Nehemiah 11:2
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English Standard Version
And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem.

King James Bible
And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.

American Standard Version
And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell in Jerusalem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell in Jerusalem.

English Revised Version
And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell in Jerusalem.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.

Nehemiah 11:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"And we cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people for the wood-offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after our houses, at times appointed, year by year, to burn upon the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law." In the law we merely find it prescribed that wood should be constantly burning on the altar, and that the priest should burn wood on it every morning, and burn thereon the burnt-offering (Leviticus 6:12.). The law gave no directions concerning the procuring of the wood; yet the rulers of the people must, at all events, have always provided for the regular delivery of the necessary quantity. Nehemiah now gives orders, as he himself tells us, Nehemiah 13:31, which make this matter the business of the congregation, and the several houses have successively to furnish a contribution, in the order decided by casting lots. The words, "at times appointed, year by year," justify the conclusion that the order was settled for several years, and not that all the different houses contributed in each year.

(Note: Josephus (bello Jud. ii. 17. 6) speaks of a τῶν ξυλοφορίων ἑορτή, which he places on the fourteenth day of the month Λῶος, i.e., Ab, the fifth month of the Jewish year. From this Bertheau infers that the plural מזמּנים עתּים, here and Nehemiah 13:31, denotes the one season or day of delivery in each year. But though the name of this festival is derived from the present verse, the lxx translating העצים קרבּן העצי על, πιρὶ κλήρον ξυλοφορίας, it appears even from what Josephus says of this feast, ἐν ᾗ πᾶσιν ἕθος ὕλην τῷ βωμῷ προσφέρειν, that the feast of wood-carrying does not designate that one day of the year on which the wood was delivered for the service of the altar. According to Mishna Taanit, ch. 4 (in Lightfoot's horae hebraicae in Matth. i. 1), nine days in the year were appointed for the delivery of wood, viz., 1st Nisan, 20th Tammuz, 5th, 7th, and 10th Ab, etc. Further particulars are given in Lundius, jd. Heiligtmer, p. 1067f. The feast of wood-carrying may be compared with our harvest festival; and Bertheau's inference is not more conclusive than would be the inference that our harvest festival denotes the one day in the year on which the harvest is gathered in.)

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blessed.

Deuteronomy 24:13 In any case you shall deliver him the pledge again when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless you...

Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Job 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

willingly.

Judges 5:9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless you the LORD.

2 Corinthians 8:16,17 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you...

Cross References
Judges 5:9
My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the LORD.

Psalm 110:3
Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.

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