1 H5571 But it happened that when Sanballat H8085 heard H1129 that we were building H2346 the wall, H2734 he was angry, H7235 and took great H3707 indignation, H3932 and mocked H3064 the Jews.
2 H559 He spoke H6440 before H251 his brothers H2428 and the army H8111 of Samaria, H559 and said, H537 "What are these feeble H3064 Jews H6213 doing? H5800 Will they fortify H2076 themselves? Will they sacrifice? H3615 Will they finish H3117 in a day? H2421 Will they revive H68 the stones H6194 out of the heaps H6083 of rubbish, H8313 since they are burned?"
3 H2900 Now Tobiah H5984 the Ammonite H681 was by him, H559 and he said, H1129 "What they are building, H7776 if a fox H5927 climbed up H6555 it, he would break down H68 their stone H2346 wall."
4 H8085 "Hear, H430 our God; H939 for we are despised; H7725 and turn H2781 back their reproach H7218 on their own head, H5414 give H961 them up for a spoil H776 in a land H7633 of captivity;
5 H3680 don't cover H5771 their iniquity, H2403 and don't let their sin H4229 be blotted out H6440 from before H3707 you; for they have insulted H1129 the builders."
6 H1129 So we built H2346 the wall; H2346 and all the wall H7194 was joined together H2677 to half H5971 its height: for the people H3820 had a mind H6213 to work.
7 H5571 But it happened that when Sanballat, H2900 Tobiah, H6163 the Arabians, H5984 the Ammonites, H796 and the Ashdodites H8085 heard H2346 that the repairing of the walls H3389 of Jerusalem H724 went forward, H6555 and that the breaches H2490 began H5640 to be filled, H3966 then they were very H2734 angry;
8 H7194 and they conspired H3162 all of them together H935 to come H3898 and fight H3389 against Jerusalem, H6213 and to cause confusion therein.
9 H6419 But we made our prayer H430 to our God, H5975 and set H4929 a watch H3119 against them day H3915 and night, H6440 because of them.
10 H3063 Judah H559 said, H3581 "The strength H5449 of the bearers of burdens H3782 is fading, H7235 and there is much H6083 rubbish; H3201 so that we are not able H1129 to build H2346 the wall."
11 H6862 Our adversaries H559 said, H3045 "They shall not know, H7200 neither see, H935 until we come H8432 into their H8432 midst, H2026 and kill H4399 them, and cause the work H7673 to cease."
12 H3064 It happened that when the Jews H3427 who lived H681 by them H935 came, H559 they said H6235 to us ten H6471 times H4725 from all places, H7725 "Wherever you turn, they will attack us."
13 H5975 Therefore set H8482 I in the lowest H4725 parts H310 of the space behind H2346 the wall, H6706 in the open places, H5975 I set H5971 the people H4940 after their families H2719 with their swords, H7420 their spears, H7198 and their bows.
14 H7200 I looked, H6965 and rose up, H559 and said H2715 to the nobles, H5461 and to the rulers, H3499 and to the rest H5971 of the people, H3372 "Don't be afraid H6440 of them! H2142 Remember H136 the Lord, H1419 who is great H3372 and awesome, H3898 and fight H251 for your brothers, H1121 your sons, H1323 and your daughters, H802 your wives, H1004 and your houses."
15 H341 It happened, when our enemies H8085 heard H3045 that it was known H430 to us, and God H6565 had brought H6098 their counsel H6565 to nothing, H7725 that we returned H2346 all of us to the wall, H376 everyone H4399 to his work.
16 H3117 It happened from that time H2677 forth, that half H5288 of my servants H6213 worked H4399 in the work, H2677 and half H2388 of them held H7420 the spears, H4043 the shields, H7198 and the bows, H8302 and the coats H8269 of mail; and the rulers H310 were behind H1004 all the house H3063 of Judah.
17 H1129 They all built H2346 the wall H5375 and those who bore H5447 burdens H6006 loaded H259 themselves; everyone with one H3027 of his hands H6213 worked H4399 in the work, H259 and with the other H2388 held H7973 his weapon;
18 H1129 and the builders, H376 everyone H631 wore H2719 his sword H4975 at his side, H1129 and so built. H8628 He who sounded H7782 the trumpet H681 was by me.
19 H559 I said H2715 to the nobles, H5461 and to the rulers H3499 and to the rest H5971 of the people, H4399 "The work H7235 is great H7235 and large, H6504 and we are separated H2346 on the wall, H376 one H7350 far from H251 another.
20 H4725 Wherever H8085 you hear H6963 the sound H7782 of the trumpet, H6908 rally H430 there to us. Our God H3898 will fight for us."
21 H6213 So we worked H4399 in the work: H2677 and half H2388 of them held H7420 the spears H5927 from the rising H7837 of the morning H3556 until the stars H3318 appeared.
22 H6256 Likewise at the same time H559 said H5971 I to the people, H376 "Let everyone H5288 with his servant H3885 lodge H8432 within H3389 Jerusalem, H3915 that in the night H4929 they may be a guard H4399 to us, and may labor H3117 in the day."