New International Version
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
King James Bible
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,
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat and wept, and mourned for days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of the heavens,
World English Bible
It happened, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, at my hearing these words, I have sat down, and I weep and mourn for days, and I am fasting and praying before the God of the heavens.
Nehemiah 1:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And mourned certain days - From the month Chisleu to the month Nisan; about four months from the time he received the above information, till the time that Artaxerxes noticed his grief, Nehemiah 2:1. All this time he probably spent in supplication to God; waiting for a favorable opening in the Divine providence. Every good work is not to be undertaken hastily; prayer and watchfulness are necessary to its completion. Many good works have been ruined by making haste.
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I sat down
LibraryThe Church and Social Evils
'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.'--NEH. i. 4. Ninety years had passed since the returning exiles had arrived at Jerusalem. They had encountered many difficulties which had marred their progress and cooled their enthusiasm. The Temple, indeed, was rebuilt, but Jerusalem lay in ruins, and its walls remained as they had been left, by Nebuchadnezzar's siege, some century and a half before. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
A Man of Opportunity
2 Samuel 12:16
David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.
When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled.
While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites--men, women and children--gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.
The king said to me, "What is it you want?" Then I prayed to the God of heaven,
Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks.
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