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Nehemiah 4

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1 When Sanballat heard that we were building a wall, he became angry and was very annoyed and mocked the Jews;
2 and he spoke with his brothers and with the Samaria military people, and said: what do these miserable Jews do? will they be allowed to do this? will they really make sacrifices? Will they ever end? can they revive stones from the heaps of dust, and moreover, burned?
3 But Tobias the Ammonite, [the former] beside him, said, Let them be built; the fox will go, and destroy their stone wall.
4 Hear our God, in what contempt we are, and turn their curse upon their head, and betray their contempt in the land of captivity;
5 and do not cover their iniquities, and their sin not be blotted out before Your face, because they have afflicted the builders!
6 However, we built a wall, and the whole wall was folded to half of it. And the people got the zeal to work.

7 When Sanballat and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Azotians heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored, that the damage had begun to be repaired, they were very annoyed.
eight And they all conspired to go to war against Jerusalem and destroy it.
nine And we prayed to our God, and set guard against them day and night, to be saved from them.
ten But the Jews said: the strength of the porters was weakened, but there was a lot of garbage; we are not able to build a wall.
eleven But our enemies said: they won’t recognize and they won’t see how [suddenly] we will go into their midst and kill them, and stop the matter.
12 When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, from all places, that they would attack us:
13 then in the low places near the city, behind the wall, in the dry places I set the people in tribe with their swords, with their spears and their bows.
fourteen And I examined, and became, and said to the noblest and most powerful and other people: do not be afraid of them; remember the great and terrible Lord, and fight for your brothers, for your sons and for your daughters, for your wives and for your houses.
fifteen When our enemies heard that we knew [the intention] [of them], then God devastated their plan, and we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.

16 Since that day, half of the young people I have been engaged in work, and [the other] half of them held spears, shields and bows and armor; and the rulers [were] behind the whole house of Judah.
17 They built the wall and wore weights that they imposed [on them], with one hand they did the work, and with the other they held the spear.
18 Each of the builders was girded with a sword over his loins, and [so] they built. Near me was a trumpeter.
19 And I said to the noblest and most rulers and other people: the work is great and vast, and we are scattered along the wall and distant from each other;
20 therefore, from where you hear the sound of the trumpet, gather in that place to us: our God will fight for us.
21 So we did the work; and half held the spears from dawn to the stars.
22 Moreover, at the same time, I told the people that everyone in Jerusalem should spend the night with their slaves - and they will be on guard at night and at work at day.
23 And neither I, nor my brothers, nor my servants, nor the guards accompanying me, took off their robes, each had a sword and water under their hand.

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