Now on the twenty-fourthday of 1thismonth the sons of Israelassembled2with fasting, in sackcloth and with 3dirt upon them.
The a4descendants of Israelseparated themselves from allforeigners , and stood and 5confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
While 6they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.
47Now on the Levites'platformstoodJeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Chenani, and they cried with a loudvoice to the LORD their God.
Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, "Arise, bless the LORD your Godforever and ever! O may Your gloriousname be blessed And exaltedaboveallblessing and praise!
"8You alone are the LORD. 9You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. 10You givelife to all of them And the heavenlyhostbowsdown before You.
"You are the LORDGod, 11WhochoseAbram And brought him out from 12Ur of the Chaldees, And 13gave him the nameAbraham.
"You found14his heartfaithfulbefore You, And made a covenant with him To give him the land of the Canaanite, Of the Hittite and the Amorite, Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite - To give it to his bdescendants. And You 15have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.
"16You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, And 17heard their cry by the cRedSea.
"Then You performed18signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants and all the people of his land; For You knew that 19they actedarrogantlytoward them, And 20made a name for Yourself as it is thisday.
"21You divided the seabefore them, So they passed through the midst of the sea on dryground; And 22their pursuers You hurled into the depths, Like a stone into dragingwaters.
"And with a pillar of cloud23You led them by day, And with a pillar of fire by night To light for them the way In which they were to go.
"Then 24You camedown on MountSinai, And 25spoke with them from heaven; You gave them 26justordinances and truelaws, Goodstatutes and commandments.
"So You madeknown to them 27Your holysabbath, And laiddown for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servantMoses.
"You 28providedbread from heaven for them for their hunger, You 29broughtforthwater from a rock for them for their thirst, And You 30told them to enter in order to possess The landwhich You eswore to give them.
"But they, our fathers, 31actedarrogantly; They f32becamestubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.
"They refused to listen, And 33did not remember Your wondrousdeedswhich You had performedamong them; So they becamestubborn and 34appointed a leader to return to their slaverygin Egypt. But You are a God35of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.
18"Evenwhen they 36made for themselves A calf of moltenmetal And said, 'This is your GodWhobrought you up from Egypt,' And committedgreathblasphemies,
1937You, in Your greatcompassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; 38The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.
"39You gave Your goodSpirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst.
"Indeed, 40fortyyears You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feetswell.
"You also gave them kingdoms and peoples, And allotted them to them as a iboundary. 41They tookpossession of the land of Sihonjthe king of Heshbon And the land of Og the king of Bashan.
"You made their sonsnumerous as 42the stars of heaven, And You brought them into the landWhich You had told their fathers to enter and possess.
"43So their sonsentered and possessed the land. And 44You subduedbefore them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, And You gave them into their hand, with their kings and the peoples of the land, To do with them kas they desired.
"45They capturedfortifiedcities and a l46fertileland. They tookpossession of 47housesfull of everygoodthing, Hewncisterns, vineyards, olivegroves, Fruittrees in abundance. So they ate, were filled and 48grewfat, And 49reveled in Your greatgoodness.
"50But they becamedisobedient and rebelled against You, And 51cast Your lawbehind their backs And 52killed Your prophetswho had 53admonished them So that they might return to You, And 54they committedgreatmblasphemies.
"Therefore You 55delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them, But when they cried to You 56in the time of their distress, You heard from heaven, and according to Your greatcompassion You 57gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors.
"But 58as soon as they hadrest, they didevilagainbefore You; Therefore You abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they ruled over them. When they criedagain to You, You heard from heaven, And 59manytimes You rescued them according to Your compassion,
And 60admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law. Yet 61they actedarrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances, By 62which if a manobserves them he shall live. And they n63turned a stubbornshoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.
"64However, You bore with them for manyyears, And 65admonished them by 66Your Spiritthrough Your prophets, Yet they would not giveear. Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
"Nevertheless, in Your greatcompassion You 67did not make an end of them or forsake them, For You are 68a gracious and compassionateGod.
32"Now therefore, our God, 69the great, the mighty, and the awesomeGod, who keepscovenant and lovingkindness, Do not let all the hardshipseeminsignificantbefore You, Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people, 70From the days of the kings of Assyria to thisday.
"However, 71You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealtfaithfully, but we have actedwickedly.
"For our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers have not kept Your law Or paidattention to Your commandments and Your oadmonitions with which You have padmonished them.
"But 72they, in their own kingdom, 73With Your greatgoodnesswhich You gave them, With the broad and richlandwhich You setbefore them, Did not serve You or turn from their evildeeds.
36"Behold, 74we are slavestoday, And as to the landwhich You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, Behold, we are slaves in it.
"75Its abundantproduce is for the kingsWhom You have setover us because of our sins; They also ruleover our bodies And over our cattle as they please, So we are in greatdistress.