Nehemiah, understanding by Hanani the misery of Jerusalem, mourneth, fasteth, and prayeth.
Nehemiah 1:1 These are the Actes of Nehemiah the sonne of Hachalia. It fortuned in þe moneth Casleu in the twentye yeare, that I was in the castell at Susan: Nehemiah 1:2 and Hanani one of my brethren came with certayne men of Iuda, and I asked them how the Iewes dyd that were delyuered and escaped from the captyuite, and how it wente at Ierusalem. Nehemiah 1:3 And they sayde vnto me: The remnaunt of the captiuite are there in the lande in great misfortune and rebuke. The walles of Ierusalem are broken doune, and the gates thereof are brente wyth fyre.
Nehemiah 1:4 When I hearde these wordes, I sat me doune and wepte, and mourned two dayes, & fasted and prayed before the God of heauen
Nehemiah 1:5 & sayde: O Lorde God of heauen, thou greate & terryble God, thou that kepest couenaunt and mercy for them that loue the, and obserue thy commaundementes: Nehemiah 1:6 let thyne eares herken & thyne eyes be open, that thou mayeste heare the prayer of thy seruaunte, whiche I praye nowe before the daye and nyghte for the chyldren of Israel thy seruauntes, and knowledge the synnes of the chyldren of Israel, which we haue commytted agaynst the. And I and my fathers house haue synned also. Nehemiah 1:7 We haue bene corrupt vnto the, in that we haue not kepte the commaundementes, statutes and lawes, which thou commaundedst thy seruaunt Moyses. Nehemiah 1:8 Yet call to remembraunce the word that thou commaundest thy seruaunt Moses, and saydeste: Yf ye transgresse, then wyll I scater you abroade among the nacyons. Nehemiah 1:9 But yf ye turne vnto me, and kepe my commaundementes and do them: though ye were caste oute vnto the vttermost parte of heauen yet wyll I gather you from thence, and wyll brynge you from thence, euen vnto the place, that I haue chosen for my name to dwel there Nehemiah 1:10 They are thy seruauntes, & thy people whom thou haste delyuered thorowe thy greate power and myghtye hande. Nehemiah 1:11 O Lorde, let thyne eares herken to the prayer of thy seruaunte, & the prayer of thy seruauntes, whose desyre is to feare thy name, and let thy seruaunte prospere thys daye, and graunte hym mercye in the syght of thys man: for I was the kynges buttelar.