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Nehemiah - Highlights &
. . . come, and let us bind up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no
more a reproach. (2:17)
Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as
also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said,
Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened
their hands for this good work. (2:18)
And next to him [Eliashib] the men of Jericho
built. Next to [them] Zaccur son of Imri built. (3:2
. . . and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad
But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we
builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and
mocked the Jews. (4:1)
And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard
thereof, and all the heathen that
were about us saw these things, they were much
cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was
wrought of our God. (6:16)
You are the Lord, the God
Who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees and gave
him the name Abraham. (9:7) - God has
chosen another man to unite with.
And didst see the affliction of our
fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea;
And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his
servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that
they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as
it is this day.
And thou didst divide the sea before them,
so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and
their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the
Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in
the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way
wherein they should go.
Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from
heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good
statutes and commandments:
And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them
precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:
And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest
forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and
promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which
thou hadst sworn to give them.
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks,
and hearkened not to thy commandments,
And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou
didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion
appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This
is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had
wrought great provocations;
Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the
wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day,
to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to
shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.
Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest
not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their
Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so
that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and
their feet swelled not.
Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide
them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the
land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and
broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised
to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.
So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst
before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest
them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the
land, that they might do with them as they would.
And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses
full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and
fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and
became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and
cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which
testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great
Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who
vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto
thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and
according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who
saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore
leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had
the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto
thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and
many times didst thou deliver them according to thy
mercies. (9:9-28) -
Then I contended with the nobles of Judah,
and said unto them, What evil thing is this that
ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil
upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon
Israel by profaning the sabbath. (13:17-18) - One
of the commandments is to remember the sabbath day, to keep it
holy. This does not simply mean to take a day off once a week but
to make sure that day is kept a holy day.
. . . You shall not give your daughters to
their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons or for
Did not Solomon king of Israel act treacherously against
God and miss the mark on account of such women? Among many
nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and
God made him king over all Israel; yet strange women even caused
him to sin [when he was old he turned treacherously away from the
Lord to other gods, and God rent his kingdom from him].
(13:25-26) - Solomon went with strange women who made him
worship other gods. His love for the one true God was lost and he
suffered because of it.