1The words of Nehemiah #Neh 10:1 son of Hacaliah:
News from Jerusalem
During the month of Chislev # = November–December #Zch 7:1 in the twentieth year, # Artaxerxes reigned 465-425 b.c. #Ezr 7:1Neh 2:1 when I was in the fortress city of Susa, #Est 1:2Dn 8:2 2Hanani, #Neh 7:2 one of my brothers, arrived with men from Judah, and I questioned them about Jerusalem and the Jewish remnant #Ezr 9:8Is 10:20-22 that had survived the exile. #Ezr 1:11 3They said to me, “The remnant in the province, #Ezr 2:1Neh 11:3 who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned down.” #Ezr 4:12-13Neh 2:13
4When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying #Ezr 9:3|NoBook| 10:1Ps 35:13Dn 9:3Lk 2:37Ac 13:3 before the God of heaven. #Ezr 1:2Neh 2:4 5I said, #Dn 9:4-19
Yahweh, the God of heaven, the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant with those who love Him #Dt 6:57:9-11Rm 8:28 and keep His commands, #Dn 9:4 6let Your eyes be open and Your ears be attentive #2Ch 6:40 to hear Your servant’s prayer that I now pray to You day and night #Ps 88:1-22Tm 1:3 for Your servants, the Israelites. I confess the sins # Lit sins of the Israelites we have committed against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned. #Dn 9:5 7We have acted corruptly toward You and have not kept the commands, statutes, and ordinances You gave Your servant Moses. #2Ch 29:6Dn 9:5-6 8Please remember what You commanded Your servant Moses: “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples. #Dt 4:25-27|NoBook| 28:64Dn 9:7 9But if you return to Me and carefully observe My commands, even though your exiles were banished to the ends of the earth, # Lit skies I will gather them from there and bring them to the place where I chose to have My name dwell.” #Dt 30:1-5 10They are Your servants and Your people. You redeemed them by Your great power and strong hand. #Dt 9:29Dn 9:15 11Please, Lord, let Your ear be attentive #2Ch 6:40 to the prayer of Your servant and to that of Your servants who delight to revere Your name. Give Your servant success today, #Gn 24:12 and have compassion on him in the presence of this man. # = the king #Neh 2:1
At the time, I was the king’s cupbearer. #Gn 40:20
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