The Message

Nehemiah 1

11-2 The memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

It was the month of Kislev in the twentieth year. At the time I was in the palace complex at Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, had just arrived from Judah with some fellow Jews. I asked them about the conditions among the Jews there who had survived the exile, and about Jerusalem.

They told me, “The exile survivors who are left there in the province are in bad shape. Conditions are appalling. The wall of Jerusalem is still rubble; the city gates are still cinders.”

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven.

5-6 I said, “God, God-of-Heaven, the great and awesome God, loyal to his covenant and faithful to those who love him and obey his commands: Look at me, listen to me. Pay attention to this prayer of your servant that I’m praying day and night in intercession for your servants, the People of Israel, confessing the sins of the People of Israel. And I’m including myself, I and my ancestors, among those who have sinned against you.

7-9 “We’ve treated you like dirt: We haven’t done what you told us, haven’t followed your commands, and haven’t respected the decisions you gave to Moses your servant. All the same, remember the warning you posted to your servant Moses: ‘If you betray me, I’ll scatter you to the four winds, but if you come back to me and do what I tell you, I’ll gather up all these scattered peoples from wherever they ended up and put them back in the place I chose to mark with my Name.’

10-11 “Well, there they are—your servants, your people whom you so powerfully and impressively redeemed. O Master, listen to me, listen to your servant’s prayer—and yes, to all your servants who delight in honoring you—and make me successful today so that I get what I want from the king.”

I was cupbearer to the king.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

尼希米記 1

尼希米的禱告

1以下是哈迦利亞的兒子尼希米的記述。

波斯王亞達薛西二十年基斯流月[a],我在書珊城裡。 從猶大來了我的一個兄弟哈拿尼和一些人,我問他們有關從流亡之地歸回的猶太餘民和耶路撒冷的情況。 他們回答說:「那些從流亡之地歸回猶大省的人深陷苦難,飽受凌辱。耶路撒冷的城牆已經倒塌,城門也被燒毀。」

我一聽見這消息,就坐下痛哭,悲傷了好幾天。我在天上的上帝面前禁食禱告,說:

「天上的上帝耶和華啊,你是偉大而可畏的上帝,你向愛你、守你誡命的人守約,施慈愛。 僕人在你面前晝夜為你的眾僕人以色列民祈禱,求你睜眼察看,側耳傾聽。我承認以色列人向你所犯的罪,以及我和我的家族所犯的罪。 我們行事敗壞,沒有遵守你賜給你僕人摩西的誡命、律例和典章。 求你顧念你對你僕人摩西所說的話,『如果你們不忠,我必把你們驅散到列邦中。 但如果你們轉向我,謹遵我的誡命,即使你們流落天涯,我也必從那裡把你們召集到我選為我名所在之地。』 10 我們是你的僕人、你的子民,是你用大能大力救贖的。 11 主啊,求你側耳聽你僕人的禱告,垂聽那些喜愛敬畏你名的眾僕人的祈求,使你僕人今天亨通,在王面前蒙恩。」

我是王的侍酒總管。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·1 基斯流月」即希伯來曆的九月,陽曆是十一月中旬到十二月中旬。