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Chapter 9 33
Yet you have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly. 34
Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law or paid attention to your commandments and your warnings that you gave them. 35
Even in their own kingdom, and amid your great goodness that you gave them, and in the large and rich land that you set before them, they did not serve you or turn from their wicked works. 36
Behold, we are slaves this day; in the land that you gave to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves. 37
And its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They rule over our bodies and over our livestock as they please, and we are in great distress. 38
“Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.