They take an oath to obey the Torah.
NOTE. The NAB translation begins with this verse:
In view of all this, we are entering into a firm pact, which we are putting into writing. On the sealed document appear the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.
those who sealed. That is, “On the sealed document” (NAB translation).
VERSE 2. Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,
VERSE 3. Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,
VERSE 4. Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,
VERSE 5. Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
VERSE 6. Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
VERSE 7. Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,
VERSE 8. Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.
VERSE 9. The Levites: namely, Yeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;
VERSE 10. and their brothers, Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
VERSE 11. Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,
VERSE 12. Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
VERSE 13. Hodiah, Bani, and Beninu.
VERSE 14. The chiefs of the people: Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,
VERSE 15. Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
VERSE 16. Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,
VERSE 17. Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,
VERSE 18. Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,
VERSE 19. Hariph, Anathoth, Nobai,
VERSE 20. Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
VERSE 21. Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,
VERSE 22. Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
VERSE 23. Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,
VERSE 24. Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,
VERSE 25. Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
VERSE 26. and Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,
VERSE 27. Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.
VERSE 28. The rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge, and understanding—
VERSE 29. they joined with their brothers, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s Torah, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his ordinances and his statutes;
into an oath, to walk in God’s Torah. They make a pact. A recommitment. A re-dedication.
There can be a real power in making a spiritual commitment with others.
VERSE 30. and that we would not give our daughters to the peoples of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons;
VERSE 31. and if the peoples of the land bring wares or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and that we would forego the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
VERSE 32. Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;
the third part of a shekel. A shekel is about 10 grams or about 0.35 ounces.
VERSE 33. for the show bread, for the continual meal offering, for the continual burnt offering, for the Sabbaths, for the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.
VERSE 34. We cast lots, the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, according to our fathers’ houses, at times appointed, year by year, to burn on the LORD our God’s altar, as it is written in the Torah;
VERSE 35. and to bring the first fruits of our ground, and the first fruits of all fruit of all kinds of trees, year by year, to the LORD’s house;
VERSE 36. also the firstborn of our sons, and of our livestock, as it is written in the Torah, and the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God;
VERSE 37. and that we should bring the first fruits of our dough, our wave offerings, the fruit of all kinds of trees, and the new wine and the oil, to the priests, to the rooms of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground to the Levites; for they, the Levites, take the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
VERSE 38. The priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes. The Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms, into the treasure house.
VERSE 39. For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the wave offering of the grain, of the new wine, and of the oil, to the rooms, where the vessels of the sanctuary are, and the priests who minister, with the gatekeepers and the singers. We will not forsake the house of our God.
We will not forsake the house of our God. Walking with the LORD God is our first priority.
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