Nehemiah Chapter 1

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1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

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,

5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.

7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:

9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

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.


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Matthew Henry's Nehemiah Chapter 1 Bible commentary...

The Old Testament history closes with the book of Nehemiah, wherein is recorded the workings of his heart, in the management of public affairs; with many devout reflections.Nehemiah's distress for the misery of Jerusalem, His prayer.

- Nehemiah was the Persian king's cup-bearer. When God has work to do, he will never want instruments to do it with. Nehemiah lived at ease, and in honour, but does not forget that he is an Israelite, and that his brethren are in distress. He was ready to do them all the good offices he could; and that he might know how best to do them a kindness, he makes inquiries about them. We should inquire especially concerning the state of the church and religion. Every Jerusalem on this side the heavenly one will have some defect, which will require the help and services of its friends. Nehemiah's first application was to God, that he might have the fuller confidence in his application to the king. Our best pleas in prayer are taken from the promise of God, the word on which he has caused us to hope. Other means must be used, but the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails most. Communion with God will best prepare us for our dealings with men. When we have intrusted our concerns to God, the mind is set at liberty; it feels satisfaction and composure, and difficulties vanish. We know that if the affair be hurtful, he can easily hinder it; and if it be good for us, he can as easily forward it.


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James Siaw's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 9/09/2014, 11:06am...

In fact NEHEMIAH was a noble man but this was not considered by NEHEMIAH. He pressed on to fight for his people.We pray that GOD gives us the spirit of NEHEMIAH in order to fight for ourselves and others in the lord. God bless you.


Nicola's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 9/06/2014, 3:48pm...

Nehemiah took on the burden of his nation and sought the Lord. When he heard his ppl were in a bad state he did not rejoice or ignore it, though he had favor in the king palace as cupbearer


Stanley's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 8/01/2014, 10:22am...

i like the man Nehemiah, very honest and sincere person , ready to pay price of sacrifice for his nation people, i pray all Christians wiil be like him bye


Dollars Powers's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment about verse 5 on 5/27/2014, 8:57am...

"O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God " how terrible is our God? the bible says God 's word is a two edged sword, no wonder the psalmist said God works in mysterious ways and no man can fathom his ways.


LG's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 2/04/2014, 9:30am...

About two weeks ago I was listening to a well known man who I will not disclose here, however he said; We should become Nehemiah Christians, and so I want to study Nehemiah which I am familiar with his name. My thoughts after reading the first chapter of Nehemiah is this: Nehemiah was a God fearing man, and knew what God wanted for his people. I noticed he included himself in the prayer concerning sin, and needing forgiveness and deliverance. He reminded The Lord God of Heaven of his mercy if his people would turn back repent, and serve The God of Heaven, and how he would gather them from across the Heavens where they were scattered.I need to read again and see how the Lord will speak to me concerning being like a Nehemiah Christian. I am still reminded of the Scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14


Becky Adedokun's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 1/17/2014, 2:28am...

Nehemiah did five things after he received the report about destructions of Jerusalem. He was sober and sat down with repentance heart, he wept for their sins, he mourned with contrite heart, feeling regret and sorrow for days for Israelites's sins and their offenses against God. Nehemiah also denied himself of pleasure of food by fasting which also was for days and he prayed seeking for forgiveness of the nation of Israel. Isaiah 66 verse 2b says "But this the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word." Believers in Christ, all people alike should do these five things in seeking God's mercy upon our nation for restoration, healing and blessings. God is looking for a contrite heart and humble spirit. The question is, will you pray for this nation like Nehemiah?. It was him alone that pray for Jerusalem at that time, me and you can pray for our nation, homes, schools and body of Christ in like manner. God said, He will look on us and restore, heal and safe us. The question is what did you with bad news you heard about this nation, homes, schools and about things happening in the body of Christ. Complacency have taken over. Let us take up the task to be concerned with the situation of our nation, schools and homes; Amos 6:1 and Isaiah 32:11, let us meditate prayerfully on these bible verses and pray for Holy Spirit to ignite our prayer life to pray for our nation this year 2014 and henceforth.


Createams's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 11/10/2013, 2:16pm...

Qayhuriah but even so we do the wrong thing because we think it is for the right reason. We live in a world where all men are afflicted (if) doesn’t fit; GOD has enabled us.


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1.  Nehemiah was concerned by the news he received from the land of Judah for what reason?

Jerusalem's walls and gates were in disrepair
Drought had destroyed all the crops
Romans had invaded the land
The temple was in shambles