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Nehemiah 2:11-20 (New American Standard)

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Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem's Walls

11 So I 1came 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 amind 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 2the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon's Well and on to the bRefuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem 3which were broken down and its 4gates which were consumed by fire. 14 Then I passed on to 5the Fountain Gate and 6the King's Pool, but there was no place for cmy mount to pass. 15 So I went up at night by the 7ravine 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 8Jerusalem 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." 9So they put their hands to the good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite dofficial, and 10Geshem the Arab heard it, 11they mocked us and despised us and said, "What is this thing you are doing? 12Are you rebelling against the king?" 20 So I answered them and said to them, "13The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, 14but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem."
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