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July 26

Nehemiah 3:1-31
1. The name of the high priest was Eliashib. He and his brothers the priests went to work and built the Sheep Gate. They prayed and made that gate holy to the Lord. They set its doors in place in the wall. The priests worked on the wall of Jerusalem as far as the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel. They prayed and made their work holy to the Lord.
2. The men from Jericho built the wall next to the priests. And Zaccur son of a man named Imri built the wall next to the men of Jericho.
3. The sons of a man named Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They set the beams in place. They put doors on the building. Then they put the locks and bolts on the doors.
4. Meremoth son of Uriah repaired the next section of the wall. (Uriah was the son of Hakkoz.) Meshullam son of Berekiah repaired the next section of the wall. (Berekiah was the son of Meshezabel.) Zadok son of Baana repaired the next section of the wall.
5. The men from Tekoa repaired the next section of the wall, but the leaders from Tekoa refused to work for Nehemiah their governor.
6. Joiada and Meshullam fixed the Old Gate. Joiada is the son of Paseah and Meshullam is the son of Besodeiah. They set the beams in place. They put the doors on the hinges. Then they put the locks and bolts on the doors.
7. The men from Gibeon and Mizpah fixed the next section of the wall. Melatiah from Gibeon and Jadon from Meronoth did the work. Gibeon and Meronoth are places that are controlled by the governors of the area west of the Euphrates River.
8. Uzziel son of Harhaiah repaired the next section of the wall. Uzziel was a goldsmith. Hananiah was one of the perfume makers. These men built and repaired Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
9. Rephaiah son of Hur repaired the next section of the wall. Rephaiah was the governor of half of Jerusalem.
10. Jedaiah son of Harumaph repaired the next section of the wall. Jedaiah repaired the wall next to his own house. Hattush son of Hashabneiah repaired the next section.
11. Malkijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-Moab repaired the next section. They also repaired Oven Tower.
12. Shallum son of Hallohesh repaired the next section of the wall. His daughters helped him. Shallum was the governor of the other half of Jerusalem.
13. The Valley Gate was repaired by Hanun and the people who live in the town of Zanoah. They built the Valley Gate. They put the doors on their hinges. Then they put the locks and bolts on the doors. They also repaired 500 yards of the wall. They worked on the wall all the way to the Gate of Ash Piles.
14. Malkijah son of Recab repaired the Gate of Ash Piles. Malkijah was the governor of the district of Beth Hakkerem. He repaired the gate. He put the doors on the hinges. Then he put the locks and bolts on the doors.
15. Shallun son of Col-Hozeh repaired the Fountain Gate. Shallun was the governor of the district of Mizpah. He repaired the gate and put a roof over it. He put the doors on the hinges. Then he put the locks and bolts on the doors. He also repaired the wall of the Pool of Siloam that is next to the King's Garden. He repaired the wall all the way to the steps that go down from the City of David.
16. Nehemiah son of Azbuk repaired the next section. This Nehemiah was the governor of half the district of Beth Zur. He made repairs up to a place that is across from the tombs of David. And he worked as far as the man-made pool and the House of Heroes.
17. The men from the tribe of Levi repaired the next section. They worked under Rehum son of Bani. Hashabiah repaired the next section. Hashabiah was governor of half the district of Keilah. He made repairs for his own district.
18. Their brothers repaired the next section. They worked under Binnui son of Henadad. Binnui was the governor of the other half of the district of Keilah.
19. Ezer son of Jeshua repaired the next section. Ezer was governor of Mizpah. He repaired the section of wall from the room for weapons to the corner of the wall.
20. Baruch son of Zabbai repaired the next section. Baruch worked very hard and repaired the section of wall from the corner to the entrance to the house of Eliashib the high priest.
21. Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired the next section of wall from the entrance to Eliashib's house to the end of that house.
22. The next section of walls was repaired by the priests who lived in that area.
23. Benjamin and Hasshub repaired the wall in front of their own house. And Azariah son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, repaired the wall next to his house.
24. Binnui son of Henadad repaired the section of wall from Azariah's house to the bend in the wall and then to the corner.
25. Palal son of Uzai worked across from the bend in the wall near the tower. This is the tower at the king's upper house. That is near the courtyard of the king's guard. Pedaiah son of Parosh worked next to Palal.
26. The Temple servants lived on Ophel Hill. They repaired the next section all the way to the east side of the Water Gate and the tower near it.
27. The men from Tekoa repaired the rest of that section from the big tower all the way to the Ophel wall.
28. The priests repaired the section over the Horse Gate. Each priest repaired the wall in front of his own house.
29. Zadok son of Immer repaired the section in front of his house. Shemaiah son of Shecaniah repaired the next section. Shemaiah was the guard of the East Gate.
30. Hananiah son of Shelemiah and Hanun son of Zalaph repaired the rest of that section of wall. (Hanun was Zalaph's sixth son.) Meshullam son of Berekiah repaired the section in front of his house.
31. Malkijah repaired the next section of wall all the way to the houses of the Temple servants and the merchants. That is across from the Inspection Gate. Malkijah repaired the section all the way to the room over the corner of the wall. Malkijah was a goldsmith.

Nehemiah 4:1-23
1. When Sanballat heard that we were building the wall of Jerusalem, he was very angry and upset. He started making fun of the Jews.
2. Sanballat talked with his friends and the army at Samaria and said, "What are these weak Jews doing? Do they think we will leave them alone? Do they think they will offer sacrifices? Maybe they think they can finish building in only one day. They cannot bring stones back to life from these piles of trash and dirt. These are just piles of ashes and dirt!"
3. Tobiah the Ammonite was with Sanballat. Tobiah said, "What do these Jews think they are building? If even a small fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!"
4. Nehemiah prayed and said, "Our God, listen to our prayer. These men hate us. Sanballat and Tobiah are insulting us. Make bad things happen to them. Make them ashamed, like people taken away as prisoners.
5. Don't take away their guilt or forgive the sins they have done in your sight. They have insulted and discouraged the builders."
6. We built the wall of Jerusalem all the way around the city. But it was only half as tall as it should be. We did this much because the people worked with all their heart.
7. But Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the men from Ashdod were very angry. They heard that the people continued working on the walls of Jerusalem. They heard the people were fixing the holes in the wall.
8. So all these men got together and made plans against Jerusalem. They planned to stir up trouble against Jerusalem. They planned to come and fight against the city.
9. But we prayed to our God. And we put guards on the walls to watch day and night so that we could be ready to meet them.
10. And so at that time the people of Judah said, "The workers are becoming tired. There is too much dirt and trash in the way. We cannot continue to build the wall.
11. And our enemies are saying, 'Before the Jews know it or see us, we will be right there among them. We will kill them and that will stop the work.'"
12. Then the Jews living among our enemies came and said this to us ten times, "Our enemies are all around us. They are everywhere we turn."
13. So I put some of the people behind the lowest places along the wall, and I put them by the holes in the wall. I put families together, with their swords, spears, and bows.
14. After looking over everything, I stood up and spoke to the important families, the officials, and the rest of the people. I said, "Don't be afraid of our enemies. Remember the Lord. The Lord is great and powerful! You must fight for your brothers, your sons, and your daughters! You must fight for your wives and your homes!"
15. Then our enemies heard that we knew about their plans. They knew that God ruined their plans. So we all went back to work on the wall. Everyone went back to their own place and did their part.
16. From that day on, half of my men worked on the wall. The other half of my men were on guard, ready with spears, shields, bows, and armor. The army officers stood behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall.
17. The builders and their helpers had their tools in one hand and a weapon in the other hand.
18. Each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. The man who blew the trumpet to warn the people stayed next to me.
19. Then I spoke to the leading families, the officials, and the rest of the people. I said, "This is a very big job and we are spread out along the wall. We are far from one another.
20. So if you hear the trumpet, run to that place. We will all meet together there, and God will fight for us!"
21. So we continued to work on the wall of Jerusalem, and half the men held spears. We worked from the first light of the morning until the stars came out at night.
22. At that time I also said this to the people, "Every builder and his helper must stay inside Jerusalem at night. Then they can be guards at night and workers during the day."
23. So none of us took off our clothes—not me, not my brothers, not my men, and not the guards. Each of us had our weapon ready at all times, even when we went to get water.

Nehemiah 5:1-19
1. Many of the poor people began to complain against their fellow Jews.
2. Some of them were saying, "We have many children. We must get some grain if we are going to eat and stay alive."
3. Other people were saying, "This is a time of famine. We have to use our fields, vineyards, and homes to pay for grain."
4. And still other people were saying, "We have to pay the king's tax on our fields and vineyards. But we cannot afford to pay, so we are borrowing money to pay the tax.
5. We are as good as the others. Our sons are as good as their sons. But we will have to sell our sons and daughters as slaves. Some of us have already had to sell our daughters as slaves. There is nothing we can do. We have already lost our fields and vineyards. Other people own them now."
6. When I heard their complaints, I was very angry.
7. I calmed myself down, and then I went to the rich families and the officials. I told them, "You are forcing your own people to pay interest on the money you loan them. You must stop doing that!" Then I called for all the people to meet together
8. and said to them, "Our fellow Jews were sold as slaves to people in other countries. We did our best to buy them back and make them free. And now, you are selling them like slaves again!" The rich people and officials kept quiet. They could not find anything to say.
9. So I continued speaking. I said, "What you people are doing is not right! You know that you should fear and respect God. You should not do the shameful things other people do!
10. My men, my brothers, and I are also lending money and grain to the people. But let's stop forcing them to pay interest on these loans.
11. You must give their fields, vineyards, olive fields, and houses back to them, right now! And you must give back the interest you charged them. You charged them one percent for the money, grain, new wine, and oil that you loaned them."
12. Then the rich people and the officials said, "We will give it back and not demand anything more from them. Nehemiah, we will do as you say." Then I called the priests. I made the rich people and the officials promise to God that they would do what they said.
13. Then I shook out the folds of my clothes. I said, "God will do the same thing to everyone who does not keep their promise. God will shake them out of their houses and they will lose everything they worked for. They will lose everything!" I finished saying these things and all the people agreed. They all said, "Amen" and praised the Lord. So the people did as they had promised.
14. And also, during the whole time that I was appointed to be governor in the land of Judah, neither my brothers nor I ate the food that was allowed for the governor. {I never forced the people to pay taxes to buy my food.} I was governor from the 20 year until the 32 year that Artaxerxes was king. I was governor of Judah for twelve years.
15. But the governors who ruled before me made life hard for the people. The governors forced everyone to pay 1 pound of silver. They also made the people give them food and wine. The leaders under these governors also ruled over the people {and made life even harder}. But I respected and feared God, so I didn't do things like that.
16. I worked hard at building the wall of Jerusalem. All my men gathered there to work on the wall. We didn't take any land from anyone.
17. Also, I regularly fed 150 Jews who were always welcome at my table, and I fed those who came to us from the nations around us.
18. Every day I prepared this much food for the people who ate at my table: one cow, six good sheep, and different kinds of birds. Every ten days all kinds of wine were brought to my table. Yet, I never demanded them to give me the food that was allowed for the governor. I knew that the work the people were doing was very hard.
19. God, remember all the good I have done for these people.

Psalms 89:1-4
1. A maskil from Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing forever about the Lord's love. I will sing about his faithfulness forever and ever!
2. I will say, "Your faithful love will last forever. Your loyalty is like the sky— there is no end to it!"
3. You said, "I made an agreement with my chosen king. I made this promise to my servant David:
4. 'There will always be someone from your family to rule. I will make your kingdom continue forever and ever.'" Selah

Proverbs 21:21-27
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.
23. People who are careful about what they say will save themselves from trouble.
24. Proud people think they are better than others. They show they are evil by what they do.
25. Lazy people will cause their own destruction because they refuse to work.
26. Some people are greedy and never have enough. Good people are generous and have plenty.
27. The Lord hates sacrifices from the wicked because they offer them for some evil purpose.

Acts 26:1-32
1. Agrippa said to Paul, "You may now speak to defend yourself." Paul raised his hand to get their attention and began to speak.
2. He said, "King Agrippa, I feel fortunate that I can stand here before you today and answer all the charges these Jews have made against me.
3. I am very happy to talk to you, because you know so much about all the Jewish customs and the things the Jews argue about. Please listen to me patiently.
4. "All the Jews know about my whole life. They know the way I lived from the beginning in my own country and later in Jerusalem.
5. These Jews have known me for a long time. If they want to, they can tell you that I was a good Pharisee. And the Pharisees obey the laws of the Jewish religion more carefully than any other group.
6. Now I am on trial because I hope for the promise that God made to our fathers.
7. This is the promise that all the twelve tribes of our people hope to receive. For this hope the Jews serve God day and night. My king, the Jews have accused me because I hope for this same promise.
8. Why do you people think it is impossible for God to raise people from death?
9. "I used to think that I should do everything I could against Jesus from Nazareth.
10. And that's what I did, beginning in Jerusalem. The leading priests gave me the authority to put many of God's people in jail. And when they were being killed, I agreed that it was a good thing.
11. I visited all the synagogues and punished them, trying to make them curse Jesus. My anger against these people was so strong that I went to other cities to find them and punish them.
12. "One time the leading priests gave me permission and the authority to go to the city of Damascus.
13. On the way there, at noon, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun. It shined all around me and those traveling with me.
14. We all fell to the ground. Then I heard a voice talking to me in Aramaic. The voice said, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are only hurting yourself by fighting me.'
15. "I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' "The Lord said, 'I am Jesus. I am the one you are persecuting.
16. Stand up! I have chosen you to be my servant. You will tell people about me—what you have seen today and what I will show you. This is why I have come to you.
17. I will keep you safe from your own people and from the non-Jewish people, the ones I am sending you to.
18. You will make them able to understand the truth. They will turn away from darkness to the light. They will turn away from the power of Satan, and they will turn to God. Then their sins can be forgiven, and they can be given a place among God's people—those who have been made holy by believing in me.'"
19. Paul continued speaking: "King Agrippa, after I had this vision from heaven, I obeyed it.
20. I began telling people to change their hearts and lives and turn back to God. And I told them to do what would show that they had really changed. I went first to people in Damascus. Then I went to Jerusalem and to every part of Judea and told the people there. I also went to the non-Jewish people.
21. "This is why the Jews grabbed me and were trying to kill me at the Temple.
22. But God helped me, and he is still helping me today. With God's help I am standing here today and telling all people what I have seen. But I am saying nothing new. I am saying only what Moses and the prophets said would happen.
23. They said that the Christ would die and be the first to rise from death. They said that he would bring the light of God's saving truth to the Jewish people and to the non-Jewish people."
24. While Paul was still defending himself, Festus shouted, "Paul, you are out of your mind! Too much study has made you crazy."
25. Paul said, "Most Honorable Festus, I am not crazy. What I am saying is true. It all makes perfect sense.
26. King Agrippa knows about all this, and I can speak freely to him. I know that he has heard about these things, because they happened where everyone could see them.
27. King Agrippa, do you believe what the prophets wrote? I know you believe!"
28. King Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think you can persuade me to become a 'Christ follower' so easily?"
29. Paul said, "It is not important if it is easy or if it is hard. I pray to God that not only you but that everyone listening to me today could be saved and be just like me— except for these chains I have!"
30. King Agrippa, Governor Festus, Bernice, and all the people sitting with them stood up
31. and left the room. They were talking to each other. They said, "This man has done nothing worthy of being put to death or even put in jail."
32. And Agrippa said to Festus, "We could let him go free, but he has asked to see Caesar. "