Ezra 9:6
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
I prayed, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.

English Standard Version
saying: “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens.

Berean Study Bible
and said: “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached the heavens.

King James Bible
And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

New King James Version
And I said: “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.

New American Standard Bible
and I said, “My God, I am ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God, for our wrongful deeds have risen above our heads, and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.

NASB 1995
and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.

NASB 1977
and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to Thee, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads, and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.

Amplified Bible
and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our wrongdoings have risen higher than our heads and our guilt has grown to the heavens.

Christian Standard Bible
And I said: My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward you, my God, because our iniquities are higher than our heads and our guilt is as high as the heavens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I said: My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than our heads and our guilt is as high as the heavens.

American Standard Version
and I said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our guiltiness is grown up unto the heavens.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I said: “My God, we are ashamed to raise our faces to you, our God, because our crimes have increased higher than our heads and our great sins went up unto Heaven.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and I said, O Lord, I am ashamed and confounded, O my God, to lift up my face to thee: for our transgressions have abounded over our head, and our trespasses have increased even to heaven.

Contemporary English Version
and prayed: I am much too ashamed to face you, LORD God. Our sins and our guilt have swept over us like a flood that reaches up to the heavens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said: My God I am confounded and ashamed to lift up my face to thee: for our iniquities are multiplied over our heads, and our sins are grown up even unto heaven,

English Revised Version
and I said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our guiltiness is grown up unto the heavens.

Good News Translation
I said, "O God, I am too ashamed to raise my head in your presence. Our sins pile up higher than our heads; they reach as high as the heavens.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and said, "I am ashamed, my God. I am embarrassed to look at you. Our sins have piled up over our heads, and our guilt is so overwhelming that it reaches heaven.

International Standard Version
and said, "My God, I am too ashamed and hurt to turn to you, because we're in our iniquities over our heads. Furthermore, my God, our sins have grown as high as the heavens.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and I said: 'O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to Thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our guiltiness is grown up unto the heavens.

Literal Standard Version
and say, “O my God, I have been ashamed, and have blushed to lift up, O my God, my face to You, for our iniquities have increased over the head, and our guilt has become great to the heavens.

NET Bible
I prayed, "O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face to you, my God! For our iniquities have climbed higher than our heads, and our guilt extends to the heavens.

New Heart English Bible
and I said, "My God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God; for our iniquities have increased over our head, and our guiltiness has grown up to the heavens.

World English Bible
and I said, "My God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God; for our iniquities have increased over our head, and our guiltiness has grown up to the heavens.

Young's Literal Translation
and say, 'O my God, I have been ashamed, and have blushed to lift up, O my God, my face unto Thee, for our iniquities have increased over the head, and our guilt hath become great unto the heavens.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Ezra's Prayer of Confession
5At the evening offering, I got up from my humiliation with my tunic and cloak torn, and I fell on my knees, spread out my hands to the LORD my God, 6and said: “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached the heavens. 7From the days of our fathers to this day, our guilt has been great. Because of our iniquities, we and our kings and priests have been delivered into the hands of the kings of the earth and put to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation, as we are this day.…

Cross References
Luke 18:13
But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner!'

Revelation 18:5
For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

1 Kings 8:47
and when they come to their senses in the land to which they were taken, and they repent and plead with You in the land of their captors, saying, 'We have sinned and done wrong; we have acted wickedly,'

2 Chronicles 28:9
But a prophet of the LORD named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army that returned to Samaria. "Look," he said to them, "because of His wrath against Judah, the LORD, the God of your fathers, has delivered them into your hand. But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches up to heaven.

Ezra 9:13
After all that has come upon us because of our evil deeds and our great guilt (though You, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserve and have given us such a remnant as this),

Ezra 9:15
O LORD, God of Israel, You are righteous! For we remain this day as a remnant. Here we are before You in our guilt, though because of it no one can stand before You."

Psalm 38:4
For my iniquities have overwhelmed me; they are a burden too heavy to bear.


Treasury of Scripture

And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up to the heavens.

I am ashamed

Job 40:4
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

Job 42:6
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Jeremiah 3:3,24,25
Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed…

our iniquities

Genesis 13:13
But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Psalm 38:4
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Isaiah 1:18
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

trespass.

2 Chronicles 28:9
But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

Luke 15:21
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

Revelation 18:5
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.









Verse 6. - I am ashamed and blush. Jeremiah had complained that in his day those who "committed abominations were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush" (Jeremiah 6:15; Jeremiah 8:12). Ezra, with these words in his thoughts possibly, begins his confession with a protestation that he at any rate is not open to this reproach - he blushes and burns with shame for the sins of his people. Our iniquities are increased over our head. i.e. have kept on rising like a flood; "gone over our head" (Psalm 38:4), and overwhelmed us. And our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Has grown to such a height that it has attracted the notice of God, and made him angry with us.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
and said:
וָאֹמְרָ֗ה (wā·’ō·mə·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“O my God,
אֱלֹהַי֙ (’ĕ·lō·hay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

I am ashamed
בֹּ֣שְׁתִּי (bō·šə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

and embarrassed
וְנִכְלַ֔מְתִּי (wə·niḵ·lam·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3637: To wound, to taunt, insult

to lift up
לְהָרִ֧ים (lə·hā·rîm)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

my face
פָּנַ֖י (pā·nay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6440: The face

to You,
אֵלֶ֑יךָ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

my God,
אֱלֹהַ֛י (’ĕ·lō·hay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

because
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

our iniquities
עֲוֺנֹתֵ֤ינוּ (‘ă·wō·nō·ṯê·nū)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

are higher than
רָבוּ֙ (rā·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7235: To be or become much, many or great

our heads,
רֹּ֔אשׁ (rōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7218: The head

and our guilt
וְאַשְׁמָתֵ֥נוּ (wə·’aš·mā·ṯê·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 819: Guiltiness, a fault, the presentation of a, sin-offering

has reached
גָדְלָ֖ה (ḡā·ḏə·lāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1431: To grow up, become great

the heavens.
לַשָּׁמָֽיִם׃ (laš·šā·mā·yim)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky


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