1 Verba Nehemiae filii Hacha liae. Et factum est in mense Ca sleu, anno vicesimo, et ego eram in castro Susan.
2 Et venit Hanani unus de fratribus meis, ipse et viri ex Iuda; et interrogavi eos de Iudaeis, qui salvati erant et supererant de captivitate, et de Ierusalem.
3 Et dixerunt mihi: "Superstites, qui supererant de captivitate ibi in provincia, in afflictione magna sunt et in opprobrio; et murus Ierusalem dissipatus est, et portae eius combustae sunt igne".
4 Cumque audissem verba huiuscemodi, sedi et flevi et luxi diebus multis; ieiunabam et orabam ante faciem Dei caeli.
5 Et dixi: "Quaeso, Domine, Deus caeli, Deus fortis, magne atque terribilis, qui custodis pactum et misericordiam cum his, qui te diligunt et custodiunt mandata tua;
6 fiat auris tua auscultans, et oculi tui aperti, ut audias orationem servi tui, quam ego oro coram te hodie, die et nocte pro filiis Israel servis tuis, et confiteor pro peccatis filiorum Israel, quibus peccaverunt tibi. Ego quoque et domus patris mei peccavimus,
7 delinquentes deliquimus contra te et non custodivimus praecepta et mandata et iudicia, quae praecepisti Moysi famulo tuo.
8 Memento verbi, quod mandasti Moysi servo tuo dicens: "Cum transgressi fueritis, ego dispergam vos in populos;
9 si autem revertamini ad me et custodiatis praecepta mea et faciatis ea, etiamsi abducti fueritis in extrema caeli, inde congregabo vos et reducam in locum quem elegi, ut habitaret nomen meum ibi".
10 Ipsi enim sunt servi tui et populus tuus, quos redemisti in fortitudine tua magna et in manu tua valida.
11 Obsecro, Domine, sit auris tua attendens ad orationem servi tui et ad orationem servorum tuorum, qui volunt timere nomen tuum; et fac servum tuum prosperari hodie et da ei gratiam ante virum hunc". Ego enim eram pincerna regis.
King James Version
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,
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 Jerusalem.
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.
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,
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:
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.
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 scatter 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 gather 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 people, 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 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.