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Nehemiah 2:6-10

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2:6 Then the king, with his consort 1  sitting beside him, replied, “How long would your trip take, and when would you return?” Since the king was amenable to dispatching me, 2  I gave him a time. 2:7 I said to the king, “If the king is so inclined, let him give me letters for the governors of Trans-Euphrates 3  that will enable me to travel safely until I reach Judah, 2:8 and a letter for Asaph the keeper of the king’s nature preserve, 4  so that he will give me timber for beams for the gates of the fortress adjacent to the temple and for the city wall 5  and for the house to which I go.” So the king granted me these requests, 6  for the good hand of my God was on me. 2:9 Then I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, and I presented to them the letters from the king. The king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 2:10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official 7  heard all this, they were very displeased that someone had come to seek benefit for the Israelites.

1 tn Or “queen,” so most English versions (cf. HALOT 1415 s.v. שֵׁגַל); TEV “empress.”

2 tn Heb “It was good before the king and he sent me.”

3 tn Heb “across the river,” here and often elsewhere in the Book of Nehemiah.

4 tn Or “forest.” So HALOT 963 s.v. פַּרְדֵּס 2.

5 tc One medieval Hebrew MS, the Syriac Peshitta, Vulgate, and the Arabic read here the plural וּלְחוֹמוֹת (ulÿkhomot, “walls”) against the singular וּלְחוֹמַת (ulÿkhomat) in the MT. The plural holem vav (וֹ) might have dropped out due to dittography or the plural form might have been written defectively.

6 tn The Hebrew text does not include the expression “these requests,” but it is implied.

7 tn Heb “servant” (so KJV, ASV; NAB “slave”; NCV “officer.” This phrase also occurs in v. 19.



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