But after they had rest, they turned away again and did more bad stuff so You left them with their enemies, and let their
enemies rule over them and make their lives hard.
But when they cried out to You, You heard from heaven and saved them and helped
times You saved them
because Your soft heart loved them so much.
Their hearts were puffed up but You brought their hearts down and led them to walk in Your ways
again so they could be happy.
But they kept turning away and for many years You sent Your prophets to try to talk to them but
they wouldn’t listen, so You gave them to the people of the lands.
But You didn’t take them all away because Your love for them is sooooo big; because You are so
giving and so full of love.
So now, our Great and mighty and awesome God who keeps His promise and love to us, Do not let
this trouble we are in seem small to you.
You were fair and right to bring all this trouble on us. You did what is right but we did what
was bad. Our kings and leaders did not keep Your words or listen to what You said.
They did not serve You in the great kingdom that You gave them, in the special good land You
brought them to. And they didn’t turn away from doing bad.
See how we are slaves today
in that special land
and bring much money
to the ones who are over us.
They rule over us, and all that we have, and they do what they want to us, and we are in big
Because of this we make a big promise to You and write it down and we all sign it; we promise to
listen to You and be Your people only and do only what You say.
We promise to follow the Lord God only and not the bad ones.
And not to let our sons marry daughters who follow the bad ones and not to let our daughters
marry sons of people who follow the bad ones so that we can keep our hearts to the Lord God only.
And we will keep the gates of the city closed on the rest day so that all the people and animals
can rest and be happy to God.
And every 7th year everyone will forgive all the debts they are owed to
And we will each give a piece of money every year to keep the bread on the table at the Lord’s
and to have all the parties to Him
and the gifts remembering His great love for us
and all the work at His house.
And we promise to bring all the first things that grow from our trees and crops to God’s house
for His workers there.
And we will bring all the firstborn of our animals
and our cooking dough,
and grain and oil and wine.
We promise to do all these things and not forget the house of the Lord our
because everything in our life comes from Him, even the air we breathe.
You are invited.