- Chapter 1
Nehemiah mourns, fasts, and prays for the Jews in Jerusalem.
- Chapter 2
Artaxerxes sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem—Sanballat and others oppose Nehemiah in rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem.
- Chapter 3
The names and order of those who help to build the walls and gates of Jerusalem are listed.
- Chapter 4
The Jews’ enemies seek to prevent them from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem—Nehemiah arms the laborers and keeps the work progressing.
- Chapter 5
Many Jews are in bondage to their fellow Jews—At Nehemiah’s direction they are freed, their lands are restored, and the taking of usury is discontinued.
- Chapter 6
Sanballat engages in intrigue against Nehemiah and the building of the wall—The Jews finish the construction of the wall.
- Chapter 7
Provision is made to protect Jerusalem—The genealogy is given of the Jews who returned from Babylon—Priests without genealogical records are denied the priesthood.
- Chapter 8
Ezra reads and interprets the law of Moses to the people—They keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
- Chapter 9
The Jews fast and confess their sins—The Levites bless and praise the Lord and recite His goodness toward Israel.
- Chapter 10
The people covenant not to marry outside of Israel—They also covenant to honor the Sabbath, to pay tithes, and to keep the commandments.
- Chapter 11
The people and their overseers are elected by lot to dwell in Jerusalem and the other cities.
- Chapter 12
The priests and Levites who came up from Babylon are named—The walls of Jerusalem are dedicated—The offices of priests and Levites are appointed in the temple.
- Chapter 13
The Ammonites and Moabites are denied a place in the congregation of God—Tobiah is ejected from his dwelling place in the temple—Nehemiah corrects abuses and reinstitutes Sabbath observance—Some Jews are rebuked for marrying non-Israelite women and defiling the priesthood.