Making a clear confession to God of their past and making a firm covenant with God
Now on the atwenty
-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, with earth 1on
And the descendants of Israel aseparated
themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
And they stood up in their place and read in the book of the law of Jehovah their God for a fourth part of the day, and for another
fourth part they confessed and worshipped Jehovah their God.
Then Jeshua and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and
Chenani stood up on the Levites’ platform and cried out with a loud voice to Jehovah their God.
Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and
Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless Jehovah your God from eternity to eternity:
And may Your glorious name be blessed,
Which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
You are Jehovah,
You have amade
The heaven of heavens with all its host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them;
And You give life to all of them;
And the host of heaven worships You.
You are Jehovah God,
Who chose aAbram
And brought him forth from Ur of the Chaldees
And gave him the name bAbraham
And You found his heart faithful before You
And made a acovenant
To give him
the land of the Canaanites,
The Hittites, the Amorites,
And the Perizzites and the Jebusites and the Girgashites,
To give it
to his seed.
And You have fulfilled Your promises,
For You are righteous.
And You saw the aaffliction
of our fathers in Egypt
And heard their bcry
by the Red Sea,
And You performed asigns
and wonders on Pharaoh,
And on all his servants, and on all the people of his land;
For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them;
And You made Yourself a name, as it is to
And You adivided
the sea before them,
So that they might pass through the midst of the sea on the dry land;
But their pursuers You threw into the bdepths
Like a stone into mighty waters.
Then in a apillar
of cloud You led them by day,
And in a pillar of fire by night,
To light the way for them,
On which they should go.
And You came down upon Mount aSinai
And spoke with them from heaven.
And You gave them just ordinances and true laws,
Good statutes and commandments.
And You made known to them
Your holy aSabbath
And prescribed commandments and statutes and a law for them
Through Moses Your servant.
And You gave them abread
For their hunger,
And You made water come forth from a brock
For their thirst.
And You told them to enter
In order to possess the land,
Which You swore
To give them.
But they and our fathers acted arrogantly
And stiffened their neck and would not listen to Your commandments.
And they refused to listen
And would not remember Your wondrous acts,
Which You had done among them.
And they stiffened their neck and appointed a aleader
To return to their slavery in Egypt.
But You are a God of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Long-suffering and abounding in lovingkindness;
So You did not forsake them.
Indeed when they made for themselves
A molten acalf
And said, This is your God,
Who brought you up out of Egypt,
And showed great contempt;
You, in Your great compassion,
Did not forsake them in the wilderness;
The pillar of cloud did not depart from over them by day,
To guide them on their way;
Nor the pillar of fire by night,
To light the way for them, on which they should go.
And You gave Your good aSpirit
To instruct them,
And did not withhold Your bmanna
from their mouth,
And gave them water for their thirst.
Indeed for aforty
years You sustained them in the wilderness;
They did not lack; bTheir
clothes did not wear out,
And their feet did not swell.
And You gave them kingdoms and peoples,
And divided these
to them as boundaries.
So they took possession of the land of aSihon
, even the land of the king of Heshbon,
And the land of bOg
the king of Bashan.
And their children You multiplied
Like the astars
And You brought them into the land
That You told their fathers
To enter and bpossess
And the children entered
And possessed the land;
And 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,
That they might do with them as they pleased.
And they atook their
And a fertile land,
And took possession of their
Full of every good thing,
Hewn cisterns, vineyards, and olive groves,
And fruit trees in abundance;
And they ate and were satisfied and grew fat,
And they delighted in Your great goodness.
But they were disobedient and rebelled against You
And cast Your law behind their back.
And they aslew
Who had testified against them
In order to turn them back to You;
And they showed great contempt.
Therefore You adelivered
them into the hand of their oppressors,
And they oppressed them;
But when they bcried
out to You in the time of their oppression,
You heard from heaven,
And according to Your great compassions You gave them cdeliverers
Who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors.
Then after they had rest,
They again did evil before You;
And You abandoned them to the hand of their enemies,
And they had dominion over them.
But when they cried out to You again,
You heard from heaven
And delivered them amany
According to Your compassions.
And You testified against them in order to turn them back to Your law,
But they acted arrogantly and would not listen to Your commandments;
And they sinned against Your ordinances
(By which, if a man adoes them
, he will live),
And they turned a stubborn shoulder
And stiffened their neck and would not listen.
Yet You bore with them
For many years
And testified to them by Your aSpirit
Through Your prophets,
But they would not give heed;
So You delivered them
Into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
Nevertheless in Your abundant compassions
You did not make an end of them;
And You did not forsake them,
For You are a gracious and compassionate God.
And now, our God,
The great, the mighty, and the awesome God,
Who keeps covenant and lovingkindness,
Do not let all the hardship seem small in Your sight
Which has come upon us, on our kings, on our rulers,
And on our priests and on our prophets
And on our fathers and on all Your people,
Since the days of the kings of aAssyria
Until this day.
But You are righteous
In all that has come upon us,
For You have acted faithfully
While we have acted wickedly;
And our kings, our rulers, our priests, and our fathers
Have not performed Your law
Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies,
By which You testified against them.
But they, in their kingdom and in Your great goodness,
Which You gave them,
And in the broad and afat
That You put before them,
Did not serve You, nor did they turn
From their evil works.
Here we are, slaves today;
And as for the land that You gave to our fathers
To eat of its fruit and its goodness,
Here we are, slaves upon it.
And its bundant aproduce
is for the kings
Whom You have put over us because of our sins;
And they rule over our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure,
And we are in great distress.
And because of all this we are making a firm covenant and setting it
in writing, and upon the sealed document are the names of
our rulers, our Levites, and