The words of a Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the b twentieth year, as I was in c Shushan 1 the 2 citadel, 2 that d Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, "The survivors who are left from the captivity in the e province are there in great distress and f reproach. g The wall of Jerusalem h is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire."
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5 And I said: "I pray, i LORD God of heaven, O great and j awesome God, k You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love 3 You 4 and observe 5 Your 6 commandments, 6 "please let Your ear be attentive and l 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 m confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned. 7 n "We have acted very corruptly against You, and have o not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. 8 "Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, p 'If you 7 are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; 8 9 q 'but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, r though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.' 9 10 s "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 pray, please t let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who u desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." For I was the king's v cupbearer.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.