THE BOOK OF
Nehemiah mourns and fasts and prays for the Jews in Jerusalem.
words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month aChisleu
, in the twentieth year, as I was in bShushan
, one of my brethren, came, he and certain
men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
And they said unto me, The aremnant
that are left of the captivity there in the province are
in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is
broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
¶ And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain
days, and afasted
, and prayed before the God of heaven,
And said, I beseech thee, O Lord
God of heaven, athe
great and terrible God, that bkeepeth
covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and aconfess
the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If
ye transgress, I will ascatter
you abroad among the nations:
ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet
will I agather
them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
Now these are
thy servants and thy apeople
, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to afear
thy name: and bprosper
, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.