The words of 1Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in 2the monthChislev, 3in the twentiethyear, while I was in 4Susa the acapitol,
that 5Hanani, one of my brothers, and bsome men from Judahcame; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and aboutJerusalem.
They said to me, "The remnantthere in the 6provincewhosurvived the captivity are in greatdistress and 7reproach, and 8the wall of Jerusalem is brokendown and 9its gates are burned with fire."
When I heardthesewords, 10I satdown and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and prayingbefore11the God of heaven.
I said, "I beseech You, O LORDGod of heaven, 12the great and awesomeGod, 13who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
614let Your earnow be attentive and Your eyesopen to hear the prayer of Your servantwhich I am prayingbefore You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, 15confessing the sins of the sons of Israelwhich we have sinned against You; 16I and my father'shouse have sinned.
"17We have actedverycorruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances18which You commanded Your servantMoses.
8"Remember the wordwhich You commanded Your servantMoses, saying, '19If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples;
920but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the mostremotepart of the heavens, I 21will gather them from there and will bring them 22to the placewhere I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.'
"23They are Your servants and Your peoplewhom You redeemed by Your greatpower and by Your stronghand.
11"OLord, I beseech You, 24may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to crevere Your name, and make Your servantsuccessfultoday and grant him compassionbeforethisman." Now I was the 25cupbearer to the king.