5 and made my request to the king.
Nehemiah (to God and Artaxerxes): If I have won your favor, my king, and if it is your pleasure, send me to the city where my ancestors are buried. Let me rebuild the city in Judah.
6 With his queen sitting beside him, the king continued to probe.
Artaxerxes: How long will your journey take, and when may I look for your return?
Then I knew: I had received his blessing. He was sending me. In response to his question, I set a time.
Nehemiah (to the king): 7 If it continues to please you, send me with letters bearing your name. Send me to those men you have appointed to govern the lands beyond the Euphrates River. Then I can be assured I will be safe, escorted to the borders of Judah by your armies.