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July 23


Ezra 7:1-28
1. After these things, during the rule of King Artaxerxes of Persia, Ezra came to Jerusalem from Babylon. Ezra was the son of Seraiah. Seraiah was the son of Azariah. Azariah was the son of Hilkiah.
2. Hilkiah was the son of Shallum. Shallum was the son of Zadok. Zadok was the son of Ahitub.
3. Ahitub was the son of Amariah. Amariah was the son of Azariah. Azariah was the son of Meraioth.
4. Meraioth was the son of Zerahiah. Zerahiah was the son of Uzzi. Uzzi was the son of Bukki.
5. Bukki was the son of Abishua. Abishua was the son of Phinehas. Phinehas was the son of Eleazar. Eleazar was the son of Aaron the high priest.
6. Ezra came to Jerusalem from Babylon. He was a teacher and knew the Law of Moses very well. The Law of Moses was given by the Lord, the God of Israel. King Artaxerxes gave Ezra everything he asked for because the Lord was with Ezra.
7. Among the people who came with Ezra were Israelites, priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and Temple servants. They arrived in Jerusalem during the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.
8. Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year that Artaxerxes was king.
9. Ezra left Babylon on the first day of the first month and arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month. The Lord God was with Ezra.
10. Ezra gave all his time and attention to studying and obeying the law of the Lord. He wanted to teach the rules and commandments of the Lord to the Israelites. And he also wanted to help the people follow these laws in Israel.
11. Ezra was a priest and teacher. He knew much about the commands and laws the Lord gave Israel. This is a copy of the letter King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the teacher:
12. From King Artaxerxes. To Ezra the priest, a teacher of the law of the God of Heaven. Greetings!
13. I give this order: Any of the Israelites living in my kingdom, including priests and Levites, who want to go with you to Jerusalem, may go.
14. I and my seven advisors send you to Judah and Jerusalem. Go and see how your people are doing in obeying the law of your God. You have that law with you.
15. I and my advisors are giving gold and silver to the God of Israel. God lives in Jerusalem. You must take this gold and silver with you.
16. You must also go through all the provinces of Babylonia. Collect the gifts from your people, from the priests, and from the Levites. The gifts are for their God's Temple in Jerusalem.
17. Use this money to buy bulls, rams, and male lambs. Buy the grain offerings and drink offerings that go with these sacrifices. Then sacrifice them on the altar in the Temple of your God in Jerusalem.
18. Then you and the other Jews may spend the silver and gold left over any way you want to. Use it in a way that is pleasing to your God.
19. Take all these things to the God of Jerusalem. They are for the worship in the Temple of your God.
20. And you may get any other things that you need for the Temple of your God. Use the money in the king's treasury to buy anything you need.
21. Now I, King Artaxerxes, give this order: I order all the men who keep the king's money in the area west of the Euphrates River to give Ezra anything he wants. Ezra is a priest and a teacher of the Law of the God of Heaven. Do this quickly and completely.
22. Give this much to Ezra: 3?tons of silver, 600 bushels of wheat, 600 gallons of wine, 600 gallons of olive oil, and as much salt as Ezra wants.
23. Anything that the God of Heaven has ordered for Ezra to get, you must give to Ezra quickly and completely. Do this for the Temple of the God of Heaven.We don't want God to be angry with my kingdom or my sons.
24. I want you men to know that it is against the law to make the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Temple servants, and other workers in God's Temple pay taxes. They don't have to pay taxes, money to honor the king, or any customs fees.
25. Ezra, I give you the authority to use the wisdom you have from your God and choose civil and religious judges. These men will be judges for all the people living in the area west of the Euphrates River. They will judge all the people who know the laws of your God and they will teach those who don't know those laws.
26. Anyone who does not obey the law of your God, or the law of the king, must be punished. Depending on the crime, they must be punished with death, or sent away to another country, or their property taken away, or put into prison.
27. Blessed is the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He put the idea into the king's heart to honor the Lord's Temple in Jerusalem.
28. The Lord showed his faithful love to me in front of the king, his advisors, and the king's important officials. The Lord God was with me, so I was brave. I gathered together the leaders of Israel to go with me to Jerusalem.

Ezra 8:1-36
1. These are the names of the family leaders and the other people who came with me to Jerusalem from Babylon. We came to Jerusalem during the rule of King Artaxerxes. Here is the list of names:
2. From the descendants of Phinehas: Gershom; from the descendants of Ithamar: Daniel; from the descendants of David: Hattush;
3. from the descendants of Shecaniah: the descendants of Parosh, Zechariah, and 150 other men;
4. from the descendants of Pahath Moab: Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah, and 200 other men;
5. from the descendants of Zattu: Shecaniah son of Jahaziel, and 300 other men;
6. from the descendants of Adin: Ebed son of Jonathan, and 50 other men;
7. from the descendants of Elam: Jeshaiah son of Athaliah, and 70 other men;
8. from the descendants of Shephatiah: Zebadiah son of Michael, and 80 other men;
9. from the descendants of Joab: Obadiah son of Jehiel, and 218 other men;
10. from the descendants of Bani: Shelomith son of Josiphiah, and 160 other men;
11. from the descendants of Bebai: Zechariah son of Bebai, and 28 other men;
12. from the descendants of Azgad: Johanan son of Hakkatan, and 110 other men;
13. from the last of the descendants of Adonikam: Eliphelet, Jeuel, Shemaiah, and 60 other men;
14. from the descendants of Bigvai: Uthai, Zaccur, and 70 other men.
15. I called all these people to meet together at the river that flows toward Ahava. We camped at that place for three days. I learned there were priests in the group, but there were no Levites.
16. So I called these leaders: Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, and I called Joiarib and Elnathan. (These men were teachers.)
17. I sent the men to Iddo, leader in the town of Casiphia. I told them what to say to Iddo and his relatives, who are the Temple workers in Casiphia. I told the men to ask Iddo and his relatives to send us workers to serve in God's Temple.
18. Because God was with us, they sent Sherebiah, a skilled man from the descendants of Mahli (Mahli was a son of Levi, one of Israel's sons.) They also sent his sons and brothers, 18 men in all.
19. They also sent Hashabiah and Jeshaiah from the descendants of Merari, along with their brothers and nephews. In all there were 20 men.
20. Besides these, there were 220 Temple workers whose ancestors had been chosen by David and his officials to help the Levites. The names of all these men were written on the list.
21. There near the Ahava River, I announced that we all should fast. We should fast to make ourselves humble before our God. We wanted to ask God for a safe trip for ourselves, our children, and for everything we owned.
22. I was embarrassed to ask King Artaxerxes for soldiers and horsemen to protect us as we traveled. There were enemies on the road. The reason I was embarrassed to ask for protection was because of what we had told the king. We had said to King Artaxerxes, "Our God is with everyone who trusts him, but he is very angry with everyone who turns away from him."
23. So we fasted and prayed to our God about our trip. He answered our prayers.
24. Then I chose twelve of the priests who were leaders. I chose Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers.
25. I weighed the silver, gold, and the other things that were given for God's Temple. I gave them to the twelve priests I had chosen. King Artaxerxes, his advisors, his important officials, and all the Israelites in Babylon gave those things for God's Temple.
26. I weighed all these things. There were 25 tons of silver. There were also 7500 pounds of silver dishes and things. There were 3?tons of gold.
27. And I gave them 20 gold bowls. The bowls weighed about 19 pounds. And I gave them two beautiful dishes made from polished bronze that were as valuable as gold.
28. Then I said to the twelve priests: "You and these things are holy to the Lord. People gave this silver and gold to the Lord, the God of your ancestors.
29. So guard these things carefully. You are responsible for them until you give them to the Temple leaders in Jerusalem. You will give them to the leading Levites and the family leaders of Israel. They will weigh them and put them in the rooms of the Lord's Temple in Jerusalem."
30. So the priests and Levites accepted the silver, gold, and special things that Ezra had weighed and given to them. They were told to take them to God's Temple in Jerusalem.
31. On the twelfth day of the first month we left the Ahava River and started toward Jerusalem. God was with us, and he protected us from enemies and robbers along the way.
32. Then we arrived in Jerusalem. We rested there for three days.
33. On the fourth day, we went to the Temple and weighed the silver, gold, and special things. We gave them to Meremoth son of Uriah the priest. Eleazar son of Phinehas was with Meremoth. The Levites, Jozabad son of Jeshua, and Noadiah son of Binnui were with them also.
34. We counted and weighed everything and we wrote down the total weight.
35. Then the Jewish people who came back from captivity offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel. They offered twelve bulls for all Israel, 96 rams, 77 male lambs, and twelve male goats for a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering to the Lord.
36. Then the people gave the letter from King Artaxerxes to the royal satraps and to the governors of the area west of the Euphrates River. Then the leaders gave their support to the Israelites and to the Temple.

Psalms 88:1-5
1. A song from the Korah family. To the director: About a painful sickness. A maskil from Heman the Ezrahite. Lord God, you are my Savior. I have been praying to you day and night.
2. Please pay attention to my prayers. Listen to my prayers for mercy.
3. My soul has had enough of this pain! I am ready to die.
4. People already treat me like a dead man, like someone too weak to live.
5. Look for me among the dead, like a body in the grave. I am one of those you have forgotten, cut off from you and your care.

Proverbs 21:21-22
21. People who try hard to do good and be faithful will find life, goodness, and honor.
22. A wise person can defeat a city full of warriors and tear down the defenses they trust in.

Acts 23:16-35
16. But Paul's nephew heard about this plan. He went to the army building and told Paul.
17. Then Paul called one of the army officers and said to him, "Take this young man to the commander. He has a message for him."
18. So the army officer brought Paul's nephew to the commander. The officer said, "The prisoner Paul asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to tell you."
19. The commander led the young man to a place where they could be alone. The commander asked, "What do you want to tell me?"
20. The young man said, "Some Jews have decided to ask you to bring Paul down to their council meeting tomorrow. They want you to think that they plan to ask Paul more questions.
21. But don't believe them! More than 40 of them are hiding and waiting to kill him. They have all promised not to eat or drink until they have killed him. Now they are waiting for you to say yes."
22. The commander sent the young man away, telling him, "Don't tell anyone that you have told me about their plan."
23. Then the commander called two army officers. He said to them, "I need some men to go to Caesarea. Get 200 soldiers ready. Also, get 70 soldiers on horses and 200 men to carry spears. Be ready to leave at nine o'clock tonight.
24. Get some horses for Paul to ride so that he can be taken to Governor Felix safely."
25. The commander wrote a letter that said:
26. From Claudius Lysias. To the Most Honorable Governor Felix. Greetings:
27. Some Jews had taken this man and planned to kill him. But I learned that he is a Roman citizen, so I went with my soldiers and saved him.
28. I wanted to know why they were accusing him. So I brought him before their council meeting.
29. This is what I learned: The Jews said Paul did some things that were wrong. But these charges were about their own Jewish laws, and there was nothing worthy of jail or death.
30. I was told that some of the Jews were making a plan to kill Paul. So I send him to you. I also told those Jews to tell you what they have against him.
31. The soldiers did what they were told. They got Paul and took him to the city of Antipatris that night.
32. The next day the soldiers on horses went with Paul to Caesarea, but the other soldiers and the spearmen went back to the army building in Jerusalem.
33. The soldiers on horses entered Caesarea, gave the letter to governor Felix, and then turned Paul over to him.
34. The governor read the letter and asked Paul, "What country are you from?" The governor learned that Paul was from Cilicia.
35. The governor said, "I will hear your case when the Jews who are accusing you come here too." Then the governor gave orders for Paul to be kept in the palace. (This building had been built by Herod. )