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So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I didn’t tell anyone what my God put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There wasn’t any animal with me, except the animal that I rode on.

I went out by night by the valley gate, even toward the jackal’s well,

then to the dung gate, and inspected the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and its gates were consumed with fire.

Then I went on to the spring gate and to the king’s pool,

but there was no place for the animal that was under me to pass.

Then I went up in the night by the brook, and inspected the wall; and I turned back, and entered by the valley gate, and so returned. The rulers didn’t know where I went, or what I did. I had not as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest who did the work.

Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come, let’s build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we won’t be disgraced.”