NASB — Nehemiah 4 — KJV

Work Is Ridiculed

1 INow it came about that when aSanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. 2 He spoke in the presence of his brothers and athe Iwealthy [men] of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore [it] for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the IIbdusty rubble even the burned ones?” 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite [was] near him and he said, “Even what they are buildingaif a fox should Ijump on [it], he would break their stone wall down!”

[1] ICh 3:33 in Heb aNe 2:10
[2] IOr army IILit heaps of dust aEzr 4:9, 10 bNe 4:10
[3] ILit go up aLm 5:18

4aHear, O our God, how we are despised! bReturn their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not Iaforgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have IIdemoralized the builders.

[4] aPs 123:3, 4 bPs 79:12
[5] ILit cover IILit offended against aPs 69:27, 28; Jr 18:23

6 ¶ So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its [height], for the people had a Imind to work.

[6] ILit heart

7INow when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the IIrepair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, [and] that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. 8 All of them aconspired together to come [and] fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.

[7] ICh 4:1 in Heb IILit healing
[8] aPs 83:3

Discouragement Overcome

9 But we prayed to our God, and because of them we aset up a guard against them day and night.

[9] aNe 4:11

10 ¶ Thus Iin Judah it was said,
  “The strength of the burden bearers is failing,
  Yet there is much IIrubbish;
  And we ourselves are unable
  To rebuild the wall.”
11 Our enemies said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work.” 12 When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, “IThey will come up against us from every place where you may turn,” 13 then I stationed [men] in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the Iexposed places, and I astationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows. 14 When I saw [their fear], I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “aDo not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and bfight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”

[10] ILit Judah said IILit dust
[12] ISo Gr; Heb omits they...up
[13] ILit bare aNe 4:17, 18
[14] aNu 14:9; Dt 1:29, 30 b2S 10:12

15 ¶ When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that aGod had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work. 16 From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains [were] behind the whole house of Judah. 17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took [their] load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. 18 As for the builders, each [wore] his sword girded at his side as he built, while Ithe trumpeter [stood] near me. 19 I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another. 20 At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, Irally to us there. aOur God will fight for us.”

[15] a2S 17:14
[18] ILit he who sounded the trumpet
[20] ILit assemble yourselves aEx 14:14; Dt 1:30

21 ¶ So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from Idawn until the stars IIappeared. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Let each man with his servant spend the night within Jerusalem so that they may be a guard for us by night and a laborer by day.” 23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each [took] his weapon [even to] the water.

[21] ILit rising of the dawn IILit came out


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While the enemies scoff, Nehemiah prayeth and continueth the work.

1 ¶ But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite [was] by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. 4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked [thee] to anger before the builders. 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

[1] Ezr 4:1; Ne 2:10, 19; Ps 35:15; 44:13; Mt 27:29; Ac 5:17; He 11:36.
[2] 1S 14:11; 17:43; Ezr 4:9; Ne 4:10; 12:27, 43; Ezk 37:3; Hab 3:2; Zc 12:8; 1Co 1:27.
[3] 1K 20:10, 18; 2K 18:23; Ne 2:10, 19; 6:1.
[4] 1S 17:26; Ps 79:12; 123:3; Pv 3:34; Ho 12:14.
[5] Ps 51:1, 9; 59:5; 69:27; 109:14; Is 36:11; 43:25; 44:22; Jr 18:23; 2Ti 4:14.
[6] 1Ch 29:3, 14, 17; 2Ch 29:36; Ne 6:15; Ps 110:3; 2Co 8:16; Php 2:13; He 13:21.

Understanding the wrath and secrets of the enemy, he setteth a watch.

7 ¶ But it came to pass, [that] when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, 8 And conspired all of them together to come [and] to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. 10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and [there is] much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. 11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease. 12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us [they will be upon you].

[7] Gn 3:15; Jg 10:7; 11:12; 1S 5:1; 11:2; 2S 10:1; 2K 24:2; 2Ch 20:1; 26:6; Ezr 4:4; 5:8; Ne 2:10, 19; 4:1; 13:23; Jr 25:20; Ezk 25:3; Am 1:8, 13; 3:9; Zc 9:5; Ac 4:17; 5:33; Rv 12:12, 17.
[8] Ps 2:1; 83:3; Is 8:9; Jr 20:10; Ac 23:12.
[9] Gn 32:9, 28; 2K 19:14; Ne 4:11; Ps 50:15; 55:16; Mt 26:41; Lk 6:11; 21:36; Ac 4:24; 1P 5:8.
[10] Nu 13:31; 32:9; 2Ch 2:18; Ps 11:1; Ezk 29:18; Hg 1:2.
[11] Jg 20:29; 2S 17:2; Ps 56:6; Is 47:11; Ac 23:12, 21; 1Th 5:2.
[12] Gn 31:7, 41; Nu 14:22; Jb 19:3.

He armeth the labourers,

13 ¶ Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, [and] on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, [which is] great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. 15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. 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, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers [were] behind all the house of Judah. 17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, [every one] with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other [hand] held a weapon. 18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and [so] builded. And he that sounded the trumpet [was] by me.

[13] Gn 32:13; 2Ch 32:2; Ne 4:17; Ps 112:5; So 3:7; Mt 10:16; 1Co 14:20; Ep 6:11.
[14] Nu 14:9; Dt 1:21, 29; 10:17; 20:3; Jsh 1:9; 2S 10:12; 2Ch 20:15; 32:7; Ne 1:5; Jb 37:22; Ps 20:7; 27:1; 46:11; 65:5; 66:3, 5; 77:10; 143:5; Is 41:10; 51:12; 63:11; 64:1; Na 1:2; Mt 10:28; He 12:20, 28; 13:6.
[15] 2S 15:31; 17:14; Jb 5:12; Ps 33:10; Pv 21:30; Is 8:10; 44:25; Lm 3:37; Mk 13:34; Ro 12:11; 1Co 3:19; 1Th 4:11.
[16] Ne 4:23; 5:15; Ps 101:6.
[17] Ne 4:10; Dn 9:25; 1Co 9:12; 16:9, 13; 2Co 6:7; Ep 6:11; Php 1:28; 2Ti 2:3; 4:7.
[18] Nu 10:9; 2Ch 13:12.

and giveth military precepts.

19 ¶ And I said unto 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 In what place [therefore] ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. 21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. 22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day. 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, [saving that] every one put them off for washing.

[20] Ex 14:14, 25; Dt 1:30; 3:22; 20:4; Jsh 23:10; Zc 14:3.
[21] 1Co 15:10, 58; Ga 6:9; Col 1:29.
[22] Ne 11:1.
[23] Jg 5:11; 9:48; Ne 5:16; 7:2; 1Co 15:10.


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