Nehemiah 2:11-16 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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11 And so I arrived in Jerusalem. After I had been there three days, 11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days
12 I got up in the middle of the night, I and a few men who were with me. I hadn't told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal with us was the one I was riding. 12 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.
13 Under cover of night I went past the Valley Gate toward the Dragon's Fountain to the Dung Gate looking over the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken through and whose gates had been burned up. 13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.
14 I then crossed to the Fountain Gate and headed for the King's Pool but there wasn't enough room for the donkey I was riding to get through. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through;
15 So I went up the valley in the dark continuing my inspection of the wall. I came back in through the Valley Gate. 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate.
16 The local officials had no idea where I'd gone or what I was doing - I hadn't breathed a word to the Jews, priests, nobles, local officials, or anyone else who would be working on the job. 16 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.