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Nehemiah chapter 7

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After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed.
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I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.
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I said to them, "The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses."
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Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt.
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So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:
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These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town,
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in company with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah): The list of the men of Israel:
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the descendants of Parosh 2,172
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of Shephatiah 372
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of Arah 652
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of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab) 2,818
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of Elam 1,254
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of Zattu 845
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of Zaccai 760
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of Binnui 648
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of Bebai 628
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of Azgad 2,322
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of Adonikam 667
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of Bigvai 2,067
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of Adin 655
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of Ater (through Hezekiah) 98
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of Hashum 328
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of Bezai 324
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of Hariph 112
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of Gibeon 95
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the men of Bethlehem and Netophah 188
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of Anathoth 128
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of Beth Azmaveth 42
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of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth 743
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of Ramah and Geba 621
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of Micmash 122
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of Bethel and Ai 123
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of the other Nebo 52
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of the other Elam 1,254
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of Harim 320
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of Jericho 345
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of Lod, Hadid and Ono 721
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of Senaah 3,930
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The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua) 973
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of Immer 1,052
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of Pashhur 1,247
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of Harim 1,017
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The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah) 74
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The singers: the descendants of Asaph 148
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The gatekeepers: the descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai 138
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The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
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Keros, Sia, Padon,
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Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,
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Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
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Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
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Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
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Besai, Meunim, Nephussim,
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Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
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Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
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Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
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Neziah and Hatipha
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The descendants of the servants of Solomon: the descendants of Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
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Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
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Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon
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The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon 392
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The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:
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the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda 642
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And from among the priests: the descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).
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These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.
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The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.
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The whole company numbered 42,360,
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besides their 7,337 menservants and maidservants; and they also had 245 men and women singers.
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There were 736 horses, 245 mules,
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435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
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Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 drachmas of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests.
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Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 drachmas of gold and 2,200 minas of silver.
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The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 drachmas of gold, 2,000 minas of silver and 67 garments for priests.
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The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns. When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,

Nehemiah chapter 8

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all the people assembled as one man in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.
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So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand.
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He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
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Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.
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Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up.
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Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
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The Levites-- Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah-- instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there.
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They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.
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Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, "This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep." For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
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Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
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The Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve."
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Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
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On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the scribe to give attention to the words of the Law.
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They found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in booths during the feast of the seventh month
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and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: "Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make booths"-- as it is written.
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So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves booths on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim.
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The whole company that had returned from exile built booths and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.
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Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.

Acts chapter 1

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In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
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until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
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After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
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On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
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For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
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So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
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He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
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After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
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They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
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"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
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Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city.
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When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
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They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
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In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)
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and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus--
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he was one of our number and shared in this ministry."
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(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.
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Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
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"For," said Peter, "it is written in the book of Psalms, "'May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,' and, "'May another take his place of leadership.'
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Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
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beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection."
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So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.
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Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen
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to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs."
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Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
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