At last the wall was completed to half its original height around the entire city, for the people had worked very hard.
But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall were being repaired, they became furious.
They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and to bring about confusion there.
But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.
Then the people of Judah began to complain that the workers were becoming tired. There was so much rubble to be moved that we could never get it done by ourselves.
Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, "Before they know what's happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work."
The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, "They will come from all directions and attack us!" a13
So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.
Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, "Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your friends, your families, and your homes!"
When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)