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Nehemiah 2

And it came to pass in the month
<02320>
Nisan
<05212>_,
in the twentieth
<06242>
year
<08141>
of Artaxerxes
<0783>
the king
<04428>_,
[that] wine
<03196>
[was] before
<06440>
him: and I took up
<05375> (8799)
the wine
<03196>_,
and gave
<05414> (8799)
[it] unto the king
<04428>_.
Now I had not been [beforetime] sad
<07451>
in his presence
<06440>_.
Wherefore the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto me, Why [is] thy countenance
<06440>
sad
<07451>_,
seeing thou [art] not sick
<02470> (8802)_?
this [is] nothing [else] but sorrow
<07455>
of heart
<03820>_.
Then I was very
<03966>
sore
<07235> (8687)
afraid
<03372> (8799)_,
And said
<0559> (8799)
unto the king
<04428>_,
Let the king
<04428>
live
<02421> (8799)
for ever
<05769>_:
why should not my countenance
<06440>
be sad
<03415> (8799)_,
when the city
<05892>_,
the place
<01004>
of my fathers
<01>_'
sepulchres
<06913>_,
[lieth] waste
<02720>_,
and the gates
<08179>
thereof are consumed
<0398> (8795)
with fire
<0784>_?
Then the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto me, For what dost thou make request
<01245> (8764)_?
So I prayed
<06419> (8691)
to the God
<0430>
of heaven
<08064>_.
And I said
<0559> (8799)
unto the king
<04428>_,
If it please
<02895> (8804)
the king
<04428>_,
and if thy servant
<05650>
have found favour
<03190> (8799)
in thy sight
<06440>_,
that thou wouldest send
<07971> (8799)
me unto Judah
<03063>_,
unto the city
<05892>
of my fathers
<01>_'
sepulchres
<06913>_,
that I may build
<01129> (8799)
it.
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto me, (the queen
<07694>
also sitting
<03427> (8802)
by him
<0681>,)
For how long shall thy journey
<04109>
be? and when wilt thou return
<07725> (8799)_?
So it pleased
<03190> (8799) <06440>
the king
<04428>
to send
<07971> (8799)
me; and I set
<05414> (8799)
him a time
<02165>_.
{queen: Heb. wife}
Moreover I said
<0559> (8799)
unto the king
<04428>_,
If it please
<02895> (8804)
the king
<04428>_,
let letters
<0107>
be given
<05414> (8799)
me to the governors
<06346>
beyond
<05676>
the river
<05104>_,
that they may convey me over
<05674> (8686)
till I come
<0935> (8799)
into Judah
<03063>_;
And a letter
<0107>
unto Asaph
<0623>
the keeper
<08104> (8802)
of the king's
<04428>
forest
<06508>_,
that he may give
<05414> (8799)
me timber
<06086>
to make beams
<07136> (8763)
for the gates
<08179>
of the palace
<01002>
which [appertained] to the house
<01004>_,
and for the wall
<02346>
of the city
<05892>_,
and for the house
<01004>
that I shall enter into
<0935> (8799)_.
And the king
<04428>
granted
<05414> (8799)
me, according to the good
<02896>
hand
<03027>
of my God
<0430>
upon me.
Then I came
<0935> (8799)
to the governors
<06346>
beyond
<05676>
the river
<05104>_,
and gave
<05414> (8799)
them the king's
<04428>
letters
<0107>_.
Now the king
<04428>
had sent
<07971> (8799)
captains
<08269>
of the army
<02428>
and horsemen
<06571>
with me.
When Sanballat
<05571>
the Horonite
<02772>_,
and Tobiah
<02900>
the servant
<05650>_,
the Ammonite
<05984>_,
heard
<08085> (8799)
[of it], it grieved
<03415> (8799)
them exceedingly
<07451> <01419>
that there was come
<0935> (8804)
a man
<0120>
to seek
<01245> (8763)
the welfare
<02896>
of the children
<01121>
of Israel
<03478>_.
So I came
<0935> (8799)
to Jerusalem
<03389>_,
and was there three
<07969>
days
<03117>_.
And I arose
<06965> (8799)
in the night
<03915>_,
I and some
<04592>
few
<04592>
men
<0582>
with me; neither told
<05046> (8689)
I [any] man
<0120>
what my God
<0430>
had put
<05414> (8802)
in my heart
<03820>
to do
<06213> (8800)
at Jerusalem
<03389>_:
neither [was there any] beast
<0929>
with me, save the beast
<0929>
that I rode upon
<07392> (8802)_.
And I went out
<03318> (8799)
by night
<03915>
by the gate
<08179>
of the valley
<01516>_,
even before
<06440>
the dragon
<08577>
well
<05869> (8677) <05886>_,
and to the dung
<0830>
port
<08179>_,
and viewed
<07663> (8802) (8675) <07665> (8799)
the walls
<02346>
of Jerusalem
<03389>_,
which were broken down
<06555> (8803)_,
and the gates
<08179>
thereof were consumed
<0398> (8795)
with fire
<0784>_.
Then I went on
<05674> (8799)
to the gate
<08179>
of the fountain
<05869>_,
and to the king's
<04428>
pool
<01295>_:
but [there was] no place
<04725>
for the beast
<0929>
[that was] under me to pass
<05674> (8800)_.
Then went I up
<05927> (8802)
in the night
<03915>
by the brook
<05158>_,
and viewed
<07663> (8802) (8675) <07665> (8799)
the wall
<02346>_,
and turned back
<07725> (8799)_,
and entered
<0935> (8799)
by the gate
<08179>
of the valley
<01516>_,
and [so] returned
<07725> (8799)_.
And the rulers
<05461>
knew
<03045> (8804)
not whither I went
<01980> (8804)_,
or what I did
<06213> (8802)_;
neither had I as yet
<03651>
told
<05046> (8689)
[it] to the Jews
<03064>_,
nor to the priests
<03548>_,
nor to the nobles
<02715>_,
nor to the rulers
<05461>_,
nor to the rest
<03499>
that did
<06213> (8802)
the work
<04399>_.
Then said
<0559> (8799)
I unto them, Ye see
<07200> (8802)
the distress
<07451>
that we [are] in, how Jerusalem
<03389>
[lieth] waste
<02720>_,
and the gates
<08179>
thereof are burned
<03341> (8738)
with fire
<0784>_:
come
<03212> (8798)_,
and let us build up
<01129> (8799)
the wall
<02346>
of Jerusalem
<03389>_,
that we be no more a reproach
<02781>_.
Then I told
<05046> (8686)
them of the hand
<03027>
of my God
<0430>
which was good
<02896>
upon me; as also the king's
<04428>
words
<01697>
that he had spoken
<0559> (8804)
unto me. And they said
<0559> (8799)_,
Let us rise up
<06965> (8799)
and build
<01129> (8804)_.
So they strengthened
<02388> (8762)
their hands
<03027>
for [this] good
<02896>
[work].
But when Sanballat
<05571>
the Horonite
<02772>_,
and Tobiah
<02900>
the servant
<05650>_,
the Ammonite
<05984>_,
and Geshem
<01654>
the Arabian
<06163>_,
heard
<08085> (8799)
[it], they laughed us to scorn
<03932> (8686)_,
and despised
<0959> (8799)
us, and said
<0559> (8799)_,
What [is] this thing
<01697>
that ye do
<06213> (8802)_?
will ye rebel
<04775> (8802)
against the king
<04428>_?
Then answered
<07725> (8686) <01697>
I them, and said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, The God
<0430>
of heaven
<08064>_,
he will prosper
<06743> (8686)
us; therefore we his servants
<05650>
will arise
<06965> (8799)
and build
<01129> (8804)_:
but ye have no portion
<02506>_,
nor right
<06666>_,
nor memorial
<02146>_,
in Jerusalem
<03389>_.


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