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

New Living Translation
The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven,

English Standard Version
Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Berean Study Bible
“What is your request?” replied the king. So I prayed to the God of heaven

New American Standard Bible
Then the king said to me, "What would you request?" So 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the king asked me, "What is your request?" So I prayed to the God of the heavens

Contemporary English Version
The king asked, "What do you want me to do?" I prayed to the God who rules from heaven.

Good News Translation
The emperor asked, "What is it that you want?" I prayed to the God of Heaven,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the king asked me, "What is your request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven

International Standard Version
The king answered, "What do you want?" So I prayed to the God of heaven

NET Bible
The king responded, "What is it you are seeking?" Then I quickly prayed to the God of heaven

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What do you want?" the king asked me. So I prayed to the God of heaven,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then the king said unto me: 'For what dost thou make request?' So I prayed to the God of heaven.

New American Standard 1977
Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the king said unto me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

American King James Version
Then the king said to me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

American Standard Version
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the king said to me, For what dost thou ask thus? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the king said to me: For what dost thou make request? And 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.

English Revised Version
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the king said to me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

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,
Study Bible
Nehemiah Sent to Jerusalem
3and replied to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4“What is your request?” replied the king. So I prayed to the God of heaven 5and answered the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city where my fathers are buried, so that I may rebuild it.”…
Cross References
Nehemiah 1:4
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 2:5
and answered the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city where my fathers are buried, so that I may rebuild it."

Nehemiah 2:20
So I answered them and said, "The God of heaven is the One who will grant us success. We, His servants, will start rebuilding, but you have no portion, right, or claim in Jerusalem."

Treasury of Scripture

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

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 thee.

Esther 5:3,6
Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom…

Esther 7:2
And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.

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, and prayed before the God of heaven, …

2 Samuel 15:31
And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

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







Lexicon
“What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

is your
אַתָּ֣ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

request?”
מְבַקֵּ֑שׁ (mə·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

replied
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

the king.
הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

So I prayed
וָֽאֶתְפַּלֵּ֔ל (wā·’eṯ·pal·lêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6419: To judge, to intercede, pray

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the God
אֱלֹהֵ֖י (’ĕ·lō·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

of heaven
הַשָּׁמָֽיִם׃ (haš·šā·mā·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky
(4) So I prayed to the God of heaven.--The first note of that habit of ejaculatory prayer which is a characteristic of this book.

Verse 4. - Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? Artaxerxes understood that a complaint was contained in Nehemiah's speech, and that he must have a request to make. With gracious kindliness he facilitates its utterance. So I prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah was emphatically a man of prayer. In every danger, in every difficulty, still more at any crisis, prayer rose to his lips (see Nehemiah 4:4, 9; Nehemiah 5:19; Nehemiah 6:9, 14; Nehemiah 13:14, etc.). Sometimes, as now, the prayer was offered silently and swiftly. 2:1-8 Our prayers must be seconded with serious endeavours, else we mock God. We are not limited to certain moments in our addresses to the King of kings, but have liberty to go to him at all times; approaches to the throne of grace are never out of season. But the sense of God's displeasure and the afflictions of his people, are causes of sorrow to the children of God, under which no earthly delights can comfort. The king encouraged Nehemiah to tell his mind. This gave him boldness to speak; much more may the invitation Christ has given us to pray, and the promise that we shall speed, encourage us to come boldly to the throne of grace. Nehemiah prayed to the God of heaven, as infinitely above even this mighty monarch. He lifted up his heart to that God who understands the language of the heart. Nor should we ever engage in any pursuit in which it would be wrong for us thus to seek and expect the Divine direction, assistance, and blessing. There was an immediate answer to his prayer; for the seed of Jacob never sought the God of Jacob in vain.
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