1:3 They said to me, “The remnant that remains from the exile there in the province are experiencing considerable 1 adversity and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem lies breached, and its gates have been burned down!” 2
2:13 I proceeded through the Valley Gate by night, in the direction of the Well of the Dragons 5 and the Dung Gate, 6 inspecting 7 the walls of Jerusalem that had been breached and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.
2:17 Then I said to them, “You see the problem that we have: Jerusalem is desolate and its gates are burned. Come on! Let’s rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that this reproach will not continue.”
1 tn Heb “great.”
5 tn Or “Well of the Serpents”; or “Well of the Jackals” (cf. ASV, NIV, NLT).
6 tn Or “Rubbish Gate” (so TEV); NASB “Refuse Gate”; NCV “Trash Gate”; CEV “Garbage Gate.”
7 tc For the MT reading שֹׂבֵר (sover, “inspecting”) the LXX erroneously has שֹׁבֵר (shover, “breaking”). However, further destruction of Jerusalem’s walls was obviously not a part of Nehemiah’s purpose.