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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In the Book of Ezra, there are many names

Chapter 2 In the Book of Ezra, there are many names. Some of these people were leaders. However, Ezra also refers to many people who were not well-known. They lived many years ago, but they were important to God. God cares about all sorts of people. And he is pleased when they obey him. When Ezra records some of the names, he also mentions their families. Families were very important to the *Jews. v1 These are the people from the district who returned from *exile. (Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia,…

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Hoshea’s rule as the last king of Israel

Chapter 17 Hoshea’s rule as the last king of Israel v1 Hoshea, son of Elah, became king of *Israel. He did so in the 12th year of Ahaz’s rule. Ahaz was king of *Judah. Hoshea ruled in Samaria for 9 years. v2 He *sinned against the *Lord. But he was not as bad as the kings who ruled *Israel before him. v3 King Shalmaneser of Assyria came to attack Hoshea. Hoshea had been like a servant to Shalmaneser. And he had paid taxes to Shalmaneser. v4 But the king of…

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David becomes the king of Judah

Chapter 2 David becomes the king of Judah v1 After this, David asked the *Lord, ‘Shall I go to a town in *Judah?’ The *Lord said, ‘Yes.’ David asked, ‘Which town shall I go to?’ The *Lord said, ‘Go to Hebron.’ v2 David had two wives. One wife was Ahinoam who came from the town of Jezreel. His other wife was Abigail. She was the widow of Nabal who came from the town of Carmel. David and his two wives went to Hebron. v3 David’s men and their families went…

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