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When the people heard the Law of the Lord they confessed their sins and also praised their God who had been merciful to them.

BibleGateway: Nehemiah 9:1-5

ESV Text: Nehemiah 9:1-5

KJV Text:

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     1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

     4 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God. 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 65:
When Sinners See Their Lost Condition

— Organ Audio

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1. When sinners see their lost condition 
And feel the pressing load of sin 
And Jesus cometh on His mission 
To heal the sin-sick heart within, 
All grief must flee before His grace, 
And joy divine will take its place. 

2. When Jesus enters meek and lowly 
To fill the home with sweetest peace; 
When hearts have felt His blessing holy 
And found from sin complete release, 
Then light and calm within shall reign 
And hearts divided love again. 

3. When Jesus enters land and nation 
And moves the people with His love; 
When, yielding to His kind persuasion, 
Our hearts His truth and blessing prove, 
Then shall our life on earth be blest, 
The peace of God on us shall rest. 

4. When Jesus comes, –O blessed story!– 
He works a change in heart and life; 
God’s kingdom comes with power and glory 
To young and old, to man and wife; 
Through Sacrament and living Word 
Faith, love, and hope are now conferred. 

5. Then stilled are cries and lamentation, 
Then loosed is Satan’s every band, 
In death is hope and consolation, 
The soul is safe in Jesus’ hand. 
When we shall walk through death’s dark vale, 
His rod and staff shall never fail. 

6. Oh, may He soon to every nation 
Find entrance where He is unknown, 
With life and light and full salvation, 
That heathendom may be o’erthrown 
And healing to the hearts may come 
In heathen land and Christian home!