New Residents for Jerusalem
11 The people’s officials lived in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people cast lots to choose one out of every ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the other nine remained in their own cities. 2 The people blessed all those who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
3 This is a listing of the heads of the province who lived in Jerusalem. (Meanwhile, in the cities of Judah, each man lived on his own property, including laymen from Israel, the priests, the Levites, the temple servants, and the descendants of Solomon’s servants. 4 But some of the descendants of Judah and some of the descendants of Benjamin also lived in Jerusalem.)
From the descendants of Judah:
Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, from the descendants of Perez.
5 Ma’aseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Kol Kozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of the Shilonite.
6 All the descendants of Perez who dwelt in Jerusalem were 468 able-bodied men.
7 These are the descendants of Benjamin:
Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Ma’aseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah, 8 and after him Gabbai and Sallai: 928 in all.
9 Joel son of Zikri was their overseer, and Judah son of Hassenuah was second in command over the city.
10 From the priests:
Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jakin, 11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, ruler of the house of God, 12 and their relatives who were doing the work of the house: 822.
Also Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah, 13 and his relatives, heads of families: 242.
Also Amashsai the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, 14 and their relatives, very capable men: 128.
Their overseer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.
15 From the Levites:
Shemaiah, who was the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni.
16 Also Shabbethai and Jozabad, who were supervisors over the outside work of the house of God. They were from the heads of the Levites.
17 Also Mattaniah, who was the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, leader of the praise[a] and thanksgiving for the prayer.
Also Bakbukiah, second in rank among his relatives, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
18 All the Levites in the holy city numbered 284.
19 These are the gatekeepers:
Akkub, Talmon, and their relatives who guarded the gates numbered 172.
20 The rest of Israel, the priests, and the Levites were in all the cities of Judah, each man in his own inheritance.
21 The temple servants were dwelling in the Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were supervisors over the temple servants.
22 The overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, from the descendants of Asaph, who were the singers for the service of the house of God, 23 for they were under a royal command—an order concerning the singers’ daily duty.
24 Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, from the descendants of Zerah the son of Judah, served as the hand of the king for every matter concerning the people.
25 This is the information about the villages with their fields:
Some of the descendants of Judah lived in Kiriath Arba and its settlements, in Dibon and its settlements, and in Jekabze’el and its settlements, 26 and in Jeshua, in Moladah, and in Beth Pelet, 27 and in Hazar Shual, and in Beersheba and its settlements, 28 and in Ziklag, and in Mekonah and in its settlements, 29 and in En Rimmon, and in Zorah, and in Jarmuth, 30 Zanoah and Adullam and their villages, Lachish and its fields, and Azekah and its settlements. So they settled from Beersheba to the Hinnom Valley.
31 Some of the descendants of Benjamin were from Geba, Mikmash, Aijah, and Bethel and its settlements, 32 Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35 Lod, and Ono, and the Valley of the Craftsmen. 36 Some of the Levite divisions of Judah were assigned to Benjamin.
Legitimate Servants for the Temple
12 These are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Jeshua:
Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluk, Hattush,
3 Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,
5 Mijamin, Ma’adiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,
7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah.
These were the heads of the priests and their relatives in the days of Jeshua.
8 These are the Levites:
Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah,
Mattaniah (he and his relatives were in charge of songs of thanksgiving),
9 and Bakbukiah and Unni (their relatives were stationed opposite them for the services).
The Succession of Priests
10 Now Jeshua was the father of Joiakim,
and Joiakim was the father of Eliashib,
and Eliashib was the father of Joiada,
11 and Joiada was the father of Jonathan,
and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.
12 Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests who were the heads of the families were as follows:
the head of Seraiah’s family was Meraiah
of Jeremiah’s: Hananiah
13 of Ezra’s: Meshullam
of Amariah’s: Jehohanan
14 of Malluk’s: Jonathan
of Shebaniah’s: Joseph
15 of Harim’s: Adna
of Meraioth’s: Helkai
16 of Iddo’s: Zechariah
of Ginnethon’s: Meshullam
17 of Abijah’s: Zikri
of Miniamin’s, of Moadiah’s: Piltai
18 of Bilgah’s: Shammua
of Shemaiah’s: Jehonathan
19 and of Joiarib’s: Mattenai
of Jedaiah’s: Uzzi
20 of Sallai’s: Kallai
of Amok’s: Eber
21 of Hilkiah’s: Hashabiah
of Jedaiah’s: Nethanel.
22 In the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, the Levites were recorded by the heads of families,[b] as were the priests, until the reign of Darius the Persian. 23 The descendants of Levi who were heads of families were recorded in the book of the chronicles, down to the days of Johanan son of Eliashib.
24 The heads of the Levites were as follows:
Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua son of Kadmiel and his relatives, who stood opposite them to praise and to give thanks according to the command of David the man of God, one division corresponding to another.
25 Mattaniah and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers standing guard at the storerooms at the gates. 26 These men served in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and Ezra the priest, the scribe.
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
The Table of the Lord and the Table of Demons
14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak to you as to sensible people. Judge for yourselves what I am saying. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion[a] of the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a communion[b] of the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
18 Consider the people of Israel.[c] Those who eat the sacrifices are partners of the altar, aren’t they? 19 So what am I saying? That food from idol sacrifices is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but I do say this: What the Gentiles sacrifice, “they sacrifice to demons, and not to God,”[d] and I do not want you to become partners of demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons. 22 Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he is?
Live for the Good of Others and for the Glory of God
23 “Everything is permitted”[e]—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permitted”—but not everything builds up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of others. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without asking questions for the sake of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”[f] 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you over and you want to go, eat whatever you are served without asking questions for the sake of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This is from a sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.[g] 29 I mean the other person’s conscience, not your own. For why is my freedom judged by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I eat the food with thankfulness, why am I criticized for something for which I give thanks?
31 So whether you eat or drink, or do anything else, do everything to the glory of God. 32 Do not give offense to Jews, or Greeks, or God’s church, 33 just as I also try to please all people in all things, by not seeking what is best for me but for the many, so that they may be saved.
- 1 Corinthians 10:16 Or joint partaking
- 1 Corinthians 10:16 Or joint partaking
- 1 Corinthians 10:18 Or Israel according to the flesh
- 1 Corinthians 10:20 Deuteronomy 32:17
- 1 Corinthians 10:23 Some witnesses to the text add for me.
- 1 Corinthians 10:26 Psalm 24:1
- 1 Corinthians 10:28 Some witnesses to the text add For the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.
11 Come, children, listen to me.
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who wants to find pleasure in life?
Who would love to experience many good days?
13 Guard your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn from evil and do good.
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over the righteous.
His ears listen to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is set against those who do evil,
to cut off memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears.
From all their distress he delivers them.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.
19 Many are the troubles of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.
20 He watches over all his bones;
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked.
Those who hate the righteous will be found guilty.
22 The Lord redeems the soul[a] of his servants.
Anyone who takes refuge in him will not be found guilty.
- Psalm 34:22 Or life
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger,
and a bribe slipped into the pocket soothes fury.
15 It is a joy for a righteous person to practice justice,
but destruction waits for those who practice evil.
16 A person who wanders from the way of understanding
will rest in the company of departed spirits.