Ezra 9:9
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.

New American Standard Bible
"For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us, but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

King James Bible
For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our slavery. He has extended grace to us in the presence of the Persian kings, giving us new life, so that we can rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

International Standard Version
Even though we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our slavery. Instead, he has extended gracious love to us in the presence of the kings of Persia, to grant us revival, to set up the Temple of our God, to repair its damage, and to give us a protective wall for Judah and Jerusalem.

NET Bible
Although we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our servitude. He has extended kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, in that he has revived us to restore the temple of our God and to raise up its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are slaves, but our God hasn't abandoned us in our slavery. Instead, he has made the kings of Persia treat us kindly. He did this to give us an opportunity to rebuild our God's temple and restore its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For we are bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the ruins thereof, and to give us a fence in Judah and in Jerusalem.

New American Standard 1977
“For we are slaves; yet in our bondage, our God has not forsaken us, but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we were slaves; yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage, but has extended mercy over us before the king of Persia, that we may be given life to lift up the house of our God and to cause the desolations thereof to be restored and to give us a wall of protection in Judah and in Jerusalem.

King James 2000 Bible
For we were slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to rebuild the house of our God, and to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

American King James Version
For we were slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

American Standard Version
For we are bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended lovingkindness unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the ruins thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are bondmen, and in our bondage our God hath not forsaken us, but hath extended mercy upon us before the king of the Persians, to give us life, and to set up the house of our God, and rebuild the desolations thereof, and to give us a fence in Juda and Jerusalem.

Darby Bible Translation
For we are bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us before the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God and to repair the ruins thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

English Revised Version
For we are bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the ruins thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we were bond-men; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations of it, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

World English Bible
For we are bondservants; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended loving kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Young's Literal Translation
for servants we are, and in our servitude our God hath not forsaken us, and stretcheth out unto us kindness before the kings of Persia, to give to us a quickening to lift up the house of our God, and to cause its wastes to cease, and to give to us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
Study Bible
Ezra's Prayer of Confession
8"But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage. 9"For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us, but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 10"Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments,…
Word Study

For we were bondmen
`ebed  (eh'-bed)
a servant -- bondage, bondman, (bond-)servant, (man-)servant.

yet our God
'elohiym  (el-o-heem')
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.

hath not forsaken
`azab  (aw-zab')
to loosen, i.e. relinquish, permit, etc. -- commit self, fail, forsake, fortify, help, leave (destitute, off), refuse, surely.

us in our bondage
`abduwth  (ab-dooth')
servitude -- bondage.

but hath extended
natah  (naw-taw')
to stretch or spread out; by implication, to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of application (out), stretch (forth, out), take (aside), turn (aside, away), wrest, cause to yield.

mercy
checed  (kheh'-sed)
kindness; by implication (towards God) piety: rarely (by opposition) reproof, or (subject.) beauty

unto us in the sight
paniym  (paw-neem')
the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.)

of the kings
melek  (meh'-lek)
a king -- king, royal.

of Persia
Parac  (paw-ras')
Paras (i.e. Persia), an Eastern country, including its inhabitants -- Persia, Persians.

to give
nathan  (naw-than')
to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.)

us a reviving
michyah  (mikh-yaw')
preservation of life; hence, sustenance; also the live flesh, i.e. the quick -- preserve life, quick, recover selves, reviving, sustenance, victuals.

to set up
ruwm  (room)
to be high actively, to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively)

the house
bayith  (bah'-yith)
a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.)

of our God
'elohiym  (el-o-heem')
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.

and to repair
`amad  (aw-mad')
to stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive)

the desolations
chorbah  (khor-baw')
drought, i.e. (by implication) a desolation -- decayed place, desolate (place, -tion), destruction, (laid) waste (place).

thereof and to give
nathan  (naw-than')
to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.)

us a wall
gader  (gaw-dare')
a circumvallation; by implication, an inclosure -- fence, hedge, wall.

in Judah
Yhuwdah  (yeh-hoo-daw')
celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory -- Judah.

and in Jerusalem
Yruwshalaim  (yer-oo-shaw-lah'-im)
founded peaceful; Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine -- Jerusalem.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:5-15 The sacrifice, especially the evening sacrifice, was a type of the blessed Lamb of God, who in the evening of the world, was to take away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Ezra's address is a penitent confession of sin, the sin of his people. But let this be the comfort of true penitents, that though their sins reach to the heavens, God's mercy is in the heavens. Ezra, speaking of sin, speaks as one much ashamed. Holy shame is as necessary in true repentance as holy sorrow. Ezra speaks as much amazed. The discoveries of guilt cause amazement; the more we think of sin, the worse it looks. Say, God be merciful to me sinner. Ezra speaks as one much afraid. There is not a surer or saddler presage of ruin, than turning to sin, after great judgments, and great deliverances. Every one in the church of God, has to wonder that he has not wearied out the Lord's patience, and brought destruction upon himself. What then must be the case of the ungodly? But though the true penitent has nothing to plead in his own behalf, the heavenly Advocate pleads most powerfully for him.
Cross References
Ezra 7:28
and has extended lovingkindness to me before the king and his counselors and before all the king's mighty princes. Thus I was strengthened according to the hand of the LORD my God upon me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.

Ezra 9:10
"Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments,

Nehemiah 9:36
"Behold, we are slaves today, And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, Behold, we are slaves in it.

Psalm 106:46
He also made them objects of compassion In the presence of all their captors.

Psalm 109:12
Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.

Psalm 138:7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

Isaiah 14:3
And it will be in the day when the LORD gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved,
Treasury of Scripture

For we were slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

we were bondmen

Nehemiah 9:36,37 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that you gave …

yet our God

Psalm 106:45,46 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Psalm 136:23,24 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endures for ever…

Ezekiel 11:16 Therefore say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them …

in the sight

Ezra 1:1-4,7-11 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the …

Ezra 6:1-12 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house …

Ezra 7:6,8,11-28 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the …

to set up

Ezra 6:14,15 And the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the …

Haggai 1:9 You looked for much, and, see it came to little; and when you brought …

Zechariah 4:6-10 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the …

repair. Heb. set up. a wall (Or rather, a hedge or fence, gader, such as were made for sheep-folds.)

Isaiah 5:2,5 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted …

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand…

Zechariah 2:5 For I, said the LORD, will be to her a wall of fire round about, …

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