Nehemiah 2:6-16 NLT

6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request.
7 I also said to the king, “If it please the king, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River,a instructing them to let me travel safely through their territories on my way to Judah.

References for Nehemiah 2:7

    • ݓ 2:7 - Hebrew the province beyond the river; also in 2:9 .
      8 And please give me a letter addressed to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest, instructing him to give me timber. I will need it to make beams for the gates of the Temple fortress, for the city walls, and for a house for myself.” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.
      9 When I came to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, I delivered the king’s letters to them. The king, I should add, had sent along army officers and horsemenb to protect me.

      References for Nehemiah 2:9

        • ݔ 2:9 - Or charioteers.
          10 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel.
          11 So I arrived in Jerusalem. Three days later,
          12 I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. We took no pack animals with us except the donkey I was riding.
          13 After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well,c and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates.

          References for Nehemiah 2:13

            • ݕ 2:13 - Or Serpent’s Well.
              14 Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble.
              15 So, though it was still dark, I went up the Kidron Valleyd instead, inspecting the wall before I turned back and entered again at the Valley Gate.

              References for Nehemiah 2:15

                • ݖ 2:15 - Hebrew the valley.
                  16 The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration.