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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 Living Translation

Nehemiah 1

1These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

Nehemiah’s Concern for Jerusalem

In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign,[a] I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.

They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said,

“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.

“Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth,[b] I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’

10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me.[c] Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”

In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Hebrew In the month of Kislev of the twentieth year. A number of dates in the book of Nehemiah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Persian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred within the months of November and December 446 B.c. The twentieth year probably refers to the reign of King Artaxerxes I; compare 2:1; 5:14.
  2. 1:9 Hebrew of the heavens.
  3. 1:11 Hebrew today in the sight of this man.