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Revelation 5; Nehemiah 7:5-73; Nehemiah 8:1-12; Psalm 100

Revelation 5

The Lamb Takes the Scroll

1 Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it. 4 And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, "Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals." 6 Then I saw one like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. 7 He came and took [the scroll] out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne.

The Lamb Is Worthy

8 When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed [people] for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth. 11 Then I looked, and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures, and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. 12 They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing! 13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! 14 The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Nehemiah 7:5-73

5 Then my God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles, the officials, and the people to be registered by genealogy. I found the genealogical record of those who came back first, and I found [the following] written in it: 6 These are the people of the province who went up from among the captive exiles deported by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Each of them returned to his own town in Jerusalem and Judah. 7 They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The number of the Israelite men [included]: 8 Parosh's descendants 2,172 9 Shephatiah's descendants 372 10 Arah's descendants 652 11 Pahath-moab's descendants: Jeshua's and Joab's descendants 2,818 12 Elam's descendants 1,254 13 Zattu's descendants 845 14 Zaccai's descendants 760 15 Binnui's descendants 648 16 Bebai's descendants 628 17 Azgad's descendants 2,322 18 Adonikam's descendants 667 19 Bigvai's descendants 2,067 20 Adin's descendants 655 21 Ater's descendants: of Hezekiah 98 22 Hashum's descendants 328 23 Bezai's descendants 324 24 Hariph's descendants 112 25 Gibeon's descendants 95 26 Bethlehem's and Netophah's men 188 27 Anathoth's men 128 28 Beth-azmaveth's men 42 29 Kiriath-jearim's, Chephirah's, and Beeroth's men 743 30 Ramah's and Geba's men 621 31 Michmas's men 122 32 Bethel's and Ai's men 123 33 the other Nebo's men 52 34 the other Elam's people 1,254 35 Harim's people 320 36 Jericho's people 345 37 Lod's, Hadid's, and Ono's people 721 38 Senaah's people 3,930 39 The priests [included]: Jedaiah's descendants of the house of Jeshua 973 40 Immer's descendants 1,052 41 Pashhur's descendants 1,247 42 Harim's descendants 1,017 43 The Levites [included]: Jeshua's descendants: of Kadmiel Hodevah's descendants 74 44 The singers [included]: Asaph's descendants 148 45 The gatekeepers [included]: Shallum's descendants, Ater's descendants, Talmon's descendants, Akkub's descendants, Hatita's descendants, Shobai's descendants 138 46 The temple servants [included]: Ziha's descendants, Hasupha's descendants, Tabbaoth's descendants, 47 Keros's descendants, Sia's descendants, Padon's descendants, 48 Lebana's descendants, Hagaba's descendants, Shalmai's descendants, 49 Hanan's descendants, Giddel's descendants, Gahar's descendants, 50 Reaiah's descendants, Rezin's descendants, Nekoda's descendants, 51 Gazzam's descendants, Uzza's descendants, Paseah's descendants, 52 Besai's descendants, Meunim's descendants, Nephishesim's descendants, 53 Bakbuk's descendants, Hakupha's descendants, Harhur's descendants, 54 Bazlith's descendants, Mehida's descendants, Harsha's descendants, 55 Barkos's descendants, Sisera's descendants, Temah's descendants, 56 Neziah's descendants, Hatipha's descendants. 57 The descendants of Solomon's servants [included]: Sotai's descendants, Sophereth's descendants, Perida's descendants, 58 Jaala's descendants, Darkon's descendants, Giddel's descendants, 59 Shephatiah's descendants, Hattil's descendants, Pochereth-hazzebaim's descendants, Amon's descendants. 60 All the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon's servants 392 61 The following are those who came from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but were unable to prove that their families and ancestry were Israelite: 62 Delaiah's descendants, Tobiah's descendants, and Nekoda's descendants 642 63 and from the priests: the descendants of Hobaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, and the descendants of Barzillai-who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by their name. 64 These searched for their entries in the genealogical records, but they could not be found, so they were disqualified from the priesthood. 65 The governor ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest who could consult the Urim and Thummim. 66 The whole combined assembly numbered 42,360 67 not including their 7,337 male and female slaves, as well as their 245 male and female singers. 68 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 69 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. 70 Some of the family leaders gave to the project. The governor gave 1,000 gold drachmas, 50 bowls, and 530 priestly garments to the treasury. 71 Some of the family leaders gave 20,000 gold drachmas and 2,200 silver minas to the treasury for the project. 72 The rest of the people gave 20,000 gold drachmas, 2,000 silver minas, and 67 priestly garments. 73 So the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, temple singers, some of the people, temple servants, and all Israel settled in their towns.

Nehemiah 8:1-12

Public Reading of the Law

1 all the people gathered together at the square in front of the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses that the Lord had given Israel. 2 On the first day of the seventh month, Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding. 3 While he was facing the square in front of the Water Gate, he read out of it from daybreak until noon before the men, the women, and those who could understand. All the people listened attentively to the book of the law. 4 Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform made for this purpose. Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah stood beside him on his right; to his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash-baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 Ezra opened the book in full view of all the people, since he was elevated above everyone. As he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and with their hands uplifted all the people said, "Amen, Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Pelaiah, who were Levites, explained the law to the people as they stood in their places. 8 They read the book of the law of God, translating and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was read. 9 Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all of them, "This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep." For all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, "Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because your strength [comes from] rejoicing in the Lord." 11 And the Levites quieted all the people, saying, "Be still, since today is holy. Do not grieve." 12 Then all the people began to eat and drink, send portions, and have a great celebration, because they had understood the words that were explained to them.

Psalm 100

Be Thankful

A psalm of thanksgiving.

1 Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we are His - His people, the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. 5 For the Lord is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.
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