New International Version

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Nehemiah’s Prayer

1The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

3They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

4When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5Then I said:

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

8“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

10“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I was cupbearer to the king.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Nehemia 1:1-11

Maombi Ya Nehemia

11:1 Neh 10:1; Ezr 7:8; Zek 7:1; Dan 8:2; Neh 2:1; Es 1:2Maneno ya Nehemia mwana wa Hakalia:

Katika mwezi wa Kisleu1:1 Kisleu ni mwezi wa tisa katika kalenda ya Kiyahudi; katika kalenda yetu ni Novemba/Desemba (ona pia Zekaria 7:1). katika mwaka wa ishirini, wakati nilikuwa ngomeni katika jumba la kifalme la Shushani, 21:2 Neh 7:2; 2Fal 21:4; Neh 7:6; Yer 52:28Hanani, mmoja wa ndugu zangu, alikuja kutoka Yuda akiwa na watu wengine, nami nikawauliza kuhusu mabaki ya Wayahudi wale walionusurika kwenda uhamishoni na pia kuhusu Yerusalemu.

31:3 Law 26:31; Mao 2:9; Yer 5:10; Law 26:31; 2Fal 25:10; Neh 2:3, 13, 17; Isa 22:9Wakaniambia, “Wale walionusurika kwenda uhamishoni, wale ambao wamerudi kwenye lile jimbo, wako katika taabu kubwa na aibu. Ukuta wa Yerusalemu umebomoka, na malango yake yamechomwa moto.”

41:4 Za 137:1; 2Nya 20:3; Ezr 9:4; Dan 9:3Niliposikia mambo haya, niliketi, nikalia. Kwa siku kadhaa niliomboleza na kufunga na kuomba mbele za Mungu wa mbinguni. 51:5 Kum 7:21; Neh 4:14; Kum 7:9; 1Fal 8:23; Ebr 6:13-18Kisha nikasema:

“Ee Bwana, Mungu wa mbinguni, mkuu na mwenye kuogofya, ambaye hulishika agano lake la upendo na wale wampendao na kutii amri zake, 61:6 2Nya 7:15; 1Fal 8:30; 2Nya 6:40; 1Fal 8:47tega masikio yako, na ufungue macho yako, ili usikie maombi ya mtumishi wako anayoomba mbele yako usiku na mchana kwa ajili ya watumishi wako, watu wa Israeli. Ninaungama dhambi zetu sisi Waisraeli, pamoja na zangu na za nyumba ya baba yangu, tulizotenda dhidi yako. 71:7 Kum 28:14-15; Za 106:6Tumetenda uovu sana mbele zako. Hatukutii amri, maagizo na sheria ulizompa Mose mtumishi wako.

81:8 Mwa 8:1; Law 26:33; Kum 4:25“Kumbuka agizo ulilompa Mose mtumishi wako, ukisema, ‘Kama mkikosa uaminifu, nitawatawanya miongoni mwa mataifa, 91:9 Kum 30:4; Eze 20:34-38; Mik 2:12lakini mkinirudia na kutii amri zangu, ndipo hata kama watu wenu walio uhamishoni wako mbali sana katika miisho ya dunia, nitawakusanya kutoka huko na kuwaleta mahali ambapo nimepachagua kuwa makao kwa ajili ya Jina langu.’

101:10 Kum 9:29; Isa 51:9-11; Dan 9:15“Hawa ni watumishi wako na watu wako, uliowakomboa kwa nguvu zako kuu na mkono wako wenye nguvu. 111:11 2Nya 6:40; Mwa 40:1; 32:11; Isa 26:8Ee Bwana, tega sikio lako na usikie maombi ya huyu mtumishi wako, na maombi ya watumishi wako wanaofurahia kuliheshimu Jina lako. Nipe leo, mimi mtumishi wako, mafanikio kwa kunipa kibali mbele ya mtu huyu.”

Kwa maana nilikuwa mnyweshaji wa mfalme.