N E H E M I A H
We left all hands at work for the building of the
wall about Jerusalem. But such good work is not wont to be carried
on without opposition; now here we are told what opposition was
given to it, and what methods Nehemiah took to forward the work,
notwithstanding that opposition. I. Their enemies reproached and
ridiculed their undertaking, but their scoffs they answered with
prayers: they heeded them not, but went on with their work
notwithstanding, ver. 1-6.
II. They formed a bloody design against them, to hinder them by
force of arms, ver. 7, 8,
10-12. To guard against this Nehemiah prayed (ver. 9), set guards (ver. 13), and encouraged them to fight
(ver. 14), by which the
design was broken (ver. 15),
and so the work was carried on with all needful precaution against
a surprise, ver. 16-23.
In all this Nehemiah approved himself a man of great wisdom and
courage, as well as great piety.