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Nehemiah hears of Jews' struggle to rebuild Jerusalem. He fasts and prays to God, confesses sins on behalf of the Jews, asks God for mercy and help. He recalls Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 30, where the Lord says that if the exiled nation remembers Him, He will not forsake them in their distress.
             
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1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. Neh. 10:1
And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, Neh. 2:1 • Esth. 1:1, 2, 5
1:2 That Hanani, one of my brethren1, came, he and [certain] men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left2 of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. Neh. 7:2 • 1brothers, 2survived
1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province [are] in great affliction3 and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also [is] broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. • • 3humiliation
Nehemiah Intercedes with God
1:4 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,
1:5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible4 God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe5 his commandments: Dan. 9:4 • Neh. 4:14 • [Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7] • 4majestic, 5obey
1:6 Let 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. 2 Chr. 6:40 • 2 Chr. 29:6 • Dan. 9:20
1:7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Ps. 106:6; Dan. 9:5
1:8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, [If] ye transgress6, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: • 6act treacherously
1:9 But [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.
1:10 Now these [are] thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
1:11 O 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. Neh. 1:6 • Is. 26:8 • Neh. 2:1
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cup-bearer A cup-bearer was an officer of high rank in royal courts.
Nehemiah Nehemiah, describes his work rebuilding Jerusalem
Hachaliah Hachaliah was the father of Nehemiah, the author of the Book of Nehemiah, which is a book of the Hebrew Bible,
Chisleu Kisle, Kislev Tiberian Kisle-w; also Chislev is the third month of the civil year and the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar.
Shushan an ancient city of the Elamite, Persian and Parthian empires of Iran
Hanani Probably a brother of Nehemiah (Neh. 1:2; 7:2), who reported to him the melancholy condition of Jerusalem