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Nehemiah 1:3-4

Context

1:3 They said to me, “The remnant that remains from the exile there in the province are experiencing considerable 1  adversity and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem lies breached, and its gates have been burned down!” 2 

1:4 When I heard these things I sat down abruptly, 3  crying and mourning for several days. I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

1 tn Heb “great.”

2 tn Heb “have been burned with fire” (so also in Neh 2:17). The expression “burned with fire” is redundant in contemporary English; the translation uses “burned down” for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Heb “sat down.” Context suggests that this was a rather sudden action, resulting from the emotional shock of the unpleasant news, so “abruptly” has been supplied in the present translation.



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