Nehemiah 1:4
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English Standard Version
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying 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,

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, 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,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when I had heard these words, I sat down, and wept, and mourned for many days: and I fasted, and prayed before the face of the God of heaven.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, 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,

Webster's Bible Translation
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 1:4 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Of Israel, as distinguished from priests and Levites, i.e., of the laity. Of these latter are given in all eighty-six names, belonging to ten races, vv. 25-43, who returned with Zerubbabel. See Nos. 1, 5, 6, 9, 8, 4, 30, 17, and 27 of the survey of these races. ירמות in Ezra 10:29 should, according to the Chethiv, be read ירמות. - The twofold naming of sons of Bani in this list (Ezra 10:29 and Ezra 10:34) is strange, and Bani is evidently in one of these places a mistake for some other name. Bertheau supposes that Bigvai may have stood in the text in one of these places. The error undoubtedly lies in the second mention of Bani (Ezra 10:34), and consists not merely in the wrong transcription of this one name. For, while of every other race four, six, seven, or eight individuals are named, no less than seven and twenty names follow בּני מבּני, though all these persons could hardly have belonged to one race, unless the greater number of males therein had married strange wives. Besides, no names of inhabitants of cities of Judah and Benjamin are given in this list (as in Ezra 2:21-28, and Ezra 2:33-35), although it is stated in Ezra 10:7 and Ezra 10:14 that not only the men of Jerusalem, but also dwellers in other cities, had contracted these prohibited marriages, and been summoned to Jerusalem, that judgment might be pronounced in their several cases. These reasons make it probable that the twenty-seven persons enumerated in Ezra 10:34-42 were inhabitants of various localities in Judah, and not merely individuals belonging to a single house. This supposition cannot, however, be further corroborated, since even the lxx and 1 Esdr. read the name Bani in Ezra 10:27 and Ezra 10:34, nor can any conjecture respecting the correct reading laying claim to probability be ventured on. In the single names, the Greek texts of the Septuagint and 1 Esdras frequently differ from the Hebrew text, but the differences are almost all of a kind to furnish no material for criticism. A considerable number of these names reappear in the lists of names in the book of Nehemiah, but under circumstances which nowhere make the identity of the persons bearing them certain.

Nehemiah 1:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I sat down

1 Samuel 4:17-22 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there has been also a great slaughter among the people...

Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God...

Psalm 69:9,10 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen on me...

Psalm 102:13,14 You shall arise, and have mercy on Zion: for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, is come...

Psalm 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Zephaniah 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of you, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

the God

Nehemiah 2:4 Then the king said to me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Ezra 5:11,12 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth...

Daniel 2:18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret...

Jonah 1:9 And he said to them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which has made the sea and the dry land.

Cross References
2 Samuel 12:16
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

Ezra 9:3
As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled.

Ezra 10:1
While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.

Nehemiah 2:4
Then the king said to me, "What are you requesting?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Psalm 136:26
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 137:1
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.

Daniel 10:2
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.

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