Nehemiah 9

9 Now in the twenty and fourth day of athis month the children of Israel were assembled with bfasting, and with csackclothes, and dearth upon them. And ethe seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. And they fstood up in their place, and gread in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the Lord their God. Then stood up upon the ||stairs, of the Levites, hJeshua, and hBani, iKadmiel, kShebaniah, lBunni, mSherebiah, hBani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the Lord their God. Then the Levites, hJeshua, and iKadmiel, hBani, nHashabniah, mSherebiah, oHodijah, kShebaniah, and pPethahiah, said,

Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be qthy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. rThou, even thou, art Lord alone; sthou hast made heaven, tthe heaven of heavens, with uall their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou xpreservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose yAbram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of zAbraham; And foundest his heart afaithful before thee, and madest a bcovenant with him to give the land of cthe Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and dhast performed thy words; for thou art righteous: And edidst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest ftheir cry by the Red sea; 10 And gshewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they hdealt proudly against them. So didst thou iget thee a name, as it is this day. 11 And kthou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into lthe deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters. 12 Moreover thou mleddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go. 13 nThou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them oright judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: 14 And madest known unto them thy pholy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: 15 And qgavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and rbroughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should sgo in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them. 16 But they and our fathers tdealt proudly, and uhardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments, 17 And refused to obey, neither xwere mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but uhardened their necks, and in their rebellion yappointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, zgracious and merciful, zaslow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. 18 Yea, bwhen they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought cgreat provocations; 19 Yet thou in dthy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: ethe pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go. 20 Thou gavest also thy fgood spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy gmanna from their mouth, and gavest them gwater for their thirst. 21 Yea, hforty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; itheir clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not. 22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into kcorners: so they possessed the land of lSihon, and the land of the king of mHeshbon, and the land of nOg king of Bashan. 23 Their children also multipliedst thou as othe stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it. 24 So pthe children went in and possessed the land, and qthou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would. 25 And they took strong cities, and a rfat land, and possessed shouses full of all goods, ||wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and tbecame fat, and delighted themselves in uthy great goodness. 26 Nevertheless xthey were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and ycast thy law behind their backs, and zslew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought agreat provocations. 27 bTherefore thou deliveredst 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 cthy manifold mercies thou gavest them dsaviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies. 28 But after they had rest, ethey did evil 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 fmany times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies; 29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they gdealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, h(which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and ihardened their neck, and would not hear. 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and ktestifiedst against them by thy spirit lin thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: mtherefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands. 31 Nevertheless for nthy great mercies’ sake othou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a pgracious and qmerciful God. 32 Now therefore, our God, the rgreat, the mighty, and the terrible God, swho keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that 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, tsince the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day. 33 Howbeit uthou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but xwe have done wickedly: 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them. 35 For they yhave not served thee in their kingdom, and in zthy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and zfat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works. 36 Behold, awe are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: 37 And bit yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress. 38 And because of all this cwe make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

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