1Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.4I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.5Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.7He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.9And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”11Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.12In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
5So 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:6These 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,7in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah): The list of the men of Israel:8the descendants of Parosh, 2,1729of Shephatiah, 37210of Arah, 65211of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab), 2,81812of Elam, 1,25413of Zattu, 84514of Zaccai, 76015of Binnui, 64816of Bebai, 62817of Azgad, 2,32218of Adonikam, 66719of Bigvai, 2,06720of Adin, 65521of Ater (through Hezekiah), 9822of Hashum, 32823of Bezai, 32424of Hariph, 11225of Gibeon, 9526the men of Bethlehem and Netophah, 18827of Anathoth, 12828of Beth Azmaveth, 4229of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth, 74330of Ramah and Geba, 62131of Micmash, 12232of Bethel and Ai, 12333of the other Nebo, 5234of the other Elam, 1,25435of Harim, 32036of Jericho, 34537of Lod, Hadid and Ono, 72138of Senaah, 3,93039The priests:40of Immer, 1,05241of Pashhur, 1,24742of Harim, 1,01743The Levites:44The musicians:45The gatekeepers:46The temple servants:47Keros, Sia, Padon,48Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,49Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,52Besai, Meunim, Nephusim,53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,54Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,55Barkos, Sisera, Temah,56Neziah and Hatipha57The descendants of the servants of Solomon:58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,59Shephatiah, Hattil,60The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon, 39261The 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:62the descendants of63And from among the priests:64These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.65The 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.66The whole company numbered 42,360,67besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers.68There were 736 horses, 245 mules,69435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.70Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests.71Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver.72The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas of silver and 67 garments for priests.73The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians 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,
1all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.2So 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.3He 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.4Ezra the teacher of the Law 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.5Ezra 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.6Ezra 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.7The 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.8They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.9Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy 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.10Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”11The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”12Then 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.
1Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.2Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.3Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.5For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.