and I said, "O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have arisenabove our heads and our 1guilt has growneven to the heavens.
"2Since the days of our fathers to thisday we have been in greatguilt, and on account of our iniquities we, our kings and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity and to plunder and to b3openshame, as it is thisday.
"But now for a briefmomentgrace has been shown from the LORD our God, 4to leave us an escapedremnant and to give us a 5peg in His holyplace, that our God may 6enlighten our eyes and grant us a littlereviving in our bondage.
"7For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us, but 8has extendedlovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.
10"Now, our God, what shall we sayafterthis? For we have forsaken Your commandments,
11which You have commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, 'The landwhich you are entering to possess is an uncleanland with the uncleanness of the peoples of the lands, with their abominationswhich have filled it from end to end and 9with their impurity.
'So now do not 10give your daughters to their sonsnortake their daughters to your sons, and 11neverseek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and 12leave it as an inheritance to your sonsforever .'
13"Afterall that has come upon us for our evildeeds and 13our greatguilt, since You our God have requited us lessthan our iniquities deserve, and have given us 14an escapedremnant as this,
1415shall we againbreak Your commandments and intermarry with the peoplescwho commit theseabominations? 16Would You not be angry with us dto the point of destruction, untilthere is noremnantnor any who escape?
"O LORDGod of Israel, 17You are righteous, for we have been left an escapedremnant, as it is thisday; behold, we are before You in 18our guilt, for 19noone can standbefore You because of this."