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he numbers that returned. (1-35) The numbers of the priests
and Levites. (36-63) The offerings for the temple. (64-70)
Verses 1-35: An account was kept of the families that came up out of
captivity. See how sin lowers a nation, which righteousness
Verses 36-63: Those who undervalue their relation to the Lord in times
of reproach, persecution, or distress, will have no benefit from
it when it becomes honourable or profitable. Those who have no
evidence that they are, by the new birth, spiritual priests unto
God, through Jesus Christ, have no right to the comforts and
privileges of Christians.
Verses 64-70: Let none complain of the needful expenses of their
religion. Seek first the kingdom of God, his favour and his
glory, then will all other things be added unto them. Their
offerings were nothing, compared with the offerings of the
princes in David's time; yet, being according to their ability,
were as acceptable to God. The Lord will carry us through all
undertakings entered on according to his will, with an aim to
his glory, and dependence on his assistance. Those who, at the
call of the gospel, renounce sin and return to the Lord, shall
be guarded and guided through all perils of the way, and arrive
safely at the mansions provided in the holy city of God.