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.
Okusaba kwa Nekkemiya
11:1 Nek 10:1; Zek 7:1Ebigambo bya Nekkemiya mutabani wa Kakaliya:
Awo mu mwezi gwa Kisuleevu mu mwaka ogw’amakumi abiri1:1 Bino byabaawo oluvannyuma lw’emyaka kyenda mu gumu (91), ng’abaawaŋŋangusibwa bakomyewo; nga mu mwaka 446 bc. bwe nnali nga ndi mu lubiri mu kibuga ekikulu ekya Susani,1:1 Susani ky’ekibuga bakabaka b’e Buperusi abasatu gye baabeeranga mu biseera eby’obutiti. Ekibuga ekyo kyali mu kiwonvu ky’omugga Tigiriisi. 21:2 a Nek 7:2 b Yer 52:28Kanani, omu ku baganda bange, n’ajja n’abamu ku basajja okuva mu Yuda, ne mubuuza ku bikwata ku kitundu ky’Abayudaaya ekyasigalawo, ne ku bifa mu Yerusaalemi. 31:3 2Bk 25:10; Nek 2:3, 13, 17Ne bantegeeza nti, “Abaawaŋŋangusibwa abaddayo mu ssaza1:3 Obwakabaka bwa Buperusi bwalina amasaza asatu. Essaza lya Yuda lyafugibwanga mu Samaliya. bali mu kabi kanene ne mu nnaku nnyingi; bbugwe wa Yerusaalemi yamenyebwa, era ne wankaaki waakyo yayokebwa omuliro.” 41:4 a Zab 137:1 b Ezr 9:4Awo bwe nawulira ebigambo ebyo, ne ntuula wansi ne nkaaba, ne mmala ebiro nga nnakuwadde, nga nsiiba era nga nsaba mu maaso ga Katonda w’eggulu. 51:5 a Ma 7:21; Nek 4:14 b Kuv 20:6; Dan 9:4Ne njogera nti,
“Ayi Mukama Katonda w’eggulu, Katonda omukulu ow’entiisa, akuuma endagaano ye, era ayagala abo abagondera amateeka ge. 61:6 a 1Bk 8:29 b Dan 9:17Ozibule amaaso go, otege okutu okuwulira okusaba kw’omuddu wo kwe nsaba mu maaso go emisana n’ekiro ku lwa baddu bo abantu ba Isirayiri. Njatula ebibi bye twakola, ffe Abayisirayiri, nga nange n’ennyumba ya kitange mwe tuli. 71:7 Ma 28:14-15; Zab 106:6Twasobya mu maaso go, ne tutagoberera mateeka go n’ebiragiro byo bye watuma omuddu wo Musa.
81:8 a 2Bk 20:3 b Lv 26:33“Jjukira ebiragiro bye wawa omuddu wo Musa, ng’oyogera nti, ‘Bwe mutaabeerenga beesigwa, ndibasaasaanya mu mawanga, 91:9 a Ma 30:4 b 1Bk 8:48; Yer 29:14naye bwe mulikyuka ne mukomawo gye ndi, ne mugondera amateeka gange, abantu bammwe abaawaŋŋangusibwa ne bwe banaabeeranga ku nkomerero y’eggulu, ndibakuŋŋaanyayo ne mbaleeta mu kifo kye neeroboza okubeerangamu Erinnya lyange.’
101:10 Kuv 32:11; Ma 9:29“Abo be baddu bo era be bantu bo be wanunula n’amaanyi go amangi era n’omukono gwo ogw’amaanyi. 111:11 a nny 6 b Lub 40:1Ayi Mukama, otege okutu eri okusaba kw’omuddu wo n’eri okusaba kw’abaddu bo abatya erinnya lyo. Omuddu wo omusobozese okulaba ekisa mu maaso g’omusajja ono.”
Ebiro ebyo nnali musenero wa kabaka.