28 But when they had [a]rest, they returned to do evil before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them, yet when they converted and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven, and deliveredst them according to thy great mercies many times,

29 And protestedst among them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy Law: but they behaved themselves proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments ((A)which a man should do and live in them) and [b]pulled away the shoulder, and were stiff-necked, and would not [c]hear.

30 Yet thou [d]didst forbear them many years, and protestedst among them by thy Spirit, even by the hand of thy Prophets, but they would not hear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

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  1. Nehemiah 9:28 He declareth how God’s mercies ever contended with the wickedness of the people, who ever in their prosperity forgat God.
  2. Nehemiah 9:29 Which is a similitude taken of oxen that shrink at the yoke or burden, as Zech. 7:11.
  3. Nehemiah 9:29 When thou didst admonish them by thy Prophets.
  4. Nehemiah 9:30 Hebrew, thou didst prolong upon them many years.