Tobiah1 the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, "What they are building--if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!"24
Hear us, O our God, for we are despised.3 Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity.
Do not cover up their guilt4 or blot out their sins from your sight,5 for they have thrown insults in the face ofa the builders.
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
But when Sanballat, Tobiah,6 the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.