While matters were being conducted so well by Ezra and his friends, and their great care was for the house of God, the Lord was mindful of them, and found them a friend at court, who speedily came to Jerusalem with reinforcements, and, what was best of all, with permission from the Persian king to build the walls of Jerusalem, for the city had remained unfortified all these long years. We shall now read the story of Nehemiah.
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
A grand court dignitary, cupbearer to the king.
Great good came of this pious conversation. It is well when good men talk of good things.
See the providence which called him to do his office just at this time.
This was well done. Silent prayer works wonders, and wastes no time.
He was highly esteemed, and the king was loth to part with him.
So that he came as governor in due state.
Enemies always come forward when good is to be done. We must reckon on this, and we shall not then be troubled about it.
Nehemiah 2:12, 13
This night survey was wise. Plans are best kept secret till they are matured We must serve the Lord prudently as well as zealously. Lord, teach us how to do this.