October 9

Nehemiah 12

1Now these are the priests and the Levites who went up with Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,

5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

6Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua.

8And the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who was over the music-makers, he and his brothers.

9And Bakbukiah and Unno, their brothers, were opposite them in their watches.

10And Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, and Joiakim was the father of Eliashib, and Eliashib was the father of Joiada,

11And Joiada was the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.

12And in the days of Joiakim there were priests, heads of families: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;

13Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

14Of Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;

15Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;

16Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

17Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;

18Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

19And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

20Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

21Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethanel.

22The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were listed as heads of families; and the priests, when Darius the Persian was king.

23The sons of Levi, heads of families, were recorded in the book of the histories, even till the days of Johanan, the son of Eliashib.

24And the chiefs of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua, the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, to give blessing and praise as ordered by David, the man of God, watch against watch.

25Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were door-keepers keeping the watch at the store-houses of the doors.

26These were in the days of Joiakim, the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the ruler and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.

27And when the time came for the wall of Jerusalem to be made holy, they sent for the Levites out of all their places to come to Jerusalem, to keep the feast with joy, and with praise and melody, with brass and corded instruments of music.

28And the sons of the music-makers came together from the lowland round about Jerusalem and from the daughter-towns of the Netophathites,

29And from Beth-gilgal and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the music-makers had made daughter-towns for themselves round about Jerusalem.

30And the priests and the Levites made themselves clean; and they made the people clean, and the doorways and the wall.

31Then I made the rulers of Judah come up on the wall, and I put in position two great bands of them who gave praise, walking in ordered lines; one went to the right on the wall, in the direction of the doorway where the waste was put;

32And after them went Hoshaiah and half of the rulers of Judah,

33And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

34Judah and Benjamin and Shemaiah and Jeremiah,

35And certain of the priests’ sons with wind instruments; Zechariah, the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,

36And his brothers, Shemaiah, and Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel and Judah, Hanani, with the music-instruments of David, the man of God; and Ezra the scribe was at their head;

37And by the doorway of the fountain and straight in front of them, they went up by the steps of the town of David, at the slope up of the wall, over the house of David, as far as the water-doorway to the east.

38And the other band of those who gave praise went to the left, and I went after them with half the people, on the wall, over the tower of the ovens, as far as the wide wall;

39And over the doorway of Ephraim and by the old door and the fish door and the tower of Hananel and the tower of Hammeah, as far as the sheep door: and at the doorway of the watchmen they came to a stop.

40So the two bands of those who gave praise took up their positions in the house of God, and I and half of the chiefs with me:

41And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with wind instruments;

42And Maaseiah and Shemaiah and Eleazar and Uzzi and Jehohanan and Malchijah and Elam and Ezer. And the makers of melody made their voices loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.

43And on that day they made great offerings and were glad; for God had made them glad with great joy; and the women and the children were glad with them: so that the joy of Jerusalem came to the ears of those who were far off.

44And on that day certain men were put over the rooms where the things which had been given were stored, for the lifted offerings and the first-fruits and the tenths, and to take into them the amounts, from the fields of every town, fixed by the law for the priests and the Levites: for Judah was glad on account of the priests and the Levites who were in their places.

45And they kept the watch of their God, and were responsible for making things clean, and so did the music-makers and the door-keepers, as it was ordered by David and Solomon his son.

46For in the days of David and Asaph in the past, there was a master of the music, and songs of blessing and praise to God.

47And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave what was needed by the music-makers and the door-keepers day by day: and they made the offerings holy for the Levites; and the Levites did the same for the sons of Aaron.

Psalms 104:1-23

1Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are robed with honour and power.

2You are clothed with light as with a robe; stretching out the heavens like a curtain:

3The arch of your house is based on the waters; you make the clouds your carriage; you go on the wings of the wind:

4He makes winds his angels, and flames of fire his servants.

5He has made the earth strong on its bases, so that it may not be moved for ever and ever;

6Covering it with the sea as with a robe: the waters were high over the mountains;

7At the voice of your word they went in flight; at the sound of your thunder they went away in fear;

8The mountains came up and the valleys went down into the place which you had made ready for them.

9You made a limit over which they might not go, so that the earth would never again be covered by them.

10You sent the springs into the valleys; they are flowing between the hills.

11They give drink to every beast of the field; the mountain asses come to them for water.

12The birds of the air have their resting-places by them, and make their song among the branches.

13He sends down rain from his store-houses on the hills: the earth is full of the fruit of his works.

14He makes the grass come up for the cattle, and plants for the use of man; so that bread may come out of the earth;

15And wine to make glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face shining, and bread giving strength to his heart.

16The trees of the Lord are full of growth, the cedars of Lebanon of his planting;

17Where the birds have their resting-places; as for the stork, the tall trees are her house.

18The high hills are a safe place for the mountain goats, and the rocks for the small beasts.

19He made the moon for a sign of the divisions of the year; teaching the sun the time of its going down.

20When you make it dark, it is night, when all the beasts of the woods come quietly out of their secret places.

21The young lions go thundering after their food; searching for their meat from God.

22The sun comes up, and they come together, and go back to their secret places to take their rest.

23Man goes out to his work, and to his business, till the evening.

Revelation of John 9

1And at the sounding of the fifth angel I saw a star falling from heaven to the earth: and there was given to him the key of the great deep.

2And he made the great deep open and a smoke went up from it, like the smoke of a great oven; and the sun and the air were made dark because of the smoke.

3And from the smoke locusts came out on the earth; and power was given them, like the power of scorpions.

4And they were ordered to do no damage to the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only to such men as have not the mark of God on their brows.

5And orders were given them not to put them to death, but to give them great pain for five months: and their pain was as the pain from the wound of a scorpion.

6And in those days men will be hoping for death, and it will not come to them; and they will have a great desire for death, and death will go in flight from them.

7And the forms of the locusts were like horses made ready for war; and on their heads they had crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

8And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

9And they had breastplates like iron, and the sound of their wings was as the sound of carriages, like an army of horses rushing to the fight.

10And they have pointed tails like scorpions; and in their tails is their power to give men wounds for five months.

11They have over them as king the angel of the great deep: his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek language Apollyon.

12The first Trouble is past: see, there are still two Troubles to come.

13And at the sounding of the sixth angel a voice came to my ears from the horns of the gold altar which is before God,

14Saying to the sixth angel who had the horn, Make free the four angels who are chained at the great river Euphrates.

15And the four angels were made free, who were ready for the hour and day and month and year, that they might put to death a third part of men.

16And the number of the armies of the horsemen was twice ten thousand times ten thousand: the number of them came to my ears.

17And so I saw the horses in the vision, and those who were seated on them, having breastplates of fire and glass and of burning stone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire and smoke and a smell of burning.

18By these evils a third part of men was put to death, by the fire, and the smoke, and the burning smell which came out of their mouths.

19For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails: because their tails are like snakes, and have heads, and with them they give wounds.

20And the rest of the people, who were not put to death by these evils, were not turned from the works of their hands, but went on giving worship to evil spirits, and images of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood which have no power of seeing or hearing or walking:

21And they had no regret for putting men to death, or for their use of secret arts, or for the evil desires of the flesh, or for taking the property of others.

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