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,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe when I heard these words, that I sate downe and wept, and mourned certaine dayes, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heauen,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then, after hearing these words, for some days I gave myself up to weeping and sorrow, seated on the earth; and taking no food I made prayer to the God of heaven,
- Basic English Bible

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,
- Darby 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,
- Webster's 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,
- World English Bible

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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Nehemiah 1:4


1:4 The God of heaven - Who seeth in secret; secret; having no opportunity of doing it openly.


Discussion for Nehemiah 1

  • Irene123
    To Ms. Gaddis - that was very insightful. Yes, we can build our walls - without prayer at the same time for the lost. It's prayer and only prayer that will give us a burden for souls.
  • George Lay
    God is almighty. He constantly trying to convince us of that, but we fail to reconise and obey him. This is a constant battle between God and man. Man fail to realize who God is and respect and obeisance he deserve.
  • Derest Brown
    In v 5, Nehemiah uses 7 definitives for the One he addresses:
    1) LORD
    2) the God
    3) of heaven
    4) the great
    5) and terrible God
    6) that keepeth covenant
    7) and mercy

    Then he is explicit about the character of those God shows mercy:
    --for them that love him
    --and observe his commandments

    We must be faithful in obeying His commands, and He will ALWAYS hear and answer our prayers.
  • Min Herbert
    Their are many thing in our own life to be rebuilding as of now our mind our spirit become the person God want us to become in is name and find the favor of God by walking with faith knowing we are the head and not the tail that is what Nehemiah did with the wall that has falling down also the fence that is on fire. I love that word fire why it let us know something can be broken also redeemed
  • Ms. Gaddis
    Some of us have built our "wall" a little TOO good. Yes, we keep the world out, but in doing so, we have lost all compassion for the lost. We look at the lost as just another hostile, and even use their hostility as an excuse not to "tell every creature." What our world around us has become, is our own fault, for leaving the world on the other side of our wall. And now they are breaking it down.
  • Lose
    Thank you JESUS, for the LORD Is calling us; the REMNANT means us, the devourer have destroyed us, but there is still something left, something that can make us to connect with our creator, the one whose convanent will never be broken. GOD IS FAITHFULL, LETS USE OUR FAITH TO PRAISE HIM, FOR HE IS ABLE

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