Nehemiah 4

VIN(i) 1 But when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry, and was very indignant, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he 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 finish in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, seeing they are burnt? 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, "What they are building, if a fox climbed up it, he would break down their stone wall." 4 “Hear, our God; for we are despised. Turn back their reproach on their own head. Give them up for a plunder in a land of captivity. 5 and neither cover their perversity nor wipe away their sin from your face: for they vex you in front of the builders. 6 So we rebuilt the wall, and all of the wall was joined up to half its height. For the people had a heart to do it. 7 Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem were going forward and the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 So all of them plotted together to come fight against Jerusalem and to make trouble for it. 9 But we prayed to our God. We also set up guards day and night because of them. 10 Meanwhile, the people of Judah said, "The builders are tired and there's so much rubble that we can't reconstruct the wall!" 11 Our enemies said, "Before they notice or see us, we'll penetrate their midst, kill them, and stop the work!" 12 When the Jews who lived by them came, they said to us ten times from all places, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” 13 I stationed the people behind the deepest part of the wall in the open places according to their families, with their swords, spears, and bows. 14 And I looked, got up, and said to the nobles, prefects, 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." 15 It happened when our enemies heard that their plan was known to us, that God had frustrated it, and we all returned to the wall—each to his work. 16 From that day on, half of my helpers engaged in the work while the other half kept spears, shields, bows, and armor ready. The senior officials backed all of the Judeans 17 who worked on the wall. Those who carried building materials worked with one hand, carrying a spear in the other. 18 Each of the builders had his sword tied to his side while building. And the man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. 19 I said to the leaders and the rest of the people: "The work is extensive and widely spaced and we are far away from one another on the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally there to us. Our God will fight for us." 21 So we labored in the work. And half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars came out. 22 At the time I also said to the people, "Let each man and his servant spend the night inside Jerusalem, so that they will be a guard for us in the night and work in the day." 23 So neither I nor my brothers nor my young men nor the men of the guard who were behind me took off our clothes. Each one kept his weapon even in the water.