But the high places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on the high places. He built the Upper Gate to the Lord’s temple.
David was thirsty and said, “How I wish someone would give me some water to drink 1 from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate!”
The lot for the east gate went to Shelemiah. 1 They then cast lots for his son Zechariah, a wise adviser, and the lot for the north gate went to him.
He made upper Beth Horon and lower Beth Horon fortified cities with walls and barred gates, 1
Another third of you will be stationed at the royal palace and still another third at the Foundation Gate. All the others 1 will stand in the courtyards of the Lord’s temple.
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
I continued up the valley during the night, inspecting the wall. Then I turned back and came to the Valley Gate, and so returned.
The sons of Hassenaah rebuilt the Fish Gate. They laid its beams and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah worked on the Jeshanah Gate. 1 They laid its beams and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
Malkijah son of Recab, head of the district of Beth Hakkerem, worked on the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
and the temple servants who were living on Ophel worked 1 up to the area opposite the Water Gate toward the east and the protruding tower.
After them Zadok son of Immer worked opposite his house, and after him Shemaiah son of Shecaniah, guard at the East Gate, worked.
After him Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, worked as far as the house of the temple servants and the traders, opposite the Inspection Gate, 1 and up to the room above the corner.
Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers who were guarding the storerooms at the gates.
I brought the leaders of Judah up on top of the wall, and I appointed two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed 1 on the top of the wall southward toward the Dung Gate.
Then the servants of the king who were at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you violating the king’s commandment?”
Then Mordecai again sat at the king’s gate, while Haman hurried away to his home, mournful and with a veil over his head.
Your gates will remain open at all times; they will not be shut during the day or at night, so that the wealth of nations may be delivered, with their kings leading the way. 1