The words of 1Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in 2the monthChislev, 3in the twentiethyear, while I was in 4Susa the acapitol,
that 5Hanani, one of my brothers, and bsome men from Judahcame; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and aboutJerusalem.
They said to me, "The remnantthere in the 6provincewhosurvived the captivity are in greatdistress and 7reproach, and 8the wall of Jerusalem is brokendown and 9its gates are burned with fire."
When I heardthesewords, 10I satdown and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and prayingbefore11the God of heaven.