1On that day there was a reading from the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and they saw that it said in the book that no Ammonite or Moabite might ever come into the meeting of God;
2Because they did not give the children of Israel bread and water when they came to them, but got Balaam to put a curse on them: though the curse was turned into a blessing by our God.
3So after hearing the law, they took out of Israel all the mixed people.
4Now before this, Eliashib the priest, who had been placed over the rooms of the house of our God, being a friend of Tobiah,
5Had made ready for him a great room, where at one time they kept the meal offerings, the perfume, and the vessels and the tenths of the grain and wine and oil which were given by order to the Levites and the music-makers and the door-keepers, and the lifted offerings for the priests.
6But all this time I was not at Jerusalem: for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes, king of Babylon, I went to the king; and after some days, I got the king to let me go,
7And I came to Jerusalem; and it was clear to me what evil Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in making ready for him a room in the buildings of the house of God.
8And it was evil in my eyes: so I had all Tobiah’s things put out of the room.
9Then I gave orders, and they made the rooms clean: and I put back in them the vessels of the house of God, with the meal offerings and the perfume.
10And I saw that the Levites had not been given what was needed for their support; so that the Levites and the music-makers, who did the work, had gone away, everyone to his field.
11Then I made protests to the chiefs, and said, Why has the house of God been given up? And I got them together and put them in their places.
12Then all Judah came with the tenth part of the grain and wine and oil and put it into the store-houses.
13And I made controllers over the store-houses, Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and with them was Hanan, the son of Zaccur the son of Mattaniah: they were taken to be true men and their business was the distribution of these things to their brothers.
14Keep me in mind, O my God, in connection with this, and do not let the good which I have done for the house of my God and its worship go from your memory completely.
15In those days, I saw in Judah some who were crushing grapes on the Sabbath, and getting in grain and putting it on asses; as well as wine and grapes and figs and all sorts of goods which they took into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day: and I gave witness against them on the day when they were marketing food.
16And there were men of Tyre there, who came with fish and all sorts of goods, trading with the children of Judah and in Jerusalem on the Sabbath.
17Then I made protests to the chiefs of Judah, and said to them, What is this evil which you are doing, not keeping the Sabbath day holy?
18Did not your fathers do the same, and did not our God send all this evil on us and on this town? but you are causing more wrath to come on Israel by not keeping the Sabbath holy.
19And so, when the streets of Jerusalem were getting dark before the Sabbath, I gave orders for the doors to be shut and not to be open again till after the Sabbath: and I put some of my servants by the door so that nothing might be taken in on the Sabbath day.
20So the traders in all sorts of goods took their night’s rest outside Jerusalem once or twice.
21Then I gave witness against them and said, Why are you waiting all night by the wall? if you do so again I will have you taken prisoners. From that time they did not come again on the Sabbath.
22And I gave the Levites orders to make themselves clean and come and keep the doors and make the Sabbath holy. Keep this in mind to my credit, O my God, and have mercy on me, for great is your mercy.
23And in those days I saw the Jews who were married to women of Ashdod and Ammon and Moab:
24And their children were talking half in the language of Ashdod; they had no knowledge of the Jews’ language, but made use of the language of the two peoples.
25And I took up the cause against them, cursing them and giving blows to some of them and pulling out their hair; and I made them take an oath by God, saying, You are not to give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
26Was it not in these things that Solomon, king of Israel, did wrong? among a number of nations there was no king like him, and he was dear to his God, and God made him king over all Israel: but even he was made to do evil by strange women.
27Are we then without protest to let you do all this great evil, sinning against our God by taking strange women for your wives?
28And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib, the chief priest, was son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: so I sent him away from me.
29Keep them in mind, O my God, because they have put shame on the priests’ name and on the agreement of the priests and the Levites.
30So I made them clean from all strange people, and had regular watches fixed for the priests and for the Levites, everyone in his work;
31And for the wood offering, at fixed times, and for the first fruits. Keep me in mind, O my God, for good.
24O Lord, how great is the number of your works! in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of the things you have made.
25There is the great, wide sea, where there are living things, great and small, more than may be numbered.
26There go the ships; there is that great beast, which you have made as a plaything.
27All of them are waiting for you, to give them their food in its time.
28They take what you give them; they are full of the good things which come from your open hand.
29If your face is veiled, they are troubled; when you take away their breath, they come to an end, and go back to the dust.
30If you send out your spirit, they are given life; you make new the face of the earth.
31Let the glory of the Lord be for ever; let the Lord have joy in his works:
32At whose look the earth is shaking; at whose touch the mountains send out smoke.
33I will make songs to the Lord all my life; I will make melody to my God while I have my being.
34Let my thoughts be sweet to him: I will be glad in the Lord.
35Let sinners be cut off from the earth, and let all evil-doers come to an end. Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. Give praise to the Lord.
Revelation of John 10
1And I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and an arch of coloured light was round his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;
2And he had in his hand a little open book: and he put his right foot on the sea, and his left on the earth;
3And he gave a loud cry, like the angry voice of a lion: and at his cry the voices of the seven thunders were sounding.
4And when the seven thunders had given out their voices, I was about to put their words down: and a voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Keep secret the things which the seven thunders said, and do not put them in writing.
5And the angel which I saw taking his position on the sea and on the earth, put up his right hand to heaven,
6And took his oath by him who is living for ever and ever, who made the heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there would be no more waiting:
7But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when the sound of his horn is about to come, then will the secret of God be complete, of which he gave the good news to his servants the prophets.
8And the voice came to me again from heaven, saying, Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who has his place on the sea and on the earth.
9And I went to the angel, and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me: Put it in your mouth; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.
10And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and did as he said; and it was sweet as honey in my mouth: and when I had taken it, my stomach was made bitter.
11And they said to me, You are to give word again of what is coming in the future to the peoples and nations and languages and kings.