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katapi HOME Nehemiah 7:72-9:7 72 What the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drachmas of gold, two thousand minas of silver, and sixty-seven priestly robes.

7 73 The priests, the Levites, and some of the people lived in Jerusalem and its suburbs in Jerusalem and its suburbs: prob. rdg, cp 1Esdras 5.46; Heb omitted; the door-keepers, the singers, the temple-servitors, and all other Israelites, lived in their own towns.

- Ezra reads the Law to the people.  Ne.8.1-12

8 1 (7:73b) WHEN THE SEVENTH MONTH CAME, and the Israelites were now settled in their towns, (8:1) the people assembled as one man in the square in front of the Water Gate, and Ezra the scribe Or doctor of the law was asked to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had enjoined upon Israel. 8 2 On the first day of the seventh month, Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, every man and woman, and all who were capable of understanding what they heard were capable … heard: or would teach them to understand. 8 3 He read from it, facing the square in front of the Water Gate, from early morning till noon, in the presence of the men and the women, and those who could understand could understand: or were to instruct, all the people listened attentively to the book of the law. 8 4 Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform made for the purpose Or for the address, and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and on his left Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchiah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam. 8 5 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above them; and when he opened it, they all stood. 8 6 Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people raised their hands and answered, 'Amen, Amen'; and they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves humbly before the LORD. 8 7 Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites prob. rdg, Heb and the Levites, expounded the law to the people while they remained in their places. 8 8 They read from the book of the law of God clearly, made its sense plain and gave instruction in what was read.

8 9 Then Nehemiah the governor and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who instructed the people, said to them all, 'This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.' For all the people had been weeping while they listened to the words of the law. 8 10 Then he said to them, 'You may go now; refresh yourselves with rich food and sweet drinks, and send a share to all who cannot provide for themselves; for this day is holy to our Lord. Let there be no sadness, for joy in the LORD is your strength.' 8 11 The Levites silenced the people, saying, 'Be quiet, for this day is holy; let there be no sadness.' 8 12 So all the people went away to eat and to drink, to send shares to others and to celebrate the day with great rejoicing, because they had understood what had been explained to them.

- Feast of Booths.  Ne.8.13-18

8 13 On the second day the heads of families of the whole people, with the priests and the Levites, assembled before Ezra the scribe to study the law. 8 14 And they found written in the law that the LORD had given commandment through Moses that the Israelites should live in arbours Or tabernacles or booths during the feast of the seventh month, 8 15 and that they should make proclamation throughout all their cities and in Jerusalem: 'Go out into the hills and fetch branches of olive and wild olive, myrtle and palm, and other leafy boughs to make arbours, as prescribed.' 8 16 So the people went out and fetched them and made arbours for themselves, each on his own roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and the square at the Ephraim Gate. 8 17 And the whole community of those who had returned from the captivity made arbours and lived in them, a thing that the Israelites had not done from the days of Joshua son of Nun to that day; and there was very great rejoicing. 8 18 And day by day, from the first day to the last, the book of the law of God was read. They kept the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day there was a closing ceremony, according to the rule. - The people confess their sins.  Ne.9.1-5

9 1 ON THE TWENTY-FOURTH DAY of this month the Israelites assembled for a fast, clothed in sackcloth and with earth on their heads. 9 2 Those who were of Israelite descent separated themselves from all the foreigners; they took their places and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their forefathers. 9 3 Then they stood up in their places, and the book of the law of the LORD their God was read for one fourth of the day, and for another fourth they confessed and did obeisance to the LORD their God. 9 4 Upon the steps assigned to the Levites stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Kenani, and they cried aloud to the LORD their God. 9 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, 'Stand up and bless the LORD your God, saying: From everlasting to everlasting thy glorious name is blessed thy glorious name is blessed: prob. rdg, Heb and let them bless thy glorious name and exalted above all blessing and praise. - The prayer of confession.  Ne.9.6-37

9 6 Thou alone art the LORD; thou hast made heaven, the highest heaven with all its host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. Thou preservest all of them, and the host of heaven worships thee. 9 7 Thou art the LORD, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees and named him Abraham. 9 8 Thou didst find him faithful to thee and didst make a covenant with him to give to him and to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites; and thou didst fulfil thy promise, for thou art just.

9 9 'And thou didst see the misery of our forefathers in Egypt and didst hear their cry for help at the Red Sea Or the Sea of Reeds, 9 10 and didst work signs and portents against Pharaoh, all his courtiers and all the people of his land, knowing how arrogantly they treated our forefathers, and thou didst win for thyself a name that lives on to this day. 9 11 Thou didst tear the sea apart before them so that they went through the middle of it on dry ground; but thou didst cast their pursuers into the depths, like a stone cast into turbulent waters. 9 12 Thou didst guide them by a pillar of cloud in the day-time and by a pillar of fire at night to give them light on the road by which they travelled. 9 13 Thou didst descend upon Mount Sinai and speak with them from heaven, and give them right judgements and true laws, and statutes and commandments which were good, 9 14 and thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath and give them commandments, statutes, and laws through thy servant Moses. 9 15 Thou gavest them bread from heaven to stay their hunger and thou broughtest water out from a rock for them to quench their thirst, and thou didst bid them enter and take possession of the land which thou hadst solemnly sworn to give them.

9 16 But they, our forefathers, were arrogant and stubborn, and disobeyed thy commandments. 9 17 They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles which thou didst accomplish among them; they remained stubborn, and they appointed a man to lead them back to slavery in Egypt. But thou art a forgiving god, gracious and compassionate, long-suffering and ever constant, and thou didst not forsake them. 9 18 Even when they made the image of a bull-calf in metal and said, "This is your god who brought you up from Egypt", and were guilty of great blasphemies, 9 19 thou in thy great compassion didst not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their journey by day nor the pillar of fire by night to give them light on the road by which they travelled. 9 20 Thou gavest thy good spirit to instruct them; thy manna thou didst not withhold from them, and thou gavest them water to quench their thirst. 9 21 Forty years long thou didst sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet were not swollen.

9 22 'Thou gavest them kingdoms and peoples, allotting these to them as spoils of war. Thus they took possession of the land of Sihon king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of Bashan. 9 23 Thou didst multiply their descendants so that they became countless as the stars in the sky, bringing them into the land which thou didst promise to give to their forefathers as their possession. 9 24 When their descendants entered the land and took possession of it, thou didst subdue before them the Canaanites who inhabited it and gavest these, kings and peoples alike, into their hands to do with them whatever they wished. 9 25 They captured fortified cities and a fertile land and took possession of houses full of all good things, rock-hewn cisterns, vineyards, olive-trees, and fruit-trees in abundance; so they ate and were satisfied and grew fat and found delight in thy great goodness.

9 26 But they were defiant and rebelled against thee; they turned their backs on thy law and killed thy prophets, who solemnly warned them to return to thee, and they were guilty of great blasphemies. 9 27 Because of this thou didst hand them over to their enemies who oppressed them. But when, in the time of their oppression, they cried to thee for help, thou heardest them from heaven and in thy great compassion didst send them saviours to save them from their enemies. 9 28 But when they had had a respite, they once more did what was wrong in thine eyes; and thou didst abandon them to their enemies who held them in subjection. But again they cried to thee for help, and many times over thou heardest them from heaven and in thy compassion didst save them. 9 29 Thou didst solemnly warn them to return to thy law, but they grew arrogant and did not heed thy commandments; they sinned against thy ordinances, which bring life to him who keeps them. Stubbornly they turned away in mulish obstinacy and would not obey. 9 30 Many years thou wast patient with them and didst warn them by thy spirit through thy prophets; but they would not listen. Therefore thou didst hand them over to foreign peoples. 9 31 Yet in thy great compassion thou didst not make an end of them nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and compassionate god.

9 32 'Now therefore, our God, thou great and mighty and terrible God, who faithfully keepest covenant, do not make light of the hardships that have befallen us—our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our forefathers, and all thy people—from the days of the kings of Assyria to this day. 9 33 In all that has befallen us thou hast been just, thou hast kept faith, but we have done wrong. 9 34 Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our forefathers did not keep thy law nor heed thy commandments and the warnings which thou gavest them. 9 35 Even under their own kings, while they were enjoying the great prosperity which thou gavest them and the broad and fertile land which thou didst bestow upon them, they did not serve thee; they did not abandon their evil ways. 9 36 Today we are slaves, slaves here in the land which thou gavest to our forefathers so that they might eat its fruits and enjoy its good things. 9 37 All its produce now goes to the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins. They have power over our bodies, and they do as they please with our beasts, while we are in dire distress.


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