I set out during the night with a few men. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
By night I went out through the Valley Gate1 toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate,2 examining the walls3 of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.
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Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate4 and the King's Pool,5 but there was not enough room for my mount to get through;
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so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate.
The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.