¶ Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests,
and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors
of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of
2 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.
3 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
.4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baana.
- Eliashib He set a good example but
would later profane the temple through his relationship to Tobiah ne1304,5.
Eliashib was grandson of Jeshua who had returned to Babylon with Zerubbabel
much earlier ez0202,
1 - Sheep gate At eastern end of the north wall and at the limit of the temple compound. It may have been at the location of the sheep market in the time of Christ. jn0502. It was apparently north of the temple where a dotted line crosses the wall line on a Jerusalem map.
3 - Fish gate On the same map.
3 - Locks From manulim. Maybe metal items. The Hebrew is obscure.
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their
necks to the work of their Lord.
6 Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
.7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor on this side the river.
8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall.
- Old gate A good translation although
some translators assume a textual error.
7 - Gibeon ... Mizpah NW of Jerusalem. See map.
8 - Goldsmiths ... apothecaries These people with specialized skills were apparently not listed with the wall builders.
8 - Fortified ... broad wall "or, 'double wall,' extending from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits in length, formerly broken down by Joash, king of Israel [2Ch 25:23], but afterwards rebuilt by Uzziah [2Ch 26:9], who made it so strong that the Chaldeans, finding it difficult to demolish, had left it standing." (JFB).
| 9 And next unto them
repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem.
10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah.
11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.
12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.
- Half part The city had not been divided
this way. The emphasis is on one of two parts.
11 - Furnaces Or "Ovens" (RSV)
12 - Daughters Or "villages" as translated ne1125-31. Or the women may have worked or paid for part of the work.
| 13 The valley gate repaired
Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors
thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits
on the wall unto the dung gate.
14 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
.15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David.
|15 - Part of Mizpah This would be the area, not the city v19. See on v7.|
After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part
of Bethzur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and to
the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.
17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part.
18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.
19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the turning of the wall.
20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.
.21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib.
22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.
| 19 -
going up or "ascent) (NKJV)
19 - Turning of the wall Or "angle" (Darby) or "buttress" (NKJV).
| 23 After him repaired
Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah
the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house.
24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the corner.
25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall, and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh.
|23 - Azariah He had shared with Nehemiah the reading of the law ne0807. He had also signed Nehemiah's covenant ne1002 and helped dedicate the restored wall ne1233.|
Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the
water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out.
27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.
28 From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house.
29 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate.
30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against his chamber.
31 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.
32 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.
|26 - Nethinims Temple servants. For example 1ch0902, ezr0243, ez0258.|