Nehemiah 7 – “Defending Jerusalem; The Returnees from Babylon”

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I. Summary
Nehemiah assigns watchmen to guard Jerusalem’s gates. He also recapitulates the families who returned to Judea from Babylon.

II. Photo
Nehemiah defends the city: “I said to them, ‘The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the heat of the day, and before you leave your posts let the doors be closed and barred…’” (v. 3)

III. Important Verses
v. 2: I put Hanani my brother and Hananiah, the captain of the fortress, in charge of Jerusalem, for he was a more trustworthy and God-fearing man than most.
v. 3: I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the heat of the day, and before you leave your posts let the doors be closed and barred. And assign the inhabitants of Jerusalem to watches, each man to his watch, and each in front of his own house.”
v. 5: My God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles, the prefects, and the people, in order to register them by families. I found the genealogical register of those who were the first to come up, and there I found written

IV. Outline
1-3. Nehemiah assigns gatekeepers to gaurd the wall
4-72. A list of the people who came up to Judea

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
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