第239天 Day 239

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歷史順序讀經表 : 第239天
以斯拉記 8:28-31 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
28 “我對他們說:‘你們是歸耶和華為聖的,器皿也是神聖的,金銀是甘心獻給耶和華你們列祖的 神的禮物。 29 你們要謹慎看守,直到你們在耶路撒冷耶和華殿的庫房裡,在祭司長和利未人的領袖,以及以色列人的族長面前,過了秤。’ 30 於是祭司和利未人把稱過了的金銀和器皿收下,帶到耶路撒冷我們 神的殿裡。
返抵耶路撒冷
31 “正月十二日,我們從亞哈瓦河啟程,往耶路撒冷去。我們的 神的手保佑我們,拯救我們脫離仇敵和在路上埋伏的人的手。
以斯拉記 7:6-8 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
以斯拉從巴比倫回歸
6 這位以斯拉是一位經學家,精通耶和華以色列的 神賜給摩西的律法;因為耶和華他 神的手幫助他,所以王賜他所求的一切,他就從巴比倫上來。 7 在亞達薛西王第七年,一些以色列人和一些祭司、利未人、歌唱的、守門的和作殿役的,和他一起上耶路撒冷去。 8 王第七年五月來到耶路撒冷。
以斯拉記 7:10 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
10 因為以斯拉專心尋求研究耶和華的律法,並且遵行,在以色列中教導律例和典章。
以斯拉記 8:32-36 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
32 我們到了耶路撒冷,在那裡住了三天; 33 第四天,在我們 神的殿裡,金銀和器皿都過了秤,交在烏利亞祭司的兒子米利末的手中;與他在一起的有非尼哈的兒子以利亞撒;與他們在一起的還有利未人耶書亞的兒子約撒拔和賓內的兒子挪亞底。 34 一切物品按著數目稱過;同時每件的重量都記錄下來。
35 “那時,從被擄歸回的人都向以色列的 神獻燔祭,就是為全以色列獻公牛十二頭、公綿羊九十六隻、綿羊羔七十七隻;又獻公山羊十二隻作贖罪祭;這一切都是獻給耶和華的燔祭。 36 他們把王的命令交給王的總督和河西那邊的省長,他們就幫助民眾和神殿的需要。”
以斯拉記 9:1-15 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
人民與異族通婚
9 “完成這些事以後,眾領袖前來見我,說:‘以色列民、祭司和利未人沒有從當地的民族中分別出來,他們隨從迦南人、赫人、比利洗人、耶布斯人、亞捫人、摩押人、埃及人和亞摩利人行可憎的事。 2 他們為自己和自己的兒子娶了這些外族的女子為妻,以致聖潔的種族與當地的民族混雜了;而領袖和官長竟是這不忠的事的罪魁。’ 3 我一聽見這事,就撕裂我的衣服和外袍,拔掉頭上的頭髮和鬍鬚,驚懼地坐著。 4 所有因著以色列 神針對被擄歸回的人之不忠、對他們所說的話而戰兢的人,都聚集到我面前。我驚懼地坐著,直到獻晚祭的時候。
以斯拉認罪禱告
5 “獻晚祭的時候,我在禁食中起來,穿著撕裂了的衣服和外袍,雙膝跪下,向耶和華我的 神張開雙手, 6 禱告說:‘我的 神啊,我感覺羞恥慚愧,不敢向我的 神你仰面;因為我們的罪孽多至滅頂,我們的罪過滔天。 7 從我們列祖的日子直到今日,我們罪惡深重,由於我們的罪孽,我們和我們的王,以及祭司,都被交在各地的列王手中:被刀殺、被擄掠、被搶奪,丟臉蒙羞,就像今天的光景一樣。 8 現在,耶和華我們的 神恩待我們片時,給我們存留一些逃脫的人,使我們像釘子釘在他的聖所那樣的安穩,讓我們的 神光照我們的眼睛,使我們在所受的奴役中稍得復興。 9 雖然我們是奴隸,但在奴役中,我們的 神仍然沒有撇棄我們,反而使我們在波斯列王面前得蒙恩惠,使我們復興,建立我們 神的殿,重修毀壞的地方,使我們在猶大和耶路撒冷有牆垣。 10 我們的 神啊,現在,我們還可以說甚麼呢?只能說:我們又離棄了你的誡命, 11 就是你曾藉著你的僕人眾先知所吩咐的。你說:你們進去要得為業之地是污穢的,充滿了當地民族的污穢,他們可憎的事使這地從這邊到那邊都充滿了他們的不潔。 12 所以,你們不可把你們的女兒嫁給他們的兒子,也不可為你們的兒子娶他們的女兒。你們永遠不可尋求他們的平安和他們的利益;這樣,你們就可以強盛,吃這地的美物,把這地留給你們的子孫作產業,直到永遠。 13 雖然因著我們許多的惡行和重大的罪過,這一切就臨到我們身上,但我們的 神啊,你懲罰我們實在輕於我們的罪孽所應得的,還給我們留下這些逃脫的人。 14 我們怎可以再違背你的誡命,與這些行可憎事的民族通婚呢?如果我們這樣行,你豈不向我們發怒,消滅我們,以致沒有一個剩餘,或是逃脫的人嗎? 15 耶和華以色列的 神啊,你是公義的!我們現今才可以留下,成為逃脫的人。看哪,我們在你面前是有罪過的,因此沒有人能在你面前站立得住。’”
以斯拉記 10:1-44 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
認罪禱告的結果
10 以斯拉禱告、認罪、哭泣,俯伏在 神的殿前的時候,有一大群以色列人,包括男女小孩,在他面前聚集;眾人也都痛哭。 2 屬以攔的子孫、耶歇的兒子示迦尼對以斯拉說:“我們對 神不忠,娶了這地這外族女子為妻。雖然這樣,以色列現在還有希望。3 現在,我們應當與我們的 神立約,按著我主和那些因我們 神的誡命而戰兢的人所議定的,照著律法而行,送走這些妻子和她們所生的兒女。 4 你起來!因為這事全在你身上,我們支持你,你當堅強地去作。”
5 於是以斯拉起來,使祭司首領、利未人和以色列眾人起誓要照著這話去行;他們就起誓。 6 以斯拉就從 神的殿前起來,走進以利亞實的兒子約哈難的屋裡去;他在那裡不吃飯,也不喝水,因為他為了被擄歸回的人的不忠而悲傷。 7 於是,領袖們就在猶大和耶路撒冷向所有被擄歸回的人發出通告,叫他們到耶路撒冷聚集。 8 所有不照著眾領袖和眾長老所議定,在三日之內來到的人,所有的財物都要充公,也要從被擄歸回之人的會中被逐出。
9 於是猶大和便雅憫眾人,三日之內都在耶路撒冷聚集,那時是九月二十日,眾人坐在神殿的廣場上;因為這事,又因為天下大雨的緣故,大家就都戰慄發抖。 10 以斯拉祭司站起來,對他們說:“你們對 神不忠,娶了外族的女子為妻,增添了以色列的罪過。 11 現在你們要向耶和華你們列祖的 神認罪,遵行他所喜悅的旨意,與這地的民族和外族的女子分離。” 12 全體會眾都大聲回答說:“你怎麼說,我們就怎麼行。 13 可是人太多,又逢下大雨的季節,我們不能停留在外面;這又不是一兩天可以完成的事,因為我們很多人在這事上犯了罪! 14 讓我們的領袖代表全體會眾站在耶和華面前,所有在我們的城中娶了外族女子為妻的人,也都要在指定的日期,與本城的長老和審判官一起來,解決了這事,好使 神因這事所發的烈怒離開我們。” 15 只有亞撒黑的兒子約拿單和特瓦的兒子雅哈謝起來反對這提議,還有米書蘭和利未人沙比太支持他們。
16 於是,被擄歸回的人就這樣行。以斯拉祭司提名選派了一些人,是各宗族的族長,於十月初一他們一同坐下來查辦這事。 17 直到正月初一,他們才完成審查所有娶了外族的女子為妻的人。
娶異族女子為妻者的名單
18 在祭司子孫中,娶了外族的女子為妻的有耶書亞的子孫,約薩達的兒子和他的兄弟瑪西雅、以利以謝、雅立、基大利。 19 他們舉手起誓要送走他們的妻子,並獻贖罪祭。他們就獻上一隻公綿羊,作他們的贖罪祭。 20 音麥的子孫中,有哈拿尼和西巴第雅。21 哈琳的子孫中,有瑪西雅、以利雅、示瑪雅、耶歇和烏西雅。 22 巴施戶珥的子孫中,有以利約乃、瑪西雅、以實瑪利、拿坦業、約撒拔和以利亞撒。
23 利未人中有約撒拔、示每、基拉雅(又叫基利他),還有毘他希雅、猶大和以利以謝。
24 歌唱者中,有以利亞實。守門的人中,有沙龍、提聯和烏利。
25 屬以色列人的巴錄的子孫中,有拉米、耶西雅、瑪基雅、米雅民、以利亞撒、瑪基雅、比拿雅。 26 以攔的子孫中,有瑪他尼、撒迦利亞、耶歇、押底、耶利末和以利雅。 27 薩土的子孫中,有以利約乃、以利亞實、瑪他尼、耶利末、撒拔和亞西撒。28 比拜的子孫中,有約哈難、哈拿尼雅、薩拜和亞勒。 29 巴尼的子孫中,有米書蘭、瑪鹿、亞大雅、雅述、示押和耶利末。 30 巴哈.摩押的子孫中,有阿底拿、基拉、比拿雅、瑪西雅、瑪他尼、比撒列、賓內和瑪拿西。 31 哈琳的子孫中,有以利以謝、伊示雅、瑪基雅、示瑪雅、西緬、 32 便雅憫、瑪鹿和示瑪利雅。 33 哈順的子孫中,有瑪特乃、瑪達他、撒拔、以利法列、耶利買、瑪拿西和示每。 34 巴尼的子孫中,有瑪代、暗蘭、烏益、 35 比拿雅、比底雅、基祿、 36 瓦尼雅、米利末、以利亞實、 37 瑪他尼、瑪特乃、雅掃、 38 巴尼、賓內、示每、 39 示利米雅、拿單、亞大雅、 40 瑪拿底拜、沙賽、沙賴、 41 亞薩利、示利米雅、示瑪利雅、 42 沙龍、亞瑪利雅、約瑟。 43 尼波的子孫中,有耶利、瑪他提雅、撒拔、西比拿、雅玳、約珥和比拿雅。 44 這些人都娶了外族的女子為妻,但他們都把妻子和兒女送走了(本節經文殘缺,意義難確定,或譯:“有的妻子也生了兒女”)。
尼希米記 1:1-11 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
耶路撒冷的慘況
1 哈迦利亞的兒子尼希米的言行錄:亞達薛西王二十年基斯流月,我在書珊宮中, 2 我的一位兄弟哈拿尼和幾個人一起從猶大來到;我詢問他們關於那些從被擄逃脫的猶大餘民和關於耶路撒冷的景況。 3 他們對我說:“那些從被擄剩下的餘民,在猶大省那裡遭遇大患難,受到凌辱。耶路撒冷的城牆倒塌,城門也被火燒毀。”
尼希米為耶路撒冷禁食禱告
4 我聽見了這些事,就坐下哭泣,悲傷了好幾天,在天上的 神面前禁食禱告,5 說:“耶和華天上的 神,偉大可畏的 神啊,你向那些愛你,遵守你誡命的人,守約施慈愛。 6 求你側著耳,睜著眼的,垂聽你僕人的禱告,我今天在你面前晝夜為著你的僕人以色列人禱告,承認以色列人所犯的罪,就是我與我父的家向你所犯的罪。 7 我們故意行極大的惡事得罪你,沒有遵守你吩咐你僕人摩西的誡命、律例和典章。 8 求你記念你吩咐你僕人摩西的話,說:‘你們若是不忠,我就把你們分散在萬民中。 9 但如果你們回心轉意歸向我,謹守遵行我的誡命,即使在你們被趕逐的天邊,我也必從那裡把他們招聚回來,帶他們到我選擇給我的名居住的地方那裡去。’ 10 這些都是你的僕人,你的子民,是你用你的大能和你強而有力的手所救贖的。 11 主啊,求你留意聽你僕人的禱告,也聽那些喜愛敬畏你名的僕人的禱告;求你使你的僕人今天順利,使他在這人面前蒙憐憫。”那時我是王的酒政。
尼希米記 2:1-6 Chinese New Version (CNVT)
王許尼希米重建城牆
2 亞達薛西王二十年尼散月,王面前擺上了酒席,我拿酒來奉給王。我在他面前素來沒有露出愁容。 2 王卻問我:“你既然沒有病,為甚麼面帶愁容呢?這沒有別的可能,必是心中愁煩。”我就非常懼怕, 3 對王說:“願王萬歲,我列祖墳墓所在的城成了荒蕪之地,城門被火焚毀,我怎能不面帶愁容呢?” 4 王問我:“你想要甚麼呢?”我就向天上的 神禱告, 5 然後對王說:“如果王認為好,僕人能在你面前蒙恩寵,就請你差派我往猶大,到我列祖墳墓所在的城去,讓我重建那城。” 6 那時,王后坐在王的旁邊。王問我:“你的行程需時多久?你甚麼時候回來?”王既然認為好,就差派我去,我也定了一個歸期。
Ezra 8:28-31 New International Version (NIV)
28 I said to them, “You as well as these articles are consecrated to the Lord. The silver and gold are a freewill offering to the Lord, the God of your ancestors. 29 Guard them carefully until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem before the leading priests and the Levites and the family heads of Israel.”30 Then the priests and Levites received the silver and gold and sacred articles that had been weighed out to be taken to the house of our God in Jerusalem.
31 On the twelfth day of the first month we set out from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way.
Ezra 7:6-8 New International Version (NIV)
6 this Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him. 7 Some of the Israelites, including priests, Levites, musicians, gatekeepers and temple servants, also came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.
8 Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king.
Ezra 7:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
Ezra 8:32-36 New International Version (NIV)
32 So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.
33 On the fourth day, in the house of our God, we weighed out the silver and gold and the sacred articles into the hands of Meremoth son of Uriah, the priest. Eleazar son of Phinehas was with him, and so were the Levites Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui. 34 Everything was accounted for by number and weight, and the entire weight was recorded at that time.
35 Then the exiles who had returned from captivity sacrificed burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven male lambs and, as a sin offering,[a] twelve male goats. All this was a burnt offering to the Lord.36 They also delivered the king’s orders to the royal satraps and to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, who then gave assistance to the people and to the house of God.
Ezra 9:1-15 New International Version (NIV)
Ezra’s Prayer About Intermarriage
9 After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separatefrom the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites. 2 They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”
3 When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. 4 Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice.
5 Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the Lord my God 6 and prayed:
“I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. 7 From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.
8 “But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place[a] in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. 9 Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
10 “But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commands 11 you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: ‘The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other. 12 Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.’
13 “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved and have given us a remnant like this. 14 Shall we then break your commands again and intermarrywith the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us, leaving us no remnant or survivor? 15 Lord, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.”
Ezra 10:1-44 New International Version (NIV)
The People’s Confession of Sin
10 While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. 2 Then Shekaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel. 3 Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law. 4 Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.”
5 So Ezra rose up and put the leading priests and Levites and all Israel under oath to do what had been suggested. And they took the oath. 6 Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.
7 A proclamation was then issued throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem. 8 Anyone who failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property, in accordance with the decision of the officials and elders, and would himself be expelled from the assembly of the exiles.
9 Within the three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin had gathered in Jerusalem. And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain. 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. 11 Now honor[a]the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.”
12 The whole assembly responded with a loud voice: “You are right! We must do as you say. 13 But there are many people here and it is the rainy season; so we cannot stand outside. Besides, this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing. 14 Let our officials act for the whole assembly. Then let everyone in our towns who has married a foreign woman come at a set time, along with the elders and judges of each town, until the fierce anger of our God in this matter is turned away from us.” 15 Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah, supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite, opposed this.
16 So the exiles did as was proposed. Ezra the priest selected men who were family heads, one from each family division, and all of them designated by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to investigate the cases, 17 and by the first day of the first month they finished dealing with all the men who had married foreign women.
Those Guilty of Intermarriage
18 Among the descendants of the priests, the following had married foreign women:
From the descendants of Joshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah. 19 (They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their wives, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.)
20 From the descendants of Immer:
Hanani and Zebadiah.
21 From the descendants of Harim:
Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel and Uzziah.
22 From the descendants of Pashhur:
Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad and Elasah.
23 Among the Levites:
Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (that is, Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah and Eliezer.
24 From the musicians:
Eliashib.
From the gatekeepers:
Shallum, Telem and Uri.
25 And among the other Israelites:
From the descendants of Parosh:
Ramiah, Izziah, Malkijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Malkijah and Benaiah.
26 From the descendants of Elam:
Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth and Elijah.
27 From the descendants of Zattu:
Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad and Aziza.
28 From the descendants of Bebai:
Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai and Athlai.
29 From the descendants of Bani:
Meshullam, Malluk, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal and Jeremoth.
30 From the descendants of Pahath-Moab:
Adna, Kelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui and Manasseh.
31 From the descendants of Harim:
Eliezer, Ishijah, Malkijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 32 Benjamin, Malluk and Shemariah.
33 From the descendants of Hashum:
Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh and Shimei.
34 From the descendants of Bani:
Maadai, Amram, Uel, 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Keluhi, 36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,37 Mattaniah, Mattenai and Jaasu.
38 From the descendants of Binnui:[b]
Shimei, 39 Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah, 40 Maknadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 41 Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, 42 Shallum, Amariah and Joseph.
43 From the descendants of Nebo:
Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel and Benaiah.
44 All these had married foreign women, and some of them had children by these wives.[c]
Nehemiah 1:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
Nehemiah’s Prayer
1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa,2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
I was cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah 2:1-6 New International Version (NIV)
Artaxerxes Sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem
2 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”
I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?”
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
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