Last updated on Sunday November 09, 2008
Always rejoice, Unceasingly pray, In everything give thanks.
...I beseech You, O Jehovah the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness with those who love Him and keep His commandments:
...The God of heaven Himself will make us prosper; therefore we His servants will rise up and build. But you have no portion nor right nor memorial in Jerusalem.
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate...
But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.
And even I, my brothers, and my servants lend them money and grain. Let us now abandon such taking of interest.
So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul, in fifty-two days.
Now the city was wide and large; but the people were few in it and no houses had been built.
And they read in the book, in the law of God, interpreting and giving the sense, so that they understood the reading.
But You are righteous In all that has come upon us, For You have acted faithfully While we have acted wickedly;
Join with their brothers, their nobles, and enter into a curse and an oath, to walk in the law of God, which was given through Moses the servant of God, and to keep and do all the commandments of Jehovah our Lord, as well as His ordinances and His statutes;
And the people blessed all the men who offered themselves willingly to dwell in Jerusalem.
And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had caused them to rejoice greatly; and the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar.
Thus I cleansed them from everything foreign. And I appointed duties for the priests and the Levites, each in his work,