King James VersionNehemiah1


1 The words of Ne­hemi­ah the son of Hachali­ah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twen­ti­eth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Ju­dah; and I asked them con­cern­ing the Jews that had es­caped, which were left of the cap­tiv­i­ty, and con­cern­ing Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto me, The rem­nant that are left of the cap­tiv­i­ty there in the province are in great af­flic­tion and re­proach: the wall of Jerusalem also is bro­ken down, and the gates there­of are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fast­ed, and prayed be­fore the God of heav­en, 5 And said, I be­seech thee, O LORD God of heav­en, the great and ter­ri­ble God, that keep­eth covenant and mer­cy for them that love him and ob­serve his com­mand­ments: 6 Let thine ear now be at­ten­tive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy ser­vant, which I pray be­fore thee now, day and night, for the chil­dren of Is­rael thy ser­vants, and con­fess the sins of the chil­dren of Is­rael, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned. 7 We have dealt very cor­rupt­ly against thee, and have not kept the com­mand­ments, nor the statutes, nor the judg­ments, which thou com­mand­edst thy ser­vant Moses. 8 Re­mem­ber, I be­seech thee, the word that thou com­mand­edst thy ser­vant Moses, say­ing, If ye transgress, I will scat­ter you abroad among the na­tions: 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my com­mand­ments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the ut­ter­most part of the heav­en, yet will I gath­er them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have cho­sen to set my name there. 10 Now these are thy ser­vants and thy peo­ple, whom thou hast re­deemed by thy great pow­er, and by thy strong hand. 11 O Lord, I be­seech thee, let now thine ear be at­ten­tive to the prayer of thy ser­vant, and to the prayer of thy ser­vants, who de­sire to fear thy name: and pros­per, I pray thee, thy ser­vant this day, and grant him mer­cy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cup­bear­er.