Uzziah attacked 1 the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod. He built cities in the region of Ashdod and throughout Philistine territory. 2
The whole Babylonian army that came with the captain of the royal guard tore down the walls that surrounded Jerusalem.
After them the men of Tekoa worked on another section, from opposite the great protruding tower to the wall of Ophel.
He showed me this: I saw 1 the sovereign One 2 standing by a tin 3 wall holding tin in his hand.
They burned down the Lord’s temple and tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 1 They burned all its fortified buildings and destroyed all its valuable items.
Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was close by, said, “If even a fox were to climb up on what they are building, it would break down their wall of stones!”
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, 1 they sought out the Levites from all the places they lived 2 to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication joyfully with songs of thanksgiving and songs accompanied by cymbals, harps, and lyres.
I will punish the god Bel in Babylon. I will make him spit out what he has swallowed. The nations will not come streaming to him any longer. Indeed, the walls of Babylon will fall.” 1
ז (Zayin) The Lord 1 rejected 2 his altar and abhorred his temple. 3 He handed over to the enemy 4 her palace walls; the enemy 5 shouted 6 in the Lord’s temple as if it were a feast day. 7
ח (Khet) The Lord was determined to tear down Daughter Zion’s wall. He prepared to knock it down; 1 he did not withdraw his hand from destroying. 2 He made the ramparts and fortified walls lament; together they mourned their ruin. 3
But I (the Lord says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusalem 1 and the source of glory in her midst.’”
When you hear the signal from the ram’s horn, 1 have the whole army give a loud battle cry. 2 Then the city wall will collapse 3 and the warriors should charge straight ahead.” 4
Solomon made an alliance by marriage with Pharaoh, king of Egypt; he married Pharaoh’s daughter. He brought her to the City of David 1 until he could finish building his residence and the temple of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. 2
Here are the details concerning the work crews 1 King Solomon conscripted 2 to build the Lord’s temple, his palace, the terrace, the wall of Jerusalem, 3 and the cities of 4 Hazor, 5 Megiddo, 6 and Gezer.
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.”
Shallun son of Col-Hozeh, head of the district of Mizpah, worked on the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it, put on its roof, and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars. In addition, he rebuilt the wall of the Pool of Siloam, 1 by the royal garden, as far as the steps that go down from the City of David.
Give the signal to attack Babylon’s wall! 1 Bring more guards! 2 Post them all around the city! 3 Put men in ambush! 4 For the Lord will do what he has planned. He will do what he said he would do to the people of Babylon. 5
צ (Tsade) Cry out 1 from your heart 2 to the Lord, 3 O wall of Daughter Zion! 4 Make your tears flow like a river all day and all night long! 5 Do not rest; do not let your tears 6 stop!