Nehemiah, The Book of

Nehemiah, The Book of

A book in the OT that relates how Nehemiah, cupbearer to the Persian king, overcomes opposition to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. The book presents a culmination of the story of Israel’s history told in 1 and 2 Chronicles and Ezra.

Outline of Contents

Nehemiah

I. Nehemiah’s commission and first governorship (Neh 1:1-7:73)

A. Nehemiah receives commission from Persian king to rebuild walls of Jerusalem (Neh 1:1-2:8)

B. Initial steps: opposition from non-Jews, secret survey of walls, organization of Jews for rebuilding (Neh 2:9-3:32)

C. Opposition from non-Jews and defensive tactics of Nehemiah (Neh 4:1-23)

D. Nehemiah’s economic reforms among Jews (Neh 5:1-19)

E. Walls completed despite plots against Nehemiah by non-Jews (Neh 6:1-7:3)

F. Concern for repopulating Jerusalem: census of returned exiles (Neh 7:4-73)

II. Religious observances in response to the law (Neh 8:1-10:39)

A. Ezra reads the book of the law to the people (Neh 8:1-12)

B. Resulting celebration of Festival of Tabernacles (Booths)

C. A psalm of distress: public confession of sin (Neh 9:1-37)

D. A new covenant to keep the law and support the Temple (Neh 9:38-10:39)

III. Further organization of the Jewish community (Neh 11:1-13:31)

A. Repopulation: lists of people and officials living in Jerusalem (Neh 11:1-12:26)

B. Dedication of city walls and arrangements for Temple revenues (Neh 2:27-13:31)

C. Nehemiah’s second governorship: reforms in keeping with the law (Neh 13:4-31)

Neh 1:1-7:73

Nehemiah Prays for His People
1The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capital,2one of my ... View more

Neh 1:1-2:8

Nehemiah Prays for His People
1The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capital,2one of my ... View more

Neh 2:9-3:32

9Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent officers of the army and cavalry with me ... View more

Neh 4:1-23

Hostile Plots Thwarted
1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he mocked the Jews.2He said in the prese ... View more

Neh 5:1-19

Nehemiah Deals with Oppression
1Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish kin.2For there were those who said, “With our ... View more

Neh 6:1-7:3

Intrigues of Enemies Foiled
1Now when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall an ... View more

Neh 7:4-73

4The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few and no houses had been built.Lists of the Returned Exiles
5Then my God put it into my mind to as ... View more

Neh 8:1-10:39

1all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had giv ... View more

Neh 8:1-12

1all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had giv ... View more

Neh 9:1-37

National Confession
1Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads ... View more

Neh 9:38-10:39

Those Who Signed the Covenant
38 Because of all this we make a firm agreement in writing, and on that sealed document are inscribed the names of our officials, ... View more

Neh 11:1-13:31

Population of the City Increased
1Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem; and the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in the ... View more

Neh 11:1-12:26

Population of the City Increased
1Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem; and the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in the ... View more

Neh 2:27-13:31

Chapter 3Organization of the Work
1Then the high priest Eliashib set to work with his fellow priests and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set up ... View more

Neh 13:4-31

The Reforms of Nehemiah
4Now before this, the priest Eliashib, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, and who was related to Tobiah,5prepa ... View more

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