Nehemiah is a an official in the court of King Artaxerxes of Persia. In 445 BC, he travels to Jerusalem, overcomes opposition, and rebuilds the walls of the city.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 1112, 13

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, MemorizeThree Returns, Fasting



The book is named for its author.


Most people agree that Nehemiah authored this book. Much of it is a first-person account of the circumstances surrounding his return to Jerusalem.

Nehemiah was probably born in Persia sometime during or soon after Zerubbabel’s ministry in Jerusalem. But we know almost nothing about his childhood, youth, or family background.

Nehemiah had risen to a position of prominence. He served King Artaxerxes as his personal cupbearer.


Nehemiah probably wrote this book soon after all its events were completed. If so, that means the book was written around 430 BC or shortly thereafter.


The LORD God had promised Israel that if they obeyed him, he would bless them as a nation. But if they did not obey him, he would cause them to be taken into captivity.

In the ensuing centuries, the kings did not obey the LORD God. Their lives were characterized by immoral behavior and idolatry. They led the way into ever-increasing evil.

Consequently, the Northern Kingdom fell to the Assyrian Empire in 722 BC. And the Southern Kingdom fell to the Babylonian Empire in 586 BC.

The people of the Southern Kingdom remained intact during their exile in Babylon. After the Babylonian Empire was defeated by the Medes and Persians in 539 BC, many Jewish people were permitted to return to their homeland.

In 444 BC, Nehemiah returned. The LORD God used Nehemiah to guide Judah in rebuilding the city’s walls and in reordering the people’s social and economic lives.

What he accomplished in a brief period of time was an incredible feat.



Restoration of the walls

Nehemiah 1:1-11. Nehemiah’s heart for Jerusalem

Nehemiah 2:1-10. Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem

Nehemiah 2:11-20. Nehemiah surveys the walls

Nehemiah 3:1-32. The work begins

Nehemiah 4:1-23. Troublemakers slow them down

Nehemiah 5:1-13. Wealthy believers were oppressing the poor

Nehemiah 5:14-19. Nehemiah rebukes the rich people

Nehemiah 6:1-14. Nehemiah says NO to troublemakers

Nehemiah 6:15-19. Nehemiah completes the wall

Restoration of the temple

Nehemiah 7:1-3. The security of the city

Nehemiah 7:4-73. Nehemiah registers the people

Nehemiah 8:1-9. Ezra reads the Law

Nehemiah 8:10-12. The joy of the LORD is your strength

Nehemiah 8:13-18. They celebrate the Feast of Booths

Nehemiah 9:1-3. The people read the Bible

Nehemiah 9:4-38. There is a nationwide revival

Nehemiah 10:1-39. They take an oath to obey the Torah

Nehemiah 11:1-24. The people who resettle Jerusalem

Nehemiah 11:25-36. The people who resettle Judah and Benjamin

Nehemiah 12:1-26. Nehemiah lists the priests and Levites

Nehemiah 12:27-42. They dedicate the wall

Nehemiah 12:43. They have great joy

Nehemiah 12:44-47. They give money to the temple

Nehemiah 13:1-31. The final reforms of Nehemiah



Nehemiah 6:3. I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I can’t come down. Why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you?”

Nehemiah 8:10b. Don’t be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Nehemiah 12:43. They offered great sacrifices that day, and rejoiced; for God had made them rejoice with great joy; and the women and the children also rejoiced; so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even far away.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible



CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 1112, 13

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, MemorizeThree Returns, Fasting

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