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Nehemias 1

Nehemiasʼ bøn for Jerusalem

11-2 Denne beretning er skrevet af Nehemias, søn af Hakalja.

Jeg arbejdede som mundskænk for kong Artaxerxes af Persien i det kongelige palads i Susa. I kislev[a] måned i hans 20. regeringsår fik jeg besøg af en af mine slægtninge ved navn Hanani og nogle andre mænd, der lige var kommet fra Juda. Jeg spurgte dem, hvordan det gik med alle de judæere, der var vendt tilbage fra eksilet, og hvordan det stod til i Jerusalem.

„Det går rigtig dårligt,” svarede de. „Folk lever i stor nød og elendighed. Jerusalems mur ligger stadig i ruiner, og de nedbrændte porte er ikke blevet istandsat.”

Da jeg hørte det, satte jeg mig ned og græd og sørgede i flere dage, mens jeg fastede og bad til Himlens Gud.

„Herre, du store og almægtige Gud!” bad jeg. „Vi ved, at du er en Gud, der holder dine pagtsløfter og er trofast over for dem, der elsker dig og adlyder dine befalinger. 6-7 Hør nu din tjeners bøn, lyt til, hvad jeg har på hjerte. Se i nåde til mig, mens jeg dag og nat går i forbøn for dit folk Israel! Jeg erkender, at Israels folk har syndet imod dig, ja også jeg og min familie har syndet ved ikke at adlyde de befalinger, love og forskrifter, som du gav os gennem din tjener Moses. Opfyld nu det løfte du i sin tid gav Moses. Du sagde godt nok, at hvis vi var troløse over for dig, ville du sprede os blandt folkene. Men du sagde også, at hvis vi erkendte vores synder og lovede at adlyde dine befalinger, ville du føre os tilbage til Jerusalem—det sted, du har udvalgt til din bolig—om du så skulle hente os fra verdens fjerneste afkroge.

10 Herre, vi er dine tjenere—det folk, du befriede ved din vældige magt. 11 Hør nu min bøn! Lyt til dem, som ønsker at ære dig! Vær med mig, når jeg træder frem for kongen for at bede ham gøre mig en tjeneste. Gør ham venligt stemt over for min anmodning.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1,1-2 Årets niende måned, svarende til november-december.

New American Standard Bible

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah’s Grief for the Exiles

1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.

Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the [a]capitol, that Hanani, one of my brothers, and [b]some men from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had 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, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.”

When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, “I beseech You, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned 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. Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’ 10 They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to [c]revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.”

Now I was the cupbearer to the king.

Notas al pie

  1. Nehemiah 1:1 Or palace or citadel
  2. Nehemiah 1:2 Lit he and some
  3. Nehemiah 1:11 Or fear