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Nehemiah 1

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 1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

 2 That Hanani, one of my brothers, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, who were left from [being taken in the] captivity [to Babylon], and concerning Jerusalem.

 3 And they said to me, "The remnant that is left of the captivity there in the province [of Judah] are in great affliction and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."

 4 When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for several days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven/

 5 I said, "I beseech you, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, who keeps covenant and mercy for those who love him and observe his commandments:

 6 Let your ear now be attentive, and your eyes open, that you may hear the prayer of your servant, which I pray before you now, day and night, for the children of Israel your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against you; both I and my father's house have sinned.

 7 We have dealt very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which you commanded your servant Moses.

 8 Remember, I beseech you, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, 'If you transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations;

 9 But if you turn to me and keep my commandments to do them, even though there were some of you cast out to the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from there, and will bring them to the place that I have chosen to set my name there.'

 10 Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand.

 11 O LORD, I beseech you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants, who desire to fear your name; and prosper, I pray you, your servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this [the king of Babylon] man." For I was the king's cupbearer.


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