Opposition to the Rebuilding
4:1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard
that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great
indignation, and mocked the Jews.
4:2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of
Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? 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 the rubbish which are burned?
4:3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even
that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break
down their stone wall.
4:4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their
reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in
the land of captivity:
4:5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be
blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to
anger before the builders.
4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined
together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to
4:7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah,
and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites,
heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the
breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,
4:8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight
against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a
watch against them day and night, because of them.
4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens
is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not
able to build the wall.
4:11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither
see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them,
and cause the work to cease.
4:12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by
them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places
whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.
4:13 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall,
and on the higher places, I even set the people after their
families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles,
and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye
afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and
terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your
daughters, your wives, and your houses.
4:15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it
was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to
nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one
unto his work.
4:16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the
half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half
of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and
the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of
4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare
burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his
hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a
4:18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by
his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet
was by me.
4:19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to
the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we
are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
4:20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the
trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for
4:21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the
spears from the rising of the morning till the stars
4:22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let
every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in
the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.
4:23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor
the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off
our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.