2:7 I said to the king, “If the king is so inclined, let him give me letters for the governors of Trans-Euphrates 1 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, 2 so that he will give me timber for beams for the gates of the fortress adjacent to the temple and for the city wall 3 and for the house to which I go.” So the king granted me these requests, 4 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.
1 tn Heb “across the river,” here and often elsewhere in the Book of Nehemiah.
2 tn Or “forest.” So HALOT 963 s.v. פַּרְדֵּס 2.
3 tc One medieval Hebrew
4 tn The Hebrew text does not include the expression “these requests,” but it is implied.