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1Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem, but the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while nine-tenths remained in the other cities.2And the people blessed all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
3Now these are the heads of the provinces who lived in Jerusalem, but in the cities of Judah each lived on his own property in their cities—the Israelites, the priests, the Levites, the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants.4Some of the sons of Judah and some of the sons of Benjamin lived in Jerusalem. From the sons of Judah: Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, of the sons of Perez;5and Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of the Shilonite.6All the sons of Perez who lived in Jerusalem were 468 able men.
7Now these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah;8and after him Gabbai and Sallai, 928.9Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer, and Judah the son of Hassenuah was second in command of the city.
10From the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin,11Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the leader of the house of God,12and their kinsmen who performed the work of the temple, 822; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah,13and his kinsmen, heads of fathers’ households, 242; and Amashsai the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,14and their brothers, valiant warriors, 128. And their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of Haggedolim.
15Now from the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;16and Shabbethai and Jozabad, from the leaders of the Levites, who were in charge of the outside work of the house of God;17and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, who was the leader in beginning the thanksgiving at prayer, and Bakbukiah, the second among his brethren; and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.18All the Levites in the holy city were 284.
19Also the gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon and their brethren who kept watch at the gates, were 172.
20The rest of Israel, of the priests and of the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, each on his own inheritance.21But the temple servants were living in Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of the temple servants.
22Now 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 sons of Asaph, who were the singers for the service of the house of God.23For there was a commandment from the king concerning them and a firm regulation for the song leaders day by day.24Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah the son of Judah, was the king’s representative in all matters concerning the people.
25Now as for the villages with their fields, some of the sons of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba and its towns, in Dibon and its towns, and in Jekabzeel and its villages,26and in Jeshua, in Moladah and Beth-pelet,27and in Hazar-shual, in Beersheba and its towns,28and in Ziklag, in Meconah and in its towns,29and in En-rimmon, in Zorah and in Jarmuth,30Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its towns. So they encamped from Beersheba as far as the valley of Hinnom.31The sons of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash and Aija, at Bethel and its towns,32at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,33Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,34Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,35Lod and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.36From the Levites, some divisions in Judah belonged to Benjamin.
1Now these are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,6Shemaiah and Joiarib, Jedaiah,7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the heads of the priests and their kinsmen in the days of Jeshua.
8The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving, he and his brothers.9Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brothers, stood opposite them in their service divisions.10Jeshua became the father of Joiakim, and Joiakim became the father of Eliashib, and Eliashib became the father of Joiada,11and Joiada became the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan became the father of Jaddua.
12Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests, the heads of fathers’ households were: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;13of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;14of Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;15of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;16of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;17of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;18of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;19of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;20of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;21of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethanel.
22As for the Levites, the heads of fathers’ households were registered in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan and Jaddua; so were the priests in the reign of Darius the Persian.23The sons of Levi, the heads of fathers’ households, were registered in the Book of the Chronicles up to the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib.24The heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, to praise and give thanks, as prescribed by David the man of God, division corresponding to division.25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers keeping watch at the storehouses of the gates.26These served in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest and scribe.
14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.15I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say.16Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?17Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.18Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?19What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?20No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.22Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?
23All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.24Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.25Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake;26FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, ANDALL IT CONTAINS.27If one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake.28But if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake;29I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience?30If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks?
31Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.32Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God;33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.
14A gift in secret subdues anger,
And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
But is terror to the workers of iniquity.
16A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.