4:1 But it came to pass that when Sanballat heard that we were
building the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation,
and mocked the Jews.
4:2 And he spoke 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 should go up, he would 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 we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together
to the half of it, for the people had a mind to work.
4:7 But it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the
Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the
walls of Jerusalem were set 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 to 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 who dwelt by them
came, they said to us ten times, From all places whence ye
shall return to us [they will be upon you].
4:13 Therefore I set 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 arose, and said to the nobles, and to the
rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be ye not afraid of
them: remember the LORD [who 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 to us, and God had brought their counsel to naught, that
we returned all of us to the wall, every one to 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 who built on the wall, and they that bore burdens,
with those that laded, [every one] with one of his hands
wrought in the work, and with the other [hand] held a weapon.
4:18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his
side, and [so] built. And he that sounded the trumpet [was] by
4:19 And 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 upon the wall, one far from another.
4:20 In what place [therefore] ye hear the sound of the trumpet,
resort ye thither to us: our God will fight for us.
4:21 So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears
from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
4:22 Likewise at the same time said I to the people, Let every
one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night
they may be a guard to us, and labor in the day.
4:23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men
of the guard who followed me, none of us put off our clothes,
[saving that] every one put them off for washing.