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July 26


Nehemiah 3:1-31
1. Eliashib the high priest and his priestly brethren took up the task of rebuilding the Sheep Gate. They timbered it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars, then continued the rebuilding to the Tower of Hananel.
2. At their side the men of Jericho were rebuilding, and next to them was Zaccur, son of Imri.
3. The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah; they timbered it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
4. At their side Meremoth, son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz, carried out the work of repair; next to him was Meshullam, son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel; and next to him was Zadok, son of Baana.
5. Next to him the Tekoites carried out the work of repair; however, some of their outstanding men would not submit to the labor asked by their lords.
6. The New City Gate was repaired by Joiada, son of Paseah; and Meshullam, son of Besodeiah; they timbered it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
7. At their side were Melatiah the Gibeonite, Jadon the Meronothite, and the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, who were under the jurisdiction of the governor of West-of-Euphrates.
8. Next to them the work of repair was carried out by Uzziel, son of Harhaiah, a member of the goldsmiths' guild, and at his side was Hananiah, one of the perfumers' guild. They restored Jerusalem as far as the wall of the public square.
9. Next to them the work of repair was carried out by Rephaiah, son of Hur, leader of half the district of Jerusalem,
10. and at his side was Jedaiah, son of Harumaph, who repaired opposite his own house. Next to him Hattush, son of Hashabneiah, carried out the work of repair.
11. The adjoining sector, as far as the Oven Tower, was repaired by Malchijah, son of Harim, and Hasshub, of Pahath-moab.
12. At their side the work of repair was carried out by Shallum, son of Hallohesh, leader of half the district of Jerusalem, by himself and his daughters.
13. The Valley Gate was repaired by Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they rebuilt it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars. They also repaired a thousand cubits of the wall up to the Dung Gate.
14. The Dung Gate was repaired by Malchijah, son of Rechab, leader of the district of Beth-haccherem; he rebuilt it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
15. The Spring Gate was repaired by Shallum, son of Colhozeh, leader of the district of Mizpah; he rebuilt it, roofed it over, and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars. He also repaired the wall of the Aqueduct Pool near the king's garden as far as the steps that lead down from the City of David.
16. After him, the work of repair was carried out by Nehemiah, son of Azbuk, leader of half the district of Beth-zur, to a place opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool and the barracks.
17. After him, the Levites carried out the work of repair: Rehum, son of Bani. Next to him, for his own district, was Hashabiah, leader of half the district of Keilah.
18. After him, their brethren carried out the work of repair: Binnui, son of Henadad, leader of half the district of Keilah;
19. next to him Ezer, son of Jeshua, leader of Mizpah, who repaired the adjoining sector, the Corner, opposite the ascent to the arsenal.
20. After him, Baruch, son of Zabbai, repaired the adjoining sector from the Corner to the entrance of the house of Eliashib, the high priest.
21. After him, Meremoth, son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz, repaired the adjoining sector from the entrance of Eliashib's house to the end of the house.
22. After him, the work of repair was carried out by the priests, men of the surrounding country.
23. After them, Benjamin and Hasshub carried out the repair in front of their houses; after them, Azariah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ananiah, made the repairs alongside his house.
24. After him, Binnui, son of Henadad, repaired the adjoining sector from the house of Azariah to the Corner (that is, to the Angle).
25. After him, Palal, son of Uzai, carried out the work of repair opposite the Corner and the tower projecting from the Upper Palace at the quarters of the guard. After him, Pedaiah, son of Parosh, carried out the work of repair
26. to a point opposite the Water Gate on the east, and the projecting tower.
27. After him, the Tekoites repaired the adjoining sector opposite the great projecting tower, to the wall of Ophel (the temple slaves were dwelling on Ophel).
28. Above the Horse Gate the priests carried out the work of repair, each before his own house.
29. After them Zadok, son of Immer, carried out the repair before his house, and after him the repair was carried out by Shemaiah, son of Shecaniah, keeper of the East Gate.
30. After him, Hananiah, son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, repaired the adjoining sector; after them, Meshullam, son of Berechiah, repaired the place opposite his own lodging.
31. After him, Malchijah, a member of the goldsmiths' guild, carried out the work of repair as far as the quarters of the temple slaves and the merchants, before the Gate of Inspection and as far as the upper chamber of the Angle.

Nehemiah 4:1-23
1. When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem was progressing-- for the gaps were beginning to be closed up-- they became extremely angry.
2. Thereupon they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and thus to throw us into confusion.
3. We prayed to our God and posted a watch against them day and night for fear of what they might do.
4. Meanwhile the Judahites were saying: "Slackened is the bearers' strength, there is no end to the rubbish; Never shall we be able the wall to rebuild."
5. Our enemies thought, "Before they are aware of it or see us, we shall come into their midst, kill them, and put an end to the work."
6. When the Jews who lived near them had come to us from one place after another, and had told us ten times over that they were about to attack us,
7. I stationed guards down below, behind the wall, near the exposed points, assigning them by family groups with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
8. I made an inspection, then addressed these words to the nobles, the magistrates, and the rest of the people: "Have no fear of them! Keep in mind the LORD, who is great and to be feared, and fight for your brethren, your sons and daughters, your wives and your homes."
9. When our enemies became aware that we had been warned and that God had upset their plan, we all went back, each to his own task at the wall.
10. From that time on, however, only half my able men took a hand in the work, while the other half, armed with spears, bucklers, bows, and breastplates, stood guard behind the whole house of Judah
11. as they rebuilt the wall. The load carriers, too, were armed; each did his work with one hand and held a weapon with the other.
12. Every builder, while he worked, had his sword girt at his side. Also, a trumpeter stood beside me,
13. for I had said to the nobles, the magistrates, and the rest of the people: "Our work is scattered and extensive, and we are widely separated from one another along the wall;
14. wherever you hear the trumpet sound, join us there; our God will fight with us."
15. Thus we went on with the work, half of the men with spears at the ready, from daybreak till the stars came out.
16. At the same time I told the people to spend the nights inside Jerusalem, each man with his own attendant, so that they might serve as a guard by night and a working force by day.
17. Neither I, nor my kinsmen, nor any of my attendants, nor any of the bodyguard that accompanied me took off his clothes; everyone kept his weapon at his right hand.
18. Then there rose a great outcry of the common people and their wives against certain of their fellow Jews.
19. Some said: "We are forced to pawn our sons and daughters in order to get grain to eat that we may live."
20. Others said: "We are forced to pawn our fields, our vineyards, and our houses, that we may have grain during the famine."
21. Still others said: "To pay the king's tax we have borrowed money on our fields and our vineyards.
22. And though these are our own kinsmen and our children are as good as theirs, we have had to reduce our sons and daughters to slavery, and violence has been done to some of our daughters! Yet we can do nothing about it, for our fields and our vineyards belong to others."
23. I was extremely angry when I heard the reasons they had for complaint.

Nehemiah 5:1-19
1. After some deliberation, I called the nobles and magistrates to account, saying to them, "You are exacting interest from your own kinsmen!" I then rebuked them severely,
2. saying to them: "As far as we were able, we bought back our fellow Jews who had been sold to Gentiles; you, however, are selling your own brothers, to have them bought back by us." They remained silent, for they could find no answer.
3. I continued: "What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God, and put an end to the derision of our Gentile enemies?
4. I myself, my kinsmen, and my attendants have lent the people money and grain without charge. Let us put an end to this usury!
5. I ask that you return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, together with the interest on the money, the grain, the wine, and the oil that you have lent them."
6. They answered: "We will return everything and exact nothing further from them. We will do just what you ask." Then I called for the priests and had them administer an oath to these men that they would do as they had promised.
7. I also shook out the folds of my garment, saying, "Thus may God shake from his home and his fortune every man who fails to keep this promise, and may he thus be shaken out and emptied!" And the whole assembly answered, "Amen," and praised the LORD. Then the people did as they had promised.
8. Moreover, from the time that King Artaxerxes appointed me governor in the land of Judah, from his twentieth to his thirty-second year-- during these twelve years neither I nor my brethren lived from the governor's allowance.
9. The earlier governors, my predecessors, had laid a heavy burden on the people, taking from them each day forty silver shekels for their food; then too, their men oppressed the people. But I, because I feared God, did not act thus.
10. Moreover, though I had acquired no land of my own, I did my part in this work on the wall, and all my men were gathered there for the work.
11. Though I set my table for a hundred and fifty persons, Jews and magistrates, as well as those who came to us from the nations round about,
12. and though the daily preparations were made at my expense-- one beef, six choice muttons, poultry-- besides all kinds of wine in abundance every ten days, despite this I did not claim the governor's allowance, for the labor lay heavy upon this people.
13. Keep in mind, O my God, in my favor all that I did for this people.
14. A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
15. The promises of the LORD I will sing forever, proclaim your loyalty through all ages.
16. For you said, "My love is established forever; my loyalty will stand as long as the heavens.
17. I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:
18. He who pursues justice and kindness will find life and honor.
19. The wise man storms a city of the mighty, and overthrows the stronghold in which it trusts.

Psalms 89:1-4
1. He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from trouble.
2. Arrogant is the name for the man of overbearing pride who acts with scornful effrontery.
3. The sluggard's propensity slays him, for his hands refuse to work.
4. Some are consumed with avarice all the day, but the just man gives unsparingly.

Proverbs 21:21-27
21. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, the more so when they offer it with a bad intention.
22. Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You may now speak on your own behalf." So Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense.
23. "I count myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am to defend myself before you today against all the charges made against me by the Jews,
24. especially since you are an expert in all the Jewish customs and controversies. And therefore I beg you to listen patiently.
25. My manner of living from my youth, a life spent from the beginning among my people and in Jerusalem, all (the) Jews know.
26. They have known about me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion.
27. But now I am standing trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors.

Acts 26:1-32
1. Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king.
2. Why is it thought unbelievable among you that God raises the dead?
3. I myself once thought that I had to do many things against the name of Jesus the Nazorean,
4. and I did so in Jerusalem. I imprisoned many of the holy ones with the authorization I received from the chief priests, and when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them.
5. Many times, in synagogue after synagogue, I punished them in an attempt to force them to blaspheme; I was so enraged against them that I pursued them even to foreign cities.
6. "On one such occasion I was traveling to Damascus with the authorization and commission of the chief priests.
7. At midday, along the way, O king, I saw a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my traveling companions.
8. We all fell to the ground and I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.'
9. And I said, 'Who are you, sir?' And the Lord replied, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
10. Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen (of me) and what you will be shown.
11. I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you,
12. to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.'
13. "And so, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
14. On the contrary, first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached the need to repent and turn to God, and to do works giving evidence of repentance.
15. That is why the Jews seized me (when I was) in the temple and tried to kill me.
16. But I have enjoyed God's help to this very day, and so I stand here testifying to small and great alike, saying nothing different from what the prophets and Moses foretold,
17. that the Messiah must suffer and that, as the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles."
18. While Paul was so speaking in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, "You are mad, Paul; much learning is driving you mad."
19. But Paul replied, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus; I am speaking words of truth and reason.
20. The king knows about these matters and to him I speak boldly, for I cannot believe that (any) of this has escaped his notice; this was not done in a corner.
21. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe."
22. Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You will soon persuade me to play the Christian."
23. Paul replied, "I would pray to God that sooner or later not only you but all who listen to me today might become as I am except for these chains."
24. Then the king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and the others who sat with them.
25. And after they had withdrawn they said to one another, "This man is doing nothing (at all) that deserves death or imprisonment."
26. And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."