In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper; build the walls of Jerusalem.
You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her-- the appointed time has come.
For Your servants take delight in its stones and favor its dust.
Then the nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth Your glory,
for the LORD will rebuild Zion; He will appear in His glory.
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.
The city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and no houses had been built yet.
What answer will be given to the messengers from that nation? The LORD has founded Zion, and His afflicted people find refuge in her.
Do not give Him rest until He establishes and makes her Jerusalem the praise of the earth.
Again I will build you so that you will be rebuilt, Virgin Israel. You will take up your tambourines again and go forth in joyful dancing.
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.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.
to hear a prisoner's groaning, to set free those condemned to die,
so that they might declare the name of the LORD in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem,
when peoples and kingdoms are assembled to serve the LORD.
then He will restore your fortunes, have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.
The whole combined assembly numbered 42,360
not including their 7,337 male and female slaves, and their 200 male and female singers.
These are the family leaders and the genealogical records of those who returned with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:
Gershom, from Phinehas's descendants; Daniel, from Ithamar's descendants; Hattush, from David's descendants,
who was of Shecaniah's descendants; Zechariah, from Parosh's descendants, and 150 men with him who were registered by genealogy;
Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah from Pahath-moab's descendants, and 200 men with him;
Shecaniah son of Jahaziel from Zattu's descendants, and 300 men with him;
Ebed son of Jonathan from Adin's descendants, and 50 men with him;
Jeshaiah son of Athaliah from Elam's descendants, and 70 men with him;
Zebadiah son of Michael from Shephatiah's descendants, and 80 men with him;
Obadiah son of Jehiel from Joab's descendants, and 218 men with him;
Shelomith son of Josiphiah from Bani's descendants, and 160 men with him;
Zechariah son of Bebai from Bebai's descendants, and 28 men with him;
Johanan son of Hakkatan from Azgad's descendants, and 110 men with him;
these are the last ones, from Adonikam's descendants, and their names are: Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah, and 60 men with them;
Uthai and Zaccur from Bigvai's descendants, and 70 men with them.
On that day the Lord will [extend] His hand a second time to recover-- from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coasts and islands of the west-- the remnant of His people who survive.
He will lift up a banner for the nations and gather the dispersed of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
On that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those lost in the land of Assyria will come, as well as those dispersed in the land of Egypt; and they will worship the LORD at Jerusalem on the holy mountain.
[This is] the declaration of the Lord God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel: "I will gather to them still others besides those already gathered."
I am about to gather them from all the lands where I have banished them in My wrath, rage, and great fury, and I will return them to this place and make them live in safety.
"For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.
I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.
Then you will live in the land that I gave your fathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God.
I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will summon the grain and make it plentiful, and will not bring famine on you.
I will also make the fruit of the trees and the produce of the field plentiful, so that you will no longer experience reproach among the nations on account of famine.
"Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and abominations.
It is not for your sake that I will act"-- the declaration of the Lord God-- "let this be known to you. Be ashamed and humiliated because of your ways, house of Israel!
"This is what the Lord God says: On the day I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the ruins will be rebuilt.
The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of everyone who passes by.
Then they will say: This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate, and destroyed are [now] fortified and inhabited.
Then the nations that remain around you will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken and I will do [it].
"This is what the Lord God says: I will respond to the house of Israel and do this for them: I will multiply them in number like a flock.
So the ruined cities will be filled with a flock of people, just as the flock of sheep for sacrifice is filled in Jerusalem during its appointed festivals. Then they will know that I am the LORD."
tell them: This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land.
I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over all of them. They will no longer be two nations and will no longer be divided into two kingdoms.
They will not defile themselves any more with their idols, their detestable things, and all their transgressions. I will save them from all their apostasies by which they sinned, and I will cleanse them. Then they will be My people, and I will be their God.
My servant David will be king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My ordinances, and keep My statutes and obey them.
"They will live in the land that I gave to My servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They will live in it forever with their children and grandchildren, and My servant David will be their prince forever.
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. I will establish and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary among them forever.
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people.
When My sanctuary is among them forever, the nations will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel."
After a long time you will be summoned. In the last years you will enter a land that has been restored from war and regathered from many peoples to the mountains of Israel, which had long been a ruin. They were brought out from the peoples, and all of them [now] live securely.
When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the countries of their enemies, I will demonstrate My holiness through them in the sight of many nations.
They will know that I am the LORD their God when I regather them to their own land after having exiled them among the nations. I will leave none of them behind.
At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.
For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh,
He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.
[He did this so] that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.
When [Christ] came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God's household,