1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month a, in the twentieth year, as I was in b the palace,
2 That a, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The a that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 ¶And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and a, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, a great and terrible God, that b covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and a the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will a you abroad among the nations:
9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I a them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10 Now these are thy servants and thy a, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to a thy name: and b, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.