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