Nehemiah 10

* The covenant, Those who signed it. (1-31) Their engagement to

sacred rites. (32-39)

1-31 Conversion is separating from the course and custom of

this world, devoting ourselves to the conduct directed by the

word of God. When we bind ourselves to do the commandments of

God, it is to do all his commandments, and to look to him as the

Lord, and our Lord.
32-39 Having covenanted against the sins of which they had been

guilty, they obliged themselves to observe the duties they had

neglected. We must not only cease to do evil, but learn to do

well. Let not any people expect the blessing of God, unless they

keep up public worship. It is likely to go well with our houses,

when care is taken that the work of God's house goes on well.

When every one helps, and every one gives, though but little,

toward a good work, the whole will come to be a large sum. We

must do what we can in works of piety and charity; and whatever

state we are placed in, cheerfully perform our duty to God,

which will be the surest way to ease and liberty. As the

ordinances of God are the appointed means of support to our

souls, the believer will not grudge the expense; yet most people

leave their souls to starve.
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