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9 On the twenty-fourth day of this monthp the Israelites assembled; they were fasting, wearing sackcloth, and had put dust on their heads.q 2 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners,r and they stoods and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their ancestors.t 3 While they stood in their places,u they read from the book of the law of the Lord their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the dayv in confessionw and worship of the Lord their God. 4 Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the raised platform built for the Levitesx and cried out loudly to the Lord their God. 5 Then the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiahy—said, “Stand up. Blessed be the Lord your God from everlasting to everlasting.”z
Blessed be your glorious name,aa
and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.
You created the heavens,
the highest heavens with all their stars,
the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them,ac
and all the stars of heaven worship you.ad
are the God who chose Abram
and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans,ae
and changed his name to Abraham.af
8 You found his heart faithful in your sight,ag
and made a covenant with him
to give the land of the Canaanites,
Hethites, Amorites, Perizzites,
Jebusites, and Girgashites—
to give it to his descendants.ah
You have fulfilled your promise,
for you are righteous.
9 You saw the oppression of our ancestors in Egyptai
and heard their cry at the Red Sea.
all his officials, and all the people of his land,aj
for you knew how arrogantly they treated our ancestors.
You made a name for yourself
that endures to this day.
and they crossed through it on dry ground.ak
You hurled their pursuers into the depths
like a stone into raging water.al
and with a pillar of fire by night,
to illuminate the way they should go.am
13 You came down on Mount Sinai,an
and spoke to them from heaven.
and good statutes and commands.
and gave them commands, statutes, and instruction
through your servant Moses.a
15 You provided bread from heavenb for their hunger;
you brought them water from the rockc for their thirst.
You told them to go in and possess the land
they became stiff-necked and did not listen to your commands.
and did not remember your wonders
you performed among them.e
They became stiff-necked and appointed a leader
But you are a forgiving God,
gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in faithful love,g
and you did not abandon them.
for themselves and said,
“This is your god who brought you out of Egypt,”h
and they had committed terrible blasphemies,
because of your great compassion.
During the day the pillar of cloud
never turned away from them,
guiding them on their journey.
And during the night the pillar of fire
illuminated the way they should go.i
20 You sent your good Spiritj to instruct them.
You did not withhold your mannak from their mouths,
and you gave them water for their thirst.l
21 You provided for them in the wilderness forty years,m
and they lacked nothing.
Their clothes did not wear out,
and their feet did not swell.n
and established boundaries for them.
They took possession
of the land of King SihonC of Heshbon
and of the land of King Og of Bashan.o
like the stars of the skyp
and brought them to the land
you told their ancestors to go in and possess.
You subdued the Canaanites who inhabited the land before them
and handed their kings and the surrounding peoples over to them,q
to do as they pleased with them.
and took possession of well-supplied houses,
cisterns cut out of rock, vineyards,
olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance.r
They ate, were filled,
became prosperous, and delighted in your great goodness.
They flung your law behind their backss
and killed your prophetst
who warned them
in order to turn them back to you.
They committed terrible blasphemies.
who oppressed them.
In their time of distress, they cried out to you,
and you heard from heaven.
In your abundant compassion
from the power of their enemies.
they again did what was evil in your sight.
So you abandoned them to the power of their enemies,
who dominated them.
When they cried out to you again,
you heard from heaven and rescued them
many times in your compassion.a
but they acted arrogantly
and would not obey your commands.
They sinned against your ordinances,
which a person will live by if he does them.b
They stubbornly resisted,A
stiffened their necks, and would not obey.
and your Spirit warned them through your prophets,c
but they would not listen.
Therefore, you handed them over to the surrounding peoples.d
you did not destroy them or abandon them,e
for you are a gracious and compassionate God.f
and awe-inspiring God who keeps his gracious covenantg—
do not view lightly all the hardships that have afflicted us,
our kings and leaders,
our priests and prophets,
our ancestors and all your people,
from the days of the Assyrian kingsh until today.
because you have acted faithfully,
while we have acted wickedly.i
did not obey your law
or listen to your commands
and warnings you gave them.
with your abundant goodness that you gave them,
and in the spacious and fertile land you set before them,j
they would not serve you or turn from their wicked ways.
slaves in the land you gave our ancestors
so that they could enjoy its fruit and its goodness.
Here we are—slaves in it!k
you have set over us,
because of our sins.
They rule over our bodies
and our livestock as they please.l
We are in great distress.
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