Nehemiah 1:1-4 (English Standard Version)

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Report from Jerusalem

1 The words of 1Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of 2Chislev, 3in the twentieth year, as I was in 4Susa the capital,a 2 that 5Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, "The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and 6shame. 7The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, 8and its gates are destroyed by fire."

Nehemiah's Prayer

4 As soon as I heard these words I 9sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the 10God of heaven.
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