Praise be to the LORD, the God of our fathers, who has put it into the king's heart1 to bring honor2 to the house of the LORD in Jerusalem in this way
and who has extended his good favor3 to me before the king and his advisers and all the king's powerful officials. Because the hand of the LORD my God was on me,4 I took courage and gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
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