Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast doneright, but we have done wickedly :
Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers,kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.
For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy greatgoodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fatland which thou gavestbefore them, neither turned they from their wickedworks.36
Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:
And it yieldeth muchincrease unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in greatdistress.38
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes,Levites, and priests,seala unto it.