Nehemiah 1 ©
Nehemiah, informed by Hanani concerning the afflicted state of Jerusalem, mourneth, fasteth, and prayeth. His prayer.
That eHanani, 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.
And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the fprovince are gin great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also his broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
Let lthine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, mday and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and nconfess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
rBut if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; sthough 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 tplace that I have chosen to set my name there.
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.