Old Testament in a year – Day 354

Nehemiah 9: 38 - 11: 36

The People Sign an Agreement
38Because of all that has happened, we, the people of Israel, hereby make a solemn written agreement, and our leaders, our Levites, and our priests put their seals to it.
1The first to sign was the governor, Nehemiah son of Hacaliah, and then Zedekiah signed. The following also signed:
2-8Priests:

Old Testament in a year – Day 353

Nehemiah 7: 73 - 9: 37

73 The priests, the Levites, the temple guards, the musicians, many of the ordinary people, the temple workmen — all the people of Israel — settled in the towns and cities of Judah.
Ezra Reads the Law to the People
1By the seventh month the people of Israel were all settled in their towns. On the first day of that month they all assembled in Jerusalem, in the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra, the priest and scholar of the Law which the LORD had given Israel through Moses, to get the book of the Law.2So Ezra brought it to the place where the people had gathered — men, women, and the children who were old enough to understand.3There in the square by the gate he read the Law to them from dawn until noon, and they all listened attentively.

Old Testament in a year – Day 352

Nehemiah 7: 1 - 73

1And now the wall had been rebuilt, the gates had all been put in place, and the temple guards, the members of the sacred choir, and the other Levites had been assigned their work.2I put two men in charge of governing the city of Jerusalem: my brother Hanani and Hananiah, commanding officer of the fortress. Hananiah was a reliable and God-fearing man without an equal.3I told them not to have the gates of Jerusalem opened in the morning until well after sunrise and to have them closed and barred before the guards went off duty at sunset. I also told them to appoint guards from among the people who lived in Jerusalem and to assign some of them to specific posts and others to patrol the area round their own houses.

Old Testament in a year – Day 351

Nehemiah 4: 1 - 6: 19

Nehemiah Overcomes Opposition to his Work
1When Sanballat heard that we Jews had begun rebuilding the wall, he was furious and began to ridicule us.2In front of his companions and the Samaritan troops he said, “What do these miserable Jews think they're doing? Do they intend to rebuild the city? Do they think that by offering sacrifices they can finish the work in one day? Can they make building stones out of heaps of burnt rubble?”

Old Testament in a year – Day 350

Nehemiah 1: 1 - 3: 38

1This is the account of what Nehemiah son of Hacaliah accomplished.
Nehemiah's Concern for Jerusalem
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year that Artaxerxes was emperor of Persia, I, Nehemiah, was in Susa, the capital city.2Hanani, one of my brothers, arrived from Judah with another group, and I asked them about Jerusalem and about our fellow-Jews who had returned from exile in Babylonia.3They told me that those who had survived and were back in the homeland were in great difficulty and that the foreigners who lived near by looked down on them. They also told me that the walls of Jerusalem were still broken down and that the gates had not been restored since the time they were burnt.4When I heard all this, I sat down and wept.

Old Testament in a year – Day 349

Ezra 10: 1 - 44

The Plan for Ending Mixed Marriages
1While Ezra was bowing in prayer in front of the Temple, weeping and confessing these sins, a large group of Israelites — men, women, and children — gathered round him, weeping bitterly.2Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, of the clan of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have broken faith with God by marrying foreign women, but even so there is still hope for Israel.3Now we must make a solemn promise to our God that we will send these women and their children away. We will do what you and the others who honour God's commands advise us to do. We will do what God's Law demands.4It is your responsibility to act. We are behind you, so go ahead and get it done.”

Old Testament in a year – Day 348

Ezra 7: 1 - 9: 15

Ezra Arrives in Jerusalem
1Many years later, when Artaxerxes was emperor of Persia, there was a man named Ezra. He traced his ancestors back to Aaron, the High Priest, as follows: Ezra was the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,2son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub,3son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth,4son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki,5son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron.

Old Testament in a year – Day 347

Esther 7: 1 - 10: 3

1And so the king and Haman went to eat with Esther2for a second time. Over the wine the king asked her again, “Now, Queen Esther, what do you want? Tell me and you shall have it. I'll even give you half the empire.”
3Queen Esther answered, “If it please Your Majesty to grant my humble request, my wish is that I may live and that my people may live.4My people and I have been sold for slaughter. If it were nothing more serious than being sold into slavery, I would have kept quiet and not bothered you about it; but we are about to be destroyed — exterminated!”

Old Testament in a year – Day 346

Esther 4: 1 - 6: 14

Mordecai Asks for Esther's Help
1When Mordecai learnt of all that had been done, he tore his clothes in anguish. Then he dressed in sackcloth, covered his head with ashes, and walked through the city, wailing loudly and bitterly,2until he came to the entrance of the palace. He did not go in because no one wearing sackcloth was allowed inside.3Throughout all the provinces, wherever the king's proclamation was made known, there was loud mourning among the Jews. They fasted, wept and wailed, and most of them put on sackcloth and lay in ashes.