Nehemiah 2:4

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven,

Read Nehemiah 2:4 Using Other Translations

Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Then the king said to me, "What are you requesting?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.
The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven,

What does Nehemiah 2:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 2:4

Then the king said unto me, for what dost thou make request?
&c.] The king supposed that there was a meaning in those looks and words of his, that he had a favour to ask of him, and therefore encourages him to it; or the king of himself moved this, as being desirous of doing anything for him he would propose, to make him easy:

so I prayed to the God of heaven;
secretly, in an ejaculatory way, giving him thanks for thus disposing the king's heart towards him, and entreating he might be directed what to ask, and in a proper manner, and that he might succeed.

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