New International Version
The king said to me, "What is it you want?" Then 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.
Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of the heavens.
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
So I prayed to the God of heaven - Before he dared to prefer his request to the king, he made his prayer to God, that his suit might be acceptable: and this he does by mental prayer. To the spirit of prayer every place is a praying place.
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So I prayed
LibraryThe Builders on the Wall
[This chapter is based on Nehemiah 2; 3; and 4.] Nehemiah's journey to Jerusalem was accomplished in safety. The royal letters to the governors of the provinces along his route secured him honorable reception and prompt assistance. No enemy dared molest the official who was guarded by the power of the Persian king and treated with marked consideration by the provincial rulers. His arrival in Jerusalem, however, with a military escort, showing that he had come on some important mission, excited the …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
General Account of Jesus' Teaching.
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it."
I answered them by saying, "The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it."
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