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Nehemiah 1:4 ASV
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 BBE
Then, after hearing these words, for some days I gave myself up to weeping and sorrow, seated on the earth; and taking no food I made prayer to the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 CEB
When I heard this news, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 CJB
On hearing this answer, I sat down and wept; I mourned for several days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 RHE
And when I had heard these words, I sat down, and wept, and mourned for many days: and I fasted, and prayed before the face of the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 ESV
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 GW
When I heard this, I sat down and cried. I mourned for days. I continued to fast and pray to the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 GNT
When I heard all this, I sat down and wept. For several days I mourned and did not eat. I prayed to God,
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Nehemiah 1:4 HNV
It happened, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 CSB
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 KJV
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept , and mourned certain days, and fasted , and prayed before the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 LEB
When I heard these words, I sat and wept and mourned for days, and I was fasting and praying before the God of the heavens.
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Nehemiah 1:4 NAS
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 NCV
When I heard these things, I sat down and cried for several days. I was sad and ate nothing. I prayed to the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 NIRV
When I heard about those things, I sat down and sobbed. For several days I was very sad. I didn't eat any food. And I prayed to the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 NIV
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV
So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 NLT
When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 NRS
When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 RSV
When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 DBY
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat and wept, and mourned for days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of the heavens,
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Nehemiah 1:4 MSG
When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 WBT
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 TMB
And it came to pass when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven
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Nehemiah 1:4 TNIV
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:4 WEB
It happened, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,
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Nehemiah 1:4 WYC
And when I had heard such words, I sat and wept, and mourned many days, and I fasted, and prayed before the face of (the) God of heaven;
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Nehemiah 1:4 YLT
And it cometh to pass, at my hearing these words, I have sat down, and I weep and mourn [for] days, and I am fasting and praying before the God of the heavens.
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Nehemiah 1 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 1

The Old Testament history closes with the book of Nehemiah, wherein is recorded the workings of his heart, in the management of public affairs; with many devout reflections.

Nehemiah's distress for the misery of Jerusalem, His prayer.

- Nehemiah was the Persian king's cup-bearer. When God has work to do, he will never want instruments to do it with. Nehemiah lived at ease, and in honour, but does not forget that he is an Israelite, and that his brethren are in distress. He was ready to do them all the good offices he could; and that he might know how best to do them a kindness, he makes inquiries about them. We should inquire especially concerning the state of the church and religion. Every Jerusalem on this side the heavenly one will have some defect, which will require the help and services of its friends. Nehemiah's first application was to God, that he might have the fuller confidence in his application to the king. Our best pleas in prayer are taken from the promise of God, the word on which he has caused us to hope. Other means must be used, but the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails most. Communion with God will best prepare us for our dealings with men. When we have intrusted our concerns to God, the mind is set at liberty; it feels satisfaction and composure, and difficulties vanish. We know that if the affair be hurtful, he can easily hinder it; and if it be good for us, he can as easily forward it.

Nehemiah 1 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 1

Nehemiah 1:1-3 . NEHEMIAH, UNDERSTANDING BY HANANI THE AFFLICTED STATE OF JERUSALEM, MOURNS, FASTS, AND PRAYS.

1. Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah--This eminently pious and patriotic Jew is to be carefully distinguished from two other persons of the same name--one of whom is mentioned as helping to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem ( Nehemiah 3:16 ), and the other is noticed in the list of those who accompanied Zerubbabel in the first detachment of returning exiles ( Ezra 2:2 , Nehemiah 7:7 ). Though little is known of his genealogy, it is highly probable that he was a descendant of the tribe of Judah and the royal family of David.
in the month Chisleu--answering to the close of November and the larger part of December.
Shushan the palace--the capital of ancient Susiana, east of the Tigris, a province of Persia. From the time of Cyrus it was the favorite winter residence of the Persian kings.

2, 3. Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah--Hanani is called his brother ( Nehemiah 7:2 ). But as that term was used loosely by Jews as well as other Orientals, it is probable that no more is meant than that he was of the same family. According to JOSEPHUS, Nehemiah, while walking around the palace walls, overheard some persons conversing in the Hebrew language. Having ascertained that they had lately returned from Judea, he was informed by them, in answer to his eager enquiries, of the unfinished and desolate condition of Jerusalem, as well as the defenseless state of the returned exiles. The commissions previously given to Zerubbabel and Ezra extending only to the repair of the temple and private dwellings, the walls and gates of the city had been allowed to remain a mass of shattered ruins, as they had been laid by the Chaldean siege.

Nehemiah 1:4-11 . HIS PRAYER.

4. when I heard these words, that I sat down . . . and mourned . . . and fasted, and prayed--The recital deeply affected the patriotic feelings of this good man, and no comfort could he find but in earnest and protracted prayer, that God would favor the purpose, which he seems to have secretly formed, of asking the royal permission to go to Jerusalem.

11. I was the king's cupbearer--This officer, in the ancient Oriental courts, was always a person of rank and importance; and, from the confidential nature of his duties and his frequent access to the royal presence, he possessed great influence.