Nehemiah 1 New Life Version (NLV)
Nehemiah Prays for His People
1 These are the words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.
Now in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in the king’s house in Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came. I asked them about the Jews who were still living and had gotten away from Babylon, and about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, “The Jews who are left who have returned to the land from Babylon are in much trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
4 When I heard this, I sat down and cried and was filled with sorrow for days. I did not eat, and I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great God Who is honored with fear, Who keeps the agreement and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His Laws, 6 listen to me and let Your eyes be open. Hear the prayer of Your servant which I now pray to You day and night for the sons of Israel Your servants, telling the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You. I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 We have sinned in our actions against You. We have not kept the Laws which You gave to Your servant Moses. 8 Remember what You told Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are not faithful, I will make you go different places in other nations. 9 But if you return to Me and keep My Laws and obey them, I will gather you and bring you to the place where I have chosen for My name to be. I will do this even if you have been spread out to the farthest part of the heavens.’ 10 They are Your servants and Your people whom You have made free by Your great power and strong hand. 11 O Lord, hear the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who are happy to fear Your name. Make Your servant do well today, and give him loving-pity in front of this man.”
Now I was the one who carried the cup for the king.