The People Who Sealed the Covenant
1Now those who placed their seal on the document were:
Nehemiah the governor, #Neh. 1:1the son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah, 2#Neh. 12:1–21Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah, 4Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, 5Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.
9The Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, and Kadmiel.
10Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13Hodijah, Bani, and Beninu.
14The leaders of the people: #Ezra 2:3Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani, 15Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, 16Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, 17Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur, 18Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai, 19Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai, 20Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, 21Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua, 22Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, 23Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub, 24Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek, 25Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, 26Ahijah, Hanan, Anan, 27Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.
The Covenant That Was Sealed
28#Ezra 2:36–43Now the rest of the people—the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, #Ezra 9:1; Neh. 13:3and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding— 29these joined with their brethren, their nobles, #Deut. 29:12; Neh. 5:12; Ps. 119:106and entered into a curse and an oath #2 Kin. 23:3; 2 Chr. 34:31to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes: 30We would not give #Ex. 34:16; Deut. 7:3; (Ezra 9:12)our daughters as wives to the peoples of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons; 31#Ex. 20:10; Lev. 23:3; Deut. 5:12if the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the #Ex. 23:10, 11; Lev. 25:4; Jer. 34:14seventh year’s produce and the #(Deut. 15:1, 2); Neh. 5:12exacting of every debt.
32Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to exact from ourselves yearly #Ex. 30:11–16; 38:25, 26; 2 Chr. 24:6, 9; Matt. 17:24one-third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God: 33for #Lev. 24:5; 2 Chr. 2:4the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the #Num. 28; 29regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God. 34We cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, #Neh. 13:31; (Is. 40:16)for bringing the wood offering into the house of our God, according to our fathers’ houses, at the appointed times year by year, to burn on the altar of the Lord our God #Lev. 6:12as it is written in the Law.
35And we made ordinances #Ex. 23:19; 34:26; Lev. 19:23; Num. 18:12; Deut. 26:1, 2to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the Lord; 36to bring the #Ex. 13:2, 12, 13; Lev. 27:26, 27; Num. 18:15, 16firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God; 37#Lev. 23:17; Num. 15:19; 18:12; Deut. 18:4; 26:2to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring #Lev. 27:30; Num. 18:21; Mal. 3:10the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities. 38And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites #Num. 18:26when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to #1 Chr. 9:26; 2 Chr. 31:11the rooms of the storehouse.
39For the children of Israel and the children of Levi #Deut. 12:6, 11; 2 Chr. 31:12; Neh. 13:12shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine and the oil, to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are, where the priests who minister and the gatekeepers #Neh. 13:10, 11and the singers are; and we will not #(Heb. 10:25)neglect the house of our God.