At the end of chapter 9, we read this: “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” (9:38). Then, we see that through the first 27 verses of this chapter we see the names of all those who signed the covenant, beginning with Nehemiah. Following Nehemiah were the signatures of the priests, the Levites and the chiefs, about 84 people in all. In verse 29, we read that they would be accursed if they didn’t follow the covenant. There were also additional terms laid out to close this chapter. Everything from observing the commandments, to not giving their daughters to intermarriage, to Sabbath rules, to tithing. All of this were inspired by and taken from the Law that we saw read by Ezra in chapter 8. Again, we see a great picture of worship and response. We must remember that worship is an active practice. Faith is active, so in turn we must be active in our worship of the Lord.