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Nehemiah 2:1-8

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 1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was served before him; and I took up the wine, and gave it to the king. Now prior to this I had not been sad in his presence.

 2 Therefore the king said to me, "Why is your countenance sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart." Then I was very greatly afraid,

 3 And I said to the king, "Let the king live forever. Why should my countenance not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchers, lies in waste, and the gates of it have been consumed with fire?"

 4 Then the king said to me, "What do you desire from me?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.

 5 And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I request that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' sepulchers, that I may rebuild it.

 6 And the king said to me, (the queen was also sitting by him), "How long will your journey be, and when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me; and I gave him a time.

 7 Moreover I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over until I come into Judah,

 8 And a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress that is near the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I will occupy. And the king granted them all to me, because the good hand of my God was upon me.

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