Nehemiah 101Those whose seals were on the document were:Nehemiah the governor, a son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah,
2 Seraiah b Azariah, Jeremiah,
3 Pashhur c Amariah, Malchijah,
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 d were:
Jeshua son of Azaniah,
Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel,
10 and their brothers
Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
11 Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,
12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
13 Hodiah, Bani, and Beninu.
14 The leaders of the people e were:
Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,
15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin f
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 g Hasshub,
24 Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,
25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
26 Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,
27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.
28The rest of the people – the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, and temple servants, along with their wives, sons, and daughters, everyone who is able to understand h and who has separated themselves from the surrounding peoples i to obey the law of God – 29 join with their noble brothers and commit themselves with a sworn oath ▼
▼Lit and enter in a curse and in an oath, k to follow the law of God given through God’s servant Moses l and to carefully obey all the commands, ordinances, and statutes of ▼
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh our Lord.
Details of the Vow
30 We will not give our daughters in marriage to the surrounding peoples and will not take their daughters as wives for our sons. n
31 When the surrounding peoples bring merchandise or any kind of grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or a holy day. o We will also leave the land uncultivated in the seventh year p and will cancel every debt. q
32 We will impose the following commands on ourselves:
To give an eighth of an ounce of silver ▼
▼Lit give one-third of a shekelyearly for the service of the house of our God: s 33the bread displayed before the Lord, ▼
▼Lit rows of bread, u the daily ▼
▼grain offering(s): An offering given along with animal sacrifices or given by itself. A portion was burnt and the priests and participant ate the remainder.grain offering, the regular ▼
▼burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.burnt offering, the Sabbath and New Moon offerings, x the appointed festivals, the holy things, the ▼
▼sin offering(s): Or purification offering, the sin offering was the most important OT sacrifice for cleansing from impurities. It provided purification from sin and certain forms of ceremonial uncleanness.sin offerings to ▼
▼atone/ atonement: A theological term for God's provision to deal with human sin. In the OT, it primarily means purification. In some contexts forgiveness, pardon, expiation, propitiation, or reconciliation is included. The basis of atonement is substitutionary sacrifice offered in faith. The OT sacrifices were types and shadows of the great and final sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.atone for Israel, aa and for all the work of the house of our God.
34 We have cast lots ab among the priests, Levites, and people for the donation of wood by our ancestral houses at the appointed times each year. They are to bring the wood to our God’s house to burn on the altar of the Lord our God ac as it is written in the law.
35 We will bring the ▼
▼firstfruits: The agricultural products harvested first and given to God as an offering; also the first of more products to comefirstfruits of our land and of every fruit tree to the Lord’s house year by year. ae 36We will also bring the firstborn of our sons and our livestock, as prescribed by the law, and will bring the firstborn of our herds and flocks to the house of our God, af to the priests who serve in our God’s house. 37We will bring a loaf from our first batch of dough ag to the priests at the storerooms of the house of our God. We will also bring the firstfruits of our grain offerings, of every fruit tree, and of the new wine and oil. ah A tenth of our land’s produce belongs to the Levites, for the Levites are to collect the one-tenth offering in all our agricultural towns. ai 38A priest of Aaronic descent must accompany the Levites when they collect the tenth, aj and the Levites must take a tenth of this offering to the storerooms of the treasury in the house of our God. ak 39 For the Israelites and the Levites are to bring the contributions of grain, new wine, and oil to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are kept al and where the priests who minister are, along with the gatekeepers and singers. We will not neglect the house of our God. am
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