English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio
1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel. 2 And next to him the men of Jericho built. And next to them[a] Zaccur the son of Imri built.
3 The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They laid its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. 4 And next to them Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired. And next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel repaired. And next to them Zadok the son of Baana repaired. 5 And next to them the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.[b]
6 Joiada the son of Paseah and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah repaired the Gate of Yeshanah.[c] They laid its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. 7 And next to them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, the seat of the governor of the province Beyond the River. 8 Next to them Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, repaired. Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. 9 Next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, ruler of half the district of[d] Jerusalem, repaired. 10 Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph repaired opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah repaired. 11 Malchijah the son of Harim and Hasshub the son of Pahath-moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens. 12 Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired, he and his daughters.
13 Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars, and repaired a thousand cubits[e] of the wall, as far as the Dung Gate.
14 Malchijah the son of Rechab, ruler of the district of Beth-haccherem, repaired the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
15 And Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and covered it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And he built the wall of the Pool of Shelah of the king’s garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the city of David. 16 After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, ruler of half the district of Beth-zur, repaired to a point opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool, and as far as the house of the mighty men. 17 After him the Levites repaired: Rehum the son of Bani. Next to him Hashabiah, ruler of half the district of Keilah, repaired for his district. 18 After him their brothers repaired: Bavvai the son of Henadad, ruler of half the district of Keilah. 19 Next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, ruler of Mizpah, repaired another section opposite the ascent to the armory at the buttress.[f] 20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai repaired another section from the buttress to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest. 21 After him Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired another section from the door of the house of Eliashib to the end of the house of Eliashib. 22 After him the priests, the men of the surrounding area, repaired. 23 After them Benjamin and Hasshub repaired opposite their house. After them Azariah the son of Maaseiah, son of Ananiah repaired beside his own house. 24 After him Binnui the son of Henadad repaired another section, from the house of Azariah to the buttress 25 and to the corner. Palal the son of Uzai repaired opposite the buttress and the tower projecting from the upper house of the king at the court of the guard. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh 26 and the temple servants living on Ophel repaired to a point opposite the Water Gate on the east and the projecting tower. 27 After him the Tekoites repaired another section opposite the great projecting tower as far as the wall of Ophel.
28 Above the Horse Gate the priests repaired, each one opposite his own house. 29 After them Zadok the son of Immer repaired opposite his own house. After him Shemaiah the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, repaired. 30 After him Hananiah the son of Shelemiah and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph repaired another section. After him Meshullam the son of Berechiah repaired opposite his chamber. 31 After him Malchijah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired as far as the house of the temple servants and of the merchants, opposite the Muster Gate,[g] and to the upper chamber of the corner. 32 And between the upper chamber of the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and the merchants repaired.
Nehemiah 3:2 Hebrew him
Nehemiah 3:5 Or lords
Nehemiah 3:6 Or of the old city
Nehemiah 3:9 Or foreman of half the portion assigned to; also verses 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Nehemiah 3:13 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
Nehemiah 3:19 Or corner; also verses 20, 24, 25
Nehemiah 3:31 Or Hammiphkad Gate
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This is the Biblical version of this. And it happened in the Second Exodus - we even know the date of the Siege of Jerusalem. 2 Adar (March 16) 597 B.C. From the Babylonian Chronicles photographed below.
These are the slaves who left Babylonian enslavement with all the Temple Tools made by Moses. 3 Babylonian Emperors held the people as slaves and the Temple Tools, yet they were made free. This is a monument built to King Darius explaining he decided to release the slaves and return the Temple Tools..... And to finance re-building the Temple. Only God.
Israel has had 3 Exodus events - one from Egypt (See Impuwer Document in the Netherlands Musuem) and the next from the Babylonian Empire. And in our grandparent's lifetime from the Holocaust. This rebuilding of Israel from complete destruction, regathering exiles from around the globe is a sign of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. No other nation. Only God.
Ishtar Gate - located in Babylon, where the slaves entered and left 60 years later. And 3 Emperors later. Located now in the Berlin Museum.
Arch of Titus in Rome - Mosaic of the Temple Tools taken from the 2nd Temple - minus the Ark of the Covenant that Jeremiah records hiding on Mount Nebo.
Temple Institute, located in Jerusalem today. They've rebuilt the Temple Tools waiting for the 3rd Temple.
The table for the bread
See the size of the Menorahs, these are raised on tables. These were used like we use Street Lights.
Model of the Temple by Alec Gerrard. Notice the Menorah in the model.
These are the people completely privileged to build the Temple
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
Ezekiel wrote these words during the Babylonian enslavement. You would think the people - who were now amazingly free - would have built the Gates to the Temple willingly. No. This work of God had to go through human hum drums and tedium. There was a political tattle tale and religious methods of persuasion. The Governor of Israel had to get permission all around.The people were more interested in themselves before the building for the Lord. It is still an amazing act of God.
What is left of it today?
The Western Wall is prayed at because no other walls are standing - False. All four walls are actually standing. Why specially pray at the Western Wall? The answer is tradition: for long periods of time, this was the only side of the Temple Mount Jews had access to. Even today, the other walls (except for the South Wall, which was recently excavated) are dangerous, because they are in areas hostile to Jews.
The nation of Israel makes the Western Wall open to pilgrims from around the World.
The Western Wall for prayer is the entire western wall - False. The wall continues in both directions - the traditional "Western Wall" site is only a small portion of the actual western wall. The only section of it, is the one Israel has access to.
The Western Wall is a wall of the destroyed Temple - False. The four walls of the Temple Mount are not Temple's walls - they were the surrounding walls of the Temple, the outer walls that separated the Temple from Jerusalem.
According to Nehemiah, The whole assembly of people gathered was 42,360. This work took 52 days. At the culmination -
Nehemiah 81And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel. 2So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
4And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places.
8They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep." For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.
10Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." 11So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved." 12And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
Be with us, Father God, as we have our mustard seed of faith grow to become the largest tree in the garden. Let it be the increase of Your Holy Spirit within us. Help us to do the good works You have prepared in advance for us to do. May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify us through and through. May our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.