The Nation Confesses

1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and in sackcloth, and earth upon their heads.

1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of (A)this month the sons of Israel assembled (B)with fasting, in sackcloth and with (C)dirt upon them.

1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.

1 On the twenty-fourth day of this month(A) the Israelites assembled; they were fasting, wearing sackcloth, and had put dust on their heads.(B)

1 On the twenty-fourth day of this same month, the Israelis gathered together while fasting, wearing sackcloth, and covering themselves with dust.

2 And the descendants of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

2 The (a)(D)descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and (E)confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

2 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners,(C) and they stood(D) and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers.(E)

2 The remnant of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners. Then they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their ancestors.

3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshiped the LORD their God.

3 While (F)they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the Lord their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.

3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

3 While they stood in their places,(F) they read from the book of the law of the Lord their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the day(G) in confession(H) and worship of the Lord their God.

3 While they stood there, they read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one fourth of the day, and they confessed and worshipped the LORD their God for another fourth of the day.

A Day Of Prayer

4 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.

4 (G)Now on the Levites’ platform stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Chenani, and they cried with a loud voice to the Lord their God.

4 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God.

4 Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the raised platform built for the Levites(I) and cried out loudly to the Lord their God.

4 Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the rostrum assigned for use by the descendants of Levi and cried out loudly to the LORD their God.

5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God forever and ever: and blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever!O may Your glorious name be blessedAnd exalted above all blessing and praise!

5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

5 Then the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah(J)—said, “Stand up. Praise Yahweh your God from everlasting to everlasting.”(K)Praise Your glorious name,(L)and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.

5 Then the descendants of Levi Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah said, "Stand up and bless the LORD your God from eternity to eternity! Blessed be your glorious name! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!

Creation

6 You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and you preserve them all; and the host of heaven worships you.

6 (H)You alone are the Lord.(I)You have made the heavens,The heaven of heavens with all their host,The earth and all that is on it,The seas and all that is in them.(J)You give life to all of themAnd the heavenly host bows down before You.

6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

6 You(a) alone are Yahweh.(M)You created the heavens,the highest heavens with all their host,the earth and all that is on it,the seas and all that is in them.You give life to all of them,(N)and the heavenly host worships You.(O)

6 "You are the LORD; you alone crafted the heavens, the highest heavens with all of their armies; the earth, and everything in it; the seas, and everything in them; you keep giving all of them life, and the army of heaven continuously worships you.

Abraham

7 You are the LORD, the God who did choose Abram, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham;

7 “You are the Lord God,(K)Who chose AbramAnd brought him out from (L)Ur of the Chaldees,And (M)gave him the name Abraham.

7 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;

7 You are Yahweh,the God who chose Abramand brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans,(P)and changed his name to Abraham.(Q)

7 You are the LORD, the God who chose Abram, whom you brought from Ur of the Chaldeans and to whom you gave the name Abraham.

8 And found his heart faithful before you, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his descendants, and have performed your words; for you are righteous:

8 “You found (N)his heart faithful before You,And made a covenant with himTo give him the land of the Canaanite,Of the Hittite and the Amorite,Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite—To give it to his (b)descendants.And You (O)have fulfilled Your promise,For You are righteous.

8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:

8 You found his heart faithful in Your sight,(R)and made a covenant with himto give the land of the Canaanites,Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,Jebusites, and Girgashites—to give it to his descendants.(S)You have kept Your promise,for You are righteous.

8 You found him faithful in your sight; you made a covenant with him and you gave the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites to his descendants. And you have kept your word, because you are righteous.

9 And did see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their cry by the Red sea;

9 (P)You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt,And (Q)heard their cry by the (c)Red Sea.

9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea;

9 You saw the oppression of our ancestors in Egypt(T)and heard their cry at the Red Sea.

9 "You took note of the affliction of our ancestors in Egypt, and listened to their cry at the Red Sea.

10 And showed signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for you knew that they dealt arrogantly against them. So did you get you a name, as it is this day.

10 “Then You performed (R)signs and wonders against Pharaoh,Against all his servants and all the people of his land;For You knew that (S)they acted arrogantly toward them,And (T)made a name for Yourself as it is this day.

10 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day.

10 You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh,all his officials, and all the people of his land,(U)for You knew how arrogantly they treated our ancestors.You made a name for Yourselfthat endures to this day.

10 You sent signs and wonders against Pharaoh, against all of his officials, and against all the people of his land, because you knew they acted arrogantly against your people. So you established your name with them, as it remains to this day.

11 And you did divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors you threw into the deep, as a stone into the mighty waters.

11 (U)You divided the sea before them,So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground;And (V)their pursuers You hurled into the depths,Like a stone into (d)raging waters.

11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.

11 You divided the sea before them,and they crossed through it on dry ground.(V)You hurled their pursuers into the depthslike a stone into churning waters.(W)

11 You divided the sea in front of them, and they traveled through the midst of the sea on dry ground. You hurled their pursuers into the depths, as one throws a stone into turbulent waters.

Wandering In The Wilderness

12 Moreover you led them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way in which they should go.

12 “And with a pillar of cloud (W)You led them by day,And with a pillar of fire by nightTo light for them the wayIn which they were to go.

12 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.

12 You led them with a pillar of cloud by day,and with a pillar of fire by night,to illuminate the way they should go.(X)

12 You led them during the day by a pillar of cloud, and by a pillar of fire at night to provide light for them on the path they took.

13 You came down also upon mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right ordinances, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:

13 “Then (X)You came down on Mount Sinai,And (Y)spoke with them from heaven;You gave them (Z)just ordinances and true laws,Good statutes and commandments.

13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:

13 You came down on Mount Sinai,(Y)and spoke to them from heaven.You gave them impartial ordinances, reliable instructions,and good statutes and commands.

13 "You also came down to Mount Sinai, spoke with them from heaven, and gave them impartial regulations, true laws, statutes, and good commands.

14 And made known unto them your holy sabbath, and commanded them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses your servant:

14 “So You made known to them (AA)Your holy sabbath,And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law,Through Your servant Moses.

14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:

14 You revealed Your holy Sabbath to them,and gave them commands, statutes, and instructionthrough Your servant Moses.(Z)

14 You revealed to them your holy Sabbath, and you mandated precepts, statutes, and laws through Moses your servant.

15 And gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, and brought forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promised them that they should go in to possess the land which you had sworn to give them.

15 “You (AB)provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger,You (AC)brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst,And You (AD)told them to enter in order to possessThe land which You (e)swore to give them.

15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.

15 You provided bread from heaven(AA) for their hunger;You brought them water from the rock(AB) for their thirst.You told them to go in and possess the landYou had sworn(b) to give them.(AC)

15 You gave them food from heaven for their hunger and water from the rock for their thirst. You directed them to enter and possess the land that you had promised to give them.

16 But they and our fathers acted presumptuously, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to your commandments,

16 “But they, our fathers, (AE)acted arrogantly;They (f)(AF)became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.

16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

16 But our ancestors acted arrogantly;they became stiff-necked and did not listen to Your commands.

16 "But they our ancestors became arrogant and stubborn, refusing to listen to your commands.

17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you did among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a leader to return to their bondage: but you are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsook them not.

17 “They refused to listen,And (AG)did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them;So they became stubborn and (AH)appointed a leader to return to their slavery (g)in Egypt.But You are a God (AI)of forgiveness,Gracious and compassionate,Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;And You did not forsake them.

17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

17 They refused to listenand did not remember Your wondersYou performed among them.(AD)They became stiff-necked and appointed a leaderto return to their slavery in Egypt.(c)(AE)But You are a forgiving God,gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and rich in faithful love,(AF)and You did not abandon them.

17 They would not listen, and did not remember the miracles you did among them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return them to their slavery. "But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in gracious love; therefore you did not abandon them.

18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is your God that brought you up out of Egypt, and had worked great provocations;

18 “Even when they (AJ)made for themselvesA calf of molten metalAnd said, ‘This is your GodWho brought you up from Egypt,’And committed great (h)blasphemies,

18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;

18 Even after they had cast an image of a calffor themselves and said,“This is your God who brought you out of Egypt,”(AG)and they had committed terrible blasphemies,

18 Moreover, after they had cast a golden calf for themselves, they said, "This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!" and committed terrible blasphemies.

19 Yet you in your manifold mercies forsook them not in the wilderness: the pillar of cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way in which they should go.

19 (AK)You, in Your great compassion,Did not forsake them in the wilderness;(AL)The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,To guide them on their way,Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.

19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.

19 You did not abandon them in the wildernessbecause of Your great compassion.During the day the pillar of cloudnever turned away from them,guiding them on their journey.And during the night the pillar of fireilluminated the way they should go.(AH)

19 You, in your great compassion, did not abandon them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud did not leave them in daylight, in order to provide light for them on the path they took. Nor did the pillar of fire abandon them at night, in order to provide light for them and lead them on the path they took.

20 You gave also your good spirit to instruct them, and withheld not your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.

20 (AM)You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth,And You gave them water for their thirst.

20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

20 You sent Your good Spirit(AI) to instruct them.You did not withhold Your manna(AJ) from their mouths,and You gave them water for their thirst.(AK)

20 "You gave your good Spirit to instruct them, not withholding manna from them, and providing water to quench their thirst.

21 Yea, forty years did you sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes grew not old, and their feet swelled not.

21 “Indeed, (AN)forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want;Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.

21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

21 You provided for them in the wilderness 40 years(AL)and they lacked nothing.Their clothes did not wear out,and their feet did not swell.(AM)

21 You sustained them in the wilderness for 40 years. They lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell.

Conquest Of Canaan

22 Moreover you gave them kingdoms and nations, and did distribute them even into the corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.

22 “You also gave them kingdoms and peoples,And allotted them to them as a (i)boundary.(AO)They took possession of the land of Sihon (j)the king of HeshbonAnd the land of Og the king of Bashan.

22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.

22 You gave them kingdoms and peoplesand assigned them to be a boundary.They took possessionof the land of Sihon(d) king of Heshbonand of the land of Og king of Bashan.(AN)

22 You gave them kingdoms and nations, apportioning them as frontier boundaries. They took possession of the land of Sihon, the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og, king of Bashan.

23 Their children also you multiplied as the stars of heaven, and brought them into the land, concerning which you had promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.

23 “You made their sons numerous as (AP)the stars of heaven,And You brought them into the landWhich You had told their fathers to enter and possess.

23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.

23 You multiplied their descendantslike the stars of heaven(AO)and brought them to the landYou told their ancestors to go in and take possession of it.

23 "You multiplied their descendants like the stars in heaven and brought them to the land about which you told their ancestors to enter and possess.

24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and you subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.

24 (AQ)So their sons entered and possessed the land.And (AR)You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites,And You gave them into their hand, with their kings and the peoples of the land,To do with them (k)as they desired.

24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.

24 So their descendants went in and possessed the land:You subdued the Canaanites who inhabited the land before themand handed their kings and the surrounding peoples over to them,(AP)to do as they pleased with them.

24 So their descendants entered and took possession of the land. Before their eyes you subdued those living in the land the Canaanites putting them under their control, along with their kings and the nations of the land, so they could do with them as they pleased.

25 And they took strong cities, and a rich land, and possessed houses full of all goods, cisterns hewed out, vineyards, and olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in your great goodness.

25 (AS)They captured fortified cities and a (l)(AT)fertile land.They took possession of (AU)houses full of every good thing,Hewn cisterns, vineyards, olive groves,Fruit trees in abundance.So they ate, were filled and (AV)grew fat,And (AW)reveled in Your great goodness.

25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

25 They captured fortified cities and fertile landand took possession of well-supplied houses,cisterns cut out of rock, vineyards,olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance.(AQ)They ate, were filled,became prosperous, and delighted in Your great goodness.

25 They conquered fortified cities and fertile ground, possessing houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, with vineyards, olive orchards, and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate, were satiated, and were well nourished, delighting themselves in your great goodness.

Israel's Rebellion

26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and cast your law behind their backs, and slew your prophets who testified against them to turn them to you, and they worked great provocations.

26 (AX)But they became disobedient and rebelled against You,And (AY)cast Your law behind their backsAnd (AZ)killed Your prophets who had (BA)admonished themSo that they might return to You,And (BB)they committed great (m)blasphemies.

26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.

26 But they were disobedient and rebelled against You.They flung Your law behind their backs(AR)and killed Your prophets(AS)who warned themin order to turn them back to You.They committed terrible blasphemies.

26 "Then they disobeyed, rebelled against you, and threw your Law behind their backs. They murdered your prophets who had admonished the people to return to you, committing terrible blasphemies.

27 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who oppressed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto you, you heard them from heaven; and according to your manifold mercies you gave them saviors, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

27 “Therefore You (BC)delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them,But when they cried to You (BD)in the time of their distress,You heard from heaven, and according to Your great compassionYou (BE)gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors.

27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

27 So You handed them over to their enemies,who oppressed them.In their time of distress, they cried out to You,and You heard from heaven.In Your abundant compassionYou gave them deliverers, who rescued themfrom the power of their enemies.

27 So you delivered them into the control of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed, they cried out to you, and you heard from heaven. In your great compassion you gave them deliverers who rescued them from the control of their enemies.

28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before you: therefore you left them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto you, you heard them from heaven; and many times did you deliver them according to your mercies;

28 “But (BF)as soon as they had rest, they did evil again before You;Therefore You abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they ruled over them.When they cried again to You, You heard from heaven,And (BG)many times You rescued them according to Your compassion,

28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;

28 But as soon as they had relief,they again did what was evil in Your sight.So You abandoned them to the power of their enemies,who dominated them.When they cried out to You again,You heard from heaven and rescued themmany times in Your compassion.(AT)

28 "But after they had gained relief, they returned to doing evil before you. Therefore you abandoned them to the control of their enemies, who continued to oppress them. But when they came back and cried out to you, you listened from heaven and delivered them in your compassion on many occasions.

29 And testified against them, that you might bring them again unto your law: yet they acted presumptuously, and hearkened not unto your commandments, but sinned against your judgments, (which if a man does, he shall live in them;) and turned the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.

29 And (BH)admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law.Yet (BI)they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances,By (BJ)which if a man observes them he shall live.And they (n)(BK)turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.

29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.

29 You warned them to turn back to Your law,but they acted arrogantlyand would not obey Your commands.They sinned against Your ordinances,which a person will live by if he does them.(AU)They stubbornly resisted,(e)stiffened their necks, and would not obey.

29 You admonished them to return to your Law, but they acted arrogantly, and would not listen to your commands. They sinned against your regulations, which if anyone obeys, he will live by them. They turned away, being stubborn and stiff-necked, and they did not listen.

30 Yet many years did you bear with them, and testified against them by your spirit in your prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore you gave them into the hand of the people of the lands.

30 (BL)However, You bore with them for many years,And (BM)admonished them by (BN)Your Spirit through Your prophets,Yet they would not give ear.Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.

30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

30 You were patient with them for many years,and Your Spirit warned them through Your prophets,(AV)but they would not listen.Therefore, You handed them over to the surrounding peoples.(AW)

30 You were patient with them for many years, warning them by your Spirit through your prophets. But they would not listen, so you turned them over to the control of people in other lands.

31 Nevertheless for your great mercies' sake you did not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for you are a gracious and merciful God.

31 “Nevertheless, in Your great compassion You (BO)did not make an end of them or forsake them,For You are (BP)a gracious and compassionate God.

31 Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.

31 However, in Your abundant compassion,You did not destroy them or abandon them,(AX)for You are a gracious and compassionate God.(AY)

31 Nevertheless, in your great compassion you did not completely destroy them or abandon them, because you are a God of grace and you are merciful.

The Present

32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before you, that has come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

32 “Now therefore, our God, (BQ)the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness,Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before You,Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people,(BR)From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day.

32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

32 So now, our God—the great, mighty,and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant(AZ)do not view lightly all the hardships that have afflicted us,our kings and leaders,our priests and prophets,our ancestors and all Your people,from the days of the Assyrian kings(BA) until today.

32 "Now therefore, our God, the great, mighty, and awesome God, who keeps the covenant and gracious love, don't let all of the difficulties seem trifling to you, all of hardships that have come upon us, upon our kings, upon our leaders, upon our priests, upon our prophets, upon our ancestors, and upon all of your people from the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.

33 Yet you are just in all that is brought upon us; for you have done right, but we have done wickedly:

33 “However, (BS)You are just in all that has come upon us;For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.

33 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:

33 You are righteous concerning all that has come on us,because You have acted faithfully,while we have acted wickedly.(BB)

33 You are righteous in all that is happening to us, because you have acted faithfully while we have practiced evil.

34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept your law, nor hearkened unto your commandments and your testimonies, with which you did testify against them.

34 “For our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers have not kept Your lawOr paid attention to Your commandments and Your (o)admonitions with which You have (p)admonished them.

34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

34 Our kings, leaders, priests, and ancestorsdid not obey Your lawor listen to Your commandsand warnings You gave them.

34 Furthermore, neither our kings, nor our leaders, nor our priests nor our ancestors have practiced your Law or paid attention to your commands and warnings by which you admonished them.

35 For they have not served you in their kingdom, or in your great goodness that you gave them, or in the large and rich land which you gave before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.

35 “But (BT)they, in their own kingdom,(BU)With Your great goodness which You gave them,With the broad and rich land which You set before them,Did not serve You or turn from their evil deeds.

35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.

35 When they were in their kingdom,with Your abundant goodness that You gave them,and in the spacious and fertile land You set before them,(BC)they would not serve You or turn from their wicked ways.

35 But they in their kingdom in the midst of your great goodness that you gave them and in the large and fertile land that you provided them did not serve you or turn away from their evil deeds.

36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that you gave unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:

36 “Behold, (BV)we are slaves today,And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty,Behold, we are slaves in it.

36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:

36 Here we are today,slaves in the land You gave our ancestorsso that they could enjoy its fruit and its goodness.Here we are—slaves in it!(BD)

36 "Look! Today we are your servants, along with the land that you gave to our ancestors, so they could enjoy its fruit and its value behold, in it we are your servants!

37 And it yields much increase unto the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

37 (BW)Its abundant produce is for the kingsWhom You have set over us because of our sins;They also rule over our bodiesAnd over our cattle as they please,So we are in great distress.

37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

37 Its abundant harvest goes to the kingsYou have set over us,because of our sins.They rule over our bodiesand our livestock as they please.(BE)We are in great distress.

37 But now its abundant produce belongs to the kings whom you placed over us because of our sin. They also have power over our bodies and our herds at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

Israel's Vow Of Faithfulness

38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our leaders, Levites, and priests, seal it.

38 (q)Now because of all this(BX)We are making an agreement in writing;And on the (BY)sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

38 (f)In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement(BF) in writing on a sealed document containing the names of our leaders, Levites, and priests.(BG)

38 "Because of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our descendants of Levi, and our priests hereby set their seals upon it."

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