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Return from Exile
(Category 11 of 16)
1 aNeh. 6:1, 15
2 aNeh. 1:2
4 aDeut. 4:27
6 aEzra 2:1–70
1 Then it was, when the wall was built and I had ahung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
2 that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother aHanani, and Hananiah the leader bof the 1citadel, for he was a faithful man and cfeared God more than many.
3 And I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house.”
The Captives Who Returned to Jerusalem
4 Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were afew, and the houses were not rebuilt.
5 Then my God put it into my heart to gather the nobles, the rulers, and the people, that they might be registered by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of those who had come up in the first return, and found written in it:
6 aThese are the people of the province who came back from
the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of
7 Those who came with aZerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, 1Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, 2Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
8 the sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two;
9 the sons of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two;
10 the sons of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two;
11 the sons of Pahath- , of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen;
12 the sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
13 the sons of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five;
14 the sons of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty;
15 the sons of 1Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight;
16 the sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-eight;
17 the sons of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two;
18 the sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven;
19 the sons of Bigvai, two thousand and sixtyseven;
20 the sons of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five;
21 the sons of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety-eight;
22 the sons of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight;
23 the sons of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-four;
24 the sons of 1Hariph, one hundred and twelve;
25 the sons of 1Gibeon, ninety-five;
26 the men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred and eighty-eight;
27 the men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight;
28 the men of 1Beth Azmaveth, forty-two;
29 the men of 1Kirjath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three;
30 the men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one;
31 the men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two;
32 the men of Bethel and Ai, one hundred and twenty-three;
33 the men of the other Nebo, fifty-two;
34 the sons of the other aElam, one
7 aEzra 5:2;
Neh. 12:1, 47;
Matt. 1:12, 13
15 1Bani, Ezra
24 1Jorah, Ezra
34 aNeh. 7:12
39 a1 Chr. 24:7
40 a1 Chr. 9:12
41 a1 Chr. 9:12;
42 a1 Chr. 24:8
Ezra 2:40; or
Ezra 2:46; or
59 1Ami, Ezra
thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
35 the sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty;
36 the sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five;
37 the sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one;
38 the sons of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
39 The priests: the sons of aJedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three;
40 the sons of aImmer, one thousand and fifty-two;
41 the sons of aPashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven;
42 the sons of aHarim, one thousand and seventeen.
43 The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the sons of 1Hodevah, seventy-four.
44 The singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred and forty-eight.
45 The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, one hundred and thirty-eight.
46 The Nethinim: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,
47 the sons of Keros, the sons of 1Sia, the sons of Padon,
48 the sons of 1Lebana, the sons of 2Hagaba, the sons of 3Salmai,
49 the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar,
50 the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda,
51 the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah,
52 the sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of 1Nephishesim,
53 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,
54 the sons of 1Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,
55 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Tamah,
56 the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.
57 The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of 1Perida,
58 the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
59 the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth of Zebaim, and the sons of 1Amon.
60 All the Nethinim, and the sons of Solomon’s servants, were three hundred and ninety-two.
61 And these were the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, 1Addon, and
Immer, but they could not identify their father’s house nor their lineage, whether they were of Israel:
62 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two;
63 and of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of 1Koz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name.
64 These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled.
65 And the 1governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.
66 Altogether the whole assembly was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
67 besides their male and female servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five men and women singers.
68 Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five,
69 their camels four hundred and thirty-five, and donkeys six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
70 And some of the heads of the fathers’ houses gave to the work. aThe 1governor gave to the treasury one thousand gold drachmas, fifty basins, and five hundred and thirty priestly garments.
71 Some of the heads of the fathers’ houses gave to the treasury of the work atwenty thousand gold drachmas, and two thousand two hundred silver minas.
72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand gold drachmas, two thousand silver minas, and sixty-seven priestly garments.
73 So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the Nethinim, and all Israel dwelt in their cities.
Ezra Reads the Law
aWhen the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
1 Now all athe people gathered together as one man in the open square that was bin front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the cscribe to bring the Book of the Law
63 1Or Hakkoz
65 1Heb. Tirshatha
70 aNeh. 8:9
71 aEzra 2:69
73 aEzra 3:1
CHAPTER 8 References
1 aEzra 3:1
Neh. 8:9 bLev.
2 Kin. 23:2
1Lit. from the
5 aJudg. 3:20;
1 Kin. 8:12–14
6 aNeh. 5:13;
[1 Cor. 14:16] bPs. 28:2;
1 Tim. 2:8 cEx.
2 Chr. 20:18
7 aLev. 10:11;
2 Chr. 17:7;
[Mal. 2:7] bNeh. 9:3
9 aEzra 2:63;
Neh. 7:65, 70;
3:4 1Heb. Tirshatha
Esth. 9:19, 22;
12 aNeh. 8:10
bNeh. 8:7, 8
of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel.
2 So Ezra the priest brought athe Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding bon the first day of the seventh month.
3 Then he aread from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate 1from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
4 So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people astood up.
6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. Then all the people aanswered, “Amen, Amen!” while blifting up their hands. And they cbowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, ahelped the people to understand the Law; and the people bstood in their place.
8 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.
9 aAnd Nehemiah, who was the 1governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, b“This day is holy to the LORD your God; cdo not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, aand send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.”
12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to asend portions and rejoice greatly, because they bunderstood the words that were declared to them.
The Feast of Tabernacles
13 Now on the second day the heads of the fathers’ houses of all the people, with the priests and
Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to understand the words of the Law.
14 And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in abooths1 during the feast of the seventh month,
15 and athat they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and bin Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and cbring olive branches, branches of oil trees,myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.”
16 Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the aroof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the bWater Gate cand in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.
17 So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made 1booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very agreat gladness.
18 Also aday by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast bseven days; and on the ceighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner.
The People Confess Their Sins
1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of athis month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, band with 1dust on their heads.
2 Then athose of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and bconfessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 And they stood up in their place and aread from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for onefourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.
4 Then Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the 1stairs of the Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the LORD their God.
5 And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said:
“Stand up and bless the LORD your God Forever and ever!
“Blessed be aYour glorious name,
14 aLev. 23:34,
40, 42; Deut.
15 aLev. 23:4
16 aDeut. 22:8
c2 Kin. 14:13;
17 a2 Chr.
18 aDeut. 31:11
CHAPTER 9 References
1 aNeh. 8:2
1 Sam. 4:12;
2 Sam. 1:2;
Job 2:12 1Lit.
earth on them
2 aEzra 10:11;
Neh. 13:3, 30
3 aNeh. 8:7, 8
4 1Lit. ascent
5 a1 Chr. 29:13
6 aDeut. 6:4;
2 Kin. 19:15,
19; [Ps. 86:10];
Is. 37:16, 20
bGen. 1:1; Ex.
10:14]; 1 Kin.
8:27 dGen. 2:1
e[Ps. 36:6] 7 aGen. 11:31
8 aGen. 15:6;
9 aEx. 2:25; 3:7
10 aEx. 7–14
12 aEx. 13:21,
13 aEx. 20:1–18
b[Rom. 7:12] 14 aGen. 2:3;
Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 aYou alone are the LORD; bYou have made heaven, cThe heaven of heavens, with dall their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You epreserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
7 “You are the LORD God, Who chose aAbram, And brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, And gave him the name bAbraham;
8 You found his heart afaithful before You, And made a bcovenant with him To give the land of the Canaanites, The Hittites, the Amorites, The Perizzites, the Jebusites, And the Girgashites— To give it to his descendants. You chave performed Your words, For You are righteous.
9 “Youa saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, And bheard their cry by the Red Sea.
10 You ashowed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants, And against all the people of his land. For You knew that they bacted 1proudly against them. So You cmade a name for Yourself, as it is this day.
11 aAnd You divided the sea before them, So that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; And their persecutors You threw into the deep, bAs a stone into the mighty waters.
12 Moreover You aled them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, To give them light on the road Which they should travel.
13 “Youa came down also on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven, And gave them bjust ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.
14 You made known to them Your aholy Sabbath,
And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, By the hand of Moses Your servant.
15 You agave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And bbrought them water out of the rock for their thirst, And told them to cgo in to possess the land Which You had 1sworn to give them.
16 “Buta they and our fathers acted 1proudly, bHardened2 their necks, And did not heed Your commandments.
17 They refused to obey, And athey were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And 1in their rebellion They appointed ba leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, cGracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.
18 “Even awhen they made a molded calf for themselves, And said, ‘This is your god That brought you up out of Egypt,’ And worked great provocations,
19 Yet in Your amanifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The bpillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go.
20 You also gave Your agood Spirit to instruct them, And did not withhold Your b from their mouth, And gave them cwater for their thirst.
21 aForty years You sustained them in the wilderness; They lacked nothing; Their bclothes did not wear out And their feet did not swell.
22 “Moreover You gave them kingdoms and nations, And divided them into 1districts. So they took possession of the land of aSihon, 2The land of the king of Heshbon, And the land of Og king of Bashan.
23 You also multiplied atheir children as the stars of heaven,
John 6:31 bEx.
20:8; [1 Cor.
1:8 1Lit. raised
Your hand to
16 aPs. 106:6
17 aPs. 78:11,
14:4; Acts 7:39
cJoel 2:13 1So
LXX in Egypt
18 aEx. 32:4–8,
19 aPs. 106:45
1 Cor. 10:1
20 aNum. 11:17
21 aDeut. 2:7
The land of
23 aGen. 15:5;
24 aJosh. 1:2–4
[Ps. 44:2, 3] 1Lit. sons
25 aNum. 13:27
c[Deut. 32:15] dHos. 3:5 1Lit.
trees for eating
26 aJudg. 2:11
b1 Kin. 14:9;
c1 Kin. 18:4;
27 aJudg. 2:14;
Ps. 106:41 bPs.
28 aJudg. 3:12
29 aLev. 18:5;
[Gal. 3:12] 1admonished
And brought them into the land Which You had told their fathers To go in and possess.
24 So athe 1people went in And possessed the land; bYou subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, The Canaanites, And gave them into their hands, With their kings And the people of the land, That they might do with them as they wished.
25 And they took strong cities and a arich land, And possessed bhouses full of all goods, Cisterns already dug, vineyards, olive groves, And 1fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and cgrew fat, And delighted themselves in Your great dgoodness.
26 “Nevertheless they awere disobedient And rebelled against You, bCast Your law behind their backs And killed Your cprophets, who 1testified against them To turn them to Yourself; And they worked great provocations.
27 aTherefore You delivered them into the hand of their enemies, Who oppressed them; And in the time of their trouble, When they cried to You, You bheard from heaven; And according to Your abundant mercies cYou gave them deliverers who saved them From the hand of their enemies.
28 “But after they had rest, aThey again did evil before You. Therefore You left them in the hand of their enemies, So that they had dominion over them; Yet when they returned and cried out to You, You heard from heaven; And bmany times You delivered them according to Your mercies,
29 And 1testified against them, That You might bring them back to Your law. Yet they acted 2proudly, And did not heed Your commandments, But sinned against Your judgments, a‘Which if a man does, he shall live by them.’
And they shrugged their shoulders, 3Stiffened their necks, And would not hear.
30 Yet for many years You had patience with them, And 1testified aagainst them by Your Spirit bin Your prophets. Yet they would not listen; cTherefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
31 Nevertheless in Your great mercy aYou did not utterly consume them nor forsake them; For You are God, gracious and merciful.
32 “Now therefore, our God, The great, the amighty, and awesome God, Who keeps covenant and mercy: Do not let all the 1trouble seem small before You That has come upon us, Our kings and our princes, Our priests and our prophets, Our fathers and on all Your people, bFrom the days of the kings of Assyria until this day.
33 However aYou are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But bwe have done wickedly.
34 Neither our kings nor our princes, Our priests nor our fathers, Have kept Your law, Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies, With which You testified against them.
35 For they have anot served You in their kingdom, Or in the many good things that You gave them, Or in the large and rich land which You set before them; Nor did they turn from their wicked works.
36 “Here awe are, servants today! And the land that You gave to our fathers, To eat its fruit and its bounty, Here we are, servants in it!
37 And ait yields much increase to the kings You have set over us, Because of our sins; Also they have bdominion over our bodies and our cattle At their pleasure; And we are in great distress.
38 “And because of all this, We amake a sure covenant and write it;
30 a2 Kin.
7:51]; 1 Pet.
1:11 cIs. 5:5
31 aJer. 4:27;
[Rom. 11:2–5] 32 a[Ex. 34:6,
7] b2 Kin.
Ezra 4:2, 10
9:5, 6, 8] 35 aDeut. 28:47
38 a2 Kin. 23:3;
2 Chr. 29:10;
Our leaders, our Levites, and our priests bseal it.”
God the Righteous Judge
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 THE aMighty One, God the LORD, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, aGod will shine forth.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; aA fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
4 aHe shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
5 “Gather aMy saints together to Me, bThose who have 1made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6 Let the aheavens declare His righteousness, For bGod Himself is Judge. Selah
7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; aI am God, your God!
8 aI will not 1rebuke you bfor your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which are continually before Me.
9 aI will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
PSALM 50 References
1 aIs. 9:6
2 aDeut. 33:2;
3 aLev. 10:2;
[Ps. 97:3] 4 aDeut. 4:26;
31:28; 32:1; Is.
5 aDeut. 33:3
bEx. 24:7 1Lit.
6 a[Ps. 97:6] bPs. 75:7
7 aEx. 20:2
8 aJer. 7:22 bIs.
9 aPs. 69:31
12 aEx. 19:5;
1 Cor. 10:26
51:15–17] 14 aHos. 14:2;
15 aJob 22:27;
[Zech. 13:9] 17 aNeh. 9:26;
1:32] b1 Tim.
19 aPs. 52:2
21 a[Rom. 2:4] b[Ps. 90:8] 22 a[Job 8:13] 23 aGal. 6:16
13 aWill I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
14 aOffer to God thanksgiving, And bpay your vows to the Most High.
15 aCall upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17 aSeeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you aconsented1 with him, And have been a bpartaker with adulterers.
19 You give your mouth to evil, And ayour tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; aYou thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And bset them in order before your eyes.
22 “Now consider this, you who aforget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver:
23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And ato him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.
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