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Nowinthetwenty-fourthdayofthismonththechildrenofIsraelwereassembledwithfasting, withsackcloth, and dirt onthem. TheoffspringofIsrael separated themselvesfromallforeignersandstoodandconfessedtheirsinsandtheiniquitiesoftheir fathers. Theystoodupintheirplace, andreadinthebookofthelawoftheLORDtheirGodafourthpartoftheday; andafourthparttheyconfessedandworshippedtheLORDtheirGod. ThenJeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, andChenanioftheLevitesstooduponthestairs, andcriedwithaloudvoicetotheLORDtheirGod.
ThentheLevites, Jeshua, andKadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, andPethahiah, said, “StandupandblesstheLORDyourGodfromeverlastingtoeverlasting! Blessedbeyourgloriousname, whichisexaltedaboveallblessingandpraise! YouaretheLORD, evenyoualone. Youhavemadeheaven, theheavenofheavens, withalltheirarmy, theearthandallthingsthatareonit, theseasandallthatisinthem, andyoupreservethemall. Thearmyofheavenworshipsyou. YouaretheLORD, theGodwho chose Abram, broughthimoutof Ur oftheChaldees, gavehimthenameof Abraham, foundhisheart faithful beforeyou, andmadeacovenantwithhimtogivethelandoftheCanaanite, theHittite, the Amorite, thePerizzite, theJebusite, andtheGirgashite, togiveittohisoffspring, andhaveperformedyourwords, foryouarerighteous.
“Yousawtheafflictionofour fathers inEgypt, andheardtheircrybytheRedSea, 10 andshowed signs andwondersagainstPharaoh, againstallhisservants, andagainstallthepeopleofhis land, foryouknewthattheydealtproudlyagainstthem, andmadeanameforyourself, asitistoday. 11 Youdividedtheseabeforethem, sothattheywentthroughthemiddleoftheseaonthedryland; andyoucasttheirpursuersintothedepths, asa stone intothemightywaters. 12 Moreover, inapillarofcloudyouledthembyday; andinapillarof fire bynight, to give them light inthewayinwhichthey should go.
13 “YoualsocamedownonMountSinai, andspokewiththemfromheaven, andgavethemrightordinancesand true laws, goodstatutesandcommandments, 14 andmadeknowntothemyourholySabbath, andcommandedthemcommandments, statutes, andalaw, byMosesyourservant, 15 andgavethembreadfromtheskyfortheirhunger, andbroughtwateroutoftherockforthemfortheirthirst, and commanded themthattheyshouldgointopossessthelandwhichyouhadsworntogivethem.
16 “Buttheyandour fathers behaved proudly, hardenedtheirneck, didn’t listentoyourcommandments, 17 andrefusedtoobey. They weren’t mindfulofyourwondersthatyoudid amongst them, buthardenedtheirneck, andintheirrebellionappointedacaptaintoreturntotheirbondage. ButyouareaGodreadytopardon, graciousandmerciful, slow to anger, andabundantin loving kindness, and didn’t forsakethem. 18 Yes, whentheyhadmadethemselvesa moulded calf, and said, ‘Thisisyour God whobroughtyouupoutofEgypt,’ andhadcommitted awful blasphemies, 19 yetyouinyourmanifoldmercies didn’t forsaketheminthewilderness. Thepillarofcloud didn’t departfromoverthembyday, toleadthemintheway; neitherdidthepillarof fire bynight, toshowthem light, andthewayinwhichthey should go. 20 Yougave also yourgoodSpirittoinstructthem, and didn’t withholdyourmannafromtheirmouth, andgavethemwaterfortheirthirst.
21 “Yes, forty yearsyousustainedtheminthewilderness. Theylackednothing. Theirclothes didn’t grow old, andtheirfeet didn’t swell. 22 Moreover yougavethemkingdomsandpeoples, whichyouallotted according totheir portions. Sotheypossessedthe land ofSihon, even the land ofthekingofHeshbon, andthe land ofOgkingofBashan. 23 Youalsomultipliedtheirchildrenasthestarsofthesky, and brought themintotheland concerning which you said totheir fathers thatthey should go intopossessit.
24 “Sothechildrenwentinandpossessedtheland; andyousubduedbeforethemtheinhabitantsoftheland, theCanaanites, andgavethemintotheirhands, withtheirkingsandthepeoplesoftheland, thattheymightdowiththemastheypleased. 25 Theytookfortifiedcitiesandarich land, andpossessedhousesfullofallgoodthings, cisterns dug out, vineyards, olivegroves, andfruittreesinabundance. Sothey ate, werefilled, becamefat, anddelighted themselves inyourgreatgoodness.
26 “Nevertheless theyweredisobedientandrebelledagainstyou, castyourlaw behind theirback, killedyourprophetsthattestifiedagainstthemtoturnthemagaintoyou, andtheycommitted awful blasphemies. 27 Therefore youdeliveredthemintothehandoftheiradversaries, whodistressedthem. Inthetimeoftheirtrouble, whentheycriedtoyou, youheardfromheaven; andaccordingtoyourmanifoldmerciesyougavethemsaviourswhosavedthemoutofthehandsoftheiradversaries. 28 Butaftertheyhadrest, theydidevilagainbeforeyou; thereforeyoulefttheminthehandsoftheirenemies, sothattheyhadthedominionoverthem; yetwhentheyreturnedandcriedtoyou, youheardfromheaven; andmanytimesyoudeliveredthemaccordingtoyourmercies, 29 andtestifiedagainstthem, thatyoumightbringthemagaintoyourlaw. Yettheywerearrogant, and didn’t listentoyourcommandments, butsinnedagainstyourordinances (whichifa man does, heshallliveinthem), turnedtheirbacks, stiffenedtheirneck, andwouldnothear. 30 Yetmanyyearsyouputupwiththem, andtestifiedagainstthembyyourSpiritthroughyourprophets. Yettheywouldnot listen. Thereforeyougavethemintothehandofthepeoplesofthe lands.
31 “Neverthelessinyourmanifoldmerciesyou didn’t makeafullendofthem, norforsakethem; foryouareagraciousandmercifulGod.
32 Nowtherefore, our God, thegreat, themighty, andtheawesome God, whokeepscovenantand loving kindness, don’t letallthetravailseemlittlebeforeyouthathascomeonus, onourkings, onourprinces, onourpriests, onourprophets, onour fathers, andonallyourpeople, sincethetimeofthekingsof Assyria tothisday. 33 Howeveryouarejustinallthathas come onus; foryouhavedealttruly, butwehavedonewickedly. 34 Alsoourkings, ourprinces, ourpriests, andour fathers havenotkeptyourlaw, norlistenedtoyourcommandmentsandyourtestimonieswithwhichyoutestifiedagainstthem. 35 Fortheyhavenotservedyouintheirkingdom, andinyourgreatgoodnessthatyougavethem, andinthelargeandrichlandwhichyougavebeforethem. They didn’t turnfromtheirwickedworks.
36 “Behold, weareservantstoday, andasforthe land thatyougavetoour fathers to eat itsfruitanditsgood, behold, weareservantsinit. 37 Ityieldsmuchincreasetothekings whom youhavesetoverusbecauseofoursins. Alsotheyhavepoweroverourbodiesandoverour livestock, attheirpleasure, andweareingreatdistress. 38 Yet for all this, we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, seal it.”