So we rebuilt the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height. 1 The people were enthusiastic in their work. 2
So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in just fifty-two days.
You counted the houses in Jerusalem, 1 and demolished houses so you could have material to reinforce the wall. 2
Then Rahab 1 let them down by a rope 2 through the window. (Her 3 house was built as part of the city wall; she lived in the wall.) 4
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had positioned the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
When the priests and Levites had purified themselves, they purified the people, the gates, and the wall.
Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman throw an upper millstone 1 down on him from the wall so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go so close to the wall?’ just say to him, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.’”
Hezekiah 1 energetically rebuilt 2 every broken wall. He erected towers and an outer wall, 3 and fortified the terrace of the City of David. 4 He made many weapons and shields.
Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall and some of the king’s soldiers 1 died. Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.”
They called out loudly in the Judahite dialect to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, trying to scare and terrify them so they could seize the city.
(3:33) 1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall he became angry and was quite upset. He derided the Jews,
I gave myself to the work on this wall, without even purchasing 1 a field. All my associates were gathered there for the work.
The second choir was proceeding 1 in the opposite direction. I followed them, along with half the people, on top of the wall, past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall,
The rams’ horns sounded 1 and when the army 2 heard the signal, 3 they gave a loud battle cry. 4 The wall collapsed 5 and the warriors charged straight ahead into the city and captured it. 6
if the king becomes angry and asks you, ‘Why did you go so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you realize they would shoot from the wall?
Now David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, 1 and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate at the wall. When he looked, he saw a man running by himself.
So Joab’s men 1 came and laid siege against him in Abel of Beth Maacah. They prepared a siege ramp outside the city which stood against its outer rampart. As all of Joab’s soldiers were trying to break through 2 the wall so that it would collapse,
The remaining 27,000 ran to Aphek and went into the city, but the wall fell on them. 1 Now Ben Hadad ran into the city and hid in an inner room. 2
Uzziel son of Harhaiah, a member of the goldsmiths’ guild, worked on the section adjacent to him. Hananiah, a member of the perfumers’ guild, worked on the section adjacent to him. They plastered 1 the city wall of Jerusalem 2 as far as the Broad Wall.
It so happened that when our adversaries heard that we were aware of these matters, 1 God frustrated their intentions. Then all of us returned to the wall, each to his own work.