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Artaxerxes’ cupbearer, Nehemiah, asks God to help His people.

BibleGateway: Nehemiah 1:1-11

ESV Text: Nehemiah 1:1-11

KJV Text:

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     1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

     5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. 8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. 10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 462:
I Love Your Kingdom, Lord

— Organ Audio

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1. I love Thy kingdom, Lord, 
The house of Thine abode, 
The Church our blest Redeemer saved 
With His own precious blood. 

2. I love Thy Church, O God, 
Her walls before Thee stand, 
Dear as the apple of Thine eye 
And graven on Thy hand. 

3. Should I with scoffers join 
Her altars to abuse? 
No! Better far my tongue were dumb, 
My hand its skill should lose. 

4. For her my tears shall fall, 
For her my prayers ascend, 
To her my cares and toils be given 
Till toils and cares shall end. 

5. Beyond my highest joy 
I prize her heavenly ways 
Her sweet communion, solemn vows, 
Her hymns of love and praise. 

6. Jesus, Thou Friend Divine, 
Our Savior and our King, 
Thy hand from every snare and foe 
Shall great deliverance bring. 

7. Sure as Thy truth shall last, 
To Zion shall be given 
The brightest glories earth can yield 
And brighter bliss of heaven.