ECB(i) 1
Words of Nechem Yah the son of Hachal Yah. And so be it, in the month Kislav, in the twentieth year, I am in Shushan the palace, 2 and Hanani, one of my brothers, comes - he and men of Yah Hudah; and I ask them concerning the Yah Hudiym who escaped - who survived of the captivity and concerning Yeru Shalem. 3 And they say to me, The survivors who survived the captivity there in the jurisdiction are in great evil and reproach: and the wall of Yeru Shalem is broken down and the portals thereof are burned with fire. 4 And so be it, I hear these words, and I settle and weep and mourn for days and fast and pray at the face of Elohim of the heavens; 5 and say, I beseech you, O Yah Veh Elohim of the heavens - the great and awesome El who guards covenant and mercy for them who love him and guard his misvoth: 6 hearken your ear, I pray, and open your eyes to hear the prayer of your servant which I pray at your face this day - by day and by night for the sons of Yisra El your servants; and spread hands for the sins of the sons of Yisra El we sinned against you - both I and the house of my father sinned. 7 In despoiling, we despoiled against you; and guarded neither the misvoth nor the statutes nor the judgments you misvahed your servant Mosheh. 8 Remember, I beseech you, the word you misvahed your servant Mosheh, saying, If you treason I scatter you abroad among the people: 9 but if you turn to me and guard my misvoth and work them - though some of you were expelled to the extremity of the heavens yet I gather them from there and bring them to the place I chose to tabernacle my name: 10 and they are your servants and your people whom you redeemed by your great force and by your strong hand. 11 O Adonay, I beseech you, Hearken now your ear to the prayer of your servant - and to the prayer of your servants who delight to awe your name: and prosper, I beseech you, your servant this day; and give him mercies in the face of this man. For I am a butler of the sovereign.