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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.

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Nehemías 1

Nehemías ora por su pueblo

1Estas son las palabras de Nehemías hijo de Jacalías:

En el mes de quisleu del año veinte, estando yo en la ciudadela de Susa, llegó Jananí, uno de mis hermanos, junto con algunos hombres de Judá. Entonces les pregunté por el resto de los judíos que se habían librado del destierro, y por Jerusalén.

Ellos me respondieron: «Los que se libraron del destierro y se quedaron en la provincia están enfrentando una gran calamidad y humillación. La muralla de Jerusalén sigue derribada, con sus puertas consumidas por el fuego».

Al escuchar esto, me senté a llorar; hice duelo por algunos días, ayuné y oré al Dios del cielo. Le dije:

«Señor, Dios del cielo, grande y temible, que cumples el pacto y eres fiel con los que te aman y obedecen tus mandamientos, te suplico que me prestes atención, que fijes tus ojos en este siervo tuyo que día y noche ora en favor de tu pueblo Israel. Confieso que los israelitas, entre los cuales estamos incluidos mi familia y yo, hemos pecado contra ti. Te hemos ofendido y nos hemos corrompido mucho; hemos desobedecido los mandamientos, preceptos y decretos que tú mismo diste a tu siervo Moisés.

»Recuerda, te suplico, lo que le dijiste a tu siervo Moisés: “Si ustedes pecan, yo los dispersaré entre las naciones: pero, si se vuelven a mí, y obedecen y ponen en práctica mis mandamientos, aunque hayan sido llevados al lugar más apartado del mundo los recogeré y los haré volver al lugar donde he decidido habitar”.

10 »Ellos son tus siervos y tu pueblo al cual redimiste con gran despliegue de fuerza y poder. 11 Señor, te suplico que escuches nuestra oración, pues somos tus siervos y nos complacemos en honrar tu nombre. Y te pido que a este siervo tuyo le concedas tener éxito y ganarse el favor del rey».

En aquel tiempo yo era copero del rey.