Nehemiah Chapter 10, Records The Covenant of Faith and Those Who Committed to Follow The Torah

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In this Chapter of Nehemiah we will read about all of those who by Faith chose to follow all of what The Torah Teaches. The Laws, that were neglected and they gave their pledge to walk in them and uphold all of them. The Spirit of Repentance(Teshuvah) follows with the resolve of Nehemiah The Governor, Zedekiah and The People, to Change their old ways of neglect, and Renew their Spiritual Connection to The Holy Land.

First there is a list of 83 signatories of The Covenant of Faith(The Bris Amanah) with a seal. The Temple tax is established as one-third shekel because of the economy, down from Exodus 20:13-14 of one-half shekel, which was the same later is in New Testament Times.

It brings up The Oath, Intermarriage and The Sabbath. The Mitzvos, The Wood Offerings, The Firstborn, The First of Your Dough(Challah) and The First Fruits(Terumah) and Tithing.

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Nehemiah 10:30, No Intermarriage, A Negative Mitzvah

In our reading of verse 30, we will find The People of Judah start out by taking The Oath to not Intermarry with those Tribes who were living in The Land of Israel but were not of Israel's Seed(non-Jews).

Those who are taking The Oath for The Observances of The Mitzvos are New Arrivals to Judah and are different than those who were mentioned in Nehemiah 9:2 who took The Oath to separate them self from their Foreign Wives.

So let us read our next verse 30, from The King James Bible,

V30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons:

The New Arrivals were taking The Oath to keep themselves Holy as well as The Land.

Ezra 7:8 also mentioned this resolved matter of staying Holy themselves as well as in doing so were enabling The Land of Israel to remain Holy with their Observance of a Negative Mitzvah i.e.,not to Intermarry.