Detailed outline of the Book of Nehemiah - First and Second Administration

  1. Nehemiah’s First Administration (chs. 1–12)
    1. Nehemiah’s Response to the Situation in Jerusalem (ch. 1)
      1. News of the plight of Jerusalem (1:1–4)
      2. Nehemiah’s prayer (1:5–11)
    2. Nehemiah’s Journey to Jerusalem (2:1–10)
      1. The king’s permission (2:1–8)
      2. The journey itself (2:9–10)
    3. Nehemiah’s First Actions upon Arrival (2:11–20)
      1. His nocturnal inspection of the walls (2:11–16)
      2. His exhortation to rebuild (2:17–18)
      3. His response to opposition (2:19–20)
    4. List of the Builders of the Wall (ch. 3)
      1. The northern section (3:1–7)
      2. The western section (3:8–13)
      3. The southern section (3:14)
      4. The eastern section (3:15–32)
    5. Opposition to Rebuilding the Wall (ch. 4)
      1. The derision of Sanballat and Tobiah (4:1–5)
      2. The threat of attack (4:6–15)
      3. Rebuilding the wall (4:16–23)
    6. Social and Economic Problems (ch. 5)
      1. The complaints of the poor (5:1–5)
      2. The cancellation of debts (5:6–13)
      3. Nehemiah’s unselfish example (5:14–19)
    7. The Wall Rebuilt Despite Opposition (ch. 6)
      1. Attempts to snare Nehemiah (6:1–9)
      2. The hiring of false prophets (6:10–14)
      3. The completion of the wall (6:15–19)
    8. List of Exiles (7:1–73a)
      1. Provisions for the protection of Jerusalem (7:1–3)
      2. Nehemiah’s discovery of the list of returnees (7:4–5)
      3. The returnees delineated (7:6–72)
      4. Settlement of the exiles (7:73a)
    9. Ezra’s Preaching and the Outbreak of Revival (7:73b—10:39)
      1. The public exposition of the Scriptures (7:73b—8:12)
      2. The Feast of Tabernacles (8:13–18)
      3. A day of fasting, confession and prayer (9:1–5a)
      4. A recital of God’s dealings with Israel (9:5b–31)
      5. Confession of sins (9:32–37)
      6. A binding agreement (9:38)
      7. A list of those who sealed it (10:1–29)
      8. Provisions of the agreement (10:30–39)
    10. New Residents of Judah and Jerusalem (ch. 11)
      1. New residents for Jerusalem (11:1–24)
        1. Introductory remarks (11:1–4a)
        2. Residents from Judah (11:4b–6)
        3. From Benjamin (11:7–9)
        4. From the priests (11:10–14)
        5. From the Levites (11:15–18)
        6. From the temple staff (11:19–24)
      2. New residents for Judah (11:25–36)
        1. Places settled by those from Judah (11:25–30)
        2. Places settled by those from Benjamin (11:31–35)
        3. Transfer of Levites from Judah to Benjamin (11:36)
    11. Lists of Priests and the Dedication of the Wall (ch. 12)
      1. Priests and Levites from the first return (12:1–9)
      2. High priests and Levites since Joiakim (12:10–26)
      3. Dedication of the wall of Jerusalem (12:27–43)
      4. Regulation of the temple offerings and services (12:44–47)
  2. Nehemiah’s Second Administration (ch. 13)
    1. Abuses during His Absence (13:1–5)
      1. Mixed marriages (13:1–3)
      2. Tobiah’s occupation of the temple quarters (13:4–5)
    2. Nehemiah’s Return (13:6–9)
      1. His arrival (13:6–7)
      2. His expulsion of Tobiah (13:8–9)
    3. Reorganization and Reforms (13:10–31)
      1. Offerings for the temple staff (13:10–14)
      2. Abuse of the Sabbath (13:15–22)
      3. Mixed marriages (13:23–29)
      4. Provisions of wood and firstfruits (13:30–31)
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