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.
And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and
confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
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.
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.
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.
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with
all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is
therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of
Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;
And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give
the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the
Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy
words; for thou art righteous:
And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the
And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all
the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst
thou get thee a name, as it is this day.
And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of
the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone
into the mighty waters.
Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a
pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.
Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and
gavest them right judgements, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:
And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts,
statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:
And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for
them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to
possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not
to thy commandments,
And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among
them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to
their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to
anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought
thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;
Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar
of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar
of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.
Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna
from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.
Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked
nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.
Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into corners:
so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land
of Og king of Bashan.
Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them
into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should
go in to possess it.
So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the
inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their
kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all
goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they
did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great
Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law
behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to
thee, and they wrought great provocations.
Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and
in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from
heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them
out of the hand of their enemies.
But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou
them in the land of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when
they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times
didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;
And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet
they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy
judgements, (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and
hardened their neck, and would not hear.
Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit
in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand
of the people of the lands.
Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume them,
nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest
covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come
upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on
our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this
Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but
we have done wickedly:
Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law,
nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify
For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou
gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither
turned they from their wicked works.
Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our
fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in
And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of
our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their
pleasure, and we are in great distress.
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes,
Levites, and priests, seal unto it.