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Nehemiah chapter 11

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Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns.
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The people commended all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
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These are the provincial leaders who settled in Jerusalem (now some Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants and descendants of Solomon's servants lived in the towns of Judah, each on his own property in the various towns,
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while other people from both Judah and Benjamin lived in Jerusalem): From the descendants of Judah: Athaiah son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, a descendant of Perez;
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and Maaseiah son of Baruch, the son of Col-Hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, a descendant of Shelah.
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The descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem totaled 468 able men.
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From the descendants of Benjamin: Sallu son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah,
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and his followers, Gabbai and Sallai-- 928 men.
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Joel son of Zicri was their chief officer, and Judah son of Hassenuah was over the Second District of the city.
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From the priests: Jedaiah; the son of Joiarib; Jakin;
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Seraiah son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, supervisor in the house of God,
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and their associates, who carried on work for the temple-- 822 men; Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah,
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and his associates, who were heads of families-- 242 men; Amashsai son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,
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and his associates, who were able men-- 128. Their chief officer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.
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From the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;
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Shabbethai and Jozabad, two of the heads of the Levites, who had charge of the outside work of the house of God;
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Mattaniah son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the director who led in thanksgiving and prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his associates; and Abda son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
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The Levites in the holy city totaled 284.
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The gatekeepers: Akkub, Talmon and their associates, who kept watch at the gates-- 172 men.
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The rest of the Israelites, with the priests and Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, each on his ancestral property.
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The temple servants lived on the hill of Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of them.
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The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica. Uzzi was one of Asaph's descendants, who were the singers responsible for the service of the house of God.
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The singers were under the king's orders, which regulated their daily activity.
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Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, one of the descendants of Zerah son of Judah, was the king's agent in all affairs relating to the people.
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As for the villages with their fields, some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath Arba and its surrounding settlements, in Dibon and its settlements, in Jekabzeel and its villages,
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in Jeshua, in Moladah, in Beth Pelet,
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in Hazar Shual, in Beersheba and its settlements,
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in Ziklag, in Meconah and its settlements,
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in En Rimmon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth,
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Zanoah, Adullam and their villages, in Lachish and its fields, and in Azekah and its settlements. So they were living all the way from Beersheba to the Valley of Hinnom.
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The descendants of the Benjamites from Geba lived in Micmash, Aija, Bethel and its settlements,
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in Anathoth, Nob and Ananiah,
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in Hazor, Ramah and Gittaim,
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in Hadid, Zeboim and Neballat,
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in Lod and Ono, and in the Valley of the Craftsmen.
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Some of the divisions of the Levites of Judah settled in Benjamin.

Nehemiah chapter 12

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These were the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,
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Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
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Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,
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Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah,
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Mijamin, Moadiah, Bilgah,
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Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,
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Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Jeshua.
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The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.
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Bakbukiah and Unni, their associates, stood opposite them in the services.
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Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib, Eliashib the father of Joiada,
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Joiada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the father of Jaddua.
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In the days of Joiakim, these were the heads of the priestly families: of Seraiah's family, Meraiah; of Jeremiah's, Hananiah;
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of Ezra's, Meshullam; of Amariah's, Jehohanan;
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of Malluch's, Jonathan; of Shecaniah's, Joseph;
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of Harim's, Adna; of Meremoth's, Helkai;
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of Iddo's, Zechariah; of Ginnethon's, Meshullam;
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of Abijah's, Zicri; of Miniamin's and of Moadiah's, Piltai;
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of Bilgah's, Shammua; of Shemaiah's, Jehonathan;
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of Joiarib's, Mattenai; of Jedaiah's, Uzzi;
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of Sallu's, Kallai; of Amok's, Eber;
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of Hilkiah's, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah's, Nethanel.
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The family heads of the Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan and Jaddua, as well as those of the priests, were recorded in the reign of Darius the Persian.
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The family heads among the descendants of Levi up to the time of Johanan son of Eliashib were recorded in the book of the annals.
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And the leaders of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua son of Kadmiel, and their associates, who stood opposite them to give praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as prescribed by David the man of God.
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Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers who guarded the storerooms at the gates.
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They served in the days of Joiakim son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest and scribe.
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At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.
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The singers also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem-- from the villages of the Netophathites,
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from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.
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When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall.
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I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate.
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Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah followed them,
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along with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,
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Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah,
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as well as some priests with trumpets, and also Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,
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and his associates-- Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani-- with musical instruments [prescribed by] David the man of God. Ezra the scribe led the procession.
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At the Fountain Gate they continued directly up the steps of the City of David on the ascent to the wall and passed above the house of David to the Water Gate on the east.
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The second choir proceeded in the opposite direction. I followed them on top of the wall, together with half the people-- past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall,
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over the Gate of Ephraim, the Jeshanah Gate, the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate. At the Gate of the Guard they stopped.
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The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials,
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as well as the priests-- Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah with their trumpets--
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and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah.
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And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
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At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.
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They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the singers and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David and his son Solomon.
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For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the singers and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
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So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the singers and gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.

Psalm chapter 1

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Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
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But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
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He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
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Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
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Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
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For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Acts chapter 3

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One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer-- at three in the afternoon.
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Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
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When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.
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Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!"
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So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
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Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."
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Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong.
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He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
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When all the people saw him walking and praising God,
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they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
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While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's Colonnade.
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When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
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The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.
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You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.
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You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
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By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
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"Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.
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But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer.
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Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
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and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you-- even Jesus.
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He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.
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For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.
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Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'
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"Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days.
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And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.'
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When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."
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