1But it happened that when Sanballat heard that we were building
the wall, he was angry, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.
2He spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, and said, What are
these feeble Jews doing? 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 rubbish, seeing they are burned?
3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him,
and he said, Even that which they are building, if a fox go up, he shall
break down their stone wall.
4Hear, our God; for we are despised: and
turn back their reproach on their own head, and give them up for a spoil in a
land of captivity;
5and don’t cover their iniquity, and don’t let their
sin be blotted out from before you; for they have provoked you to
anger before the builders.
6So we built the wall; and all the wall was
joined together to half the height of it: for the people had a mind
7But it happened that when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the
Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of
Jerusalem went forward, and that the breaches began to be stopped,
then they were very angry;
8and they conspired all of them together to
come and fight against Jerusalem, and to cause confusion therein.
made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night,
because of them.
10Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is
decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the
11Our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, until we
come into the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.
12It happened that when the Jews who lived by them came, they said to us
ten times from all places, You must return to us.
13Therefore set I
in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set
there the people after their families with their swords, their
spears, and their bows.
14I looked, and rose up, and said to the nobles,
and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Don’t be you afraid of
them: remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your
brothers, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
15It happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and God
had brought their counsel to nothing, that we returned all of us to the wall,
everyone to his work.
16It happened from that time forth, that half of my
servants worked in the work, and half of them held the spears, the shields,
and the bows, and the coats of mail; and the rulers were behind all the house
17They all built the wall and those who bore burdens loaded
themselves; everyone with one of his hands worked in the work, and with the
other held his weapon;
18and the builders, everyone had his sword girded
by his side, and so built. He who sounded the trumpet was by me.
to the nobles, and to the rulers and to the rest of the people, The work is
great and large, and we are separated on the wall, one far from another:
20in whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, resort
you there to us; our God will fight for us.
21So we worked in the
work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until
the stars appeared.
22Likewise 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 guard to us, and may labor in the day.
23So neither I, nor my
brothers, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of
us put off our clothes, everyone went with his weapon to the