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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 International Reader's Version

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah Prays to the Lord

1These are the words of Nehemiah. He was the son of Hakaliah.

I was in the fort of Susa. I was there in the 20th year that Artaxerxes was king. It was in the month of Kislev. At that time Hanani came from Judah with some other men. He was one of my brothers. I asked him and the other men about the Jews who were left alive in Judah. They had returned from Babylon. I also asked him about Jerusalem.

He and the men with him said to me, “Some of the people who returned are still alive. They are back in the land of Judah. But they are having a hard time. They are ashamed. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down. Its gates have been burned with fire.”

When I heard about these things, I sat down and wept. For several days I was very sad. I didn’t eat any food. And I prayed to the God of heaven. I said,

Lord, you are the God of heaven. You are a great and wonderful God. You keep the covenant you made with those who love you and obey your commandments. You show them your love. Please pay careful attention to my prayer. See how your people are suffering. Please listen to me. I’m praying to you day and night. I’m praying for the people of Israel. We Israelites have committed sins against you. All of us admit it. I and my family have also sinned against you. We’ve done some very evil things. We haven’t obeyed the commands, rules and laws you gave your servant Moses.

“Remember what you told him. You said, ‘If you people are not faithful, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me, I will bring you back. If you obey my commands, I will gather you together again. I will bring you back from the farthest places on earth. I will bring you to the special place where I have chosen to put my Name.’

10 Lord, they are your people. They serve you. You used your great strength and mighty hand to set them free from Egypt. 11 Lord, please pay careful attention to my prayer. Listen to the prayers of all of us. We take delight in bringing honor to your name. Give me success today when I bring my request to King Artaxerxes.”

I was the king’s wine taster.