The Wall Is Finished
So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days.
And j when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, k for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.
Moreover, in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah's letters came to them.
For many in Judah were bound by oath to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of l Arah: and his son Jehohanan had taken the daughter of m Meshullam the son of Berechiah as his wife.
Also they spoke of his good deeds in my presence and reported my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to make me afraid.
Now when the wall had been built n and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
I gave o my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of p the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was q a more faithful and God-fearing man than many.
And I said to them, "Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their own homes."
The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few, and no houses had been rebuilt.
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But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel.
Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews.
But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them.
The sons of Arah, 775.
Then I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, leading men, and for Joiarib and Elnathan, who were men of insight.
Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it ( although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates).
That Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem.
And a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy." And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.
And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouses Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and as their assistant Hanan the son of Zaccur, son of Mattaniah, for they were considered reliable, and their duty was to distribute to their brothers.