Twelve years after the people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah returned to Persia

Chapter 13 Twelve years after the people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah returned to Persia. Some time later, he asked the king to allow him to return to *Judah (Nehemiah 13:6). There, Nehemiah discovered that the people were doing many wrong things. In this chapter, we can read what Nehemiah did about these serious problems. v1 On that day, they read aloud the book of Moses. And the people were listening. The book said that God’s special people must never let the *Ammonite and *Moabite people join them. v2…

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Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah

Chapter 12 v1 This is a list of the priests and *Levites who returned from *exile. They returned with Zerubbabel, who was the son of Shealtiel, and with Jeshua.           Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,           v2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,           v3 Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,           v4 Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah,           v5 Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,           v6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,           v7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These men were the leaders of the priests and their companions at the time of Jeshua. v8 The *Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, *Judah…

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The people had built the city called Jerusalem again

Chapter 11 The people had built the city called Jerusalem again. Then they returned to the smaller towns and villages where they lived. Not many people lived in the city called Jerusalem. It was important for people to live in the city. Then it would become a great city again and the people could protect the *temple in the city. v1 The leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. The rest of the people threw *lots to decide who else would live in Jerusalem. One person in every 10 people…

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Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,Pashur, Amariah, Malkijah,Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch

Chapter 10 The people had listened to the law of God (Nehemiah chapter 8) and they had remembered their history (Nehemiah chapter 9). Then they made an agreement with God. v1 This is a list of the people who signed this agreement: Nehemiah the chief officer, who was the son of Hachaliah, and Zedekiah, v2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, v3 Pashur, Amariah, Malkijah, v4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, v5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, v6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, v7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, v8 Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah. Those were the priests. v9 These were…

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Nehemiah still had not finished his work for God. He could have returned to Persia

Chapter 9 Nehemiah still had not finished his work for God. He could have returned to Persia. He had a successful career there. But he remained in *Judah for 12 years. He wanted to make the *Jews into a holy nation of God’s people again. v1 On the 24th day of the same month, the *Israelite people gathered together. They did not eat anything. They wore rough clothes and they put dust on their heads. v2 The families of *Israel had separated themselves from all foreigners. The *Israelite people stood…

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Nehemiah copied the register of the first people who returned from exile

Chapter 8 In Nehemiah 7:6-73, Nehemiah copied the register of the first people who returned from *exile. This happened about 90 years before Nehemiah became the ruler of *Judah. In chapter 8, Nehemiah continues to explain the events while he ruled *Judah. He had arranged a special meeting for all the *Jews (Nehemiah 8:1-4). In fact, there were several meetings. They happened on the sacred holidays that were in the 7th month of the year. At the end of these meetings, the people would decide which *Jews would live in…

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Hananiah to be in command of Jerusalem. Hananiah was the chief officer of the palace

Chapter 7 v1 So we had finished the construction of the wall. And I had put the doors in place. We had appointed guards for the gates. We had also appointed singers and *Levites for their work. v2 Then I appointed Hanani, my brother, and Hananiah to be in command of Jerusalem. Hananiah was the chief officer of the palace. He was a man whom people could trust. He respected God more than most men did. v3 I said to them, ‘The guards must not open the gates of Jerusalem…

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Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had finished the wall

Chapter 6 v1 Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the *Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had finished the wall. There were no gaps in it, but I had not yet put the doors in the gates. v2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message, ‘Let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain called Ono.’ But they were plotting to hurt me. v3 So I sent some men to say to them, ‘I am doing an important task. I cannot go down there. The work…

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We have many sons and daughters

Chapter 5 v1 At this time, some men and their wives became angry. They complained about some other *Jews. v2 They said, ‘We have many sons and daughters. We need grain so that we can eat. Otherwise we shall die.’ v3 Other men said, ‘We have to sell our fields, our *vineyards and our houses to buy grain during the *famine.’ v4 And other men said, ‘We have to ask people to lend us money. Otherwise we would be unable to pay the king’s tax on our fields and *vineyards.…

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Sanballat heard that we were building the wall again

Chapter 4 v1 Sanballat heard that we were building the wall again. So he became very angry. He laughed at the *Jews. v2 His companions and the army from the country called Samaria were with him. Sanballat said in front of all these people, ‘Those weak *Jews are stupid. They will not really repair their wall and offer *sacrifices. You cannot build a great city in a day. Fire has burned the stones and they are now just piles of rubbish. You cannot make stones live. And you cannot build…

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Nehemiah was a good leader

Chapter 3 In this chapter, there are many names. The Bible does not mention most of these people elsewhere. Many of them were the leaders of families, but only a few were important in the local region. They were not builders and they had no special skills to do the work. But they realised that Nehemiah was right. And they were willing to work hard. They lived many centuries ago, but they did an important job for God. God cares about all sorts of people. And he is pleased when…

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King Artaxerxes

Chapter 2 v1 It was the month called Nisan in the 20th year of King Artaxerxes’ rule. I was serving the king with wine. I took the wine and I gave it to the king. I had never been sad before when I was with the king. v2So the king said to me, ‘Your face is very sad. But you are not ill. This means that you are sad in your heart.’ Then I was very afraid. v3 And I said to the king, ‘I hope that the king will…

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The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again

About the Book of Nehemiah Explanation The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again: There are many dates in this *introduction. These dates are the number of years before the time when Jesus Christ was born. Each date has the letters ‘BC’, which mean ‘before Christ’, after it. This *introduction also refers to places in the Bible where you can read about these things. The history of the *Jews before their *exile These are the events that happened in *Israel before the time of Nehemiah. This account will help us to…

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