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Nehemiah 10

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Nehemiah 10

1 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests.

9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;

10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu.

14 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,

15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,



21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, not take their daughters for our sons:

31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;

33 For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

34 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law:

35 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:

36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:

37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.

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Summary and the Meaning of Chapter 10 of the Book of Nehemiah

The book of Nehemiah is a historical account of the restoration of Jerusalem and the reconstruction of the city walls. In chapter 10, the focus shifts from the physical rebuilding of the city to the spiritual renewal of the people. The chapter begins with a list of those who signed a covenant to follow God's laws and commandments. This covenant was a commitment to live according to God's standards and to separate themselves from the practices of the surrounding nations. The rest of the chapter outlines the specific laws and regulations that the people promised to obey, emphasizing the importance of obedience and holiness in their relationship with God.

The Main Themes of Chapter 10

1. Covenant with God

The main theme of chapter 10 is the covenant that the people made with God. The word "covenant" appears seven times in this chapter, emphasizing the significance of this agreement. The people of Israel were reaffirming their commitment to follow God's laws and live according to His will. This covenant was a reminder of the special relationship between God and His chosen people and a commitment to uphold their end of the covenant.

2. Obedience and Holiness

The covenant that the people made with God was not just a verbal agreement, but it also required obedience and holiness. The people promised to follow God's commandments and to separate themselves from the practices of the surrounding nations. This was a crucial aspect of their relationship with God, as obedience and holiness were necessary for them to remain in His favor and blessings.

3. Separation from the World

The people of Israel were surrounded by nations that did not follow God's laws and lived in ways that were contrary to His will. In order to maintain their covenant with God, the Israelites promised to separate themselves from the practices of these nations. This included not marrying non-Israelites, observing the Sabbath, and abstaining from certain foods and drinks. This separation was a crucial aspect of their commitment to God and His laws.

4. God's Blessings and Judgments

The people acknowledged that God had blessed them in the past and promised to continue to bless them in the future if they remained faithful to Him. However, they also recognized that disobedience would result in God's judgment and punishment. This theme serves as a reminder that God's blessings and judgments are dependent on the obedience of His people.

The Meaning of Chapter 10

Chapter 10 of the book of Nehemiah teaches us several important lessons about our relationship with God.

1. The Importance of Covenant

The covenant that the people of Israel made with God was a reminder of their commitment to Him and His laws. In the same way, as Christians, we are also in a covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This chapter serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding our covenant with God and remaining faithful to Him.

2. Obedience and Holiness

The people of Israel promised to obey God's commandments and live holy lives. This is a crucial aspect of our relationship with God as well. Obedience and holiness are necessary for us to remain in God's favor and receive His blessings. This chapter reminds us of the importance of living a life that is pleasing to God.

3. Separation from the World

The people of Israel promised to separate themselves from the practices of the surrounding nations. As Christians, we are also called to be separate from the world and its ways. This does not mean isolating ourselves, but rather living in a way that is distinct and honoring to God. This chapter reminds us of the importance of maintaining our identity as God's chosen people and not conforming to the ways of the world.

4. God's Blessings and Judgments

The people acknowledged that God had blessed them in the past and promised to continue to bless them in the future. This serves as a reminder that our blessings and prosperity come from God and are dependent on our obedience to Him. However, disobedience will result in God's judgment and punishment. This chapter reminds us of the importance of remaining faithful to God in order to receive His blessings and avoid His judgment.

In Conclusion

Chapter 10 of the book of Nehemiah is a powerful reminder of the importance of our relationship with God. It teaches us the significance of covenant, obedience, holiness, and separation from the world. This chapter also serves as a warning of the consequences of disobedience and a reminder of God's blessings and judgments. As Christians, we can learn from the example of the people of Israel and strive to maintain our covenant with God and live obedient and holy lives.



This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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