1And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.5But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."6And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.7Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.8Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.9And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,10And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."11Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,12saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"13And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!" 14Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
5Then my God put it into my heart to gather the nobles, the rulers, and the people, that they might be registered by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of those who had come up in the first return, and found written in it:6These are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his city.7Those who came with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:8the sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two;9the sons of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two;10the sons of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two;11the sons of Pahath-Moab, of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen;12the sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;13the sons of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five;14the sons of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty;15the sons of Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight;16the sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-eight;17the sons of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two;18the sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven;19the sons of Bigvai, two thousand and sixty-seven;20the sons of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five;21the sons of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety-eight;22the sons of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight;23the sons of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-four;24the sons of Hariph, one hundred and twelve;25the sons of Gibeon, ninety-five;26the men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred and eighty-eight;27the men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight;28the men of Beth Azmaveth, forty-two;29the men of Kirjath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three;30the men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one;31the men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two;32the men of Bethel and Ai, one hundred and twenty-three;33the men of the other Nebo, fifty-two;34the sons of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;35the sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty;36the sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five;37the sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one;38the sons of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.39The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three;40the sons of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two;41the sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven;42the sons of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.43The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the sons of Hodevah, seventy-four.44The singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred and forty-eight.45The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, one hundred and thirty-eight.46The Nethinim: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,47the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon,48the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Salmai, 49the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar,50the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda,51the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah,52the sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephishesim, 53the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,54the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,55the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Tamah,56the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.57The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of Perida, 58the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,59the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth of Zebaim, and the sons of Amon. 60All the Nethinim, and the sons of Solomon's servants, were three hundred and ninety-two.61And these were the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not identify their father's house nor their lineage, whether they were of Israel:62the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two;63and of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Koz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name.64These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled.65And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.66Altogether the whole assembly was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,67besides their male and female servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five men and women singers.68Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five,69their camels four hundred and thirty-five, and donkeys six thousand seven hundred and twenty.70And some of the heads of the fathers' houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury one thousand gold drachmas, fifty basins, and five hundred and thirty priestly garments.71Some of the heads of the fathers' houses gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand gold drachmas, and two thousand two hundred silver minas.72And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand gold drachmas, two thousand silver minas, and sixty-seven priestly garments.73So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the Nethinim, and all Israel dwelt in their cities.When the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
1Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel.2So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.3Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.4So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.6And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, "Amen, Amen!" while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.7Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their place.8So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.10Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."11So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved."12And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.
1A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!2Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.3Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.5For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.