The Names of Those Who Signed the Covenant
1Upon the sealed documents: Nehemiah the governor, son of Hacaliah and Zedekiah; 2Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, 4Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, 5Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah—these are the priests. 9And the Levites: Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui from the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel; 10their brothers Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12Zaccur, Shereiah, Shebanaih, 13Hodiah, Bani, Beninu. 14The heads of the people: Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani, 15Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, 16Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, 17Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur, 18Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai, 19Hariph, Anathoth, Nobai, 20Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, 21Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua, 22Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, 23Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub, 24Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek, 25Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, 26Ahijah, Hanan, Anan, 27Malluch, Harim, Baanah.
A Summary of the Covenant
28“The rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants, and all who separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to observe the law#Hebrew torah of God—their wives, their sons, their daughters, and all who know and understand— 29are helping their brothers, their nobles, and entering into a solemn oath to walk in the law#Hebrew torah of God which was given by the hand of Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all of the commandments of Yahweh our Lord and his judgments and regulations. 30We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land nor take their daughters for our sons. 31And the peoples of the land who bring merchandise and any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, we will not accept it from them on the Sabbath or on a holy day. We will forego the crops of the seventh year and cancel every debt.
32“We put on ourselves the commandment upon us to yearly give a third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God: 33for the rows of bread, the offering of the daily sacrifice, the continual burnt sacrifice, the Sabbaths, the new moon festivals, the appointed festival times, the holy objects, the sin offerings that make atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God. 34And we have cast lots for the contributions of the wood offering of the priests, the Levites, and the people to bring it to the house of our God, by our fathers’ houses, at designated times, year by year, to burn on the altar of Yahweh our God—as it is written in the law.#Hebrew torah 35We also bring the first fruits of our soil and the first fruits of all the fruit trees, year by year, for the house of Yahweh. 36And the firstborn of our sons and beasts—as it is written in the law#Hebrew torah—and the firstborn of our cattle and sheep, to bring to the house of our God and to the priests serving in the house of our God. 37And we bring the best of our dough, our offerings, the fruit of every tree, new wine, and olive oil to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring the tithe of our soil to the Levites, for the Levites receive the tithes in all of our rural towns. 38And the priest, the descendant#Or “son” of Aaron, will be with the Levites during the tithe the Levites receive. The Levites will bring up a tithe of the tithes for the house of our God to the chambers of the storehouse. 39For the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” and the Levites#Literally “sons/children of Levi” will bring to the storerooms the offering of grain, new wine, and olive oil. These are the objects of the sanctuary and the priests who minister and the gatekeepers and singers. We will not neglect the house of our God.”