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Nehemiah 2:2

    Nehemiah 2:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why the king said to me, Why is your countenance sad, seeing you are not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And 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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the king said to me, Why is your face sad, seeing that you are not ill? this is nothing but sorrow of heart. Then I was full of fear;

    Webster's Revision

    And 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.

    World English Bible

    The king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing else but sorrow of heart." Then I was very much afraid.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And 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.

    Definitions for Nehemiah 2:2

    Art - "Are"; second person singular.
    Countenance - Appearance.
    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Nehemiah 2:2

    Then I was very sore afraid - Probably the king spoke as if he had some suspicion that Nehemiah harboured some bad design, and that his face indicated some conceived treachery or remorse.

    Barnes' Notes on Nehemiah 2:2

    I was very sore afraid - A Persian subject was expected to be perfectly content so long as he had the happiness of being with his king. A request to quit the court was thus a serious matter.