1 H2320 And it came to pass in the month H5212 Nisan H6242 , in the twentieth H8141 year H783 of Artaxerxes H4428 the king H3196 , that wine H6440 was before H5375 him: and I took up [H8799] H3196 the wine H5414 , and gave [H8799] H4428 it unto the king H7451 . Now I had not been beforetime sad H6440 in his presence.
2 H4428 Wherefore the king H559 said [H8799] H6440 unto me, Why is thy countenance H7451 sad H2470 , seeing thou art not sick [H8802] H7455 ? this is nothing else but sorrow H3820 of heart H3966 . Then I was very H7235 sore [H8687] H3372 afraid [H8799] ,
3 H559 And said [H8799] H4428 unto the king H4428 , Let the king H2421 live [H8799] H5769 for ever H6440 : why should not my countenance H3415 be sad [H8799] H5892 , when the city H1004 , the place H1 of my fathers H6913 ' sepulchres H2720 , lieth waste H8179 , and the gates H398 thereof are consumed [H8795] H784 with fire?
4 H4428 Then the king H559 said [H8799] H1245 unto me, For what dost thou make request [H8764] H6419 ? So I prayed [H8691] H430 to the God H8064 of heaven.
5 H559 And I said [H8799] H4428 unto the king H2895 , If it please [H8804] H4428 the king H5650 , and if thy servant H3190 have found favour [H8799] H6440 in thy sight H7971 , that thou wouldest send [H8799] H3063 me unto Judah H5892 , unto the city H1 of my fathers H6913 ' sepulchres H1129 , that I may build [H8799] it.
6 H4428 And the king H559 said [H8799] H7694 unto me, (the queen H3427 also sitting [H8802] H681 by him H4109 ,) For how long shall thy journey H7725 be? and when wilt thou return [H8799] H3190 ? So it pleased [H8799] H6440 H4428 the king H7971 to send [H8799] H5414 me; and I set [H8799] H2165 him a time.
7 H559 Moreover I said [H8799] H4428 unto the king H2895 , If it please [H8804] H4428 the king H107 , let letters H5414 be given [H8799] H6346 me to the governors H5676 beyond H5104 the river H5674 , that they may convey me over [H8686] H935 till I come [H8799] H3063 into Judah;
8 H107 And a letter H623 unto Asaph H8104 the keeper [H8802] H4428 of the king's H6508 forest H5414 , that he may give [H8799] H6086 me timber H7136 to make beams [H8763] H8179 for the gates H1002 of the palace H1004 which appertained to the house H2346 , and for the wall H5892 of the city H1004 , and for the house H935 that I shall enter into [H8799] H4428 . And the king H5414 granted [H8799] H2896 me, according to the good H3027 hand H430 of my God upon me.
9 H935 Then I came [H8799] H6346 to the governors H5676 beyond H5104 the river H5414 , and gave [H8799] H4428 them the king's H107 letters H4428 . Now the king H7971 had sent [H8799] H8269 captains H2428 of the army H6571 and horsemen with me.
10 H5571 When Sanballat H2772 the Horonite H2900 , and Tobiah H5650 the servant H5984 , the Ammonite H8085 , heard [H8799] H3415 of it, it grieved [H8799] H7451 them exceedingly H1419 H935 that there was come [H8804] H120 a man H1245 to seek [H8763] H2896 the welfare H1121 of the children H3478 of Israel.
12 H6965 And I arose [H8799] H3915 in the night H4592 , I and some H4592 few H582 men H5046 with me; neither told [H8689] H120 I any man H430 what my God H5414 had put [H8802] H3820 in my heart H6213 to do [H8800] H3389 at Jerusalem H929 : neither was there any beast H929 with me, save the beast H7392 that I rode upon [H8802] .
13 H3318 And I went out [H8799] H3915 by night H8179 by the gate H1516 of the valley H6440 , even before H8577 the dragon H5869 well [H8677] H5886 H830 , and to the dung H8179 port H7663 , and viewed [H8802] [H8675] H7665 [H8799] H2346 the walls H3389 of Jerusalem H6555 , which were broken down [H8803] H8179 , and the gates H398 thereof were consumed [H8795] H784 with fire.
14 H5674 Then I went on [H8799] H8179 to the gate H5869 of the fountain H4428 , and to the king's H1295 pool H4725 : but there was no place H929 for the beast H5674 that was under me to pass [H8800] .
15 H5927 Then went I up [H8802] H3915 in the night H5158 by the brook H7663 , and viewed [H8802] [H8675] H7665 [H8799] H2346 the wall H7725 , and turned back [H8799] H935 , and entered [H8799] H8179 by the gate H1516 of the valley H7725 , and so returned [H8799] .
16 H5461 And the rulers H3045 knew [H8804] H1980 not whither I went [H8804] H6213 , or what I did [H8802] H3651 ; neither had I as yet H5046 told [H8689] H3064 it to the Jews H3548 , nor to the priests H2715 , nor to the nobles H5461 , nor to the rulers H3499 , nor to the rest H6213 that did [H8802] H4399 the work.
17 H559 Then said [H8799] H7200 I unto them, Ye see [H8802] H7451 the distress H3389 that we are in, how Jerusalem H2720 lieth waste H8179 , and the gates H3341 thereof are burned [H8738] H784 with fire H3212 : come [H8798] H1129 , and let us build up [H8799] H2346 the wall H3389 of Jerusalem H2781 , that we be no more a reproach.
18 H5046 Then I told [H8686] H3027 them of the hand H430 of my God H2896 which was good H4428 upon me; as also the king's H1697 words H559 that he had spoken [H8804] H559 unto me. And they said [H8799] H6965 , Let us rise up [H8799] H1129 and build [H8804] H2388 . So they strengthened [H8762] H3027 their hands H2896 for this good work .
19 H5571 But when Sanballat H2772 the Horonite H2900 , and Tobiah H5650 the servant H5984 , the Ammonite H1654 , and Geshem H6163 the Arabian H8085 , heard [H8799] H3932 it, they laughed us to scorn [H8686] H959 , and despised [H8799] H559 us, and said [H8799] H1697 , What is this thing H6213 that ye do [H8802] H4775 ? will ye rebel [H8802] H4428 against the king?
20 H7725 Then answered [H8686] H1697 H559 I them, and said [H8799] H430 unto them, The God H8064 of heaven H6743 , he will prosper [H8686] H5650 us; therefore we his servants H6965 will arise [H8799] H1129 and build [H8804] H2506 : but ye have no portion H6666 , nor right H2146 , nor memorial H3389 , in Jerusalem.