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. 2At 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.
3He 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.”
4When 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. 5I 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. 6Please 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. 7We’ve done some very evil things. We haven’t obeyed the commands, rules and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8“Remember what you told him. You said, ‘If you people are not faithful, I will scatter you among the nations. 9But 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. 11Lord, 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.
Okusaba kwa Nekkemiya
11:1 Nek 10:1; Zek 7:1Ebigambo bya Nekkemiya mutabani wa Kakaliya:
Awo mu mwezi gwa Kisuleevu mu mwaka ogw’amakumi abiri1:1 Bino byabaawo oluvannyuma lw’emyaka kyenda mu gumu (91), ng’abaawaŋŋangusibwa bakomyewo; nga mu mwaka 446 bc. bwe nnali nga ndi mu lubiri mu kibuga ekikulu ekya Susani,1:1 Susani ky’ekibuga bakabaka b’e Buperusi abasatu gye baabeeranga mu biseera eby’obutiti. Ekibuga ekyo kyali mu kiwonvu ky’omugga Tigiriisi. 21:2 a Nek 7:2 b Yer 52:28Kanani, omu ku baganda bange, n’ajja n’abamu ku basajja okuva mu Yuda, ne mubuuza ku bikwata ku kitundu ky’Abayudaaya ekyasigalawo, ne ku bifa mu Yerusaalemi. 31:3 2Bk 25:10; Nek 2:3, 13, 17Ne bantegeeza nti, “Abaawaŋŋangusibwa abaddayo mu ssaza1:3 Obwakabaka bwa Buperusi bwalina amasaza asatu. Essaza lya Yuda lyafugibwanga mu Samaliya. bali mu kabi kanene ne mu nnaku nnyingi; bbugwe wa Yerusaalemi yamenyebwa, era ne wankaaki waakyo yayokebwa omuliro.” 41:4 a Zab 137:1 b Ezr 9:4Awo bwe nawulira ebigambo ebyo, ne ntuula wansi ne nkaaba, ne mmala ebiro nga nnakuwadde, nga nsiiba era nga nsaba mu maaso ga Katonda w’eggulu. 51:5 a Ma 7:21; Nek 4:14 b Kuv 20:6; Dan 9:4Ne njogera nti,
“Ayi Mukama Katonda w’eggulu, Katonda omukulu ow’entiisa, akuuma endagaano ye, era ayagala abo abagondera amateeka ge. 61:6 a 1Bk 8:29 b Dan 9:17Ozibule amaaso go, otege okutu okuwulira okusaba kw’omuddu wo kwe nsaba mu maaso go emisana n’ekiro ku lwa baddu bo abantu ba Isirayiri. Njatula ebibi bye twakola, ffe Abayisirayiri, nga nange n’ennyumba ya kitange mwe tuli. 71:7 Ma 28:14-15; Zab 106:6Twasobya mu maaso go, ne tutagoberera mateeka go n’ebiragiro byo bye watuma omuddu wo Musa.
81:8 a 2Bk 20:3 b Lv 26:33“Jjukira ebiragiro bye wawa omuddu wo Musa, ng’oyogera nti, ‘Bwe mutaabeerenga beesigwa, ndibasaasaanya mu mawanga, 91:9 a Ma 30:4 b 1Bk 8:48; Yer 29:14naye bwe mulikyuka ne mukomawo gye ndi, ne mugondera amateeka gange, abantu bammwe abaawaŋŋangusibwa ne bwe banaabeeranga ku nkomerero y’eggulu, ndibakuŋŋaanyayo ne mbaleeta mu kifo kye neeroboza okubeerangamu Erinnya lyange.’
101:10 Kuv 32:11; Ma 9:29“Abo be baddu bo era be bantu bo be wanunula n’amaanyi go amangi era n’omukono gwo ogw’amaanyi. 111:11 a nny 6 b Lub 40:1Ayi Mukama, otege okutu eri okusaba kw’omuddu wo n’eri okusaba kw’abaddu bo abatya erinnya lyo. Omuddu wo omusobozese okulaba ekisa mu maaso g’omusajja ono.”
Ebiro ebyo nnali musenero wa kabaka.