Nehemiah 2:4
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New International Version
The king said to me, "What is it you want?" Then I prayed to the God of heaven,

King James Bible
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of the heavens.

World English Bible
Then the king said to me, "For what do you make request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith to me, 'For what art thou seeking?' and I pray unto the God of the heavens,

Nehemiah 2:4 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

So I prayed to the God of heaven - Before he dared to prefer his request to the king, he made his prayer to God, that his suit might be acceptable: and this he does by mental prayer. To the spirit of prayer every place is a praying place.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For what

1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give you.

Esther 5:3,6 Then said the king to her, What will you, queen Esther? and what is your request...

Esther 7:2 And the king said again to Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is your petition, queen Esther?...

Mark 10:51 And Jesus answered and said to him, What will you that I should do to you? The blind man said to him, Lord...

So I prayed

Nehemiah 1:4,11 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted...

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray you...

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Library
The Builders on the Wall
[This chapter is based on Nehemiah 2; 3; and 4.] Nehemiah's journey to Jerusalem was accomplished in safety. The royal letters to the governors of the provinces along his route secured him honorable reception and prompt assistance. No enemy dared molest the official who was guarded by the power of the Persian king and treated with marked consideration by the provincial rulers. His arrival in Jerusalem, however, with a military escort, showing that he had come on some important mission, excited the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

General Account of Jesus' Teaching.
^A Matt. IV. 17; ^B Mark I. 14, 15; ^C Luke IV. 14, 15. ^a 17 From that time Jesus began to preach [The time here indicated is that of John the Baptist's imprisonment and Jesus' return to Galilee. This time marked a new period in the public ministry of Jesus. Hitherto he had taught, but he now began to preach. When the voice of his messenger, John, was silenced, the King became his own herald. Paul quoted the Greeks as saying that preaching was "foolishness," but following the example here set by
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Nehemiah 1:4
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 2:5
and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it."

Nehemiah 2:20
I answered them by saying, "The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it."

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