9:32 “So now, our God – the great, powerful, and awesome God, who keeps covenant fidelity 3 – do not regard as inconsequential 4 all the hardship that has befallen us – our kings, our leaders, our priests, our prophets, our ancestors, and all your people – from the days of the kings of Assyria until this very day!
1 tc The present translation follows a few medieval Hebrew
2 tc The translation follows the Qere reading חֶסֶד (khesed, “loyal love”) rather than the Kethib reading וְחֶסֶד (vÿkhesed, “and loyal love”) of the MT.
3 tn Heb “the covenant and loyal love.” The expression is a hendiadys. The second noun retains its full nominal sense, while the first functions adjectivally: “the covenant and loyalty” = covenant fidelity.
4 tn Heb “do not let it seem small in your sight.”