Mount Zion is glad. The towns of Judah rejoice because of Your judgments.
Go around Zion, encircle it; count its towers,
note its ramparts; tour its citadels so that you can tell a future generation:
"This God, our God forever and ever-- He will lead us eternally."
In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper; build the walls of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem-- the mountains surround her. And the LORD surrounds His people, both now and forever.
Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and installed its doors. [After building the wall] to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they dedicated it.
The men of Jericho built next to Eliashib, and next to them Zaccur son of Imri built.
The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They built it with beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.
Next to them Meremoth son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz, made repairs. Beside them Meshullam son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok son of Baana made repairs.
Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.
Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah repaired the Old Gate. They built it with beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.
Next to them Melatiah the Gibeonite, Jadon the Meronothite, and the men of Gibeon and Mizpah, who were under the authority of the governor of the region west of the Euphrates River.
After him Uzziel son of Harhaiah, the goldsmith, made repairs, and next to him Hananiah son of the perfumer made repairs. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
Next to them Rephaiah son of Hur, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs.
After them Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs across from his house. Next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah made repairs.
Malchijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-moab made repairs to another section, as well as to the Tower of the Ovens.
Beside him Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs-- he and his daughters.
Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and installed its doors, bolts, and bars, and repaired 500 yards of the wall to the Dung Gate.
Malchijah son of Rechab, ruler over the district of Beth-haccherem, repaired the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.
Shallun son of Col-hozeh, ruler over the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and roofed it. Then he installed its doors, bolts, and bars. He also made repairs to the wall of the Pool of Shelah near the king's garden, as far as the stairs that descend from the city of David.
After him Nehemiah son of Azbuk, ruler over half the district of Beth-zur, made repairs up to [a point] opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.
When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and that no gap was left in it-- though at that time I had not installed the doors in the gates--
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had the doors installed, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.
After the priests and Levites had purified themselves, they purified the people, the gates, and the wall.
The LORD determined to destroy the wall of Daughter Zion. He stretched out a measuring line and did not restrain Himself from destroying. He made the ramparts and walls grieve; together they waste away.
Zion's gates have fallen to the ground; He has destroyed and shattered the bars on her [gates]. Her king and her leaders [live] among the nations, instruction is no more, and even her prophets receive no vision from the LORD.
The kings of the earth and all the world's inhabitants did not believe that an enemy or adversary could enter Jerusalem's gates.
Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince will be seven weeks and 62 weeks. It will be rebuilt with a plaza and a moat, but in difficult times.
May the LORD add to [your numbers], both yours and your children's.
May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons, like young olive trees around your table.
In this very way the man who fears the LORD will be blessed.
May the LORD bless you from Zion, so that you will see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life,
and will see your children's children! Peace be with Israel.
Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters, like corner pillars that are carved in the palace style.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring.
They will sprout among the grass like poplars by the streambeds.
This one will say: I am the LORD's; another will call [himself] by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand: The LORD's, and name [himself] by the name of Israel."
Thanksgiving will come out of them, a sound of celebration. I will multiply them, and they will not decrease; I will honor them, and they will not be insignificant.
His children will be as in past days; his congregation will be established in My presence. I will punish all his oppressors.
The LORD says this: "I will return to Zion and live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, the mountain of the LORD of Hosts, and the Holy Mountain."
The LORD of Hosts says this: "Old men and women will again sit along the streets of Jerusalem, each with a staff in hand because of advanced age.
The streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in them."
saying, "If you knew this day what [would bring] peace-- but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side.
They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."