Nehemiah 9:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 By day1 you led2 them with a pillar of cloud,3 and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take. 13 "You came down on Mount Sinai;4 you spoke5 to them from heaven.6 You gave them regulations and laws that are just7 and right, and decrees and commands that are good.8 14 You made known to them your holy Sabbath9 and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses. 15 In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven10 and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock;11 you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand12 to give them.13 16 "But they, our forefathers, became arrogant and stiff-necked,14 and did not obey your commands.15 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember16 the miracles17 you performed among them. They became stiff-necked18 and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.19 But you are a forgiving God,20 gracious and compassionate,21 slow to anger22 and abounding in love.23 Therefore you did not desert them,24 18 even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf25 and said, 'This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,' or when they committed awful blasphemies.26 19 "Because of your great compassion you did not abandon27 them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud28 did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit29 to instruct30 them. You did not withhold your manna31 from their mouths, and you gave them water32 for their thirst. 21 For forty years33 you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing,34 their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.35 22 "You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihona36 king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan.37
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