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July 26


Nehemiah 3:1-31
1. Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and installed its doors. [After building the wall] to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they dedicated it.
2. The men of Jericho built next to Eliashib, and next to them Zaccur son of Imri built.
3. The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They built it with beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.
4. Next to them Meremoth son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz, made repairs. Beside them Meshullam son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok son of Baana made repairs.
5. Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.
6. Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah repaired the Old Gate. They built it with beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.
7. Next to them Melatiah the Gibeonite, Jadon the Meronothite, and the men of Gibeon and Mizpah, who were under the authority of the governor of the region west of the Euphrates River.
8. After him Uzziel son of Harhaiah, the goldsmith, made repairs, and next to him Hananiah son of the perfumer made repairs. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
9. Next to them Rephaiah son of Hur, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs.
10. After them Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs across from his house. Next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah made repairs.
11. Malchijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-moab made repairs to another section, as well as to the Tower of the Ovens.
12. Beside him Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs-- he and his daughters.
13. Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and installed its doors, bolts, and bars, and repaired 500 yards of the wall to the Dung Gate.
14. Malchijah son of Rechab, ruler over the district of Beth-haccherem, repaired the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.
15. Shallun son of Col-hozeh, ruler over the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and roofed it. Then he installed its doors, bolts, and bars. He also made repairs to the wall of the Pool of Shelah near the king's garden, as far as the stairs that descend from the city of David.
16. After him Nehemiah son of Azbuk, ruler over half the district of Beth-zur, made repairs up to [a point] opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.
17. Next to him the Levites made repairs [under] Rehum son of Bani. Beside him Hashabiah, ruler over half the district of Keilah, made repairs for his district.
18. After him their fellow [Levites] made repairs [under] Binnui son of Henadad, ruler over half the district of Keilah.
19. Next to him Ezer son of Jeshua, ruler over Mizpah, made repairs to another section opposite the ascent to the armory at the Angle.
20. After him Baruch son of Zabbai diligently repaired another section, from the Angle to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.
21. Beside him Meremoth son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz, made repairs to another section, from the door of Eliashib's house to the end of his house.
22. And next to him the priests from the surrounding area made repairs.
23. After them Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs opposite their house. Beside them Azariah son of Maaseiah, son of Ananiah, made repairs beside his house.
24. After him Binnui son of Henadad made repairs to another section, from the house of Azariah to the Angle and the corner.
25. Palal son of Uzai [made repairs] opposite the Angle and tower that juts out from the upper palace of the king, by the courtyard of the guard. Beside him Pedaiah son of Parosh,
26. and the temple servants living on Ophel [made repairs] opposite the Water Gate toward the east and the tower that juts out.
27. Next to him the Tekoites made repairs to another section from [a point] opposite the great tower that juts out, as far as the wall of Ophel.
28. Each of the priests made repairs above the Horse Gate, each opposite his own house.
29. After them Zadok son of Immer made repairs opposite his house. And beside him Shemaiah son of Shecaniah, guard of the East Gate, made repairs.
30. Next to him Hananiah son of Shelemiah and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph made repairs to another section. After them Meshullam son of Berechiah made repairs opposite his room.
31. Next to him Malchijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs to the house of the temple servants and the merchants, opposite the Inspection Gate, and as far as the upper room of the corner.

Nehemiah 4:1-23
1. When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious. He mocked the Jews
2. before his colleagues and the powerful men of Samaria, and said, "What are these pathetic Jews doing? Can they restore [it] by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they ever finish it? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?"
3. Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was beside him, said, "Indeed, even if a fox climbed up what they are building, he would break down their stone wall!"
4. Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.
5. Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders.
6. So we rebuilt the wall until the entire wall was joined together up to half its [height], for the people had the will to keep working.
7. When Sanballat, Tobiah, and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the repair to the walls of Jerusalem was progressing and that the gaps were being closed, they became furious.
8. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw it into confusion.
9. So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard because of them day and night.
10. In Judah, it was said: The strength of the laborer fails, since there is so much rubble. We will never be able to rebuild the wall.
11. And our enemies said, "They won't know or see anything until we're among them and can kill them and stop the work."
12. When the Jews who lived nearby arrived, they said to us time and again, "Everywhere you turn, [they] attack us."
13. So I stationed [people] behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.
14. After I made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and homes."
15. When our enemies realized that we knew their scheme and that God had frustrated it, every one of us returned to his own work on the wall.
16. From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor. The officers supported all the people of Judah,
17. who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.
18. Each of the builders had his sword strapped around his waist while he was building, and the trumpeter was beside me.
19. Then I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: "The work is enormous and spread out, and we are separated far from one another along the wall.
20. Wherever you hear the trumpet sound, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!"
21. So we continued the work, while half of the men were holding spears from daybreak until the stars came out.
22. At that time, I also said to the people, "Let everyone and his servant spend the night inside Jerusalem, so that they can stand guard by night and work by day."
23. And I, my brothers, my men, and the guards with me never took off our clothes. Each carried his weapon, even when washing.

Nehemiah 5:1-19
1. There was a widespread outcry from the people and their wives against their Jewish countrymen.
2. Some were saying, "We, our sons, and our daughters are numerous. Let us get grain so that we can eat and live."
3. Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, vineyards, and homes to get grain during the famine."
4. Still others were saying, "We have borrowed money to pay the king's tax on our fields and vineyards.
5. We and our children are [just] like our countrymen and their children, yet we are subjecting our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters are already enslaved, but we are powerless because our fields and vineyards belong to others."
6. I became extremely angry when I heard their outcry and these complaints.
7. After seriously considering the matter, I accused the nobles and officials, saying to them, "Each of you is charging his countrymen interest." So I called a large assembly against them
8. and said, "We have done our best to buy back our Jewish countrymen who were sold to foreigners, but now you sell your own countrymen, and we have to buy them back." They remained silent and could not say a word.
9. Then I said, "What you are doing isn't right. Shouldn't you walk in the fear of our God [and not invite] the reproach of our foreign enemies?
10. Even I, as well as my brothers and my servants, have been lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop charging this interest.
11. Return their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and houses to them immediately, along with the percentage of the money, grain, new wine, and olive oil that you have been assessing them."
12. They responded: "We will return [these things] and require nothing more from them. We will do as you say." So I summoned the priests and made everyone take an oath to do this.
13. I also shook the folds of my robe and said, "May God likewise shake from his house and property everyone who doesn't keep this promise. May he be shaken out and have nothing!" The whole assembly said, " Amen," and they praised the LORD. Then the people did as they had promised.
14. Furthermore, from the day King Artaxerxes appointed me to be their governor in the land of Judah-- from the twentieth year until his thirty-second year, 12 years-- I and my associates never ate from the food allotted to the governor.
15. The governors who preceded me had heavily burdened the people, taking food and wine from them, as well as a pound of silver. Their subordinates also oppressed the people, but I didn't do this, because of the fear of God.
16. Instead, I devoted myself to the construction of the wall, and all my subordinates were gathered there for the work. We didn't buy any land.
17. There were 150 Jews and officials, as well as guests from the surrounding nations at my table.
18. Each day, one ox, six choice sheep, and some fowl were prepared for me. An abundance of all kinds of wine was [provided] every 10 days. But I didn't demand the food allotted to the governor, because the burden on the people was so heavy.
19. Remember me favorably, my God, for all that I have done for this people.

Psalms 89:1-4
1. [A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.] I will sing about the LORD's faithful love forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations.
2. For I will declare, "Faithful love is built up forever; You establish Your faithfulness in the heavens."
3. [The LORD said,] "I have made a covenant with My chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David My servant:
4. 'I will establish your offspring forever and build up your throne for all generations.' " Selah

Proverbs 21:21-27
21. The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.
22. The wise conquer a city of warriors and bring down its mighty fortress.
23. The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
24. The proud and arrogant person, named "Mocker," acts with excessive pride.
25. A slacker's craving will kill him because his hands refuse to work.
26. He is filled with craving all day long, but the righteous give and don't hold back.
27. The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable-- how much more so when he brings it with ulterior motives!

Acts 26:1-32
1. Agrippa said to Paul, "It is permitted for you to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense:
2. "I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that today I am going to make a defense before you about everything I am accused of by the Jews,
3. especially since you are an expert in all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
4. "All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem.
5. They had previously known me for quite some time, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I lived as a Pharisee.
6. And now I stand on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers,
7. [the promise] our 12 tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve Him night and day. Because of this hope I am being accused by the Jews, O king!
8. Why is it considered incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
9. In fact, I myself supposed it was necessary to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus the Nazarene.
10. This I actually did in Jerusalem, and I locked up many of the saints in prison, since I had received authority for that from the chief priests. When they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.
11. In all the synagogues I often tried to make them blaspheme by punishing them. Being greatly enraged at them, I even pursued them to foreign cities.
12. "Under these circumstances I was traveling to Damascus with authority and a commission from the chief priests.
13. At midday, while on the road, O king, I saw a light from heaven brighter than the sun, shining around me and those traveling with me.
14. When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
15. "But I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' "And the Lord replied: 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
16. But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of things you have seen, and of things in which I will appear to you.
17. I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
18. to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
19. "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
20. Instead, I preached to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem and in all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.
21. For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple complex and were trying to kill me.
22. Since I have obtained help that comes from God, to this day I stand and testify to both small and great, saying nothing else than what the prophets and Moses said would take place--
23. that the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles."
24. As he was making his defense this way, Festus exclaimed in a loud voice, "You're out of your mind, Paul! Too much study is driving you mad!"
25. But Paul replied, "I'm not out of my mind, most excellent Festus. On the contrary, I'm speaking words of truth and good judgment.
26. For the king knows about these matters. It is to him I am actually speaking boldly. For I'm not convinced that any of these things escapes his notice, since this was not done in a corner!
27. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe."
28. Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Are you going to persuade me to become a Christian so easily?"
29. "I wish before God," replied Paul, "that whether easily or with difficulty, not only you but all who listen to me today might become as I am-- except for these chains."
30. So the king, the governor, Bernice, and those sitting with them got up,
31. and when they had left they talked with each other and said, "This man is doing nothing that deserves death or chains."
32. Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."