1Hakalia babarima Nehemia nsɛm nie:
Ɔbosome Kislew (bɛyɛ Ɔpɛnimaa) mpaemu akyi wɔ Ɔhene Artasasta adedie afe a ɛtɔ so aduonu so no, na mewɔ Susa aban mu. 2Me nuanom mmarima mu baako a wɔfrɛ no Hanani no ne mmarima bi a wɔfiri Yuda ba bɛsraa me. Mebisaa wɔn Yudafoɔ a wɔatumi atena nnommumfa mu no ho asɛm ne sɛdeɛ nsɛm rekɔ so wɔ Yerusalem.
3Wɔka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, “Nneɛma nkɔ yie mma wɔn a wɔsane kɔɔ Yudaman mu no. Ɔhaw kɛseɛ ne animguaseɛ aka wɔn. Wɔabubu Yerusalem ɔfasuo no agu fam, na wɔahye apono no nso.”
4Ɛberɛ a metee yeinom no, metenaa ase suiɛ. Nokorɛm, metwaa agyaadwoɔ nna bi, bua daeɛ, bɔɔ ɔsoro Onyankopɔn mpaeɛ. 5Afei, mekaa sɛ,
“Ao Awurade, ɔsoro Onyankopɔn, Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ kɛseɛ na ɔyɛ ɔnwanwani no, Onyankopɔn a ɔkora ne nokorɛ dɔ apam a ɔwɔ ma wɔn a wɔdɔ no na wɔdi ne mmaransɛm so no, 6tie me mpaeɛbɔ. Hwɛ me sɛ merebɔ mpaeɛ ma Israelfoɔ anadwo ne awia. Mepae mu ka sɛ, yɛayɛ bɔne atia wo. Aane, mpo, me ara me fiefoɔ ne mʼankasa ayɛ bɔne! 7Yɛayɛ bɔne kɛseɛ sɛ yɛanni wo mmaransɛm, wo mmara, ne wʼahyɛdeɛ a wonam wʼakoa Mose so de maa yɛn no so.
8“Mesrɛ sɛ, kae asɛm a woka kyerɛɛ wʼakoa Mose sɛ, ‘Sɛ moyɛ bɔne a, mɛtete mo mu akɔ amanaman so. 9Na sɛ mosane ba me nkyɛn, na modi me mmaransɛm so a, sɛ mpo, wɔatwa mo asuo kɔ asase ano nohoa koraa a, mede mo bɛsane aba baabi a mayi asi hɔ sɛ wɔnhyɛ me din animuonyam.’
10“Yɛyɛ wʼasomfoɔ, nnipa a wonam wo tumi kɛseɛ so gyee yɛn no. 11Ao Awurade, mesrɛ wo, tie me mpaeɛbɔ. Tie yɛn mu bi a wɔn ani gye sɛ wɔhyɛ wo animuonyam no mpaeɛbɔ. Mesrɛ sɛ, ma ɛnsi me yie wɔ ɛberɛ a merekɔ ɔhene nkyɛn akɔbisa no adom bi yi. Fa hyɛ nʼakoma mu, na ɔnyɛ me adɔeɛ.”
Saa mmerɛ no na meyɛ ɔhene nsãhyɛni.
1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4¶ And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: 6Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. 8Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: 9But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. 10Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. 11O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.