|Nehemiah 9 |
1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sack cloths earth upon them.
2 The seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 They stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part of the day they confessed and worshipped the LORD their God.
4 Then those stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God.
5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, "Stand up and bless the LORD your God forever and ever and blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
6 You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are in it, the seas, and all that is in it, and you preserve them all; and the host of heaven worships you.
7 You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abraham, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham;
8 And found his heart faithful before you, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and have performed your words; for you are righteous;
9 And saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their cry by the Red sea;
10 And showed signs, wonders, and plagues upon Pharaoh, on all his servants, and on all the people of his land for you knew that they dealt proudly against your. So was your name established in fame, as it is this day.
11 You divided the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and you threw their persecutors into the deeps as a stone is thrown into the raging waters.
12 In addition you led them in the day by a pillar of clouds; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way in which they should go.
13 You also came down upon mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments.
14 You made known to them your holy sabbath, and commanded them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses your servant.
15 You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, and brought forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and told them they should go in to possess the land which you had sworn to give them.
16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and did not heed your commandments.
17 They refused to obey, neither did they remember your wonders that you did among them; but they hardened their necks and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return them to Egypt and to their bondage; but you are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and did not abandon them.
18 Yes, when they had made them a golden molten calf, and said to it, "This is your God that brought you up out of Egypt," and had thus committed grave and abominable blasphemies;
19 Yet you in your manifold mercies did not abandon them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way in which they should go.
20 You also gave your good spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and gave them water for their thirst.
21 Yes, forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes did not grow old, and their feet did not swell.
22 In addition you gave them kingdoms and nations, and divided them into corners; so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
23 You also multiplied their children as many as the stars of heaven, and brought them into the land, which you had promised to their fathers that they would go in to possess it.
24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and you subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them into the children of Israel's hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells dug, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance; so they ate, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in your great goodness.
26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and cast your law behind their backs, and slew your prophets who testified against them to turn them to you, and they committed great blasphemies.
27 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who oppressed them; and in the time of their trouble, when they cried to you, you heard them from heaven; and according to your manifold mercies you gave them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before you. Therefore you left them in the land of their enemies, so that the enemies had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried to you, you heard them from heaven; and many times you delivered them according to your mercies;
29 And testified against them, that you might bring them again to your law: yet they dealt proudly, and did not heed your commandments, but sinned against your judgments, (which if a man obeys, he shall enjoy life); and they turned a stubbor shoulder, and stiffened their neck, and so would not hear.
30 Yet for many years you tolerated them and testified against them by your spirit in your prophets. Still they would not listen; therefore gave you them into the hand of the people of the lands.
31 Nevertheless for your great mercies' sake you did not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for you are a gracious and merciful God.
32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keep covenant and mercy, do not let all the trouble seem little before you, that has come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, on our priests, on our prophets, on our fathers, and on all your people since the time of the kings of Assyria to this day.
33 However, you are just in all that has been brought upon us, for you have done right, but we have done wickedly:
34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers kept your law, nor heeded your commandments and your testimonies, with which you testifed against them.
35 For they have not served you in their kingdom, and in your great goodness that you gave them, and in the large and fat land which you gave before them, neither have they turned from their wicked works.
36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that you gave to our fathers to eat its fruit and its good, behold, we are servants in it.
37 And it yields much increase to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They also they have dominion over our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
38 Because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests set their seal to it."
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