1Now in the 24th day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting and with sackcloth and earth on them.
2The seed of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3They stood up in their place and read in the book of the law of Yahweh their God a fourth part of the day; and a fourth part they confessed and worshiped Yahweh their God.
4Then Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani of the Levites stood up on the stairs and cried out with a loud voice to Yahweh their God.
5Then the Levites, Jeshua and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah said, “Stand up and bless Yahweh your God from everlasting to everlasting!
“Blessed be your glorious name,
which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
You have made heaven,
the heaven of heavens with all their army,
the earth and all things that are on it,
the seas and all that is in them,
and you preserve them all.
The army of heaven worships you.
the God who chose Abram
and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees,
and gave him the name of Abraham
and cut a covenant with him
to give the land of the Canaanite,
the Hittite, the Amorite and the Perizzite,
and the Jebusite and the Girgashite,
to give it to his seed,
and have performed your words;
for you are righteous.
and heard their cry by the Red Sea,
and against all his servants and against all the people of his land;
for you knew that they dealt proudly against them
and made a name for yourself,
as it is this day.
so that they went through the middle of the sea on the dry land,
and you cast their pursuers into the depths
as a stone into the mighty waters.
and in a pillar of fire by night,
to give them light in the way in which they should go.
and spoke with them from heaven
and gave them right ordinances and true laws,
good statutes and commandments,
and commanded them commandments and statutes
and a law by Moses your servant,
and brought forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst,
and commanded them that they should go in to possess the land
that you had sworn to give them.
and hardened their necks, and did not listen to your commands,
nor did they keep in mind your wonders
that you did among them,
but they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader
to return to their slavery in Egypt.
But you are a God ready to pardon,
gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abundant in covenant faithfulness,
and did not forsake them.
‘This is your god who brought you up out of Egypt,’
and had committed awful blasphemies,
didn’t forsake them in the wilderness;
the pillar of cloud
didn’t depart from over them by day,
to lead them in the way,
neither the pillar of fire by night,
to show them light and the way in which they should go.
and didn’t withhold your manna from their mouth,
and gave them water for their thirst.
They lacked nothing.
Their clothes didn’t grow old
and their feet didn’t swell.
that you allotted according to their portions.
So they possessed the land of Sihon,
even the land of the king of Heshbon,
and the land of Og king of Bashan.
as the stars of heaven
and brought them into the land
concerning which you said to their fathers that they should go in to possess it.
and you subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites,
and gave them into their hands,
with their kings and the peoples of the land,
that they might do with them as they pleased.
and possessed houses full of all good things,
cisterns dug out, vineyards
and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance.
So they ate, were filled,
became fat, and delighted themselves in your great goodness.
and cast your law behind their back,
and killed your prophets
that testified against them
to turn them again to you,
and they committed awful blasphemies.
who distressed them.
In the time of their trouble, when they cried out to you,
you heard from heaven;
and according to your manifold mercies
you gave them saviors who saved them
out of the hand of their adversaries.
they did evil again before you;
therefore left you them in the hand of their enemies
so that they had the dominion over them;
yet when they returned and cried out to you,
you heard from heaven,
and many times you delivered them according to your mercies
Yet they dealt proudly
and did not listen to your commandments,
but sinned against your ordinances,
(which if a man does, he will live by them)
turned their backs,
stiffened their necks, and would not hear.
you did not make a full end of them, nor forsake them;
for you are a gracious and merciful God.
and the awesome God who keeps covenant and covenant faithfulness,
do not let all the travail that has come on us seem little to you,
on our kings, on our leaders
and on our priests, and on our prophets,
and on our fathers, and on all your people
since the time of the kings of Assyria to this day.
because you have dealt truly,
but we have done wickedly,
nor our fathers kept your law,
nor listened to your commandments
and your testimonies with which you testified against them.
and in your great goodness that you gave them
and in the large and rich land that you gave before them,
neither did they turn from their wicked works.
and as for the land that you gave to our fathers
to eat its fruit and its good,
behold, we are servants in it.
whom you have set over us
because of our sins:
also they have power over our bodies
and over our livestock at their pleasure,
and we are in great distress.”Israel’s Vow of Faithfulness