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Nehemiah 4 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Work Is Ridiculed

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:1 - [fn]Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:2 - He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the [fn]wealthy 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 [fn]dusty rubble even the burned ones?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:3 - Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should [fn]jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:4 - Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:5 - Do not [fn]forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have [fn]demoralized the builders.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:6 - So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a [fn]mind to work.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:7 - [fn]Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the [fn]repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:8 - All of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.

Discouragement Overcome

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:9 - But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:10 - Thus [fn]in Judah it was said,
“The strength of the burden bearers is failing,
Yet there is much [fn]rubbish;
And we ourselves are unable
To rebuild the wall.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:11 - Our enemies said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:12 - When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times,[fn]They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:13 - then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the [fn]exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:14 - When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:15 - When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:17 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:18 - As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while [fn]the trumpeter stood near me.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:19 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:20 - “At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, [fn]rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:21 - So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from [fn]dawn until the stars [fn]appeared.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:22 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:23 - 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.
NASB95 Footnotes
Ch 3:33 in Heb
Or, army
Literally: heaps of dust
Literally: go up
Literally: cover
Literally: offended against
Literally: heart
Ch 4:1 in Heb
Literally: healing
Literally: Judah said
Literally: dust
So Gr; Heb omits they...up
Literally: bare
Literally: he who sounded the trumpet
Literally: assemble yourselves
Literally: rising of the dawn
Literally: came out

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