Nehemiah 2:1-6 NLT

1 Early the following spring, a during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes' reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never appeared sad in his presence before this time.

References for Nehemiah 2:1

    • c 2:1 - Hebrew <I>In the month of Nisan.</I> This month of the Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April and May 445 <MS>B.C.</I>
      2 So the king asked me, "Why are you so sad? You aren't sick, are you? You look like a man with deep troubles." Then I was badly frightened,
      3 but I replied, "Long live the king! Why shouldn't I be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been burned down."
      4 The king asked, "Well, how can I help you?" With a prayer to the God of heaven,
      5 I replied, "If it please Your Majesty and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried."
      6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, "How long will you be gone? When will you return?" So the king agreed, and I set a date for my departure.