9 1Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of
Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackcloth, and earth upon them.
2And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and
stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of Jehovah
their God a fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they
confessed, and worshipped Jehovah their God.
4Then stood up upon the
stairs of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni,
Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto
Jehovah their God.
5Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani,
Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand
up and bless Jehovah your God from everlasting to everlasting; and blessed be
thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
art Jehovah, even thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens,
with all their host, the earth and all things that are thereon, the seas and
all that is in them, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven
7Thou art Jehovah the God, who didst choose Abram, and
broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of
8and foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a
covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the
Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite, and the Girgashite, to give it
unto his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous.
thou sawest the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by
the Red Sea,
10and showedst 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, and didst get thee a name, as it is this day.
11And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through
the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their pursuers thou didst cast into
the depths, as a stone into the mighty waters.
12Moreover in a pillar of
cloud thou leddest them by day; and in a pillar of fire by night, to give
them light in the way wherein they should go.
13Thou camest down also
upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right
ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments,
known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them commandments, and
statutes, and a law, by Moses thy servant,
15and gavest them bread from
heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock
for their thirst, and commandedst them that they should go in to possess the
land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
16But they and our fathers
dealt proudly and hardened their neck, and hearkened not to thy commandments,
17and refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou
didst among them, but hardened their neck, 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 abundant in lovingkindness, and
forsookest them not.
18Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and
said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought
19yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them
not in the wilderness: the pillar of cloud departed not from over them by
day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show
them light, and the way wherein they should go.
20Thou gavest also thy
good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth,
and gavest them water for their thirst.
21Yea, forty years didst thou
sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their
clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.
22Moreover thou gavest
them kingdoms and peoples, which thou didst allot after their portions: so
they possessed the land of Sihon, even the land of the king of Heshbon, and
the land of Og king of Bashan.
23Their children also multipliedst thou as
the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land concerning which thou
didst say to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.
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 peoples of the land, that they might do with
them as they would.
25And they took fortified cities, and a fat land, and
possessed houses full of all good things, cisterns hewn out, vineyards, and
oliveyards, and fruit-trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled,
and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
26Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast
thy law behind their back, and slew thy prophets that testified against them
to turn them again unto thee, and they wrought great provocations.
27Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their adversaries, who
distressed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee,
thou heardest from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest
them saviours who saved them out of the hand of their adversaries.
after they had rest, they did evil again before thee; therefore leftest thou
them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them:
yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest from heaven; and
many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies,
testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law.
Yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned
against thine ordinances, (which if a man do, he shall live in them,) and
withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.
many years didst thou bear with them, and testifiedst against them by thy
Spirit through thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest
thou them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
thy manifold mercies thou didst not make a full end of them, nor forsake
them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
32Now therefore, our God,
the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and
lovingkindness, let not all the travail 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 unto this day.
33Howbeit thou art just in all that is
come upon us; for thou hast dealt truly, but we have done wickedly;
34neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept
thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies wherewith
thou didst testify against them.
35For 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
36Behold, we are servants this day, and as for the land
that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good
thereof, behold, we are servants in it.
37And it yieldeth much increase
unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have
power over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in
38And yet for all this we make a sure covenant, and write
it; and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, seal unto it.