Bible-in-a-Year
Daily Reading - October 10, 2019

 

Nehemiah 13

Chapter 13

Foreigners Excluded

1 On that day they read aloud from the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and there was found written in it that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God,
2 because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.
3 So when they heard the law, they excluded all foreigners from Israel.

Tobiah Expelled and the Temple Cleansed

4 Now prior to this, Eliashib the priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, being related [fn] to Tobiah,
5 had prepared a large room [fn] for him, where formerly they put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes of grain, wine and oil prescribed for the Levites, the singers and the gatekeepers, and the contributions [fn] for the priests.
6 But during all this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had gone to the king. After some time, however, I asked leave from the king,
7 and I came to Jerusalem and learned [fn] about the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, by preparing a room [fn] for him in the courts of the house of God.
8 It was very displeasing to me, so I threw all of Tobiah's household goods out of the room.
9 Then I gave an order and they cleansed the rooms; and I returned there the utensils of the house of God with the grain offerings and the frankincense.

Tithes Restored

10 I also discovered [fn] that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone [fn] away, each to his own field.
11 So I reprimanded [fn] the officials and said, "Why is the house of God forsaken?" Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts.
12 All Judah then brought the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses.
13 In charge of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and in addition to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered reliable, and it was their [fn] task to distribute to their kinsmen [fn].
14 Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed for the house of my God and its services.

Sabbath Restored

15 In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food.
16 Also men of Tyre were living there [fn] who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem.
17 Then I reprimanded [fn] the nobles of Judah and said to them, "What is this evil thing you are doing, by [fn] profaning the sabbath day?
18 "Did not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath."

19 It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and [fn] that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day.
20 Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem.
21 Then I warned [fn] them and said to them, "Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will use [fn] force against you." From that time on they did not come on the sabbath.
22 And I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come as gatekeepers to sanctify the sabbath day. For this also remember me, O my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.

Mixed Marriages Forbidden

23 In those days I also saw that the Jews had married [fn] women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab.
24 As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but the [fn] language of his own people.
25 So I contended with them and cursed them and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, "You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
26 "Did not Solomon king of Israel sin regarding these things? Yet among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless the foreign women caused even him to sin.
27 "Do [fn] we then hear about you that you have committed all this great evil by acting unfaithfully against our God by marrying [fn] foreign women?"
28 Even one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite, so I drove him away from me.
29 Remember them, O my God, because [fn] they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.

30 Thus I purified them from everything foreign and appointed duties for the priests and the Levites, each in his task,
31 and I arranged for the supply of wood at appointed times and for the first fruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
 
Psalms 104:24-35

24 O Lord, how many are Your works! In [fn] wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions [fn].
25 There [fn] is the sea, great and broad [fn], In which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great.
26 There the ships move along, And Leviathan [fn], which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You To give them their food in due [fn] season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit [fn], they expire And return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your Spirit [fn], they are created; And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever; Let the Lord be glad in His works;
32 He [fn] looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I [fn] will sing to the Lord as [fn] long as I live; I [fn] will sing praise to my God while [fn] I have my being.
34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth And let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise [fn] the [fn] Lord!
 
Revelation 10

Chapter 10

The Angel and the Little Book

1 I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;
2 and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;
3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered [fn] their voices.
4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them."
5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven,
6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer,
7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached [fn] to His servants the prophets.

8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, "Go, take the book [fn] which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land."
9 So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said* [fn] to me, "Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey."
10 I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.
11 And they said* [fn] to me, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings."

 
Copyright Info

New American Standard Version
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995; Audio Recording Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, (P) 1989 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For usage information, please read the NASB Copyright Statement.