Nehemiah 2 ©
Artaxerxes, understanding the cause of Nehemiah's sadness sendeth him with letters and a commission to build the wall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah delivereth the letters, and to the grief of the enemies of the Jews cometh to Jerusalem. He vieweth the state of the walls secretly by night. He encourageth the Jews to build in spite of the scorn of their enemies.
And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the owall of the city, and for pthe house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, qaccording to the good hand of my God upon me.
When tSanballat the 2Horonite, and uTobiah vthe servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it wgrieved them exceedingly that there was come a man xto seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
So I came to Jerusalem, and was ythere three days.
Then went I up in the night by gthe brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.
And the hrulers knew not *whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.
¶Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: icome, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more ja reproach.
But when mSanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they nlaughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye orebel against the king?