Nehemiah 9:38
New International Version
"In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it."

New Living Translation
The people responded, "In view of all this, we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our leaders and Levites and priests."

English Standard Version
“Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.

Berean Study Bible
In view of all this, we make a binding agreement, putting it in writing and sealing it with the names of our leaders, Levites, and priests.”

New American Standard Bible
"Now because of all this We are making an agreement in writing; And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests."

King James Bible
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

Christian Standard Bible
In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement in writing on a sealed document containing the names of our leaders, Levites, and priests.

Contemporary English Version
And so, a firm agreement was made that had the official approval of the leaders, the Levites, and priests.

Good News Translation
Because of all that has happened, we, the people of Israel, hereby make a solemn written agreement, and our leaders, our Levites, and our priests put their seals to it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement in writing on a sealed document containing the names of our leaders, Levites, and priests.

International Standard Version
"Because of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our descendants of Levi, and our priests hereby set their seals upon it."

NET Bible
"Because of all of this we are entering into a binding covenant in written form; our leaders, our Levites, and our priests have affixed their names on the sealed document."

New Heart English Bible
Yet for all this, we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our leaders, our Levites, and our priests, seal it."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"We are making a binding agreement [and putting it] in writing because of all this. Our leaders, Levites, and priests are putting their seals on the document."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And yet for all this we make a sure covenant, and subscribe it; and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, set their seal unto it.

New American Standard 1977
“Now because of all this We are making an agreement in writing; And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And because of all this, we make a sure covenant and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests seal unto it.

King James 2000 Bible
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our leaders, Levites, and priests, seal it.

American King James Version
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal to it.

American Standard Version
And yet for all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, seal unto it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
and because of all this we ourselves make a covenant, and write it, and our princes, our Levites, and our priests sign it.

Darby Bible Translation
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, our Levites, [and] our priests are at the sealing.

English Revised Version
And yet for all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, seal unto it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, set their seals to it.

World English Bible
Yet for all this, we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, our Levites, [and] our priests, seal to it."

Young's Literal Translation
And for all this we are making a stedfast covenant, and are writing, and over him who is sealed are our heads, our Levites, our priests.'
Study Bible
The People Confess Their Sins
37Its abundant harvest goes to the kings You have set over us because of our sins. And they rule over our bodies and our livestock as they please. We are in great distress.’ 38In view of all this, we make a binding agreement, putting it in writing and sealing it with the names of our leaders, Levites, and priests.”
Cross References
Matthew 27:66
So they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.

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

Nehemiah 10:29
hereby join with their noble brothers and commit themselves with a sworn oath to follow the Law of God given through His servant Moses and to carefully obey all the commandments, ordinances, and statutes of the LORD our Lord.

Isaiah 44:5
One will say, 'I belong to the LORD,' another will call himself by the name of Jacob, and still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's,' and will take the name of Israel."

Treasury of Scripture

And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal to it.

we make.

Nehemiah 10:29 They joined to their brothers, their nobles, and entered into a curse, …

2 Kings 23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, …

2 Chronicles 15:12,13 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers …

2 Chronicles 23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, …

2 Chronicles 29:10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, …

2 Chronicles 34:31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, …

Ezra 10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all …

seal unto it. Heb. are at the sealing, or sealed.

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







Lexicon
In view of all
וּבְכָל־ (ū·ḇə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

this,
זֹ֕את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

we
אֲנַ֛חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 587: We

make
כֹּרְתִ֥ים (kō·rə·ṯîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3772: To cut, to destroy, consume, to covenant

a binding agreement,
אֲמָנָ֖ה (’ă·mā·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 548: Something fixed, a covenant, an allowance

putting it in writing
וְכֹתְבִ֑ים (wə·ḵō·ṯə·ḇîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

and
וְעַל֙ (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

sealing it with [the names of]
הֶֽחָת֔וּם (he·ḥā·ṯūm)
Article | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2856: To seal, affix a seal, seal up

our leaders,
שָׂרֵ֥ינוּ (śā·rê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

Levites,
לְוִיֵּ֖נוּ (lə·wî·yê·nū)
Noun - proper | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

and priests.”
כֹּהֲנֵֽינוּ׃ (kō·hă·nê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest
(38) Because of all this.--On the ground of this confession, and to prove our sincerity.

Seal unto it.--On the sealed [document]. Each party impressed his seal on moist clay, which was then hardened. Sometimes these seals were attached to the document by separate strings. In Nehemiah 11, "those who sealed" is, literally, those on the sealed [documents], in the plural.

Verse 38. - Because of all this. Because of our past sins and their punishment - to prevent a recurrence of similar conduct and similar afflictions. We... seal unto it. In the East it is always the seal that authenticates a document. Babylonian documents were often stamped with half a dozen seals or more. These were impressed upon the moist clay, and then the clay was baked. Sometimes each party to the contract stamped his seal upon a separate piece of sealing clay, which he then attached to the document by means of a string (Layard, 'Nineveh and Babylon,' p. 154). Any number of seals could be attached in this way.



9:4-38 The summary of their prayers we have here upon record. Much more, no doubt, was said. Whatever ability we have to do any thing in the way of duty, we are to serve and glorify God according to the utmost of it. When confessing our sins, it is good to notice the mercies of God, that we may be the more humbled and ashamed. The dealings of the Lord showed his goodness and long-suffering, and the hardness of their hearts. The testimony of the prophets was the testimony of the Spirit in the prophets, and it was the Spirit of Christ in them. They spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and what they said is to be received accordingly. The result was, wonder at the Lord's mercies, and the feeling that sin had brought them to their present state, from which nothing but unmerited love could rescue them. And is not their conduct a specimen of human nature? Let us study the history of our land, and our own history. Let us recollect our advantages from childhood, and ask what were our first returns? Let us frequently do so, that we may be kept humble, thankful, and watchful. Let all remember that pride and obstinacy are sins which ruin the soul. But it is often as hard to persuade the broken-hearted to hope, as formerly it was to bring them to fear. Is this thy case? Behold this sweet promise, A God ready to pardon! Instead of keeping away from God under a sense of unworthiness, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. He is a God ready to pardon.
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