Nehemiah 7:65
New International Version
The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.

New Living Translation
The governor told them not to eat the priests' share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the LORD about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim--the sacred lots.

English Standard Version
The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food until a priest with Urim and Thummim should arise.

Berean Study Bible
The governor ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest to consult the Urim and Thummim.

New American Standard Bible
The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest arose with Urim and Thummim.

King James Bible
And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

Christian Standard Bible
The governor ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest who could consult the Urim and Thummim.

Contemporary English Version
In fact, the governor told them, "You cannot eat the food offered to God until he lets us know if you really are priests."

Good News Translation
The Jewish governor told them that they could not eat the food offered to God until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The governor ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest who could consult the Urim and Thummim.

International Standard Version
The governor ordered them not to eat anything holy until a priest would be installed with Urim and Thummim.

NET Bible
The governor instructed them not to eat any of the sacred food until there was a priest who could consult the Urim and Thummim.

New Heart English Bible
The governor said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The governor told them not to eat any of the most holy food until a priest could use the Urim and Thummim [to settle the problem].

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

New American Standard 1977
And the governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest arose with Urim and Thummim.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Tirshatha said unto them that they should not eat of the most holy things until there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

King James 2000 Bible
And the governor said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till a priest could consult with Urim and Thummim.

American King James Version
And the Tirshatha said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

American Standard Version
And the governor said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Athersastha said, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until a priest should stand up to give light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Athersatha said to them, that they should not eat of the holies of holies, until there stood up a priest learned and skilful.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Tirshatha said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up the priest with Urim and Thummim.

English Revised Version
And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Tirshatha said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there should stand up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

World English Bible
The governor said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Tirshatha saith to them that they eat not of the most holy things till the standing up of the priest with Urim and Thummim.
Study Bible
The List of Returning Exiles
64These men searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65The governor ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest to consult the Urim and Thummim.
Cross References
Exodus 28:30
And place the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece of judgment, so that they will also be over Aaron's heart whenever he comes before the LORD. Aaron will continually carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the LORD.

Leviticus 8:8
Then he put the breastpiece on him and placed the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece.

Deuteronomy 33:8
Concerning Levi he said: "Give Your Thummim to Levi and Your Urim to Your godly one, whom You tested at Massah and contested at the waters of Meribah.

Nehemiah 7:64
These men searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.

Nehemiah 7:66
The whole assembly numbered 42,360,

Nehemiah 7:70
Some of the heads of the families contributed to the project. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 bowls, and 530 priestly garments.

Nehemiah 8:9
Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all of them, "This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep." For all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the Law.

Nehemiah 10:1
Now those who sealed the document were: Nehemiah the governor, son of Hacaliah, and also Zedekiah,

Treasury of Scripture

And the Tirshatha said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

the Tirshatha.

Nehemiah 8:9
And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

Nehemiah 10:1
Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

Ezra 2:63
And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.

that they should

Leviticus 2:3,10
And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron's and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire…

Leviticus 6:17
It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering.

Leviticus 7:19,20
And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof…

till there

Exodus 28:30
And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

Numbers 27:21
And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

Deuteronomy 33:8
And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;







Lexicon
The governor
הַתִּרְשָׁ֙תָא֙ (hat·tir·šā·ṯā)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8660: (a person title) governor

ordered
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

them not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to eat
יֹאכְל֖וּ (yō·ḵə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

the most holy things
מִקֹּ֣דֶשׁ (miq·qō·ḏeš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6944: A sacred place, thing, sanctity

until
עַ֛ד (‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

there was
עֲמֹ֥ד (‘ă·mōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

a priest
הַכֹּהֵ֖ן (hak·kō·hên)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest

to consult the Urim
לְאוּרִ֥ים (lə·’ū·rîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 224: Part of the high priest's breastplate

and Thummim.
וְתוּמִּֽים׃ (wə·ṯūm·mîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8550: Perfections
7:5-73 Nehemiah knew that the safety of a city, under God, depends more upon the inhabitants than upon its walls. Every good gift and every good work are from above. God gives knowledge, he gives grace; all is of him, and therefore all must be to him. What is done by human prudence, must be ascribed to the direction of Divine Providence. But woe to those who turn back from the Lord, loving this present world! and happy those who dedicate themselves, and their substance, to his service and glory!
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