When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.1 For some days I mourned and fasted2 and prayed before the God of heaven.
Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God,3 who keeps his covenant of love4 with those who love him and obey his commands,
let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear5 the prayer6 your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess7 the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you.
We have acted very wickedly8 toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
"Remember9 the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter10 you among the nations,
but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather11 them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.'1210
"They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.1311
O Lord, let your ear be attentive14 to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor15 in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer16 to the king.