|Nehemiah 4 |
1 But it came to pass that when Sanballat heard that we had built the wall, he was angry, becam vergy indignant, and ridiculed the Jews.
2 He spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, and said, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Do they think they can restore the fortifications themselves? Are they going to make sacrifices? Will they be finished in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish that have been burned?
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was next to him, and he said, "Whatever they build, if a fox were to go up on it, he would even break down their stone wall."
4 "Hear, O our God for we are despised; and turn their ridicule upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity.
5 Do not cover their iniquity and do not let their sin be blotted out from your sight for they have provoked you to anger before the builders."
6 So we rebuilt the wall; and all the wall was joined together to be half completed for the people had a mind to work.
7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were built up, and that the breaches began to be filled, then they became very angry,
8 All of them conspired together to come to fight against Jerusalem and stop the work.
9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God; and because of them, we set a watch against them day and night.
10 And Judah said, "The strength of the bearers of burdens has decayed, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.
11 And our adversaries said, "They shall not know, neither will they see us until we come in the midst among them and slay them to cause the work to cease."
12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews who dwelled by them came, they said to us ten times, "The will come against us from wherever you may turn."
13 Therefore I set men in the lower places behind the wall, and on its higher places; I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
14 And I looked, rose up, and said to the nobles, to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them; remember the LORD, who is great and terrible, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we all returned to his work on the wall, all of us.
16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, the bows, and the coats of mail; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
17 They who built on the wall and those who bore burdens, were loaded so that everyone had one of his hands doing the work, while the other hand held a weapon.
18 For the builders all had a sword girded by their sides, and so they built. H who t sounded the trumpet stood by me.
19 And I said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, "The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
20 Therefore whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet coming from, quickly assemble there with us; our God shall fight for us.
21 So we labored in the work; and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.
22 Likewise at the same time said I to the people, "Let everyone with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a [fellow] guard to us, and labor [with us] in the day."
23 So neither I, nor my brothers, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me — none of us put off our clothes, except that everyone put them off for washing.
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