Nehemiah 9

The People Confess Their Sin

1Now on the twenty-fourth day of a  this month the sons of Israel assembled b  with fasting, in sackcloth and with c  dirt upon them. 2The
Lit seed
e  descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and f  confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3While g  they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the  Lord their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the  Lord their God. 4 h  Now on the Levites’ platform stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Chenani, and they cried with a loud voice to the  Lord their God.

5Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the  Lord your God forever and ever! O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 i  You alone are the  Lord.
j  You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
k  You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.
7“You are the  Lord God,
l  Who chose Abram
And brought him out from m  Ur of the Chaldees,
And n  gave him the name Abraham.
8You found o  his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give him the land of the Canaanite,
Of the Hittite and the Amorite,
Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite
To give it to his
Lit seed
And You q  have fulfilled Your promise,
For You are righteous.

9 r  You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt,
And s  heard their cry by the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea.
10Then You performed u  signs and wonders against Pharaoh,
Against all his servants and all the people of his land;
For You knew that v  they acted arrogantly toward them,
And w  made a name for Yourself as it is this day.
11 x  You divided the sea before them,
So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground;
And y  their pursuers You hurled into the depths,
Like a stone into
Lit strong, mighty
raging waters.
12And with a pillar of cloud aa  You led them by day,
And with a pillar of fire by night
To light for them the way
In which they were to go.
13“Then ab  You came down on Mount Sinai,
And ac  spoke with them from heaven;
You gave them ad  just ordinances and true laws,
Good statutes and commandments.
14So You made known to them ae  Your holy sabbath,
And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law,
Through Your servant Moses.
15“You af  provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger,
You ag  brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst,
And You ah  told them to enter in order to possess
The land which You
Lit lifted up Your hand
swore to give them.

16But they, our fathers aj  acted arrogantly;
Lit stiffened their neck; so also v 17
al  became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.
17They refused to listen,
And am  did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them;
So they became stubborn and an  appointed a leader to return to their slavery
So Gr and some Heb mss; Heb reads in their rebellion
in Egypt.
But You are a God ap  of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;
And You did not forsake them.
18Even when they aq  made for themselves
A calf of molten metal
And said, ‘This is your God
Who brought you up from Egypt,’
And committed great
Lit acts of contempt
19 as  You, in Your great compassion,
Did not forsake them in the wilderness;
at  The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,
To guide them on their way,
Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.
20 au  You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,
Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth,
And You gave them water for their thirst.
21“Indeed, av  forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want;
Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.
22You also gave them kingdoms and peoples,
And allotted them to them as a
Lit side, corner
ax  They took possession of the land of Sihon
So the Gr and the Latin; Heb reads and the land of the king of Heshbon
the king of Heshbon
And the land of Og the king of Bashan.
23You made their sons numerous as az  the stars of heaven,
And You brought them into the land
Which You had told their fathers to enter and possess.
24 ba  So their sons entered and possessed the land.
And bb  You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites,
And You gave them into their hand, with their kings and the peoples of the land,
To do with them
Lit according to their desire
as they desired.
25 bd  They captured fortified cities and a
Lit fat
bf  fertile land.
They took possession of bg  houses full of every good thing,
Hewn cisterns, vineyards, olive groves,
Fruit trees in abundance.
So they ate, were filled and bh  grew fat,
And bi  reveled in Your great goodness.

26 bj  But they became disobedient and rebelled against You,
And bk  cast Your law behind their backs
And bl  killed Your prophets who had bm  admonished them
So that they might return to You,
And bn  they committed great
Lit acts of contempt
27“Therefore You bp  delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them,
But when they cried to You bq  in the time of their distress,
You heard from heaven, and according to Your great compassion
You br  gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors.
28“But bs  as soon as they had rest, they did evil again before You;
Therefore You abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they ruled over them.
When they cried again to You, You heard from heaven,
And bt  many times You rescued them according to Your compassion,
29And bu  admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law.
Yet bv  they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances,
By bw  which if a man observes them he shall live.
And they
Lit gave
by  turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.
30 bz  However, You bore with them for many years,
And ca  admonished them by cb  Your Spirit through Your prophets,
Yet they would not give ear.
Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
31Nevertheless, in Your great compassion You cc  did not make an end of them or forsake them,
For You are cd  a gracious and compassionate God.

32Now therefore, our God ce  the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness,
Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before You,
Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people,
cf  From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day.
33“However, cg  You are just in all that has come upon us;
For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.
34For our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers have not kept Your law
Or paid attention to Your commandments and Your
Lit testimonies
admonitions with which You have
Or witnessed
admonished them.
35“But cj  they, in their own kingdom,
ck  With Your great goodness which You gave them,
With the broad and rich land which You set before them,
Did not serve You or turn from their evil deeds.
36Behold cl  we are slaves today,
And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty,
Behold, we are slaves in it.
37 cm  Its abundant produce is for the kings
Whom You have set over us because of our sins;
They also rule over our bodies
And over our cattle as they please,
So we are in great distress.

A Covenant Results

Ch 10:1 in Heb
Now because of all this
co  We are making an agreement in writing;
And on the cp  sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

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