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 Nehemiah 2
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   Book of NehemiahClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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Nehemiah's Prayer Answered

1 And it came about in the month Nisan, in R25 the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, R26 that wine was before him, and I R27 took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. 2 So the king said to me, "Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This R28 is nothing but sadness of heart." Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, "Let R29 the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when R30 the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?" 4 Then the king said to me, "What would you request?" So R31 I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 I said to the king, "If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it." 6 Then the king said to me, the queen sitting beside him, "How long will your journey be, and when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me, and I R32 gave him a definite time. 7 And I said to the king, "If it please the king, let letters be given me for R33 the governors of the provinces beyond the River, that they may allow me to pass through until I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, R34 that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the R35 fortress which is by the temple, F4 for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go." And the king granted them to me because the R36 good hand of my God was on me.

9 Then I came to the R37 governors of the provinces beyond the River and gave them the king's letters. Now the R38 king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 10 When Sanballat R39 the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official F5 heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel.

Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem's Walls

11 So I came R40 to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind F6 to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. 13 So I went out at night by the R41 Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon's Well and on to the Refuse F7 Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which R42 were broken down and its gates R43 which were consumed by fire. 14 Then I passed on to the R44 Fountain Gate and the R45 King's Pool, but there was no place for my F8 mount to pass. 15 So I went up at night by the ravine R46 and inspected the wall. Then I entered the Valley Gate again and returned. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; nor had I as yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work.

17 Then I said to them, "You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem R47 is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach." 18 I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king's words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, "Let us arise and build." So R48 they put their hands to the good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, F9 and Geshem R49 the Arab heard it, they R50 mocked us and despised us and said, "What is this thing you are doing? Are R49 you rebelling against the king?" 20 So I answered them and said to them, "The R51 God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but R52 you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem."

F4: Lit house
F5: Lit servant
F6: Lit heart
F7: Lit Gate of Ash-heaps
F8: Lit the animal under me
F9: Lit servant

R25: Nehemiah 1:1
R26: Ezra 7:1
R27: Nehemiah 1:11
R28: Proverbs 15:13
R29: Daniel 2:4
R30: 2 Kings 25:8-10; 2 Chronicles 36:19; Nehemiah 1:3; Jeremiah 52:12-14
R31: Nehemiah 1:4
R32: Nehemiah 13:6
R33: Ezra 7:21; 8:36
R34: Ecclesiastes 2:5,6
R35: Nehemiah 7:2
R36: Ezra 7:6; Nehemiah 2:18
R37: Nehemiah 2:7
R38: Ezra 8:22
R39: Nehemiah 2:19; 4:1
R40: Ezra 8:32
R41: Nehemiah 3:13
R42: Nehemiah 1:3
R43: Nehemiah 2:3,17
R44: Nehemiah 3:15
R45: 2 Kings 20:20
R46: John 18:1
R47: Nehemiah 1:3
R48: 2 Samuel 2:7
R49: Nehemiah 6:6
R50: Nehemiah 4:1
R49: Nehemiah 6:6
R51: Ezra 4:3
R52: Nehemiah 2:4; Acts 8:21


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