After I arrived in Jerusalem and had been there three days,
I got up at night and [took] a few men with me. I didn't tell anyone what my God had laid on my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal I took was the one I was riding.
I went out at night through the Valley Gate toward the Serpent's Well and the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.
I went on to the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but farther down it became too narrow for my animal to go through.
So I went up at night by way of the valley and inspected the wall. Then heading back, I entered through the Valley Gate and returned.
The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, for I had not yet told the Jews, priests, nobles, officials, or the rest of those who would be doing the work.