Ezra 1:5

5Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, a  everyone whose spirit b  God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the  Lord that is in Jerusalem.

Nehemiah 2:4-9

4Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed c  to the God of heaven. 5And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathersgraves, that I may rebuild it.” 6And the king said to me ( d  the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me e  when I had given him a time. 7And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me f  to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, 8and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of g  the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, h  for the good hand of my God was upon me.

Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls

9Then I came to i  the governors of the province Beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen.

Nehemiah 2:17

17Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, j  how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer k  suffer derision.”

Isaiah 51:18-20

18 l  There is none to guide her
among all the sons she has borne;
there is none to take her by the hand
among all the sons she has brought up.
19 m  These two things have happened to you—
who will console you?—
devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
who will comfort you?
Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Masoretic Text how shall I comfort you

20 o  Your sons have fainted;
they lie at the head of every street
like an p  antelope q  in a net;
they are full of the wrath of the  Lord,
the rebuke of your God.

Isaiah 62:5

5For as a young man marries a young woman,
so r  shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so s  shall your God rejoice over you.

Ezekiel 28:24

24“And for the house of Israel t  there shall be no more a brier to prick or u  a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors v  who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord  God.

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