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One of my brethren came with men from Judah, and I asked concerning the Jews who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
They said, "The survivors are in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are burned with fire."
I was the king's cupbearer, and I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence before. 2Therefore the king said,"Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart. . . What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven, and said to the king, "If I have found favor in your sight,I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers, that I may rebuild it." 6Then the king said to me,"How long will your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Nehemiah 1:2-3 & 2:1-6