So I 1came to Jerusalem and was therethreedays.
And I arose in the night, I and a fewmen with me. I did not tellanyonewhat my God was putting into my amind to do for Jerusalem and there was noanimal with me except the animal on which I was riding.
So I went out at night by 2the ValleyGate in the direction of the Dragon'sWell and on to the bRefuseGate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem3which were brokendown and its 4gates which were consumed by fire.
Then I passed on to 5the FountainGate and 6the King'sPool, but there was noplace for cmy mount to pass.
So I went up at night by the 7ravine and inspected the wall. Then I entered the ValleyGate again and returned.
The officials did not knowwhere I had gone or what I had done ; nor had I as yettold the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work.
Then I said to them, "You see the badsituation we are in, that 8Jerusalem is desolate and its gatesburned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalemso that we will nolonger be a reproach."
I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king'swordswhich he had spoken to me. Then they said, "Let us arise and build." 9So they put their hands to the good work.
But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonitedofficial, and 10Geshem the Arabheard it, 11they mocked us and despised us and said, "What is thisthing you are doing ? 12Are you rebellingagainst the king ?"
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 havenoportion, right or memorial in Jerusalem."