Bible: Nehemiah 9:15-21

9:15 You provided bread from heaven for them in their time of hunger, and you brought forth water from the rock for them in their time of thirst. You told them to enter in order to possess the land that you had sworn 1  to give them.

9:16But they – our ancestors 2 behaved presumptuously; they rebelled 3  and did not obey your commandments. 9:17 They refused to obey and did not recall your miracles that you had performed among them. Instead, they rebelled and appointed a leader to return to their bondage in Egypt. 4  But you are a God of forgiveness, merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and unfailing in your loyal love. 5  You did not abandon them, 9:18 even when they made a cast image of a calf for themselves and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up from Egypt,’ or when they committed atrocious 6  blasphemies.

9:19Due to your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. The pillar of cloud did not stop guiding them in the path by day, 7  nor did the pillar of fire stop illuminating for them by night the path on which they should travel. 9:20 You imparted your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths; you provided water for their thirst. 9:21 For forty years you sustained them. Even in the desert they never lacked anything. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.

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