1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev,
in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them
concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning
3 And they said to me, The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are
there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and its
gates have been burned with fire.
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for days;
and was fasting and praying before the God of Heaven.
5 And I said, I beseech You, O Jehovah the God of Heaven, O great and awesome Mighty God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and keep Your commandments:
6 Let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your
servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your
servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You.
Both my father's house and I have sinned.
7 We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the
statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech You, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses,
saying, If you act unfaithfully, I will scatter you among the nations;
9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though you were
cast out to the ends of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the
place where I have chosen to establish My name.
10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your
great power, and by Your strong hand.
11 O Lord, I beseech You, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to
the prayer of Your servants who delight to fear Your name; and give Your servant success
this day, and grant him mercy before this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.