Nehemiah 10-11 The Message Bible

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10 1  The sealed document bore these signatures: Nehemiah the governor, son of Hacaliah, 2  Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3  Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, 4  Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, 5  Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6  Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7  Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8  Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests. 9  The Levites: Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel, 10  and their kinsmen: Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11  Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12  Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13  Hodiah, Bani, and Beninu. 14  The heads of the people: Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani, 15  Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, 16  Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, 17  Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur, 18  Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai, 19  Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai, 20  Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, 21  Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua, 22  Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, 23  Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub, 24  Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek, 25  Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, 26  Ahiah, Hanan, Anan, 27  Malluch, Harim, and Baanah. 28  The rest of the people, priests, Levites, security guards, singers, Temple staff, and all who separated themselves from the foreign neighbors to keep The Revelation of God, together with their wives, sons, daughters - everyone old enough to understand 29  - all joined their noble kinsmen in a binding oath to follow The Revelation of God given through Moses the servant of God, to keep and carry out all the commandments of God our Master, all his decisions and standards. 30  Thus: We will not marry our daughters to our foreign neighbors nor let our sons marry their daughters. 31  When the foreign neighbors bring goods or grain to sell on the Sabbath we won't trade with them - not on the Sabbath or any other holy day. Every seventh year we will leave the land fallow and cancel all debts.

32  We accept the responsibility for paying an annual tax of one-third of a shekel (about an eighth ounce) for providing The Temple of our God with 33  read for the Table regular Grain-Offerings regular Whole-Burnt-Offerings offerings for the Sabbaths, New Moons, and appointed feasts Dedication-Offerings Absolution-Offerings to atone for Israel maintenance of The Temple of our God. 34  We - priests, Levites, and the people - have cast lots to see when each of our families will bring wood for burning on the Altar of our God, following the yearly schedule set down in The Revelation. 35  We take responsibility for delivering annually to The Temple of God the firstfruits of our crops and our orchards, 36  our firstborn sons and cattle, and the firstborn from our herds and flocks for the priests who serve in The Temple of our God - just as it is set down in The Revelation. 37  We will bring the best of our grain, of our contributions, of the fruit of every tree, of wine, and of oil to the priests in the storerooms of The Temple of our God. 38  We'll see to it that a priest descended from Aaron will supervise the Levites as they collect the tithes and make sure that they take a tenth of the tithes to the treasury in The Temple of our God. 39  We'll see to it that the People of Israel and Levites bring the grain, wine, and oil to the storage rooms where the vessels of the Sanctuary are kept and where the priests who serve, the security guards, and the choir meet. We will not neglect The Temple of our God.

The Residents of Jerusalem

11 1  The leaders of the people were already living in Jerusalem, so the rest of the people drew lots to get one out of ten to move to Jerusalem, the holy city, while the other nine remained in their towns. 2  The people applauded those who voluntarily offered to live in Jerusalem. 3  These are the leaders in the province who resided in Jerusalem (some Israelites, priests, Levites, Temple staff, and descendants of Solomon's slaves lived in the towns of Judah on their own property in various towns; 4  others from both Judah and Benjamin lived in Jerusalem): From the family of Judah: 5  Maaseiah 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. 6  The descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem numbered 468 valiant men. 7  From the family of Benjamin: 8  and his brothers Gabbai and Sallai: 928 men. 9  Joel son of Zicri was their chief and Judah son of Hassenuah was second in command over the city. 10  From the priests: 11  Seraiah son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, supervisor of The Temple of God, 12  along with their associates responsible for work in The Temple: 822 men. Also Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah, 13  and his associates who were heads of families: 242 men; Amashsai son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, 14  and his associates, all valiant men: 128 men. Their commander was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim. 15  From the Levites: 16  Shabbethai and Jozabad, two of the leaders of the Levites who were in charge of the outside work of The Temple of God; 17  Mattaniah son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the director who led in thanksgiving and prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his associates; and Abda son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun. 18  The Levites in the holy city totaled 284. 19  From the security guards: Akkub, Talmon, and their associates who kept watch over the gates: 172 men.

20  The rest of the Israelites, priests, and Levites were in all the towns of Judah, each on his own family property. 21  The Temple staff lived on the hill Ophel. Ziha and Gishpa were responsible for them. 22  The chief officer over the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica. Uzzi was one of Asaph's descendants, singers who led worship in The Temple of God. 23  The singers got their orders from the king, who drew up their daily schedule. 24  Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, a descendant of Zerah son of Judah, represented the people's concerns at the royal court.

The Settlement outside of Jerusalem

25  Some of the Judeans lived in the villages near their farms: Kiriath Arba (Hebron) and suburbs Dibon and suburbs Jekabzeel and suburbs 26  eshua Moladah Beth Pelet 27  Hazar Shual Beersheba and suburbs 28  Ziklag Meconah and suburbs 29  En Rimmon Zorah Jarmuth 30  Zanoah Adullam and their towns Lachish and its fields Azekah and suburbs. They were living all the way from Beersheba to the Valley of Hinnom. 31  The Benjaminites from Geba lived in: Micmash Aijah Bethel and its suburbs 32  Anathoth Nob and Ananiah 33  Hazor Ramah and Gittaim 34  Hadid, Zeboim, and Neballat 35  Lod and Ono and the Valley of the Craftsmen. 36  Also some of the Levitical groups of Judah were assigned to Benjamin.

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