Nehemiah 9:20
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New International Version
You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst.

New Living Translation
You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst.

English Standard Version
You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.

New American Standard Bible
"You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst.

King James Bible
Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You sent Your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold Your manna from their mouths, and You gave them water for their thirst.

International Standard Version
"You gave your good Spirit to instruct them, not withholding manna from them, and providing water to quench their thirst.

NET Bible
You imparted your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths; you provided water for their thirst.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You gave them your good Spirit to teach them. You didn't keep your manna to yourself. You gave them water to quench their thirst.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst give thy good spirit to teach them and didst not withhold thy manna from their mouth and didst give them water for their thirst.

King James 2000 Bible
You gave also your good spirit to instruct them, and withheld not your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.

American King James Version
You gave also your good spirit to instruct them, and withheld not your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.

American Standard Version
Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou gavest them thy good Spirit to teach them, and thy manna thou didst not withhold from their mouth, and thou gavest them water for their thirst.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

English Revised Version
Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

World English Bible
You gave also your good Spirit to instruct them, and didn't withhold your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.

Young's Literal Translation
'And Thy good Spirit Thou hast given, to cause them to act wisely; and Thy manna Thou hast not withheld from their mouth, and water Thou hast given to them for their thirst,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:4-38 The summary of their prayers we have here upon record. Much more, no doubt, was said. Whatever ability we have to do any thing in the way of duty, we are to serve and glorify God according to the utmost of it. When confessing our sins, it is good to notice the mercies of God, that we may be the more humbled and ashamed. The dealings of the Lord showed his goodness and long-suffering, and the hardness of their hearts. The testimony of the prophets was the testimony of the Spirit in the prophets, and it was the Spirit of Christ in them. They spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and what they said is to be received accordingly. The result was, wonder at the Lord's mercies, and the feeling that sin had brought them to their present state, from which nothing but unmerited love could rescue them. And is not their conduct a specimen of human nature? Let us study the history of our land, and our own history. Let us recollect our advantages from childhood, and ask what were our first returns? Let us frequently do so, that we may be kept humble, thankful, and watchful. Let all remember that pride and obstinacy are sins which ruin the soul. But it is often as hard to persuade the broken-hearted to hope, as formerly it was to bring them to fear. Is this thy case? Behold this sweet promise, A God ready to pardon! Instead of keeping away from God under a sense of unworthiness, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. He is a God ready to pardon.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Thou gavest them also thy good Spirit to instruct them. The "good Spirit" of God is mentioned in Psalm 143:10; and the fact of God's "instructing and teaching" men in Psalm 32:8. But instruction by God's Spirit is nowhere else distinctly mentioned in the Old Testament.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them,.... In the knowledge of the laws delivered to them; the spirit of prophecy, according to Ben Melech, and which Aben Ezra interprets of the spirit put upon the seventy elders, Numbers 11:17,

and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth; all the while they were in the wilderness, until they came to Canaan's land; called the Lord's manna, because prepared by him, and given by him to them; a part or portion and gift from the Lord, as Ben Melech, from whence it had its name, see Exodus 16:15

and gavest them water for their thirst; which seems to have respect to the last rock stricken for them, after their many provocations in the wilderness, Numbers 20:11.



Nehemiah 9:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The People Confess Their Sins
19You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. 20"You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst. 21"Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:3
They all ate the same spiritual food

Exodus 16:35
The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.

Numbers 11:17
I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

Nehemiah 9:30
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.

Psalm 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Isaiah 63:11
Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them,

Haggai 2:5
This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.'
Treasury of Scripture

You gave also your good spirit to instruct them, and withheld not your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.

gavest

Nehemiah 9:30 Yet many years did you forbear them, and testified against them by …

Numbers 11:17,25-29 And I will come down and talk with you there: and I will take of …

Isaiah 63:11-14 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying…

good

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; …

Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy …

withheldest

Exodus 16:15,35 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, …

Joshua 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old …

gavest

Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you …

Psalm 105:41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry …

Isaiah 41:17,18 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their …

Isaiah 48:21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused …

Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun …

John 4:10,14 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and …

John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, …

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