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July 25


Nehemiah 1:1-11
1. The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capital,
2. one of my brothers, Hanani, came with certain men from Judah; and I asked them about the Jews that survived, those who had escaped the captivity, and about Jerusalem.
3. They replied, "The survivors there in the province who escaped captivity are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire."
4. When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5. I said, "O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments;
6. let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Both I and my family have sinned.
7. We have offended you deeply, failing to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances that you commanded your servant Moses.
8. Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples;
9. but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place at which I have chosen to establish my name.'
10. They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great power and your strong hand.
11. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man!" At the time, I was cupbearer to the king.

Nehemiah 2:1-20
1. In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was served him, I carried the wine and gave it to the king. Now, I had never been sad in his presence before.
2. So the king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This can only be sadness of the heart." Then I was very much afraid.
3. I said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my ancestors' graves, lies waste, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"
4. Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5. Then I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my ancestors' graves, so that I may rebuild it."
6. The king said to me (the queen also was sitting beside him), "How long will you be gone, and when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me, and I set him a date.
7. Then I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may grant me passage until I arrive in Judah;
8. and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, directing him to give me timber to make beams for the gates of the temple fortress, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy." And the king granted me what I asked, for the gracious hand of my God was upon me.
9. Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent officers of the army and cavalry with me.
10. When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel.
11. So I came to Jerusalem and was there for three days.
12. Then I got up during the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal I took was the animal I rode.
13. I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon's Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.
14. Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King's Pool; but there was no place for the animal I was riding to continue.
15. So I went up by way of the valley by night and inspected the wall. Then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned.
16. The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest that were to do the work.
17. Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace."
18. I told them that the hand of my God had been gracious upon me, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. Then they said, "Let us start building!" So they committed themselves to the common good.
19. But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they mocked and ridiculed us, saying, "What is this that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?"
20. Then I replied to them, "The God of heaven is the one who will give us success, and we his servants are going to start building; but you have no share or claim or historic right in Jerusalem."

Psalms 88:11-18
11. Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12. Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?
13. But I, O LORD, cry out to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14. O LORD, why do you cast me off? Why do you hide your face from me?
15. Wretched and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.
16. Your wrath has swept over me; your dread assaults destroy me.
17. They surround me like a flood all day long; from all sides they close in on me.
18. You have caused friend and neighbor to shun me; my companions are in darkness.

Proverbs 21:25-26
25. The craving of the lazy person is fatal, for lazy hands refuse to labor.
26. All day long the wicked covet, but the righteous give and do not hold back.

Acts 25:1-27
1. Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem
2. where the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews gave him a report against Paul. They appealed to him
3. and requested, as a favor to them against Paul, to have him transferred to Jerusalem. They were, in fact, planning an ambush to kill him along the way.
4. Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, and that he himself intended to go there shortly.
5. "So," he said, "let those of you who have the authority come down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them accuse him."
6. After he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.
7. When he arrived, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem surrounded him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove.
8. Paul said in his defense, "I have in no way committed an offense against the law of the Jews, or against the temple, or against the emperor."
9. But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me on these charges?"
10. Paul said, "I am appealing to the emperor's tribunal; this is where I should be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you very well know.
11. Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to die, I am not trying to escape death; but if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can turn me over to them. I appeal to the emperor."
12. Then Festus, after he had conferred with his council, replied, "You have appealed to the emperor; to the emperor you will go."
13. After several days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.
14. Since they were staying there several days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man here who was left in prison by Felix.
15. When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me about him and asked for a sentence against him.
16. I told them that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone before the accused had met the accusers face to face and had been given an opportunity to make a defense against the charge.
17. So when they met here, I lost no time, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought.
18. When the accusers stood up, they did not charge him with any of the crimes that I was expecting.
19. Instead they had certain points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.
20. Since I was at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wished to go to Jerusalem and be tried there on these charges.
21. But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of his Imperial Majesty, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to the emperor."
22. Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you will hear him."
23. So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then Festus gave the order and Paul was brought in.
24. And Festus said, "King Agrippa and all here present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish community petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.
25. But I found that he had done nothing deserving death; and when he appealed to his Imperial Majesty, I decided to send him.
26. But I have nothing definite to write to our sovereign about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write--
27. for it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner without indicating the charges against him."