Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls

11 So I (A)came to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my [a]mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. 13 So I went out at night by (B)the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and on to the [b]Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem (C)which were broken down and its (D)gates which were consumed by fire. 14 Then I passed on to (E)the Fountain Gate and (F)the King’s Pool, but there was no place for [c]my mount to pass. 15 So I went up at night by the (G)ravine and inspected the wall. Then I entered the Valley Gate again and returned. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; nor had I as yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that (H)Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.” 18 I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” (I)So they put their hands to the good work.

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  1. Nehemiah 2:12 Lit heart
  2. Nehemiah 2:13 Lit Gate of Ash-heaps
  3. Nehemiah 2:14 Lit the animal under me