was a great Jewish General. The book of Nehemiah is very similar to
a general filing a military report.
probably wrote I and II Chronicles, the book of Ezra, parts of
Nehemiah, and Psalm 119.
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
And it came to pass in the month Chisleu,
the twentieth year,
I was in Shushan the palace, 2
Hanani, one of my brethren, came . . .
and certain men of Judah.
I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped,
were left of the captivity,
And they said unto me,
remnant who are left of the captivity
in the province
in great affliction and reproach.
wall of Jerusalem also is broken down,
the gates thereof are burned with fire.
And it came to pass,
I heard these words,
I sat down and wept,
mourned certain days,
'Elohiym/Godhead of heaven, 5
said, "I beseech You, O Jehovah/God . . .
/Godhead of heaven,
great and terrible 'Elohiym/Godhead,
keeps covenant and mercy
them who love Him
observe His commandments. 6
Your ear now be attentive,
Your eyes open,
You may hear the prayer of Your servant,
I pray before You now,
the children of Israel . . . Your servants,
confess the sins of the children of Israel,
we have sinned against you . . .
I and my father's house have sinned. 7
have dealt very corruptly against You,
have not kept the commandments,
You commanded Your servant Moses. 8
I beseech You,
word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying,
you transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations. 9
if you turn unto Me,
keep My commandments, and do them.
there were of You
out unto the uttermost part of the heaven,
will I gather them from there,
will bring them unto the place
I have chosen to set My Name there.' 10
these are Your servants and Your people,
You have redeemed by Your great power,
by Your strong hand. 11
Lord/'Adonay, I beseech You,
now Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant,
to the prayer of Your servants,
desire to respect/fear Your Name . . .
prosper, I pray You,
servant this day,
grant him mercy in the sight of this man.
I was the king's cupbearer."