"Now, therefore, our God, 1the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people, 2since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.
3Yet you have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully 4and we have acted wickedly.
Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law or paid attention to your commandments and your warnings that you gave them.
Even in their own kingdom, 5and amid your great goodness that you gave them, and in the large and 6rich land that you set before them, 7they did not serve you or turn from their wicked works.
Behold, 8we are slaves this day; in the land that you gave to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves.
9And its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They rule over our bodies and over our livestock as they please, and we are in great distress.