EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭‬‬

“Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Cyrus was not a Jew. That being said, he did seek to worship the Jewish God. ThisContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬-‭31‬‬‬

“Before this had happened, Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as supervisor of the storerooms of the Temple of our God and who was also a relative of Tobiah, had converted a large storage room and placed it at Tobiah’s disposal. The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, the frankincense,Continue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬-‭31‬‬‬”

‭‭NEHEMIAH‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬-‭29‬ ‭‬‬

“Then the rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Temple servants, and all who had separated themselves from the pagan people of the land in order to obey the Law of God, together with their wives, sons, daughters, and all who were old enough to understand— joined their leaders and bound themselves with anContinue reading “‭‭NEHEMIAH‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬-‭29‬ ‭‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬-‭18‬‬‬

“all the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had given for Israel to obey. So on October 8 Ezra the priest brought the Book of the Law before theContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬-‭18‬‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭5:1-19‬ ‬‬

“About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews. They were saying, “We have such large families. We need more food to survive.” Others said, “We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine.” And others said, “We have hadContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭5:1-19‬ ‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭4:1-23‬ ‬‬

“Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a singleContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭4:1-23‬ ‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭2:1-20‬ ‭‬‬

“Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.”Continue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭2:1-20‬ ‭‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭1:1-11‬ ‭‬‬

“These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them aboutContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭1:1-11‬ ‭‬‬”