trouble.

7He gave knowledge of his way to Moses, and made his acts clear to the children of Israel.

8The Lord is kind and full of pity, not quickly made angry, but ever ready to have mercy.

9His feeling will no longer be bitter; he will not keep his wrath for ever.

10He has not given us the punishment for our sins, or the reward of our wrongdoing.

11For as the heaven is high over the earth, so great is his mercy to his worshippers.

12As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our sins from us.

13As a father has pity on his children, so the Lord has pity on his worshippers.

14For he has knowledge of our feeble frame; he sees that we are only dust.

15As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field.

16The wind goes over it and it is gone; and its place sees it no longer.

17But the mercy of the Lord is eternal for his worshippers, and their children’s children will see his righteousness;

18If they keep his agreement, and have his laws in mind to do them.

19The Lord has made ready his high seat in the heavens; his kingdom is ruling over all.

20Give praise to the Lord, you his angels, who are great in strength, doing his orders, and waiting for his voice.

21Give praise to the Lord, all you his armies; and you his servants who do his pleasure.

22Give praise to the Lord, all his works, in all places under his rule: give praise to the Lord, O my soul.

Revelation of John 8

1And when the seventh stamp was undone there was quiet in heaven for about half an hour.

2And I saw the seven angels who had their place before God; and seven horns were given to them.

3And another angel came and took his place at the altar, having a gold vessel for burning perfume; and there was given to him much perfume, so that he might put it with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar which was before the high seat.

4And the smoke of the perfume, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.

5And the angel took the vessel; and he made it full of the fire of the altar, and sent it down on the earth: and there came thunders and voices and flames and a shaking of the earth.

6And the seven angels who had the seven horns made ready for sounding them.

7And at the sounding of the first, a rain of ice and fire, mixed with blood, was sent on the earth: and a third part of the earth, and of the trees, and all green grass was burned up.

8And at the sounding of the second angel, it was as if a great mountain burning with fire was sent into the sea: and a third part of the sea became blood,

9And destruction came on a third part of the living things which were in the sea, and on a third part of the ships.

10And at the sounding of the third angel, there went down from heaven a great star, burning like a flame, and it came on a third part of the rivers, and on the fountains of water.

11And the name of the star is Wormwood: and a third part of the waters became bitter; and a number of men came to their end because of the waters, for they were made bitter.

12And at the sounding of the fourth angel, a third part of the sun, and of the moon, and of the stars was made dark, so that there was no light for a third part of the day and of the night.

13And there came to my ears the cry of an eagle in flight in the middle of heaven, saying with a great voice, Trouble, trouble, trouble, to all on the earth, because of the other voices of the horns of the three angels, whose sounding is still to come.


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