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.
But it happened that when Sanvallat, Toviyah, the `Aravi'im, the `Ammonim, and the Ashdodi heard that the repairing of the walls of Yerushalayim went forward, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very angry;
and they conspired all of them together to come and fight against Yerushalayim, and to cause confusion therein.
But we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
Yehudah 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.
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.
It happened that when the Yehudim who lived by them came, they said to us ten times from all places, You must return to us.
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.
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 Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
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 his work.