1 The words of
Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month
Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men
of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped,
which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity
there in the province are in great affliction and reproach:
the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof
are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat
down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed
before the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great
and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that
love him and observe his commandments:
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that
thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before
thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants,
and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have
sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept
the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which
thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy
servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you
abroad among the nations:
9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them;
though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of
the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring
them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast
redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to
the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants,
who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant
this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For
I was the king's cupbearer.
1 And it came to
pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes
the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine,
and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad
in his presence.
2 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,
3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should
not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers'
sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed
4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request?
So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy
servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send
me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that
I may build it.
6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,)
For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return?
So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let
letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that
they may convey me over till I come into Judah;
8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that
he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace
which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city,
and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted
me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
9 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them
the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army
and horsemen with me.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the
Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there
was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither
told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem:
neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode
13 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before
the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls
of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof
were consumed with fire.
14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's
pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me
15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the
wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley,
and so returned.
16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither
had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to
the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the
17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in,
how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned
with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem,
that we be no more a reproach.
18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon
me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And
they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their
hands for this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant,
the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed
us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that
ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven,
he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and
build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
1 Then Eliashib
the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they
builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors
of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto
the tower of Hananeel.
2 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to
them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.
3 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also
laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks
thereof, and the bars thereof.
4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the
son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of
Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired
Zadok the son of Baana.
5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles
put not their necks to the work of their Lord.
6 Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah,
and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof,
and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the
7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon
the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the
throne of the governor on this side the river.
8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the
goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of
one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the
9 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler
of the half part of Jerusalem.
10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph,
even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush
the son of Hashabniah.
11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahath-moab,
repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.
12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the
ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.
13 The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah;
they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof,
and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto
the dung gate.
14 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the
ruler of part of Beth-haccerem; he built it, and set up the
doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of
Col-hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered
it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the
bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's
garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David.
16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of
the half part of Beth-zur, unto the place over against the sepulchres
of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house
of the mighty.
17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next
unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah,
in his part.
18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad,
the ruler of the half part of Keilah.
19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler
of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury
at the turning of the wall.
20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the
other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the
house of Eliashib the high priest.
21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of
Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even
to the end of the house of Eliashib.
22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.
23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their
house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son
of Ananiah by his house.
24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece,
from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even
unto the corner.
25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall,
and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that
was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of
26 Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over
against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth
27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against
the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.
28 From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one
over against his house.
29 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his
house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah,
the keeper of the east gate.
30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun
the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam
the son of Berechiah over against his chamber.
31 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's son unto the
place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the
gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.
32 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate
repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.