v 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.
As Nehemiah prayed he remembered the promises of God. It would seem he had in mind the words of Leviticus 26:23-45. where God set out the conditions for the Covenant made with the people in the time of Moses. Read that passage if you can find time in the next few days, it is a solemn reminder of the need to remain faithful to God with serious consequences when there is failure. But it ends with a striking promise: But despite all this, I will not utterly reject or despise them while they are in exile in the land of their enemies. I will not cancel my covenant with them by wiping them out, for I am the Lord their God. God promised to maintain the ancient covenant and restore them to the land He promised, and Nehemiah believed God!