Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
- God weaves the stories of Nehemiah, Esther and Daniel into “the Cupbearer, the Queen, and the Dream Sayer”; all of which are books of the Bible,
- Nehemiah and Esther were contemporaries
- Daniel 9:25-26
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem (Nehemiah the cupbearer’s request)
Until Messiah the Prince (Jesus Yeshua the Messiah, the Prince of the Father),
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks (A total of sixty nine “weeks or sevens”);
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
“And after the sixty-two weeks (is finished)
Messiah shall be cut off (crucified), but not for Himself (for the sins of the people);
[Insert a place marker here] And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood (an army)
Nehemiah Prays for His People
Nehemiah 1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
It came to pass in the month of Chislev (Kislev, the Ninth Jewish Month, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan (Or Susa) the citadel (Or fortified palace, and so elsewhere in the book),
Nehemiah 1:2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 1:3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”
Nehemiah 1:4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God (‘ĕlōhîm) of heaven.
- “Crying is the only way your eyes speak when your mouth can’t explain” ~unknown
The Prayer of Nehemiah as he Remembers the Covenant