The rebuilding of Jerusalem (Jer 31:38-31:40)

“Says Yahweh.

‘The days are coming,

When the city

Shall be rebuilt

For Yahweh,

From the tower

Of Hananel

To the Corner Gate.

The measuring line

Shall go out farther,

Straight to the hill Gareb.

It shall then turn

To Goah.

The whole valley

Of the dead bodies

With the ashes,

As well as all the fields

As far as the Wadi Kidron,

To the corner

Of the Horse Gate

Toward the east,

Shall be sacred to Yahweh.

It shall never again

Be uprooted,

Be overthrown.”

Yahweh simply says that the city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt at some future time. It will be rebuilt from the northeastern Tower of Hananel to the northwestern side at the Corner Gate.   The southeast will be Gareb hill with Goah on the southwest. Both these places are only mentioned here and may have been where the lepers lived outside the walls of Jerusalem. The southeast corner would be the Horse Gate. Jerusalem will extend out to the valley of the unclean dead in Hinnom and eastward to the Wadi Kidron. Never again will it be uprooted or overthrown, that is until the Romans in 70 CE.

King Uzziah the builder and farmer (2 Chr 26:9-26:10)

“Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the Angle Gate. He fortified them. He built towers in the wilderness. He hewed out many cisterns. He had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain. He had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands. He loved the soil.”

King Uzziah rebuilt the walls and towers around Jerusalem after the previous wars had ruined them, especially at the Corner Gate, the Valley Gate, and the Angle Gate. He built towers and cisterns in the desert wilderness. He developed great herds. He had farmers work in the vineyards and the fertile ground, both in the low lands (Shephelah) and the plains. He was a great lover of the soil, a true farmer.