1And in regard to all these circumstances we make a covenant, and write it, and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, set their seal to it.
2And over them that sealed were Nehemiah the Athersastha, son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah,
3the son of Seraiah, and Azariah, and Jeremiah,
4Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,
5Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,
6Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
7Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
8Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,
9Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah; these were priests.
10And the Levites; Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel
11and his brethren, Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
12Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,
13Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
14Hodiah, the sons of Beninu.
15The heads of the people; Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu,
16the sons of Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
17Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,
18Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,
19Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,
20Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
21Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
22Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,
23Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
24Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,
25Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,
26Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
27and Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,
28Malluch, Harim, Baanah.
29And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nathinim, and everyone who drew off from the nations of the land to the law of God, their wives, their sons, their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding,
30were urgent with their brethren, and bound them under a curse, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in the law of God, which was given by the hand of Moses, the servant of God; to keep and to do all the commandments of the Lord, and his judgments, and his ordinances;
31and that we will not, they said, give our daughters to the people of the land, nor will we take their daughters to our sons.
32And as for the people of the land who bring wares and all manner of merchandise to sell on the Sabbath day, we will not buy of them on the Sabbath or on the holy day: and we will leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
33And we will impose ordinances upon ourselves, to levy on ourselves the third part of a didrachma yearly for the service of the house of our God;
34the showbread, and the continual meat offering, and for the continual whole burnt offering, of the Sabbaths, of the new moon, for the feasts, and for the holy things, and the sin offerings, to make atonement for Israel, and for the works of the house of our God.
35And we cast lots for the office of wood bearing, we the priests, and the Levites, and the people, to bring wood into the house of our God, according to the house of our families, at certain set times, year by year, to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law:
36and to bring the firstfruits of our land, and the firstfruits of the fruit of every tree, year by year, into the house of the Lord:
37the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, for the priests that minister in the house of our God.
38And the firstfruits of our corn, and the fruit of every tree, of wine, and of oil, will we bring to the priests to the treasury of the house of God; and a tithe of our land to the Levites: for the Levites themselves shall receive tithes in all the cities of the land we cultivate.
39And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites in the tithe of the Levite: and the Levites shall bring up the tenth part of their tithe to the house of our God, into the treasuries of the house of God.
40For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring into the treasuries the firstfruits of the corn, and wine, and oil; and there are the holy vessels, and the priests, and the ministers, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.