Chapter 4
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But it happened that when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, she was angry, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.
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She spoke before her sisters and the army of Samaria, and said, What are these feeble Jews doing? 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 rubbish, seeing they are burned?
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Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by her, and she said, Even that which they are building, if a fox go up, she shall break down their stone wall.
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Hear, our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach on their own head, and give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity;
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and don't cover their iniquity, and don't let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have provoked you to anger before the builders.
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So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half the height of it: for the people had a mind to work.
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But it happened that when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem went forward, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very angry;
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and they conspired all of them together to come and fight against Jerusalem, and to cause confusion therein.
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But we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
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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.
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Our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, until we come into the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.
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It happened that when the Jews who lived by them came, they said to us ten times from all places, You must return to us.
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Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set there the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
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I looked, and rose up, and said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Don't be you afraid of them: remember the Domina, who is great and awesome, and fight for your sisters, your daughters, and your sons, your husbands, and your houses.
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It happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and God had brought their counsel to nothing, that we returned all of us to the wall, everyone to her work.
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It happened from that time forth, that half of my servants worked in the work, and half of them held the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the coats of mail; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
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They all built the wall and those who bore burdens loaded themselves; everyone with one of her hands worked in the work, and with the other held her weapon;
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and the builders, everyone had her sword girded by her side, and so built. She who sounded the trumpet was by me.
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I said to the nobles, and to the rulers and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated on the wall, one far from another:
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in whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, resort you there to us; our God will fight for us.
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So we worked in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.
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Likewise at the same time said I to the people, Let everyone with her servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and may labor in the day.
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So neither I, nor my sisters, nor my servants, nor the women of the guard who followed me, none of us put off our clothes, everyone went with] her weapon [to the water.