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Nehemiah 12

 

1.Now these are the priests and the Levites who went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2.Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3.Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4.Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, 5.Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6.Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah. 7.Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua. 8.Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who was over the thanksgiving, he and his brothers. 9.Also Bakbukiah and Unno, their brothers, were over against them according to their offices. 10.Jeshua became the father of Joiakim, and Joiakim became the father of Eliashib, and Eliashib became the father of Joiada, 11.and Joiada became the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan became the father of Jaddua. 12.In the days of Joiakim were priests, heads of fathers' households: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; 13.of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan; 14.of Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph; 15.of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; 16.of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam; 17.of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai; 18.of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan; 19.and of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi; 20.of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; 21.of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethanel. 22.As for the Levites, in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, there were recorded the heads of fathers' households; also the priests, in the reign of Darius the Persian. 23.The sons of Levi, heads of fathers' households, were written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. 24.The chiefs of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers over against them, to praise and give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, watch next to watch. 25.Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the watch at the storehouses of the gates. 26.These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest the scribe. 27.At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with giving thanks, and with singing, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and with harps. 28.The sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain around Jerusalem, and from the villages of the Netophathites; 29.also from Beth Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had built them villages around Jerusalem. 30.The priests and the Levites purified themselves; and they purified the people, and the gates, and the wall. 31.Then I brought up the princes of Judah on the wall, and appointed two great companies who gave thanks and went in procession. One went on the right hand on the wall toward the dung gate; 32.and after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah, 33.and Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, 34.Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah, 35.and certain of the priests' sons with trumpets: Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph; 36.and his brothers, Shemaiah, and Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God; and Ezra the scribe was before them. 37.By the spring gate, and straight before them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the ascent of the wall, above the house of David, even to the water gate eastward. 38.The other company of those who gave thanks went to meet them, and I after them, with the half of the people, on the wall, above the tower of the furnaces, even to the broad wall, 39.and above the gate of Ephraim, and by the old gate, and by the fish gate, and the tower of Hananel, and the tower of Hammeah, even to the sheep gate: and they stood still in the gate of the guard. 40.So stood the two companies of those who gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me; 41.and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; 42.and Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. The singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer. 43.They offered great sacrifices that day, and rejoiced; for God had made them rejoice with great joy; and the women also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. 44.On that day were men appointed over the rooms for the treasures, for the wave offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them, according to the fields of the cities, the portions appointed by the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites who waited. 45.They performed the duty of their God, and the duty of the purification, and so did the singers and the porters, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. 46.For in the days of David and Asaph of old there was a chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. 47.All Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, as every day required: and they set apart that which was for the Levites; and the Levites set apart that which was for the sons of Aaron.

 

Amos 4

 

1.Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, "Bring us drinks!" 2.The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that behold, "The days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks. 3.You will go out at the breaks in the wall, everyone straight before her; and you will cast yourselves into Harmon," says Yahweh. 4."Go to Bethel, and sin; to Gilgal, and sin more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days, 5.offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them: for this pleases you, you children of Israel," says the Lord Yahweh. 6."I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in every town; yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. 7."I also have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city. One place was rained on, and the piece where it didn't rain withered. 8.So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water, and were not satisfied: yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. 9."I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards; and your fig trees and your olive trees have the swarming locust devoured: yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. 10."I sent plagues among you like I did Egypt. I have slain your young men with the sword, and have carried away your horses; and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp, yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. 11."I have overthrown some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire; yet you haven't returned to me," says Yahweh. 12."Therefore thus will I do to you, Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, Israel. 13.For, behold, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought; who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the high places of the earth: Yahweh, the God of Armies, is his name."

 

2Timothy 1

 

1.Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus, 2.to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3.I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day 4.longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5.having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you; which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also.

6.For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7.For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 8.Therefore don't be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, 9.who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, 10.but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News. 11.For this, I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12.For this cause I also suffer these things.

Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day.

13.Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14.That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

15.This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16.May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain, 17.but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me 18.(the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

 

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