Nehemiah 2:2; Nehemiah 2:12; Nehemiah 2:14; Nehemiah 2:20; Nehemiah 4:23; Nehemiah 5:5; Nehemiah 8:10; Nehemiah 13:24
So the king said to me, "Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart." Then I was very much afraid.
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 mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding.
Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but there was no place for my mount to pass.
So I answered them and said to them, "The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem."
So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.
"Now our flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children. Yet behold, we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and we are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others."
Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord . Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but the language of his own people.