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
2That Hanani, 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.
3And they said unto
me, The remnant 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.
4And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days,
and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love
him and observe his commandments:
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 confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned
against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou
commandedst thy servant Moses.
I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among
9But if 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 gather
them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great
power, and by thy strong hand.
11O 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
fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the