1a When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious. He mocked the Jews
before his colleagues and the powerful menb of Samaria, and said, "What are these pathetic Jews doing? Can they restore [it] by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they ever finish it? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?"
Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was beside him, said, "Indeed, even if a fox climbed up what they are building, he would break down their stone wall!"
Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.
Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provokedc the builders.