Nehemiah 9 ©
A solemn general fast and humiliation. The Levites make a religious confession of God's manifold goodness, and of the national sins, which had occasioned the people's miseries.
Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
Thou, even thou, iart LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, jthe heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou kpreservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
And foundest his heart nfaithful before thee, and madest a ocovenant with him to give the land of the pCanaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and qhast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
And ygavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and zbroughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should ago in to possess the land 4which thou hadst sworn to give them.
And refused to obey, neither cwere mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion dappointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art 5a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and eforsookest them not.
Yea, fwhen they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;
Moreover thou jgavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into kcorners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of lHeshbon, and the land of mOg king of Bashan.
Their children also nmultipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and obroughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst ppromised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.
And they took rstrong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, 7wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and 8fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
Nevertheless they swere disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and tcast thy law behind their backs, and uslew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
Therefore thou vdeliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who *vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them wsaviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
But after they had xrest, 9they did yevil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and zmany times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;
And atestifiedst against them, that thou bmightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which cif a man do, he shall live in them;) and 10withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.
Yet many years ddidst thou 11forbear them, and etestifiedst against them by thy spirit 12in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: ftherefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.
Now therefore, jour God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, kwho keepest covenant and mercy, llet not all the 13trouble seem little before thee, 14that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the mtime of the kings of Assyria unto this day.