Amplified Bible

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah’s Grief for the Exiles

1The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah:

Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the [a]twentieth year [of the [b]Persian king], as I was in the [c]capitol of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them about the surviving Jews who had escaped and survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem. They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its [fortified] gates have been burned (destroyed) by fire.”

Now it came about when I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying [constantly] before the God of heaven. And I said, “Please, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You, day and night, on behalf of Your servants, the [d]sons (descendants) of Israel (Jacob), confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have committed against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Please remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful and violate your obligations to Me I will scatter you [abroad] among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered are in the most remote part of the [e]heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen for My [f]Name to dwell.’ 10 Now they are Your servants and Your people whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. 11 Please, O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to [reverently] fear Your Name [Your essence, Your nature, Your attributes, with awe]; and make Your servant successful this day and grant him compassion in the sight of this man [the king].”

For I was [g]cupbearer to the king [of Persia].

Notas al pie

  1. Nehemiah 1:1 445 b.c.
  2. Nehemiah 1:1 Artaxerxes I (son of Xerxes I) ruled the Persian Empire from 465-424 b.c.
  3. Nehemiah 1:1 Or palace or citadel.
  4. Nehemiah 1:6 In general, sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites refers to all the people (males and females) of the various tribes descended from the twelve sons (Gen 35:23-26) of Jacob (later renamed Israel by God). In verses concerning things such as warfare or circumcision sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites usually refers only to the males. Tribes of ancient people were identified by the name of their founding ancestor. Therefore, this same general rule applies when referring to individual tribal groups, e.g. sons of Reuben, Reuben, Reubenites and so throughout.
  5. Nehemiah 1:9 This seems to be a hypothetical expression, but the grammatical form is that of a real possibility, to emphasize that God will find His people no matter where in the world they may be.
  6. Nehemiah 1:9 See note Deut 12:5.
  7. Nehemiah 1:11 The cupbearer was an official of high rank in royal courts. He served the wine at the king’s table and sometimes tasted it first to be certain it was not poisoned. He was often a trusted confidant of the ruler, and his position was one of influence in the court.

Korean Living Bible

느헤미야 1

느헤미야의 기도

1이것은 하가랴의 아들 느헤미야의 기록이다. 페르시아의 아르타크셀크세스황 제 20년 [a]9월에 나는 수산궁에 있었다.

그때 내 형제 가운데 하나니가 다른 몇 사람과 함께 유다에서 도착하였다. 그래서 나는 포로로 잡혀오지 않고 남아 있는 사람들과 예루살렘의 형편에 대해서 물어 보았다.

그러자 그들은 포로로 잡혀 오지 않고 그 땅에 남아 있는 사람들이 큰 어려움과 수모를 당하고 있으며 예루살렘 성벽은 무너진 채 그대로 있고 성문은 불탄 이후로 다시 세우지 못했다고 말해 주었다.

나는 이 말을 듣고 주저앉아 울다가 며칠 동안 슬퍼하고 금식하며 하나님께 이렇게 기도하였다.

“하늘의 하나님 여호와여, 크고 두려우신 하나님이시여, 주를 사랑하고 주의 명령을 지키는 자에게 주는 약속을 지키시고 자비를 베푸시는 분이십니다.

여호와여, 내가 주의 종들인 이스라엘 백성을 위해 밤낮으로 부르짖는 기도에 귀를 기울이시고 들으소서. 나와 내 백성이 주께 범죄한 것을 고백합니다.

우리는 주 앞에서 악을 행하고 주의 명령에 불순종하였으며 주의 종 모세를 통해 우리에게 주신 법과 규정을 지키지 않았습니다.

주께서는 주의 종 모세에게 이렇게 말씀하셨습니다. ‘만일 너희가 범죄하면 내가 너희를 세계 각처에 흩어 버릴 것이다.

그러나 너희가 나에게 돌아와 내 명령에 순종하면 너희가 비록 멀리 포로로 잡혀가 있을지라도 내가 경배를 받으려고 택한 곳으로 너희를 다시 불러모을 것이다.’ 여호와여, 이제 주께서 하신 이 말씀을 기억하소서.

10 우리는 다 주의 종들이며 주께서 큰 능력과 힘으로 구원하신 주의 백성들입니다.

11 여호와여, 이 종의 기도와 주의 이름을 높이고자 하는 종들의 기도를 들으소서. 이제 주께서 이 종을 도우셔서 황제의 은혜를 입게 하소서.” 그 당시 나는 황제에게 술을 따르는 관리였다.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 원문에는 ‘기슬르월’, 태양력으로는 12월.