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Passage Lookup: Nehemiah 13:1-31


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Nehemiah 13:1
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On that day they [1] read aloud from the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and there was found written in it that no [2] Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God,
Nehemiah 13:2
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because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but hired [1] Balaam against them to curse them. However, our [2] God turned the curse into a blessing.
Nehemiah 13:3
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So when they heard the law, they [1] excluded all [2] foreigners from Israel.
Nehemiah 13:4
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Now prior to this, Eliashib the priest, who [1] was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, being related [2] to Tobiah, [3]
Nehemiah 13:5
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had prepared a large room [1] for him, where formerly they put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes of grain, wine and oil prescribed [2] for the Levites, the singers and the gatekeepers, and the contributions [3] for the priests.
Nehemiah 13:6
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But during all this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in the [1] thirty-second year of Artaxerxes [2] king of Babylon I had gone to the king. After some time, however, I asked leave from the king,
Nehemiah 13:7
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and I came to Jerusalem and learned [1] about the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, by [2] preparing a room [3] for him in the courts of the house of God.
Nehemiah 13:8
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It was very displeasing to me, so I threw [1] all of Tobiah's household goods out of the room.
Nehemiah 13:9
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Then I gave an order and they [1] cleansed the rooms; and I returned there the utensils of the house of God with the grain offerings and the frankincense.
Nehemiah 13:10
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I also discovered [1] that the [2] portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone [3] away, each [4] to his own field.
Nehemiah 13:11
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So I reprimanded [1] [2] the officials and said, "Why [3] is the house of God forsaken?" Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts.
Nehemiah 13:12
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All Judah then brought the [1] tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses.
Nehemiah 13:13
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In charge of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and in addition to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they [1] were considered reliable, and it was their [2] task to distribute to their kinsmen. [3]
Nehemiah 13:14
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Remember [1] me for this, O my God, and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed for the house of my God and its services.
Nehemiah 13:15
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In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on [1] the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, and [2] they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I [3] admonished them on the day they sold food.
Nehemiah 13:16
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Also men of Tyre were living there [1] who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 13:17
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Then I [1] reprimanded [2] the nobles of Judah and said to them, "What is this evil thing you are doing, by [3] profaning the sabbath day?
Nehemiah 13:18
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"Did [1] not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath."
Nehemiah 13:19
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It [1] came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and [2] that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day.
Nehemiah 13:20
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Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 13:21
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Then I [1] warned [2] them and said to them, "Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will use [3] force against you." From that time on they did not come on the sabbath.
Nehemiah 13:22
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And I commanded the Levites that they [1] should purify themselves and come as gatekeepers to sanctify the sabbath day. For this also remember [2] me, O my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.
Nehemiah 13:23
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In those days I also saw that the Jews had married [1] [2] women from Ashdod, [3] Ammon [4] and Moab.
Nehemiah 13:24
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As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but the [1] language of his own people.
Nehemiah 13:25
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So I [1] contended with them and cursed them and struck [2] some of them and pulled out their hair, and made [3] them swear by God, "You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
Nehemiah 13:26
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"Did [1] not Solomon king of Israel sin regarding these things? Yet [2] among the many nations there was no king like him, and he [3] was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless the foreign women caused even him to sin.
Nehemiah 13:27
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"Do [1] we then hear about you that you have committed all this great evil by [2] acting unfaithfully against our God by marrying [3] foreign women?"
Nehemiah 13:28
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Even one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of Sanballat [1] the Horonite, so I drove him away from me.
Nehemiah 13:29
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Remember [1] them, O my God, because [2] they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant [3] of the priesthood and the Levites.
Nehemiah 13:30
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Thus [1] I purified them from everything foreign and appointed duties for the priests and the Levites, each in his task,
Nehemiah 13:31
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and I arranged for [1] the supply of wood at appointed times and for the first fruits. Remember [2] me, O my God, for good.
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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