“Nehemiah’s name means Yahweh comforts”, long version of the name “Nahum” which also means comforter;[1] ”

– Gesenius, Friedrich Wilhelm (1846). Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon. Baker Book House; 7th edition, 1979. p. 544. ISBN 0801037360.
Quote from wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehemiah

Nehemiah purified the temple.

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What does purifying the temple mean?


We are temples. It could mean that I need to purify myself. I need to repent and ask for forgiveness. I turn back to Him.
1Cor 3:16 (KJ2000) ” 16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? ”

This website explains a little more what I’m talking about: https://www.tektonministries.org/purifying-our-own-temple-tomorrows-reading-reflection/

Jesus cleansed the temple twice:


How does purifying bring comfort?

This passage explains it.  Jas 4:7-10 (KJ2000) ” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”


I purify myself by submitting to God, cleansing my hands and purifying my heart.
I need to humble myself in the sight of God.


Once I do these things, there is great comfort. His peace covers me like a cloud from heaven. There is a stillness in His presence where I know I am loved because I know He is God, my savior and king.