Bible: Neh 9:32-37

9:32So now, our God – the great, powerful, and awesome God, who keeps covenant fidelity 1 do not regard as inconsequential 2  all the hardship that has befallen us – our kings, our leaders, our priests, our prophets, our ancestors, and all your people – from the days of the kings of Assyria until this very day! 9:33 You are righteous with regard to all that has happened to us, for you have acted faithfully. 3  It is we who have been in the wrong! 9:34 Our kings, our leaders, our priests, and our ancestors have not kept your law. They have not paid attention to your commandments or your testimonies by which you have solemnly admonished them. 9:35 Even when they were in their kingdom and benefiting from your incredible 4  goodness that you had lavished 5  on them in the spacious and fertile land you had set 6  before them, they did not serve you, nor did they turn from their evil practices.

9:36So today we are slaves! In the very land you gave to our ancestors to eat its fruit and to enjoy 7  its good things – we are slaves! 9:37 Its abundant produce goes to the kings you have placed over us due to our sins. They rule over our bodies and our livestock as they see fit, 8  and we are in great distress!

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