9:3 So I turned my attention 1 to the Lord God 2 to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 3 9:4 I prayed to the LORD my God, confessing in this way:
“O Lord, 4 great and awesome God who is faithful to his covenant 5 with those who love him and keep his commandments, 9:5 we have sinned! We have done what is wrong and wicked; we have rebelled by turning away from your commandments and standards. 9:6 We have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority 6 to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors, 7 and to all the inhabitants 8 of the land as well.
9:7 “You are righteous, 9 O Lord, but we are humiliated this day 10 – the people 11 of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you. 9:8 O LORD, we have been humiliated 12 – our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors – because we have sinned against you. 9:9 Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, 13 even though we have rebelled against him. 9:10 We have not obeyed 14 the LORD our God by living according to 15 his laws 16 that he set before us through his servants the prophets.
9:11 “All Israel has broken 17 your law and turned away by not obeying you. 18 Therefore you have poured out on us the judgment solemnly threatened 19 in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against you. 20 9:12 He has carried out his threats 21 against us and our rulers 22 who were over 23 us by bringing great calamity on us – what has happened to Jerusalem has never been equaled under all heaven! 9:13 Just as it is written in the law of Moses, so all this calamity has come on us. Still we have not tried to pacify 24 the LORD our God by turning back from our sin and by seeking wisdom 25 from your reliable moral standards. 26 9:14 The LORD was mindful of the calamity, and he brought it on us. For the LORD our God is just 27 in all he has done, 28 and we have not obeyed him. 29