As soon as I heard these words I i sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the j God of heaven.
And I said, "O Lord God of heaven, k the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
l let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, m confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even n I and my father's house have sinned.
o We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules p that you commanded your servant Moses.
Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, q I will scatter you among the peoples,
r but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, s though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them t to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.'
u They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand.
O Lord, l let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." Now I was v cupbearer to the king.
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As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled.
Then the king said to me, "What are you requesting?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.
I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.
You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.
O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.
1 Kings 8:29
That your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.
2 Chronicles 6:40
Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place.
While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.
While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for the holy hill of my God.
Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.
But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.
And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.
Deuteronomy 4:25 - 27
When you father children and children's children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a carved image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, so as to provoke him to anger.
Leviticus 26:39 - 42
And those of you who are left shall rot away in your enemies' lands because of their iniquity, and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall rot away like them.
Deuteronomy 4:29 - 31
But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 30:2 - 3
And return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul.
If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you.
But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go.
For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.
Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned.
In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence.