Nehemiah 8

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The Book of Nehemiah

Chapter 9


Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled8 with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.


And the seed of Israel separated11 themselves from all strangers, 5236 and stood4 and confessed101 their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.


And they stood up4 in their place, and read4 in the book of the law of the LORD their God [one] fourth part of the day; and [another] fourth part they confessed,102 and worshipped102 the LORD their God.


Then stood up4 upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, [and] Chenani, and cried4 with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.


Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, [and] Pethahiah, said,4 Stand up3 [and] bless16 the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed17 be thy glorious name, which is exalted38 above all blessing and praise.


Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD alone; thou hast made1 heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein, and thou preservest18 them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth102 thee.


Thou [art] the LORD the God, who didst choose1 Abram, and broughtest him forth52 out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest1 him the name of Abraham;


And foundest1 his heart faithful12 before thee, and madest2 a covenant with him to give2 the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give2 [it, I say], to his seed, and hast performed55 thy words; for thou [art] righteous:


And didst see4 the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest1 their cry by the Red sea;


And shewedst4 signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest1 that they dealt proudly52 against them. So didst thou get4 thee a name, as [it is] this day.


And thou didst divide1 the sea before them, so that they went through4 the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors6 thou threwest52 into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.


Moreover thou leddest52 them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light53 in the way wherein they should go.4


Thou camest down1 also upon mount Sinai, and spakest15 with them from heaven, and gavest4 them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:


And madest known52 unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst14 them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:


And gavest1 them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth52 water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst4 them that they should go in2 to possess2 the land which thou hadst1 sworn to give2 them.


But they and our fathers dealt proudly,52 and hardened55 their necks, and hearkened1 not to thy commandments,


And refused17 to obey,2 neither were mindful1 of thy wonders12 that thou didst1 among them; but hardened55 their necks, and in their rebellion appointed4 a captain to return2 to their bondage: but thou [art] a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest1 them not.


Yea, when they had made1 them a molten calf, and said,4 This [is] thy God that brought thee up52 out of Egypt, and had wrought4 great provocations;


Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest1 them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed1 not from them by day, to lead53 them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light,53 and the way wherein they should go.4


Thou gavest1 also thy good spirit to instruct53 them, and withheldest1 not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest1 them water for their thirst.


Yea, forty years didst thou sustain43 them in the wilderness, [so that] they lacked1 nothing; their clothes waxed not old,1 and their feet swelled1 not.


Moreover thou gavest4 them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide4 them into corners: so they possessed4 the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.


Their children also multipliedst52 thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest55 them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised1 to their fathers, that they should go in2 to possess2 [it].


So the children went in4 and possessed4 the land, and thou subduedst55 before them the inhabitants6 of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest4 them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do2 with them as they would.


And they took4 strong7 cities, and a fat land, and possessed4 houses full of all goods, wells digged,7 vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat,4 and were filled,4 and became fat,55 and delighted101 themselves in thy great goodness.


Nevertheless they were disobedient,55 and rebelled4 against thee, and cast55 thy law behind their backs, and slew1 thy prophets which testified52 against them to turn53 them to thee, and they wrought4 great provocations.


Therefore thou deliveredst4 them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed55 them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried4 unto thee, thou heardest4 [them] from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest4 them saviours,56 who saved55 them out of the hand of their enemies.


But after they had rest,2 they did2 evil again4 before thee: therefore leftest4 thou them in the hand of their enemies,6 so that they had the dominion4 over them: yet when they returned,4 and cried4 unto thee, thou heardest4 [them] from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver55 them according to thy mercies;


And testifiedst55 against them, that thou mightest bring them again53 unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly,52 and hearkened1 not unto thy commandments, but sinned1 against thy judgments, (which if a man do,4 he shall live1 in them;) and withdrew4 5637 6 the shoulder, and hardened52 their neck, and would not hear.1


Yet many years didst thou forbear4 them, and testifiedst55 against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear:52 therefore gavest4 thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.


Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst1 not utterly consume them, nor forsake1 them; for thou [art] a gracious and merciful God.


Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible12 God, who keepest6 covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little4 before thee, that hath come upon1 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 unto this day.


Howbeit thou [art] just in all that is brought6 upon us; for thou hast done1 right, but we have done wickedly:52


Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept1 thy law, nor hearkened52 unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify52 against them.


For they have not served1 thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest1 them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest1 before them, neither turned1 they from their wicked works.


Behold, we [are] servants this day, and [for] the land that thou gavest1 unto our fathers to eat2 the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we [are] servants in it:


And it yieldeth much56 increase unto the kings whom thou hast set1 over us because of our sins: also they have dominion6 over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we [are] in great distress.


And because of all this we make6 a sure [covenant], and write6 [it]; and our princes, Levites, [and] priests, seal7 [unto it].

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