9:4 I prayed to the LORD my God, confessing in this way:
“O Lord, 1 great and awesome God who is faithful to his covenant 2 with those who love him and keep his commandments, 9:5 we have sinned! We have done what is wrong and wicked; we have rebelled by turning away from your commandments and standards. 9:6 We have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority 3 to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors, 4 and to all the inhabitants 5 of the land as well.
9:7 “You are righteous, 6 O Lord, but we are humiliated this day 7 – the people 8 of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you. 9:8 O LORD, we have been humiliated 9 – our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors – because we have sinned against you. 9:9 Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, 10 even though we have rebelled against him.
2 tn Heb “who keeps the covenant and the loyal love.” The expression is a hendiadys.
3 tn Heb “in your name.” Another option is to translate, “as your representatives.”
5 tn Heb “people.”
6 tn Heb “to you (belongs) righteousness.”
7 tn Heb “and to us (belongs) shame of face like this day.”
8 tn Heb “men.”
9 tn Heb “to us (belongs) shame of face.”
10 tn Heb “to the Lord our God (belong) compassion and forgiveness.”