9:17 “So now, our God, accept 1 the prayer and requests of your servant, and show favor to 2 your devastated sanctuary for your own sake. 3 9:18 Listen attentively, 4 my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins 5 and the city called by your name. 6 For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you, 7 but because your compassion is abundant.
1 tn Heb “hear.” Here the verb refers to hearing favorably, accepting the prayer and responding positively.
4 tn Heb “turn your ear.”
5 tn Heb “desolations.” The term refers here to the ruined condition of Judah’s towns.
7 tn Heb “praying our supplications before you.”