Nehemiah Sent to Jerusalem

1 During the month of Nisan in the twentieth yeara of King Artaxerxes, when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence,

References for Nehemiah 2:1

    • a 2:1 - March-April 445 (or 444) b.c.
      2 so the king said to me, "Why are youb sad, when you aren't sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart." I was overwhelmed with fear

      References for Nehemiah 2:2

        • b 2:2 - Lit Why is your face
          3 and replied to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should Ic not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"

          References for Nehemiah 2:3

            • c 2:3 - Lit my face
              4 Then the king asked me, "What is your request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven
              5 and answered the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah and to the city where my ancestors are buried,d so that I may rebuild it."

              References for Nehemiah 2:5

                • d 2:5 - Lit city, the house of the graves of my fathers,
                  6 The king, with the queen seated beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you return?" So I gave him a definite time, and it pleased the king to send me.
                  7 I also said to the king: "If it pleases the king, let me have letters [written] to the governors of the region west of the Euphrates River, so that they will grant me [safe] passage until I reach Judah.
                  8 And [let me have] a letter [written] to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so that he will give me timber to rebuild the gates of the temple's fortress,e the city wall, and the home where I will live."f The king granted my [requests], for I was graciously strengthened by my God.g

                  References for Nehemiah 2:8

                    • e 2:8 - Neh 7:2
                    • f 2:8 - Lit enter
                    • g 2:8 - Lit for the gracious hand of my God was on me