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Ezra’s Prayer for His Nation

Ezra 9:15 (ESV) … “O Lord, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this.”

Ver. 15. O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous.] And would appear to be so, should Israel be entirely cut off, and utterly consumed for their iniquities: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day; that they remained yet escaped our of captivity, and escaped the wrath and vengeance of God, was not owing to any deserts of theirs, but to the grace and mercy of God, who had not stirred up all his wrath, as their sins deserved: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses; to do with us as seems good in thy sight; we have nothing to plead on our behalf, but cast ourselves at thy feet, if so be unmerited favour may be shewn us: for we cannot stand before thee because of this; this evil of contracting affinity with the nations; we can’t defend ourselves; we can’t plead ignorance of the divine commands; we have nothing to say for ourselves why judgment should not be passed upon us; we leave ourselves in thine hands, and at thy mercy. 1

[1] Gill, J. (1810). An Exposition of the Old Testament (Vol. 3, pp. 124–125). London: Mathews and Leigh.

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