1 H1697 The words H5166 of Nehemiah H1121 the son H2446 of Hacaliah. H2320 Now it happened in the month H3691 Chislev, H6242 in the twentieth H8141 year, H7800 as I was in Shushan H1002 the palace,
2 H2607 that Hanani, H259 one H251 of my brothers, H935 came, H582 he and certain men H3063 out of Judah; H7592 and I asked H3064 them concerning the Jews H6413 who had escaped, H7604 who were left H7628 of the captivity, H3389 and concerning Jerusalem.
3 H559 They said H7604 to me, "The remnant H7604 who are left H7628 of the captivity H4082 there in the province H1419 are in great H7451 affliction H2781 and reproach. H2346 The wall H3389 of Jerusalem H6555 also is broken down, H8179 and its gates H3341 are burned H784 with fire."
4 H8085 It happened, when I heard H1697 these words, H3427 that I sat down H1058 and wept, H56 and mourned H3117 certain days; H6684 and I fasted H6419 and prayed H6440 before H430 the God H8064 of heaven,
5 H559 and said, H577 "I beg H3068 you, Yahweh, H430 the God H8064 of heaven, H1419 the great H3372 and awesome H410 God, H8104 who keeps H1285 covenant H2617 and loving kindness H157 with those who love H8104 him and keep H4687 his commandments:
6 H241 Let your ear H7183 now be attentive, H5869 and your eyes H6605 open, H8085 that you may listen H8605 to the prayer H5650 of your servant, H6419 which I pray H6440 before H3117 you at this time, H3119 day H3915 and night, H1121 for the children H3478 of Israel H5650 your servants H3034 while I confess H2403 the sins H1121 of the children H3478 of Israel, H2398 which we have sinned H1 against you. Yes, I and my father's H1004 house H2398 have sinned.
7 H2254 We have dealt very H2254 corruptly H8104 against you, and have not kept H4687 the commandments, H2706 nor the statutes, H4941 nor the ordinances, H6680 which you commanded H5650 your servant H4872 Moses.
8 H2142 "Remember, H1697 I beg you, the word H6680 that you commanded H5650 your servant H4872 Moses, H559 saying, H4603 ‘If you trespass, H6327 I will scatter you abroad H5971 among the peoples;
9 H7725 but if you return H8104 to me, and keep H4687 my commandments H6213 and do H5080 them, though your outcasts H7097 were in the uttermost part H8064 of the heavens, H6908 yet will I gather H935 them from there, and will bring H4725 them to the place H977 that I have chosen, H8034 to cause my name H7931 to dwell there.'
10 H5650 "Now these are your servants H5971 and your people, H6299 whom you have redeemed H1419 by your great H3581 power, H2389 and by your strong H3027 hand.
11 H136 Lord, H577 I beg H241 you, let your ear H7183 be attentive H8605 now to the prayer H5650 of your servant, H8605 and to the prayer H5650 of your servants, H2655 who delight H3372 to fear H8034 your name; H6743 and please prosper H5650 your servant H3117 this day, H5414 and grant H7356 him mercy H6440 in the sight H376 of this man." H8248 Now I was cup bearer H4428 to the king.