1After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."2Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.3And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.5And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.6Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.7The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.8The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!"9Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,10the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:11"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created."
1And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren.2For there were those who said, "We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live."3There were also some who said, "We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine."4There were also those who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our lands and vineyards.5Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards."6And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.7After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, "Each of you is exacting usury from his brother." So I called a great assembly against them.8And I said to them, "According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?" Then they were silenced and found nothing to say.9Then I said, "What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?10I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury!11Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them."12So they said, "We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say." Then I called the priests, and required an oath from them that they would do according to this promise.13Then I shook out the fold of my garment and said, "So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property, who does not perform this promise. Even thus may he be shaken out and emptied." And all the assembly said, "Amen!" and praised the Lord. Then the people did according to this promise.14Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the governor's provisions.15But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.16Indeed, I also continued the work on this wall, and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work.17And at my table were one hundred and fifty Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from the nations around us.18Now that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this I did not demand the governor's provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people.19Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
1Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates),2that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono." But they thought to do me harm.3So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?"4But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.5Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.6In it was written: It is reported among the nations, and Geshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according to these rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, that you may be their king.7And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, "There is a king in Judah!" Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together.8Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart."9For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, "Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done."Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.10Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was a secret informer; and he said, "Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill you."11And I said, "Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!"12Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.13For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me.14My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid.15So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.16And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.17Also in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came to them.18For many in Judah were pledged to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.19Also they reported his good deeds before me, and reported my words to him. Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.
1Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,2that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.3And I said to them, "Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house."4Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few, and the houses were not rebuilt.
1The Lord reigns; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be moved!2The Lord is great in Zion, And He is high above all the peoples.3Let them praise Your great and awesome name-- He is holy.4The King's strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.5Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool-- He is holy.6Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the Lord, and He answered them.7He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them.8You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds.9Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.