So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work .
But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites,heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up ,a and that the breachesbegan to be stopped , then they were verywroth ,
And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinderb it.
Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night,because of them.
And Judahsaid , The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed , and there is muchrubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.11
And our adversariessaid , They shall not know , neither see , till we come in the midstamong them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease .
And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by themcame , they said unto us tentimes, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.
Therefore set I in the lowerplacesbehind the wall, and on the higher places , I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.14
And I looked , and rose up , and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them:remember the Lord, which is great and terrible , and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.15
And it came to pass, when our enemiesheard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought , that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.