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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.

New Living Translation

Nehemiah 1

1These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

Nehemiah’s Concern for Jerusalem

In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign,[a] I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.

They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said,

“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.

“Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth,[b] I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’

10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me.[c] Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”

In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Hebrew In the month of Kislev of the twentieth year. A number of dates in the book of Nehemiah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Persian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred within the months of November and December 446 B.c. The twentieth year probably refers to the reign of King Artaxerxes I; compare 2:1; 5:14.
  2. 1:9 Hebrew of the heavens.
  3. 1:11 Hebrew today in the sight of this man.