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Nehemiah 2:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then the king said to me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And the king said to me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of the heavens.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then the king said to me, Concerning what, is it, thou, wouldst make request? So I prayed unto the God of the heavens,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And the king saith to me, 'For what art thou seeking?' and I pray unto the God of the heavens,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then the king said to me: For what dost thou make request? And I prayed to the God of heaven,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then the king said vnto me, For what doest thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heauen.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the king said to me, For what dost thou ask thus? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the Elohim of heaven.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then the king 4428
{4428} Prime
מֶּלֶךְ
melek
{meh'-lek}
From H4427; a king.
said 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
unto me, For x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
what x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
x2088
(2088) Complement
זֶה
zeh
{zeh}
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that.
dost thou x859
(0859) Complement
אַתָּה
'attah
{at-taw'}
A primitive pronoun of the second person; thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you.
make request? 1245
{1245} Prime
בּקשׁ
baqash
{baw-kash'}
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
So I prayed 6419
{6419} Prime
פָּלַל
palal
{paw-lal'}
A primitive root; to judge (officially or mentally); by extension to intercede, pray.
z8691
<8691> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 533
to x413
(0413) Complement
אֵל
'el
{ale}
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
the lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
of heaven. 8064
{8064} Prime
שָׁמַיִם
shamayim
{shaw-mah'-yim}
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Nehemiah 2:2-5.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Nehemiah 2:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Nehemiah 2:4

Let, &c. — My sadness comes not from any disaffection to the king, for whom my hearty prayers are that he may live for ever; but from another cause. Sepulchres — Which by all nations are esteemed sacred and inviolable. He saith not a word of the temple as he spake before a Heathen king who cared for none of these things. I prayed — To direct my thoughts and words, and to incline the king's heart to grant my request.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Nehemiah 2:4

Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed (e) to the God of heaven.

(e) I desired God in my heart to prosper my enterprise.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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 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 5:6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What [is] thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what [is] thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.
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.
Mark 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

So I prayed:

Nehemiah 1:4 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,
Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.
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.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
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2S 15:31. 1K 3:5. Ne 1:4, 11. Es 5:3, 6; 7:2. Pv 3:6. Mk 10:51. Php 4:6.

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