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Nehemiah 4:6-15 (New American Standard)

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6 So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a amind to work. 7 bNow when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the crepair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. 8 All of them 1conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.

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9 But we prayed to our God, and because of them we 2set up a guard against them day and night. 10 Thus din Judah it was said, "The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much erubbish; And we ourselves are unable To rebuild the wall." 11 Our enemies said, "They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work." 12 When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, "fThey will come up against us from every place where you may turn," 13 then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the gexposed places, and I 3stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows. 14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: "4Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and 5fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses." 15 When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that 6God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work.
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