Nehemiah 9


9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children
 of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes,
 and earth upon them.
9:2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all
 strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the
 iniquities of their fathers.
9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of
 the law of the LORD their God [one] fourth part of the day; and
 [another] fourth part they confessed, and worshiped the LORD
 their God.
9:4 Then stood upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and
 Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, [and]
 Chenani, and cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God.
9:5 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.
9:6 Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD alone; thou hast made heaven,
 the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all
 [things] that [are] in it, the seas, and all that [is] in them,
 and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshipeth
 thee.
9:7 Thou [art] the LORD the God, who chosest Abram, and
 broughtest him forth from Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him
 the name of Abraham;
9:8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a
 covenant with him, to give the land of the Canaanites, the
 Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites,
 and the Girgashites, to give [it], [I say], to his seed, and
 hast performed thy words; for thou [art] righteous:
9:9 And thou sawest the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and
 heardest their cry by the Red sea;
9:10 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his
 servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest
 that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a
 name, as [it is] this day.
9:11 And thou 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 the deeps, as a stone into the
 mighty waters.
9:12 Moreover, thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar;
 and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the
 way in which they should go.
9:13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spokest with
 them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true
 laws, good statutes and commandments:
9:14 And madest known to them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst
 them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy
 servant:
9:15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and
 broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their
 thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess
 the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
9:16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their
 necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,
9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders
 that thou didst perform among them; but hardened their necks,
 and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their
 bondage: but thou [art] a God ready to pardon, gracious and
 merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest
 them not.
9:18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This
 [is] thy God that brought thee out of Egypt, and had wrought
 great provocations;
9:19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the
 wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by
 day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by
 night, to show them light, and the way in which they should go.
9:20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and
 withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them
 water for their thirst.
9:21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness,
 [so that] they lacked nothing; their clothes grew not old, and
 their feet swelled not.
9:22 Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst
 divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon,
 and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of
 Bashan.
9:23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the 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].
9:24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou
 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.
9:25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed
 houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards and
 olive-yards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they ate and were
 filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great
 goodness.
9:26 Nevertheless, they were disobedient, and rebelled against
 thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy
 prophets who testified against them to turn them to thee, and
 they wrought great provocations.
9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their
 enemies, who distressed them: and in the time of their trouble,
 when they cried to thee, thou hearedest [them] from heaven; and
 according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them deliverers,
 who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
9:28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee:
 therefore thou leftest them in the hand of their enemies, so
 that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned
 and cried to thee, thou hearedest [them] from heaven; and many
 times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;
9:29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them
 again to thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not to
 thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a
 man doeth, he shall live in them:) and withdrew the shoulder,
 and hardened their neck, and would not hear.
9:30 Yet many years didst thou forbear over them, and
 testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet
 would they not give ear: therefore thou gavest them into the
 hand of the people of the lands.
9:31 Nevertheless, for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not
 utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou [art] a
 gracious and merciful God.
9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the
 terrible God, who 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, since the time of
 the kings of Assyria to this day.
9:33 But thou [art] just in all that is brought upon us; for
 thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:
9:34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our
 fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened to thy commandments and
 thy testimonies, with which thou didst testify against them.
9:35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy
 great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat
 land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from
 their wicked works.
9:36 Behold, we [are] servants this day, and [for] the land that
 thou gavest to our fathers to eat the fruit of it and the good
 of it, behold, we [are] servants in it:
9:37 And it yieldeth much increase to 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.
9:38 And because of all this we make a sure [covenant], and
 write [it]; and our princes, Levites, [and] priests, set their
 seals [to it].
 
 

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