1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And
it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year,
as I was in Shushan the palace,
1:2 That Hanani, 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
1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant 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.
1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I
sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and
prayed before the God of heaven,
1:5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the
great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for
them that love him and observe his commandments:
1:6 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 confess the sins of the children of
Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my
father's house have sinned.
1:7 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.
1:8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou
commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I
will scatter you abroad among the nations:
1:9 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 gather them from
thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have
chosen to set my name there.
1:10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou
hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
1:11 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 fear thy name: and prosper, I pray
thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight
of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.