Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God,1 who keeps his covenant of love2 with those who love him and obey his commands,
let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear3 the prayer4 your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess5 the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you.
We have acted very wickedly6 toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
"Remember7 the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter8 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 gather9 them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.'1010
"They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.1111
O Lord, let your ear be attentive12 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 favor13 in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer14 to the king.