Overcoming Sorrow of Heart – Nehemiah 2

And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the  twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was  before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the  king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.  Nehemiah 2:1

Nehemiah 2:2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy  countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing  else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,  

Nehemiah 2:3 And said unto the king, Let the king live forever:  why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the  place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates  thereof are consumed with fire? 

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

Nehemiah 2:5 And I said unto the king, If it  please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy  sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city  of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. 

Nehemiah 2:6 And the  king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how  long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it  pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. 

Nehemiah 2:7  Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let  letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that  they may convey me over till I come into Judah; 

Nehemiah 2:8 And  a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he  may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the  palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of  the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the  king granted me, according to the good hand of my God  upon me.   

Nehemiah 2:9 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and  gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains  of the army and horsemen with me. 

Nehemiah 2:10 When Sanballat  the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard  of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a  man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. 

Nehemiah 2:11 So  I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.  

Nehemiah 2:12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with  me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my  heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with  me, save the beast that I rode upon. 

Nehemiah 2:13 And I went out  by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon  well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of  Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof  were consumed with fire. 

Nehemiah 2:14 Then I went on to the gate  of the fountain, and to the king’s pool: but there was no  place for the beast that was under me to pass. 

Nehemiah 2:15 Then  went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall,  and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and  so returned. 

Nehemiah 2:16 And the rulers knew not whither I  went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews,  nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to  the rest that did the work.  

Nehemiah 2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we  are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof  are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of  Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. 

Nehemiah 2:18 Then I  told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me;  as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And  they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened  their hands for this good work. 

Nehemiah 2:19 But when  Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the  Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they  laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is  this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king? 

Nehemiah 2:20  Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of  heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will  arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor  memorial, in Jerusalem.  

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