The Two Guards, Praying and Watching

July 24, 1890

 The Two Guards, Praying and Watching   “Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.” — Nehemiah iv. 9.   NEHEMIAH, and the Jews with him, were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Sanballat and others were angry with them, and tried to stop the work. They determined …


Witnesses Against You

January 19, 1890

Witnesses Against You   “I set a great assembly against them.”— Nehemiah v. 7.   THE facts are these. At the time when certain of the Jews returned with Nehemiah to Jerusalem, many of them were in very straitened circumstances; and, contrary to the Jewish law, the richer Jews lent them money upon usurious interest, amounting to the hundredth …


Those Who Desire

April 11, 1880

Those Who Desire   “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name.” — Nehemiah i. 11.   NEHEMIAH was earnest in his prayer for the good of his sorrow-stricken nation, but he did not make the mistake …


Ejaculatory Prayer

September 9, 1877

Ejaculatory Prayer   “So I prayed to the God of heaven.”— Nehemiah ii. 4.   As we have already seen in the reading of the Scripture, Nehemiah had made enquiry as to the state of the city of Jerusalem, and the tidings he heard caused him bitter grief. “Why should not my countenance be sad,” he said, “when the …


A God Ready to Pardon

January 9, 1876

A God Ready to Pardon   Thou art a God ready to pardon."—Nehemiah 9:17.   When a man's conscience is so awakened to the existence of sin that he cannot perceive any plea for mercy within himself, it is his wisdom to look for a plea in the nature and character of God. Now, brethren, if we search ourselves …



January 1, 1874

Rubbish   “There is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.” — Nehemiah, iv. 10.   REMEMBER that Jerusalem had been totally destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; and what destruction by the Babylonians meant may be inferred from the vast heaps of the dust of powdered bricks and charred wood which have been discovered upon the …


The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People

December 31, 1871

The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People   "The joy of the Lord is your strength."—Nehemiah 8:10. "And the singers sang aloud, with Jezrahiah their overseer. Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy …


King’s Gardens

December 29, 1867

King's Gardens “The king's garden.” — Nehemiah 3:15. THERE have been many very famous king’s gardens, such as those “hanging gardens” in Nineveh, wherein Sardanapalus delighted himself, and that remarkable garden of Cyrus, in which he took such great interest, because, as he said, every tree and every plant in it had been both planted and tended …