Nehemiah 1:1-4 (New American Standard)

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Nehemiah's Grief for the Exiles

1 The words of 1Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in 2the month Chislev, 3in the twentieth year, while I was in 4Susa the acapitol, 2 that 5Hanani, one of my brothers, and bsome men from Judah came ; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, "The remnant there in the 6province who survived the captivity are in great distress and 7reproach, and 8the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and 9its gates are burned with fire." 4 When I heard these words, 10I sat down and wept and mourned for days ; and I was fasting and praying before 11the God of heaven.
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