Epistles of Thomas

December 1, 2009

Nehemiah 10-13

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Chapter 10 contains a list of the people who signed the pledge to live according to the Law of Moses. The religious workers specifically promised not to intermarry with the locals and not to allow trade on the Sabbath and other holy days. They agreed to honour the Sabbath year and cancel debts then. They also agreed to pay for the upkeep of the temple and its services. Chapter 11 begins with the decision to have ten percent of the population live in Jerusalem to be selected by lot. It then lists (some of) those who were to live in Jerusalem and some of the places where others lived. Chapter 12 lists the priests and Levites who returned from exile. Chapter 13 is a summary of much of the wickedness that was occurring in the land and Nehemiah’s actions in dealing with it. It is explained how he dissuaded foreign merchants from selling on the Sabbath and how and why he prevented the people from marrying foreign wives.


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