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Nehemiah 4:1-5 (English Standard Version)

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Opposition to the Work

1 a Now when 1Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of 2Samaria, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves?b Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?" 3 3Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, "Yes, what they are building--4if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!" 4 5Hear, O our God, for we are despised. 6Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. 5 7Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
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