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Nehemiah 10:1-39

10**  And on the sealed copies “Nehemiah the Tarshata the son of Hacaliah, and Sidkijah; 2  Serajah, ʽAzariah, Jeremiah, 3  Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, 4*  Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluc, 5  Harim, Meremoth, ʽObadiah, 6  Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruc, 7  Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8  Maʽaziah, Bilgai, Shemaʽiah; these are the priests; 9  and the Levites, Jeshuaʽ the son of Azaniah, Binnui, of the sons of Henadad Kadmiel, 10*  and their brothers She[b]aniah, Hodaviah, Kelita, Pelajah, Hanan, 11  Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12*  Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13  Hodijah, Bani, Beninu; 14  heads of the people, Pareosh, Pahath Moab, ʽElam, Zattu, Bani, 15  Bunni, ʽAzgad, Bebai, 16  Adonijah, Bigvai, Ghadin, 17  Ater, Hizkijah, ʽAzzur, 18  Hodijah, Hashum, Besai, 19*  Hariph, ʽAnathoth, Nobai, 20  Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, 21  Meshezabel, Sadok, Jadduaʽ, 22  Pelatiah, Hanan, ʽAnajah, 23  Hosheaʽ, Hananiah, Hasshub, 24  Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek, 25  Rehum, Hashabnah, Maʽasejah, 26  and Ahijah, Hanan, ʽAnan, 27  Malluc, Harim, Baʽanah.” 28  “And the remainder of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatemen, the singers, the temple servants, and everybody who has separated himself from the peoples of the countries to God’s code, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everybody that knows enough to understand, 29*  concur with their brothers, their notables, and take upon themselves an imprecation and an oath to go by God’s code which was given through God’s servant Moses and to observe and live up to all the commandments of our Lord Jehovah and his laws and usages; 30  and that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the country nor take their daughters for our sons; 31**  and from the peoples of the country who bring commodities and provisions of any kind on the sabbath day to sell we will not take any on the sabbath or on a holy day; and we will give up enforcing claims on goods in anybody’s hands in the seventh year. 32  And we establish standing charges upon ourselves, charging ourselves with a third of a shekel a year for the service of our God’s house, 33  for the stacked bread and the regular grain-offering and the regular burnt-offering, the sabbaths, the new moons, for the dates and for the sacramental offerings and for the sin-offering to purge Israel, and all the business of our God’s house; 34  and we have cast the lots as to the wood donation, priests, Levites, and people, to bring it in by families at stated times year by year to be burned on our God Jehovah’s altar as is written in the code; 35  and to bring in the firstfruits of our soil, and the first of any fruit of any woody stem year by year, to Jehovah’s house; 36  and as to the firstborn of our sons and our animals as is written in the code, and to bring in the firstborn of our horned cattle and sheep and goats to our God’s house for the priests who officiate in our God’s house; 37*  and the first of our cooked cereals and our contributions and the fruit of every woody stem, grape-juice and oil, we will bring for the priests to the vestries of our God’s house; and the tithe of our soil is for the Levites, and they, the Levites, are the ones who take up the tithes in all our working cities, 38  and the priest, the son of Aaron, is to be with the Levites when the Levites take up the tithes; and the Levites are to bring up the tithe of the tithe to Jehovah’s house, into the vestries of the storage house. 39  For it is into the vestries that the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi are to bring in the contribution of grain and grape-juice and oil, and there the belongings of the sanctuary and the officiating priests and the gatemen and the singers are. And we will not abandon our God’s house.”

Footnotes

10:1 (first words) Unc.
10:1 Var. copies “Nehemiah
10:4 Var. Shecaniah
10:10 Var. Shecaniah, Hodaviah
10:12 Var. Shecaniah
10:19 Var. Nebai
10:29 Lit. come into an imprecation
10:31 Lit. and any provisions on the
10:31 Lit. give up the seventh year and enforcement of claims against any hand
10:37 Var. cereals and the fruit of