He breaks through against me, time and time again; 1 he rushes 2 against me like a warrior.
They come in as through a wide breach; amid the crash 1 they come rolling in. 2
You made the earth quake; you split it open. 1 Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall. 2
The people regretted what had happened to 1 Benjamin because the Lord had weakened 2 the Israelite tribes.
You saw the many breaks in the walls of the city of David; 1 you stored up water in the lower pool.
But then he drew back his hand, and his brother came out before him. 1 She said, “How you have broken out of the womb!” 2 So he was named Perez. 3
He threatened 1 to destroy them, but 2 Moses, his chosen one, interceded with him 3 and turned back his destructive anger. 4
He will cover you with the dust kicked up by his many horses. 1 Your walls will shake from the noise of the horsemen, wheels, and chariots when he enters your gates like those who invade through a city’s broken walls. 2
(4:1) 1 When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the people of Ashdod heard that the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem 2 had moved ahead and that the breaches had begun to be closed, they were very angry.
Each of you will go straight through the gaps in the walls; 1 you will be thrown out 2 toward Harmon.” 3 The Lord is speaking!
“In that day I will rebuild the collapsing hut 1 of David. I will seal its 2 gaps, repair its 3 ruins, and restore it to what it was like in days gone by. 4
It lasted until the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year. 1 On that day they broke through the city walls.
Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; 1 you will reestablish the ancient foundations. You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls, the one who makes the streets inhabitable again.’ 2
This is what prompted him to rebel against the king: 1 Solomon built a terrace and he closed up a gap in the wall of the city of his father David. 2
So this sin will become your downfall. You will be like a high wall that bulges and cracks and is ready to collapse; it crumbles suddenly, in a flash. 1
You have not gone up in the breaks in the wall, nor repaired a wall for the house of Israel that it would stand strong in the battle on the day of the Lord.
When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and no breach remained in it (even though up to that time I had not positioned doors in the gates),
The priests agreed 1 not to collect silver from the people and relieved themselves of personal responsibility for the temple repairs. 2
Indeed, look! The Lord is giving the command. 1 He will smash the large house to bits, and the small house into little pieces.
Our cattle will be weighted down with produce. 1 No one will break through our walls, no one will be taken captive, and there will be no terrified cries in our city squares. 2