New International Reader's Version

Nehemiah 1:1-11

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.’

10Lord, 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.

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Nehemiah 1:1-11

Àdúrà Nehemiah

1Ọ̀rọ̀ Nehemiah ọmọ Hakaliah:

Ní oṣù Kisleu ní ogún ọdún (ìjọba Ahaswerusi ọba Persia) nígbà tí mo wà ní ààfin Susa, 2Hanani, ọ̀kan nínú àwọn arákùnrin mi wá láti Juda pẹ̀lú àwọn ọkùnrin kan, mo sì béèrè lọ́wọ́ wọn nípa àwọn Júù tí ó ṣẹ́kù tí wọn kò kó ní ìgbèkùn, àti nípa Jerusalẹmu.

3Wọ́n sọ fún mi pé, “Àwọn tí ó kù tí a kó ní ìgbèkùn tí wọ́n sì padà sí agbègbè ìjọba wà nínú wàhálà púpọ̀ àti ẹ̀gàn. Odi Jerusalẹmu ti wó lulẹ̀ a sì ti fi iná sun ẹnu ibodè rẹ̀.”

4Nígbà tí mo gbọ́ àwọn nǹkan wọ̀nyí, mo jókòó mo sì sọkún. Mo ṣọ̀fọ̀, mo gbààwẹ̀, mo sì gbàdúrà fún ọjọ́ díẹ̀ níwájú Ọlọ́run ọ̀run. 5Nígbà náà ni mo wí pé:

Olúwa, Ọlọ́run ọ̀run, Ọlọ́run tí ó tóbi tí ó sì ní ẹ̀rù, tí ó ń pa májẹ̀mú ìfẹ́ rẹ̀ mọ́ pẹ̀lú wọn tí ó fẹ́ ẹ tí wọ́n sì ń pa àṣẹ mọ́. 6Jẹ́ kí etí rẹ kí ó ṣí sílẹ̀, kí ojú ù rẹ kí ó sì ṣí sílẹ̀ láti gbọ́ àdúrà tí ìránṣẹ́ rẹ ń gbà ní iwájú rẹ ní ọ̀sán àti ní òru fún àwọn ìránṣẹ́ rẹ, àwọn ènìyàn Israẹli. Mo jẹ́wọ́ ẹ̀ṣẹ̀ àwa ọmọ Israẹli àti tèmi àti ti ilé baba mi, tí a ti ṣẹ̀ sí ọ. 7Àwa ti ṣe búburú sí ọ. A kò sì pa àṣẹ ìlànà àti òfin tí ìwọ fún Mose ìránṣẹ́ rẹ mọ́.

8“Rántí ìlànà tí o fún Mose ìránṣẹ́ rẹ, wí pé, ‘Bí ìwọ bá jẹ́ aláìṣòótọ́, èmi yóò fọ́n yín ká sí àárín àwọn orílẹ̀-èdè. 9Ṣùgbọ́n tí ẹ̀yin bá yípadà sí mi, tí ẹ bá sì pa àṣẹ mi mọ́, nígbà náà bí àwọn ènìyàn yín tí a kó ní ìgbèkùn tilẹ̀ wà ní jìnnà réré ìpẹ̀kun ọ̀run, èmi yóò kó wọn jọ láti ibẹ̀, èmi yóò sì mú wọn wá, sí ibi tí èmi ti yàn bí i ibùgbé fún orúkọ mi.’

10“Àwọn ni ìránṣẹ́ rẹ àti ènìyàn rẹ àwọn tí ìwọ rà padà pẹ̀lú agbára ńlá rẹ àti ọwọ́ agbára ńlá rẹ. 11Olúwa, jẹ́ kí etí rẹ ṣí sílẹ̀ sí àdúrà ìránṣẹ́ rẹ yìí, àti sí àdúrà àwọn ìránṣẹ́ rẹ tí wọ́n ní inú dídùn láti bọ̀wọ̀ fún orúkọ rẹ. Fún ìránṣẹ́ rẹ ní àṣeyọrí lónìí kí o sì ṣíjú àánú wò ó níwájú Ọkùnrin yìí.”

Nítorí tí mo jẹ́ agbọ́tí ọba nígbà náà.