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July 20

Ezra 1:1-11
1. During the first year that Cyrus was king of Persia, the Lord caused him to make an announcement. It was written down, and Cyrus ordered that it be read throughout his kingdom. This was done so that what the Lord had told Jeremiah years before would now happen. This is the announcement:
2. "From King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, gave all the kingdoms on earth to me. And he chose me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in the country of Judah.
3. The Lord is the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. If any of God's people are living among you, I pray God will bless them. You must let them go to Jerusalem in the country of Judah. You must let them go build the Lord's Temple.
4. And so in any place where there might be survivors of Israel, the men in that place must support these survivors. Give them silver, gold, cows, and other things. Give them gifts for God's Temple in Jerusalem."
5. So the family leaders from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin prepared to go up to Jerusalem. They were going to Jerusalem to build the Lord's Temple. Also everyone who God had encouraged prepared to go to Jerusalem.
6. All their neighbors gave them many gifts. They gave them silver, gold, cows, and other expensive things. Their neighbors freely gave them all those things.
7. Also, King Cyrus brought out the things that belonged in the Lord's Temple that Nebuchadnezzar had taken away from Jerusalem. He had put them in his temple where he kept his false gods.
8. King Cyrus of Persia told Mithredath, the man who keeps his money, to bring those things out. So Mithredath brought them out to Sheshbazzar, the leader of Judah.
9. This is what Mithredath brought out of the Lord's Temple: 30 gold dishes, 1000 silver dishes, 29 knives and pans,
10. 30 gold bowls, 410 silver bowls similar to the gold bowls, and 1000 other dishes.
11. All together, there were 5400 things made from gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought them all with him when the prisoners left Babylon and went back to Jerusalem.

Ezra 2:1-70
1. These are the people of the province who returned from captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken these people as prisoners to Babylon. They now returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to their own town.
2. These are the people who returned with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. This is the list of names and numbers of men from Israel who returned:
3. the descendants of Parosh 2172
4. the descendants of Shephatiah 372
5. the descendants of Arah 775
6. the descendants of Pahath Moab of the family of Jeshua and Joab 2812
7. the descendants of Elam 1254
8. the descendants of Zattu 945
9. the descendants of Zaccai 760
10. the descendants of Bani 642
11. the descendants of Bebai 623
12. the descendants of Azgad 1222
13. the descendants of Adonikam 666
14. the descendants of Bigvai 2056
15. the descendants of Adin 454
16. the descendants of Ater through the family of Hezekiah 98
17. the descendants of Bezai 323
18. the descendants of Jorah 112
19. the descendants of Hashum 223
20. the descendants of Gibbar 95
21. from the town of Bethlehem 123
22. from the town of Netophah 56
23. from the town of Anathoth 128
24. from the town of Azmaveth 42
25. from the towns of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth 743
26. from the towns of Ramah and Geba 621
27. from the town of Micmash 122
28. from the towns of Bethel and Ai 223
29. from the town of Nebo 52
30. from the town of Magbish 156
31. from the other town named Elam 1254
32. from the town of Harim 320
33. from the towns of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 725
34. from the town of Jericho 345
35. from the town of Senaah 3630
36. These are the priests: the descendants of Jedaiah through the family of Jeshua 973
37. the descendants of Immer 1052
38. the descendants of Pashhur 1247
39. the descendants of Harim 1017
40. These are the people from the tribe of Levi: The descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel through the family of Hodaviah 74
41. These are the singers: The descendants of Asaph 128
42. These are the descendants of the Temple gatekeepers: The descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 139
43. These are the descendants of the special Temple servants: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
44. Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45. Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46. Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
47. Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48. Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49. Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50. Asnah, Meunim, Nephussim,
51. Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52. Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53. Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54. Neziah, and Hatipha.
55. These are the descendants of Solomon's servants: Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56. Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
57. Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth Hazzebaim, and Ami
58. The Temple servants and descendants of Solomon's servants 392
59. Some people came to Jerusalem from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. But these people could not prove that their families were from the family of Israel:
60. The descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda 652
61. From the family of priests there were descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (If a man married a daughter of Barzillai from Gilead, he was counted as a descendant of Barzillai.)
62. These people searched for their family histories, but they could not find them. Their names were not included in the list of priests. They could not prove that their ancestors were priests, so they could not serve as priests.
63. The governor ordered them not to eat any of the holy food until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim to ask God what to do.
64. All together, there were 42,360 people in the group who came back. This is not counting their 7337 men and women slaves. They also had 200 men and women singers with them.
66. They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6720 donkeys.
68. When the group arrived at the place in Jerusalem where the Lord's Temple had been, the family leaders gave their gifts for building this house of God again. They wanted to build it in this same place.
69. They gave as much as they were able. These are the things they gave for building the Temple: 1100 pounds of gold, about 4 tons of silver, and 100 coats that priests wear.
70. So the priests, Levites, and some of the other people moved to Jerusalem and the area around it. This group included the Temple singers, gatekeepers, and the Temple servants. The other Israelites settled in their own hometowns.

Psalms 86:6-10
6. Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for mercy.
7. I am praying to you in my time of trouble. I know you will answer me.
8. My Lord, there is no God like you. No one can do what you have done.
9. My Lord, you made everyone. I wish they all would come worship you and honor your name.
10. You are great and do amazing things. You and you alone are God.

Proverbs 21:15-16
15. A decision that is fair makes good people happy, but it makes those who are evil very afraid.
16. Whoever leaves the path of wisdom will be on their way to an early death.

Acts 21:18-40
18. The next day Paul went with us to visit James, and all the elders were there.
19. After greeting them, Paul told them point by point all that God had used him to do among the non- Jewish people.
20. When the leaders heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul, "Brother, you can see that thousands of Jews have become believers, but they think it is very important to obey the Law of Moses.
21. They have been told that you teach the Jews who live in non-Jewish regions to stop following the Law of Moses. They have heard that you tell them not to circumcise their sons or follow our other customs.
22. "What should we do? The Jewish believers here will learn that you have come.
23. So we will tell you what to do: Four of our men have made a vow to God.
24. Take these men with you and share in their cleansing ceremony. Pay their expenses so that they can shave their heads. This will prove to everyone that the things they have heard about you are not true. They will see that you obey the Law of Moses in your own life.
25. "In regard to the non-Jewish believers, we have already sent a letter to them saying what we think they should do: 'Don't eat food that has been given to idols. Don't eat meat from animals that have been strangled or any meat that still has the blood in it. Don't be involved in sexual sin.'"
26. So Paul took the four men with him. The next day he shared in their cleansing ceremony. Then he went to the Temple area and announced the time when the days of the cleansing ceremony would be finished. On the last day an offering would be given for each of the men.
27. When the seven-day period was almost finished, some Jews from Asia saw Paul in the Temple area. They stirred up everyone into an angry mob. They grabbed Paul
28. and shouted, "Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who is teaching things that are against the Law of Moses, against our people, and against this Temple of ours. This is what he teaches people everywhere. And now he has brought some Greeks into the Temple area and has made this holy place unclean!"
29. (The Jews said this because they had seen Trophimus with Paul in Jerusalem. Trophimus was a man from Ephesus. The Jews thought that Paul had taken him into the holy area of the Temple.)
30. An angry reaction spread throughout the city, and everyone came running to the Temple. They grabbed Paul and dragged him out of the holy area, and the gates were closed immediately.
31. While they were trying to kill Paul, the commander of the Roman army in Jerusalem got word that the whole city was in a state of riot.
32. Immediately the commander ran to where the crowd had gathered, taking with him some army officers and soldiers. When the people saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33. The commander went over to Paul and arrested him. He told his soldiers to tie him up with two chains. Then he asked, "Who is this man? What has he done wrong?"
34. Some people there were shouting one thing, and others were shouting something else. Because of all this confusion and shouting, the commander could not learn the truth about what had happened. So he told the soldiers to take Paul to the army building.
35. The whole crowd was following them. When the soldiers came to the steps, they had to carry Paul. They did this to protect him, because the people were ready to hurt him. The people were shouting, "Kill him!"
37. When the soldiers were ready to take Paul into the army building, he asked the commander, "Can I say something to you?" The commander said, "Oh, you speak Greek?
38. Then you are not the man I thought you were. I thought you were the Egyptian who started some trouble against the government not long ago and led four thousand terrorists out to the desert."
39. Paul said, "No, I am a Jew from Tarsus in the country of Cilicia. I am a citizen of that important city. Please, let me speak to the people."
40. The commander told Paul he could speak. So he stood on the steps and waved his hand so that the people would be quiet. The people became quiet and Paul spoke to them in Aramaic.