Scripture for Today Nehemiah 12:30-43

30)Then the priests and Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, the gates, and the wall.

31)So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs. One went to the right hand on the wall toward the Refuse Gate.

32)After them went Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah,

33)and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,

34)Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah,

35)and some of the priests’and sons with trumpets—Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,

36)and his brethren, Shemaiah, Azerl, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David, the man of God. Ezra the scribe went before them.

37)By the Fountain Gate, in front , in front of them, they went up the stairs of the City of David, on the stairway of the wall, beyond the house of David, as far as the Water Gate eastward,

38)The other thanksgiving choir went the opposite way and I was behind them with half of the people on the wall, going past the Tower of the Ovens as far as the Broad Wall,

39)and above the Gate of Ephraim, Gate, above the Old Gate, above the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel, The Tower of the Hundred as far as the Sheep Gate; and they stopped by the gate of the Prison.

40)So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God, likewise and I and the half of the rulers with me;

41)and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Minjamin, Michaiah, Elioenal, Zechariah, and Hannani, with trumpets;

42)also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam and Ezer. The singers sang loudly with Jezrahiah the director.

43)Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible New King James Version, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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