2:8 timber . . . for the gates. The scope of the building project becomes clear: fortress, walls, governor’s residence.
the good hand of my God. Nehemiah acts as a responsible human agent in making the request, but the success is from God’s sovereign good pleasure (Ezra 7:6). This theme expresses the overarching message of Ezra and Nehemiah (Introduction to Ezra: Characteristics and Themes).