Nehemiah 9:1-5 (New International Version)

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The Israelites Confess Their Sins

1 On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads.1 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners.2 They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their fathers.3 3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the LORD their God. 4 Standing on the stairs were the Levites4--Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Kenani--who called with loud voices to the LORD their God. 5 And the Levites--Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah--said: "Stand up and praise the LORD your God,5 who is from everlasting to everlasting.a " "Blessed be your glorious name,6 and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.
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