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Nehemiah 1:4–10

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When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.f For some days I mourned and fastedg and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said:

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God,h who keeps his covenant of lovei with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hearj the prayerk your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confessl the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedlym toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

“Remembern the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scattero you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gatherp them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’q

10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.r

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