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          DASV: Nehemiah 1    

1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now in the month Chislev,
in the twentieth year, as I was in the citadel of Susa,
2 one of my brothers, Hanani came along with certain men from Judah.
I asked them about the Jews who had survived, having escaped the
exile, and about Jerusalem.
3 They told me, "The remnant who survived the exile in the province
are in great trouble and humiliation. The wall of Jerusalem
is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."

4 When I heard these words, I sat down and wept, and mourned
for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 I prayed, "O LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God,
who keeps his covenant and steadfast love with those who love
him and keep his commandments,
6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of
your servant that I am now praying before you both day and night
for the Israelites your servants. I confess the sins of the people
of Israel that we have sinned against you. Yes, both I and my
family have sinned.
7 We have acted very corruptly against you, and have not kept the
commandments, the statutes, or the regulations you commanded your
servant Moses.
8 Please remember the word you told your servant Moses, 'If you
trespass, I will scatter you among the nations,
9 but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them,
even though your exiles are scattered to the most distant places
under the heavens, yet even from there will I gather them,
and will bring them back to the place where I have chosen,
to make my name to dwell.'
10 Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have
redeemed by your great power and strong hand.
11 O Lord, please let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your
servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear
your name. Please, give your servant success today, and grant him
mercy in the sight of this man." Now I was cupbearer to the king.

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