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Nehemiah Chapter 9

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A solemn fast and repentance


9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the sons of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.
9:2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all sons of aliens, and stood and confessed their sins, and the sins of their fathers.
9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the Book of the Torahתּוֹרָה‎
Tōrā,/ˈtɔːrə, ˈtoʊrə/; “Instruction”, “Teaching” or “Law”) The first five books of the Bible or also called “the books of Moses” comes from an archery term meaning to shoot.
of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
their Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshiped YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
their Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
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Prayer and confession of the Levites


9:4 Then
Jeshuaיֵשׁוּעַ
romanized: Yēšūaʿ, lit. ‘Yahweh is salvation’) was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshua (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, romanized: Yəhōšūaʿ, lit. ’Joshua’) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous (Ἰησοῦς), from which, through the Latin IESVS/Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus meaning salvation. For more info click here
, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani
of the Levitesלְוִיִּם
/ˈliːvaɪt/ LEE-vyte;romanized: Lǝvīyyīm) or Levi are Jewish males who claim patrilineal descent from the Tribe of Levi. The Tribe of Levi descended from Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. The surname Halevi, which consists of the Hebrew definite article “ה” Ha- (‘the’) plus Levi (‘Levite’) is not conclusive regarding being a Levite; a titular use of HaLevi indicates being a Levite. The daughter of a Levite is a Bat Levi (Bat being Hebrew for ‘daughter’) For more info click here
stood up upon the stairs (or scaffold) and cried with a loud voice unto YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
their God.
9:5 Then the Levitesלְוִיִּם
/ˈliːvaɪt/ LEE-vyte;romanized: Lǝvīyyīm) or Levi are Jewish males who claim patrilineal descent from the Tribe of Levi. The Tribe of Levi descended from Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. The surname Halevi, which consists of the Hebrew definite article “ה” Ha- (‘the’) plus Levi (‘Levite’) is not conclusive regarding being a Levite; a titular use of HaLevi indicates being a Levite. The daughter of a Levite is a Bat Levi (Bat being Hebrew for ‘daughter’) For more info click here
, Jeshuaיֵשׁוּעַ
romanized: Yēšūaʿ, lit. ‘Yahweh is salvation’) was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshua (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, romanized: Yəhōšūaʿ, lit. ’Joshua’) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous (Ἰησοῦς), from which, through the Latin IESVS/Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus meaning salvation. For more info click here
, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up! and bless YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
your El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
forever and ever. And blessed be the Name of Your Glory, even You being exalted above all blessing and praise.
9:6 You alone are He. O YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
; You have made heavens, the heavens of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are on it, the seas, and all that is in them, and You preserve them all; and the host of heavens bows down to you.
9:7 You are YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
the Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
, who chose Abram Avram which means “High Father” – “av” (אב) “father”, “ram” (רם) “high” Later called Abraham For more info click here, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abrahamאַבְרָהָם
/ˈeɪbrəhæm, -həm/; ‎‎, Modern: ʾAvraham, As recounted in the Torah, his name was originally Avram which means “High Father” – “av” (אב) “father”, “ram” (רם) “high” – with the “ha” (ה) added in mark of his covenant with God. For more info click here
;
9:8 And found his heart faithful before You, and cut 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 his seed. And You have performed Your words; for You are righteousצַדִּיק
Transliteration ṣadîq Pronunciation tsad-deek’ To do what is right Tzadik is also the root of the word tzedakah (‘charity’, literally ‘righteousness’). For more info click here
:
9:9 And You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their cry by the Red sea;
9:10 And [You] gave signs and wonders on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land. For you knew that they were raging against them. So You get You
a name made for Yourself, as it is this day.
9:11 And You divided the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land. And their pursuers You threw into the deep, like a stone into the mighty waters.
9:12 And 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.
9:13 And You
also came down  on Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from the heavens, and gave them right judgments, and laws of truth, good statutes and commandments:
9:14 And made
your holy sabbath known to them, and commanded them commandments, statutes, and laws, by the hand of your servant Mosesמשה
Meaning of the name: Linguist Abraham Yahuda, based on the spelling given in the Tanakh, argues that it combines “water” or “seed” and “pond, expanse of water,” thus yielding the sense of “child of the Nile” click here
.
9:15 And You gave them bread from the heavens for their hunger, and brought forth water for them
for their thirst out of the rock. And You said to them that they should go in to possess the land which You had raise You hand to give them.
9:16 But they and our fathers raged, and hardened their necks, and didn’t listened to your commandments,
9:17 And refused to obey, weren’t mindful of Your wonders that You did among them. But [they] hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a leader to return [them] to their bondage. But You are a El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
of pardons, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and didn’t forsake them.
9:18 Yes, when they had made them a cast calf for themselves, and said. This is your god that brought you up out of Egypt, and had worked great blasphemies;
9:19 Yet You in your great mercies didn’t forsake them in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud didn’t depart 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.
9:20 You
also gave your good Spirit to teach them, and didn’t withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.
9:21 Yes, Y
ou sustained them forty years in the wilderness. So that they lacked nothing; their clothes didn’t wear out, and their feet didn’t swell.
9:22 And you gave them kingdoms and peoples, and did divide them to corners. So they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
9:23 Y
ou also multiplied their sons like the stars of the heavens, and brought them into the land which You had promised to their fathers, that they should go in and possess it.
9:24 So the sons went in and possessed the land, and You humbled before the people 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 desired.
9:25 And they took strong cities, and a rich land, and occupied houses full of all goods, wells (or cisterns) already dug, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they ate, and were filled, and became fat, and lived luxuriously in Your great goodness.
9:26 But they were disobedient, and rebelled against You, and threw Your law behind their backs, and killed Your prophets who testified against them, to turn them to You, and they worked great blasphemies.
9:27 Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who distressed them: and in the time of their distress, they cried to You, and You heard them from Heaven. And according to Your great mercies, You gave them delivers, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
9:28 But after a rest, they did evil
before you again.And You left them in the land of their haters, and they ruled over them. But when they came back and cried to You, and You heard them from Heaven; and You delivered them according to Your mercies;
9:29 And [You] testified against them to bring them again to Your law: yet they raged, and didn’t listened to Your commands, but were against your judgments; they sinned in them, which if a man do, he shall live in them; And gave a shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.
9:30 Yet many years You had patience with them, and testified against them by Your Spirit in Your prophets. Yet would they not give ear. And gave you them into the hand of the people of the lands.
9:31 But for your great mercies’, You did not consume them, or forsake them; because you are a gracious and merciful EL אֵל
‎(El transl. God)
.
9:32 Now, our El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
, the great, the mighty, and the fearful EL אֵל
‎(El transl. God)
, keeping the covenant and the mercy, let it not seem little before You
all the trouble that has found us, to our kings, to our rules, to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers and on all Your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria to this day.
9:33 However You are just as to all that is came on us; for You have done right, but we have done wickedly.
9:34 And our kings, our princes, our rulers, and our fathers, kept your Torahתּוֹרָה‎
Tōrā,/ˈtɔːrə, ˈtoʊrə/; “Instruction”, “Teaching” or “Law”) The first five books of the Bible or also called “the books of Moses” comes from an archery term meaning to shoot.
, or listened to Your commands and Your testimonies which You testified against them.
9:35 For they have not served You in their kingdom, and in Your great goodness that you gave them, and in the large and rich land which you gave before them, And they didn’t turn from their evil works.
9:36 Look, we are slaves today, even the land that You gave to our fathers to eat the fruit of it and the good of it, see, we [are] slaves in it:
9:37 And it yields much increase to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins: also they rule over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
9:38 And because of all this we cutting a covenant, and writing it; and our rulers, Levitesלְוִיִּם
/ˈliːvaɪt/ LEE-vyte;romanized: Lǝvīyyīm) or Levi are Jewish males who claim patrilineal descent from the Tribe of Levi. The Tribe of Levi descended from Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. The surname Halevi, which consists of the Hebrew definite article “ה” Ha- (‘the’) plus Levi (‘Levite’) is not conclusive regarding being a Levite; a titular use of HaLevi indicates being a Levite. The daughter of a Levite is a Bat Levi (Bat being Hebrew for ‘daughter’) For more info click here
, and priests, are sealing it.

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