1 H1697 The words H5166 of Nehemiah H1121 the son H2446 of Hachaliah H2320 . And it came to pass in the month H3691 Chisleu H6242 , in the twentieth H8141 year H7800 , as I was in Shushan H1002 the palace,
2 H2607 That Hanani H259 , one H251 of my brethren H935 [H8799] , came H582 , he and certain men H3063 of Judah H7592 [H8799] ; and I asked H3064 them concerning the Jews H6413 that had escaped H7604 [H8738] , who were left H7628 of the captivity H3389 , and concerning Jerusalem.
3 H559 [H8799] And they said H7604 [H8737] to me, The remnant H7604 [H8738] that 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 [H8794] also is broken down H8179 , and its gates H3341 [H8738] are burned H784 with fire.
4 H8085 [H8800] And it came to pass, when I heard H1697 these words H3427 [H8804] , that I sat down H1058 [H8799] and wept H56 [H8691] , and mourned H3117 certain days H6684 [H8802] , and fasted H6419 [H8693] , and prayed H6440 before H430 the God H8064 of heaven,
5 H559 [H8799] And said H577 , I beseech H3068 thee, O LORD H430 God H8064 of heaven H1419 , the great H3372 [H8737] and terrible H410 God H8104 [H8802] , that keepeth H1285 covenant H2617 and mercy H157 [H8802] for them that love H8104 [H8802] him and observe H4687 his commandments:
6 H241 Let thy ear H7183 now be attentive H5869 , and thy eyes H6605 [H8803] open H8085 [H8800] , that thou mayest hear H8605 the prayer H5650 of thy servant H6419 [H8693] , which I pray H6440 before H3117 thee now H3119 , day H3915 and night H1121 , for the children H3478 of Israel H5650 thy servants H3034 [H8693] , and confess H2403 the sins H1121 of the children H3478 of Israel H2398 [H8804] , which we have sinned H1 against thee: both I and my father's H1004 house H2398 [H8804] have sinned.
7 H2254 [H8800] We have dealt very H2254 [H8804] corruptly H8104 [H8804] against thee, and have not kept H4687 the commandments H2706 , nor the statutes H4941 , nor the judgments H6680 [H8765] , which thou didst command H5650 thy servant H4872 Moses.
8 H2142 [H8798] Remember H1697 , I beseech thee, the word H6680 [H8765] that thou didst command H5650 thy servant H4872 Moses H559 [H8800] , saying H4603 [H8799] , If ye transgress H6327 [H8686] , I will scatter you abroad H5971 among the nations:
9 H7725 [H8804] But if ye turn H8104 [H8804] to me, and keep H4687 my commandments H6213 [H8804] , and do H5080 [H8737] them; though there were of you driven H7097 to the uttermost part H8064 of the heaven H6908 [H8762] , yet will I gather H935 [H8689] them from there, and will bring H4725 them to the place H977 [H8804] that I have chosen H7931 [H8763] to set H8034 my name there.
10 H5650 Now these are thy servants H5971 and thy people H6299 [H8804] , whom thou hast redeemed H1419 by thy great H3581 power H2389 , and by thy strong H3027 hand.
11 H136 O Lord H577 , I beseech H241 thee, let now thy ear H7183 be attentive H8605 to the prayer H5650 of thy servant H8605 , and to the prayer H5650 of thy servants H2655 , who desire H3372 [H8800] to fear H8034 thy name H6743 [H8685] : and prosper H5650 , I pray thee, thy servant H3117 this day H5414 [H8798] , and grant H7356 him mercy H6440 in the sight H376 of this man H4428 . For I was the king's H8248 [H8688] cupbearer.