Nehemiah 2:1-10 (New American Standard)

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Nehemiah's Prayer Answered

1 And it came about in the month Nisan, 1in the twentieth year of King 2Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and 3I 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 ? 4This is nothing but sadness of heart." Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, "5Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad 6when 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 ?" 7So 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 8I gave him a definite time. 7 And I said to the king, "If it please the king, let letters be given me 9for 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 10forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of 11the fortress which is by the atemple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go." And the king granted them to me because 12the good hand of my God was on me. 9 Then I came to 13the governors of the provinces beyond the River and gave them the king's letters. Now 14the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 10 When 15Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite bofficial heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel.
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