Nehemiah Chapter 1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Godwins's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 5/17/2013, 4:35am...
Nehemiah has a burden to serve his maker, God.
Nzondelelo's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 2/21/2013, 9:53am...
The book of Nehemiah is relevant for all times. The resurrection of our Country from the "Ashes of Apartheid" requires men and women who are willing to do self introspection and request divine intervention in healing and building our Nation. The way ahead is long and we must first call to Almighty to show us the road less travelled where all people and races will hearken to a call. “Come let us build”, for the walls of our Country are fallen, leaders are corrupt, women and children are raped, drugs are order of the day. How long before we acknowledge our guilt and contravening of the commandments of Alfa and Omega.
Sarah's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 1/29/2013, 5:31pm...
When our hearts are touched and burdened like Nehemiah, and we don't know what to do to help, we can pray as he did. The Lord will open a way if it is his will and we are willing to step out of our comfort zone. Nehemiah risked things to admit his sorrow to the King, if the King didn't like his response he could have been killed. It's also interesting to note that in the worlds eyes Nehemiah had reached the top of the tree. The most honoured and trustworthy person was the wine taster, but God had a greater purpose for his life. Nehemiah was willing to leave the comfort of the palace to meet the needs of his suffering people even though he risked his own life and endured discomfort to do so, he was full of faith to do it because he knew God's calling was better. Jesus, burden the readers’ heart with what you have for them to do and may they be willing; let the gift of faith and the joy of your grace sustain them and give them victory!
Richard aka weusi's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 10/20/2012, 1:27am...
I am 60 years young. Spent 23 years in prisons and jails but never knew Jesus. For the last 3 months I, through the grace of God found Jesus, after someone like Nehemiah lead me to the truth. I pray that I should follow his footsteps. GOD BLESS!
Janice's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 5/09/2012, 2:10am...
Nehemiah is introduced in the first chapter as the son of Hachaliah. In the month of Chisleu, or Kislev, was the ninth month in the twentieth year would have been 445B.C. Shushan the palace, or better Susa, the Citadel was the winter resort of the persian kings, Nehemial was concerned about the remnant that was left in captivity, in an administrative division of a country, he began by asking his brother an certain men of Judah, about the Jew that escaped captivity and those that didn't, he than learned they were in distress, and burdened, and his eyes began to fill with water and he wanted and mourned fasted and prayed before our father, than he reminded God that he keepth covenant,and his mercies that are new every morning, for those who love him and keep his commandments, he asked the the lord to open the eyes of his he hasart, and lend an ear to here what his servant has to say, for I have sinned and fallen short of thine glory, Israel has sinned, and none of us has kept your commandments, that you commanded Moses, saying if you keep not my commandments, I will scatter you all over the nations, but if you keep them, I Will take you to the place where I have set my name, old lord I strongly request that you here me when I pray, I am redeemed by your power and your might, I am the one who drank from the kings cup to make sure that it was safe for the king. And the word of the lord is blessed.
Pernella Pollard's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 3/18/2012, 11:16pm...
comment to Pastordale's : you stated" Nehemiah seems to be call from disobedient." Nehemiah was a Kings' cupbearer inmagine his character.
Pastor Edward Everette's Nehemiah Chapter 1 comment on 12/30/2011, 5:31am...
It mean that GOD has a work for us to do.by going into highway,malls,market places,and our home and tell of his mercy and grace.and that he wants all men and women to come unto him.and be safe.it time out for playing church. It time to put christ back in home and schools and in the street.
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